5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

5 Top Rated Easy Baked Pasta Dishes Perfect For Any Night

A bit of winter blues, with a dash of extra stress, and a sprinkle of dropping outdoor temperatures sounds like a perfect recipe for comfort food cravings and for me pasta screams comfort. A box of mac and cheese mixed with some leftovers works great for most cravings. However, a full out craving for the comfort only pasta can dish out needs a web search for the best and easiest baked pasta dishes. I ended up with a dizzying array of results to fit any pasta craving.

Every food website seems to have a few baked pasta dishes to offer. I had just landed in foodie paradise, where there is a pasta dish for everyone. Whether I want light on the dairy, heavy on the veggies, and no meat please to full throttle loads of it all, or anything in between I am in heaven. So, follow me as I follow my cravings and make your choices based on eating style, mood, and your pasta cravings.

All these options make you a little dizzy? If so, start with these top rated easy baked pasta dishes. You’ll be whipping up awesome delicious pasta dinners in no time. I chose a variety of dishes ensuring there is something for everyone. We are going to jump right in starting with an Amish Baked Spaghetti recipe from Pinterest. Feel free to use premade sauce if homemade is a bit intimidating.

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Amish know their food, especially anything baked. Take an Italian favorite like spaghetti, add an Amish twist, and the results are likely amazing. Looking for a traditional pasta dish with just a slight twist look no further than Amish Baked Spaghetti with 5 out of 5 stars on reviews its sure to be a hit with your family.

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This is a meaty hearty dish with just enough cheese and tomato to balance it all out. This easy one pot baked pasta dish, Pastitsio is rated, 4.6 out of 5 stars, is warm and filling for those long winter nights. Topped with a generous amount of melted cheese covering the top of the dish.

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This cheesy, meaty baked pasta dish is an old favorite of pasta lovers with a simple twist. The Lasagna Rolls are more elegant and less messy than the traditional dish. With a review rating of 4.6/5 stars, it will likely become a family favorite.

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With this hearty easy dish for those cold winter nights, you won’t even miss the meat with its rating of 4.7/5 stars. Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables can easily be made into a non-vegetarian meal by adding crumbled precooked drained hamburger meat into the mix.

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This creamy vegetarian option of an Italian favorite is sure to please. For those of us that enjoy meat, Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna could be easily transformed from a vegetarian meal with the addition of precooked boneless skinless chicken breast. With a rating of 4.8/5 stars this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

10 Easy & Delicious Recipes to Make This Fall

10 Easy & Delicious Recipes to Make This Fall

Don’t you just love the cool that comes with autumn? Sure, it’s tough kissing summer and its rays goodbye, but you just have to admit – there are so much reasons to look forward to this sweater weather!

From the eye pleasantries in foliage to the fancy clothing choices you can make, it’s hard not to love the season – not to mention the delicious fall ingredients you can cook up to match the already Instagram-worthy surroundings!

Once you’ve got that fall fashion, get ready to hit the kitchen and feast on these tasty must-eats!

  1. Caramel Apple Spice

You might want to skip your regular trip to Starbucks for this one – how about a homemade Caramel Apple Spice to put your barista skills to the test? Enjoy this merry mix of cinnamon, apple, and caramel in the comfort of your home!

 

  1. Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

How about something hearty in that eye-catching butternut squash color? Get a taste of the season’s produce sprinkled with rosemary and thyme that the whole family can enjoy – maybe even as Thanksgiving appetizer!

 

  1. Pumpkin Alfredo

Here’s something quick and easy to prep on a weeknight without the calories of a regular Alfredo sauce.  The velvety rich and smooth richness of the pumpkin in the cream tastes amazing minus the guilt!

 

  1. Autumn Overnight Oats

Let these autumn-inspired healthy eats take over your breakfast table after Thanksgiving! After all the holiday indulgence, start a clean gut with pumpkin pie, cinnamon apple, banana bread, or a creative mix of the season’s flavors you can come up with on your own.

 

  1. Apple Cranberry Bread

This apple-and-cranberry duo is just begging to be baked! Fill your home with the scent of this guilt-free bite that you can pair up with your morning brew.

 

  1. Apple Fries with Caramel Cream Dip

Another way to cozy up on a lazy fall weekend is to make a warm, crisp snack sprinkled with cinnamon. No shame, ladies – go ahead and drink pumpkin spice to this tasty treat!

 

  1. One-Pan Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Not only does apples and onions sound good – they even taste well-balanced together with herbs and bone-in pork chops! You can even throw in horseradish mashed potatoes with caramelized onions on the side.

 

  1. Caramel Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwich

How about everyone’s favorite comfort food infused with flavors of fall? This combo may sound odd, but you can let your taste buds be the judge to that.

 

  1. Fall Harvest Honeycrisp Apple and Kale Salad

Why not toss in the best produce of autumn in a bowl? Combine shredded kale, sweet honeycrisp apples, pumpkin seeds, and pomegranate with caramelized shallot vinaigrette and you have yourself a festive goodness!

 

  1. Smashing Pumpkin Cocktail

End Thanksgiving with a craft cocktail made from pumpkin ale, fall spices, and equal parts of spiced rum and butterscotch schnapps! Drink easy – there’s a different warmth to this concoction!

 

Welcome fall with glad tummies!

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Eat these 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Shrink Your Waistline

Eat these 5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods to Shrink Your Waistline

We all know, some of the most tempting foods (fries, burgers, buttery carbs) are the unhealthiest, and too much of these foods make our waistlines grow. These types of fatty carbohydrate-rich foods can cause inflammation in your body, which contributes to weight gain, and could lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and depression. Scary right? So, next time you’re thinking about indulging, try one of these five anti-inflammatory foods instead.

Kale

Kale may be one of the most popular super foods, and for good reason! This dark leafy green is rich in inflammation-busting Vitamin K, along with fatty acids. Other leafy greens like spinach and chard will also do the trick.

Ginger

Gingerol is the chemical in this versatile spice that reduces inflammation in our bodies. Ginger goes great in vegetable stir-fries or salads. I fit ginger into my diet by drinking a cup of ginger tea before bed.

Blueberries

Frozen or fresh blueberries contain tons of antioxidants, which fight inflammation in our bodies. Try snacking on this yummy fruit for desert, and watch that waistline shrink! 

Walnuts

Walnuts are one of the best plant-based foods for incorporating anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids into your diet. Walnuts make a great snack, or can be easily incorporated into your breakfast.

Salmon

Salmon is not only high in protein, which keeps you fuller for longer, but it’s also chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, which stop inflammation in our bodies. Incorporating more salmon into your diet can be seriously delicious, and awesome for losing weight! 

Starbucks Just Gave Us A Peek Of Their 2018 Holiday Merch And It’s Everything

Starbucks Just Gave Us A Peek Of Their 2018 Holiday Merch And It’s Everything

You guys know that I’m a Starbucks fan (kind of), so of course I keep my eye on Starbucks news (news.starbucks.com… bet you didn’t know that existed)…and today (September 25th) Starbucks kicked off their ninety-day to Christmas countdown by announcing some of the Holiday Merchandise that they’ll be releasing in stores this year.  When?  They haven’t said yet, but my guess is after Halloween when the iconic red drink sleeves start being distributed for the Holiday Season. 

So… starting with my personal favorites and top picks for gifts, here’s the peek Starbucks is giving us.

24 oz Iridescent Cold Cup

Price: $19.99

24 oz Flow Glitter Cold Cup

Price: $18.95

12 oz Double Wall Ceramic Sparkle Blend Tumbler

Price: $19.95

24 oz Black Sequins Cold Cup

Price: $18.95

16 oz Red Glitter Ombre Stainless Steel Tumbler

Price: $19.95

12 oz Green Glitter Ombre Stainless Steel Tumbler

Price: $17.95

The Best Tea For Fat Loss You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

The Best Tea For Fat Loss You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

If you’ve ever looked into tea for weight loss there’s a good chance you’ve heard of the powers of Green Tea, but another tea that you might not have heard about is White tea.

White tea, black tea and green tea all come from the same plants during various growth phases, but white tea leaves are the least processed and the most nutrient and anti-oxidant rich.  White tea is also arguably the best tea for fat loss.

How White Tea Helps With Fat Loss:

 

  • Inhibits New Fat Cells From Forming: Studies show that white tea inhibits fat cells, known as adipocytes, from forming. 

 

  • White Tea Mobilizes the Fat: Normally fat cells aren’t accessible unless the body is in a stressed state where it needs the energy from the stored fat.  In these times of stress, the fat is released from the fat cells (adipose cells) and becomes available for use (this is process of the fat being mobilized). White tea allows fat to be mobilized without the stress trigger. This in theory makes fats more easily accessible to the body to be burned as fuel and also makes it harder to store fat.  

 

  • Lipolysis Is Stimulated: After the fat is mobilized, the White tea actually stimulates the process of lipolysis which is the fat burning process.  AKA:  The mobilized fats are burnt without the use of extra energy.

 

  • Increases Metabolism: White tea is known to stimulate the metabolism encouraging even more fat loss.

 

Now obviously, there’s no magic pill to dramatically reduce your size, but there’s a good chance that white tea can effectively help you burn existing fat, raise your metabolism and keep extra fat cells from forming. In addition white tea is super good for you nutritionally. So, why not give it a go?

Uncle Lee’s Tea Organic White Tea: $19.97 On Amazon

Twinings of London Fujian Chinese Pure White Tea: $6.29 On Amazon

Prince of Peace Organic White Tea: $9.67 On Amazon

Imperial Yunnan Silver Needle Organic White Tea: $29.99 On Amazon

Stash Tea Organic Tea Bags in Foil White Tea with Mint: $16.07 On Amazon

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Weird Things To Try In Your Coffee

Weird Things To Try In Your Coffee

Milk, cream, and “pumps” of syrup are perhaps the most common food additives for coffee. Recently however, some articles have been trending featuring a whole host of odd things that are being added to coffee.  Sometimes these strange coffee items are added in order to boost the effects of caffeine, other times for health benefits and other times just for taste.
Cinnamon

Cinnamon is actually really delicious when added to coffee. It adds some lovely sweet fall flavors and with those added flavors you can decrease the milk and sugar you normally add to your coffee.  Beyond potentially cutting your calorie and sugar intake, cinnamon is also known to lower blood sugar and boost the immune system, so it has its own added health benefits!

Butter

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of adding butter to your coffee.  Why? Perhaps because it’s a common additive for those doing Keto. If you’re doing Keto or a low carb diet the added fat of the butter will give you a boost of energy while helping to kick your body into fat burning gear. It also acts as a creamer for the coffee and a lot of people like the flavor.  If you’re not doing keto or a low carb diet than butter might not be the best additive (unless you just like the flavor).

Ice Cream

Obviously this one is here just for the flavor.  Ice scream in coffee is freakin amazing.  I prefer vanilla, but I know people who use chocolate, peppermint and even pumpkin spice ice cream. The problem with ice cream and coffee is that it cools the coffee down, so another option is throwing the coffee into a milk shake… healthy I know.

Salt

Don’t like your coffee bitter, but trying to avoid adding sugar?  Try salt, just like it’s attested to making fruit sweeter when sprinkled on, it also has been said to make coffee less bitter. Don’t knock it ’till you try it.

Egg

Adding egg to coffee is a nutrition hack.  Simply mix an egg into the ground coffee and let it brew.  The resulting coffee will have the egg nutrients in it without flat out tasting like egg (this is hear-say-I haven’t personally tried it, but if you do let me know if it’s worth it).

Cardamom

Just like Cinnamon, cardamom is a sweet spice that is a perfect blend with coffee.

Alcohol

Caution: Do Not Drink At Work!   When you’re ready for some weekend fun, try adding some alcohol to your coffee.  Vodka, rum, brandy and Whisky are some of the most common alcohols added to coffee, but it’s really a preference of taste. You can just add a splash to hot coffee, or combine ice cream and blend it into a shake with a dollop of whipped cream.

Coconut Milk

Coconut milk in coffee is absolutely NOT MY THING. But, it’s something a lot of people LOVE.  Coconut milk can be a great alternative to traditional creamer and it adds a sweetness and coconut flavor that makes it taste more like a dessert (so I’ve been told).

Lemon and/or Lime Peel

Just like adding salt reduces bitterness, so does adding the peel of lemon or lime. It also adds a cirtus flavor which can be nice if you’re into it.

There you have it, these are just a handful of some of the surprising things that can be added to your coffee. Which ones would you try?

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