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Guilt Free Deep Dish Pizza

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Guilt Free Deep Dish Pizza

It turns out that here at Mama Jess, we have been in a pizza mood lately. While last week we focused on this lovely puff pastry pizza (sort of like a fancy hot pocket), this week, we are showing a much more guilt free version of our famous, local Chicago Deep Dish Pizza! The process, while a bit timely, is very easy. I was able to pop this dish in the oven, check some emails, take it out and prep before popping it back into the oven, read my book (currently can’t put down One Day in December by Josie Silver), and then served it to my family! Definitely got a mouths full, thumbs up: the ultimate compliment. Here is how to make the Mama Jess Pizza Pie! First, preheat...

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Puff Pastry Pizza

Posted by on Jan 3, 2019 in blog, blogs | Comments Off on Puff Pastry Pizza

Happy New Year, Mamas! As I am writing this, I’m realizing I should have written a post about all of the healthy food I am eating as my new year’s resolution…but alas…I’m more worried about what to prepare for the crowd we are having over on Sunday afternoon to watch the Chicago Bears in the NFL Playoffs! I already know that today’s recipe is going to be a crowd favorite: Puff Pastry Pizza or, “Triple P”, as I have been calling it. It is simple, beautiful, quick to bake, and even quicker to eat. Only a few ingredients, a few minutes in the oven, and you will have your football fans fed and ready to cheer on their boys (hopefully those boys are the...

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“Take Two Helpings” Zucchini Lasagna

Posted by on Dec 21, 2018 in blog, blogs, good meals, Uncategorized | Comments Off on “Take Two Helpings” Zucchini Lasagna

Alright Mamas, I’m not gonna lie…I was a little ambitious this week. I have a friend, Courtney, who I call the “Zucchini Queen”. She can make any dish out of a zucchini and it always turns out beautiful and taste delicious. I don’t know how she does it, but I wanted to try it myself. My test recipe: Zucchini Lasagna. In an attempt to keep it real, I am just going to admit: I had low hopes. Right from the beginning I cut my finger and it started bleeding, making me regret not ordering pizza. But I pushed through, and two Band-Aids later, I was back at it. Second red flag: I burnt an entire tray of zucchini slices to a crisp. Still I did not order pizza. And you...

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12 Gifts of Christmas

Posted by on Dec 12, 2018 in blog, blogs | Comments Off on 12 Gifts of Christmas

Happy Holidays, Mamas! As promised, I have rounded up the entire list of our 12 Gifts of Christmas holiday gift guide and I am posting them all here for you! Hopefully these are useful for those you are still shopping for, or even just to treat yourself! For the Foodie in your life:   Anthropologie Emma Floral Apron: $36.00 We love this adorable apron from Anthropologie! Perfect for any type of meal making, holiday season or not. Find it HERE.   Sur la Table Pasta Starter Kit: $60.00 What’s on the menu tonight is an easily answered question with this kit! Perfect for the young adults in your life too, learn how to make pasta like a true Italian chef!...

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One Pan Dinner: Lemon Butter Chicken and Spinach

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on One Pan Dinner: Lemon Butter Chicken and Spinach

Get your taste buds excited, because today I have a treat for you: One Pan Lemon Butter Chicken with Spinach. Post Thanksgiving, I have some family in town, so feeding a group of 7 people has become a bit more challenging than my typical four. This recipe was one I found online and improved upon for our big group and our dear readers, and it was the perfect meal: protein and greens all wrapped up in one, with a creamy sauce to top it all off! Here’s how to make it: Part one is marinating the chicken. I prefer skin on, bone in thighs for this dish, but the grocery store was out (I know! The horror!) so I went with wings and drumsticks instead. I just love the way that...

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Spaghetti Nests

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Spaghetti Nests

Happy Thanksgiving Week! We are trotting right along in our Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipe Series to bring you mamas the cutest version of a pasta dish we have ever had: Spaghetti Nests! These easy to make, fun to eat bites are perfect for the younger guests at your feast and are simply the best portion size for when you’re craving a bit of carbs (because sometimes you just are, I know). One of the best parts of this snack (other than our Organic Garden Pasta Sauce) is the little meatball nestled in the pasta. I used frozen organic meatballs for this recipe, but you can always make your own too! The first step is to preheat your oven to cook your meatballs. I put my...

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