Pasta Puttanesca – So easy to make, so amazing to eat!

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The first time I heard of Pasta Puttanesca, was in the book Belong to Me by Maria de los Santos.  (Fabulous book, by the way.)  Something triggered my memory of the dish the other day and I decided to make it.

Oh my!  This pasta is full of flavor!  Garlic, tomatoes, olives, basil, Parmesan and anchovies all come together in a burst of taste.  Please don’t leave because I said anchovies.  They add so much flavor and you’ll never even know they’re in there.  They disappear when cooked, leaving behind only a wonderful taste.  Even your kids won’t know about it if you don’t tell them.

This dish is so quick to make.  I pulled it together on a Sunday for lunch after church.  It’s ready in the time it takes to boil the pasta.

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Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad (and $50 Sam’s Club card giveaway!)

We eat more broccoli than any other veggie.  Raw, steamed, roasted – we love it all of these ways.  So I was really excited to get to try new Beneforté Naturally Better Broccoli.

One reason I like serving broccoli is because it’s a healthy, green leafy vegetable.  Beneforté broccoli is even more nutritious than other broccoli.  It’s a result of cross-pollination with commercial broccoli and a wild variety found in Italy.  The taste is the same, but it’s much better for you.  The enzymes in Beneforte maintain the antioxidant activity of vitamins A,C and E in the body.

Bottom line is the kids like it and since it’s hard to get them to eat enough veggies, I love that this one packs a big nutrition punch.

Beneforté broccoli is easy to cook with too, because it’s cleaned, trimmed and ready to use.  Or munch right out of the bag.

The recipe for Quinoa, Broccoli and Chicken Salad was inspired by a recent trip to Disney World.  Jim and I had a similar salad in Hollywood Studios for lunch (who says theme park food is all burgers and fries?).  The Disney version had arugula instead of broccoli, but I found that to be a bit bitter.  I think the broccoli works better in this salad.

This is a great dish to pack for lunches or to make a day ahead of time.  I made it on a Saturday so that we could have it on Sunday after church.  Here’s what you’ll need:  [Read more…]

French Bread Pizza

This is a guest post from Crystal at Crystal and Comp.

We love this at our house. It is beyond simple, takes less than 30 minutes from prep to table, and is an excellent alternative to traditional pizza that is easy to personalize for everyone’s taste.

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Turkey Italian Sausage and Tortellini Salad

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It’s not often that you can satisfy the pasta lovers, meat eaters and veggie people all with one dish.  That’s what happened when I served this meal though.  The recipe is adapted from a cookbook that my sister-in-law gave me.  She is married to a career army man.  When they were stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany (2007) she helped put together a cookbook with recipes from the families of those serving with the Vanguards 18th Infantry Regiment. That book is full of wonderful recipes, including this one.

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