Just two weeks ago, I challenged
myself to make some recipes from Pinterest. I'm happy to
report that in that first week, I made two of the pins I talked
1 cup of your favorite pasta/tomato sauce
1/3 cup heavy cream or half and half
1/3 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese + more for garnish
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, cut into cubes
1 pint of grape tomatoes (I cut some in half and left some
1 bunch of fresh basil leaves
1 pound whole wheat pasta (noodles such as penne work best)
You can find the full recipe using the Pin above, but I just
wanted to note a few changes I made. I opted not to include the
grape tomatoes-my husband isn't a fan of whole tomatoes and rather
than waste them, I opted to leave them out. I used dried basil
because I forgot the fresh at the store. I also added chicken to
add a little oomph of protein.
Verdict: I was off to a blogger event that night, but the
verdict from the boys? They loved it! There were no leftovers and
my hubby raved about the taste. This is definitely a make-again
recipe for our house (hopefully with fresh basil then!)
& Lemon Chicken
6 Tbsp. olive oil
2 lemons, 1 thinly sliced, 1 juiced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound trimmed green beans
8 small red potatoes, quartered
4 chicken breasts (bones left in, with skin, about 3 1/4
I kept everything the same with this recipe, but added some
extra green beans and potatoes. I also used garlic powder because I
didn't have fresh at the moment.
Verdict: I not only loved this recipe because of the taste,
but it was also very simple to put together. It does require the
oven, however, so I do not recommend it on a 100 degree day like
today. This was a filling meal that would be perfect for
entertaining and looks like you spent quite a bit of time putting
it together. You can also find the full recipe in the Pin.
Buttermilk Coffee Cake
I didn't highlight this pin last time, but some leftover
buttermilk and delicious blueberries had me scoping Pinterest for
some easy recipes. I came across this recipe for Blueberry
Buttermilk Coffee Cake (with a hint of lemon) and my youngest
devoured it! The other fellas and myself enjoyed it as well. Light
and simple to make, especially with all those in-season
blueberries, this coffee cake will be a hit with your own
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