Category Archives: Pasta & Rice

The best cheesy One Pot Baked Ziti recipe with sausage and spinach; everything, including the noodles are cooked in one pot and then finished in the oven. Few things are more delicious than a big bowl of warm cheesy pasta. Throw in spinach and a little sausage and you really have my attention. This one pot baked ziti recipe is one of my all-time favorite simple family-friendly meals and I have been so excited to share it with you. This recipe is great because it truly only takes one pot to make the whole meal. You start by cooking the Continue Reading →

The Best One Pot Baked Ziti

This Shrimp Noodle Stir Fry is full of veggies and done in under 30 minutes making it a perfect weeknight meal! For the past few months, my kids have had a major bee in their bonnets about ramen noodles. On different occasions they tried them at friends’ houses and decided that they need those simple little noodles in their life. Ramen is something that I stopped buying years ago when we stopped eating things with MSG in them. When it came to cleaning up our diet, I would generally replace a store-bought item with ingredients I didn’t want with a Continue Reading →

Shrimp Noodle Stir Fry

This Classic Chicken Noodle Soup comes together in just 30 minutes. It is warm and comforting, and the whole family will love it!  Welcome welcome, January! This is one of my favorite months of the year. I love the fresh start – I’m putting away my Christmas decor and decluttering/purging/organizing, it’s my birthday month, and it’s a natural season of renewal for most of us (me included!). I love setting down the cookies, candies, and party food, picking up my meal plan with my favorite healthy dinners, and moving a little more. Long live January. I think 2016 was rough for Continue Reading →

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Easy, healthy vegetable lasagna made in the slow cooker. So much to love! I can remember the first time that I had lasagna cooked in the slow cooker. My older sister was blessing her new baby in church in Idaho, and my little family (we had 3 kids at the time) drove up to celebrate the day with them. The problem and benefit of having so many people show up at your door to celebrate a new baby is that you have a new baby and you have company. My sister thought ahead and made two slow cookers of lasagna for us all Continue Reading →

Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas is an easy main dish that the whole family will love, and can be on your table in under 30 minutes. I’m working extra hard this fall on making you all kinds of one-pot, easy, family-friendly meals, and this One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner has been one of our favorites! My friend Mary Younkin from the blog Barefeet in the Kitchen released a new cookbook a few weeks ago and this recipe is from it. The book is The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking. Doesn’t that sound like my kind Continue Reading →

One-Pot Sausage, Rice, and Peas Dinner

Aren’t these pumpkin noodles pretty?! You are going to love how much fun they are to make and eat! Few things are more comforting to me than homemade egg noodles. When you grow up eating something simple, filling, and delicious, I think you crave that food whenever you need a little piece of childhood in your life. Egg noodles are one such recipe for me (I also am very sentimental over my mom’s dinner rolls, and my grandma’s cobbler and her chocolate sheet cake). My grandma lives on a gorgeous old farm in Southern Indiana (I wrote about it once Continue Reading →

Homemade Pumpkin Noodles

One pot creamy pumpkin pasta with toasted walnuts and parsley is a simple meatless meal the whole family will love. Plus, it’s done in 20 minutes! Few things are more wonderful than a hearty rich pasta dish that practically makes itself. You are going to love this One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta. Here’s what is awesome about this recipe: It’s done in about 20 minutes. It has vegetables hiding in it (the orangey color from the pumpkin just looks cheesy). It’s meatless, though adding a little protein to this dish would be a piece of cake (or chicken, for that matter). All Continue Reading →

One Pot Creamy Pumpkin Pasta

This baked pasta has been one of my favorite meals since I was newly married. I got the recipe from my Aunt RaNae and have been adapting, enjoying, and making it in all kinds of variations for years. This recipe is simple tried and true deliciousness that you are going to make over and over again. It’s super versatile and fool-proof. I like to make the sauce the same every time because that’s the backbone of this dish. You have a lot of options when it comes to the kinds of pasta you use (you can use lots of different shapes Continue Reading →

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Baked Pasta

Have you heard of dinner “bowls” lately? Well if you haven’t I’m here to let you in on the secret and share this simple and healthy Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowl recipe with you today. This dish is one of my favorite meatless meals and it comes together in a flash. You are going to love it! I first started making bowls a few years ago in the form of “burrito” bowls which are essential rice topped with all the delicious things you find in tacos/burritos. They are easy to put together and very customizable. Recently I have seen Continue Reading →

Roasted Chickpea and Vegetable Quinoa Bowls (Meatless/GF)

I have made this amazing Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry no less than 6 times in the last month. It takes about 5 minutes to put together, another 30 minutes to cook, I have everything on hand most of the time, and it is DELICIOUS!!! I literally can’t wait for you to make this and tell me how much it has changed your life; you are going to love it. I also love that this is a perfect meatless meal, trust me on this one, you aren’t going to miss the meat! There’s something magical when you mix a little Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Sweet Potato Curry (meatless)

This pasta. THIS pasta! Sometimes I spend a lot of time and resources making a meal and it bombs. SO disappointing. Other times the amount of work I put in is pretty equal to the enjoyment. Then there’s that rare occasion that I throw something together and it’s a huge hit. It always feels a bit like I cheated because I didn’t do much but I get a lot out of it (like kids who don’t fuss the entire dinner, that’s always a great thing). This 30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta is one of those meals that kind Continue Reading →

30 Minute Simple Roasted Tomato and Sausage Pasta

I’m in love with all things “one pot” meals. They are quick, easy, full of flavor and did I mention easy? Today’s One Pot Pasta Primavera cooks in about 10 minutes and you’re done! The sauce is really flavorful but it’s still light enough you don’t feel guilty about eating it. We loved this dish! I’m at the point in my pregnancy (30 weeks along!) that I’m just plain tired. I’m constantly on the hunt for simple no-fuss meals my kids love, and this one will be heading into our permanent rotation. I love that it’s full of vegetables; they Continue Reading →

One Pot Pasta Primavera

This month’s #eatseasonal post is a good one! There are SO many delicious recipes brought to the table by some of my favorite bloggers, and I know you are going to love them too. My recipe is a Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic. Garlic and herbs are both abundant in the spring and the two are highlighted so nicely in this simple rice dish. You don’t have to use cilantro if you don’t want to. Basil, parsley, and oregano are all really good in this. The rice is so flavorful that you can serve it as a Continue Reading →

Simple Santa Fe Rice with Cilantro and Garlic

When I was growing up, my mom bought spaghetti sauce in a jar and that was fine, but I would  beg her to let me “doctor it up.” I would sauté all kinds of things like mushrooms, peppers, carrots, and onion, then add the jarred sauce, extra seasonings, and a can of diced tomatoes. Just a few little changes made all the difference to that store-bought sauce, and I loved making the change. Now that I’m cooking on my own, I’ve realized that making pasta sauce from scratch doesn’t take much more effort than “doctoring” that jarred stuff. The idea is the same, Continue Reading →

Spinach and Mushroom Marinara with (or without) Meatballs

I have all kind of macaroni and cheese recipes on the blog, and today I have a Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese to add to the collection. This is a great recipe to make for lunch when your kids are in the mood for something simple, hot, and filling, and you need something that comes together in without any fuss. This recipe is so easy and we loved the extra creamy results. This recipe is extra easy because you cook the macaroni right in the milk that helps to make the sauce. There’s no water to boil or noodles to Continue Reading →

Creamy One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

My mom made a chicken and rice dish that she baked in the oven when I was a kid, and I just did not like it. I have no idea why; I’m sure it was fine, but every time I think of chicken and rice I don’t get the best mental picture. I decided it was high time to change that mentality and make a chicken and rice dish that not only would cure my mental dislike, but also become a simple meal to feed my family. Rice is one of my kids’ very favorite foods. Stove Top Chicken and Continue Reading →

Stove Top Chicken and Rice

Hello again, Bless This Mess readers! I’m so excited to be sharing one of our new favorite meals with you today: Think Greek Quinoa Salad! Quinoa is one of those great high-protein grains that can keep you full for hours. It can be a touch strong on its own sometimes, but it’s just divine with a great dressing. This lemon-oregano dressing is just the ticket. The quinoa will absorb all that goodness and the flavor will pull everything together. This is an excellent salad to make ahead of time. It gets more delicious with a few hours under its belt, Continue Reading →

Think Greek Quinoa Salad

Happy Monday Friends! Post-holiday Monday’s are rough, aren’t they? I have laundry up to my eyeballs and tired kids who still seem to be coming off their sugar high. The last things that I want to do it think about dinner because all I really want is a popsicle, some leftover parade candy, and maybe a slice of pie. If you are in the same boat then I have a great recipe for easy homemade macaroni and cheese for you today. It’s so simple, it’s one of my kids’ very favorite dishes, and you probably have everything on hand to Continue Reading →

Easy No-bake Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

We are big fans of the Fancy Nancy books at our house. Fancy Nancy is a little girl who loves new adventures and using extra fancy words in her books. In a few of the books Fancy Nancy and her family eat “al fresco, which is fancy for outdoors”. Somewhere along the way, my kids picked up the term “al fresco” and now it’s part of their normal vocabulary. On many warm afternoons they ask if we can eat dinner al fresco and on more nights than not I indulge. I love eating outside as much as I love hearing Continue Reading →

Pasta Salad for a Party

My in-laws own the grocery store here in town. We moved home to this tiny town almost a year ago so that my husband could start working with his dad, build and open a hardware store that is connected to the current grocery store (should be done and open this June!), and to be closer to family. There are a few perks to owning a grocery store and one of my favorites is the gifts that my mother-in-law gives me. For Christmas she gives all of her kids 10-15 cases of whatever they want from the grocery store. I love Continue Reading →

Creamy Chicken and Bacon Pasta

Make. This. Recipe. Is that enough text for this post because it’s all that really needs to be said… This recipe’s origins come from Cooking with Greek Yogurt by Cassie Johnston (Wholefully). I started with the idea in the book (which is fabulous by the way) and made it into my own. Linguine Rosa with Shrimp was a huge hit at my house! This recipe is healthy (full of protein, whole grains, veggies, and the creaminess is from Greek yogurt), it comes together in about 30 minutes, and it tastes amazing. My husband was so sad when the leftovers were gone Continue Reading →

Linguine Rosa with Shrimp

Hello all! While I’m enjoying the newest (and teeniest) member of our family, I have asked some of my very favorite blogging friends to share some of their absolute favorite posts with you. This is the last post of this type. I’m so grateful for all of the help that my friends have been and we are definitely ending a bang. Carrie over at Bakeaholic Mama is a mac-n-cheese ninja (she has SO many different recipe for it on her blog) and this recipe will not disappoint! Thanks so much for sharing Carrie. Enjoy some Buffalo Chicken Mac-n-Cheese! Hi guys! My name is Carrie Continue Reading →

Buffalo Chicken Mac-n-Cheese from Bakeaholic Mama

Happy Tuesday! If you are like me you spent yesterday doing all kinds of fun family things and now your house is trashed… holidays are a catch twenty-two aren’t they? Have an awesome day of fun and relaxing but then you have to make up for it the following day times ten. This is such a great pasta dish that comes together in a snap, so plan on it for tonight so that you don’t have to think about dinner or take too long getting it ready. Garden vegetable pasta is just what you need. This pasta is all things Continue Reading →

Garden Vegetable Pasta

Eating Clean isn’t rocket science, it’s planning! If you want to feed your family well but aren’t sure where to start, this is the post for you. I have a whole food approach to eating that the whole family will love, no health food store needed. This meal plan is something that I cycle through. We try to eat by my 80/20 rule (more on that at the bottom of the post) but when I feel like we are getting lazy or have had too many treats and cheat meals (read long weekends, holidays, vacations,and birthday parties) then I’ll stick to Continue Reading →

Eating Clean Meal Plan: Spring/Summer Menu

Hello all! After a long holiday weekend filled with family reunions, swimming parties, and a birthday party, I’m feeling super ready to eat well again. I love to enjoy party food but I also love to get back into a healthier routine once the parties are over. And there’s no better time to start than today. Here’s a great recipe for healthy tetrazzini with chicken and broccoli for you to make tonight. It’s quick, easy, delicious, and healthy! The bones of this healthy tetrazzini recipe come from my Aunt RaNae out of our family cookbook that my sister and I Continue Reading →

Healthy Tetrazzini with chicken and broccoli

  I love this quick and easy stir-fry recipe! I got this recipe from my sister (Hi, Lachelle!). The idea is that you cook up a little chicken, throw all of the ingredients for the sauce in a mason jar and give it a shake, add the sauce and cook, add some frozen veggies (Costco has a fabulous organic frozen stri-fry vegetable medley that we love), and then serve it all over hot rice. It takes less than a half hour to throw together and the whole family loves it. It’s always a winner and one that will go in Continue Reading →

Quick and Easy Stir-fry

Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry is one of my very favorite meals. Sweet and creamy, spicy to taste, and pungent with just the right amount of salt… it’s a recipe that you’ve got to try. Thomas and I had a best friend couple in college (and we still love them though they live way too far from us). It was one of those relationships that you just cherish. They were our next door neighbors, we were both newly weds, our husbands were both in the Engineering program and studied constantly together, and we ate dinner at our place 3-5 nights Continue Reading →

Green Thai Chicken Coconut Curry

skinny mac-n-cheese

Oh blessed Thursday you are finally here! I’ve been saving this skinny macaroni and cheese recipe for days and sweet relief it’s time to share (finally!). I posted a lightened up chocolate cupcake recipe on Tuesday and announced an awesome giveaway of America’s Test Kitchen’s newest book – Comfort Food Makeovers. I also filled you in on how awesome the book is and why you’ll love it as much as I know I will. So to avoid sounding like a broken record I suggest you pop over to Tuesday’s post and see what I’m talking about, definitely worth the one click. As Continue Reading →

Skinny Macaroni and Cheese + a giveaway

Remember when I confessed my displeasure for whole wheat lasagna noodles yesterday because they fall apart? Well this is the recipe that I made with those ugly noodles, and let’s be honest, the pictures would be so much better with that little ruffled noodle edge still intact. That being said, don’t let the picture fool you, this recipe is delicious. I had never heard of butternut squash lasagna until a few years ago when Thomas’ cousin Amy made it for us for dinner one night. It didn’t sound all that great but I loved it once I tried it. The Continue Reading →

Butternut Squash Lasagna Roll-ups

how to make easy spanish rice in the rice cooker with tomatoes

Mexican food is in my favorites category. I love everything from tostadas and steak carnitas to simple bean burritos and salsa. Easy Spanish rice is the perfect side for all that Mexican food and this recipe is so easy because the rice cooker makes it for you. Just dump it all in and go. I like to make this rice when company is coming over and I have enchiladas planned because it makes the main dish stretch and the left overs are great inside bean burritos for lunch. Why the rice cooker when you can make it on the stove-top? Continue Reading →

Easy Spanish Rice in the Rice Cooker

Are you ready for a nontraditional knock-your-socks-off dinner? Ok, good. I present to you – Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries. The name is a mouthful and so are the flavors. The sweet and creamy coconut pairs perfectly with all those spices. The sweet squash cooks up nice and soft and then you bite into little tart yet sweet pops of dried cherries that have started to come back to life from simmering in the dish. Mmmmm. I have half of this recipe hiding in my freezer for an easy meal later and I may just have to Continue Reading →

Curried Coconut Chicken with Squash and Dried Cherries

Our garden has been severely ravaged by wandering chickens. The little buggers ignored it for weeks and then one day just discovered that it existed. I walked outside to find all of my beet tops, spinach, and lettuce eaten to the ground and some serious pecking to the cabbage and pea plants. I’ve been leaving the birds in their coop unless I’m outside to chase them out of the garden. The kids have been pretty sad about not having the chickens out and my oldest asked me the other day when they will “be out of time-out.” I decided their time-out will end Continue Reading →

Double Cream Double Pea Pasta

I was 35 weeks pregnant with my third when we moved hours from the town that had been our home for years. All my friends were still in Provo and I missed them terribly. I was so pregnant and tired which meant I didn’t want to get out tons. My husband had just started a new job which meant he was working tons. I’ve never been a TV-watcher, but in the weeks after the move, before the baby came, I found myself watching Hell’s Kitchen on Hulu. It’s a typical reality show with lots of drama, swearing, and tears but Continue Reading →

Sausage Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

Busiest. Day. Ever. Good thing I have this post all ready to go. I’m babysitting all day, the end of the year preschool party was here for lunch (DYI mini pizza party), my baby is still sick, and I get to take dinner to a lady from church. Oh, the sense of accomplishment I’ll feel tonight! Are you getting anything done? This is my favorite part of all Cafe Rio dishes and a really easy one to make at home. The acidic citrus of the limes paired with the sweetened rice is perfect in burritos but is delicious enough to Continue Reading →

Cafe Rio Cilantro Lime Rice

Homemade pasta sauce with steak, steak and mushroom sauce

I have some great crafting in the making, but until its complete I have another tasty recipe to share. Happy Monday! Emily at One Lovely Life made her version of this recipe a few weeks ago and I’ve been excited to make something similar. Anything that comes out of her kitchen is bound to be delish. And if you missed it, let’s review that cheesecake she made for a guest post here. Now why can’t we eat this for dinner?! The weather has been so strange here in Utah. We were outside on Saturday working on the yard, took a Continue Reading →

Steak and Mushroom Marinara

I love bacon. I love it because you get so much flavor for a relatively small amount of money. I buy a pound, cut it into thirds (package and all) and freeze each third individually in a baggie. I used a third of a pound of bacon in this recipe, but I wanted more. I’m calling for a half pound for the recipe, but a full pound never hurt anyone. Your significant other won’t complain if you are a little heavy handed on the bacon either. Now the pasta is “creamed” because the sauce is literally just cream.  It makes things light and wonderful.  You Continue Reading →

Creamed Pasta with Bacon and Vegetables