in the kitchen with mama jess

Butternut Squash Carbonara

Posted by on May 21, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Butternut Squash Carbonara

Ready for another light and healthy recipe completely packed with flavor…and ready in under 30 minutes? Then you should try this Butternut Squash Carbonara. I love experimenting with different types of veggie noodles, and these butternut squash noodles have a great texture and just a bit of sweetness that adds such great flavor to each bite.  Carbonara is a classic Italian recipe that calls for an egg to be tossed in hot pasta with a bit of the reserved pasta water to create a creamy sauce…without any cream! The butternut squash noodles release enough water while sauteing to create that creamy sauce with the eggs. I also added Parmesan cheese, but...

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Zucchini Fritters

Posted by on May 15, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Zucchini Fritters

Oh. My. Goodness. These Zucchini Fritters are out of this world. I don’t even know how else to start this blog post other than declaring that these will be your favorite snack all summer. Easy to make, delicious to eat, and you can add different ingredients to make them new every time (looking at you, Parmesan cheese). A lot of recipes call for you to grate the zucchini, but I actually spiralized 4 zucchini, then chopped that up. I found it to be less labor-intensive and it was easier to dry out the zucchini (you don’t want it soggy, otherwise the fritters don’t crisp up!). Eat them for breakfast with a poached egg on top like a benedict or simply as...

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Spaghetti Squash Bolognese Bake

Posted by on May 7, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Spaghetti Squash Bolognese Bake

As warmer weather keeps teasing us, it seems that summer is on its way to stay soon…and with that comes summer squash and light and airy recipes! Pasta bakes in my family are a favorite (see the baked ziti and this cauliflower gnocchi bake) so we lightened a traditional spaghetti bake up with spaghetti squash! The other best part? We used an entire jar of Mama Jess Garden organic pasta sauce to up our veggie intake even more! This dish packs all of the flavor without the gluten and it great to prepare ahead and bake just before you are ready to eat. I used organic frozen spaghetti squash from Costco, which really saved me time in preparing the squash. If you would...

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Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

Posted by on Apr 23, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Chicken Parmesan Meatballs

I have found that, with all of this time at home, I have been able to spend more time pouring through my cookbooks and saved recipes on Pinterest to really narrow down those recipes that looked delicious, but I had never tried them before. The first one that caught my eye, mostly because it’s inspired by a favorite dish in my family and because it is full of pantry staples, was this recipe for Chicken Parmesan Meatballs by What’s Gaby Cooking. I love her simple recipes full of wholesome ingredients. Did we mention that these are stuffed with mozzarella cheese? Absolute heaven. We made ours with Mama Jess Garden organic pasta sauce and served the meatballs...

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Sweet Potato “Toast”: Four Ways

Posted by on Apr 17, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Sweet Potato “Toast”: Four Ways

During these days at home, it’s nice to have new options for that midday snack that I can’t seem to avoid. I don’t need any more chips or pretzels, which is why I have started making sweet potato “toast”! I have been experimenting with several different toppings, and I broke down my four favorite varieties today, both sweet and savory.  Honestly, if you make a few of them, they make for a hearty and healthy meal with a blend of mouth-watering flavors. I have seen recipes that call for the sweet potato to be toasted in a toaster, but I found that 1. I make these in bulk for my family, so baking in the oven is better and 2. I prefer...

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Easter Egg Tarts: Four Ways

Posted by on Apr 10, 2020 in blog | Comments Off on Easter Egg Tarts: Four Ways

Easter brunch may look a bit different this year, but we hope you are still planning to spend a special day with your family. If that day calls for brunch, considering adding this treat to your menu, it is deceivingly easy!  Rather than just enjoy these egg tarts one way, we figured why not give a few different ways to make them, each set of tarts only takes 20 minutes and I simply cannot pick out which one is my favorite. If you are trying to get rid of mixed greens, I think a Parmesan Arugula or Spinach tart would be a great addition or even one with crumbled sausage topped with gravy! (Okay, we may be getting a little ambitious there) If you enjoy these tarts...

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