Chickpea, Sausage, and Kale Pasta

This will go down on my list of “desperation dinners” joining Blue Runners with Rice and Sausage from the actual book Desperation Dinners.  I always keep chickpeas and pasta in the cabinet so all I needed to make this dish was kale and sausage…btw…I used Chorizo.

Image: Recipe photo courtesy of Bryan Gardner

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Nachos for Dinner(YES)!

Yes, it’s okay to have Nachos for dinner!!!

  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 1 (15.5-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Get the full recipe at Martha

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Image: She Cleans (Nachos before baking)


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Image: She Cleans (Nachos after baking)

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Penne Pasta w/ Mini Meatballs

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Another easy dinner recipe from Family Circle, chances are you have most of the ingredients needed on-hand. I used penne rather than ziti pasta.

  • 1 pound ground sirloin
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, trimmed, cleaned and grated
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg

Complete Recipe @ Family Circle

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Noodle Bowl




noodle bowl
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I found this recipe in one of my issues of Family Circle and I must say it was delicious. I’d never tried rice stick noodles before but I was not disappointed. I made one substitution, the recipe called for sugar snap peas, I opted to use green beans instead.


12 oz rice stick noodles

2 scallions, trimmed and sliced

1 tbsp toasted sesame oil Toasted sesame seeds

2 boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets(about 3/4 lb)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 pkg(5 oz) of mushrooms

4 oz string beans

2 large carrots

Get the full recipe from Family Circle

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Thai Beef with Carrot-Basil Salad

thai beef
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While I haven’t yet made it to the new Publix that recently opened, I’ve been enjoying the recipes that they insert into the weekly paper as sly way of advertising what’s on sale. This Thai Beef with Carrot-Basil Salad was delish.

Check out their recipe here

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Aldi Mason Jar Italian Salad

mason jar salad pic
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¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided

4 ounces Lunch Mate Hard Salami, sliced

1 tablespoon plus ¼ cup Tuscan Garden White Vinegar

1 teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Oregano

¾ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Garlic Powder

1 ¼ teaspoons Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt

½ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper

15.5 ounces Dakota’s Pride Garbanzo Beans, drained

1 cup sliced red onions

12 ounces Tuscan Garden Marinated Artichoke Quarters, drained and chopped

1 cup diced cucumbers

½ cup Priano Shredded Parmesan Cheese

2 ½ cups sliced Simply Nature Organic Baby Spinach



  1. In a medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat. Fry the salami in two batches and drain on paper towels, reserve.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, oregano, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Gradually whisk in the remaining oil. Divide the vinaigrette evenly among the Mason jars.
  4. Layer the remaining ingredients in the following order: garbanzo beans, onions, artichokes, cucumbers, parmesan, salami and spinach. Shake before serving.

Recipe from

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Spinach-Topped Buffalo Chicken

Spinach-Topped Buffalo Chicken
Image: Betty Crocker


I made this for dinner last night, I had some issues with the breading not sticking to some of the chicken but the dish was still good.

Get the recipe here

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