Golden Grain NEW Pot-Sized Pasta and kitchen shortcuts

Are you a pasta breaker?

Do you break your spaghetti in half to get it to fit into the pot?

Do you worry that if you don’t break the pasta in half it is going to end up being one big giant pile of pasta on your plate and hard to eat?

Well you are not alone……..I am a pasta breaker!

There I admitted it to the world, I break my spaghetti in half before I cook it….but now I don’t have to!

Golden Grain has a NEW Pot Sized Pasta!

Pot Sized Pasta

They have made it so easy for all of us to cook pasta and not worry about broken pasta pieces flying all over the kitchen!… 

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Ad: Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Recipe made with Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken #JustAddTyson

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We are now almost all of the way through January…..How are your resolutions and goals for 2014 going?

One of my goals for this year is to make sure I am making healthier dinner options. I like cheese!

There I said it…I mean seriously I love cheese. Enough so that I tend to glob it in to every recipe by the handful. This year I am re-working some of our favorite recipes so they are lighter, healthier, and well a little less cheesy.

I am so excited to be working with Tyson again. Their Grilled & Ready Chicken is perfect for easy meal prep. I decided to make a Easy Chicken Penne Pasta Bake Recipe. I know it is a mouthful to say but dang is it good!

I have had this pasta bake recipe for a while but it didn’t fit in with my 2014 goals. It had globs of alfredo sauce, even more cheese, and oh wait some more cheese to top it off. I decided to change the recipe and make a healthier version!

Chicken Penne Pasta Bake with Tyson Grilled & Ready Chicken

Want to know the best part of this recipe……. 

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Crock Pot Cheesy Pasta and Beef Casserole

Happy 2014! Today I am excited to share the first of many new Crock Pot recipes for 2014!

This Crock Pot Cheesy Pasta and Beef Casserole is so easy to make and tastes ah-mazing!

Plus it makes a ton so you will have left overs for lunch the next day or breakfast if you feel like it :-)

Crock Pot Cheesy Beef and Pasta Casserole


This year is going to be all about the crock pot! Get ready to see a ton of crock pot recipes on the blog! I have set the goal of using my crock pot at least 3-4 times a week if not more!

I can’t wait to bring you amazing crock pot recipes all year long…. 

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Crock Pot Lasagna with Barilla Pasta and Sauce

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I am so excited to share with you this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna with Barilla® Pasta and Sauce! I should say seriously yummy, oh so cheesy, spinach lasagna made with Barilla® Lasagne pasta and sauce but well that is quite a mouthful to put in a title.

You all know I LOVE saving money and cooking as frugally as possible!  Our friends over at Barilla have a fantastic $1 off the purchase of ONE (1) box of Barilla® Lasagne and ONE (1) Barilla® Sauce deal at Safeway right now!  Woohoo! Not only is this recipe ah-mazing but there is a coupon to help you save money making it.

Crock Pot Spinach Lasagna

I love lasagna and I love my crock pot so combining them seemed like the perfect choice …….and it was!

Oh my goodness this lasagna is delicious! I mean seriously delicious! I may end up making this weekly from now on!

The crock pot does all of the work and you get to serve a decadent, cheesy, yummy lasagna that looks like you spent hours on it…But you didn’t… 

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