Dinners · Pork · whole 30 paleo

Spaghetti Marinara with Crispy Pork with Zoodles (or noodles!)

When I was a teenager, my parents took a trip to Italy, and when they got home, my spaghetti life was changed forever.  My Dad, who cooked dinner most nights in our family, came home proclaiming that the spaghetti we had been eating our whole lives was crap, and that the Italians did it better.… Continue reading Spaghetti Marinara with Crispy Pork with Zoodles (or noodles!)

dinner · Fall (Halloween & Thanksgiving) · Soups

One Pot Lasagna Soup

We have a Halloween tradition.  Our great friends come over.  We have a tummy-warming dinner of soup or chili (I try to make a new one each year) with fresh bread or cornbread and salad, and then we head out with all the kiddos into the (usually rainy) weather for a night of trick-or treating.… Continue reading One Pot Lasagna Soup

Beef · dinner

Michael Symon’s Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

Boy, last night sure felt like a Sunday, didn’t it?  As is the case with all Mondays of three day weekends, I spent yesterday catching up from a weekend away and getting ready for the week of school ahead.  Bags were unpacked, laundry was washed, meals were planned, groceries were purchased, permission slips were filled… Continue reading Michael Symon’s Rigatoni with Meat Sauce

Side Dishes & Salads

Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

I love to come up with new pasta salad recipes during the summer, and this one is definitely a new favorite for me.  It comes together in about 15 minutes, and it is so tasty and delicious. It combines salted orzo pasta with Greek ingredients like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta, some chicken,… Continue reading Greek Orzo Pasta Salad

chicken · Dinners

Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles

Far and away, this is one of my very favorite weeknight dinners, because it is so quick and easy, and so delicious.  Oh, and when I make it, my kids eat spinach. 😉 This is definitely a recipe for garlic lovers.  My husband and I have been making this one for years.  We’ve played with… Continue reading Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles