Stove Top Tuna Noodle Casserole

90% Comfort Food + 10% Childhood Nostalgia = a perfect midweek dinner.

What you will need:
  • Elbow Noodles
  • package of Tuna
  • Small Can of Sweet Peas (drained)
  • 2 Cans of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1/4 cup of Whole Milk
What you will need to do:
  1. Cook noodles as directed on package
  2. While the noodles are cooking, place: tuna, sweet peas, cream of chicken soup, and whole milk in a pan.
  3. Stir and warm the mixture.
  4. When noodles are done, drain and add to the mixture.
  5. Stir and Serve.

Simple & Scrumptious!

What is one of your favorite comfort foods? Let me know in the comments below.
Until next time – a latte of sparkles & giggles,

Dirty Rice Skillet

It began as a childhood memory, rice and ground beef in the skillet. I believed it had a few colors in it along with some mushrooms. My mother had no recollection of this concoction that she once created. So over the years it was trial and error, trying new things, searching, and wondering if what I ate or what I saw was the missing dinner that I longed to eat. I have finally perfected this mystery meal and ready to share it with you all.

What You Will Need:

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. Brown ground beef in a skillet.
  2. Slice Mushrooms into small pieces.
  3. Drain fat from skillet and return ground beef.
  4. Add Zatarain’s Dirty Rice Mix, 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil, 2 1/2 cups Hot Water, and sliced Mushrooms to the skillet.
  5. Stir until well blended.
  6. Bring to a boil on High Heat..
  7. Turn temperature to Low, cover with lid, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Stir.
  9. Add 1 can of French Style Green Beans to the top of the Rice Mix (do not stir).
  10. Continue simmer for 5 minutes, covered.
  11. Without removing the cover, remove the skillet from heat for five minutes.
  12. Stir and fluff with fork.
  13. Serve.

Simple & Scrumptious!

Have you eaten something like it? I think it was a frozen meal at one time; however, I cannot find it anywhere.

Until next time – a latte of sparkles & giggles,

Sausage Spaghetti

A few years ago, I had Sausage Wraps on the menu. I loved eating them, yet they took so long to make; boiling, wrapping, stuffing, baking, basting … So, I opted to throw all of the ingredients into the skillet instead. What began as a simpler way to create a more difficult meal has become a family staple (with a few changes). As ground beef prices continue to soar and purchase limits are put in place due to COVID-19, it is time to be a little creative with the meats that we use in our meals. I share with you, Sausage Spaghetti to save the day!

What You Will Need

What You Will Need To Do

  1. Gather ingredients listed above.
  2. Follow directions for box of pasta noodles. Reserve 2 Tbsp starch water for sauce. Set aside.
  3. Slice Sausage into bite size pieces. I like to use my Pampered Chef Quick Slice for quick equal size portions.

4. Slice 1 Green Pepper or 4-5 Mini Sweet Peppers.

5. Heat skillet on medium heat with 1 Tbsp Olive Oil.
6. Place sliced sausage and pepper in the heated skillet. Stir and flip until browned and peppers are ready to eat. I use my Pampered Chef Tongs (pictured below).

7. Add teaspoon garlic powder, teaspoon onion powder, teaspoon basil, teaspoon Italian seasoning, a pinch of salt & a pinch of pepper to the sausage and peppers.

8. Add jar of sauce to the skillet. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Sauce should be nice and warm and have taken on some of the favors of the seasonings. Add 2 Tbsp starch water and stir.
9. Stir in pasta noodles to skillet.

10. I like to serve my pastas with homemade rolls and breads. Tonight, I served them with Garlic Knots from Joanna Gaines’ Cookbook Magnolia Table Vol 2

11. Simple & Scrumptious – Enjoy!

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Until next time – a latte of sparkles & giggles,

Creamy Herb BLT Pasta Salad

As the weather warms up, I seek out light meals full of protein and nutritious fresh veggies to delight our tastebuds. As I continue to crave garlic and lemon, I decided to try out a creation of my own. This Creamy Herb BLT Pasta Salad is a combination of a new recipe, classic sandwich, with a creamy twist.

What You Will Need:

What You Will Need To Do:

  1. Boil water and follow directions on box of BowTie Pasta. Drain and set aside.
  2. While waiting for pasta to be complete: finely chop package of bacon bits, cut in half the half container of grape tomatoes, and cut the 6 pieces of romaine lettuce in bite size pieces.
I like to cut my romaine lettuce with my Pampered Chef Salad Chopper

3. Now that your protein and fresh veggies are cut, it is time to prepare the creamy herb dressing. Start by placing your mayonnaise into a medium sized bowl (Classic Batter Bowl pictured above). I find that it is easier to measure the mayo by tablespoons rather than fill up a measuring cup only to have to place in your bowl. If you heat up your measuring spoon under hot water it slides right off. There are 16 tbsp in one cup.

With a conversion chart placed on the wall in your kitchen, you can make necessary changes as needed while you cook!

4. Squeeze half of a lemon into bowl with mayo.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy with my Pampered Chef Citrus Press

5. Cut 2 green onions into small bite size pieces using a manual food processor or even a food chopper and place them into bowl.
6. Press 1 clove of garlic into mixture.
7. Add 1 tbsp parsley, 1 tbsp dill, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp white pepper, and 1/2 tsp salt and stir until ingredients are well mixed together.
8. Place cooked pasta, chopped protein & veggies, and creamy herb dressing into a serving bowl.
9. Serve warm or chilled. You may store Creamy Herb BLT Pasta Salad for about 3 days in a covered container in the fridge.

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Simple & Scrumptious!

What are your favorite pasta salads for the summer? Please share in the comments below. I will be posting a recipe here each week!

Until next time – a latte of sparkles & giggles,

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