An easy way to get some veggies! Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese is creamy and delicious – you won’t even notice the squash!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My squash obsession continues!

I’ve even changed my grocery store because the HEB right by my house never has winter squash. So now I drive to the next city (about 3 miles away – ha!) to the HEB that does have squash.

Yesterday I was feeling particularly lazy and just went to the one close by and yep, I am squashless this week.

Whyyyy?! Why can’t they have squash?

And what is a girl supposed to eat for breakfast if she has no acorn squash?!

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

My husband’s ultimate favorite food is macaroni and cheese so I tend not to mess with it too much. But he’s been eating mostly paleo so I figured I’d make this for the kids and make him something else for dinner and then he couldn’t complain that I RUINED HIS MACARONI AND CHEESE!

And then guess what.

He ate over half of that dish.

He is obsessed.

He’s already asked me to make it again.

He kept telling me how light it was and how he didn’t feel disgusted after eating it. It has significantly less cheese than my usual mac and cheese recipe so it really does feel a lot lighter.

I didn’t tell the kids there was squash in it and they happily ate it for dinner and asked for more.

It’s really easy to make too. If you are pressed for time, look for already cubed butternut squash near the salad mixes and chopped broccoli in your grocery store. I haaaate cutting squash and feel no shame buying the already cut stuff sometimes.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese - creamy and delicious! An easy way to get some extra veggies in your diet. This recipe is amazing!

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Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

In the early years of my marriage, my husband worked down at the shipyards in Bayou la Batre. It was a good 45 minutes from our tiny apartment and every day he was gone well before the baby and I woke up and didn’t get home until well after the baby went to bed.

Back then, alone in the apartment all day with just a baby and Desperate Housewives marathons, cooking dinner was the highlight of my day. I loved any recipe that required multiple steps and a bunch of different pans.

I was, like, a weird sense of accomplishment if I managed to dirty every pan in the kitchen.

Plus, I loved having something “wow” worthy on the table when my husband finally got home and manicotti was one of my faves.

Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

Buuuuut, I’ve tried to cut down on the number of pans in this recipe because I no longer have time for… well, anything.

This is a current favorite in my house. I can throw it together quickly and everyone loves it. I think the key to making it super flavorful and delicious without a ton of work is the Jimmy Dean Roll Sausage. It already has tons of spices and herbs in it so you really don’t have to do much.

I made a quick filling with the Jimmy Dean Sausage, onion, garlic, and mozzarella. Filled the manicotti noodles with the mixture and then covered them with pasta sauce (jarred or homemade works!) and cheeses. After 20 minutes in the oven, it’s ready to go.

For more delicious recipes, visit the Jimmy Dean Family Table site. Also, share a story around your fave family recipe on social media and hashtag it #JDFamilyTable!

Sausage Stuffed Manicotti - pasta filled with sausage and cheese and covered in sauce and more cheese. Total comfort food!

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Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

Happy Wednesday!

I’ve got a delicious and easy Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake for you today! Because I love a 30 minute meal! Especially one that the kids eat without complaint!

Those are my favorite.

Don’t you just love tortellini? I am obsessed. They literally cook in 2 minutes and they make a meal so much more fun than regular pasta. Why have plain pasta when you can have cheese-filled pasta? That’s my life motto.

Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

Along with the tortellini, this yummy casserole has ham, peas, lots of swiss cheese, and a crispy Ritz cracker topping. Ritz crackers make everything better, right?

If you’re not into swiss, use whatever cheese you like. I’d actually bought Parmesan for this but I accidentally melted all of it onto tortilla chips during a weak moment over the weekend. Whoops.

But yes, any cheese will work! I wouldn’t go for, like, a pepperjack but you know, swiss, Parmesan, or cheddar would all be delicious.

Cheesy Ham and Tortellini Bake - an easy 30 minute meal the whole family will love!

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Homemade Spaghetti-Os recipe!

The problem with summer- I mean, besides the 3 year old creating giant mud puddles in the backyard and then rolling around in them in the 5 minutes it takes me to do dishes – is that my kids start asking for lunch at 9:30.

Which is usually about an hour after they eat breakfast.

The amount of food we’re currently going through is blowing my mind. I’ve been to the grocery store 5 times in the last week.

So I’ve been trying to come up with easy lunch options that don’t include an entire loaf of bread and half a jar of peanut butter.

They love canned pasta. You know, ravioli, spaghetti-os, macaroni and beef, stuff like that. Who can blame them? I’d eat that stuff if I could.

But c’mon, I have 3 boys. If I split a can of spaghetti-os between the 3 of them, they’d laugh at me and ask where the rest is.

I’ve made these Homemade Spaghetti-Os twice now and both times, we’ve got two lunches out of each batch. Major win! And they love them. I put meatballs in it the first time (just frozen turkey meatballs that I baked and then added at the end) so you can add them if you want or skip them if you’re a Spaghetti-Os purist.

Homemade Spaghetti-Os Recipe

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own. All opinions are 100% mine.

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad Recipe

Things that I love, in no particular order:

Bacon.

Ranch.

Pasta.

If you haven’t noticed, I’m ALL ABOUT the pasta salads. It’s my go-to summer side dish. Mostly because I always over cook potatoes for potato salad and who likes mushy potato salad?

Well, my 3 year old. But that’s beside the point.

Anyway, because I’m making pasta salad every weekend this time of year, I’m always trying to come up with a new version or new stuff to put in it. This one was a definite winner over this past weekend. It’s got bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and black olives. So all my faves! And then it’s tossed with my favorite ranch dressing by Newman’s Own.

You guys know I love Newman’s Own products and you probably also know that I’m obsessed with the salad dressings. I am in a full-on relationship with the Lite Honey Mustard – I can’t remember the last time I had a salad without it. Husband and I also love the Balsamic, Olive Oil and Vinegar, Family Recipe Italian, and Creamy Caesar. Plus, Newman’s Own has a bunch more that I haven’t even tried yet.

This post is about the Ranch though! I’m pretty particular about ranch (as everyone should be) and Newman’s Own definitely makes my favorite. It’s great tasting, high quality, and made from the finest ingredients.

Plus, you can feel good about buying Newman’s Own because all profits go to charity. For more information, check out the Newman’s Own Facebook page or the Newman’s Own BuzzFeed Page.

And next time you pick up a bottle of Newman’s Own Ranch dressing, you should definitely try this recipe. It’s perfect for a party, potluck, barbecue, anything!

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