Italian Pesto Rice {with Minute® Rice}

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Oh, the holiday parties and sweets! It’s so hard to eat healthy during this festive season. For a holiday party we’re attending next week, we’re bringing this delicious Italian Pesto Rice. This healthy, savory dish is a nice contrast to all the indulgences we’re eating right now.

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I was happy to work with Minute® Rice because I’m passionate about helping moms get healthy dinners on the table, and this shortcut makes it faster and easier. One of the biggest hassles of “eating brown” is how darn long it takes to make brown rice! Who has 45-60 minutes to wait? Give Minute® Rice Brown Rice a try. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and has the same nutritional value as regular long-cooking brown rice. My kids love the fluffy texture.

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With Minute® Rice on hand, you can have a whole-grain side ready in just 10 minutes. Or, use Minute® Rice Brown Rice as the base for any number of great recipes. Find over 400 easy recipe ideas at the Minute® Rice website. This Italian Pesto Rice comes together so quickly! While the rice is cooking–for 5 minutes, then sitting for 5 minutes–prep the other ingredients. Then, stir it all together for a flavorful, robust rice dish that’s great on its own or a heartier meal when you add chicken or Italian sausage on top.

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Italian Pesto Rice
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 cups Minute® Rice Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (optional)
  1. Prepare rice according to box directions.
  2. While rice is cooking, slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add basil pesto to cooked rice, stir well to combine.
  4. Add tomatoes and cheese to rice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Add chopped basil leaves for a stronger flavor (we like this but the kids don't).

I like to serve Italian Pesto Rice warm with some extra protein, but we’ve also enjoyed it as a vegetarian lunch served cold. Either way, it’s yummy!

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There are so many ways to include Minute® Rice in your busy weeknight meals. I’m going to see how the kids like the new Minute® Rice Multi-Grain Medley, which includes brown, Thai red, and wild rice along with quinoa for a completely gluten-free whole grain side.

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Linked up to Real Food Recipe Roundup at JoLynneShane, Tis the Season at Krystal’s Kitsch, On Display Thursday at Average But Inspired, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, and Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Ridiculously Easy Holiday Appetizers

We have a family tradition that started when my husband was a kid, and we’ve continued it with our own children. All day on December 24th, we spend the day cooking and enjoying appetizers and desserts (instead of a planned meal). Each family member gets to pick a new recipe to try, and along with our usual favorites (my kids love pigs-in-a-blanket), we have a very relaxed day of playing board games, watching movies and eating finger foods and treats. It’s super fun!

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Whether you’re heading to a holiday party this week or are looking for some fun recipes for Christmas Eve like we are, these Ridiculously Easy Holiday Appetizers will hit the spot. Each recipe is made with only 3 ingredients, saving you time and stress so you can enjoy the holidays with your guests and family or bring an amazing dish to a party or potluck.


Easy Sausage Balls from My Blessed Life | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

These Easy Sausage Balls from My Blessed Life are quick to prep with Bisquick, bulk sausage and shredded cheddar. These are on our to-make list this year. My kids will just love them!


Blue Cheese Appetizer from Half Baked Harvest | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Just three ingredients–a tube of biscuits, blue cheese, and butter–makes this amazing Blue Cheese Appetizer from Half Baked Harvest. Even if you’re not a home cook, you can show up at any holiday party and amaze!


Raspberry Brie Bites from The Sweets Life | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Raspberry Brie Bites from The Sweets Life are an amazing combo of tangy and sweet. Just set out frozen fillo dough shells with bites of brie and a dollop of raspberry jam. Easy peasy, but they look so elegant.


Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Frugal Fanatic | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Frugal Fanatic cook for just a few hours in the crockpot, with just frozen meatballs, ketchup and grape jelly.


Chili Cheese Dip from Raining Hot Coupons | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

A hearty, gooey dip is perfect for tortilla chips. This Chili Cheese Dip from Raining Hot Coupons is just three layers of cream cheese, canned chili and shredded cheese.

Black Bean Dip from Major Hoff Takes a Wife | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

If you’d prefer a non-cheese dip, try the Black Bean Dip from Major Hoff Takes a Wife. Just warm your favorite salsa combined with black refried beans and serve with a dollop of sour cream.


Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups from The Comfort of Cooking | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Celebrate the lack of school lunches with Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-ups from The Comfort of Cooking. Layer pre-made pizza dough with your favorite type of ham and sliced cheese, then bake.


Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks from The Frugal Girls | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms
Who likes wings? These Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks from The Frugal Girls are even better because you get more meat! Slow cook them along with a bottle of hot sauce and a packet of ranch seasoning for a crowd-pleaser.


Stuffed Mushrooms from A Nutritionist Eats | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

My family loves stuffed mushrooms, but they take a lot of work. That’s why this recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms from A Nutritionist Eats is so great–just three ingredients!


Pickle Rollups from Pip & Ebby | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

My kids love these Pickle Rollups from Pip & Ebby, though we use spicy salami instead of corned beef. The cream cheese glues them together.


What are your favorite easy holiday appetizers?

10 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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Do you go traditional with your Thanksgiving meal? Whether we are hosting a crowd or are alone for the holiday, we tend to stick with the usual turkey and mashed potatoes and then try something new by way of side dishes. I’ve found a bunch of sides over the years that are easy to make and super flavorful. Enjoy these 10 easy Thanksgiving side dishes:

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Damn Delicious | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
It only takes 15 minutes to make these Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Damn Delicious, and they’re the perfect side to brighten up your Thanksgiving table.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots | Easy Thanksgiving Sides | MonewyiseMoms

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
If you’ve never tried Brusssels Sprouts before, why not try them with bacon! My kids ask for this dish year round, and it’s become a regular at our Thankgiving table.


Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms from My Kitchen Escapades | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms
These Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms from My Kitchen Escapades are so quick to prep, then you can put them into the oven to roast for 20 minutes while you’re letting the turkey rest. Easy peasy!


Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese from What's Cooking, Love? | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Crockpot Cauliflower & Cheese
This easy, 4-ingredient Crockpot Cauliflower & Cheese recipe from What’s Cooking, Love? can be made in the slow cooker, which frees up space in the oven for other foods.


Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans from #5 Dinners | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans
With only 8 minutes oven time, you can make these Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans from $5 Dinners right before serving the meal. They have an unusually delicious caramelized sweetness.


Asparagus Tater Toss from Lil Luna | Easy Thanksgiving Side DIshes | MoneywiseMoms

Asparagus and Tater Toss
If you’re looking for lighter fare than traditional mashed potatoes and stuffing, this Asparagus and Tater Toss from Lil Luna is just right! It’s quick to make with tiny fingerling potatoes.


Zucchini Gratin from Cooking ala Mel | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Zucchini Gratin
Since cheese makes everything better (according to my family), this Zucchini Gratin from Cooking ala Mel would make a great side. It’s a healthified version that uses Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, which means extra tang. Yum!


Autumn Chopped Salad from Iowa Girl Eats | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Autumn Chopped Salad
For years now, we’ve enjoyed having a salad at Thanksgiving to contrast the heavy turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. This Autumn Chopped Salad from Iowa Girl Eats has a great combination of flavors–apple, pear, cranberry, feta and bacon (we skip the peanuts because of allergies).


Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce from Cooking on the Side | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce
I’m the only one of the five of us who likes cranberry sauce, and it’s a MUST for my Thanksgiving dinner, so each year I try a new recipe. This Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce from Cooking on the Side has my favorite combination of flavors–ginger and orange to cut the bitterness of the cranberries.


Broccoli Casserole from Brown Eyed Baker | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Broccoli Casserole

Many years ago (before kids), a delicious broccoli casserole was brought to Thanksgiving dinner by our friend Joe, and became a tradition ever since. I like this revised version (with no cream soup) of Broccoli Casserole by Brown Eyed Baker.

What are your favorite easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes?


Linked up to Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids, SITS Girls Linky PartyMade By You Monday at Skip to my Lou, In and Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, and Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now.

Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup {Smithfield Marinated Pork}

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu

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When you want to put an easy, home-cooked meal on the table for your family, wholesome shortcuts can be a big help. Instead of remembering to defrost a roast and planning to marinate for hours, just pick up Smithfield Marinated Pork. All seven varieties–like Mesquite Pork Loin, Portobello Mushroom Flavor Filet, and Peppercorn & Garlic Tenderloin–are so easy. You can WOW your family (or guests) and just grilling or baking via the directions on the package. It’s ready to go, as a timesaver and with no stress!

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I picked up the Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet at Walmart. Since each package is about 3 lbs., I cut the roast in half and will cook the rest another night (easy dinner!).

With the pork already marinated, I wanted to try this Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup recipe, adapted from Eating Well. Confession time! With all my healthy and “real food” eating, I have never tried kale, and I have never given it to the family. I’d heard that kale could be bitter, so I figured it would be great to introduce it to the family soaked in a delicious broth (and I was right!).

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The combination of textures in this soup is fantastic! The beans are smooth, soaking up the fragrant broth. The kale is lightly crunchy, which everyone enjoyed. The pork and onions have a little chew to them; I just love soups with lots of layers like this. As an added bonus, my house smelled amazing while this was cooking. Yum!

The cooking time is short on this soup–so be sure and prep all your ingredients ahead of time. I had them lined up next to me at the stove, so I could keep stirring and just add them as needed.

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Whether you try this Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup or just want an easy pork roast dinner, print yourself a coupon for .75 off one Smithfield Marinated Pork product, while supplies last. You can also find more easy recipes and inspiration at the Smithfield website.

Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Smithfield Garlic & Herb Pork Loin (half of package)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, chopped (about 8 cups lightly packed)
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until no longer pink on the outside, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs, leaving juices in the pot.
  2. Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, paprika and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Add wine and tomatoes, increase heat to high and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Add kale and stir just until it wilts. Reduce heat to maintain a strong simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans and the reserved pork with its juices. Simmer until the beans and pork are heated through, about 2 minutes.

See what other fabulous recipes you can make with Smithfield Marinated Pork. Look for #PutPorkonthe Menu on Twitter and Facebook.


Recipe linked up to The SITS GirlsWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Whatever Goes Wednesday at seven thirty three, Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids and Real Food Recipe Roundup at Jo Lynne Shane.

7 Easy Casserole Recipes

I think the casserole has a bad rap. For years, it’s been “uncool.” I get it. Over history, casseroles have been comfort food, often fat-laden and filled with cream-of-whatever soups. But we’re in a new era, baby! Now there are plenty of healthified casseroles out there made with whole foods, veggies and quality ingredients. These Easy Casserole Recipes have been culled from all the great stuff out there (I have a whole Captivating Casseroles Pinterest Board if 7 isn’t enough for you).

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Casseroles may never be cool, but they sure are handy. I love them because:

  • Casseroles can be made ahead of time and frozen, making a dinner down to the road oh-so-easy.
  • Serving a casserole gets dinner on the table–healthier and less expensive than fast food, a restaurant meal or takeout.
  • Casseroles are great to feed a big family or to have leftovers for lunches, which is another way to save money!

Take a look at these amazing casseroles, then let us know in the Comments what your favorite easy casserole recipes are:

Chicken Parmesan Casserole from MB's Kitchen | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This reinvention of time-consuming Chicken Parm is easy prep with layers of pre-cooked chicken, sauce and crunchy croutons. Either cook some extra chicken on a previous night, or use a rotisserie chicken. Check out the Chicken Parmesan Casserole recipe at MB’s Kitchen.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from My Turn for Us | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti is a favorite with families everywhere, so it’s great to have an alternative that’s just as easy. This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from My Turn for Us has a homemade Alfredo sauce that you prepare while the ziti is boiling.

Easy Breakfast Casserole from The Wholesome Dish | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Easy Breakfast Casserole
I love having an Easy Breakfast Casserole baking on mornings when we are hosting company or a holiday morning when I’d rather be hanging with the family than in the kitchen prepping to feed a crowd. This recipe from The Wholesome Dish is so easy to pull together with frozen hashbrowns and cubed ham.

Zucchini Bacon Rice Casserole from Roxana's Home Baking | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Zucchini, Bacon & Rice Casserole
This amazing meld of flavors from Roxana’s Home Baking has the addition of protein from cottage cheese. If you don’t have summer zucchini from the garden (say, it’s winter), a frozen bag of zucchini would do in a pinch. Try Zucchini, Bacon & Rice Casserole.

Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole at One Good Thing by Jillee | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This fabulous Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole at One Good Thing by Jillee has all the goodness of enchiladas but with no rolling (and tortillas falling apart!). Just layer in the ingredients, and bake!

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole from The 36th Avenue | Easy Casserole Recipes
Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Now that it’s football season, you want Spinach Artichoke dip, right? Add some chicken, and now you have dinner. POW. This Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe from The 36th Avenue is easy to pull together tastes amazing. My kids asked if we could have it again the very next night!

Mac and Cheese Casserole from MoneywiseMoms | Easy Casserole Recipes
Mac & Cheese Casserole
Next time you’re craving comfort food, this Mac & Cheese Casserole with protein from cottage cheese along with the tang of sour cream and sharp cheddar, will feed your craving. I wrote this up as a gluten-free recipe (just use GF pasta and skip the breadcrumb topping), but if you can have gluten, just substitute regular elbow pasta.


What are some of your favorite easy casserole recipes?

Menu Plan Monday – Fall 2014

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It’s been ages since I posted a Menu Plan Monday, but I’ve had a lot of questions about what we’re eating, so it seems like a good time!

This time last year, I shared my 30 Easy Meals for the Fall, which was basically a month-long list of meals that we like to eat (and are easy to make) so that every Sunday I could just pick 7 off the list and shop for those ingredients. I’m using that list again this year but trying new recipes when I can squeeze them in. We’re also sticking to a pretty regular Taco Tuesday schedule (it’s just so easy and works great because we have Tae Kwon Do those evenings). I’m always on the lookout for new soup recipes, too, like this Tuscan Chicken Soup that was so flavorful and easy that it made it into our regular rotation.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup
It’s very cool and fall-like this week, which means the slow cooker is cooking (makes the house smell good!) and soup is on the menu:

Meatless Monday–Corn & Potato Chowder and salad
Taco Tuesday–Slow Cooker Pork Tacos (pork loin + jar of salsa verde in the slow cooker), wheat tortillas, black beans, fixings
Wednesday–Turkey Spinach Burgers on wheat buns, sweet potato fries and salad
Thursday–Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup and 30-Minute Dinner Rolls
Friday–Green Chile Chicken Casserole (using the leftover pork from Tuesday night)
One Pot Wonder Chicken Lo Mein (if you haven’t tried this amazingly-easy recipe, do it!)
Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti (I just pinned this recipe and I love that it’s real food instead of cream-of soup. Can’t wait to try it!)

What’s your family eating this week?


Linked up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie, where you’ll find tons of other meal inspiration, recipes, and resources.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie

It’s pumpkin season, and after you’ve baked Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins and Pumpkin Pancakes and all the other yummy things out there, it’s time for pumpkin pie. But why stick with traditional pumpkin pie? This Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie adds a delicious swirl of flavor and takes your pie from traditional to WOW.

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5.0 from 2 reviews
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie
  • 1 refrigerated pie crust
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 package (8 oz) plus 1 package (3 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Place pie crust in 9-inch glass pie plate as directed on package for one-crust filled pie. Bake about 8 minutes or until light golden brown.
  2. In large bowl, beat sugar, flour and cream cheese with electric mixer on low speed until smooth; reserve 1/2 cup in small bowl. Add remaining ingredients except milk to cream cheese mixture. Beat on medium speed, scraping bowl constantly, until smooth. Pour into crust.
  3. Stir milk into reserved cream cheese mixture. Spoon over pumpkin mixture. Cut through cream cheese and pumpkin mixtures with knife in S-shaped curves in one continuous motion for marbled design. Turn pie plate one-fourth turn and repeat.
  4. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 30 minutes.
  5. Cover loosely and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.


If you don’t have the individual spices, just substitute 1 3/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice. This pie has become our family’s Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, just a little more “fancy” than the regular one with hardly any extra work. My kind of recipe!

Find more easy desserts on my Sweets & Treats Pinterest board.


Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pie is linked up to Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House, Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts, Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids, Take-A-Look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts, Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster, Inspiration Monday Party at Twelve O Eight, Real Food Recipe Roundup  at Musings of a Housewife, Marvelous Monday at Smart Party Planning, Monday Funday at Uncommon Designs, Manic Monday Linky Party at Serendipity and Spice, and Made by You Monday at Skip to my Lou. 

Tuscan Chicken Soup {Slow Cooker}

I’m so glad we’re heading into fall. While I use my slow cooker all year round, I do avoid soups and stews during most of the year. With some cooler temps, it’s a great time to try some new soup recipes. This Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup has become a new favorite at my house–filled with my family’s favorite vegetables like red peppers, mushrooms and spinach. It’s a very easy recipe that makes a great healthy dinner!

Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup

5.0 from 2 reviews
Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Soup
Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken, cubed
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 7oz jar roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 oz fresh baby spinach, chopped
  1. Add all ingredients except spinach to the slow cooker. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  3. Add spinach, stir, and cover. Cook for 10 more minutes or until spinach is wilted.

I usually serve soups with carbs on the side (like one of these 10 Sensations Sides for Soups & Stews). That way, the kids can carb-load while the adults take it easily. Alternately, you could add cubed potatoes for a more stew-like broth, or serve this soup with cooked rice or pasta.

Looking for more easy Slow Cooker Meals? Follow my Slow Cooker & Crockpot Pinterest Board.

Linked up to Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts, Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House, Fluster’s Creative Muster Party at Fluster Buster, Too Cute Tuesday at Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Pinterest Foodie at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond, Real Food Recipes Roundup at Musings of a Housewife and Made by You Mondays at Skip to My Lou.

Tortellini Chickpea Pasta Salad {Cookbook Giveaway}

Tortellini Chickpea Pasta Salad

Easy, healthy meals on a budget–it’s a goal for many of us. I’m excited to share a great new cookbook with you–GoodCheapEats by Jessica Fisher–to help you meet this goal around your busy family. You may already be familiar with Jessica Fisher from the blogs Good Cheap Eats and Life As Mom. She’s all about making the most of what you have, whether that’s time with family, money in the bank, or food on hand. She has six kids and is passionate about budget-friendly meals that taste good. I received a copy of GoodCheapEats for review and have been working my way through the recipes, to my family’s delight.

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GoodCheapEats is filled with strategies and tips alongside the great recipes, all focusing on how to shop smart and eat well on a budget. My family just loved this Tortellini Chickpea Pasta Salad, found on page 268 (or print it below). It’s the kind of pasta salad that’s tasty either warm or chilled. It will store in the fridge for up to four days.


4.4 from 5 reviews
Tortellini-Chickpea Pasta Salad
Serves: 4 servings
  • 12oz. cheese tortellini (fresh, dried or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cooked or canned chickpeas (rinsed & drained if canned)
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 (10oz) package grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped peeled carrots
  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and cook the tortellini according tot he package directions. Drain and let cool slightly.
  2. In a small jar or bowl, combine the vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, and salt and pepper to taste. Place the lid on the jar and shake well or whisk until smooth. Add the olive oil and shake or whisk again to emulsify.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the tortellini, chickpeas, spinach, tomatoes, and carrots. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss gently to combine. Adjust the seasonings as desired. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

The GoodCheapEats Cookbook is out right now! Find it at Amazon, and purchase a copy in paperback or for Kindle.

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To enter, take a look at GoodCheapEats’ Table of Contents and tell me one recipe you’d like to try.

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Linked up to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less, Thrifty Thursday at The Thrifty Couple, Show & Tell at Gingerly Made, Inspire Me Wednesday at seventhirtythree, the Real Food Recipe Roundup at Sassy Moms in the City and Pinterest Foodie at Real: The Kitchen and Beyond.

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