in the kitchen with mama jess

Baked Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by on Mar 21, 2019 in blog, recipes | Comments Off on Baked Sheet Pan Eggplant Parmesan

Today, I decided to try a new take on a classic, and classically difficult, dish: Eggplant Parmesan. I usually stick to ordering this in restaurants because it is such a pain in the booty to make,. But I am here to tell you: it’s possible to make at home without needing to be a Michelin starred chef! Things I love about this dish: It is made in individual pieces so it is easy to serve and save for later! It is baked rather than fried! The eggplant slices crisp up so nicely, I ate them like chips! I chose to serve this over zoodles with Mama Jess Organic Garden Pasta Sauce to load up on the veggies (Zucchini + Eggplant + Five Veggies in the Sauce = 7 Veggie Dinner!)....

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Loaded Zucchini Skins 3 Ways

Posted by on Mar 14, 2019 in blog, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Loaded Zucchini Skins 3 Ways

This recipe is a FUN one: fun to make and fun to eat! Perfect for an after-school snack or a party, these loaded zucchini skins are a lighter take on the classic loaded potato skins. Trust me: what they lack in carbs they make up for in flavor! To start, I used four zucchinis, chopped the ends off, and chopped them in two halves, then sliced those halves lengthwise. Next, scoop out the seeds inside leaving the zucchini skin between ¼ to ½ inch thick. The photo shows you better: Next, toss the skins in olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. When they are evenly covered, place them on a baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 400 degrees F. Next comes the...

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Classic Italian Meatball Sub

Posted by on Mar 6, 2019 in blog, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Classic Italian Meatball Sub

I think March is sort of an awkward month, especially in Chicago. Yesterday, I woke up to birds chirping and the sun shining in my room at 7:00am. That made me so happy, that I’m sure you could imagine my extreme disappointment when I looked at the weather…and saw it was only 6 degrees outside. So, I decided to cheer myself up with some Italian comfort food: a classic Meatball Sub. It managed to cheer me up so much that I decided to share it with you all today! Also, trust me on this, it tastes even better smothered in Mama Jess Garden Organic Pasta Sauce. The homemade meatballs are my mom’s recipe and they are so juicy and delicious, that I’m surprised she...

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Pan Seared Chicken with Cauliflower “Risotto”

Posted by on Feb 28, 2019 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, recipes, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pan Seared Chicken with Cauliflower “Risotto”

Happy almost weekend, Mamas! Today we are showing off a new recipe that really packs a punch: Pan Seared Chicken with Cauliflower “Risotto”. I have actually made this meal two nights in a row for dinner—and I mean made from scratch, not just reheated leftovers. That’s how good it is. The other plus: I made the entire meal in under an hour. I recently learned how to create the most perfect pan seared chicken breast, thanks to an Instagram account called @flavcity. This guy has great advice for simple cooking techniques, like pan searing chicken. The first thing you want to do is pound out the chicken breast to make it as flat and even as possible. This not only...

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30 Minute Shrimp Diavolo Pasta

Posted by on Feb 13, 2019 in #LastMinuteMeals, blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on 30 Minute Shrimp Diavolo Pasta

Happy (almost) Valentine’s Day, mamas! My goal this week was to bring you all a recipe that is easy to make in a short amount of time, while still being romantic to share with your Valentine! One of my favorite, hands off, recipes is a One Pot Pasta that I copied from a Martha Stewart magazine years ago and have since tweaked for my taste. Today I am turning it into a Shrimp Diavolo dish and it will not disappoint! And when you have enjoyed the heat in this dish, cool down with something sweet like the cherry coconut macaroons we featured last week! Here’s how to make it: First, cook your shrimp (unless you bought pre-cooked!). All you have to do is lightly sauté...

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Cherry Coconut Macaroons

Posted by on Feb 6, 2019 in blog, blogs, recipes | Comments Off on Cherry Coconut Macaroons

Because it’s a wet, dreary Wednesday here in Chicago, I am sharing my new favorite cookie recipe…and just in time for Valentine’s Day! These cherry coconut macaroons are the perfect amount of sweet and take the perfect amount of time (about 25 minutes from start to finish!). Make them with your little Valentines at home on a slow Sunday or after school for the perfect snack. I actually made them yesterday to test out, and ended making them again today because they seemed to have mysteriously disappeared over night…. Regarding the ingredients, I went with organic when I could, which is why the cherry color in the macaroons turned out a bit more...

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