Leftover Spaghetti Nests

As a mother of 3, making dinners are often made with the intention of leftovers. Why? Well…lunches the next day! Pasta however, seems to be one of the messiest things to pack in a lunch, and subsequently makes for a disastrous lunch box when my littles empty their lunch sacks. So those pasta night leftovers often just sit in the fridge until they finally get tossed, and I’m saddened by the waste.

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This Dump-and-Bake Aloha Chicken and Rice is an entire dinner that cooks in one dish! With just 10 minutes of prep you can stir together uncooked rice, chicken, pineapple, bell pepper, onion, and a sweet-and-savory sauce that’s finished with crispy bacon. Serve the easy, Hawaiian-inspired meal with a simple green salad, broccoli, or a loaf of crusty bread. It tastes like chicken and pineapple fried rice — without the work!

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Spiced Lentils with Egg

When I was in my 20s I decided to live alone, finally, after sharing homes and apartments with an ever-changing stream of roommates. That first year in my solo apartment was the genesis of my desire to learn how to cook well. I knew how to follow a recipe, but I realized there’s so much more to becoming a cook at ease in the kitchen. I remember staring at a pile of brown and wilted vegetables in my fridge and thinking how recipes are nothing more than the gleaming tip of the iceberg, shiny and alluring, but not signaling the many demands they make on a cook: how to shop, how to plan, how to make the most of the ingredients in your fridge and pantry every single day. Continue Reading