Pasta

Okra with Veggies

Okra and Veggies or Southern Style Johnnie Marzetti

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Picking Veggies

If you’re from Columbus you will instantly know this dish. It is served in school cafeterias here and came from the area. If you’re not, you’re probably like what the heck. Basically Johnnie Marzetti is ground beef, tomatoes, maybe peppers and celery, plus elbow macaroni. You might melt some cheddar cheese on that too depending on where you’re from. It’s really good in a pasta-a-roni sort of way. I imagine it’s quite common as a dish everywhere, just with a different name. Anyway, my version, since I love okra, is standard Johnnie Marzetti, but with okra added as one of the veggies. It thickens up the sauce really nicely and is just amazing over cornbread. Even my children will eat it.

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Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Mushroom Spaghetti Sauce

Serves: 4

Time: 20 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Onion Peeler

Hey look another spaghetti sauce recipe! I know, keeping it fresh and new around here. Today’s twist is mushrooms. I like them, my husband and children tolerate them to varying degrees. I try to have mushrooms on hand from time to time to make my daughter’s favorite mushroom barley soup. This time around, however, I did not have time to make that soup and I had mushroom that could charitably be called elderly on my hands, so I came up with this sauce.

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Bravo Style Creamy Arrabiata Sauce

Bravo Style Creamy Arrabiata Sauce

Serves: 4

Time: 25 mins

Freezes: No

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Taster

Bravo’s creamy Arrabiata style sauce, normally served with shrimp for them, but I’ve subbed chicken in my version because my kids like it so much. This recipe is a dead ringer for theirs. The amount of cream in it reminds me why I really shouldn’t eat out often. Still the taste is amazing and you do get to eat a lot of good for you spinach (which I believe the Bravo version does not have.) Mix up a light salad on the side and you have yourself a winning, kid friendly dinner.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Serves: 4

Time: 45 mins

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Produce Pickers

I was wondering what to make for dinner and what to make with those extra bone in breasts. Then I remember the loveliness of baked cacciatore and despite swapping out some of the ingredients as mentioned above, we had this hearty meal. Oh one other oddity, I served this chicken over white rice instead of the traditional pasta because we’ve eaten pasta three times already this week and there are limits.

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Meatballs

Meatballs

Serves: 4

Time: 1 hr(ish)

Freezes: Yes

Reheats: Yes

Kid Friendly Tasks: Shaping meatballs

So last night I made meatballs. I really like meatballs even though they aren’t the best for you. I don’t make them often because my husband isn’t a huge fan of them, although both of my children really love them. He does have a point that even the best meatball can be pretty heavy at times. Thus for me they are a winter food. So anyway, I made them and they turned out quite well and tasty and I was pleased as I’d been craving them for a while. That part however, the craving that is, is not my fault though. It’s all my employers fault.

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