9 Ways to Eat Pizza… Besides The Traditional Pie

Pizza is a staple in our house, for obvious reasons. I craved pizza like crazy when I was pregnant with Jake, so I feel like I’m partly to blame for his pizza obsession. But, what happens when you just don’t feel like another pizza pie?

9 Ways to eat pizza

Here are nine great recipes that will satisfy your pizza cravings in an nontraditional way!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Chicken + Bacon + Ranch + Pasta = My Kids’ Dream Meal.

For real though, this dish is a total crowd-pleaser. Pasta and chicken are covered in a creamy, ranch sauce and the whole thing is topped off with bacon and a generous helping of cheese. What’s not to love?

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If you’re looking for a quick weeknight meal, this is a great option.

It’s fast as it is, but there’s two ways to really speed this up. You can grab a rotisserie chicken, pre-cook the pasta, and opt for microwavable bacon. Those three elements will speed up prep considerably.

The other option to to prep the whole thing beforehand, cover, and refrigerate until you’re ready to bake. This can be made a day or two in advance, just add a few minutes onto the cook time.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

I’m always a little meh on pastas with red sauce while the weather is still warm, but this sauce felt lighter, even when warm. It’s going to be my new go-to for bringing a meal to friends during the summer months!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

Serves 8

1 lb. penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
15 oz. jar Alfredo sauce
1/2 cup ranch dressing
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 9×11″ pan with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine the cooked pasta, shredded chicken, Alfredo sauce, and ranch dressing. Pour into prepared pan. Top evenly with chopped bacon and cheese.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, until hot throughout and bubbly. Let cook for 5 minutes before serving.

adapted from Pilisbury

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta

July Recipe Roundup {4th of July Recipes}

July is here and that means it’s time for cookouts, picnics, and celebrating the Fourth of July! It also means that summer is now in full swing. This month our group of bloggers is sharing recipes that are full of patriotic themes of blue and red as well as many grilling and cookout recipes, and a lot of fun desserts and treats. Keep reading to help you plan out your meals for the month of July and your July 4th celebrations. Don’t forget to check back on the last day of each month to see each monthly recipe round-up.

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Grilled Sausage, Potatoes & Garlic Scapes

Oh, sweet summertime. I know we’re only two weeks in but I am loving this summer.

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We’ve been spending a ton of time outside, our days are pretty unstructured, and lots of our meals have been farm produce on the grill – including this meal.

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13 Main Dish Recipes for the Grill

If the only thing you’ve made on your grill so far this summer is burgers, hot dogs, and/or barbecue chicken, we need to have a chat. Your grill can do SO much more!

Main Dish recipes for the grill

I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite grilled main dishes. Whether you’re looking for something for a crowd or just dinner tonight, there’s a plethora of ideas below. Don’t let summer slip by without giving your grill a workout!

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The Best Grilled Chicken

If there’s one thing you need in your wheelhouse for grilling season, it’s a great grilled chicken. Something easy, but delicious; flavorful, but versatile.

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Luckily, I’ve got you covered. This grilled chicken is the best.

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Baked Vegetable Tacos

Today is the first Friday of Lent, so I’m kicking off my annual Lenten project – sharing meatless meals every Friday. What began as simply a way to keep from eating plain spaghetti and pizza every Friday has grown into one of my favorite yearly blog projects.

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But, nine years on, how do I keep this series fresh? I’ve spent a bunch of time thinking about our family’s current needs and how to get them to reflect in my meatless Friday posts.

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March Recipe Roundup + Giveaway {Family Favorites}

Hey Friends! Starting this month I’m joining up with a great group of bloggers to bring you some awesome recipes every month. I hope you enjoy seeing what everyone is making and make sure to read to the end for a great giveaway!

March is here and for this month we are sharing some of our family favorite recipes. We have recipes for breakfast, dinner, sides and soups, as well as a few desserts that we hope your families enjoy as much as all of ours do. Keep reading to get ideas for your March menu planning. Just a reminder that our group of bloggers post a themed recipe round-up on the last day of each month to help you with meal ideas for the upcoming month!

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Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

House update: we were outbid on the house we liked. Womp, womp.

I’m trying to comfort myself by reminding myself of all the negatives. Like, the super pink early-90s kitchen and the extra bathrooms to clean. I’m also trying to relish the fact I no longer have to worry about showings – which means I can actually do some meal planning! And after all the fast food I’m excited about all the vegetables.

This spaghetti squash version of pad thai has been one of my favorite Lenten dinners so far. If you’re a slow chopper like me, this will take a bit to prep – but it’s flavorful and the contrast of the cooked squash with the other raw veggies is great!

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai
(adapted from Tasty)
Serves 2

1 spaghetti squash
Olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp. soy sauce
1 Tbsp.  sesame oil
2 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. Sriracha
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 large cucumber, peeled and quartered
2 carrots, coin-sliced
1 red bell, diced
3 green onions, chopped
1/2 onion, diced

Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place cut-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 40 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the water, soy sauce, sesame oil, honey, lime juice, Sriracha, peanut butter, and garlic to make the sauce.

When the spaghetti squash is done, shred the inside with a fork and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in the sauce and remaining ingredients until well combined. Serve immediately.

Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai

 

Barbecue Turkey Sloppy Joes

I hit on this dinner a few weeks ago and it was a smashing success. I’ve made it twice so far. Leftovers have been served over baked sweet potatoes for lunch. And then I made the barbecue sauce again to go over meatloaf another night.  Considering how often I repeat recipes (read: not very!) the fact that this keeps popping up is a testament to how much we’re enjoying it.

This really couldn’t be easier to pull off on a week night – mix everything for the sauce together, brown up the meat and veggies, combine them and done! It also reheats really well so it’s great to make ahead for nights when you literately just have time to microwave something.

Barbecue Turkey Sloppy Joes

Barbecue Turkey Sloppy Joes
(from The Foodie and the Fix)
Makes 5

1 6 oz. can of tomato paste
2/3 cup water
2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
4 tsp. pure maple syrup
2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. onion powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. liquid smoke

1 lb. lean ground turkey
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red onion, chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
Whole wheat buns, for serving

In a bowl, whisk together the first 9 ingredients – tomato paste to liquid smoke.

In a large non-stick skillet, brown together the turkey, bell pepper, and onion. Season with salt and pepper. Break up the turkey as it cooks. When the turkey is cooked through and the vegetables are soft, stir in the sauce and cook until heated through. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve on rolls.

Barbecue Turkey Sloppy Joes