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Bowtie Lasagna

Try this bowtie lasagna for those nights you’re cramped on time and need a delicious meal the whole family will love!

You’ll Need:

1 pound ground beef

1 box bowtie pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 cup shredded mozzarella (there’s a great vegan alternative, if you have any dairy allergies or intolerance)

1 cup sour cream (again, if necessary, there are vegan alternatives)

Preparation:

  • Boil pasta until al dente. Drain and set aside.
  • In separate pan, brown beef and drain excess fat.
  • Add pasta to beef pan.
  • Drizzle on olive oil, then add sauce, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Stir all together.
  • Add cheese and sour cream.
  • Stir over low heat until the cheese melts completely.
  • Enjoy!

That’s it, you’re done! This can literally be ready in 30 minutes, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner.

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Rum Balls

Enjoy this boozy treat 🙂

You’ll Need:

4 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 cup nuts finely chopped

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/3 cup light Karo syrup

1/4 cup rum

Prepare:

Stir everything all together, create little balls, then roll in powdered sugar.

Ta da! Was that easy or what?

Cucumber Quinoa Salad

Try something easy and healthy one night this week. This recipe for a Cucumber Quinoa Salad is easy to prepare, takes barely any time, and is perfect for a healthy summer meal.

You’ll Need:

  • 1 cucumber, diced
  • 2 cups of cooked and then chilled quinoa
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese (there are vegan options available)
  • 1/3 cup basil (fresh preferably, but packaged will work too, just make sure it’s in small pieces)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to Prepare:

  • Toss the quinoa, cucumber, cheese and basil together.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the remaining ingredients together.
  • Combine and enjoy!

Original recipe can be found here: https://www.gimmesomeoven.com/cucumber-quinoa-salad-recipe/

Chicken Cheese Pasta

This is a recipe I made in food prep class in high school and it was one of my absolute favorites. Y’all it is easy, it takes literally under an hour to cook, and it tastes amazing. This is perfect for a quick dinner on a busy night.

You’ll need:

2 cups frozen peas

1 1/2 cups milk

2 cans cream of chicken soup

A dash of garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

4 pieces baked chicken

Pasta

2/3 cups cheese

 

Prepare:

Dump everything but the pasta and cheese into a pan on the stove and turn on high until it begins boiling, stirring occasionally. Once it hits boiling, turn down to low and simmer uncovered for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the 2/3 cups cheese and mix in. Once your pasta is cooked, add the pasta in, and voila! Dinner is served. If you are lactose intolerant, use vegan cheese and unflavored unsweetened almond milk instead.

Mom’s Chicken and Gravy

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes y’all, and one taste and you will agree. This is my mom’s recipe, and while I have tried to make it, it’s not quite as good as hers, but it’s a delicious option when you need some comfort food.

Ingredients:

4-6 pieces of chicken

2 cups flour

1 tablespoon garlic powder

Black pepper to taste

Water – to be determined

Butter for bottom of pan

Preparation:

  1. Put 3 tablespoons of butter in skillet
  2. Rinse chicken
  3. Mix flour and seasonings in large bowl
  4. Coat chicken in flour and seasonings
  5. On medium-high heat, brown both sides of chicken
  6. When browned, add a couple cups of water, turn to medium-low heat to simmer
  7. Add portions of the flour mixture to thicken gravy
  8. Add water as necessary.
  9. Check the chicken every 10 minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pan, but let simmer for 30 minutes
  10. Make a side of rice to go under the chicken and gravy
  11. Enjoy!

Be careful with the flour and gravy, the first time I made it, I had a gallon of gravy by the time I was done. If it’s a little thick or thin, that’s ok. If you have extras, Huskies love this stuff, at least mine did!

Start a Small Herb Garden

There is nothing better than fresh herbs while cooking, and the best way to have that is to start a small herb garden. You don’t need anything fancy, even little cups or mason jars will work. You can easily put this in the kitchen window for sunshine and easy access.

Make an Extra Meal for Someone

Life can get hectic, and people can get overwhelmed, especially if they have a lot going on in their personal life. Make an extra meal for someone who needs it. This can be for any reason, but I know from personal experience, if you’re trying to do a million things, cooking can be the last thing on your mind.

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