Creamy Sausage Alfredo

pasta

Do you ever see commercials and think “gee that looks good, let’s try to make it”? Well, apparently all our meals are coming from TV this week, since that is what also happened with the Bruschetta chicken! This was based on a Hillshire Farm recipe we saw on TV this week. Once again not the healthiest, but I liked making the sauce instead of using a jarred sauce to control the ingredients!  This is one of those recipes that could be modified (more veggies, different spices, turkey sausage) to add flavor or lighten it up.

Creamy Sausage Alfredo

  • 8 oz. Rotini
  • 1 14 oz package smoked sausage cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp season salt
  • green onions to garnish (optional)
  1. Prepare pasta according to package.  With 3 or 4 minutes left, throw in peas.  Drain when done and set aside
  2. Saute sausage over medium-medium high heat until brown. If overly greasy, blot some of the excess off the pan with a paper towel.
  3. Add milk, cream and seasonings to sausage and bring to boil reduce heat and simmer for around 5 minutes until sauce starts to thicken up.  Add parmesan cheese and stir to combine.
  4. Add pasta and pea mix.  Toss everything to combine and reheat pasta.  Garnish with green onions.

This was good reheated the next day at work as well!

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Why all the F’s? Part 1

Because we really, really like alliteration?

To be serious, we both have been talking a lot about these three things (faith, food, and fitness) and for our family they are all interconnected parts of a healthy, joyful life.  They are also three things we have been letting slide to the detriment of our health and happiness.  To get some backstories in about where we are coming from, I want to start with Faith.

Faith:

Please note, none of this is meant to be disparaging towards any denomination.  This is simply our experience with particular people and circumstances.

C was raised Catholic, I was raised Baptist.  Both of us went to church (sometimes several times a week) and were both raised to love Jesus and all He does for us.  I had some bad experiences at a church with new leadership and my family changed in high school.  I think if you grew up Baptist in a small town, you would probably understand that changing churches is a BIG DEAL. Regardless, it didn’t affect my love for Christ, but it definitely affected my zeal for wanting to be so involved in a church family.  Both of us continued to attend church off and on while dating and through college, sometimes going to my parent’s church and sometimes going to Mass with C’s family.  We talked a lot about where we wanted to go to church, did we want to always go to Mass, did we only want to go to other churches, etc.

*As a side, for some reason I have an irrational fear of trying new churches.  Catholic churches were no problem. You go in and have Mass and greet, but I never felt pressure that I had to be back the next week or I was somehow disappointing someone.  For some reason going to churches like the ones I grew up in I felt pressure, which was most likely all in my head, that they would all know that I was out sinning if I wasn’t back the next week.   Due to my irrational craziness I had a really hard time scouting churches!

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Back in the day…

Here we are 6 years after getting married, plus adding a little one, and we haven’t got anywhere.  We are happy in our relationship and beyond happy to have our son, and yet not happy with how the rest of our lives are going. Something had to change!  C decided to start meeting with a friend weekly to do a bible study/life discussion, and as I saw some of the changes in him I realized that we really can’t do it on our own. We have gone to a church with my sisters the last few weeks that we have enjoyed, but also want to make sure that it is the right fit.  We both know the important thing is passing on a love of the Lord to our children, but we’d both like to have a support group to do it with. Sorry for the wordiness, I guess I just wanted to say that our faith has been and will continue to be a journey and we hope to learn, grow, and find others to help us along the way!

Day one and Dinner

One of our biggest stumbling blocks is going out to eat.  Fast food, pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings…you get the picture.  Our bodies and our bank account are suffering.  We do cook at home, but it is very very easy to talk us out of it and into grabbing something else.

Our initial goal is to really make the effort to eat at home.  We want to eat healthy, and we will try, but also realize that even if a meal is only semi-homemade, it’s probably cheaper and better for you than going out to eat.

This meal is definitely in the semi-homemade category (thanks Sandra Lee), but had some fresh ingredients.  Little DMac shoveled it in his mouth (with his hands of course!) so it got the toddler seal of approval. As we find meals and recipes that work, we want to share them so we won’t forget!

Bruschetta Chicken and Rice

imageAdapted from Knorr

  • 1 pound chicken breast chopped into cubes
  • olive oil, drizzle around pan
  • garlic salt to taste
  • 1 package Knorr Rice Sides, Creamy Chicken Flavor
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, italian style
  • 5 or 6 leaves of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet, cook chicken seasoned with garlic salt until chicken is no longer pink in center and slightly browned.
  2. Set chicken aside and add rice mix and 2 cups water to chicken pan.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 7 minutes, covered.
  3. Drain excess liquid from tomatoes, and add to dish along with chicken.
  4.  Add mozzarella and cover for a few minutes to allow everything to heat up and mozzarella to melt.  Sprinkle basil on top and enjoy!

Please excuse the picture quality, we are working with Kindle and smart phone cameras!

What’s your favorite go-to dinner?