One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta
Serves: 2-3
 
Ingredients
  • 9 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a pot over medium-high heat, boil water with salt and the vegetable broth. Add the pasta and cook as instructed on the packaging.
  2. A few minutes before it’s is done, add the broccoli florets to the pot.
  3. Once the pasta is al dente, discard ¾ of the water and set heat to low.
  4. Add the heavy cream, butter, cornstarch, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Stir and let it simmer for 2 -3 minutes.
  5. Serve on plates and add pepper.
Notes
Add some hot sauce for a spicy kick.

This One Pot Broccoli Alfredo Pasta is an easy, creamy stove top dish that's perfect for a busy weeknight. Serve it as a delicious side dish or a vegetarian main dish.

 

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Baked Parmesan Potato Fries

Your family will love these Baked Parmesan Potato Fries. They’re easy to make and are healthier than regular fries because they’re baked. Try switching up the seasoning to use flavors that your family enjoys (Old Bay would be good!).

Baked Parmesan Potato Fries
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 6 large russet potatoes
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400° F and lightly coat a baking dish with non-stick spray.
  2. Slice all potatoes lengthwise into 6 wedges and place them in the baking dish.
  3. Add Parmesan cheese, oil, and spices to the potatoes and gently mix.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes then toss fries and bake for another 30 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy.
Notes
Add ½ piece of crushed garlic for a light pungent and spicy taste.

Your family will love these Baked Parmesan Potato Fries. They're easy to make and are healthier than regular fries because they're baked.

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Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing

This homemade paleo honey mustard dressing was a surprise for me. One taste and it quickly became one of my favorites. It's also kid friendly.By contributing writer Tessa

This paleo honey mustard dressing was a surprise for me. I never really liked honey mustard dressing growing up, but one taste of this homemade version and it quickly became one of my favorites. It’s also kid friendly, and you might even have your kids willingly eating a salad!

I have been making my own salad dressings for some time. The quality of ingredients can’t be beat because I choose the oils and use no weird seasoning enhancers or stabilizers.

But most importantly, the flavors are SO much better! And the price can’t be beat either. In just a couple of minutes, you can have a delicious dressing that you’ll be eager to use and eat!

I believe using homemade mayo really sets this dressing apart, and it takes less than five minutes to make your own. Try it. We have become total mayo snobs in this household because of this recipe. Even my kids will refuse the store bought stuff now!

And while you can use this dressing in any way you see fit, my favorite salad for enjoying this dressing includes mixed greens topped with hard boiled eggs, cubed Dubliner cheese (or other sharp cheese), and mini bell peppers…yum!

This homemade paleo honey mustard dressing was a surprise for me. One taste and it quickly became one of my favorites. It's also kid friendly.

Paleo Honey Mustard Dressing
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup good quality mayo (I use homemade mayo)
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder or 1 tablespoon raw onion (finely minced or grated if you are not blending)
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and whir briefly to blend thoroughly.
  2. Alternately, you can place all ingredients in a mason jar, use an immersion blender or place the lid on, and shake vigorously until the honey dissolves and blends in.
Notes
I use my own homemade mayo, which is KEY is my humble opinion!

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Homemade Rice-a-Roni

This homemade Rice-a-Roni is a delicious substitute for the box version and is perfect for families. It can also easily be made gluten free.By contributing writer Tessa

This homemade Rice-a-Roni is a delicious substitute for the box version and is perfect for families. It can also easily be made gluten free.

Growing up, I simply adored all varieties of Rice-a-Roni. It was total comfort food for me! Of course, once I started reading labels, there was no way I was going to feed my family something so heavily processed and loaded with nasty ingredients (MSG? Nasty! And what does hydrolyzed or autolyzed mean? I don’t want to know!)

My whole family loves this recipe, and I get my comfort food back!

This homemade Rice-a-Roni is a delicious substitute for the box version and is perfect for families. It can also easily be made gluten free.

Homemade Rice-a-Roni
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, avocado oil, or butter
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • ½ cup orzo or spaghetti broken into roughly 1-inch pieces (I use gluten free orzo or spaghetti)
  • 1 cup long grain or basmati rice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (final amount will depend on how salted the broth is)
  • 2¼ cup beef or chicken broth, homemade preferable
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons spices: parsley, sage, thyme, garlic powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a 10-inch skillet with a tight fitting lid, heat the butter over medium low heat.
  2. Once warm, add in the onion and gently sauté for about 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Increase the heat to medium and add in the orzo or broken spaghetti. Sauté until pasta is golden and starting to brown.
  4. Stir in the rice and salt.
  5. Pour the broth over the rice, stirring. Place lid on top, bring to a simmer, and reduce heat to low.
  6. Cook for about 15 minutes until the liquid is absorbed, then tun off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

This homemade Rice-a-Roni is a delicious substitute for the box version and is perfect for families. It can also easily be made gluten free.

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