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Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad

Pesto Pasta Salad is a simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and a pesto. Perfect for the upcoming warm weather family grill outs or for lunches.

Pesto Pasta Salad

I am a huge fan of pasta salad. I love to make a big batch on Sunday afternoon for the family to eat for lunches throughout the week making it a healthier and more affordable option. Plus, it is so darn simple. Pasta salad is always, always, always a safe bet to bring to any gathering from neighborhood grill out to a work pot luck.

Pesto Pasta Salad

What kind of pesto should you use for Pesto Pasta Salad?

You can use whatever pesto you enjoy. If that is a store bought one to make this dish super convenient or if you make your own. Try the Kale Pesto recipe from our blog made with kale, almonds, olive oil, garlic and parmesan cheese. Click HERE for recipe.

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Pesto Pasta Salad
 
Simple cold pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella pearls, balsamic vinaigrette, and pesto.
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Ingredients
  • I box bow tie pasta
  • ⅓ cup pesto
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 8 ounce container mozzarella pearls
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch of salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook bow tie pasta according to package directions.
  2. Chop the fresh basil and cut cherry tomatoes in halves.
  3. In a small bowl, add olive oil, pesto, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Mix well with a whisk.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add drained pasta, pesto mixture, drained mozzarella pearls, basil and tomatoes. Stir.
  5. Place in fridge for 2 hours and serve.

 

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Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups are a chocolaty, fun, child approved treat perfect for Easter celebrations.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

I really wanted to create a fun treat that kids can help make that was simple, time efficient and delicious! Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups hit the mark with a neat spin off from worms in dirt dessert. We layered Oreos, chocolate pudding, coconut, sprinkles with a Easter bunny Peep and candy Robin Eggs.

Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups

To make these, crush a sleeve of Oreos and sprinkle some in the bottom of a clear cup. Have the kids help whip up some instant chocolate pudding and fill the cup half full and then layer more crushed Oreos, followed by another layer of chocolate pudding. Let the kids finish decorating their Easter Bunny Dirt Cups with a few more Oreo crumbs, colored coconut, a bunny Peep and a few Robin Eggs. I had some Easter sprinkles laying around so we added a bit of those too. All there is to do now is dip a spoon in and enjoy!

Dessert doesn’t have to be complicated. Easter for me is all about spending time with my family and doing some creative projects like egg decorating and baking goodies. These Easter Bunny Dirt Cups are such a simple, fun, family friendly Easter Day treat for everyone to dig into and participate in.

How is everyone spending their Easter this year? Do you have any fun treat recipes that you love to make that the kids help out with?

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Simple, fun Easter desserts with chocolate pudding, oreos, coconut and Easter bunny.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 package instant chocolate pudding
  • 10 Oreos
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 5-10 drops green food coloring
  • 15 chocolate mini Robin Egg candies
  • 5 bunny Peeps
  • Easter sprinkles (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare your grass with 1 cup of shredded coconut with 5-10 drops green food coloring mixed in a small bowl.
  2. Chop your Oreos into crumbs. Either use a food processor, knife, or paddle in a Ziploc bag. I prefer to just finely chop the cookies. Place crumbs in a small bowl.
  3. Prepare your chocolate pudding according to package directions. All you do is add milk and whisk.
  4. Assemble the Easter Bunny Chocolate Dirt Cups. Place Oreo crumbs on the bottom of a cup, add a layer of pudding, some more Oreo crumbs, and a second layer of pudding.
  5. Decorate! Add more Oreos crumbs, green coconut, a bunny Peep, 3 Robin Eggs and some fun sprinkles.
  6. Enjoy!

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Garlic Ginger Chicken

Garlic Ginger Chicken

Garlic Ginger Chicken is a perfect weeknight chicken marinade recipe to pair with some rice and vegetables.  It has a strong ginger taste flavor and the garlic and soy sauce pull the marinade all together. How do you describe ginger? A little bit woody, lemony, spicy? It is interesting but so delish.

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

Perhaps you don’t love ginger and if you would like to calm the ginger flavor down a pinch, that is fine. Go with .5 tablespoons minced ginger in the recipe, just cutting it in half. Garlic Ginger Chicken can be prepared in advance too. You just need 30 minutes of marinade time but you can prep in the morning or night before and just let the chicken rest in the fridge so you can just throw it in the oven at dinner time and have it on the table within 35 minutes. We love those “throw it in the oven for 30 minute” meals, don’t we mamas?

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

Recently, my family has switched to buying organic chicken. While, I’m not here to talk you into spending the extra cash on organic products because I know what it is like to budget every penny, I do want to just tell you all why we decided to go with organic chicken.

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To be able to make the organic grade, chickens must not be given antibiotics or use fertilizer, plus are fed an organic diet. I really believe 100% that organic chicken tastes better, it is better for the environment and healthier. Plus, buying organic chickens helps support smaller farms a lot of the time so pay attention to packaging and try and buy local and organic. Price is much higher, yes, but this is one area that I think the benefits win. Decide on what is best for your family and do some research into it to make a choice for your family.

 

Garlic Ginger Chicken

 

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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1.5 pounds chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced ginger
  • 1 tablespoon fresh minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • cilantro to garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Grab ingredients, cutting board, knife, large Ziploc bag, grater/garlic press, baking sheet, foil and measuring cups.
  2. In the large Ziplock bag, add ¼ cup soy sauce, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Mince a tablespoon of both garlic and ginger into bag. Add chicken and seal letting it marinate for 30 minutes minimum.
  3. Pre heat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place foil over baking sheet and set marinated chicken on top.
  5. Place chicken in oven for 30 minutes or fully cooked. Large chicken breasts may take longer.
  6. As the chicken cooks, wash and chop some fresh cilantro. Just need a tablespoon or two worth.
  7. Remove chicken from oven and sprinkle with cilantro.
  8. Serve.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 6 ounces Calories: 218 Fat: 10 Carbohydrates: 3 Sodium: 692 Protein: 38

 

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Kale Pesto

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Kale Pesto made with loads of kale, almonds, parmesan cheese, olive oil and garlic. Perfect for pasta, pizza or sandwiches.

 

kale pesto

 

Kale is rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Vitamin A. Has no fat and low calories and lots of flavor for a leafy green. Perfect food to get your family eating healthier. Almonds serve as a healthy protein source and olive oil has healthy fats. The parmesan is… well… mostly for the great flavor, however still a great source of calcium and Vitamin D.

 

 

For a simple dinner idea: add 2 tablespoons of Kale Pesto on chicken breasts, place some sliced Roma tomatoes on top with some extra shredded parmesan. Cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes on 375 degrees.  There is something about pesto and tomatoes together that works so perfectly.

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Kale Pesto with almonds, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese and kale. Perfect for pizzas, pasta and sandwiches.
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Recipe type: Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¾ cup almonds, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • .5 bunch of kale
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Wash kale well.
  2. Shred parmesan cheese and mince the garlic cloves.
  3. Place the olive oil, kale, almonds, garlic, salt and shredded parmesan cheese into food processor.
  4. Blend until smooth. This only takes around 3 minutes.
  5. Taste test. Pesto may need more salt.
  6. Blend another minute. Consistency should be paste like but still somewhat creamy. You may need to add a dab more olive oil at this point also.
  7. Store in a sealed container in the fridge if not consumed immediately.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 235 Fat: 22 Carbohydrates: 4 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 225 Protein: 7

 

Try other variations of pesto. Swap kale for basil, almonds for pine nuts or parmesan for romano.  Delish!

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