Vegetable Tortellini Alfredo

You can use a jar of prepared Alfredo sauce to save time making this fast stovetop recipe, but it’s hardly any work to prepare a quick homemade Alfredo sauce with just butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. If fresh vegetables are in season, this is a good way to use them – just steam and add to the pasta instead of frozen vegetables.

Spinach Lasagna

This easy spinach lasagna recipe doesn’t require pre-cooking the noodles, making prep a snap. It could be turned into a casserole if you substitute another kind of pasta for the noodles—ziti would work well.

Stuffed Shells

These hearty homemade stuffed shells are filled with a tasty ricotta and Parmesan cheese mixture. They are filling enough to be served with a simple side or just a salad for a complete meal.

Vegetable Stir Fry

This quick and easy stir fry can be as simple as a bag of frozen vegetables sautéed with teriyaki sauce or can include fresh sliced veggies of your choice.

Orzo Alfredo with Peas

This quick stove top Orzo Alfredo is perfect for nights when you don’t have a lot of time or don’t want to heat up the oven. The combination of cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese creates a fantastic homemade Alfredo sauce. Calories and fat could be reduced by using milk and/or half-and-half along with some cornstarch to thicken the sauce instead of using cream.

Cheesy Baked Ziti

Cheesy Baked Ziti is perfect for those nights when you might be tempted to order pizza or hit the drive thru. Using pasta sauce from a jar saves time, but if you have tomatoes on hand and would rather make your own sauce, you can substitute your preferred recipe. Cheesy Baked Ziti freezes well, so if you’d like you can double the recipe and put one in the freezer.

Black Bean Soup

Black beans are one of my favorite beans – they go well with corn and tomatoes in cold salads as well as hot sides, but the king of all black bean recipes is black bean soup. For this recipe, I prefer using prepared dry beans because they are more tender than the canned beans and it’s easier to get the right consistency for soup. If you like this soup, try a similar mixture without the broth to make a thick bean dip for corn chips.

3 Ways To Use Fresh Zucchini

Zucchini seems to grow slowly and just when you think it will never be ready – overnight, you have more than you know what to do with. Here are 3 fresh zucchini recipes, 2 of which freeze well.

Burritos Mojados

Burritos are flour tortillas wrapped around meat and/or beans. Burrito means “little donkey” in Spanish, possibly because burritos resemble the appearance of the bedrolls and rolled packs that donkeys carry. Mojado means “wet” in Spanish. Burritos without sauce are simply called burritos, but burritos with sauce are called burritos mojados, or wet burritos. This recipe […]

Vegetarian Burritos

Burritos are typically a low cost meal and are very filling. This vegetarian burrito recipe can be adapted to what is in season and what your family likes. I like to cook a batch of dried pinto beans and serve Pinto Beans and Cornbread for one meal, then use the leftover beans to make Vegetable Burritos. If it’s available, we like to add chopped fresh cilantro. When red bell peppers are expensive (and their price can vary widely – I just bought a package of 6 for $3.99 and have at times paid that much for one pepper), omit them or substitute a green bell pepper.

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