Categories

Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna is my mom’s prized lasagna recipe! It is a classic lasagna made with three cheeses and a simple sauce made with ground beef.  Perfect for a holiday meal, potluck or any time you want an impressive meal made easy!

Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

When it comes to making holiday meals, or any meal for company, lasagna is one of my favorites.  Lasagna is one of those reliable dishes to serve at a potluck, or any family dinner, because it makes plenty and everybody loves it!  Plus it is easy to make ahead of time, which is a huge timesaver when preparing for special meal or party….

Read more

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread | alidaskitchen.com

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread + DOLE Garden Soup

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese, brushed with garlic butter and baked in a Bundt pan.  Fun to serve to a crowd and perfect to enjoy with your favorite soup!

Thank you to DOLE (through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network) for sponsoring this post.

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread | alidaskitchen.com

Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is small pieces of pizza dough wrapped around a cube of cheese and brushed with melted garlic butter.  In other words, made from some of the tastiest foods ever!  It is not overly dough-y or overly cheesy, but a nice balance of the two.  And the garlic butter really makes it special. The result is a cheese filled garlic mini pizza bread that is made for dipping.  Pizza sauce seemed like an obvious dipper, until I realized this Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread is quite similar to mini grilled cheese.  What goes best with grilled cheese, but soup of course!

Read more

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole {No Soup}

For a healthier twist on a holiday classic favorite, try this easy recipe for a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is creamy, cheesy, made with Greek yogurt and without soup.  Thank you to Del Monte (through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select) for sponsoring this post!

Cheesy Green Bean Casserole | alidaskitchen.com #recipes

Now that it is November, we are eagerly planning our holiday menus. When planning side dishes, one dish that almost always appears at every family holiday gathering is Green Bean Casserole. It is the same, traditional recipe that everybody makes.  However, in preparation for this year, I decided to give Green Bean Casserole a healthier, tastier makeover. This result is a Cheesy Green Bean Casserole that is a huge crowd pleaser for the whole family!…

Read more

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas #SundaySupper

Make fun, spooky and healthy pizzas with these Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas that use a baked potato skin for the crust and are creatively topped with your favorite pizza toppings. {gluten free} 

Halloween Baked Potato Skin Pizzas | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. It is fun, carefree and just feels less stressful most other holidays. We are starting to get into the Halloween spirit! This past weekend, we visited a pumpkin patch, decorated the house with Halloween decorations and started to talk about costumes.  And then of course there are the Halloween recipes! I love to make pumpkin everything, candy-inspired treats and even decorate my food for Halloween.  These Halloween Baked Potato Pizza Skins are always a favorite.  They are healthy, fun and the kids love them (adults do too!)   …

Read more

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites are healthy, spicy little mini muffins made with quinoa, cheese, vegetables, and shredded chicken soaked in a lighter, seasoned buffalo sauce. {gluten free}

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper #tailgating #glutenfree

With tailgating season upon us, bring on the tasty munchies!  While I am not necessarily a game watching fan, I am definitely a fun food fan! I especially love coming up with bite-sized finger foods that are a bit healthier yet super tasty (like these Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites)  With this in mind, I wanted to come up with a fun recipe combining another tailgating favorite, buffalo chicken.  As always, it was a natural transition to come up with Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites.

Read more

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken | alidaskitchen.com

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken

Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken is an easy recipe to transform those plain chicken breasts into a healthier garlic cheddar cheesy family favorite made in less than 30 minutes!

When it comes to feeding my family, there are two things guaranteed to be winners at our table – chicken and cheddar cheese.  Bonus points if it can also be something healthy, fast and easy. Sound familiar?  I know how popular chicken and cheese can be, especially with kids, so I have been on a mission to combine the two into a healthier recipe.  Most recipes I found use way too much butter for my liking, so I looked through the some of my healthier baked chicken recipes to come up with a lighter version of Baked Garlic Cheddar Chicken. …

Read more

Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Pizza Frittata is everything delicious about pizza with a protein-packed, egg-based crust.  Made in minutes, this fun twist on pizza is perfect for a quick dinner, last minute meal or any time you want a healthy pizza fix!

Pizza Frittata | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

When life gets busy, we always default to frozen pizza for dinner.  It is easy to have on hand, and what can I say, we love pizza!  While frozen pizza can be a simple dinner solution, sometimes I just want the taste of pizza but would rather have something healthier and with more protein.  Enter Pizza Frittata….

Read more

Baked Garlic Mustard Panko Chicken - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #WeekdaySupper

Baked Garlic Mustard Panko Chicken #WeekdaySupper

This Baked Garlic Mustard Panko Chicken takes minutes to prepare and then bakes to delicious garlicky, mustard perfection crusted with Panko breadcrumbs.  Quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight!

Baked Garlic Mustard Panko Chicken  - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #WeekdaySupper

As much as I love grilling this time of year, I can never get enough baked chicken recipes, like this Baked Garlic Mustard Panko Chicken.  It is a healthy chicken dish that is quick and easy to prepare and then bakes in the oven for about 15 minutes.  That is just enough time to make a garden salad, set the table, grab a glass of wine, and still have a moment to sit until the timer goes off!  …

Read more

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #SundaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, inspired by the popular jalapeno popper.  {gluten free}

Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites - Alida's Kitchen #recipes #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

My family loves quinoa, especially in the form of  quinoa bites.  They are  always helping me come up with new recipes ideas for them, such as Adam’s latest suggestion is quinoa bites with chocolate chips. While a dessert recipe is definitely in the works, today I am excited to share one our latest favorites – Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites.  This recipe combines two of my most popular recipes (Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites and Jalapeno Popper Pasta) into tasty, cheesy, bite-sized quinoa mac and cheese muffins with a jalapeno popper twist.  They are also gluten free….

Read more

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes!

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger

Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger | protein packed quick and easy healthy breakfast made in minutes! Get a protein-packed breakfast in minutes with this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger.  Perfect for when you want something quick, healthy and delicious!  

Lately, I have been feeling more tired than usual and end up hungry in the late mornings. With intense morning workouts and spending long days caring for the kids, I am thinking it might be time to change up my breakfast routine and get a little more protein. My usual breakfast consists of oatmeal with cocoa powder, flax seed meal and a banana.

While I occasionally deviate to something with a little more protein,  like Greek yogurt with berries or a smoothie, it always comes back to carb-heavy oatmeal.  It’s quick to make, and I really like a hot breakfast.  Thankfully this Spicy Black Bean Breakfast Burger has become the protein-packed solution to my breakfast woes.

Read more

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake is a healthy, protein-packed quinoa casserole bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil.  Inspired by the popular Caprese salad, this easy to make bake will become an instant family favorite!  Thanks to Omaha Steaks for sponsoring this post and providing the tasty chicken used in this recipe!

When coming up with dinner ideas that my kids will like, chicken, cheese and vegetables are pretty safe bets.  After making these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, I discovered they also love quinoa.  This gives me plenty of leeway to have some fun experimenting with new recipes. This Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake not only combines all of their favorites foods into one dish, but it is downright delicious and super easy to make!…

Read more

Broccoli Tortellini Salad with Arugula Pesto | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Tortellini Salad with Arugula Pesto #WeekdaySupper

Broccoli Tortellini Salad with Arugula Pesto is a fresh pasta salad made with a nut-free arugula pesto.  This recipe can be easily doubled (or tripled), which makes it perfect for potluck season!

Broccoli Tortellini Salad with Arugula Pesto | alidaskitchen.com

This Broccoli Tortellini Salad with Arugula Pesto is a unique and tasty pasta salad that is quick and easy for a weeknight or to make in advance for a potluck.  It’s a little different than what you might normally expect to find at a party, but tastes fresh, delicious and healthy!   I really love pesto-inspired recipes, but often have to avoid them due to my tree nut allergy.  However when I realized how quick it is to whip up an easy recipe for pesto at home, well that was a game changer….

Read more

Pretzel Crusted Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Pretzel Crusted Grilled Cheese

Pretzel Crusted Grilled Cheese puts a tasty pretzel twist on everybody’s favorite childhood grilled cheese sandwich.  

Pretzel Crusted Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Throughout the month of April, we celebrated National Grilled Cheese Month with many tasty variations of the classic sandwich.  While I developed a delicious Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese, that was not the original recipe I had in mind.  I wanted to make a grilled cheese with pretzels – in either the crust or the filling, it didn’t matter.  Pretzel-something grilled cheese was going to happen.   I tried mixing pretzels with cheese for a topping or crushed in the filling, and the results were just not satisfactory.  However I am very excited to share that finally on the last day of National Grilled Cheese month I discovered the secret…and it works!…

Read more

Three Cheese Spinach Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #ShareTheTable #ad

Three Cheese Spinach Pasta Bake

Tracking PixelThis is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Barilla, but opinions are my own.

Three Cheese Spinach Pasta Bake is a tasty, cheesy veggie-filled baked pasta dish that the whole family will enjoy happily around the dinner table.  It is quick and easy to make, can be made ahead and leftovers reheat perfectly! 

Three Cheese Spinach Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

As we strive to maintain a connection and grow with our kids, we find that enjoying dinners together is so important. While we frequently eat together, it is not often that we all eat the same thing, which means I am in the kitchen making custom requests instead of enjoying our together time.  So my quest is often to find something that everybody likes.  Enter this Three Cheese Spinach Pasta Bake.  Made with a delicious combination of pasta, three cheeses, tomato sauce and spinach, it is so simple and tasty and loved by my entire family! …

Read more

Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #OreIdaHashbrown #shop #cbias

Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for #CollectiveBias and its advertiser.

Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups are shredded potatoes baked in a muffin tin and then filled with broccoli, cheddar cheese and eggs.  These are a perfect addition to your Easter brunch menu!

Broccoli Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups | alidaskitchen.com

I have been eagerly anticipating Easter for a while now – coming up with the perfect gifts for Easter baskets,  planning an afternoon with the bunny and working on our Easter brunch menu.  While I still have to get a couple more things for the baskets, our bunny play-date is next Saturday and the brunch menu is complete.  We were missing two brunch essentials – hashbrowns and muffins. So to make our menu complete, I decided to combine the two by making muffin cups out of shredded potatoes, and then filling the cups with a cheesy, broccoli egg mixture.   I headed to Walmart, picked up a bag of Ore-Ida Shredded Hash Brown Potatoes, and got straight to work!  The result was a very simple to make Broccoli, Cheddar & Egg Hashbrowns Cups.

Read more

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #grilledcheese #SundaySupper

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese is a simple grilled cheese sandwich sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and then baked to crunchy, melty, cheesy perfection.

Parmesan Crusted Baked Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #grilledcheese #SundaySupper

After many experiments (and many nights in a row) of making grilled cheese sandwiches, I developed an appreciation for the art of the baked grilled cheese.  In fact, it has revolutionized my grilled cheese making endeavors – so much so that I may never use a skillet again!   The key to what makes this sandwich amazing is the Parmesan cheese topping that encrusts the bread when it bakes.  Parmesan cheese brings out the amazing flavors in the grilled cheese sandwich (kind of like salt when cooking or baking – inexplicable, but necessary)….

Read more

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake

{This recipe for Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake is part of a Kraft FreshTake #shop hosted by the social shopper media company #CollectiveBias.  This story and all opinions are my own. #FreshTake}

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #brunch #FreshTake #cbias #shop

Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake is made with a mix of vegetables, quinoa, three cheeses and seasoned bread crumbs.  It takes minutes to prepare and then bakes into delicious brunch perfection!

With Easter Sunday only a few weeks away, I am working on planning our brunch menu. We always like to have something carrot cake-inspired (Carrot Cake pancakes are definitely a favorite!)  We also enjoy having  a savory egg bake, packed with lots vegetables and cheese.  This year, I wanted to give our egg bake a southwestern twist.  Then I discovered that Kraft Fresh Take has a new Southwestern Three Cheese flavor.  The savory blend of garlic, cumin and red chili pepper bread crumbs along with the Colby, mozzarella and cheddar cheese sounded just perfect for this Southwestern Quinoa Egg Bake!

Read more

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #glutenfree #EatA2ZRecipeChallenge.

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites #WeekdaySupper

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites are bite-sized, protein-packed mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, broccoli and cheddar cheese.  Easy to make, great for kids! {gluten free}

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

While my family is generally open to most new recipes I make, as with all things ‘new’ there can be a bit of hesitation.  Even though we have quinoa on a semi-regular basis, for whatever reason it is still perceived as “new.”  However when combined with a favorite flavor combination (broccoli and cheddar cheese) and made into a shape that is always popular (bite-size mini muffin), all hesitation seems to disappear.  Understandably so, these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites are addictive!  They are like little mac and cheese bites, only made healthier with quinoa and broccoli….

Read more

Balsamic Tomato Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #pasta #PompeianVarietals

Balsamic Tomato Tortellini

Enjoy a  healthy, light pasta recipes with this Balsamic Tomato Tortellini, made with fresh tortellini tossed with roasted tomatoes and garlic and drizzled with a light balsamic vinaigrette.  Balsamic Tomato Tortellini is so easy to make that it basically cooks itself.  

Balsamic Tomato Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #pasta #PompeianVarietals

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

The other night, I was faced with the (sometimes) dreaded question – what’s for dinner?  Dreaded only because I did not have any ideas at first. We wanted something quick, easy and healthy…should be simple right?   Since we had cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic, tortellini and other pantry staples, a simple yet delicious roasted garlic and tomato tortellini came together naturally. …

Read more

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna is filled with layers of three cheeses, kale and a hearty mushroom Bolognese sauce, creating a rustic, earthy pasta dish perfect for a special occasion!

Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

This week the Sunday Supper Movement is joining Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate an incredible milestone.  Their Hearty Burgundy wine is celebrating its 50th birthday this year!  Today we are sharing ways to pair, cook and entertain with Hearty Burgundy.  For this celebration, I wanted to create something extra special.  While the Hearty Burgundy pairs well with chili, Italian meat sauces and grilled sausages, I thought mushrooms would also pair beautifully with this flavorful wine.

The inspiration for Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna started with a mushroom Bolognese sauce.  It is a chunky sauce made with dried porcini and baby bella mushrooms, carrots, red peppers, red wine and rounded out with mascarpone cheese.   The sauce is wonderful simply served over pasta, but I wanted use it to create something fit for a special celebration.  Something special, like Mushroom Bolognese Kale Lasagna!  This lasagna is filled with layers of ricotta and Parmesan cheeses mixed with kale, mozzarella and the rustic, earthy mushroom Bolognese.  A little extra work goes into making this dish, but it is a labor of love and a delightful way to celebrate the Hearty Burgundy….

Read more

Baked Garlic Pretzel Chicken #WeekdaySupper

Baked Garlic Pretzel Chicken #WeekdaySupper

Baked Garlic Pretzel Chicken #WeekdaySupper

Baked Garlic Pretzel Chicken is a healthy baked chicken breast encrusted with a garlicky Parmesan pretzel coating.  It takes minutes to prepare, bakes in about 20 minutes, and is a dish the whole family will enjoy!

One of our healthy meal staples is boneless, skinless chicken breast.  It is a great source of protein that is low in fat and so versatile.  While we have several healthy chicken recipes that we enjoy often, it is fun to come up with delicious new ideas for cooking with chicken.  The inspiration for Baked Garlic Pretzel Chicken was actually from two of our favorite quick and easy recipes – Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Lighter Pretzel Crusted Chicken….

Read more

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs #SundaySupper #GGHoliday2013

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs are tasty little pizza bites filled with cheese, garlic and herbs.  They make a great appetizer, snack or light meal and are perfect for dipping in your favorite pizza sauce!

Garlic and Herb Pizza Puffs | alidaskitchen.com

This week, Sunday Supper partnered with Gourmet Garden to share easy Holiday entertaining recipes.  We were provided with a wide variety of Gourmet Garden products, including various herbs, garlic, ginger and more.  These products are used like fresh herbs in a one-to-one ratio, but can be used in place of dried, typically at a two-to-one ratio.  So, two tablespoons Gourmet Garden ginger equals one tablespoon dried ginger….

Read more

Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

30+ Perfect Party Dips and Desserts #HolidayHelper

NRFA Disclosure

Over 30 recipes for Perfect Party Dips and Desserts made using cream cheese, yogurt or sour cream that are easy to make and great for a crowd.  For all of these recipes and more, be sure to visit my Perfect Party Dips and Dessert board on Pinterest!

Over 30 Perfect Party Dips and Desserts | alidaskitchen.com

Lately I have been receiving many requests for party menu ideas, as people begin planning their Holiday festivities.  I thought it would be fun to share some recipes from my favorite bloggers.  I gathered the most amazing appetizer and dessert recipes ~ think savory dips and spreads, as well as dessert dips and simple cheesecakes.   They are all easy to make, many require no cooking or baking, which is all very welcome when it comes to planning a party!

Read more

broccoli pea pesto pasta from Alida's Kitchen

Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta #WeekdaySupper

Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta is a creamy pasta dish made healthier with broccoli, peas and Greek yogurt.  The peas add a freshness to the sauce and crushed red pepper  gives it a little kick.  This is a delicious way to eat your veggies and quick to make for a weeknight!  {can be gluten free based on pasta choice}

On my quest to perfecting this Broccoli Pea Pesto Pasta recipe, I made several batches of broccoli pesto pasta (no peas).  Then I tweaked the broccoli, the yogurt, the cheese, used onions, didn’t use onions, used raw garlic, sauteed the garlic.  Finally I had it – the perfect broccoli pesto pasta recipe.  The only problem was when I went to make this ‘perfect recipe,’ we had only half a stalk of broccoli.   I couldn’t go to the store because Greta was napping, yet I promised Adam broccoli pasta for dinner (and we all know how easy it can be to explain such things to a 3 year old).  Clearly I had to come up with something.  So I tried to get into a 3 year old frame of mind – we have peas, Adam loves peas, peas are green – this should work, right?   I measured out the amount of broccoli I had and then made up the rest with peas to equal one pound.  I finished the recipe according to my plan and crossed fingers that Adam a) wouldn’t notice it’s different and b) would like it.  Obviously since I am telling you this story, you know the outcome – he loved it!…

Read more

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese topped with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese #SundaySupper #FamilyDinnerTable

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese is an easy, cheesy pasta recipe made without any butter, yet remains smooth and creamy.   Roasted tomatoes, with a hint of balsamic and garlic, as well as garlic breadcrumbs are an optional topping to give this basic dish a grown-up twist!

This week, Sunday Supper has teamed up with American Family Insurance again as part of their Back to the Family Dinner Campaign.  The theme is ‘meals made with cheese.’   I could not think of a more perfect theme for my family of cheese lovers!   While I had several cheesy recipes in mind, nothing beats a basic macaroni and cheese.  Well nothing, except for this Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese recipe with a grown-up twist made in less than 30 minutes!  In fact, this recipe is one of the first meals we have been able to enjoy as a family, with everybody eating the same thing.  This Back to the Family Dinner Campaign is working!!…

Read more

English Muffin Grilled Cheese

English Muffin Grilled Cheese

English Muffin Grilled Cheese

English Muffin Grilled Cheese sandwich is a fun twist on a traditional childhood favorite…and a clever solution for my picky eater! 

Kids’ tastes in food are one of life’s great mysteries. Take cheese, for example. For the first three years of Adam’s life, cheese was one of his favorite foods.  He had cheese broiled on an English muffin for lunch almost every day.  These days, he has a ‘thing’ about cheese.  He says he doesn’t like cheese, but sometimes he wavers.  He still loves English muffins though.  So I decided to try an experiment….

Read more

Garlicky Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli

Garlicky Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli #WeekdaySupper

Garlicky Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli

With 10 cloves of garlic, Garlicky Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli is garlic lovers dream!  This easy recipe is quick to make, healthy and perfect for a weeknight.

When pressed for time, pasta one of our go-tos for a quick and easy dinner.  While it can be simple,  pasta is also versatile enough to allow for creativity…or at least some variety.  Whenever I try a new recipe, I look at the garlic amount and typically double it.  Not necessary with Garlicky Spaghetti with Roasted Broccoli.  It has 10 cloves of garlic!  I wondered if the garlic might be overwhelming, but it is tempered when sauteed and nicely balanced with the cheese and crushed red pepper.  Roasted broccoli adds a wonderful little crunch as well. …

Read more

Tortellini Primavera - a quick and healthy pasta dish made on the lighter side!

Tortellini Primavera #WeekdaySupper


IMG_4779-PMc

Tortellini Primavera is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish made with with lots of vegetables.  It is quick, easy and healthy ~ perfect for a weeknight!

Like most people, we are always looking for quick and easy recipes for weeknight dinners.  While frozen pizza or takeout seem like a quick fix for those busy nights, we always prefer something healthier, tastier, and homemade.  But like I said, it has to be easy, right?  This Tortellini Primavera is all that, plus it’s super tasty!  With all the vegetables, the cheese, the creaminess, the cheese-filled tortellini, and being easy to make, you really can’t go wrong.  …

Read more

Baked Pumpkin Pasta

Baked Pumpkin Pasta #WeekdaySupper


Baked Pumpkin Pasta from Alida's Kitchen

Baked Pumpkin Pasta is a quick, healthy pasta dish made with pumpkin, zucchini and ricotta cheese.  This simple comfort food is perfect for a weeknight dinner.    

I’ve said it many times before, and I’ll say it again: Fall is my favorite time of year for cooking and baking.  Mainly because I love pumpkin recipes!  While I typically prefer to use pumpkin in baked goods, this Baked Pumpkin Pasta made for a delightful, easy and healthy weeknight dinner.  …

Read more

Cheesy Broccoli Penne Pasta {Alida's Kitchen}

Cheesy Broccoli Penne Pasta



Cheesy  Broccoli Penne Pasta...made on the lighter side!  {Alida's Kitchen}

Cheesy Broccoli Penne Pasta dish is made on the lighter side with a light cheddar and Parmesan sauce and fresh broccoli.  A quick and healthy stove top meal, this is a great weeknight dinner! 

We love cheesy pasta dishes, and generally the more cheese the better, right?   In summer months we tend to gravitate to lighter meals, leaving our beloved cheesy baked pasta dishes by the wayside.  They can be a bit heavy, and while I love baked pasta, I don’t always love to turn on the oven when the temperatures rise.   That’s where this Cheesy Broccoli Penne Pasta dish is perfect.  It has a light cheddar and Parmesan cheese sauce ~ just enough to coat the pasta and broccoli.  And it’s all made on the stove top in under 30 minutes.  You can’t beat that!…

Read more