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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I am forever looking for new breakfast ideas for myself. I’m not really into typical breakfast foods first thing in the morning (but I love a cinnamon roll in the afternoon or pancakes for dinner) and a girl can only have so many breakfast salads before she starts to lose it.

This Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash is my new favorite and I’m going through withdrawals right now because Trader Joe’s was out of acorn squash the other day and I’m refusing to go to any other grocery stores until the excitement of TJ’s wears off.

Life is rough.

And I know you think I’m nuts and you think squash for breakfast is a horrible idea. But trust me, this is so good. It’s just cooked acorn squash with turkey breakfast sausage, onion, garlic, and an egg on top. And then when you’re ready to eat you mash it all together and dump a ton of sriracha on top and you’ve got a healthy, delicious breakfast that’s full of protein and good carbs. Plus, it’s just fun to eat straight out of a squash!

I prepped this one night while binge watching Once Upon a Time (which I always thought sounded super lame but I’m addicted) and it was so nice to wake up the next couple of mornings and not have to worry about breakfast. I just popped a half in the microwave and sat down to eat!

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You guys. I have had a week.

And I know that technically the week isn’t over but I’m done with blog posts after I hit publish on this and I’m done with sports practices. My only obligation is getting kids to and from school. After that, I’m free to get in my PJs and afternoon-drink.

Not that I’d ever do that.

I know I said I’d never mention Stove Saga 2014 again but… I’m mentioning it again. Because guess what? Now my stupid oven is stupid.

When I preheated the oven to make these Sweet Lil Smokies yesterday, it never preheated. Like, it didn’t light or whatever it is that ovens do. So I kept turning it off and on until it finally did.

And two hours later it finally passed 300F.

Ugggghhhhh.

Yeah, I really waited almost 3 hours for my oven to get to 375 degrees so that I could make these.

These lil smokies are one of my favorite things in the universe. The first time I made them was my now 7 year old’s first birthday. Since then I’ve made them at least twice a football season and any other time I’m required to bring an appetizer or snack.

And I know you’re probably thinking “Ewww, why would I want my pigs-in-a-blanket to be sweet?” You just do. The butter and the brown sugar and the honey and the pecans – it just works.

Fun fact: I had this recipe on the blog years ago but hated the picture and eventually just deleted the whole post because I couldn’t stand having it on the internet. That says a lot because I have some pretty horrendous photos on this little blog. But it’s back now. And you should make it.

PS. Two more weeks until NFL games start!

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Nope, no need to wipe your screen to get rid of that black speck. That’s a piece of pepper that I somehow overlooked in 27 different photos of this dish. Ugh.

I almost scrapped this post because of that stupid pepper piece but my boys loved it so much that I just had to share. They absolutely love Sweet and Sour Chicken and would happily eat it every night but I just haven’t been up to frying lately. I was watching a vlog the other day and whoever I was watching mentioned Sweet and Sour Kielbasa – I started searching for a recipe immediately.

The great thing about this recipe is that, even though it’s a slow cooker recipe, it’s ready in 2 hours! So if you’re an amazing procrastinator like me, you can still have dinner ready in time if you’re too lazy/tired/busy on Pinterest to put it in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. I actually put it in the slow cooker right before we left for soccer practice and by the time we got home, it was ready to go.

My boys went nuts over it. They ate all of it. All of it. My two older boys were actually arguing over who was going to eat what was left on the baby’s plate (there was none).

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Kielbasa - an easy and delicious weeknight meal! This is a kid favorite!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

Ingredients

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound kielbasa

Instructions

  1. Put ketchup, brown sugar, butter, onion, white vinegar, water, and salt and pepper in the bottom of a slow cooker. Stir until combined.
  2. Slice kielbasa into bite-sized pieces. Put in slow cooker and stir to coat with sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 2 hours or high for 1 hour.
  4. Serve hot, over rice if desired.
http://fakeginger.com/slow-cooker-sweet-sour-kielbasa/

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Kielbasa - easy and delicious weeknight meal. This is a kid favorite!
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Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins - easier than regular pancakes and kids love them!

My seven year old is on Spring Break this week which I thought was going to be pretty awful because, omg, what am I supposed to do with 3 kids for an entire week when it’s 20 degrees outside? But it turns out that there are good things about it.

Like, I don’t have to yell “YOU HAVE EXACTLY 22 MINUTES UNTIL WE HAVE TO LEAVE! HURRY UP!” up the stairs every morning. Plus, instead of shoving cereal down his throat, I have time to make fun breakfasts. Like this one!

I loathe making pancakes. I would rather make anything else in the world. But my kids are always asking for them. I have found my solution! Pancake muffins! And they have sausage in them! They taste like a McGriddle which if you didn’t know, is my go-to McDonald’s breakfast item.

I got about 30 mini muffins out of the recipe so it’s perfect for a breakfast gathering or just making on a Sunday so you’ve got breakfasts for the week!

Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins - easier than pancakes and kids love them!

Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins

Ingredients

pancake mix and all ingredients it calls for
1 pound maple sausage
2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook maple sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking it up, until no pink remains. Drain well and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Prepare one batch of pancake mix according to package instructions. Stir in sausage crumbles and maple syrup.
  4. Spray a mini muffin tin with baking spray. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
http://fakeginger.com/mini-sausage-pancake-muffins/

Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins - easier than pancakes and kids love them!

Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins - these muffins are like tiny, handheld pancakes! The whole family will love these!
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