Pass the Pasta, Please!

Our last blog post was about all of the wonderful benefits of eating pasta. Hopefully, you read it and came away with a renewed interested in either preparing or ordering this filling, versatile food for your family. You may have read it, however, and wondered, “Which pasta dishes can I fix beyond the standard mac-n-cheese or spaghetti and meatballs?” We’re glad you asked. Today, we are serving up two of our favorite pasta recipes. They have proven to be family favorites consistently through the years, and they are both very simple to prepare. Each recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd, and the leftovers freeze well for future use. So, without further ado, here they are…


Cabbage and Noodles

This is a classic eastern European dish that originated in Hungary but is also popular in Poland, Austria, and Germany. Known in Hungarian as “Kaposzta Halushka,” this satisfying and tasty one-pot meal is the ultimate winter comfort food.

Fry bacon until cooked. Drain grease, leaving a light coating behind in pan. Place bacon in holding bowl. Saute onions in remaining bacon grease until carmelized. Drain and put in bowl with bacon. Save grease. Cook cabbage by boiling in large stockpot until soft and tender. Drain water from pot. Remove cabbage and put in separate holding bowl. Fill pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain water from pot when done. Mix noodles with cabbage, bacon, and onions, stirring well. Stir in a bit of extra bacon grease to the mixture if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Baked Ziti with Peppers and Onions

This casserole dish is the perfect weeknight meal or potluck offering. Melted cheese and flavorful sausage combine to create a winner that your family will ask for again and again!

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Boil water and cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In large saucepan, cook sausage, peppers, and onion until meat is browned and vegetables begin to soften. Drain. Return pepper mixture to saucepan. Stir in pasta sauce, 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese, oregano, I cup mozzarella cheese, and ziti noodles. Mix well and spoon into 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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Take Your Burger From Bland to Grand!

Backyard cooking via firing up the grill is a popular summertime activity. Hamburgers have always ranked near the top of favorite foods to grill. However, it can be easy to fall into a rut when preparing this all-American classic. After all, how many ways are there to serve ground beef on a bun? “What more can one add besides cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, and the standard condiments?” you may be wondering. We’re glad you asked.

Burger From Bland to Grand

Just about every restaurant these days has burgers of some sort on their menu. To find some amazing local choices, look for local food delivery near me. Or, give new flavor to your own home-cooked burgers by following these new twists on an old favorite…

Buffalo Bison Burgers with Onion Rings & Blue Cheese

Burgers made from ground bison are a healthier choice than those made from ground beef. Bison meat is thinner than beef and contains less calories, fat, and cholesterol, while containing more protein, vitamins, and minerals.

Adding buffalo sauce to the ground bison mixture is a great play off of buffalo chicken wings. Top the grilled burger with blue cheese dressing to tone down the heat of the sauce, and sprinkle with french fried onion rings for some salty flavor and crunch. Try a pretzel roll instead of the traditional bun for another fun twist.

Spicy Burgers with Chili and Basil

Spicy Burgers with Chili and Basil

Spice up your hamburger routine by mixing 1 pound of ground beef with 1 red bell pepper (seeded and chopped), 1 garlic clove (finely chopped), 2 small red chilies (seeded and finely chopped), 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil, ½ teaspoon ground cumin, and salt & pepper to taste. Once the burgers are grilled, garnish with sprigs of fresh basil and serve on large sandwich buns. The extra spiciness of these burgers is sure to be a hit!

Savory Burgers with Apples and Cheese

Sweet apples and savory cheese are a natural pairing that complement each other well. They combine to create mouthwatering flavor in this unique burger. To whip up this awesomeness, mix 1 pound of ground beef with 1 onion (finely chopped), 2 teaspoons of whole grain mustard, 3 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 ounces of sharp cheddar cheese. Peel and core 1 Granny Smith apple, then grate and add to the mixture. Grill burgers until done to personal preference. Next, peel, core, and thinly slice another Granny Smith apple. Top burgers with one slice of Gruyere cheese, let melt, and add several apple slices. Add caramelized onions and an additional touch of mustard if desired. Enjoy!

We hope these ideas will breathe new life into your backyard barbeques this summer. If you prefer instead to chill by the pool and let someone else do the cooking, be sure to check out the many local food delivery options near you or just do a search for online food delivery near me. Summertime is the perfect time for new adventures AND new flavors!

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A Warm, Healthy Start to Cold Winter Days

When temperatures outside start falling and the days become shorter and darker, preparing comfort foods becomes a priority once again. Our bodies naturally begin to crave food that will both nourish us and keep us warm. We need something that will keep our immune systems functioning well and our metabolism going strong during the cold winter months, when we would rather just hibernate. Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast choice, delicious cold-weather fare that will check all of the above boxes and then some.

A Warm, Healthy Start to Cold Winter Days

Oats are some of the healthiest grains on earth. They are a low-calorie, gluten-free whole grain and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are especially rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Oats contain more protein and fat than most grains, meaning they will keep you feeling full longer. They are also a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan, which helps promote healthy gut bacteria. All of this means that oats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.

Research shows that consuming oats and oatmeal provides one with many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, lower total and LDL cholesterol, reduced constipation, and weight loss. Adding this super-grain to your regular diet is a smart and inexpensive way to improve your health and manage your weight.

Oats can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. They are often added to baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and breads as well as muesli and granola; however, the most popular way to enjoy them is to simply eat oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast. Most people prefer to eat rolled, crushed, or steel-cut oats. Instant (quick) oats are the most highly processed type. They take less time to cook, although their texture may be slightly mushy. Here is a very easy way to prepare oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water or milk
  • A pinch of salt

Combine ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until soft. To enhance the taste and nutritional value of your oatmeal, you can add cinnamon, fruit, nuts, seeds and/or Greek yogurt.

A fun way to change up your oatmeal routine is to either make it in the crock-pot or bake it. Here is a recipe for crock pot oatmeal that is sure to warm both your family’s hearts and stomachs. The beauty of this method is that breakfast is already done when you wake up!

Crock Pot Oatmeal :

  • 1 Cup steel-cut oats
  • ⅓ Cup brown sugar
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1 T butter
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T butter
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 4 cups water

Crock-Pot Oatmeal

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 inches of water to the crock-pot and set the bowl in the water. Turn crock-pot on low and cook overnight for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!

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Soup’s On!

Soups are considered a nutritional powerhouse… a one-pot meal chock-full of vitamins, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. This wholesome comfort food and classic staple of the American diet is now being featured more and more on restaurant menus and even on food delivery apps. Not only are soups typically very nourishing, but most of them can also be prepared with minimal effort and simple ingredients. Having a hard time thinking beyond the standard tomato and chicken noodle soup fare? Keep reading for a few new recipes that are sure to fill your winter days with satisfying warmth and flavor…

Soups on

White Chicken Chili

This hearty chili is sure to warm you up even on the coldest of nights. Serve with grated Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips for a flavor-packed dish that will quickly become a family favorite. Yield: 6 servings.



Melt 2 tablespoons butter in soup pot. Saute scallions, onions, green pepper, garlic, jalapenos, ginger, salt, sage, cumin, and pepper until soft. Remove mixture from pot. In same pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add flour and whisk briskly while adding cream. When thick and smooth, add chicken broth and milk. Stir in corn, beans, chicken, and spice mixture from earlier. Simmer on low for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot with grated Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream on top and tortilla chips to dip with on the side.

Crockpot Corn Chowder

Nothing beats a crockpot for ease and convenience in getting dinner on the table. Soups and crockpots have proven to be the perfect partners in achieving this goal. Toss these ingredients into yours before work in the morning, and you will come home to amazing aromas and dinner done!

Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve with warm bread. Yield: 8 servings.

Calico Bean Soup

This colorful soup is a feast for both the eyes and the palate. Loaded with six different types of beans, which are a terrific source of both fiber and protein, this filling soup packs loads of flavor and comfort into each nourishing bowl.

Add beans to a large stockpot. Cover with hot water and soak overnight. Drain and add 2 quarts of fresh water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 to 2 hours or until beans are almost tender. Stir in tomatoes and seasoning mix. Simmer, uncovered, 1 to 1 ½ hours or until beans are completely cooked. Serve with warm corn muffins. Yield: 6 servings.

The next time you have a craving for soup, remember that searching for a food delivery service near me can bring up a number of delicious local options. If, however, you would rather create your own steaming pot of happiness, hopefully you’ve gained some new inspiration here.

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