Caprese Pasta

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Easy 30 Minute Caprese Pasta

Caprese Pasta – A quick and easy 30 minute meal! Made with gluten free spaghetti, a light marinara sauce, and blistered cherry tomatoes!


Pasta is one of my favorite foods but with so many friends and family that live gluten free lifestyles, I am always searching for the perfect gluten free pasta to serve them when they come over and I think I found it! Barilla Gluten Free Spaghetti and Barilla Gluten Free Penne are a new favorite at my house, the taste and texture is just like “regular” pastas that I normally get! They are made with non-GMO corn and rice and are so versatile!

I had a friend coming over for dinner that was gluten free so I decided to whip up this Caprese Pasta! It is a lighter pasta that doesn’t lack on flavors between the homemade marinara sauce, blistered tomatoes, fresh basil, and Barilla Gluten Free Spaghetti!

 

To get everything I needed, I popped over to my local Kroger.  I found the Barilla Gluten Free Spaghetti right in the pasta aisle by the other Barilla products, it was super easy to find! Make sure to check out a coupon for Barilla Gluten Free products at Kroger HERE!

Easy 30 Minute Caprese Pasta

Easy 30 Minute Caprese Pasta

This really is the perfect meal for a busy weeknight.  Start to finish, it took less than 30 minutes because everything could be cooked simultaneously! This meal was definitely not lacking in flavor either! My gluten free friend was a huge fan too! I can’t wait to make this again soon, the leftovers disappeared too quickly!

Easy 30 Minute Caprese Pasta

Caprese Pasta

Ingredients

Pasta
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Barilla Gluten Free Spaghetti
  • Fresh basil for garnish
  • Parmesan or fresh mozzarella
Blistered Tomatoes
  • 1 pint of cherry tomatoes or grape tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove (minced)

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine olive oil, garlic, and red pepper flakes over medium-low heat and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour crushed tomatoes, oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaves into the saucepan and stir to combine.  Let simmer for 20 minutes before removing from heat and taking out bay leaves.
  • While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta according to box directions.
  • In a medium pan, combine olive oil and garlic for blistered tomatoes over medium-high heat for 1 minute.  Add in tomatoes to the pan and let sit for 2 minutes (they should be starting to blister) before giving them a stir and removing them from heat.  Let sit at least 2 more minutes before serving.
  • To serve, place the pasta in a large bowl and top with marinara sauce, blistered tomatoes, fresh basil, and cheese (optional).  Enjoy!

Easy 30 Minute Caprese Pasta

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Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Anyone else hit 5 pm and then realize they have no idea what to make for dinner? I have teamed up with 6 other wonderful bloggers to help alleviate that issue with a weekly meal plan! We have everything from meatballs to slow cooker marinara in the line up this week! Welcome to Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4!

 

What a busy week this has been! Definitely a good time for some easy dinner and dessert ideas! With the school year in full force, I have been doing more studying than cooking recently.  I had such a huge backlog of recipes that I’ve just been trying to catch up on writing those up and I’ve made a pretty big dent in them! Also, this week is Pumpkin Week! 31 bloggers teamed to make a whole bunch of pumpkin recipes and post them this week and it has been so fun! I started making my pumpkin recipes about 3 weeks ago so I have been prepping for this for a while! So far, I have posted Pumpkin French Madeleines, Pumpkin Pie Hummus, and Pumpkin Pie Cream Puffs with two more coming the next two days! Along with those recipes, I posted Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta, Pumpkin Spice Cold Brew Coffee, and Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap which are all super tasty so make sure to check those out!


 

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

 

Monday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Sheet Pan Lemon Rosemary Chicken and Veggies by Mildly Meandering

 

Tuesday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Meatball Salad by Seduction in the Kitchen

 

Wednesday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Pumpkin Gnocchi with Parmesan Cream Sauce by Jonesin’ for Taste

 

Thursday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce by New South Charm

 

Friday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

Porcupine Meatballs with Secret Sauce by Cooking with Carlee

 

Saturday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4Pizza Casserole with Ravioli by Baking with Mom

 

Sunday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #4

 

Banana Cream Cake by Recipe Treasures

 

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Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

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Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap – A delicious lunch ready in just minutes! Made with shredded chicken, apple, pecans, and a creamy cranberry spread!


Now this is one tasty wrap! I just love the combination of flavors in it, the apples, cranberries, pecans, and chicken really work perfectly together! It feels like fall in a wrap! The thing that really took the wrap to a whole new level was the Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix in it! These pecans are just wonderful, they are roasted pecans and whole cranberries with a bit of orange zest and a pinch of pepper! It is such an addicting snack!

Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

To get everything I needed for this wrap, I popped over to my local Target.  The Sahale Snacks are located right in the nut aisle, they were super easy to find! I ended up picking up not just the Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix but also the Naturally Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews Glazed Mix.  They sounded too tasty not to get!

Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

In addition to the Naturally Pomegranate Vanilla Flavored Cashews Glazed Mix and Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix, there are also Honey Almonds Glazed Mix and Naturally Pomegranate Flavored Pistachios Glazed Mix! I can’t wait to pick those up next time I am at the store, I am so hooked on Sahale Snacks right now! I love that their products are Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, and really changing snacks one bite at a time with their innovative flavors!

Pecans are my favorite snack, I love cooking with them and making recipes that highlight them (like my Slow Cooker Pecan Pie) but I hadn’t used them in a sandwich or wrap before! They add such a nice bit of texture and flavor!

Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

Cranberry Chicken and Pecan Wrap

Makes 2 wraps

Ingredients

  • 1 cooked chicken breast (shredded)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced apple
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 4 oz Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix
  • 2 large tortillas or wraps

Directions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, mix together cream cheese and honey.  Once that is fully combined, add in cranberries and stir them in.
  2. Transfer spread to wraps and make a nice, even layer of it in a line all the way across the tortilla.  Layer with chicken, apple, and and Sahale Snacks Valdosta Pecans Glazed Mix.
  3. Fold two opposite sides of the tortilla inward and roll to make the wrap!

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Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta

Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta – A quick and easy 30 minute meal packed full of flavor! A creamy roasted garlic sauce over penne pasta!

Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta

I just love pasta! It is one of my favorite meals to make, I usually go for tortellini alfredo but this time I decided to mix it up and try making a bit of a different garlic cream sauce! It was so easy to make and incredibly flavorful! I paired it with a baguette with butter, parmesan, and extra roasted garlic on top! It was the perfect meal!


I actually made this pasta about two weeks ago but since I ended up so busy, I didn’t get it up until now because of how busy I’ve been up here! I have a whole bunch of recipes photographed but just not written up!

This is also one of the first dinner recipes I’ve actually written too! Make sure to check out some of the other like the Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies, Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls, and Italian Beef Grilled Cheese, they are all pretty tasty!Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta

Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 box of penne pasta
  • 1 head of roasted garlic*
  • 5 tbsp butter
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream + 2 tsp all-purpose flour

Directions

  1. Remove garlic cloves from head and mash with fork.  Set aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook penne pata for the amount of time directed on box.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.
  4. Add in garlic and cream.  Bring to a simmer.
  5. Slowly add in cheese, salt, and pepper.  Stir until melted.
  6. In a small bowl, combine heavy cream and flour.  Stir until well combined before transferring to the saucepan.  This will help thicken the sauce up.  Stir until there are no more clumps in the sauce.
  7. Continue to stir for a few more minutes while the sauce thickens up.
  8. Drain cooked pasta and pour sauce over it.  Garnish with parmesan and a bit of fresh parsley!

Notes

Creamy Roasted Garlic Penne Pasta

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Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Anyone else hit 5 pm and then realize they have no idea what to make for dinner? I have teamed up with 6 other wonderful bloggers to help alleviate that issue with a weekly meal plan! We have everything from sandwiches to slow cooker meals in the line up this week!

Mildly Meandering is finally back online! This meal plan is going out late because I lost my domain name all of Monday and I have been playing catch up since then.  Everything is now completely back to normal! But with my domain name expiring, that means it is Mildly Meandering’s first birthday! It is pretty crazy an entire year has gone by since it all started!

I have been busy working on a whole bunch of recipes this week! Last week, I ended up posting Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce, Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal, Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider, and Pumpkin Spice Latte Mug Cake! They are some really tasty recipes! I made some other recipes that will be out the next few weeks too, I have been prepping for Pumpkin Week and I have three of the five recipes I planned to make done along with starting on Choctober recipes tomorrow starting with some chocolate cupcakes and chocolate cookies! Make sure to check out everything coming out the next few weeks!


 

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

 

Monday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Italian Beef Grilled Cheese by Mildly Meandering

 

Tuesday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Turkey Spaghetti Sauce by Jonesin’ for Taste

 

Wednesday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Easy Zucchini and Yellow Squash Casserole by Recipe Treasures

 

Thursday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken and Rice by New South Charm

 

Friday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Baked Breakfast Chimichangas by Cooking with Carlee

 

Saturday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Grilled Reuben Sandwich by Joyful Homemaking

 

Sunday

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #3

Pumpkin Cheesecake Cake Balls by Tastefully Eclectic

 

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Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls

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Are you ready to ban the bland and take your game day appetizers to a whole new level?! My new favorite appetizers to make are Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls made with Pace® Salsa Verde, shredded chicken, pepper jack cheese, and egg roll wrappers all from my local Walmart store! They are so simple to make but they pack a punch flavor-wise!


I used the Pace® Salsa Verde to marinade the chicken in while it cooked to let the flavors seep in and really take the chicken from bland and boring to delicious and flavorful all the way though.

I found 24 oz. Pace® Salsa Verde at Walmart right in the hispanic food department! So easy to find! While I was there, I just had to pick up some 24 oz. Pace® Chunky Salsa Medium too to serve with some chips!

Pace® Salsa is my go-to salsa because of the authentic southwestern flavors and the bold kick! It’s really good on anything but ice cream and kicks any meal’s flavor up to an 11! How are you going to ban the bland with Pace®? Get recipe inspiration here.

 

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Salsa Verde Chicken Eggrolls

Ingredients

  • 1 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 ½ cups Pace® Salsa Verde
  • 1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 12 eggroll wrappers
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line sheet pan with aluminum foil.  Place chicken breasts flat in a casserole dish.  Cover chicken breasts with 1 cup of salsa verde.  Bake for 35-40 minutes or until cooked through.
  2. Place chicken in a large bowl and use two forks to shred.  Add in remaining ½ cup salsa verde and pepper jack cheese.  Mix until combined.
  3. Lay eggroll wrapper out and place 2 tbsps of the chicken filling a little bit below the middle of the eggroll wrapper.  Fold the left and right corners in as far as they can go before folding the bottom over.  Roll the eggroll until it is secure and run your finger with a bit of water on it across the edge of the eggroll wrapper to help keep it in place.  Transfer eggroll to sheet pan and drizzle half of the oil over the top.
  4. Once all eggrolls are done, bake for 8-9 minutes before flipping them over, drizzling remaining oil on the other side, and baking for an additional 8-9 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve hot with more salsa verde!

 

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Tex-Mex Eggrolls

Tex-Mex Eggrolls – Eggrolls filled with corn, black beans, spinach, and green chiles! The ultimate appetizer for game-day or parties!

What a crazy few weeks it has been.  A group of bloggers decided to do Texas themed recipes to help raise money for reputable charities helped out after Hurricane Harvey so I jumped on board.  Since the, Hurricane Irma has hit too.  This would be a really great time to donate to the American Red Cross to help out those effected by the storm.  A lot of people could use the help right now!


The recipe I decided to make that was Texas themed were these Tex-Mex Eggrolls.  I’ve made them before and they are always so good! You have to dip them in guacamole, it takes them to a whole new level!

There was actually one year where we made them as our meal for Thanksgiving! I was in the Thanksgiving Day Parade in downtown Detroit for marching band and we had a bit of an unconventional meal after filled with these eggrolls and mini pizzas.  I actually preferred it to a turkey!

Tex-Mex Eggrolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups corn
  • 15 oz can of black beans
  • 10 oz package frozen spinach (thawed)
  • 2 cups pepper jack cheese (shredded)
  • 1/8 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
  • 4 oz can diced green chilies
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 package eggroll wrappers
  • Small bowl of water

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit and line sheet pan with aluminum foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine black beans, spinach, cheese, cilantro, corn, chilies, cumin, salt, pepper, and chili powder.  Mix until combined.
  3. Lay egg roll wrapper out and place 2 tbsps of filling a little bit below the middle of the egg roll wrapper.  Fold the left and right corners in as far as they can go before folding the bottom over.  Roll the egg roll until it is secure and run your finger with a bit of water on it across the edge of the egg roll wrapper to help keep it in place.  Transfer egg roll to sheet pan and drizzle half of the oil over the top.
  4. Once all egg rolls are done, bake for 8-9 minutes before flipping them over, drizzling remaining oil on the other side, and baking for an additional 8-9 minutes or until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve hot with guacamole!

Adapted from Who Needs A Cape?


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Easy Weekly Meal Plan #1

Anyone else hit 5 pm and then realize they have no idea what to make for dinner? I have teamed up with 6 other wonderful bloggers to help alleviate that issue with a weekly meal plan! I joined up with them for the first time this week and I am so excited to try all of their wonderful recipes! We have everything from scones to pasta in the line up this week!

It’s been a crazy back to school week for me with all of my classes beginning and with creating new posts! I’m finally kicking things into fall mode with a plethora of pumpkin and apple recipes coming out the next few weeks! Today I whipped up a Caramel Apple Mug Cake that I topped with homemade whipped cream, chopped pecans, and a homemade salted caramel sauce that was just so good and had that for lunch.  The base even had some of the Slow Cooker Apple Butter I made the other day! I kept piling on more and more caramel and whipped cream as I got deeper into the mug cake.  Nothing with a bit of cake for lunch, yeah?

I have a feeling this will be the last beautiful summer weekend of the year too, today had a high of 57 with lovely blue skies which was nice after a really chilly start to the week.  These are already so many trees starting to change up here too.  Fall really is almost here!

Easy Weekly Meal Plan #1


 

Monday

Cheesy Chicken Casserole by Joyful Homemaking

 

Tuesday

30 Minute Chicken Fajitas by New South Charm

 

Wednesday

Chai Spice Monkey Bread by Mildly Meandering

 

Thursday

Pork Chops with Warm Nectarine Sauce by Jonesin’ for Taste

 

Friday

Laura’s Creamy Chicken Taquitos by Cooking with Carlee

 

Saturday

Stuffed Mushrooms by My Recipe Treasures

 

Sunday

Pumpkin Scones with Spiced Glaze by Tastefully Eclectic

 

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies – A quick and easy 30 minute meal with minimal clean up! Fresh green beans, yukon gold potatoes, and pork tenderloin with a garlic herb sauce!


 

I am always looking for easy weeknight meals to make after a long day of work and sheet pan meals are a staple for me! I love how simple they are to make and that they are done really quickly! This week I decided to try making this amazing Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies using Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet and wow, it was so good! It was very flavorful and the whole meal came together in 30 minutes!

 

I picked up the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet at my local Walmart along with some fresh green beans and potatoes! There was a variety of different flavors and cuts of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork but the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet sounded perfect for what I was making! Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork is 100% pork and their products could be prepared so many different ways from grilling to slow cooking! Plus, they are running a giveaway to win a trip to the Napa Valley (more information below!)

 

I ended up turning the leftover pork into a grilled cheese with thinly cut slices of the Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet, a creamy dijon spread, and swiss cheese all on rye bread with the remaining potatoes and green beans on the side! It was a hearty lunch and so delicious!

Another thing I just love about sheet pan meals is how quick the clean up is.  Overall, the only dishes I had were the sheet pan, two bowls, and a spoon! Clean up took so much less time then normal which was great!

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Sheet Pan Garlic Herb Pork and Veggies

Ingredients

  • 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet
  • 1/2 lbs fresh green beans
  • 1/2 lbs yukon gold potatoes (cut into halves)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. In a large bowl, combine green beans and potatoes.  Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, salt, parsley, oregano, and pepper.  Stir and pour over vegetables.  Stir until they are well coated.
  4. Place Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Herb Loin Filet and vegetables on a sheet pan. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 150°F.
  5. Slice pork and serve!

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Italian Beef Grilled Cheese

 

Italian Beef Grilled Cheese – Take your grilled cheese to a whole new level with peperoncini, provolone, roast beef, and a delicious creamy dijon spread! Lunch has never been more flavorful!


Grilled cheese sandwiches are a staple at my house! For the most part, we still to plain ole’ american cheese and bread but occasionally I like to jazz them up and use exciting new ingredients.  I decided to take my favorite flavors from italian beef and make them into a grilled cheese and oh my, this might just be the greatest grilled cheese I have ever made! Start to finish, this is a meal that takes less than 15 minutes so it’s nice and quick, perfect for busy weeknights! Most of what is in this is ingredients you usually have lying around but may have forgotten in the back corner of your fridge, like peperoncini.  Personally, I am really guilty of buying things like peperoncini for a recipe and completely forgetting I ever bought them after that as they get pushed farther and farther into the back corner of my fridge.  It’s such an exciting surprise when they pop back up a few months later as I am cleaning my fridge! If you are one of those people too, then pull out that jar of peperoncini and let’s get to the bottom of that jar instead of wasting them!

I popped over to get everything I needed at my local ShopRite where the Mezzetta Peperoncini were located with other jarred veggies and toppings.  Super easy to find!

I think the peperoncini are such a nice addition to this grilled cheese, it really is the star of the show! This will definitely be a new regular recipe at my house!

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Italian Beef Grilled Cheese

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/4 lbs thinly sliced roast beef
  • 1/4 lbs provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced Mezzetta peperoncini
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional for garnish)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine 1 tbsp melted butter, dijon mustard, worcestershire sauce, italian seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder.  Stir well and then spread on one side of each slice of bread.
  2. On top of the side of two slices of bread that have the creamy dijon spread, place a layer of provolone, roast beef, peperoncini, and another layer of provolone.  Set another slice of bread on top wit hthe creamy dijon spread facing down.
  3. Spread melted butter on both of the sides of the sandwich facing outward.
  4. Place on a medium frying pan on medium heat.  Flip once the bottom is golden brown and cheese has melted.  Take of heat once the other side is also golden brown.
  5. Cut and serve hot.

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