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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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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 Oven Roasted Broccoli with Tomatoes {vegan, gluten free} | alidaskitchen.com

Oven Roasted Broccoli with Tomatoes

Tracking PixelThis easy recipe for Oven Roasted Broccoli with Tomatoes is so simple and delicious, it makes eating vegetables irresistible! {gluten free, vegan, vegetarian}  Thank you to Hunt’s Tomatoes for sponsoring this post.

An easy recipe for Oven Roasted Broccoli with Tomatoes {vegan, gluten free} | alidaskitchen.com

My family loves steamed broccoli, but sometimes when we eat it night after night, sometimes I hear the groans ‘broccoli again?’  I get it – we all like a little variety. Not all vegetables are necessarily created equal when feeding kids, but I can certainly come up with a new way to prepare a favorite.

When I found  this recipe for roasted Brussels sprouts with tomatoes, I decided to swap the broccoli for the Brussels sprouts, make a few changes and see what happens. The result was a wonderful recipe for Oven Roasted Broccoli with Tomatoes!…

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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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Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Mexican Quinoa Skillet

Mexican Quinoa Skillet is an easy, one-pot meal using common pantry ingredients, made in less than 30 minutes.  {vegan, gluten free}  Thank you to CansGetYouCooking.com through the Mom It Forward Blogger Network for sponsoring this post.

Mexican Quinoa Skillet | alidaskitchen.com

Move over frozen pizza, pasta and take-out!  We have a new easy weeknight dinner solution that is delicious, quick to make and healthy too. This Mexican Quinoa Skillet has become my new go-to dinner for busy nights,…or lunches or any time really, because it’s just so good and my kids love it!…

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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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Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad

Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is a little spicy, packed with vegetables and protein, and tastes delicious!  Thank you to Pompeian for sponsoring this post as part of the Pantry Insiders program.  Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad | alidaskitchen.com

 

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I like to have healthy, easy recipes on hand for easy lunches and quick weeknight dinners.  This Black Bean Corn Edamame Salad is made with simple, wholesome ingredients that are naturally flavorful.   This salad is delicious for a light meal yet can be made heartier with the addition of cooked quinoa (I use 2 cups cooked for this recipe) or shredded rotisserie chicken. This salad recipe is very flexible and the ingredients can be adjusted to taste….

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Caprese Pasta Salad | tomatoes, basil and mozzarella mixed with pasta, tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette with a protein boost from chickpeas #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Caprese Pasta Salad #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

 

Enjoy the taste of summer with this light, refreshing Caprese Pasta Salad.  Made with garden fresh tomatoes and basil, mozzarella cheese and a bonus protein boost from chickpeas, it is quick, simple, delicious – and perfect for a weekday supper!

Caprese Pasta Salad | tomatoes, basil and mozzarella mixed with pasta, tossed in a light balsamic vinaigrette with a protein boost from chickpeas #WeekdaySupper #ChooseDreams

Over the past month, our herb garden has grown and flourished.  I usually have to plant two basil plants, but this year our basil is towering above the rest.  Never at a loss for recipes using fresh basil, this Caprese Pasta Salad recipe is one of our favorite summertime weeknight dinners!  

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Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake

Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake is a healthy, protein-packed quinoa casserole bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil.  Inspired by the popular Caprese salad, this easy to make bake will become an instant family favorite!  Thanks to Omaha Steaks for sponsoring this post and providing the tasty chicken used in this recipe!

When coming up with dinner ideas that my kids will like, chicken, cheese and vegetables are pretty safe bets.  After making these Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites, I discovered they also love quinoa.  This gives me plenty of leeway to have some fun experimenting with new recipes. This Caprese Chicken Quinoa Bake not only combines all of their favorites foods into one dish, but it is downright delicious and super easy to make!…

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Balsamic Tomato Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #pasta #PompeianVarietals

Balsamic Tomato Tortellini

Enjoy a  healthy, light pasta recipes with this Balsamic Tomato Tortellini, made with fresh tortellini tossed with roasted tomatoes and garlic and drizzled with a light balsamic vinaigrette.  Balsamic Tomato Tortellini is so easy to make that it basically cooks itself.  

Balsamic Tomato Tortellini | alidaskitchen.com #recipes #pasta #PompeianVarietals

 This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pompeian.

The other night, I was faced with the (sometimes) dreaded question – what’s for dinner?  Dreaded only because I did not have any ideas at first. We wanted something quick, easy and healthy…should be simple right?   Since we had cherry tomatoes, fresh garlic, tortellini and other pantry staples, a simple yet delicious roasted garlic and tomato tortellini came together naturally. …

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Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes | alidaskitchen.com

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are filled with corn, black beans, Greek yogurt, tomatoes with chiles and more! Kick off the New Year in a healthy way with these nutritional powerhouses!

Southwestern Stuffed Sweet Potato | alidaskitchen.com

After spending most of December in a butter and sugar coma, I always look forward to January. The start of the new year always inspires me to focus back on healthier recipes, including lots of fruits and vegetables. Ever since the summer, I have wanted to make a Corn and Black Bean Salad. What I had in mind was a healthy vegetable-rich salad taking advantage of the bounty of summer garden produce. I never got around to making it, so just slotted it for next summer. Then it occurred to me – why wait until summer when I have the garden essentials I need already in my pantry with Del Monte® vegetables and tomatoes!…

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Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese topped with Roasted Tomatoes and Garlic Breadcrumbs

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese #SundaySupper #FamilyDinnerTable

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese

Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese is an easy, cheesy pasta recipe made without any butter, yet remains smooth and creamy.   Roasted tomatoes, with a hint of balsamic and garlic, as well as garlic breadcrumbs are an optional topping to give this basic dish a grown-up twist!

This week, Sunday Supper has teamed up with American Family Insurance again as part of their Back to the Family Dinner Campaign.  The theme is ‘meals made with cheese.’   I could not think of a more perfect theme for my family of cheese lovers!   While I had several cheesy recipes in mind, nothing beats a basic macaroni and cheese.  Well nothing, except for this Lighter Stove-top Mac and Cheese recipe with a grown-up twist made in less than 30 minutes!  In fact, this recipe is one of the first meals we have been able to enjoy as a family, with everybody eating the same thing.  This Back to the Family Dinner Campaign is working!!…

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Tortellini Primavera - a quick and healthy pasta dish made on the lighter side!

Tortellini Primavera #WeekdaySupper


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Tortellini Primavera is a creamy, cheesy pasta dish made with with lots of vegetables.  It is quick, easy and healthy ~ perfect for a weeknight!

Like most people, we are always looking for quick and easy recipes for weeknight dinners.  While frozen pizza or takeout seem like a quick fix for those busy nights, we always prefer something healthier, tastier, and homemade.  But like I said, it has to be easy, right?  This Tortellini Primavera is all that, plus it’s super tasty!  With all the vegetables, the cheese, the creaminess, the cheese-filled tortellini, and being easy to make, you really can’t go wrong.  …

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