Recipe: Kale Pasta with Pistachios and Parmesean

I really didn’t have that high of hopes for this dish but it proved to be wonderful!!  I have had a Real Food magazine on my counter with my recipe binder for MONTHS and I finally flipped through it and pulled out a few recipes that seemed intriguing.  I had most of the ingredients for this one already so I decided I’d try it.  So glad I did!  It has a much more unique flavor than I expected. It is definitely going in the rotation.

Kale Pasta with Pistachios and Parmesean
Serves 6
A delicious pasta dish with a deep flavor that will surprise you.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3-5 Tb olive oil
  2. 4 cloves garlic
  3. 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  4. 5 cups ripped kale from the bag
  5. 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  6. 1 can chickpeas, drained
  7. 16 ounces favorite pasta
  8. 1.5 cups good Parmesan, shredded
  9. 1/2 cup roasted salted pistachios
Instructions
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta and cook according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large saute pan, heat the oil with the garlic and mushrooms until fragrant.
  3. Add the kale and wilt down until dark green, stirring frequently.
  4. Add the tomatoes and chickpeas and stir, tossing to coat.
  5. Cook until the chickpeas are heated through and then add the pasta and cheese (save some to top, or add more than is called for) and toss all together.
  6. Transfer to serving dish and top with more cheese and the pistachios.
  7. Serve hot!
Adapted from Real Food Magazine Spring 2017
Adapted from Real Food Magazine Spring 2017
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Busy Bubbers: Task illustrations for task and chore charts

Ever since I made a morning chart to help my kids know what I expect of them to be able to get to school on time, they have been able to focus so much more!!  It’s helped our mornings go so much more smoothly that I have also now made charts for afternoon and evening tasks, too.  It really helps cut down the “nagging” or yelling or the kids not knowing what I expect from them.  And if they whinewhinewhine in the afternoons to watch a show, all I have to say is, “Is your chart done?” and that’s all that needs to come from this mama’s mouth!  This has been a game changer!! So I got some additional suggestions from some Instagram friends on other tasks they’d like to include on their own charts, and I’ve whipped up 4 pages of tasks for you to be able to make your charts specific to your and your family’s needs!  I’ve also included clothing drawer labels so your babes can put their own laundry away and a page of blank squares so that if there isn’t a task illustration you need, you can make your own but keep them all uniform.  I printed mine on card stock and will make a page for each for the morning, afternoon and evening task charts.  There are cute sun images to represent each period of the day, and a few illustrations that you can customize for your own schedule (like a blank alarm clock and blank reading and art times, etc.).  Also, there are a few tasks that I should explain: in our house, a “mom job” is required each afternoon.  It’s when the boys initiate and come to me to ask me if there is anything they can help me with.  Also, a “mad dash” is something I grew up doing and we have implemented it in our family culture as well.  It’s when you clean as fast and hard as you can for a really short period of time (like after dinner, for example.)  We will do a mad dash for about 3 minutes once or twice a day to help upkeep our home.  Other than that, everything should be pretty self explanitory!  And I’m happy to add illustrations if you want to DM me on Instagram with more suggestions!  Find the free download links below!

TASK CHART 1

TASK CHART 2

TASK CHART 3

TASK CHART 4

TASK CHART 5

TASK CHART squares

Recipe: easy gourmet chicken

I really couldn’t think of a better name than that because that is simply what it is.  The easiest but one of the most delicious chicken recipe you’ll ever make, hands down.  I originally found this recipe on Pinterest but cannot find the author, so if you know who it is then please email me so I can give credit!  I have made a few changes to suit our tastes but all the credit goes to the Pinterest Phantom who first posted this one.  I have used this recipe for years now.  It is always a hit and so, so easy.

Easy Gourmet Chicken
Serves 4
Easy, savory, flavorful chicken breasts that are assembled in less than five minutes
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  3. 1/2 cup mayo
  4. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  5. 3/4 teaspoon seasoning salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. Place a rack on a cooking sheet or spray a casserole dish with non-stick spray and place chicken breasts in dish.
  2. Combine all topping ingredients and spread over the chicken breasts.
  3. Bake at 400 for 30-35 minutes.
  4. Spoon any topping that has fallen off the chicken breasts over them before serving.
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Recipe: Panzanella Salad

I don’t like peppers, tomatos or cucumbers but this is somehow the most amazing salad I’ve ever had. We had a cookbook club recently and my friend brought this and it hit the spot like nothing I’ve ever tasted–I’ve been fantasizing about it every since.  I finally scheduled it into my meal plan this week and ended up having to substitute a few ingredients from the original recipe to get what you see pictured, but it still turned out incredibly delicious.  I’ll post the original recipe and my variation, as well.  Make sure you check out the notes at the bottom of the recipe.

Panzanella Salad
Serves 4
A light but flavorful salad--add your favorite meat to make it a one pan meal!
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Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Total Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 small French bread or boule, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups)
  3. 1 teaspoon course salt
  4. 2 large, ripe tomatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes
  5. 1 cucumber, unpeeled, seeded, and sliced 1/2 inch thick
  6. 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  7. 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch cubes
  8. 1/2 red onion, cut in half and thinly sliced
  9. 20 large basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  10. 3 tablespoons capers, drained*
For the Vinaigrette
  1. 1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
  2. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  3. 3 tablespoons champagne vinegar**
  4. 1/2 cup good olive oil
  5. 1/2 teaspoon course salt
  6. 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan.
  2. Add the bread and salt; cook over low to medium heat, tossing frequently, for 10 minutes, or until nicely browned. Add more oil as needed.
  3. For the vinaigrette, whisk together the ingredients.
  4. In a large bowl, mix the tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, yellow pepper, red onion, basil, and capers.
  5. Add the bread cubes and toss with the vinaigrette.
  6. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  7. Serve, or allow the salad to sit for about half an hour for the flavors to blend.
Notes
  1. *I didn't have capers, so I just left them out.
  2. **I used balsamic vinegar instead and it was DELICIOUS. I will use champagne vinegar in the future if I ever remember to buy it, but I always have balsamic on hand so I'm not too worried about ever being in a pickle.
  3. ***My friend who brought this recipe added cubed salami to the salad and it was amazing!
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa
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