Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pasta Primavera with Italian Turkey Sausage

I was searching out recipes to use all the yellow squash and zucchini that I got in the last few bountiful baskets that I picked up. I came across this one, and while it isn't vegan, whole grain, etc... I still feel it is a pretty healthy dinner option because of all the veggies, the sausage is turkey & the little amount of cheese. 

I made this last night for dinner, and it was SO YUMMY!

(I followed the recipe exactly and the only thing I think I would change is use just a little less olive oil... but that is just my opinion)


  • 1 (16 ounce) package uncooked farfalle pasta
  • 1 pound hot Italian turkey sausage, cut into 1/2 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 2 small zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 6 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 20 leaves fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Place farfalle in pot and cook 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente; drain.
  2. Place sausage in a large skillet over medium heat and cook until evenly brown; set aside. Heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet. Stir in garlic and onion, and cook until tender. Mix in zucchini, squash, tomatoes, bell pepper and basil. Dissolve bouillon in the mixture. Season with red pepper. Stir in remaining oil. Continue cooking 10 minutes.
  3. Mix pasta, sausage and cheese into skillet. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until heated through.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Not your average Tuna Casserole

My {99.9% of the time fabulous cook of a} mother used to make a tuna casserole that was NASTY. It had peas and potato chips it and I am sure it was often hid in my napkin. My friends mom on the other hand made one that I could not get enough of. It is easy, kid friendly, cheap and I can always keep the ingredients on hand. My kids love it as well and it can be made ahead of time and frozen for later, just under cook the noodles a little bit.

3 Cups of Cooked Curly Egg Noodles
1 Can of Cream of Celery Soup
1/2 Cup of Milk
1/2 Cup of Mayo
1 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 of a Small Onion-Chopped
1 Cup of Cheese-Divided

Put onions in a bowl, cover with water and saran wrap, microwave for one minute. Mix milk, mayo, salt, tuna, soup, onions, noodles and half cheese. Pour into a casserole dish, top with cheese and bake for 20 minutes at 450.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Green Smoothie

I know others have posted recipes for these but sometimes it's good to mix it up a little. Especially if you're making them daily. Also, my measurements aren't exact because I measure more by my blender and everybody likes their smoothies different thicknesses.

Green Smoothies

-1 1/2 c juice or tang
-1-2 Tbsp coconut oil
-1/4 c oat groats or steel cut oats
-sprinkling of true lime (a crystallized lime that comes in a spice bottle) or 1 lime, squeezed
-4-8 oz plain homemade yogurt or greek yogurt
-two handfuls of spinach

Blend together then add:
-1 banana
-a few handfuls of frozen fruit (I like the costco bag w/strawberries, pineapple, mango, and papaya)
-handful of frozen or fresh grapes
-1 cup ice.

Serves: 1 adult & 2 children