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taste it tuesday: super yummy pizza casserole; a huge hit for the kiddos!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: taste it tuesday: super yummy pizza casserole; a huge hit for the kiddos! Plus a quick tip on boiling water with a wooden spoon….supposedly doesn’t boil over, not sure if this really does the trick!
Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2. The pizza casserole was really pretty easy, just a lot of layering, but that’s what makes it good, right?!
• Would I do it again? yes!
• What I would do differently: we did chicken sausage and ground turkey for a leaner version
• Items used: yummy recipe from: http://formamas.blogspot.com/2011/08/pizza-casserole.html

Have you done anything from Pinterest lately? What’s inspiring you?
I hope you were inspired as much as I was. If not, click on “Recommend a Pin” above and I would love to hear any suggestions you might have!
Until ipinterest again!

Karie J

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day 87: cooking it up/ simple and yummy breakfast burritos, so good!

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: day 87: cooking it up/ simple and yummy breakfast burritos, so good!
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1 (thank goodness I had my husband back to help me out!)
• Would I do it again? oh yea! I love breakfast burritos, and this was extra good!!!
• What I would do differently: nothing at all, add salsa and eat it up!
• Items used: original recipe from: http://www.momontimeout.com/2011/08/breakfast-burrito-bonanza.html

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 85: cooking it up/ bow-tie pasta with chicken sausage and kale

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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• Project: day 85: cooking it up/ bow-tie pasta with chicken sausage and kale
• Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 2
• Would I do it again? yes! It was very good, and a great way to use kale, which I love!
• What I would do differently: well, since I burned the garlic, which is a definite no no, probably that!
• Items used: recipe from: http://pastaprincessandmore.wordpress.com/2012/02/21/homemade-pasta-with-sausage-and-kale/#comment-505

She did it (The Pasta Princess) WAY better than I did since she made her own pasta as well as chicken stock. I just used Barilla Bow-tie pasta, and store bought chicken stock, but other than that, it was still good!

Until ipinterest tomorrow!
Karie J 🙂

day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, and spinach

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MY “PINTERESTING” TAKE:

 

“PINSPIRATION”, FROM PINTEREST:

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  • Project: day 60: cooking it up/mixing it up: yummy tortellini soup with basil, sausage, &  spinach
  • Difficulty rating (1=easiest, 5= way too hard!): 1
  • Would I do it again? most definitely! This soup is super easy, a big hit, and I could probably eat it twice a week! three-year old Morgan also had fun helping me in the kitchen with this one!
  • What I would do differently: I combined my mother in law’s recipe (thank you Barb, you know I love this one!), with the pinterest recipe, and a few other tweaks of our own, next time we might try kale! The pinterest recipe is below, and then our changes and additions from my mother in law are in red, our own changes in green. 🙂
  • Items used: Pinterest recipe from: http://www.fudgebananaswirl.com/sausage-spinach-and-tortellini-soup/

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey Italian sausage (I prefer hot, but sweet would be ok too) (we used chicken sausage, it was yummy!)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 40 oz low sodium chicken broth (we ended up using 64 oz)
  • 5 oz fresh spinach and 8-10 fresh basil leaves
  •  1 1/2 cups tomatoes, chopped (we used 1 14 oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice instead)
  • 9 oz store-bought cheese tortellini
  • 2 tb unsalted butter (optional) (we put the butter in the end for a richer flavor and also sautéed the garlic in butter in the beginning!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • parmesan cheese sprinkled on top when serving

Directions

  1. In a large dutch oven (or stock pot), brown sausage over medium heat until fully cooked (approximately 10-12 minutes.)  Remove sausage, let cool and slice in to bite-size pieces, set aside.
  2. Add minced garlic to pot and saute for 3 minutes.  Add wine and broth, scraping brown bits from bottom of the dutch oven. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 3 minutes. Add tortellini and boil for another 5 minutes.  Add spinach, tomatoes and sausage.  Cook for 5 minutes, remove from heat.
  3. At this point, you can whisk in 2tb of butter, which adds a little extra richness to the soup.  If you are watching fat or calories, the soup is still delicious without adding butter.

Until ipinterest tomorrow!

Karie J 🙂