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2 tried and true recipes to get your family to eat more plants

easy plant based recipes

This post is sponsored by Barilla but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Anyone who knows me knows that carbs are my love language! Give me a nice warm bowl of pasta and I am one happy girl. However, what I don’t love is the way carbs make me feel tired and pack on those pounds. I recently discovered Barilla’s new chickpea pasta and suddenly I don’t feel so bad about eating all that pasta.  Made with one ingredient, (chick peas), it’s a nice low-carb pasta alternative and offers up some plant-based protein too.  Plus, it’s a great way to sneak those veggies in for your kids.

Here are two easy recipes your whole family (including the picky little ones) will be sure to love.

Pesto pasta with peppers, artichokes and pine nuts

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsps of chopped garlic
  • 2 peppers diced
  • 1 can of artichoke hearts
  • 2 tbsps of pine nuts
  • 4 tbsps of basil pesto

Directions:

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • While the pasta is cooking, in a saucepan, warm some EVOO over medium heat
  • When the EVOO and pan is warm, add 2 tsps of chopped garlic and lightly brown.
  • Once the garlic is brown, add the peppers and artichoke hearts to the pan and lightly roast on both sides then reduce heat.
  • When the pasta is al dente (about 7-8 minutes), drain in a colander.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, roasted garlic, peppers, artichokes and pine nuts. Stir in basil pesto. (I used about 4 tbsps but you can use as much or as little as you want to taste).
  • Optional: Add some fresh grated cheese (I love parmesan) and some chopped parsley.

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Lemon oregano rotini

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Ingredients:

  • 1 box Barilla chickpea rotini pasta
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • cherry tomatoes diced
  • 1 large cucumber diced
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • chopped oregano (about 2 1tbsp)
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions:

  • Bring a  pot of water to a boil.
  • Add 1 box of Barilla chickpea pasta.
  • Cook pasta until al dente (about 7-8 minutes).
  • Drain pasta in a colander.
  • While the pasta is cooking, dice up the cherry tomatoes (about 1 cup) and cucumber.
  • In a separate small bowl, take the juice of 2 lemons and mix with about 2 tbsps of EVOO. Add some chopped oregano, salt and pepper, stirring together.
  • In a large bowl, mix together pasta, tomatoes and cucumbers. Add the lemon juice/EVOO mixture, combine well.
  • Optional: top with some chopped oregano, grate lemon peel and shredded mozzerella cheese.

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What are some ways you get your family to eat more veggies?

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easy plant based recipes

3 In food/ kids/ Recipes

5 minute Snow Ice Cream

snow ice cream

When life gives you snow you make ice cream right? It’s a nice way to treat yourself after breaking a sweat struggling to stuff your kids into their snowpants and jackets and arguing with them why they need a hat and gloves. All that work only for them to run outside and play for 5 minutes, you deserve something sweet.  And I suppose the little ones like it too!

Using only 4 ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, this is the easiest recipe to make your own snow ice cream.

Ingredients:

  • Fresh snow (I used about 6 cups)
  • 1/3 cup Granulated sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • dash of Salt
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together all of your non-snow ingredients. Throw in the fridge while you go gather your snow.

making snow ice cream

making snow ice cream

  • Next, go outside and fill a large mixing bowl with snow. Your kids can help you with this part.

making snow ice cream

  • Bring your snow inside and immediately stir into your mixture you made earlier. Keep adding more snow until you get a scoopable ice cream consistency. I used about 6 cups. (You may need more snow depending on how light it is)

making snow ice cream

  • Scoop into dishes to serve or store in an air-tight container in your freezer for later. We prefer ours with sprinkles and in our PJs!

snow ice cream

snow ice cream

snow ice cream

1 In food/ Recipes

5 tips for a winning game day spread!

This post is sponsored by Frank’s Red Hot but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

In our house, Sundays are for Sunday Funday, relaxing and kicking back with the family.  And if you know us, there’s always food involved.  During the fall season, my husband is a big football fan. (He loves his Patriots.) I’m not much of a football fan so for me, it’s basically a day of laying on the couch and eating yummy food with my family.

Today I’m sharing some of my tips for a quick and easy game day spread so that you can also enjoy time with your loved ones.

tips for game day party

1.) Keep it simple

Things like cheese, crackers, veggies, nachos and dip make for easy game day fare. And what’s game day without some chicken wings? I recently discovered Frank’s Red Hot wings in the freezer aisle at Walmart. They’re super easy to make, and come in a variety of flavors like their Original flavor, Buffalo, and my favorite Kickin BBQ.

sunday funday

 

2.) Use paper products for easy clean up

No one wants to have to do dishes afterwards. I love using paper products so that I can spend more time with my family.

 

3.) Do all your shopping in one place

I went to Walmart SuperCenter and got all of my groceries and paper products there. I also got some other household stuff we needed for the week as well. I’m all about one stop shopping to help save time.

 

4.) Serve a warm, fun, festive drink

I love to make either some apple cider or hot chocolate in the crock pot. It makes us feel like we’re having a little tailgate in our living room. 

tips for tailgating

 

5.) Think leftovers

Everyone in my family knows, when I’m in the kitchen, I cook for an army. It’s something I acquired from my dad. But the last thing I want is for someone to go hungry.  So I usually get creative with leftovers.

I take those leftover Kickin BBQ wings, cut the chicken off the bone and toss it in some quesadillas for my little dude. He loves them!

And those leftover buffalo or original flavor wings? Cut the leftover chicken off the bone and throw it in some garbage bread. I also like to take some Frank’s Red Hot sauce and mix it with a little Ranch dressing for some dipping!

 

buffalo chicken calzone



And there you have it friends! If you haven’t tried Frank’s Red Hot wings yet, go to your nearest Walmart and get some! And enjoy your next Sunday Funday!
Go Pats!

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3 In breakfast/ food/ holidays/ Recipes

The Ultimate Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it.  This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.

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There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year.  I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie.  She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to.  I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.

This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking.  When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?”  I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole.  Now I’m not one for breakfast.  Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me.  But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.

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Ingredients

  • Butter (for greasing your pan)
  • 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 4 apples cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)

3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.

4.)  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.

6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.

7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.

8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

9.) Let cool before serving.  I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more   special, a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

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Enjoy! And Happy Fall!

holiday recipes