Easy Chicken Broccoli Pasta

I try and make one meal for everyone. It is hard enough to get dinner on the table…let alone separate meals for the kids. I have been trying to make a meal that everyone likes BUT that can be switched up!

Last night I made this quick, easy meal! The girls loved it, and then I added a few things to my husband’s and mine…it was a hit all around!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 pound pasta (I used cut pasta)
  • Fresh lemon, chopped tomatoes, and grated cheese (Use these as ad ons)

Directions:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box. Once finished cooking, drain and toss with olive oil and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile saute onion in 2 table spoons of olive oil. Cook on medium heat for 2 – 3 minutes, add chopped garlic and cook for about 1 minute. Add frozen broccoli and put the lid on. Cook for about 5 – 8 minutes (until broccoli is cooked)
  3. I took my broccoli out and cut it into little pieces and then returned it to the pan.
  4. Toss the pasta and the broccoli mixture
  5. Sprinkle with grated cheese and enjoy!
  6. For a more adult meal…once I served the girls, I made a bowl for my husband and myself. Then I took half of a lemon and squeezed the juice on both bowls. Once I finished, I tossed each bowl of pasta. I also cut up tomatoes and roasted them in the broiler (on high for about 8 – 10 mins). I added the tomatoes and some crushed red pepper to our bowls. It was so yummy! The lemon really added a good flavor!
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I love this pasta! Spaghetti that is already cut up…thank you!

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Get florets! Broccoli pieces have a lot of end pieces that are tough or little ones to chew!

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This was the kid version of the pasta before I added to it for me and my husband

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I added lemon, roasted tomatoes, and red pepper flakes to my husband’s and mine! YUMMY!!

Cauliflower and Pancetta Mac and Cheese (Recipe)

This was delicious! All of us enjoyed it! If you are looking for a quick easy meal, give this a try! Here is the Recipe. It is another Hello Fresh gem!!!

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Mini Meatballs are a Big Hit! *Giveaway*

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I pride myself in making my family fresh homemade meals…but let’s be real, between working full time, extra curricular activities, and life…sometimes it doesn’t happen. So I am always on the look out for pre-made foods that taste good and are good for my family as well!

I found this brand while roaming the frozen food section. I love that the ingredients are simple and I can pronounce all of them! Here are the ingredients to the chicken meatballs!

Ingredients: Chicken raised without antibiotics, Water, Seasoning (sugar, sea salt, spices, onion powder, Apple flavor [ vegetable oil and apple extract], spice extractives), Breadcrumbs (unbleached wheat flour, salt, yeast), Dried apples, Sunflower lecithin. Contains Wheat.

My youngest daughter loves these! They are the perfect size for her little hands, she can poke them successfully with her fork! They heat up quickly and taste great too!

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I have been giving her these since she was about 12 months old. I used to cut them up for her, but now she eats them whole. They are very soft and easy to chew! Check out their website! They have a lot of different yummy food! Here is their Facebook Page! Their products are made by moms…like us!

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About the brand: Mom Made Foods’ products are flash frozen to preserve flavor, nutrients, color and natural texture. They contain no preservatives, no trans fats, no artificial colors, no added sugars. They are also non-GMO, are lower in sodium than their conventional counter parts and all meat items are made with antibiotic-free meats. UsingUSDA-certified organic and antibiotic-free ingredients, Mom Made Foods provides families with healthy versions of macaroni and cheese, spaghetti and other family-friendly food staples

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10 Dinners. 2 Weeks. Take the Challenge!

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Eat together!

With so many different schedules, eating dinner as a family is tough! But research shows that eating meals together as a family has health benefits; both physical and mental! I am able to eat dinner with my girls every night. My husband works late and usually has to eat dinner alone. We try and do family dinners on the weekend. The girls LOVE family dinners!

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I don’t Bento

I tried…when the girls first started preschool I had visions of Bento boxes. I was a Pinterest Bento box pinning machine. Pinterest has a lot of ideas and I was going to try them all! And then it happened, the first night I had to pack lunch. I was armed with cookie cutters, colorful cupcake wrappers, and entertaining toothpicks! 3 hours later, I was done…and not just with packing lunch. I was done. Bento boxes are for the birds…or just not for me!

I decided to keep things simple. Just pack healthy foods and hope they eat them! Here is what our lunch boxes look like. Every day my girls get a fruit and vegetable along with other things

Here are some of my favorite lunch products!
Stonyfield Yogurt 
Kashi Snack Bars
Kashi Crackers
Horizon String Cheese

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This lunch has chicken nuggets in the thermos, cucumbers and carrots, cheese and Kashi crackers, grapes, and a yogurt.

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The thermos has rice and beans, applesauce, Kashi bar, string cheese, yogurt, carrots, and Goldfish

If you are interested in Bento boxes or even just lunch done right…check out Weelicious! She has great ideas for lunches!!

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Pan seared steak with roasted veggies and horseradish sauce

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I got my Hello Fresh box last night and wanted to make one of the gluten free meals. My friend was coming over with her girls for a play date and she can’t have gluten. Even though I do not like steak, this was pretty good. Brett and my friend said it was really good! I liked the veggies the best! Who knew that roasted rosemary would taste so heavenly!

Chop up carrots and turnips like steak fries, toss with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Bake for 15 minutes on 350 degrees. So yummy!!!

The steak sauce was good too! Sour cream, white wine vinegar, and horseradish. Do it to taste!!

Pork chop in peppercorn shallot sauce…my mouth is still watering!

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The other night we had some friends over and my husband paid me the nicest compliment. “She really is getting very good at making stuff (food)”. I love cooking…but working full time and having 3 little kids makes it hard to really think outside the box! Thank God for Hello Fresh! They have changed dinner time! We have liked every meal so far and I have been able to replicate a few of them successfully!

The other night we have this delicious meal! Pork chop (on the bone) with a peppercorn shallot sauce served with butter braised cabbage and crispy potatoes! My mouth is still watering!!!

I pan seared the pork and then finished it in the oven. The sauce was simple. Peppercorns (mashed up) with shallots, garlic, and tomato paste. Then add a little sour cream and remove from the heat. For the cabbage, simply put a tablespoon of butter in a sauce pan with some garlic. Once it is fragrant (about 1 min) add the cabbage and saute for a few minutes.

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