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Pesto Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes & Asparagus

I found this recipe on Pinterest and adapted it a bit from the one Damn Delicious posted.  Hubby had his with a fried egg on top, and really enjoyed it.  Runny egg yolks are not my thing without toast, so I skipped the egg and enjoyed mine with a sprinkling of fresh grated parmesan cheese.  The egg definitely adds protein though – so to boost it if you don’t want eggs, try a legume like chickpeas or cannellini beans.

The Boy had his without egg and cleaned his plate, so even good for picky eaters.  My kids both love roasted asparagus, though – so that makes things easier!

Serve with a green salad and garlic bread – perfect quick-cooking, no plan meal.

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Vegetarian Greek Pasta Recipe

We try to do vegetarian meals once a week, some weeks we’re pretty good, some weeks we are not – at all 🙂

I was a bit apprehensive about this one – the flavors from the feta are pretty strong but Hubby really liked it, so that’s a win in my book.  The picky boy is at boyscouts, so I’m going to go out on a limb and think he’s not going to be keen on it, but he’s a big boy and will get over it.

This was a really quick meal to put together and I added some toasted Naan from the freezer – which is always tasty.
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Pressure Cooker Deconstructed Lasagne Soup Recipe

This. Was. Great. I love lasagne but its time consuming and expensive to make.  This Deconstructed Lasagne Soup Recipe was the answer to my dilemma.

I adapted a recipe from PeggyUnderPressure.com to fit what I had on hand and our tastes.  She made balls with the ricotta and mozzarella and I just put spoonfuls into the soup.  I’m anti-fussy.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker – this could be easily done on the stovetop or in a slow cooker – I wouldn’t really adjust the recipe much – if you use a slow cooker I’d precook the noodles and then add to the soup the last 20 minutes before you serve it.

Hope you like it!

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Vegetarian Potato Curry – Yum!

I am a complete novice when it comes to Indian food.  I make a few dishes with curry powder, and I thought adding curry powder to some stuff would be as “exotic” as it got for me – but I was inspired by a book I read and thought a vegetarian potato curry sounded scrumptious (I have never met a potato I didnt like.)

Trying to cut back on portion sizes and calories, having a vegetarian meal once or twice a week is a good habit to pick up.  I keep the toaster size Naan Bread from Costco in my freezer so adding some rice and a piece of bread rounds out a great meal.  If you want to stretch it – add a can of chickpeas and some frozen peas as well :).

Even more adventurous – I didnt really have a recipe – I sort of smooshed a few different things together.  I hope you like this!

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Weekly Menu feb 12-18
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Weekly Menu Feb 12 – 18, 2017

Dinner this week – yum.  I am trying out a few new recipes AND I’ve gotten a new kitchen tool – an INSTANT POT.  I’m pretty happy with it so far and have at least 2 recipes planned using it this week.

What are you having?

Sunday Feb 12, 2017 – Pulled Pork & Cole Slaw.  I’m having fun with my new Instant Pot and trying some pulled pork will be my next adventure.  I’ll be making coleslaw to go with it, using my mom’s recipe of course.  Probably some biscuits and a salad as well.  Yum.

Monday Feb 13, 2017 – Stuffed Peppers.  Brown rice, ground beef, some veggies and a yummy sauce means a quick healthful meal.  The Boy isnt too much of a fan, but he’ll live.

Tuesday Feb 14, 2017 – Chopped Salad.  Gym tonight – so something fast and tasty.  Might do some chicken on the salad if I’m not dying when we get home.

Wednesday Feb 15, 2017 – White Chicken Chili.  Another try with my Instant Pot.  The best thing about this tool is being able to make great soups, stews, roasts, etc in less than an HOUR.  

Thursday Feb 16, 2017 – Leftover Chili and Wraps.  We’ll have leftover soup and I’ll put some wraps together with ham, lettuce and other veggies and a few slices of cheese.

Friday Feb 17, 2017.  Lasagne Roll Ups.  I love these, fast, tasty, lower calorie than a regular lasagne.  

Saturday Feb 18, 2017.  Fish?  Shopping day, I’m going to pick up some sort of fish – so the recipe will have to wait until I pick it out.  Could be anything from baked cod or sole to Seafood Arrabbiata!

small cowboy caviar recipe
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Cowboy Caviar – Small Batch

I found a nice recipe for Cowboy Caviar but honestly – they make SO MUCH and I really didn’t need to have so much in my fridge.  I cut the recipe here and there and it still made quite a bit – great for a couple or small gathering.

Hubby hates cilantro – so I made it optional here.  Use whatever bell pepper you have on hand, I like yellow, orange & red better than green – but green would work okay as well.  I do think that red onion is a must, a regular yellow onion would be too strong.

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