Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

Date Night Mushroom Pasta with Goat Cheese

LOVE is for the way I look at mushrooms, goat cheese, spinach, and light creamy-sauce-coated pasta with a generous crackle of pepper over the top. And luhhhhve is for the way I eat it all. ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡ <-- just to make sure you're getting where I'm going ... Read More →

Healthy Alfredo Mushroom Pasta Bake

Healthy Mushroom Alfredo Pasta Bake

It's baaaack! Creamy cauliflower sauce, I mean. How long has it been now? Years? I first posted the recipe for that garlicky, creamy, healthier Alfredo type sauce in 2012, and then in 2013 I wrote a whole bunch of other recipes including a whole ecookbook ... Read More →

Garlic Butter White Wine Shrimp Linguine

Garlic Butter White Wine Shrimp Linguine

Food and wine friends! Hi and welcome to my pasta shrine. First things first: I’m super excited that today’s post is sponsored by one of my favorites: Barefoot Wine. *raising the roof* This week I’ve partnered with them to create this simple and elegant ... Read More →

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake

Hiiii friends! It's pumpkin loving me, still here, still going strong, even though it's November tomorrow. Lots of shock and denial about that going on up in the brain, because November equals the start of the holiday season which equals the start of Big ... Read More →

Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine

Creamy Tomato Lasagna Florentine

Get your face right in there. You're like, wait, though, isn't that too close? PUH-LEEZ. You and I both know that a person can never be too close to those browned lasagna edges that are the perfect amount of chewy, and that's exactly why we like to hang out ... Read More →

Five Ingredient Green Pasta Salad

Five Ingredient Simple Green Pasta Salad

Today’s green pasta party and $300 giveaway - woot woot! - is sponsored by Oliviers and Co., makers of olive oil, vinegar, and most importantly, that heavenly basil spread. Sometimes I need, want, just completely love green foods. This is one of those major ... Read More →

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie

Spaghetti Pie. The End. I'm definitely resisting the urge to add 27 more descriptors to the name of this recipe. Perfect Baked Spaghetti Pie // Sticky Spaghetti Pie with Marinara // Garlic Marinara Spaghetti Pie with Pan Sauteed Vegetables and Fresh Herbs. ... Read More →

Healthy Pesto Baked Rigatoni

Healthy Baked Pesto Rigatoni

I have this thing called green foodsession and it's not going away. Last month when Bjork was putting together the income report, I accused him of choosing all green photos for the cover image. People don't want to see all that green on there, babe. This is ... Read More →

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs - this is my new thing. SO good! |

Spaghetti Marinara with Poached Eggs

Mmk, so here's the thing. Poached eggs on spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce issss basically the best thing ever. And I've been eating it all week. Just try to stop that dinner train, I dare you. Either move outta the way or jump on this one because here ... Read More →

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad - colorful bell peppers with chewy soba noodles, shredded chicken, and a life changingly simple Spicy Peanut Sauce. Hot or cold, yumyumyum. 320 calories. |

Spicy Peanut Chicken Soba Noodle Salad

Remember when I used to have a dishwasher? I don't. Five months of washing dishes by hand means I've completely forgotten what life was like back when I had a appliance friend to help me out with my least favorite domestic chore of all the chores, ever. ... Read More →

Skinny Spinach Lasagna - layers of ricotta, spinach, noodles, sauce and cheese. 250 calories of yum!. |

Skinny Spinach Lasagna

This just in: we got a Costco membership. More accurately, we got a Costco membership so we could get a TV. HOLD THE PHONE I know I know I know. If you've been a reader, a) you just got 100 sweet friend points, and b) you already know our TV dilemma. The ... Read More →

Quick Homemade Ramen - dried ramen comes to life with fresh vegetables, herbs, and homemade stock in just in 20 minutes! |

Quick Homemade Ramen

NOTE: This recipe uses packaged ramen noodles with a quick and tasty homemade broth + fresh veggies. In case you are looking for homemade noodles, here is a great  (although much more time consuming) recipe for ramen noodles made from scratch. Truth: I went ... Read More →


Healthy Mac and Cheese

No, really. I mean it. Healthy Mac and Cheeeeeese. Like mac and cheese that is healthy. Noodles with sauce that will secretly give you vegetables. Creamy sauce without boatloads of butter and flour. Favorite comfort food that packs a little ... Read More →

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles - fresh, simple, delish. |

Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce

True confession: I think I've been living the life of 13-year-old for the last, um, 17 days. If I had to guess the average time that I've been waking up over this beautiful time called winter break, I'd say 10am. Which pushes back my average lunchtime to 3pm ... Read More →

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna - a handful of simple ingredients for a healthy family dinner. |

Super Easy Skinny Veggie Crockpot Lasagna

Yesterday I saw the movie Frozen. This is going to really date this post for future readers, but worth it. Because I have to talk about how cute it was. If you're not familiar, Frozen is a Disney movie, um excuse me, musical. A Disney musical. All about ... Read More →

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli - this comforting dish is easy to prepare and FULL of flavor. Healthy, too! |

Simple San Marzano Pasta e Fagioli

This is the story of how I bought 5 ingredients from Trader Joe's and made one of my favorite dinners of all time. The story begins with Lunch Envy as I watched my friend and coworker eat her saucy baby pasta with all those tiny chopped veggies in that ... Read More →

Creamy Chicken Caesar Lasagna - my husband's new favorite! |

Creamy Chicken Caesar Lasagna

This post is sponsored by Marzetti® and Sway. My husband has a new favorite meal. It starts with Chicken Caesar and it ends with Lasagna, with layers of creamy spinach, sun dried tomatoes, and Mozzarella in between, and it is deeelish. When we were in ... Read More →

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs |

Skinny Spaghetti and Meatballs

This is my love language. Everything good (in this case: lean turkey veggie meatballs and smooth, tangy tomato sauce with fresh green herbs) tangled up in hot pasta and just exploding with color and texture. *closes eyes and purrs* I seriously love it. I ... Read More →

Chicken Pizzaiola - Pinch of Yum + America's Test Kitchen

Chicken Pizzaiola {only six ingredients!}

This. Is. So. Good. Oh-this-is-so-good. HEY! {ahem} Starting with a chant today is totally necessary because this is a recipe so yummy that it is going to change the course of my 2013/2014 school year dinners, whiiiich is a pretty big deal. ... Read More →

Zucchini Parmesan

Baked Zucchini Parmesan

I'm going back to work today. Like, real work. The kind where you have to pack a lunch and get dressed in professional clothes and stop playing with your phone and set your alarm in the morning so that you get there in time. <--- pout. But I won't ... Read More →

Filipino Spaghetti

Filipino Spaghetti

Filipino Spaghetti. It's a thing. It's a sweet, sticky, saucy, even-sold-at-McDonald's thing. Much like the pancit from last week, this meal was served at almost every birthday party at the orphanage where I worked this last year, usually mushed together ... Read More →

Filipino Pancit

Filipino Pancit Recipe

This is the start of a ten week series of that is superspecial to me. It's ten Filipino recipes from the orphanage where I worked for the last year of my life. This is the food that the kids ate at their birthday parties; it's what I ate for dinner with them ... Read More →

healthy chipotle sweet corn fettuccine

Healthy Chipotle Sweet Corn Fettuccine

I know it. I never ever post on Thursdays, hardly ever. And I'm one of those people who likes to have things on schedule, on specific days, at specific times, and this healthy chipotle sweet corn fettuccine is definitely NOT following the plan. Thanks a lot, ... Read More →

Veggie Alfredo Lasagna

Veggie Alfredo Lasagna

I... I can't speak. This creamy comfort food veggie Alfredo lasagna is heaven to me. And I will elaborate on that, I promise, but I can't move on without talking about what makes this whole thing work: the garlic-butter-Parmesan-flavored, ... Read More →

hoisin pork

Hoisin Pork with Rice Noodles

Throw it all together and call it dinner? Alrighty then, I will. You know this kinda thing, I know you do. Is it even a recipe? Meh. Who cares. It's classic craving food that's easily adaptable depending on whatever you have on hand. Which, if you're ... Read More →


Garlic Butter Spaghetti with Herbs

I have a tendency to go overboard. And food blogging only exaggerates it. ... Read More →

Baked Rigatoni

Baked Rigatoni with Spinach, Provolone, and Turkey

Getting back into the kitchen is rough, except not really. Cause look at that cheese. Somehow I moseyed my way through making this over the course of three days. I mean, three.days. 72 hours. FOR REAL. Don't run away - it's not going to take you three ... Read More →


Whole Wheat Roasted Veggie Lasagna

I love leftovers. As in the food that normal people want to get rid of. I like to eat it. And sometimes cold. Is lasagna the best to eat cold or is it the best to eat cold? It's just the best to eat cold. Flavorful, sticky, ricotta-cheesy. And those ... Read More →


Healthy Fettuccine Alfredo

I've been making a mess lately. A mess that starts with slurpy delicious noodles and ends with creamy healthy sauce. I'm of the belief that Alfredo sauce is King. Even deep red tomato sauces (which are supposed to be deep and red) are at their best ... Read More →

thumbnail pancit

Stir Fried Noodles with Shrimp and Vegetables {Filipino Pancit Canton}

So I’ll just come right out and say it. One thing I have done a pretty bad job at in my new life here is trying new Filipino foods. I know. When you visit a new place, all you want to do is try super exotic things and eat street food and take pictures of ... Read More →

White Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

White Cheddar Mac N’ Cheese with Squash and Toasted Walnuts

In my perfect world, it would be fall all the time. I didn't know that about myself until I moved to the Philippines. I've always been a beach girl, aka Minnesota wannabe beach girl. But sometime in the last 6 weeks my body started rejecting anything ... Read More →

Baked Rigatoni

Baked Caprese Rigatoni

Cheese. Basil. Tomato. In that order. It's summer and one of my favorite things about summer is basil. My other favorite thing is the farmer's market. Grab me a latte, put on my shades, pick out some pretty looking veggies, take a few pictures, enjoy the ... Read More →


Rustic Garlic Butter Pasta with Roasted Broccoli

I love pasta. I eat mushrooms. And I buy clearance shirts that are actually swim cover-ups. How and why could I fall in love with a shirt that's not a shirt? That makes me nervous. ... Read More →

Fajita Pasta

Skinny Shrimp Fajita Pasta

You guysss. I'm looking at the world through Mexican-flavored glasses. I may not definitely do not have the looks, the suave, or the rhythm whatsoever, but I swear I have Mexican flavors in my soul. Mexi-Italian fusion skinny pasta?  I'm telling you, ... Read More →


Easy Cheesy Chicken Noodles

Chicken Noodle Soup meets Mac n' Cheese. Have you ever asked yourself what that would be like? I know someone who did ask herself that very question one night while getting ready for bed, because, I don't know, she likes to think about food at night when ... Read More →

{Light} Garlic Shrimp Baked Penne

Light Garlic Shrimp Baked Penne

Homemade Garlic Alfredo Sauce. Would you mind if I just stopped there? Sighh. ... Read More →

Veggie Lasagna

Skinny Veggie Lasagna

Alright, so maybe that melted cheese bomb on top doesn't look so skinny. I seem to have a certain skill for presenting you with food that is healthy.... but not really. ... Read More →

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

Healthy Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

What did you do this weekend? I took advantage of the opportunity to eat blissful creamy bacon and pumpkin pasta and snuggle with a pug. Yes, I said snuggle with a pug.  I was snug as a bug in a rug with a pug.  And a mug. Gahhhh. That sweet ... Read More →

Chicken Zucchini Pasta

Chicken Zucchini Pasta

Once upon a time, I went to my parent's house to be "helpful" while they were out of town. Then the story took a turn. It became me trying to survive and keep everyone fed and alive. ... Read More →

Butternut Squash Mac n' Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple

I have a thing for butternut squash mac n' cheese, mostly because I have a thing for secretly healthy things that don't seem healthy. But the butternut squash is just the beginning.  In case you didn't notice by the longest blog title ever, there is a ton of ... Read More →

spicy chicken

Spicy Peanut Chicken Salad

Did you know that red Thai chili peppers at the farmer's market are only sold by the hundreds? Not kidding. And yes, I'm still talking about the farmer's market. So what do you do when you only need one? Just one little itty bitty red Thai chili? ... Read More →

Farmer's Market Pasta

Farmer’s Market Pasta

Trust me. You don’t even want to know how many titles I came up with for these little pots of joy. Instead of sharing all of the potential recipe titles with you, I will give you the chance to do something more productive with your 3 seconds. ... Read More →

Caprese Penne in Bowl

Caprese Penne

What a day. What a bad, bad day. It started with student behaviors. Then it was student performance. (And that’s not to mention teacher behaviors and performance. Which, of course, comes full circle back to student behaviors and performance.) And ... Read More →

spinach artichoke pasta

Spinach Artichoke Pasta

I have way too many memories of eating apps (that’s appetizers) at Applebees in the last 5+ years. My favorite was - and still is - the Spinach and Artichoke Dip. It’s so bad and so good all at the same time. ... Read More →

Sun Dried Tomato Dill Linguine

Sun Dried Tomato Dill Linguine

Springtime dinners have been stumping me lately. I want to eat light and fresh, but then again, I want to eat something cozy and filling, because usually I’m a little cold and a lot starving. And after dinner, I want to eat cookie dough ice cream. And I ... Read More →