Creamy Alfredo Dump & Bake Pasta

Confession time: I hate boiling pasta.

I know, I know. It’s such a basic cooking skill and such an odd thing to hate! But, I always feel like I’m wasting time hanging around waiting for the water to boil. It drives me nuts.

The kids have been super into pasta lately, so I’ve been playing with recipes that don’t require boiling the pasta ahead of time – and this dump and bake pasta was a clear winner.

There’s just enough liquid in this to perfectly cook the pasta and leave behind a creamy, cheesy sauce.

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Slow Cooker Italian Sandwiches

How’s life lately? I mean really – are you hanging on?

I’m hearing from so many friends that they’re overwhelmed. There are so many balls in the air that things like dinner just get pushed to the back burner. They want to make dinner but they can’t handle more work.

This is a great meal for those nights.

Hot sandwiches make a great, easy dinner. These are individually wrapped – making them easily customizable for each family member – and warmed in the slow cooker – which makes the cook time flexible.

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Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken with BBQ Dipping Sauce

Disclaimer: I recieved free product in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

What is it about kids and dip? I swear, when my kids see dip on the dinner table, they go all starry-eyed. I’ve been making it more of a point to make dips to go with our meals – it always means more enthusiastic eating for us!

When we got a chance to try out Bar-B-Que Beast’s sauces, I knew I wanted to make a dip – and this came out perfect! The cream cheese was the perfect balance to the sauce sauce – and a nice foil to the smoky bacon on the chicken!

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Peach Panzanella Salad

We put in a big garden this spring. It’s something we’ve had plans for but with quarantine, we finally made the jump and did it. We knew it would be a learning year – and it is. I’m having more fails than successes.

One huge success? Our tomatoes.

This simple salad is one of my favorite ways to use up our tomatoes. If you’re going to make this, I highly suggest using tomatoes from a farm or your garden – they’re just so good right now!

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Marinated Vegetable Sandwiches

If there’s one thing I could eat all summer, it would be sandwiches loaded with vegetables. All the vegetables. Usually toasted and loaded up with some melty cheese.

These sandwiches are one of my favorite variations – the veggies are marinated in a sweet-but-savory marinade for a few hours before being cooked, which gives them a really nice extra layer of flavor.

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Strawberry Chicken Chopped Salad

Lettuce has been in our CSA share every week. And it’s not a little bit – it’s always a big ‘ole head. We’ve also got some in our own garden. As such, salads are a staple. We have side salads nearly every night with dinner – and big, bountiful salads for lunch.

This salad was one I whipped up for dinner one night. Full of produce from our farm share and topped with a homemade dressing, it’s summer in a bowl.

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Marinated Beef Skewers

These beef skewers are one of my favorite prep-ahead meals during the summer. I’ll prep them the night before along with some cold salads and then have dinner on the (picnic) table in only fifteen minutes.

They’re sweet and tender and the long marinade time makes them burst with flavor. Whether you’re hosting company or just trying to feed your own family fast, these will be a hit.

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Big Burger Roundup

Summer screams burger season to me. I love trying different variations – I have 29 on the blog, in fact! Today, I’m rounding them all up in one spot for easy browsing.

Whether you’re in the mood for something classic or something adventurous, a chicken burger or a veggie burger, this list will have something to make your mouth water!

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Grilled Pierogies and Kielbasa with Mustard Sauce

In all honesty, I don’t mind cooking dinner every night during quarantine. Cooking calms me – and making dinner is part of my regular routine anyway.

What I do mind? All the dishes. I swear quarantine has tripled the number of dishes that need to washed. So, my new policy for summer to to just throw everything on the grill whenever humanly possible.

Sliced kielbasa, pierogies, and diced onions tossed in a mustard sauce in a white bowl.

This dish is the perfect summer dinner because it’s cooked entirely on the grill and then tossed with a simple sauce. It’s done in less than a half hour, and the dishes are minimal.

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Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza Waffles

Despite being great eaters and willing to try almost anything, my kids will still always pick pizza – which means we end up infusing pizza flavors into many different forms in our kitchen!

These pizza waffles first entered into our regular rotation when we were redoing the kitchen in our first home and needed meals that didn’t require the oven. Many years and two kids later, they’re still a favorite.

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