One Pot Sausage and Zucchini Pasta

If you’re looking to change up your weeknight pasta game this is the recipe for you – with a handful of simple ingredients and 20 minutes time you will have a flavorful and healthy pasta dinner ready for your family!

We have pasta about once a week in our home – and although I do love a simple butter and Parmesan cheese sauce, I go crazy for a red sauce. Normally a “good” red sauce cooks for hours over low heat and develops it’s flavors, but who has time for that during the week?

Our recipe combines zucchini, browned Italian sausage and a few classic herbs to create a sauce that tastes like Gramma used to make – and it record time too! See below for your shopping list of ingredients.

Red pasta sauce cooking on stove
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Roasted Cauliflower with Herbs

This simple roasted cauliflower bake is the perfect side dish for entertaining. It is lightly tossed in olive oil, coated in a mix of delicious herbs and finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan to bring together an incredible flavor that goes with meat, seafood and other vegetables!

Look no further for your next Easter side dish my friends; this is an easy to make cauliflower bake with a handful of ingredients. The best part though? You toss everything together and then it goes into the oven where all the magic happens…there are NO additional steps for this dish which makes it a winner in my books!

When it is finished baking you are left with perfectly golden florets that have the best texture (not mushy and not crunchy, just the perfect in between) that are coated in herbs…what’s not to love?

cooked cauliflower with herbs on baking sheet with parchment paper
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Easy Corned Beef Dip Recipe

The perfect dip for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, your next party and any other time you need a deliciously creamy dip for veggies! The crumbled corned beef is combined with fresh herbs, onions, sour cream and mayo to create a dip recipe that is unlike any you’ve had before.

We are always looking for new dip recipes for veggies since we entertain A LOT, and I realized that there really isn’t a specific dip that is meant for St. Patrick’s Day – or really many that use canned corned beef (a favorite of mine from childhood!).

If you are looking for easy and delicious then this is definitely the dip for you – it takes 5 minutes to put together and makes enough for a large event! Who doesn’t love a quick and easy recipe when you have a million other things to do and get ready?!

White bowl of corned beef dip with fresh parsley on top
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Cheesy Zucchini Loaf

Easy, quick and delicious. This Zucchini Loaf is loaded with cheddar cheese and chopped chives to make a savory quick bread you will want to make over and over again!

I am so excited that zucchini season is here, finally! While we can get them year round thanks to our local grocery stores, it’s always better when they are local and fresh. This zucchini loaf is super moist thanks to our method of mixing and baking, comes out crunchy on top, and is loaded with stringy cheddar cheese…why wouldn’t you want to make this?!

Fluffy Zucchini Cheddar Loaf in White Loaf Pan

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Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Summer is all about fresh ingredients and outdoor meals for us, that’s why this Quinoa Salad is perfect for the hot days that are still ahead! It uses just a few ingredients to transform plain quinoa into a delicious side dish (or main meal if you want to add protein!) and although we make this more in the summertime, you can definitely enjoy it on cooler days as well. Quinoa-Salad-Fresh-Ingredients

 

You can customize the Quinoa Salad to your tastes too, so if you prefer zucchini over cucumber or cherry tomatoes over peppers, feel free to throw em in. The dressing is just as simple as the salad itself, and can be used on a variety of green salads as well! So grab your ingredients and pack your picnic bag, it’s time to make this yummy salad.

Easy Quinoa Salad Recipe with Lemon Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1 c Dry Quinoa Rinsed under cold water
  • 1 c Water
  • 1 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1/2 lg Cucumber chopped
  • 1 lg Red Pepper chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion diced
  • 3 tbsp Fresh Basil or parsley if you prefer chopped
  • Salt

Dressing

  • 1/4 c Extra Virgin Olive Oil the good stuff guys, you don't want it to be bitter!
  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice fresh is best but concentrated is fine!
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 3/4 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 Garlic clove minced
  • pinch of Salt

Instructions

Salad

  • Place medium pot over medium heat for about 2 mins to warm, add in quinoa and give a quick "toast" by swirling in the pot for 1 minute. Add in your water and broth with a pinch of salt and allow to come to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer until liquid is absorbed (about 10-12 minutes). Remove from heat and place in your serving bowl. Place in fridge to cool.
  • Once quinoa has cooled add in remainder of the salad ingredients and toss.

Dressing

  • Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, whisk until well combined.
  • Pour 1/2 of the dressing over the salad and add the remainder right before serving.

Notes

Prepare Quinoa ahead of time (even the day before) so it can cool.

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ's! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood

Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette- Perfect side dish for picnics and BBQ’s! #Salad #Quinoa #PicnicFood