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What’s for Dinner: Pasta and Veggies

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Hubby had a craving for veggies this week so I decided to do a stir-fry with a twist.  It turned out pretty yummy.

I’m just going to give the recipe for the veggies.  Prepare your favorite pasta to accompany them.  I used spaghetti because its what I had available. 

For this recipe I took ideas from a variety of other recipes and made up my own.  Hope you enjoy.

Step 1: Prepare your favorite veggies.  I used

  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Carrots
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Onion
  • Dhania (Coriander)

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I think next time I would like to add

  • Cauliflower
  • Red Peppers
  • Corn

Basically slice everything.  For the carrots and zucchini cut into thin strips.

Step 2: Heat oil in frying pan until hot.  Add veggies one by one.  I started with carrots, then the zucchini, followed by broccoli, then mushrooms and finished with the green onions and dhania.  After each addition stir well and cook for 1-2 minutes.

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Step 3: Add about 1/2 a cup of chicken broth, stir and cover.  Let simmer until veggies are soft. (Because I was making this to Benji to eat and because hubby doesn’t like crunchy veggies I let the veggies cook until they were quite soft).

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Step 4: Add 1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce, Salt, Pepper and any other desired seasonings to taste.

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Step 5: Serve and enjoy.

This recipe as shown will make 4 medium servings.

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What’s For Dinner: Homemade Mac N’ Cheese

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Since I’ve started dong meal plans we’ve tried a number of new recipes.  One of our favorites was Pasta Primavera from Taste of Home.  Its a simple pasta dish with veggies and a yummy sauce.  On the meal plan yesterday was Mac n’ Cheese was sausage.  Since I’m out of the Mac and Cheese powder sachets from the states (not so healthy but so, so easy) I had to come up with a alternative easy Mac n’ Cheese.  Hubby has a problem with white sauce (apparently the flour doesn’t get cooked enough and he usually gets a tummyache)  so a white sauce based cheese mix was out.  Then I thought I should just modify the yummy sauce from the Pasta Primavera and that’s just what I did.  And it was super yummy.  So here we go (an copy and paste friendly version is at the bottom).

Step 1: Gather your ingredients.  Put pasta to boil.  I use about 250gm of Penne Pasta.  Be sure to salt the water.

Chop 1 small onion.

Chop 3 sausages (our sausages are very similar to hot dogs in the states so you could substitute 2 hot dogs here) into small pieces.

Prepare one chicken bullion cube (or use any other chicken stock…canned/homemade etc…I used chicken broth left from boiling part of a chicken when I made the sauce for the Pasta Primavera).

Shred the cheese.  I used Gouda because it is our favorite.  I used a little over a cup of shredded cheese, use more or less depending on how cheesy you want the sauce.

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Step 2: Saute the onions in 1 Tablespoon of butter or margarine.  Once the onions are soft add sausages and cook for about 2 minutes. blog1 (576x1024)

Step 3:  Add chicken soup (I used about 1/2 a cup…use more of less depending on how think you want your soup.  You can always add more later to thin the sauce).   Cover and let simmer for 2 –3 minutes. Turn off heat and add cheese.  Stir until completely melted.  Add any desired seasonings.  If your chicken broth was salted you shouldn’t need to add any salt.

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Step 4: Drain pasta and return to pan.  Pour sauce over pasta and mix well.  Enjoy!

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Easy Homemade Mac N’ Cheese

  • Pasta of choice
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 sausages (I use Beef Smokies)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 – 2 cups thinly shredded cheese (I use Gouda but any favorite cheese should work)
  • 1 Tablespoon butter or margarine
  • Desired seasonings
  1. Cook pasta according to directions on package.
  2. Chop onion and sausage and shred cheese
  3. Saute onion in butter or margarine until tender.  Add sausages and cook for 2-3 more minutes
  4. Add chicken broth, stir well.  Cover and let simmer for 2-3 minutes
  5. Remove from heat and add cheese.  Stir until completely melted.
  6. Add seasonings as desired
  7. Drain pasta and return to pan.  Pour sauce over pasta and mix well
  8. Enjoy.

This recipe makes 4 medium sized servings.