School is officially back in for most schools here in Texas and that means busier schedules for us too! The importance of easy weeknight meals is more essential than ever right now and I want you to know that I get it, and I am here for you! I love having easy and healthy pasta recipes for just the kind of nights where your kids are starving and mom and dad are exhausted! My gluten free Italian sausage and pepper pasta is just the kind of dinner that you are going to want to add in to you weekly routine that is easy enough to cook even on the busiest of nights!
Monday whipped my booty y'all. I am not going to lie, it was a little rough. I didn't sit down until well after 7:00pm (but for real) and then when I attempted to take a bath, my toddler hijacked it. Like straight up, "mommy Parks take bath too." And I mean of course I couldn't tell him no, so I took a cold bath and he swam in a sea of bubbles and was the happiest kid on the block. Which, in turn made me the happiest mama on the block too, but man I had been looking forward to that bath. When I put him to bed, I yawned really big and he said "Mommy sleepy"...yes buddy mama was super sleepy last night. I totally get it now why my mom would fall asleep as soon as she would sit down my whole life! This mom stuff is no joke! So while we are on the topic of days where you literally don't have energy to think about dinner, let me help you out! My 30 minute gluten free cilantro pesto chicken pasta is a cinch to make on any day of the week, (even the exhausting ones.)
Life has been busy lately, kind of crazy if I am being honest. But then again that's mom life right? That means the days where I can prep dinner in advance (aka naptime) and know that I have a nutritious and filling dinner ready to go for my family are the best days! I am a big fan of recipes that are comforting, filling, and delicious all the while staying on the nutritious side! My easy pumpkin and sausage baked ziti made using Barilla ProteinPLUS pasta is the perfect dish to make any night of the week!
Happy happy Monday friends! How was your weekend? We had a great visit to Louisiana where we ate too much (as always), got to see friends and family, and came home yesterday to a gorgeous Texas afternoon! We spent the day in the backyard soaking up every second of the perfect weather that is for sure not going to stay around for very long! It's days like these where simple meals to me are the best meals. One, I don't want to take too much time in the kitchen away from my guys and two, days like yesterday make me want to eat a light and fresh meal that the whole family will be a fan of. My easy roasted asparagus pesto pasta is so perfect for any night of the week and you are going to love how simple this recipe truly is.
Can someone please explain to me how it is almost July and how I am going to have a 9 month old baby? Where has the time gone? This year is flying by entirely too fast for me and I need it to slow down. We've had a lot going on the past month with Parks having surgery among other things and one thing that has been a lifesaver for me is easy dinners! I have been making lots of 30 minute meals lately because I just don't have time for much else! I am sure you can relate with kids home from school, vacations, and all of the other busyness that comes with summer. The days are disappearing and dinner time rolls around without any warning leaving your hungry family staring at you wondering what will be on the menu for the night. My Greek chicken pasta salad is going to be one of your new favorite easy meals that will fill up your "people" while keeping it somewhat healthy at the same time!
Happy New Year guys! I hope that your holiday was filled with as much love and joy as ours was! I still can't believe that it's January and a new year is here! I have been furiously working away on my cookbook which is why I have been absent from the blogging world for the past little bit, but I figured with the start of the new year this would be a great opportunity to share with you some of my favorite recipes to whip up when I am trying to focus on my health! And I'm guessing if your holiday was anything like mine, you are probably ready for some lighter meals...am I right? I've got my top 15 favorite healthy recipes right here!