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Summer pasta recipe

Summer pasta: dinner plate / silverware / table cloth /

As the weather warms up, it is nice to lighten up our pasta sauce, and make a summer pasta for dinner! Yum! I love this light and healthy pasta which I put together on a warm day for dinner.

This is a really easy recipe to make for dinner. So, without further ado, here is what you need to make this yummy pasta dish at home.

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 lb. pasta (pick your favorite shape!)
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 3 cloves diced or crushed garlic
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Shredded or grated parmesan cheese (save for after cooking)

In a large pot, boil water for your pasta. In a small sauce pan, simmer butter or margarine, olive oil, garlic, and paprika until melted and blended together. Once melted and blended, set it aside.

Wash your cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. Keep them cool and place them aside for after the pasta is done.

Once your pasta is cooked, drain it and put is back into the pot you cooked it in. Pour your sauce into the pot and stir until pasta is coated.

Serve your pasta on a dish and sprinkle basil leaves and cherry tomatoes on top of the pasta. Top with parmesan cheese.

Then, serve and enjoy! Yum!

I hope you love this summer pasta dish as much as my family does. It is light and yummy!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy


Easy Mango Guacamole recipe

easy mango guacamole recipe

pictured: bowls / tablecloth (old, love this one) /

Are you looking for a really easy guacamole recipe you can make mild for the kids, and spicy for the adults? You’ve come to the right place! This guacamole recipe takes almost zero kitchen skills, it is really easy to make, and your guests will think you are a chef! Love!

This particular guacamole is Mango Guacamole and it has a bit of sweetness to it which counteracts the spice and gives it a little somethin’ somethin’. If mango isn’t your thing, you can use pineapple, or nothing at all for a regular guacamole side dish.

I love using guacamole as an appetizer with chips, or as a side dish served with tacos, taquitos, flautas, burrito bowls, and more! It is a superfood side dish with endless possibilities.

So, without further ado, here is my super easy mango guacamole recipe which serves four people:

Ingredients:

  • 4 avocadoes
  • 3 tablespoons of Paul Newman’s Mango Salsa (I told you this was easy! HA!)
  • 1/4 cup Lime Juice
  • Cayenne Pepper (season to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 3 dashes Salt

Peel and de-pit the avocadoes. Put the avocadoes in a mixing bowl and mash them using a strong fork or a potato masher. Once the avocadoes are mashed to your liking, add three tablespoons of Mango Salsa. You can substitute Paul Newman’s Pineapple Salsa or use regular salsa; your choice of flavor. Then, add the lime juice, paprika and salt to your liking. Add the cayenne pepper slowly to ensure it is the right level of spice for you.

Mix all of the ingredients together. The avocadoes will be less green due to the salsa, but the lime juice preserves them from turning brown right away, keeping your guacamole looking fresh. Love that!

Be sure to taste the guacamole before serving it and add more pepper for more kick. If you want it to be mild, do not add the cayenne pepper until you started to taste the guacamole. Then, add cayenne as needed. For small children, you might want to leave the pepper out altogether to give them a mild guacamole.

My favorite way to serve guacamole is in these cute and colorful salsa bowls! We use the bowls for more than just guacamole. They are great for serving any type of sauce, as well as serving eggs or keeping ice cream to one scoop. My kids use them for snacks too such as goldfish crackers and nuts. I highly recommend investing in a few of these bowls, they are incredibly useful, and I am not really sure how I lived without them before I bought a few! Love!

If you are local to the Bay Area, I recommend the chips from the Safeway deli instead of the chip aisle. They are less expensive and taste a lot better! Love!

Things you might need for serving and making guacamole:

I hope you love this easy guacamole recipe as much as I do! It is a great way to serve fresh avocadoes to your kids and serve a yummy appetizer everyone will love at parties.

Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy!

XOXO
Cathy

guacamole recipe easy mango

Leftover turkey recipe ideas

turkey mushroom risotto leftover turkey recipe ideas

Pictured: Turkey Mushroom Risotto / dark blue dinner plate /

Did you host a holiday gathering at your home and end up with tons of Turkey leftover? Yeah, this happens to us every year after Thanksgiving. To combat the leftover turkey, I try to get creative and move away from eating turkey sandwiches for a week. This year I made Turkey Mushroom Risotto and a Turkey Casserole to help use up the leftover turkey. It was delicious! Although the casserole did end up making more leftovers for us since we are a family of five. Haha, but I digress. . .

I thought I would share these recipes with you, in case you are hosting a holiday event in December and are cooking a turkey. These recipes can also be used with chicken if you are not hosting, but are interested in cooking them anyway. The risotto is really good with chicken! The casserole can also be made with tuna. If you make it with tuna, add a cup of peas. Peas are yummy with tuna.

Without further ado, here are my two leftover turkey recipe ideas!

Turkey mushroom risotto

  • I.5 cups chopped turkey
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 cups sauteed mushrooms (Sautee in olive and garlic)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 chopped garlic cloves
  • 1 cup cooked rice (I use jasmine brown rice; you can use the rice of your choice)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • 3 dashes of paprika

Sautee mushrooms ahead of time. Cook rice in a rice cooker or your preferred way of cooking.

In a separate pot, mix all other ingredients together EXCEPT the parmesan. Simmer on medium for 45 minutes while rice is cooking.

When rice is done cooking, mix the rice and the parmesan into the mixture and stir until completely covered. Simmer another ten minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve and enjoy! You can top with more parmesan if you wish after plating. (Serves 6)

Turkey casserole

Pictured: Turkey Casserole / turquoise mug / dark blue dinner plate /

  • 2.5 cups chopped turkey
  • 1 lb. pasta (Shape of your choice)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 cut and peeled carrots
  • 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 3 dashes of paparika.
  • 1 dash of black pepper
  • 1 cup of crispy onions

Pre-heat oven to 350

Cook pasta and carrots. In a mixing bowl, mix all other ingredients together except the crispy onions.

When pasta and carrots are done cooking, mix together with mixture. Stir until completely mixed. Pour into large casserole dish and smooth out the top. Top the casserole with crispy onions and cover the casserole dish.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes covered. Remove cover and bake an additional 10 minutes uncovered.

Remove from oven and serve. Yum! (Serves 10)

There you have it! Two leftover turkey recipe ideas you can easily make at home without much effort. I hope you are enjoying the holiday season, and enjoy the rest of it!

Things you might need to make these leftover turkey recipe ideas at home:

Thanks for stopping by,

XOXO

Cathy