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BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

Whyyy? Why does the weather do this to me? Yesterday I laid in the sun while my kids played in the sprinkler after school and today? I’m cold.

COLD.

What is this?! Texas, get it together!

Anyway, the brief moments of hot weather have me really looking forward to summer! And swimming! And beaching! And most importantly, grilling!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

I was so desperate for barbecue yesterday after all the fun that I tossed together this quick and easy BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad for dinner.

So it’s the pasta and some chicken (I used a rotisserie one from the grocery store to make life extra simple) with bacon, cheddar cheese, red bell pepper and corn. And then it’s all tossed with my favorite Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick sauce.

Heinz has been doing really cool things in the bbq sauce world recently. Have you seen their regional varieties? They have Carolina, Texas, Kansas City, and Memphis styles and they were all crafted with local Pitmasters. Seriously cool.

The Kansas City Sweet & Smoky is my favorite among the regional bunch and it would definitely be delicious in this pasta salad. I’ve already got a bottle of it waiting for my next bbq craving!

But yes, the Heinz BBQ Classic Sweet & Thick is just as the name suggests. It’s sweet and thick and everything I love about a barbecue. This is the one I buy for my kids to dip nuggets in, it’s what I use when I do crockpot barbecue chicken, it just works for everything. I definitely always trust the great taste of Heinz.

And it worked beautifully in this pasta salad!

If you need more BBQ inspiration, head over to the Heinz BBQ official site for so many delicious recipes!

BBQ Chicken Pasta Salad - perfect for potlucks and barbecues! Pasta, chicken, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, corn, and bacon all tossed with barbecue sauce! So easy and so delicious!

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Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

You know when you feel so successful because you wake up Monday morning, make it to your 7:40 appointment on time, survive getting 57 vials of blood drawn, and then even manage to get your car’s oil changed? All before 10 am?

And you tweet 15 times about HOW ADULT you are and now you’re killing Monday?

And then you go home, change into your PJs, and sleep until you have to pick your kids up from school?

My life, yesterday.

Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese - the whole family will love this macaroni and cheese recipe with just a the right amount of spice!

Thankfully, I had this Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese in the fridge so I didn’t have to worry about cooking dinner.

I don’t know what possessed me to make this. The whole time I was cooking it, I was thinking, “The kids are never going to eat this.”

“Tomatoes? NOPE. Green chiles? NOPE.”

They loved it! Asked for more. Yesterday I gave them the option between this and Trader Joe’s orange chicken and they picked this!

Seriously! Tomatoes and all!

(Also, baseball’s back! If you’re a Braves fan, tweet with me! Better yet, snap me! Username: amandalivesay)

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This post is brought to you courtesy of Hillshire Farm® but all the opinions and content are mine. Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

Heeeey guys! Today I have a recipe that includes all my favorite things.

Smoked sausage, cheese, and more cheese! And guess what. It’s so easy and will take you no time at all!

Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

I used the Hillshire Farm® Beef Smoked Sausage in this recipe. This smoked sausage is one thing I know my kids will never complain about – I’ve been known to just brown it up and serve it with barbecue sauce when I’m not feeling like cooking and they really love that!

But for this recipe, I browned it up with onions and garlic and then tossed in some Cajun seasoning. I used heavy cream and Parmesan cheese to make the Alfredo part of the recipe and then tossed in some cheese tortellini.

Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce!

Ultimate comfort food! This is exactly the kind of meal I like this time of year. Plus, it was ready in less than 20 minutes! It’s perfect for a weeknight or a night you just don’t feel like being in the kitchen for an hour.

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Cajun Tortellini Alfredo - delicious 20 minute dinner recipe! Tortellini and smoked sausage in a delicious cajun alfredo sauce! Click for the full recipe

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Happy Tuesday guys!

Did you watch football last night? I had it on but I’m not really into either team so I was more worried about painting my nails and online window shopping for fall clothes. You know how it goes!

I also made myself a delicious #MeatlessMondayNight meal!

One of my favorite football season meals is kabobs with spicy peanut sauce. But since I wanted to sideline meat last night, I decided to recreate that into this delicious Roasted Sweet Potato Pasta with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Sounds weird? No! Peanut butter and sweet potato is one of my alltime favorite combos. I’ve been making these Peanut Butter Crusted Sweet Potato Fries for years now and I always drizzle them with sriracha. So good.

So it’s pasta (I used mini farfalle – use whatever small pasta you like), roasted sweet potato, and then the spicy peanut sauce made with Silk Cashewmilk.

I love Silk Cashewmilk so much! It’s one of the only things on my grocery list that I’m willing to go to another store for if my usual store is out.

It is lactose free, dairy free, cholesterol free, contains no high fructose corn syrup, no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, enrolled in or verified by the non-GMO Project, and is responsibly produced. And that goes for all Silk products!

And it’s delicious! Also, it comes in chocolate which is also on my grocery list each week.

Anyway, I used the Cashewmilk to make the spicy peanut sauce for this pasta super creamy and delicious.

The pasta turned out seriously delicious. The spicy sauce with the sweetness of the potatoes and the green onions just all worked together. I’d be more that willing to eat this meal for #MeatlessMondayNight next week and the week after and probably the week after.

Not eating pasta? Use spaghetti squash! I also love spicy peanut sauce on squash and I bet it’d be extra yummy with the roasted sweet potatoes!

Visit Silk’s website for more delicious meatless recipes!

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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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