Crispy Risotto Stuffed Chicken Breast

I had a couple cups of Butternut Squash Risotto leftover from last week’s school assignment and was looking for ways of using it up. Bam! Crispy Risotto Stuffed Chicken Breasts! It was a huge hit!  4 large Chicken Breasts 2 cups leftover Risotto ½ cup Broccoli; chopped ¼ cup Mayonnaise  1 Tablespoon Italian Herbs SaltContinue reading “Crispy Risotto Stuffed Chicken Breast”

Chicken & Pepperoni Pasta Salad

Sometimes all you need is a big bowl of Italian pasta salad. It’s such an awesome way of using up the extra odds and ends in the kitchen. I had extra pasta, chicken and pepperoni that needed to be eaten so in they went!  4 ½ cups Pasta; cooked ½ cup Black Olives; sliced ½Continue reading “Chicken & Pepperoni Pasta Salad”

Meatball Minestrone Soup

Truth be told, the only time I’d ever tried minestrone soup was from a can. It was so gross that I never had any interest in having it again. It’s soup week at school and low and behold, Minestrone is on the menu. I now have a very different opinion! It was absolutely phenomenal! 2Continue reading “Meatball Minestrone Soup”

Creamy Italian Chicken Thighs

 I wanted to make an Italian chicken dish that didn’t have much dairy in it. This really hit the spot! I made cinnamon candied carrots, sautéed mushrooms and green beans to go with it. I got a thumbs up for dinner! Chicken: 5 large Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs 1 stick Butter; softened ⅔ teaspoon DriedContinue reading “Creamy Italian Chicken Thighs”

Pork & Mushroom Ravioli with Carrot Puree

It was my first day of class yesterday and I ended the day with quite a bit carrot puree. I thought pork and mushroom ravioli would go great with it! I’ve never been a fan of fancy plating because it tends to look pretentious, but I thought I’d give it a go.  Filling: 1 lbContinue reading “Pork & Mushroom Ravioli with Carrot Puree”

Homemade Gluten Free Vegan Pasta

Fresh pasta is such a treat and it’s a lot easier than you think. While a pasta machine might be convenient, the good ol’ rolling pin and pizza cutter work just fine. ¼ cup White Rice Flour ¼ cup Tapioca Flour ½ cup Potato Starch 1 cup Brown Rice Flour ½ cup Amaranth Flour 2Continue reading “Homemade Gluten Free Vegan Pasta”

Hearty Homestyle Lasagna

I was craving Lasagna, but I made way too much of it. I can finally make my Leftover Lasagna Stuffed Peppers again! And word of the wise, kids love lasagna and sneaking veggies into the sauce is so easy! 1 lb lean Ground Beef 1 lb Italian Sausage 1 small Onion; chopped 1 small BellContinue reading “Hearty Homestyle Lasagna”

Bolognese Baked Ziti

Dinner tonight was Baked Ziti using the marinara I made the other day and I ate entirely too much of it. I know traditional baked ziti doesn’t usually have meat or veggies in it, but what can I say, I’m a meat eater! 16 oz. Penne Pasta 6 cups Marinara Sauce 1 lb Ground BeefContinue reading “Bolognese Baked Ziti”

Quick Meatless Lasagna

I almost always put Italian sausage and ground beef in my lasagna. Alas, I didn’t have any on hand. Apparently I was also out of mozzarella. Cheddar Jack it is! It was pretty stinking good! 4 cups Marinara Sauce 2 ½ cups Ricotta 2 extra large Eggs ½ cup Parmesan 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder 1Continue reading “Quick Meatless Lasagna”

Creamy Tuscan Chicken Skillet

I found some Smoked Sun-Dried Tomatoes at my local store and immediately knew I needed to come up with a Tuscan inspired dish! This seriously hit the spot and went so well with garlic bread. Chicken: 3 lbs Chicken Thighs; bone-in skin-on 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 Tablespoon Italian Herbs Pinch of Garlic Powder SaltContinue reading “Creamy Tuscan Chicken Skillet”