Posts Tagged ‘dinner’

Yummy Chocolate Brownie Fake-Out!

I made some Gluten-Free pasta tonight (rice and corn spaghetti from Barilla). The kids couldn’t tell the difference! The taste and texture was the best GF option I have found. Yay Barilla!!  

But, I decided to take the GF all the way through dessert! Whaaaat? Yup, GF brownies. I have been wanting to try this recipe ever since I came across it and I finally got the black beans the other night. Yup, that’s right-I said black beans! 

I can’t take credit for the idea, as I found the recipe on, but I did add a couple extra Tablespoons of cocoa and a few more mini chocolate chips… because I like chocolate… and because, well, why not?!!?
I have to say, I was a bit skeptical about using beans. I under-baked it (12 minutes) and that seemed to be perfect for the way I like my brownies. They were baked long enough to hold everything together but not long enough to dry them out. The best part was, my daughters had no idea they were made from beans! The taste was pretty good and the texture wasn’t bad, either. I will definitely make these again!

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Stuffed Rigatoni Pie!

I saw a rigatoni pie posted on facebook and it sounded pretty good. When it was time to make it, I didn’t go back to read the recipe; but rather added a little of this and a little of that. You can always use a lasagna filling recipe if need be.



Start with cooked and cooled rigatoni pasta. Stand on end in a sprayed spring form cake pan.


Mix up some ricotta cheese, some eggs, and some parmesan cheese and put it into a piping bag.


Pipe the cheese mixture into each noodle.


Once the noodles are all piped, tap the pan on the counter to allow the cheese to settle and pipe more if need be.


Mix a jar of sauce and some cream cheese and pour it over the top of the filled pasta. Tap the pan on the counter to allow the sauce to seep down in all the nooks and crannies. Top with shredded cheese and bake at 350 degrees for about 30-40 minutes.


Remove the ring of the spring form pan and cut the pie into sections.


Use a pie server to lift the pie up and plate it. This pie is so good-and so filling, too!

Homemade Flour Tortillas

Flour tortillas are so easy to make… and with so few ingredients, they are really affordable, too! This is the recipe I came up with to try on Taco night:

3 1/2 cups flour

1 Tablespoon Baking Powder

1 teaspoon Salt

3/4 cup canola oil

3/4 cup water

Combine dry ingredients and make a well. Add the oil and water to the well and use a fork to start incorporating the flour mixture. Once the dough starts to come together, knead by hand. Form into 12 thick disks and put them on a floured surface. Cover the discs with a damp paper towel (or even cover with plastic wrap). Let them set for about a half hour. Roll each disc out on a floured surface. Flattened discs will be about 8″-10″ around. I used an electric skillet to cook my tortillas (300 degrees for 30-60 seconds on each side). No grease needed, just make sure it’s hot first. Place cooked tortillas on a plate and cover with plastic wrap or towel to keep soft and pliable. Fill with your favorite taco fillings and fixings and enjoy!   Yield: 12 tortillas.




I even used the leftover tortillas to make chicken pot pie the following night! My girls and I talked about all the possibilities… such as hummus! Yum!

More Comfort Food


Another comfort food for me: Home-made mac-n-cheese… with shells!

What is your favorite comfort food?

Is Tomato Soup a Comfort Food?

I believe that ‘Comfort Food’ can be different for everyone. When I came home with some tomatoes that my sister had grown (as my small dish garden only produced one very tiny green tomato-seriously… it’s still hanging there-green as could be), I tried to think of ways to use them. Of course there is tomato sauce, blt, tomato and cucumber salad, etc… But then I looked out the window and saw how drizzly it was and felt how damp it was even inside the house. I picked some fresh basil off of my potted herbs and made some tomato soup for dinner. Of course I paired it with grilled cheese sandwiches-because after all, they just belong together! While the home-grown, home-made flavor really hit the spot for me, my family decided they preferred the Campbell’s kind from a can. Hmpff! They can have their canned soup with all the added salt and whatever else it has in it-I liked MY soup! Don’t get me wrong, I love Campbell’s tomato soup! However, I felt comforted by my home-made version. It was full of flavor from the fresh ingredients! No additives. No preservatives.

Is tomato soup a comfort food for you? What are some of your comfort foods?…you know, the foods that make you feel all warm and fuzzy and happy?


Great Green Gobs of…

Can you guess what this is?

Still not sure?

Does this help? Or does the green still leave you perplexed?

Does this help? No?

How about now?

You guessed it! Spinach pasta! And it was tasty!


Take a bag of spinach and blend it with the wet ingredients (such as eggs) of your favorite pasta dough recipe. Add to the dry ingredients and continue with the regular pasta directions. We enjoyed our spinach pasta with butter and a little Parmesan cheese. We got a tasty pasta… and the kids ate their veggies without even knowing it! We call that a “Ninja Mom” move!

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