Pasta with Broccoli Walnut Pesto – delicious meatless dinner recipe. Homemade broccoli pesto is ready in minutes! The broccoli lover in your life is going to love this one!

My kids are obsessed with broccoli.

Have we talked about that?

All 3 of them would happily eat an entire pan of roasted broccoli for dinner every night if I let them.

I literally can’t keep broccoli in the house. I buy bags and bags of the pre-cut kind and it seems to just disappear.

There’s absolutely nothing about broccoli that appeals to me unless it’s covered with mayo and tossed with dried cranberries so I don’t get it.

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Broccoli Cheddar Soup – easy kid-friendly soup! A creamy soup with broccoli, carrots, and cheddar cheese!

Broccoli Cheddar Soup - easy kid-friendly soup! A creamy soup with broccoli, carrots, and cheddar cheese!

Okay guys, dinner time.

Does the whole family sit down at the table?

Does everyone do their own thing?

I’ll admit, I’m terrible at dinner time these days. I’m a stickler for the kids at the table all together, but more often than not, I’m in the kitchen working on the dishes or doing a 2nd batch of biscuits or whatever needs to be done. I’m close enough to hear their conversation but not actually participating, you know?

Then they want to watch videos on their tablets so no one’s actually talking to anyone anyway.

And I’m feeling like it’s time to get rid of that mealtime boredom and bring some fun to the table.

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Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad – a lightened up version of the classic! Broccoli, crumbled bacon, almonds, red onion, and dried cranberries in a creamy, tangy dressing. Perfect side dish for a summer party or a holiday dinner!

Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad - a lightened up version of the classic! Broccoli, crumbled bacon, almonds, red onion, and dried cranberries in a creamy, tangy dressing. Perfect side dish for a summer party or a holiday dinner!

Heeeey guys, happy Monday! Fresh week! I feel like we all need a fresh start, huh?

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is NEXT WEEK?! I cannot. How did this happen?

I haven’t planned a thing! I have a turkey in my freezer though so I know that’s happening, at least. And I’ll make the dressing that my family always makes because that’s my favorite.

And I’m sure there will be pie. There’s always pie.

Another thing I also always make is broccoli salad. But first, that bowl!

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Bacon Tortellini Bake – delicious 30 minute meal! Cheese tortellini, bacon, and broccoli in a creamy cheese sauce! A favorite of kids and adults!

Bacon Tortellini Bake - delicious 30 minute meal! Cheese tortellini, bacon, and broccoli in a creamy cheese sauce! A favorite of kids and adults!

Okay, guys.

Two things.

1. Red Velvet Oreos! They’re out. Go find them! I gave each of my children 2 and then I ate the rest.

To be fair, it’s a much smaller package than the regular Oreos.

2. I’m so bored with The Bachelor. Is it Chris? Is it the girls? I don’t know. I’m not even recording it anymore.

I just catch bits and pieces as I go about my business annoying my husband and pinning food that I want to eat.

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I cooked with flank steak for the first time a couple months ago and since then I have become obsessed with it. It’s easy, delicious, and so versatile!

I suppose this Orange Beef and Broccoli is a take-off of Chinese food but this is so much tastier than any orange dish I’ve had from a Chinese place. The sauce is exploding with orange flavor without the goopyness that take-out orange sauce has. It coats the beef and broccoli perfectly!

This had been on my “Make When the Husband Leaves” list but I am officially transferring it to the “Make When the Husband Comes Home” list! I absolutely adored it and had no problem eating it for lunch 3 days in a row.

One year ago: Caramel-Filled Brownies

Orange Beef and Broccoli
adapted from Pinch of Yum
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • juice of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup orange marmalade
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 pound flank steak very thinly sliced
  • 1 head broccoli washed and cut into bite-sized pieces
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the orange juice, orange zest, soy sauce, orange marmalade, rice wine vinegar, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and cornstarch until the cornstarch has dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Boil or steam the broccoli for just a few minutes, until tender crisp.
  3. Heat the oil in a skillet over high heat. Add the flank steak and stir-fry it until the pieces of nice and browned.
  4. Give the sauce one more stir and add it to the pan with the steak; stir until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in broccoli. Serve over rice.
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