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Quick Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops

Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, finger-licking Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A ‘one-pan’ dish that is perfect for any time of the year!

Valentine’s Day will be celebrated a few days from now in the United States… and I will be serving one of my husband’s favorite dishes: these super flavorful Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. Yep, it works well as a “guy dish” — on account of the meat (although I am also a huge fan — and my daughters as well!)

These quick Pan Fried Pork Chops are easily prepared by seasoning both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Then, the pork chops are place into a hot pan with oil and browned for about 2-3 minutes per side. Next, a mixture of barbecue sauce, ketchup, spices, vinegar, brown sugar, and mustard  is pour over the chops, brought to a boil, and left to simmer together for about 5 minutes.

There you have it, my friend!  A dish fit for a king, ready to be devoured down to the very last bite.

Simple, right? Oh… and quick, too, because the entire dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare.  A real present for both the cook and eater!!! 😉

Serve our Barbecue Pork Chops with a side of steamed, baked or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad or steamed vegetables… and just wait and see how your honey will look at you.

Our Barbecue Pork Chops also work great as a ‘one-pan’, no-fussy weeknight meal.

I kept the recipe easy and delish, hearty, and desirable to a man’s eyes. 😉  After all, my honey deserves this type of TLC and way more.

But that’s not all! We are serving a Nutella Tart for dessert… Yaasss!!!!!  Pure indulgence is the order of the day here.

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Well, Happy V-Day to my hubby as well as to each one of you. Enjoy your day!!!

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Less than 30-minute, easy to prepare, darn delicious Pan Fried Barbecue Pork Chops. A 'one-pan' dish that is perfect for any time of the year! 
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  1. Season both sides of each pork chop with enough salt and pepper. Then, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add 2 Tablespoons of oil. Place 4 chops at a time into the hot pan and let brown without disturbing for about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove the 4 chops and place onto a plate. Pour in the remaining oil and brown the other 4 chops.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the spices, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, mustard, vinegar, sugar, barbecue sauce, and ketchup in a medium bowl, whisking well until homogeneous and free of lumps. Return all 8 chops to the pan, pour on the sauce mixture, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately with chopped green onions on top. Enjoy!
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Suggested sides: steamed, baked, or roasted baby potatoes or sweet potatoes, and a fresh salad (or cooked vegetables such as corn or green beans).

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Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups

Low carb, naturally gluten-free, and meatless Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups that make dinner a delicious yet easy task.

Are you a fan of Caprese salad?  How about zucchini? I love both, and since I have been on a low carb diet, I have been looking for better alternatives for rice, pastas, and other carbs. This “one-baking dish” Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups replaces lasagna pasta with zucchini, making dinner easy to prepare. with less dishes to clean, yet still healthy, nutritious, and delicious.  😉

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Grab a medium baking dish. Spread a bit of tomato sauce, arrange zucchini roll ups filled with a cheese mixture, tomato sauce, and basil, and then top with more cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 400º F for about 20 minutes or so.

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Meanwhile, browse the internet or read your favorite book/magazine. That’s it! Dinner will be ready in the blink of an eye.

I know… This casserole has everything, including the taste of life made easier for busy moms/full-time workers like us.

Our Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups don’t require any special skill from the cook. It’s also a complete meal all by itself… and leaves your kitchen free from a load of dishes and kitchen utensils.

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It may not have “one-pot” or “one-skillet” in its name, but it is definitely part of that same family.  It also makes the list of recipes that are naturally gluten-free, as I mentioned  earlier.

If you would like to add a GF starch, white rice would be a good option to serve along with it. If you are taking this dish to a potluck, garnish its top beautifully with grape tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. As you can see, simplicity here is a real plus!

I will leave you now with the formula for one hero of a dish that you can enjoy without stretching your waistline, and which is easy enough to prepare that you can get some much-deserved rest.  For more low carb weeknight meals, try our delicious Cauliflower Curry Soup.

Well, take care and stay healthy!

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Low carb, naturally gluten-free, and meatless Baked Caprese Zucchini Roll Ups that make dinner a delicious yet easy task.
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  1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Spread marinara sauce onto a bottom of a medium baking dish and set aside.
  2. Cut-off and discard zucchini ends and then slice each zucchini 1/8" thick lengthwise.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine ricotta, 1 1/4 cups mozzarella, 3/4 cup Parmesan, and salt. Taste and adjust salt if desired. Stir in the egg well. If you would like to, add a pinch of pepper.
  4. On each slice of zucchini, spoon a thin layer of sauce, top with a thicker layer of the cheese mixture, and sprinkle a little bit of chopped basil. Roll up and place in the prepared baking dish.
  5. Sprinkle with remaining 1 1/4 cups mozzarella and then 1/4 cup Parmesan. Cover with foil and bake for about 18-20 minutes or until zucchini is tender and cheese is melted. If desired, garnish top with halved grape tomatoes, basil leaves, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. This casserole can be served by itself or with a side of white rice. Enjoy!
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Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup

A Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup that can be prepared in 30 minutes and makes for a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner.  It’s also vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

I have been eating healthier lately. How about you? No matter your diet approach is, I bet this low carb cauliflower curry soup is for you! It’s our latest weeknight meal creation which is wholesome, full of flavor, and can be prepared in 30 minutes. And more… yes, it’s vegan, paleo, vegetarian, gluten-and-dairy-free, and even Whole30.

A miracle in a pot! 😉 Don’t believe me? Well, check it out!

It all started with a visit from my sister during the holidays.  She shed more than 70 pounds and got into the habit of eating healthy all year long. She really made me rethink my eating habits, I’ve gotta say. Since then, I have been continuing to exercise but I have also introduced more healthy foods into my daily diet — hoping to lose some weight and feel energized without starving myself.

Good news! I’ve shed 2 pounds in the past week.  I am just grinning from ear to ear and I’ve got a plan to continue losing those extra pounds that I put on over the years.

When I cooked this cauliflower curry soup  I knew that tastiness  was not something to compromise on — otherwise it would be hard to continue eating healthy and satisfying my family’s demanding taste buds.

To my children and husband’s surprise, the soup was not only good but plate-licking delicious.  A real victory for this cook!

And you know what? The recipe is freaking simple.  All I had to do is stir-fry fresh cauliflower…

…carrots, and a slice of jalapeno. Then, sweat an onion and garlic in vegetable oil, stir in spices, tomato sauce, broth, and seasonings. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes, covered.

Next, blend with coconut milk in a blender until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and serve with chopped cilantro or parsley while it is still hot.

Folks, it just can’t get any easier than that!

Although our Cauliflower Curry Soup was accompanied by toasted baguette slices, you can serve yours by itself or, depending on your dietary needs/wants/restrictions, you can garnish with cooked seafood, tofu or shaved Parmesan, cooked rice noodles, eggs, etc.  It’s up to you!

This means you can come home from a tiresome day at work and still fix yourself or your family a healthy meal without all the stress and the time usually required.

You are making magic in the kitchen, hon! Your body will thank you… and the scale will be your new friend! 🙂

Making your life (and mine) simple is my mission. 😉 And that is so true that we have many more quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas awaiting for you here. Don’t be shy to sub ingredients and adapt our recipes to make them lighter.

If you enjoy quick and healthy curries, please also try our vegetarian Lentil Coconut Curry.

I hope you get some well-deserved rest and enjoy this comforting and warm Cauliflower Curry Soup –a real treasure for those who work hard on a daily basis, but are determined not to neglect healthy eating.

See ya soon!

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A Low Carb Cauliflower Curry Soup that can be prepared in 30 minutes and makes for a perfect, healthy weeknight dinner. It's vegan, vegetarian, paleo, Whole30, dairy-free, and gluten-free.
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  1. Heat a medium non stick saucepan or wok over high heat, add 1 tablespoon oil and stir-fry the cauliflower, half of the onion, and jalapeno until florets start to lightly brown. Stir or swirl the pan occasionally.
  2. Add the remaining oil, reduce heat to medium, and sweat onion for about 3 minutes and then cook garlic for about 1 minute, stirring now and then. Do not let brown!
  3. Stir in the curry, cumin, ginger for about 10 seconds. Then, stir in the tomato sauce and broth, salt and pepper. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Next, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and let simmer for about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Carefully transfer soup to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour soup back into the pan, add the other half of the sliced carrot, stir in coconut milk, and let cook for about 3 minutes or so. Remove from the heat, and stir in the lemon juice. Serve with chopped parsley/cilantro while hot.
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Suggested accompaniments (depending on your diet restrictions/needs): naan, hard-crusted bread, tofu, shaved Parmesan, cooked shrimp or other protein, eggs, rice noodles, etc.

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One Bowl Microwave Mac and Cheese

Microwave Mac and Cheese is a mess-free, quick and easy dish prepared in one bowl with staple ingredients. It is comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round!

We are just a few weeks away from Thanksgiving… and one of the most requested side dishes for my holiday table is Mac & Cheese. With a turkey to roast and many other course dishes to prepare, I decided to put my traditional recipe to a test. Yes, I made a One Bowl Microwave Mac and Cheese. And you know what? This thing is darn good and only takes about 15 minutes to prep and cook. It’s magic in the kitchen!

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Forget about boxed mac and cheese! Prepare our quick and super delish Microwave Mac and Cheese — which by the way is a comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round. Yep, it makes a no-fuss, mess-free, quick weeknight meal with the power to please a crowd.

All we have to do is to combine macaroni pasta, water, and salt in a microwave safe bowl and cook for about 8 minutes in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is cooked. Then stir in unsalted butter, heavy cream or half-and-half, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, and ground black pepper. Microwave again for about 1 minute or until cheese melts. Stir and enjoy right away!

You can garnish with a touch of red pepper flakes and fresh herbs such as basil or oregano… and serve either by itself or as an accompaniment for turkey or any other meat.

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See? Easy peasy!

In fact, it is so simple to prepare that even a child can make it. Mixing and microwaving are the only “skills” required here.

As you can see, this is way easier and less messier than the stove-top and oven-baked versions made from scratch.  But if you would like to explore either of these two baked versions– Mac and Cheese Carbonara or Brazilian Mac and Cheese — go for it, too!

Mac and cheese, also known as macaroni and cheese in America and Canada, macaroni cheese in the UK, and macaroni pie in Caribbean English, is traditionally made from macaroni pasta and cheese sauce (Mornay sauce) and baked in the oven. But our Microwave Mac and Cheese abbreviates the process, requiring no roux (a mixture of butter and flour) to prepare the dish, yet achieving the desired creaminess so characteristic of the classic version.

Got it?

So enjoy– not only for the holidays, but why not the whole year round?!

 

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Microwave Mac and Cheese is a mess-free, quick and easy dish prepared in one bowl with staple ingredients. It is comfort food that can be enjoyed all year round! 
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  1. In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the pasta, water, and salt together. Microwave on high power for about 8 minutes in 2-minute intervals until the pasta is al dente or cooked. Stir mixture between intervals. Note: Cooking time can vary according to the potency of your microwave. If water is absorbed before pasta is cooked, add a bit more water.
  2. Once pasta is cooked, stir in the butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, cheddar, and pepper. Return bowl to the microwave and let cook for about 1 additional minute or until cheese melts. Stir and enjoy immediately! If desired, you can garnish the top with red pepper flakes and fresh herbs such as basil or oregano.
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Quick and Easy Kale Pesto Pasta

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Kale Pesto Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight meal that also has Parmesan cheese, tomatoes, olives, and shrimp (or any other protein of your choice).

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® Pasta. Thank you, friends, for supporting all the brands that I work with and love.

It’s the early part of the school year… and we’ve got you covered! This Kale Pesto Pasta makes the most delicious and comforting meal for both kids and parents. And you know what? It can be prepared in 30 minutes. It is already in the list of family faves!

Our Kale Pesto Pasta is nutritious, yet prepared with simple ingredients: budget-friendly Skinner® Pasta, kale pesto, shaved Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, black olives, and any protein of your choice, such as shrimp.

All we have to do is to cook the Skinner pasta (in this case, linguine) according to the instructions on the package. Then, drain and mix with a homemade kale pesto. Right before serving, add shaved Parmesan cheese, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives and, if desired, cooked shrimp or another protein of your choice.

Voila! — before you know it, a complete dish is ready for your lunch or dinner, helping make those busy early-school-year schedules manageable enough that you can enjoy more family moments together.

The homemade kale pesto can be prepared in the blink of an eye and requires no cooking. Thawed chopped kale, fresh basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese are blended together in a blender or processed in a food processor until mixture is smooth. See? Easy peasy!

I am telling you, this pasta dish will put a smile on your face. It tastes amazing! Also, it is accessible, friendly and uncomplicated… just like the people of Texas, my home state.

Skinner pasta is the #1 pasta in Texas. In addition, it is enriched, easy to cook, and features a variety of pastas such as linguine, spaghetti, penne, fettuccine, elbows, and even a fun Texas shape. This makes Skinner perfect for both weeknight meals and dishes for special occasions.

For more information about Skinner products and other easy delicious recipe ideas like this Kale Pesto Pasta, please visit skinnerpasta.com .

Quick and easy meals are an effective tool often used for saving time at my household. And how about yours? I would love to hear how your family manages a busy school-year schedule!

In addition, what other dish(es) would you like to prepare with Skinner pasta? I am looking forward to hearing your ideas.

For now, enjoy your family and a great meal together!

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Skinner® pasta.

 

 

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  1. Cook the pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, prepare the kale pesto. In a blender or food processor, combine the kale, basil, salt and pepper. With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Then, turn it off to scrape down the sides of the blender or processor. Add the garlic, lemon juice, and Parmesan cheese and blend/process well until mixture is smooth. Set aside.
  2. Once pasta is cooked, drain and add the cooked shrimp or other protein of your choice. Toss with kale pesto and top with Parmesan cheese shavings, grape tomatoes and Kalamata olives. Garnish with lemon slices or wedges if desired. Serve while it is hot, and enjoy!
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Quick Chicken Pot Pie Baked Rice

A quick and easy Chicken Pot Pie Baked Rice casserole made with pantry staples within about 30 minutes.  It has all the comforting flavors of the classic dish but without the pie crust.

Raise your hand if you are a fan of chicken pot pies… well, me too — and I’ve got both of my hands lifted high!  What if I told you that the filling from that classic dish is great for more than just filling a pie crust? Yep… you have it here, in a Chicken Pot Pie Baked Rice casserole.  It is dinner made easy, and quite comforting. How come? Check it out, hon!

Pantry staples were used to make this gluten-free one-baking dish.   We simply mixed cooked long-grain rice with shredded roasted chicken, frozen mixed vegetables (corn, peas, green beans, and carrots), canned condensed chicken soup, egg yolks, seasonings, and cheese.

Then, we placed the mixture into a greased and floured baking dish… and baked for about 25-30 minutes.  In the meantime, you can feel free to spend some time on Facebook or reading your favorite magazine.  And voilá!  Dinner will be ready before you know it.

I know, I know… Our Chicken Pot Pie Baked Rice has it all, including the taste of life made easier for busy moms like us.

This dish has all the comforting flavors of the beloved classic — but without the pie crust.  It is perfect not only for busy weeknight meals but also for those lazy weekends. First of all, it doesn’t require any special skill from the cook. Second, it is a complete meal all by itself.  It may not have “one-pot” or “one-skillet” in its name, but it is definitely part of that same family.  And you know what that means… mess-free! 😉

I confess my husband was a bit skeptical how good this dish would turn out… until he had a spoonful. Boy, no need to tell ya that the man came for seconds and thirds.  It made my day!  Even my eldest kid — who can be picky (grrrr!!!) approved.

If you double or triple some of the ingredients, you will have enough to also make the classic pot pie itself, or this Brazilian version .

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I will leave you now with the formula to one hero of a dish, and to your much-deserved rest.

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A quick and easy Chicken Pot Pie Baked Rice casserole made with pantry staples within about 30 minutes.  It has all the comforting flavors of the classic dish but without the pie crust.
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter and flour (it can be GF) in a medium baking dish; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, stir in well the condensed chicken soup with the egg yolks. Add the cooked rice, chicken, vegetables, seasonings, and cheddar cheese/mozzarella. Mix well until obtaining a homogeneous mixture. Place mixture into the prepared baking dish, sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top, and bake uncovered for about 25-30 minutes. Serve warm with chopped parsley on top. Enjoy!
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One Pot Leftover Pasta & Tips on Weeknight Meals — Guest Post by Kitchen Byte

One Pot Leftover Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight vegetarian dish made with whole wheat pasta and vegetable leftovers. Also, pick up a few useful tips on how to prepare no-fuss weeknight meals.

Love the practicality of one pot dishes? How about when you can put your leftovers to use in one single and hearty dish? Well, I do, too! So a One Pot Leftover Pasta is what is on the menu for tonight, honey!  And a few useful tips on making hassle-free weeknight meals are an added bonus! Check them out!

Everything comes courtesy of Barbara Whitney from Kitchen Byte!  She is a passionate kitchen aficionado from Dover, focused on making the kitchen a better place. Raising two lively boys and spoiling one great husband with delightful food, she crafted her cooking skills through trial and error. Now Barbara tries to help moms around the world to cook better, more efficiently, and with joy.

Her blog features great kitchen improvement tips, tricks, and good bites!

Well, without further ado, here is Barbara, in her own words:

Don’t you hate it when it’s late in the evening, and kids start begging you for a meal, just when you prepared yourself for a nice refreshing bath? Or when you return from work hungry, but there’s nothing to eat and you have to cook? I know how you’re feeling.

These two scenarios can sometimes drive a woman mad.

We often don’t have enough time to cook, so we need to improvise. Sometimes that means ordering from the nearest fast food restaurant (been there, done that), but sometimes, a creative cook can make something out of nothing, and impress the family with an incredibly easy and quick meal which tastes amazing.

In order to have the second scenario happening more than the first, you should follow the next tips:

Utilize What You Have

Creating a fabulous dish doesn’t have to require some exotic spices or ingredients, or feature a particular technique. Sticking with timeless recipes with basic stuff that you have at the moment will make no room for error, especially if you’ve made this dish a thousand times.

Batch Processing

In order to shorten the preparation time, try to set the things in motion by multitasking. Even though this might sound like a bad idea, it works if you’re skilled. When you have the experience cooking for three hungry men like I do, you’ll have to prepare and cook in batches. Chop the ingredients for the salad while the eggs are cooking, check the pasta while you’re simmering the mushrooms, peel the potatoes while the bagels are in the toast.

Utilize One Pot Recipes

I don’t know who came to this idea first, but I am very thankful to that woman. (I’m presuming a woman did it, because cooking a lot of food to feed multiple hungry mouths seems like a women’s task more often than men’s to me. Do you agree?) Taking all the ingredients and simmering them into a single meal makes so much room and leaves you with free hands. A fantastic idea!

It’s all about the creativity and the versatility of the chef. That’s why I’m bringing you the fabulous meal I made yesterday. One day I got into the kitchen to prepare a meal for my husband and myself, as we were both hungry. The kitchen was half empty, and I was feeling lazy, so I got creative and made this one pot leftover pasta.

I am sure we all can relate — on a daily basis! Thank you, Barbara, for being part of our summer series, and also for sharing with us your weeknight tips and a yummy One Pot Leftover Pasta recipe.

I hope that you have enjoyed all the dishes brought by our guest bloggers as we bring our summer series to a close.  I am taking the reins again!!!  But please pay a visit to their blogs and say hello — you will enjoy the wonderful  stories and cooking arsenal that they have to offer…

We’ll see you next week with a recipe of our own!!!

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One Pot Leftover Pasta is a quick and easy weeknight vegetarian dish made with whole wheat pasta and vegetable leftovers. Get also a few useful tips on how to prepare no-fuss weeknight meals.
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  1. Put all the chopped veggies in the pan, followed by the pasta. Pour the olive oil over the mixture and season everything to taste. The spices aren’t mandatory; you can be creative with this. Put on the stove and set it to high, and pour the broth over the mixture. Note: It’s important to pour with enough broth, so the mixture is submerged.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, and then leave it to simmer on low heat for an additional 10 minutes. Use tongs to mix everything up and even out the mass.
  3. While the meal is simmering, cut the hazelnuts into small pieces for garnishing (notice the multitasking here). It will provide a nice, earthy flavor and a dose of crunch to the dish. Serve hot, and enjoy this One Pot Leftover Pasta
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Homemade Bow Tie Pasta with Tomato and Basil Sauce

You Learn how to make Homemade Bow Tie Pasta tossed with a tomato and basil sauce, which requires only a few simple ingredients and is easy and fun to prepare. The result? An addictive dish that will please the entire family!

Homemade Bow Tie Pasta made easy? Yes, that’s right!!!! Check it out!

The recipe for today, along with many other superb pasta recipes (and of course, flavorful sauces to pair them with, like today’s tomato and basil sauce) are all available in Manuela Zangara’s new cookbook, Homemade Pasta Made Simple. Believe me!  Once you taste homemade pasta, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought. There is only one problem: no, it is not the preparation process, because Manu makes that quite easy… the problem is how addicting fresh pasta can be!  And that’s one thing I know for a fact. 🙂

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Even as a professional chef, I always thought of pasta as labor intensive… well, that is, until I got my hands on a copy of Manu’s cookbook.  I am not kidding!  She makes the process absolutely seamless, and way less scary than you might think.

At first, she entertains us with personal stories of when she first learned, at an early age, how to make pasta with her Italian family at home in Milan…

… then Manu teaches how to make essential pasta dough recipes — such as the ‘know-by-heart egg pasta dough’ that we used to make our bow tie pasta — and the many fun forms that one can craft while shaping pastas.  In fact, some of the chapters are even organized by pasta form, such as hand-shaped, ribbon-cut, and stuffed pastas, as well as gnochi and gnudi.

Another whole chapter is dedicated to all kinds of Italian sauces such as pesto, lemon sauce, arrabbiata, gongonzola, and the list goes on and on.

And that is not all!  The book features all the details you’ve been wondering about the necessary ingredients, conversions, simple tools and equipment, and easy techniques, so that we can all master making pasta like a pro. After all, there is nothing like learning from an expert, right?

Manu and her book are simply fantastic!  She is the beautiful lady who shared a Quick and Easy Veal Marsala recipe with us a few weeks ago. Remember?!  Yep!  The mind and hands behind the popular food blog, Manu’s Menu.

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Here is one of her new pasta and sauce VIDEOS — so that you can see how easy it is to make another one of her new cookbook recipes:

Well, for now enjoy this Homemade Bow Tie Pasta with tomato basil sauce. A mangiare!

P.S.:  YOU CAN ORDER HOMEMADE PASTA MADE SIMPLE ON AMAZON BEGINNING AUGUST 8, 2017. YOU CAN ALSO GET IT NOW FOR THE KINDLE, FOR ONLY $1.99!

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This Homemade Bow Tie Pasta tossed with tomato and basil sauce requires only a few simple ingredients and is easy and fun to prepare. The result? An addictive dish that will please the entire family! Recipes adapted from Homemade Pasta Made Easy Cookbook by Manuela Zangara (pages 20; 52 and 53; 182).
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To prepare the homemade bow tie pasta:
  1. Weigh the flour and mound it in a bowl. Make a well in the center of the mound. Crack the eggs in a separate bowl and pour them into the well.
  2. Beat the eggs with a fork until smooth. Using the tips of your fingers, mix the eggs with the flour, a little at a time, until everything is combined.
  3. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes, or until smooth. Form into a ball, cover tightly with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  4. Dust 3 (10-by-15-inches) baking sheets with flour and reserve. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface and feed through a pasta machine, adjusting the settings to setting #7, or roll the dough by hand with a rolling pin, making the dough as thin and uniform as possible
  5. Using a crinkle-edge pastry wheel or a pizza cutter (if you don't have a crinkle-edge pastry wheel), cut the pasta sheets into 2 1/2-inch squares. A ruler can be used for measurement to cut uniform squares if desired. I did use it!
  6. To shape the bow ties, pinch each square in the middle with your thumb and index finger. Then, transfer to the floured baking sheets and repeat the above steps with the remaining dough.
  7. Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water for approximately 2 minutes or until al dente (cooked but still slightly firm). Drain pasta in a colander and shake away excess water. Serve immediately tossed with the tomato basil sauce. Enjoy!
To prepare the tomato basil sauce:
  1. Heat oil in a sauce pan over low heat. Saute onion for about 2 minutes or until translucent. Add the diced tomatoes and water. Season with salt, cover, and let cook for about 10-15 minutes over low heat.
  2. Add basil leaves and stir. Pour sauce over cooked and drained pasta in a pot and mix well while cooking for about 1 minute. Serve immediately, topped with grated cheese (or shaved cheese like I did).
Recipe Notes

MY NOTE: If you don't use great quality canned diced tomatoes, you may need to add more seasonings (such as a bit of red pepper flakes), a dash of white wine, and/or sauteed minced garlic to make sauce more flavorful.

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Quick and Easy BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla

This quick and easy BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla has all the flavor of a bbq chicken pizza but in the form of a quesadilla. It makes the ideal weeknight meal for back-to-school!

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Back to school? We’ve got you (and us) covered! This BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla makes the easiest and most delicious kid-friendly weeknight meal. And you know what? It can be prepared within 15 minutes, with only 5 ingredients purchased at Walmart,  saving us time so that we can get back to what’s important: family! Mine is already hooked on this pizza quesadilla!

It is prepared with 5 (yes, just 5) simple ingredients: flour tortillas, homemade-tasting Prego® Italian Sauce, a shredded cheese of your choice, store-bought barbecue sauce, and low-fat, ready-to-use canned Swanson® Premium Chicken. For extra flavor, we optionally added just a bit of fresh oregano.

All we have to do is to heat a skillet on medium heat and spread Prego® Italian Sauce on top of a tortilla…

… Sprinkle on the cheese, and then spoon on Swanson® Premium Chicken mixed with barbecue sauce. If desired, sprinkle on a bit of fresh oregano leaves.

Then, top with another tortilla as if making a quesadilla.  And finally, finish by adding more tomato sauce and cheese like a pizza topping and take to the oven for a few minutes or until cheese melts. You can garnish topping with a few leaves of fresh oregano if desired!

Voila! — our bbq chicken pizzadilla is ready to be devoured — either by itself or accompanied by tomato sauce for dipping, guacamole, pico de gallo, or any other sauce/condiment of your choice.

We washed our bbq chicken pizzadilla down with a diet, refreshing V8 Splash® which is packed with essential antioxidant vitamins A & C. Campbell Soup Company products helped us to prepare a real family favorite, making our busy back-to-school schedule manageable enough to spend more time with family.

I loved that convenience. And so will you! Click here to visit the Campbell’s Shortcut Meals website for more Back to School meal inspiration!

Ready to shop for delicious Campbell Soup Company product ingredients? Hover over the photo to click through to Walmart.com and purchase them!

Quick and easy meals are an effective tool often used for saving time at my household. And how about yours? I would love to hear how your family manages a busy back-to-school schedule!

Enjoy — both great meals and time with family! 🙂

 

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This quick and easy BBQ Chicken Pizzadilla has all the flavor of a bbq chicken pizza but in the form of a quesadilla. It makes the ideal weeknight meal for back-to-school!
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Prep Time 8 minutes
Cook Time 4-5 minutes
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Prep Time 8 minutes
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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Meanwhile, heat a medium non stick skillet over medium heat. Place one tortilla in the skillet, spread on 2 tablespoons of tomato sauce, and then sprinkle on half of the cheese. 
  2. Mix the chicken with the barbecue sauce in a bowl and then spoon over the cheese, reserving a bit to place on top later. Sprinkle on a bit of the oregano if desired. Place the remaining tortilla on top and let cook for about 1 minute or until golden brown. Using a large metal spatula, carefully flip over the pizzadilla. Spread the remaining tomato sauce over it, sprinkled the other half of the cheese, and spoon the reserved barbecued chicken.
  3. Place skillet in the preheated oven and bake for about 2-3 minutes or until cheese has melted. Slice and serve with a bit of oregano on top. Enjoy this bbq chicken pizzadilla!
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Quick & Easy Veal Marsala — Guest Post by Manu’s Menu

A 30-minute Veal Marsala recipe for an easy weeknight meal. An authentic Italian dish, prepared with a few simple ingredients, that can be served with a crusty bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.

I feel both happy and honored to have one of my favorite food bloggers and friend, Manuela Zangara from Manu’s Menu,   guest posting for us this week.  She has prepared a quick and easy Veal Marsala — a down-home dish, close to her heart. Manu, as we call her, is a native of Italy. So yes, I feel blessed to have her sharing her expertise in Italian cuisine with us. After all, there’s nothing like learning from the pros, right?

She is a star, folks! Manu is the author of one of the most popular blogs in Australia, where she lives with her husband and 2 daughters. She has been featured in many well-known publications and if that weren’t enough, she is a soon-to-be published cookbook author. Her upcoming cookbook is about easy-to-prepare homemade pasta. Of course, I could not let this opportunity pass…

This girl here is honored to have been asked by Manu to review her cookbook. We will find out more about it in August… here on Easy and Delish!

Thank you Manu for doing this for us! Please don’t forget to stop by her blog that has the best Italian recipes ever, along with many other dishes from different cuisines.

And here is my dear friend Manu in her own words:

“I feel honored to be guest posting today for one of my favorite food blogger friends: Denise of Easy and Delish Recipes! Besides being what I would call an “artist” in the kitchen, Denise is also an amazing person! For such a special occasion, I wanted to make something that truly represents me and my blog. So it had to be an Italian dish, something easy to make and that tasted delicious. That’s how I decided to make Veal Marsala.

 

 

This recipe represents me on many levels. To begin with, it is a quintessential Italian dish. But that’s not all, the main ingredient comes from Sicily, the place where my parents were born and where my roots are. In fact, Marsala wine is made in the town of Marsala, near Trapani, in the western coast of Sicily. And to top it all, this dish shows how easily you can make a tasty meal for your family with just a few ingredients. I always say, there is no need to use fancy (or too many) ingredients to cook an authentic Italian meal! Simplicity is the key.

I know many of you are probably familiar with Chicken Marsala, but the traditional Italian version is slightly different: it uses veal (or pork) and it is made without mushrooms. Veal Marsala is known in Italy as Scaloppine al Marsala, where the term scaloppine simply means “thin slices of meat”. Scaloppine can be made in many different ways, but what sets this specific recipe apart is the sweetness that Marsala wine imparts to the sauce.

Make sure to serve Veal Marsala with some crusty bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.

Thank you Denise for having me here! Despite my crazy schedule, I haven’t stopped smiling since the day you kindly invited me to guest post for you on your wonderful site.”

Enjoy Manu’s Veal Marsala– and have a great time with your family!

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A 30-minute Veal Marsala recipe for an easy weeknight meal. An authentic Italian dish, prepared with a few simple ingredients, that can be served with a crusty bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.
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Prep Time 15 minutes
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  1. Using a meat mallet, tenderize the veal steaks. Season them with salt and pepper and lightly coat them with 2 tablespoons of flour. Keep aside. In the meantime, melt the butter with the extra virgin olive oil in a skillet over a medium flame.
  2. Add the veal steaks and brown them well on both sides. Remove the meat from the skillet and keep aside. Pour the Marsala wine in the pan and let the alcohol evaporate.
  3. Melt the remaining ½ tablespoon of flour in 1 cup of water and add it to the pan. Season with salt to taste and mix well. Add the veal steaks and thyme, and cook for 1 or 2 minutes on each side. You may need to add a little extra water if the sauce thickens too much. Serve warm.
Recipe Notes

Make sure to serve Veal Marsala with some crusty bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.

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