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Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes

An easy recipe for cheesy, delicious Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes made in minutes with Idahoan® Signature™ Russets Mashed Potatoes. Thanks to Idahoan® Foods for sponsoring this post.

Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes | alidaskitchen.com

For Easter this year, my kids have their hearts set on going to the zoo, playing outside and hunting for Easter eggs (of course) – all as a family.  With fun family time a priority, I was looking to make changes to simplify our Easter menu with delicious results made easy. Fortunately, I discovered mashed potatoes made in minutes with a tasty twist with this Broccoli Cheddar Mashed Potatoes recipe. 

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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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Cheesy Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins are easy, cheesy buttermilk cornbread muffins that take minutes to prepare and pair perfectly with a bowl of soup! Thank you to Idahoan® for sponsoring this post.

Cheesy Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

I have never seen a batch of muffins disappear as quickly as these Cheesy Cornbread Muffins. My kids wanted them for breakfast, lunch and dinner…and I don’t blame them. I managed to sample a portion of one of these tasty muffin morsels. They are cheesy good and have the delicious taste of cornbread with a hint of sweetness. It was one of those moments that brought my mind to a familiar place…a favorite local steakhouse! …

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Individual Broccoli Cheddar Frittata | alidaskitchen.com

Individual Broccoli Cheddar Frittata

This Individual Broccoli Cheddar Frittata recipe is a cheesy, high protein, veggie-packed frittata made for one. However, this recipe can easily be multiplied to yield single-serve frittatas for many. Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post.  

Individual Broccoli Cheddar Frittata | alidaskitchen.com

We often enjoy frittatas as an easy, high-protein meal with lots of vegetables and cheese.  Perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, frittatas are healthy, versatile and always a favorite. While I typically make them in a skillet and serve in wedges, there is something extra special about a single-serve frittata served in a ramekin. So I decided to mix things up from my usual spinach version (which is tasty too!) to make an Individual Broccoli Cheddar Frittata!…

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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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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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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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Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas | alidaskitchen.com

Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas

This easy recipe for Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas transforms a simple can of soup into an easy, cheesy, finger food favorite the whole family will love!  

Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas | alidaskitchen.com

As the temperatures get cooler and busier months approaching, with the holiday season, parties, school productions and everything in between, quick and easy comfort foods are very popular in our house. Make ahead casseroles, chili, ready to eat soups – all are great for that first taste of warmth for the fall season. And then sometimes we transform these comfort food favorites into a fun finger foods, like these Santa Fe Chicken Baked Quesadillas!…

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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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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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Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins #SundaySupper

For a delicious, crowd-pleasing appetizer featuring Idaho® potatoes, try this easy recipe for Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins {gluten free}

Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins | alidaskitchen.com

Potato skins are always a fun appetizer. What is not to love with a crispy potato shell filled with so many tasty possibilities!  These Broccoli Cheddar Stuffed Potato Skins are inspired by the ever popular appetizer, only made a little healthier with broccoli and skipping sour cream and butter.  Of course there is plenty of cheddar cheese to keep things delicious!…

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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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Balsamic Blueberry Salad | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

Balsamic Blueberry Salad #SundaySupper

Balsamic Blueberry Salad combines peppery arugula, tangy feta cheese, sweet blueberries and other fresh vegetables, tossed with a light balsamic vinaigrette. Perfect for a simple summer meal, potlucks or any time!

Balsamic Blueberry Salad | alidaskitchen.com #SundaySupper

 

We picked up 10 pounds of blueberries during our most recent visit to the farmer’s market and have been enjoying delicious blueberries by the fistful.  While I have been busy making pancakes, baking cakes and other goodies, we have also been enjoying this Balsamic Blueberry Salad recipe. It is a fresh, flavorful summertime favorite that everyone loves….

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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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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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Pizza Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Grilled Cheese #SundaySupper

Pizza Grilled Cheese combines two classic favorites into a tasty sandwich, with a side of pizza sauce for dipping!

Pizza Grilled Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

It just so happens that April is National Grilled Cheese month.  An entire month devoted to one of the greatest food inventions ever…the grilled cheese sandwich!  Whether it is a classic from your childhood or something a bit more gourmet, grilled cheese sandwiches bring people together in a way like no other food.  Well, no other foods except perhaps pizza. People are passionate about their grilled cheeses as well as their pizzas.  So it is only natural to put the two together and make a Pizza Grilled Cheese sandwich!…

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Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Simply Potatoes for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake is an easy meatless breakfast casserole filled with broccoli, cheddar, eggs and shredded hash brown potatoes! {gluten free, make ahead}

Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake | alidaskitchen.com

With the many celebratory and holiday brunches on the horizon, quick and easy crowd-pleasing recipes are a must.  Overnight casseroles, such as baked French toast or egg bakes, are always popular.  This Overnight Blueberry Baked French Toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes!  It is easy to make and satisfies the sweet portion of our menu. To satisfy the savory side, I have been experimenting with different varieties of meatless egg bake recipes to come up with a savory breakfast casserole the whole family will love. Broccoli Cheddar Hash Brown Bake has become a favorite that will be featured regularly throughout this busy brunch season and beyond.

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Stovetop Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese #WeekdaySupper

 Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is an easy mac ‘n cheese from scratch made on the lighter side with the healthy addition of spinach and without any butter.  {can be gluten free)

Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese | alidaskitchen.com

This Stove Top Spinach Macaroni and Cheese is one of my favorite go-to recipes for quick and easy weeknight meals.  The kids love pasta and cheese, I love that it is made on the lighter side (without any butter) and takes less than 20 minutes to make.  …

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Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake is an easy Italian-inspired casserole that the whole family will love, featuring Greek yogurt, chicken breast, and lots of cheese!

Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake | alidaskitchen.com

This Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake was made inspired by the “Chopped at Home” challenge with Sargento® cheese.  For the challenge, at-home cooks are asked to get creative in the kitchen with your best dish, that must include the following ingredients: …

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Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins are a lighter buttermilk cornbread muffin made delicious with the additions of cheddar cheese and garlic. Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins | alidaskitchen.com

When in doubt, add cheese.  This so true when it comes to many recipes, like baked chicken, quinoa bites, even scrambled eggs.  We always keep of plenty of cheese on hand.  No matter the variety, cheese just makes everything extra delicious!  So when my family was craving cornbread (Rosemary Cornbread to be specific) and our rosemary plant happens to be currently buried under snow outside on the deck,…it was time to come up with something new.  After using the Rosemary Cornbread recipe as a starting point, and of course adding cheese and other tasty goodness, I present to you an easy recipe for Garlic Cheddar Cornbread Muffins!…

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Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

Pizza Quinoa Bites #SundaySupper

Pizza Quinoa Bites are healthy, cheesy mini pizza muffins made with quinoa and your favorite pizza toppings.  Perfect for a healthy appetizer, snack or light dinner! {gluten free}

Pizza Quinoa Bites | alidaskitchen.com

One of my most requested party recipes are quinoa bites.  From the Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites to the Jalapeno Popper Quinoa Bites, quinoa bites are always a fan favorite!  They make great finger food appetizers, which is especially perfect this time of year for game day parties.  While I am not necessarily a football fan, I am a football party food fan!  So in preparation for the big game, I thought it would be fun to channel one of my favorite game day foods (pizza) into a fun little bit-sized treat that is a little healthier ~ Pizza Quinoa Bites!…

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Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake #SundaySupper

For a cheesy, healthy casserole that is easy to make, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake is sure to become a family favorite! {gluten free, kid friendly}

Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake | alidaskitchen.com

After making Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake last summer, I have been looking forward to making more quinoa casserole recipes. While I am excited to share many of them with you soon, this Chicken Parmesan Quinoa Bake recipe is one of my kids’ favorite meals. They get so excited,  you would think I’m serving cookies for dinner!   But alas, it’s just a deliciously cheesy, tomato-ey chicken quinoa casserole that is so simple, delicious and healthy too!  …

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Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna #SundaySupper

Mom’s Lasagna is my mom’s prized lasagna recipe! It is a classic lasagna made with three cheeses and a simple sauce made with ground beef.  Perfect for a holiday meal, potluck or any time you want an impressive meal made easy!

Mom's Lasagna | an easy recipe for a classic beef lasagna | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #SundaySupper

When it comes to making holiday meals, or any meal for company, lasagna is one of my favorites.  Lasagna is one of those reliable dishes to serve at a potluck, or any family dinner, because it makes plenty and everybody loves it!  Plus it is easy to make ahead of time, which is a huge timesaver when preparing for special meal or party….

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