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Teresa Price - Photos du journal. Parmesan kale pasta. I saw this recipe a few months back in Bon Apetit and it only briefly grabbed my attention.

parmesan kale pasta

It wasn’t until I saw it AGAIN on Mehan’s Kitchen that I thought, “I have to make this immediately!” Maybe I was just craving greens or maybe Bon Apetit needs to hire Mehan to do their food photography… either way, I am glad I tried the recipe out. I loved Mehan’s idea for adding sausage to the recipe but I opted out this time because my diet this past week has been particularly meat heavy. Next time, though, sausage it is! Also, I forgot to buy a yellow onion at the store and although they taste quite different, I used half of the red onion that was in my fridge. The recipe turned out pretty tasty, it reminded me a little of the lemon parsley pasta I made a while back but with more greens.

Parmesan Kale Pasta parmesan kale pasta. Spinach Tortellini Soup. Aaaannnd WE’RE BACK!

Spinach Tortellini Soup

Yesss! I have electricity again! :D Life is good. For my first recipe after over a week of hiatus, I wanted to start with something super fast and easy. I had to replace everything in my refrigerator and freezer, so I wanted to make something that didn’t require a lot of ingredients and that I could use to stock up my freezer. My grocery store has cheese tortellini in three areas: dry pasta goods, the freezer aisle, and near the dairy with other fresh pastas. I’ll admit, this soup is not super heavy on the tortellini. Instead of adding extra pasta, I served mine with some crusty french bread to sop up the rest of the rich tomatoey sauce. Spinach artichoke lasagna. I love lasagna, but I rarely, rarely ever make it.

spinach artichoke lasagna

Why? Because it just seems like so much work. You’ve got to cook the ingredients, put them together, and then cook them again! Nah, that’s too much work. But then I threw together this really super simple spinach lasagna last weekend and I’ve changed my tune! Of course, if you don’t have homemade marinara sauce waiting in your freezer, you can use a jarred sauce from the store (and then be sure to make some homemade marinara so you’re prepared next time). Oh, and if you do want meat in your lasagna, I would suggest browning some Italian sausage or ground beef in a skillet, and then adding it to the marinara sauce before beginning the layering process.

Spinach Artichoke Lasagna spinach artichoke lasagna Total time. Blackened Tilapia. I’m continuing my quest to use up items in my pantry and freezer, which led to this delicious Blacked Tilapia.

Blackened Tilapia

A while back I bought a bag of 12 individually wrapped tilapia filets for $9.99. I’ve made a couple batches of Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes (YUM!) , but wasn’t quite sure how to use the rest. Then it hit me. When in doubt, add spices! Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes. I ‘ve been making so many “one pot” or “skillet” meals lately that I’ve barely made any traditional side dishes.

Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I get a lot of questions about side dishes, though, so I’ve decided to challenge myself to come up with some more vegetable based sides. These Smoky Roasted Sweet Potatoes are just one idea that I’ve had up my sleeve… I love the mix of sweet, spicy, and smoky, so I took the spice rub that was used for the famed Glazed Pork Chops and applied it to sweet potatoes. I altered the ratio of the ingredients just a bit to account for the cooking method and the fact that the sweet potatoes provide a good amount of sweetness on their own.

I sliced the sweet potatoes thinly for a more interesting texture, but you could certainly cube them if you didn’t feel like exercising your knife skills. ;) (Or you could use a mandolin.) The cooking time will vary slightly depending on the size and thickness of your sweet potatoes, so use my recommendations as a guide. Chili Cheese Beef n' Mac. WARNING: Comfort food ahead!

Chili Cheese Beef n' Mac

This dish contains pasta, beef, and cheese. It’s hearty and delicious. Proceed at your own risk! ;) Say you grew up on Hamburger Helper (no shame), but now that you’re an adult and all classy and stuff, you just can’t bring yourself to buy one of those cardboard boxes with the mystery powdered cheese sauce. This recipe is still really easy, really fast, and only requires one pot. If this recipe is still too rich and cheesy for your tastes, stay tuned. Chili Cheese Beef n’ Mac chili cheese beef n mac Total Cost: $7.81 Cost Per Serving: $1.30 Serves: 6 Ingredients 1 Tbsp olive oil $0.19 1 lb. ground beef $4.13 2 cloves garlic $0.10 1 small onion $0.55 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour $0.02 1 Tbsp chili powder $0.15 ½ tsp smoked paprika $0.05 ½ tsp dried oregano $0.02 1 (8 oz.) can tomato sauce $0.48 2 cups beef broth** $0.22 2 cups (1/2 lb.) dry macaroni $0.65 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp cheddar $1.25 Instructions Notes Step By Step Photos.