Butternut Squash & Carrot Risotto

I was so excited when I found out that this week’s side dish in class was risotto. It’s hands down my favorite rice dish and it’s surprisingly easy to make! My chef instructor gave us a lot of rein to customize the dishes and I ran with it! I was shocked at how well itContinue reading “Butternut Squash & Carrot Risotto”

Irish Colcannon

This is a St. Patrick’s Day staple! It’s hearty, quick and so easy! You can substitute collard greens or any other green leafy vegetable you like. I prefer cabbage and leeks because of their toothy texture once sautéed. 2 lbs Russet Potatoes; peeled and cubed ½ cup Onion; sliced 2 cloves Garlic; Sliced 2 cupsContinue reading “Irish Colcannon”

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”

Chicken & Broccoli Pesto Mac N Cheese

I love this dish! Mac N Cheese is an awesome weeknight meal that the whole family will love. Chicken breast adds some lean protein and the broccoli adds some vitamins and fiber. Intro 2 Tablespoons Butter ⅓ cup Gluten Free Flour 1 cup Heavy Cream 1 ½ cups Whole Milk 3 ½ cups uncooked ChickpeaContinue reading “Chicken & Broccoli Pesto Mac N Cheese”

Baked Chicken Parmesan

The husband requested a pasta dish for dinner and Chicken Parm with spaghetti sounded perfect! It’s a great weeknight meal, but the deep fried nature of the dish can be a bit unhealthy. We wanted a lighter option for dinners and this delivered! 3 large Chicken Breasts 2 cups Flour 2 cups Panko Breadcrumbs 1Continue reading “Baked Chicken Parmesan”

Bacon & Spinach Stuffed Shells

This really hit the spot tonight! The addition of bacon was spot on and added a little smokiness to the filling (along with the smoked paprika). I’m going to be making these with Italian sausage next time and I’m really excited!  6 oz. Jumbo Shells (about 20 shells) 24 oz. Marinara Sauce  1 ½ cupsContinue reading “Bacon & Spinach Stuffed Shells”

Herb Chicken & Bacon Mushroom Gravy

I’m getting better about cooking meals for just 2 people instead of an army. Chicken with mushroom gravy sounded really good and I had everything I needed in my kitchen. I love when that happens! You can add more herbs to the gravy if you’d like to amp up the flavor.  Chicken: 2 Large ChickenContinue reading “Herb Chicken & Bacon Mushroom Gravy”

Fried Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo

I found some ravioli in the bottom of my freezer and thought I’d give fried Ravioli a go. I made a Pesto Alfredo to go with them and it ended up being a match made in heaven! You can use frozen or fresh ravioli and it works great! Ravioli: 1 lb Frozen Ravioli; defrosted 1Continue reading “Fried Ravioli with Pesto Alfredo”

Sausage & Pepper Bake

I think Sunday’s may be my “clean out the fridge” day. Sausage and Peppers…ish. I had some zucchini, cherry tomatoes and other odds and ends that needed using up, so in they went! I also made a light salad to go with it.   1 lb Italian Sausage Links 2 cup Bell Pepper; sliced 2Continue reading “Sausage & Pepper Bake”