Italian Sausage Skillet over Acorn Squash or Pasta

Italian Sausage Skillet over Acorn Squash or Pasta

In case you don’t catch it right away, this is an attempt to please both the kids and adults.  Not that the adults in this house don’t like pasta.  But Jim and I are both attempting a Whole 30, which means no pasta for us.

And actually, we both agreed that the acorn squash tasted much better than the pasta for this dish.  Pasta doesn’t have much flavor of it’s own really, but the squash lent a slight bit of sweetness that balanced the sausage, peppers and tomatoes.

This is a Whole 30 compliant meal (as far as I can tell).  We really enjoyed this one.

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32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

There are all kinds of things you can serve as side dishes, but if you’re like me you prefer simple things that don’t require a lot of prep.  Unless the main dish practically makes itself, I normally don’t like to spend time on the sides.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 32 simple side dishes that come together quick.  A few do require baking/slow cooking time, but the hands on prep is minimal.

Salads

32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

Simple Lettuce Wedge Salad

BLT Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumbers and Onions

Quick Cole Slaw

Ranch Veggie Salad

Here are 7 things you can add to your salad to make it more interesting

Fruit

Warm Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Marshmallows

 

Warm Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Marshmallows

Cranberries and Oranges

Ambrosia – so easy and tastes like more than the sum of its parts

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

Vanilla Fruit Salad

Vegetables

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Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker

How to Cut Cauliflower in 1 Minutes (so you can steam it or eat it raw)

Mashed Cauliflower

Grilled Zucchini

Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash in the Microwave

Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper

Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash

Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

 

Potatoes/Stuffing/Pasta

apple cornbread dressing done

Apple Cornbread Dressing – 10 minutes to the table

Baked Potatoes with Onions

Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes

Macaroni and Cheese & Macaroni and Tomatoes

Parmesan Fettucini

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

Bacon, Tomato and Basil Pasta – 20 minute meal

I love pasta for a lot of reasons, but one of them is that pasta makes a quick meal.  And it’s extremely versatile.  For this dish, I used angel hair.  It cooks in just a couple of minutes.

Bacon Tomato Basil Pasta - 20 minute meal

 

Some friends gave us a bunch of tomatoes from their garden.  Now that’s a great gift!  But they needed to be used soon.  Pairing them with pasta made perfect sense.

I also had a pound of bacon in the fridge, some white wine and fresh basil in the garden.  My original thought was to make this pasta dish. It also has bacon, tomatoes and basil, but it requires more Parmesan cheese than I had on hand.

So I decided to do a lighter sauce, with no half & half and no Parmesan.  We had just enough cheese to garnish, so it worked out great.

And this is a quick meal.  Especially if you already have the bacon cooked.  I needed to cook mine, but I still had it made in about 20 minutes.

I usually cook the bacon in the oven.  Not only is it easier and less messy, it allows me to do other things while it cooks versus stand at the skillet and get popped with hot grease.

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Chicken and Zucchini Pasta – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

I love this Chicken and Zucchini Pasta dish from Crystal & Co.  It’s a great way to have a veggie packed meal and still use the crockpot.  If you’ve got zucchini and tomatoes to use in your garden, this is the recipe for you. And if not, pick some up at the store.  Crystal used canned tomatoes and I would likely do the same.  I hoard our fresh ones to eat sliced on sandwiches or on the plate.

Chicken Zucchini and Bowties in the slow cooker

I know my family would love this meal.  We have a weakness for pasta in a creamy sauce.  Bonus points if the recipe includes chicken too.  And I love it if it’s got veggies.

Click here to see the recipe for Chicken and Zucchini Pasta in the Slow Cooker on Crystal and Co.

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks

 

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Sausage and Eggplant

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My husband likes his pasta sauce with meat. I prefer mine to be packed with veggies. This is our compromise.

After hours in the slow cooker, the eggplant becomes melt-in-your-mouth buttery. If you didn’t know it was in there, you might not notice it. It’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies!  For the sausage, I prefer to use pre-cooked sausage because it’s easier to slice up, but any Italian sausage would work for this.

This makes a pretty big batch for the two of us, but it freezes nicely for future use.

Here’s what you’ll need:

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Slow Cooker Pasta Sauce with Sausage and Eggplant

Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (16 oz.) jar pasta sauce
  • 1 T. Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 large eggplant

Instructions

  1. In the slow cooker, combine the crushed tomatoes, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning and minced garlic.
  2. Coin slice the sausage. Peel and dice the eggplant. Add both to the slow cooker. Stir well to combine.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve over pasta, topped with parmesan cheese.
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Spaghetti with Kale and Lemon

I used to be strictly a red sauce and spaghetti noodle kinda girl. However, I would like to think my taste buds have matured over the years. (Maybe matured is not the right word, since I still prefer to hide my veggies in other foods so I don’t really taste them.)  However, this dish helped me realize that kale really can taste good! Granted it gets a little help from olive oil, garlic, lemon and my favorite, cheese, but this was really good! It even made me give kale chips another try. I still say they taste like broccoli potato chips, but with some ranch, I’ve even learned to enjoy eat those too.  If you are really a lover of greens, you could try this with collards, like they did in the December 2012 edition of Whole Living magazine, but…I’ll stick with kale!

Spaghetti with Kale and Lemon

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp red pepper flakes (depends on the level of heat you prefer)
  • 1/2-1 bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted (or nut/seed of choice, sesame would be good)
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Sea salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 12 oz spaghetti noodles
  • 1/4-1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan (Asiago or Romano)

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook garlic and pepper flakes until fragrant, stirring frequently, approx. 30-45 seconds.
  3. Add kale, and stir until slightly wilted.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in walnuts, lemon zest and juice.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Meanwhile, cook pasta in well-salted water according to package directions.
  7. Once done, reserve 1/2 cup pasta water and drain.
  8. Add pasta to skillet, tossing to coat.
  9. Add reserved water as needed to reach desired consistency
  10. Sprinkle with cheese before serving.
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My kids wouldn’t eat this since it contained a green vegetable other than lettuce or cucumbers, but I thought this was delicious! Light, yet filling, and healthy. The red pepper gives it a nice little kick too, but the amounts can be adjusted to suit your taste buds.  It comes together quickly, and my kids just eat plain noodles with Parmesan (they don’t care for sauce) while I enjoy my greens like a big girl!

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Ranch Meatballs and Pasta – 15 Minute Meal

We love Hidden Valley Ranch dressing.  So when they asked if I’d like to create a new recipe using it, I jumped at the chance.

This time, I decided to give pasta and meatballs a little Western twist with tomatoes and green chilis and a packet of Hidden Valley Ranch dressing mix.

This can be made in the time it takes to boil the pasta.  That makes it a 15 minutes meal and you know I love those!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

This easy slow cooker Chicken Cacciatore is a crowd pleaser!  I created it on a Sunday morning.  It cooked while we were at church and was ready to eat when we got home.

I fully intended to show you a photo of the finished deal.  I took several, but they didn’t turn out at all.  I guess we were so hungry that I snapped too quickly.

This dish is full of chicken, bell peppers and onions in homemade tomato sauce.  Red wine brings more flavor to the sauce, but you can leave this out if you need to.  Serve the chicken and sauce over hot pasta.  I used bow tie pasta, but you can use any shape you like.

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Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan and a chance to win $50,000 Kitchen Makeover

This is our favorite meal that I’ve created recently.  It’s easy.  It’s delicious.  It’s pasta!

And it uses Campbell’s Heart Smart Prego sauce.  Yum!

I’m not always the best at checking sodium levels and other nutrition facts to guard our heart health, so I like products that make it easy.  The Prego Heart Smart Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic sauce is a winner.

This dish tastes fantastic.  Paired with a big, fresh salad, it makes a great heart healthy dinner.

Here’s what you’ll need for the recipe, but keep reading past the recipe to find out how you can enter to win a $50,000 kitchen makeover! [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Meatballs and Spaghetti Sauce

My husband grew up in a traditional Italian family, which meant big pots of meatballs and gravy simmering on the stove every Sunday. Yes, gravy – that’s what Italians in the New Jersey area call red pasta sauce!

I have his grandmother’s recipes, but I rarely make them because I don’t have the time. These quick and easy meatballs simmer all day in the slow cooker instead of the stove, which makes them much better for a busy lifestyle. The smell of them simmering all day in the slow cooker smells almost as good as having a pot of gravy on the stove all day!

This makes very tender meatballs in a thick sauce. They’re perfect over pasta or on long rolls for meatball subs. If you want a thinner sauce, mix in some jarred tomato sauce fifteen minutes before serving.

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Yield: 4 servings, double the recipe to have 6-8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ½ large onion, shredded
  • 1/3 c. plain breadcrumbs
  • 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ c. fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ c. parmesan cheese, shredded, plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the ground beef, egg, shredded onion and breadcrumbs. Roll ground beef mixture into 1-1 ½ inch balls. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the crushed tomatoes, garlic, basil and parmesan cheese.
  3. Spread ½ cup of the tomato sauce mixture in the bottom of your slow cooker. Place the meatballs on top, and then cover with remaining sauce.
  4. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Serve over pasta or on long rolls. Top with additional parmesan cheese, if desired.
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