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Stove Top Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stove Top Cauliflower Mac and Cheese

Stove Top Cauliflower Mac and Cheese is epitome of cheesy, delicious comfort food made healthier using cauliflower in place of half of the pasta…all in under 30 minutes! Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post for what’s #TrendingintheKitchen.

Stove Top Cauliflower Mac and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

One of our weeknight staples is a simple, from scratch stove top mac and cheese recipe. It is hearty, easy to make, always delicious and oh so comforting. We enjoy this recipe often as-is, however I am always inspired by the latest food trends to make recipes healthier.

For the latest version, cauliflower came to mind. Cauliflower recipes are all the rage these days, given its versatility. Plus it goes great with cheese! But since I cook for the toughest critics (my kids!), I first floated the idea past my 7 year old. He thought Stove Top Cauliflower Mac and Cheese sounded really, really, really (REALLY) good! …

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Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins

An easy recipe for warm, cinnamon, oatmeal, raisin studded Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins that take only minutes to make. Thank you to DairyPure Milk for sponsoring this post.

Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Breakfast time just got a whole lot tastier, thanks to this easy recipe for Cinnamon Oatmeal Muffins. The muffins are soft with a slightly chewy bite from the oatmeal. There are wonderful, warm cinnamon flavors and bursting sweet raisins throughout. They are topped with a cinnamon sugar crumble that makes them extra special….

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Broccoli Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

Broccoli Pesto Pasta is an easy, from scratch, creamy pasta sauce made healthier with broccoli, Greek yogurt and olive oil. Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post.

Broccoli Pesto Pasta | alidaskitchen.com

One of our favorite dinners is Roasted Red Pepper Pasta. It is easy, made healthier with lots of vegetables and Greek yogurt and the kids love it. Since it is such a popular recipe around our house, I use it as a base recipe for creating new ones, like this Broccoli Pesto Pasta. …

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Easy Fruit & Nut Parfait | alidaskitchen.com

Easy Fruit & Nut Parfait

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of The Hershey Company. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Easy Fruit & Nut Parfait recipe is layered with yogurt and almonds, pumpkin seeds, fruit and a hint of chocolate or yogurt, yet contains only two simple ingredients. 

Easy Fruit & Nut Parfait | alidaskitchen.com

This Easy Fruit & Nut Parfait recipe has become breakfast staple and favorite snack. It is packed with wholesome goodness of yogurt, real fruit, nuts, seeds and yogurt-flavored cream or dark chocolate, yet is made using only two ingredients. Plus it takes only minutes to make. Intrigued? The secret ingredient…Brookside Fruit & Nut Bars!

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Cheesy Vegetable Frittata | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Vegetable Frittata

Cheesy Vegetable Frittata is a healthy, protein-packed one-pot meal made in minutes using seasonal vegetables, eggs and cheese. Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post. {gluten free, low carb)

Cheesy Vegetable Frittata | alidaskitchen.com

During the summer months, this Cheesy Vegetable Frittata is a frequent go-to staple for dinner, breakfast or any time we want a healthy meal fast. It is quick, easy and we can use up whatever vegetables we have on hand, which is especially convenient during the summer when we have an abundance of fresh summer produce….

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Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles #SundaySupper

An easy recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles made with whole wheat flour, buttermilk, brown sugar and bursting with fresh blueberries throughout. 

Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles | alidaskitchen.com

With blueberry season upon us, everything is coming up blueberries! From these Blueberry Crumb Bars to this Blueberry Balsamic Salad, nothing beats the delicious taste of our favorite blueberry recipes made with fresh, juicy, perfectly in-season blueberries. With this Blueberry Buttermilk Waffles recipe, we have a new blueberry recipe to add to our list of favorites!…

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Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken | alidaksitchen.com

Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken #SundaySupper

This easy recipe for Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken combines honey, balsamic vinegar, garlic and herbs into a healthy chicken dish that takes minutes to prepare. Time to fire up the grill! {gluten free, dairy free}

Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken | alidaksitchen.com

Now that summer is drawing near, I wanted to transform one of our weeknight favorite dinners (Baked Balsamic Chicken) into another weeknight favorite cooked out on the grill. The kids get to play outside while we grill up a tasty feast – everybody wins! Since this recipe was made with my toughest little critics in mind, I decided to sweeten up my original recipe with a little honey. The result is this incredible, tender, slightly sweet and delicious Grilled Honey Balsamic Chicken!…

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Poblano Chicken Tostada Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Poblano Chicken Tostada Salad

Poblano Chicken Tostada Salad is a healthy entree salad made with chicken, poblano peppers, onion and spices, served over a bed of salad greens on top of a cheesy, crisp corn tortilla. This is easy to make, great for a weeknight!

Poblano Chicken Tostada Salad | alidaskitchen.com

This Poblano Chicken Tostada Salad is inspired by the Chopped At Home challenge with Sargento® Cheese.

For this challenge, at-home cooks are asked to get creative in the kitchen with your best dish, that must include the following ingredients:

  • Sargento® 4 Cheese Mexican Blend
  • Corn tortillas
  • Poblano peppers
  • Chicken thighs

The dish may  contain other ingredients, but the above must be the focus. Needless to say, I was very excited to see the contents of this virtual chopped basket. Creating a Mexican-inspired dish using some of my favorite ingredients would be a fun challenge!…

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Spinach Artichoke Chiacken Rice Casserole | alidaskitchen.com

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Rice Casserole

Tracking PixelSpinach Artichoke Chicken Rice Casserole transforms cheesy spinach artichoke dip into a delicious healthy casserole with chicken and rice that is easy to make and the whole family will enjoy! Thank you to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this post. 

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Rice Casserole | alidaskitchen.com

Kids and eating – one of life’s great mysteries. One day they love broccoli, the next day they declare it is the worst thing ever (and follow that up by eating up all their broccoli, asking for more,..but it’s still the worst 😉 ) Enter busy weeknights and these fun challenges definitely keep parents on their toes. Pantry staples that I always have on hand and know my family likes, such as Minute® Rice, make it easy and fun to come up with easy recipe ideas, like this Spinach Artichoke Chicken Rice Casserole….

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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Tracking PixelTomato Macaroni and Cheese is a healthier, from-scratch macaroni and cheese recipe with a tomato and herb twist that is easy to make in less than 30 minutes. Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

One of our favorite weeknight dinners, that is especially popular with the kids, is Macaroni and Cheese. I make a healthier version, from scratch, that is delicious on its own but is also very versatile. Using just a few simple ingredients, my simple mac and cheese recipe can be transformed into a whole new dish, like this Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese and this Spinach Macaroni and Cheese. There are so many delicious possibilities! With its simplicity and fresh flavors, this Tomato Macaroni and Cheese recipe may have become our new favorite!

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Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna

Tracking PixelCheesy Beef Taco Lasagna puts a Mexican twist on an Italian classic, creating a fun, delicious cheesy dinner the whole family will love! Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Two of my favorite types of cuisines are Italian and Mexican. I am not a purist by any means and often enjoy them in nontraditional ways (such as these Mexican Quinoa Bites). When I saw this Cheesy Beef Lasagna recipe, a tasty-looking Italian-inspired recipe, I could not wait to put a Mexican spin on the recipe to create Cheesy Beef Taco Lasagna!…

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Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake

Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake combines 5 simple ingredients – broccoli, diced tomatoes with herbs, chicken, cheese and Minute® Rice – into an easy, cheesy, delicious meal the whole family will love!  {gluten free} Plus a $100 Visa gift card giveaway!
Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake | alidaskitchen.com

For weeknight meals, we often rely on the same rotation of recipes. The recipes are favorites, but it is nice to mix things up a bit. The key is to keep recipes simple, with both preparation and ingredients. This Cheesy Tomato Chicken Rice Bake is a result of this motivation when raiding my pantry for a new weeknight meal.

A combination of Minute® White Rice and cheese (always a popular with the kids) plus diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano, chicken and broccoli, made this cheesy Chicken Tomato Chicken Rice Bake an instant favorite with the entire family. Any meal that has my 3 year old asking for ‘more broccoli please’ is a definite winner!

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9 Easy & Healthy Recipes to Pair with Soup! | alidaskitchen.com

9 Easy Recipes to Pair with Soup!

Tracking PixelA collection of 9 Easy Recipes to Pair with Soup, all on the lighter side. Thank you to Progresso™ for sponsoring this post.

9 Easy & Healthy Recipes to Pair with Soup! | alidaskitchen.com

Now that we have snow on the ground and have experienced sub-zero temperatures, it feels like a true Minnesota winter. This is the time of year soup was made for!  Especially after a fun holiday filled with cookies and treats, my body is craving foods with vegetables…and lots of them. Again…soup!…

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Mexican Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Mexican Quinoa Bites

Tracking PixelMexican Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy bite-sized mini mac and cheese muffins made with quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, and other southwestern flavors. {vegetarian, gluten free} Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

With the big game just around the corner, while I am not necessarily a football fan, I am definitely a football food fan! Since this is also a time of year when people are looking to eat a little healthier, I am even more inspired to create fun tasty recipes with a healthier twist.  Quinoa bites are always my most requested recipes for parties, such as these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites and Pizza Quinoa Bites. Time to add Mexican Quinoa Bites to the list…they’re so good!  …

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Black Bean Quinoa Chili | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Quinoa Chili

Tracking PixelBlack Bean Quinoa Chili combines black beans, diced tomatoes, vegetables and quinoa into a delicious, easy to make chili! Perfect for the busy holiday season, a weeknight or anytime! {gluten free, vegan} Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

Black Bean Quinoa Chili | alidaskitchen.com

During the busy holiday season (or any weeknight for that matter), easy recipes like this Black Bean Quinoa Chili are a lifesaver. With a little advance prep work, i.e. chopping vegetables, and key pantry staples, this delicious, healthy chili can be whipped together in minutes!…

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An easy recipe for Baked Chicken Fajitas | alidaskitchen.com

Baked Chicken Fajitas

Tracking PixelThis easy recipe for Baked Chicken Fajitas is filled with juicy seasoned chicken, crisp-tender vegetables, all made quick and easy in the oven. Thanks to Hunt’s® tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

An easy recipe for Baked Chicken Fajitas | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken fajitas are one our favorite dishes ~ especially since discovering this easy recipe for Baked Chicken Fajitas. From the delicious seasoned chicken to the abundance of crisp-tender vegetables to the tasty toppings, chicken fajitas are one of those meals made with wholesome, real foods that are guaranteed to please the whole family. It’s a win-win!…

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Slow Cooker Apple Bourbon Pulled Chicken Sliders | alidaskitchen.com

Apple Bourbon Pulled Chicken Sliders

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Campbell’s Slow Cooker Sauces. All opinions are 100% mine.

The ultimate sandwich for any party, game day or simply an easy dinner, grab your slow cooker and try these Apple Bourbon Pulled Chicken Sliders made with Campbell’s Apple Bourbon Slow Cooker Sauce! Slow Cooker Apple Bourbon Pulled Chicken Sliders | alidaskitchen.com   Whether it is a weeknight or a weekend, it seems we are running the kids from one thing to the next, or literally running ourselves, actually. While we try to fit everything in, simple meals are essential. Lately I have developed an appreciation for using the slow cooker. It truly is a time saver in the kitchen, and the result has yet to disappoint ~ especially with the latest creation, these Apple Bourbon Pulled Chicken Sliders….

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An easy recipe for a healthy Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili that takes minutes to prepare {gluten free} | alidaskitchen.com

Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili #SundaySupper

Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili is an easy recipe for a healthy chili made in the slow cooker featuring lean beef, black beans and lots of vegetables for a complete meal in a bowl! {gluten free}

An easy recipe for this healthy Slow Cooker Beef Black Bean Chili that takes minutes to prepare {gluten free} | alidaskitchen.com

Now that Fall is here, we shift our focus from grilling to cooking low and slow. During these cooler months, we turn to comfort foods made healthier, such as stews, soups and chili. Whether it is in the slow cooker, braised or roasted, beef can be a huge part of your Fall low and slow experience.

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Pasta Pizza Pie | alidaskitchen.com

Pasta Pizza Pie #SundaySupper

Pasta Pizza Pie puts a fun twist on pizza and pasta, by starting with a pasta “crust” that is topped with sauce, cheese and favorite pizza toppings!

Pasta Pizza Pie | alidaskitchen.com

 

For Sunday Supper this week, we are partnering with Gallo Family Vineyards to celebrate National Pizza Month by sharing some pizza-inspired recipes and wine pairings. This is definitely a month long celebration I can get behind!  We have pizza at least once a week, sometimes more. Anything pizza is always a winner, and pizza inspires a lot of creativity with recipes!…

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Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas

An easy recipe for cheesy, vegetable-packed Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas baked right in the oven – no flipping required! 

Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Black Bean Spinach Baked Quesadillas | alidaskitchen.com

We have a few recipes we make on a regular basis that the kids love (Taco Pasta Salad, Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake, Lighter Baked Tortellini and Stove Top Spinach Mac & Cheese, to name a few). While we keep the ingredients for some (or all) on hand at all times, somehow this past weekend, we discovered our cupboards were bare!…

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Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese combines a mesquite barbecue roasted pork tenderloin with a simple stove top macaroni and cheese recipe for an easy, delicious dinner the whole family will love! Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com One of my favorite times during the day is dinner. Our whole family eats together, and we get a chance to talk about the fun events from the day! Family meals eaten at home have been proven to benefit the health and wellness of children and adolescents, to fight obesity, substance abuse and to make families stronger – creating a positive impact on our communities and our nation as a whole. So we like to come up with fun, delicious recipes that will have everyone running to the table, like this Pulled Pork Mac and Cheese!…

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Lighter Baked Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com

Lighter Baked Tortellini

Lighter Baked Tortellini is made with a lighter garlic, fontina sauce, chopped spinach, tossed with cheese tortellini, sprinkled with Parmesan bread crumbs and baked until bubbly. Quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight (or any time!)

Lighter Baked Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com

Quick and easy dinner recipes that will please the whole family are essential – especially once school starts.  My kids request this Lighter Baked Tortellini every week,…with good reason. It is garlicky, cheesy, packed with spinach and so tasty! Fortunately it is easy to make and can be made ahead to be baked before serving. …

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Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Tyson. The opinions and text are all mine.

An Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap recipe with spicy, protein-packed chicken, lots of veggies that is made in minutes is great for a quick after school snack, a light lunch, or any time!

Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap | alidaskitchen.com

Back to school time is upon us!  Whether your kids (or you) are already back to school or getting ready to in the next couple weeks, it is an exciting time…and busy.  From gathering school supplies to homework to activities, quick and easy snacks for after school is essential. This Easy Buffalo Chicken Avocado Wrap is packed with spicy, buffalo chicken, lots of vegetables, cheese all wrapped in a tortilla. It is nutritious, tasty and can be made in minutes!…

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Overnight Baked Peach French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

Overnight Baked Peach French Toast

Overnight Baked Peach French Toast is a delicious breakfast bread pudding made with cinnamon swirl bread, juicy peaches throughout, topped with a buttery brown sugar oat crumble and made on the lighter side. 

Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Overnight Baked Peach French Toast | alidaskitchen.com

With back to school just around the corner, I am looking for ways to streamline our routines to make those hectic mornings a little easier. I am stocking our freezer with waffles, pancakes and muffins to have quick and easy breakfasts, as well as keeping easy recipes, like this Overnight Baked Peach French Toast, at the ready at all times.

Overnight Baked Peach French Toast puts a summer twist on our favorite French toast recipe (this Baked Pumpkin French Toast).  In lieu of pumpkin and spices, it has delicious, juicy peaches in every bite. Otherwise it is made with the same cinnamon bread cut into cubes, the same wonderful buttery brown sugar oat crumble topping that everyone loves and also made lighter using nonfat evaporated milk.  Everything about this Overnight Baked Peach French Toast is just so good…and easy too!…

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Stovetop Kale Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stovetop Kale Macaroni and Cheese

Stovetop Kale Macaroni and Cheese features a simple, from-scratch macaroni and cheese recipe mixed with kale sauteed in garlic and topped with a buttery cracker bacon crumble that can be made in under 30 minutes!

Stovetop Kale Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

This Stovetop Kale Macaroni and Cheese is inspired by the Chopped at Home challenge with Sargento® cheese.  For this challenge, at-home cooks are asked to get creative in the kitchen with your best dish, that must include the following ingredients:

  • Sargento® Chef Blends 4 State Cheddar
  • Kale
  • Oyster Crackers
  • Bacon

The dish may  contain other ingredients, but the above must be the focus.  When I first saw this list, I was stumped for what to make. I wanted to be consistent with the theme of the show and make a recipe in (about) 30 minutes using simple ingredients.  Then I thought about one of our favorite recipes, and could not wait to get in kitchen! …

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Taco Burgers | alidaskitchen.com

Taco Burgers #SundaySupper #GrillTalk

Fire up that grill for this southwestern twist on an American classic! Taco Burgers are everything delicious about tacos made into an easy to make (and eat) burger topped with your favorite taco fixings!

Taco Burgers | alidaskitchen.com

We love tacos so much that we eat them (in some form) at least once a week. From Taco Pasta Salad to Lighter Beef Tacos, taco anything is something the entire family enjoys. However now that Minnesota weather is filled with sunshine and warm temperatures, it is time to fire up the grill by making this classic favorite into Taco Burgers!…

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Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas #SundaySupper

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas are stuffed with black beans, corn, spinach, made with three cups of cheese and covered in an easy-to-make homemade enchilada sauce. {vegetarian, gluten free}

Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas | alidaskitchen.com

This recipe for Cheesy Vegetable Enchiladas has been a family favorite for years. From the traditional combination of black beans and corn to the deliciously surprising addition of spinach to the three full cups of shredded cheese that everybody loves, this recipe is always a crowd pleaser. Even better is that it can be made ahead and leftovers reheat well….

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Taco Pasta Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Taco Pasta Salad #SundaySupper

Taco Pasta Salad is a protein-packed salad filled with lean ground beef and lots of vegetables.

Taco Pasta Salad | alidaskitchen.com

 

This Taco Pasta Salad has become one of our favorite lunches. It can easily be prepared ahead of time to be enjoyed throughout the week. The tender, flavorful beef is combined with all the vegetables and a little pasta (topped with cheese, if desired). The result is a healthy, protein-packed meal that is easy to make!…

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Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad

An easy recipe for Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad made in minutes using lean boneless, skinless chicken breast and your favorite vegetables! Perfect for a weeknight, or any time you want a delicious, flavorful meal made simple! Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad | alidaskitchen.com
During the week, dinnertime is a busy time.  Once Adam gets home from school, we all want to play outside on the playground, go to a park, do Legos, in other words, pretty much do anything except stand in the kitchen to make a elaborate dinner.  There will be plenty of time for elaborate dinners in later years… I want to spend time with my kids now!  So when it comes to quick and easy meal ideas that require very little preparation, I am all over it!  This Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Salad recipe can be made in about 15 minutes (or less) using ingredients I have on hand at all times.  No muss, no fuss, no running to the store.  Just a simple, delicious dinner is served!

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Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna is a deliciously cheesy, vegetarian lasagna made quick and easy for a weeknight…or any time!  {vegetarian}

Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna | alidaskitchen.com

Pasta night is always a hit in our household, and the cheesier the better.  Lasagna is one of my favorite cheesy pasta meals, but for a weeknight (or really any night with two little ones under foot), lasagna is just not happening.  Or so I thought.  Enter >this Weeknight Skillet Lasagna recipe which has all the tasty goodness of lasagna, only it is quick and easy made right in a skillet!  Lasagna made in under 30 minutes is definitely doable!

Using that original recipe as a base, I transformed it into a vegetarian version ~ Spinach Mushroom Skillet Lasagna!…

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