Ravioli With a Light Creamy Sauce

I can only speak for myself when I say that motherhood can make you feel like you are constantly jumping through hoops of fire. My day starts at 6:30 am, and I a moving nonstop until 8:30 pm. Your life can literally feel like it will blow up in flames when you have 3 kids that like to play every sport known to man, a husband that travels and you also work. Sometimes I find a quiet spot in my house and just stare at the wall. I don’t think I even blink. I’m too tired to blink. 

But guess what everyone still has to eat. They train like athletes (because they are) So they have to eat like an athlete. Which means I live at the grocery store!!!

NO… really I do. I buy 2 gallons of milk and 2 cartons of eggs every time I go to the grocery store. My 6’3 and 210-pound son can drink half a gallon a day. Somehow that makes me proud and want to cry at the same time. During football season his appetite doubles.

I am constantly thinking of meals to feed this human tank and his athletic siblings. Sometimes I just want to throw oatmeal on the table for dinner and then collapse on the floor. But I can’t do that so, I depend on quick go-to meals.

I would love to spend 2 hours a day in the kitchen with my apron on, a fresh coat of makeup, and clean hair in an elegant French roll. Oh and don’t forget high heel shoes and while we are at it……make them red bottoms. But that is not what you will find when enter my kitchen. I may or may not have showered, hair tied in a ponytail and red watery eyes with a dazed and delusional look in my eyes.

So if you can relate to me then follow this recipe below, watch the video and get to cooking!

INGREDIENTS 

  • 1 pack of Ravioli (purchased at Target)
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • I onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2- 3 cups milk
  • 3  tbsp. flour
  • 3 tbsp. goat cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves or
  • 2 cup mozzarella
  • 1 cup shredded parmesan
  • Dry oregano
Bring water to a boil and add pasta. Remove and drain water after 4 minutes. In a separate pan add oil and butter. Sauté onion and red pepper. Add flour, goat cheese, and garlic. Slowly stir in milk and add all of the cheese. Place Ravioli back in the pot and sprinkle with Oregano and serve warm.

Ingredients 

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~BellaDonna~

Apple Cobbler

The Holidays are here, and it is time to BAKE! There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, and it is so hard to determine just one or two or three or however many you cook on Thanksgiving. I usually like to go with two. If you are anything like me, then you will eat both desserts on the same day. So to keep my health pulled together, I limit myself to only two desserts, even though I want 3….okay 5!


Don’t Judge me!

I have made this cobbler many times and learned something new each time. I know that I have a type of apple that I favor for my desserts. Never thought that I would be so particular but surprisingly I am. I need an apple that is so sweet that I will not have to add a ton of sugar and brown sugar. So my magic duo is envy and honey crisp apple.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Bake for 50 minutes, Until Topping is Brown and Apples are Bubbling.

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Honey Crisp Apples
  • 4 Large Envy Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sparkling Cider
  •  2 cups Pecans are optional
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Crust Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples in long wedges and then slice in half. Combine sugar, brown sugar, four, pecans and vanilla. Give it a quick toss. Add in flour and Cider. Spread mixture in prepared butter dish.

In a large bowl combine slightly softened butter and flour. Add in Vanilla and lightly, beaten eggs. Make sure all of the butter and flour is smooth. Spoon mixture over the apples in the baking dish. Bake and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

Apple Cobbler

The Holidays are here, and it is time to BAKE! There are so many delicious recipes to choose from, and it is so hard to determine just one or two or three or however many you cook on Thanksgiving. I usually like to go with two. If you are anything like me, then you will eat both desserts on the same day. So to keep my health pulled together, I limit myself to only two desserts, even though I want 3….okay 5!


Don’t Judge me!

I have made this cobbler many times and learned something new each time. I know that I have a type of apple that I favor for my desserts. Never thought that I would be so particular but surprisingly I am. I need an apple that is so sweet that I will not have to add a ton of sugar and brown sugar. So my magic duo is envy and honey crisp apple.

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees Bake for 50 minutes, Until Topping is Brown and Apples are Bubbling.

Ingredients

  • 4 Large Honey Crisp Apples
  • 4 Large Envy Apples
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Flour
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Sparkling Cider
  •  2 cups Pecans are optional
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Crust Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 2 tbsp. Ground Cinnamon

Peel, core and slice apples in long wedges and then slice in half. Combine sugar, brown sugar, four, pecans and vanilla. Give it a quick toss. Add in flour and Cider. Spread mixture in prepared butter dish.

In a large bowl combine slightly softened butter and flour. Add in Vanilla and lightly, beaten eggs. Make sure all of the butter and flour is smooth. Spoon mixture over the apples in the baking dish. Bake and serve warm with vanilla bean ice cream.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

Jumbo Stuffed Pasta 🐚

My love for Italian food is ridiculously crazy. If I don’t make it once a week, then you know something is wrong with me. I have made everything from Manicotti to Baked Ziti, Ravioli, Tortellini, Lasagna, Italian Meatballs, and everything in between. Did I already say that I LOVE pasta? Oh okay, I think you get it.

If you follow me on Instagram and check out my insta stories you will see that I make pizza a lot. I make it so much that I can do it in my sleep. So based on that you might think that pizza is my favorite Italian meal. NOPE! You would be wrong.

Hands-down one of my favorite meals to try are stuffed jumbo shells. I have had them stuffed with cottage cheese and spinach, lobster, shrimp, ground beef, and Italian sausage. There is an endless number of options! But let me tell you two secrets to having a fantastic shell.

Step one….. do not overcook the shell that is the absolute worst thing you can do. Overcooking your shell’s will cause them to become limp and making it impossible for your ingredients to stay inside.

Step two…..stuff the heavens out of your shells. No one wants a half stuffed shell at least not me!!!

Ingredients

  • One box of Jumbo Shells
  • 6 cups fresh spinach
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • Two teaspoons Black pepper
  • Teaspoon Salt
  • 8 ounces of mozzarella cheese
  • Parmesan cheese

Boil your pasta shells for 5 minutes and set aside to cool.

In a heated pan add olive oil and sauté your spinach.

Any large bowl mix cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, black pepper, salt, and spinach.

Begin to stuff shells 🐚, place them in your pan and drizzle with olive oil.

Cover and Bake on 375° for 20 minutes

Uncover and broil for two minutes.

Please refer to my previous post on amping up bottled pasta sauce or making homemade sauce.

To complete your meal add either my crusted Parmesan salmon Or fettuccine, thin pasta noodles or baked chicken.

I always add a large Caesar salad with this meal. Just adds that bit of a crunch that you need.

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

How I Amped Up My Pasta Sauce

Do you find it difficult to make your own pasta sauce? Or do you find yourself opening up a store-bought can of sauce and pouring that and only that, over your noodles or meat? It’s okay if you fall into either category.

Please don’t feel bad or feel like you aren’t preparing a great meal. If you are cooking then you are already winning.

BUT WAIT!

Let me talk about Sodium first. When I use bottled products I can feel my feet and hands slowly start to swell. Unless, I am drinking tons of water. In order to prevent this, I use the recipe below. Or I mix one bottle of sauce and half of each ingredient below. Do not feel overwhelmed with this recipe. Put your health first and take a look at the labels on the back of everything you are using. You don’t have to go without but just use a little less of that product and a little more of natural ingredients.

OKAY NOW LET’S GO

Follow me if you want to step out on faith and believe that making your own sauce isn’t just for Martha Stewart.  You don’t have to a pro to do this and do it well. It really doesn’t require much but it will taste like you slaved over the stove all day. That’s the key right… You want people to think that you were in the kitchen stirring this sauce and caring for it for HOURS.

  • 5 large tomatoes
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 red pepper
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups of kale
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 2 tablespoons oregano
  • 2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 5 Fresh Basil leaves

On medium heat add olive oil, onions, green and red peppers, once they are sauteed add garlic. Immediately stir in your wine and cook down for 10 minutes. Add pureed tomatoes, kale spinach, seasonings, and herbs.

If you have a favorite sauce, then go ahead and use it, but amp it up and make it your own. When I use store-bought sauce I still use the above list and in the same order. The only difference is your final step. Which is adding your can sauce to the pan.

Please try either way and let me know how it turns out.

You could have read any blog but you chose mine and I’m honored!

~BellaDonna~

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Rae’s Veggie 🍔

Oh my do I have a treat for all of you. Let me begin by saying this, my daughter decided that she no longer wanted chicken beef pork or anything else besides seafood. So I had to step out of my comfort zone and learn how to make vegetarian meals and this one is a winner.

I have mixed and matched all types of ingredients together to make my veggie burger and I haven’t been satisfied until now. I mean you know I want to eat a veggie burger without knowing its a veggie burger. My daughter really enjoyed eating a good beef burger but she hated the way it made her feel. So, with me being the best mom ever (self-proclaimed)I had to try to make this veggie taste like beef.

Since there are three other people in my household that would prefer beef, this meal worked out perfect.

As I prepared my veggie burgers the beef burgers were cooking on a low to medium heat. That’s trick number one!

Trick number two is to cook your veggie burgers in the same pan that you cooked your beef burgers. Let the oil from the beef sink into your veggie burger.

Please watch the video below and let’s get started.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 cups corn
  • 2 cups of veggie mix
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • Guacamole
  • Hawaiian rolls
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Pickles

Makes 6 burgers

In your food processor mix black beans and veggie mix.In a large bowl mix ingredients from the food processor, corn, egg, and seasonings. Form your patties and place on a medium temperature. Cook each side for 10-15 minutes. Add a little barbecue sauce and flip one more time. Then add guacamole on top and of course a few pickles!

You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored!

~BellaDonna~

Twice Baked Sweet Potato 🍠

I am trying to eat clean and limit my cookie intake, but occasionally I get weak. Then I bake a dozen cookies and eat half of them in one sitting. So to prevent that from happening I made twice baked sweet potatoes.
Your desire for a 300 calorie cookie will be gone once you have eaten at least two of these yummy treats.
I have a large family, so I must use anywhere from 6-8 potatoes.

Please watch the videos below and enjoy this quick, easy and delicious recipe.

Ingredients

    • 7 Potatoes
    • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
    • 2 tbls of Melted Butter
    • 1 tbls ground cinnamon
    • 2 tsp NOT TABLESPOONS
  • Bake on 375 degrees for 40 minutes or until soft. Let them cool for 10 minutes. They are too hot to handle…trust me!

    Add all of your ingredients and mix.

    Time to put that delicious mixture bake into the potatoes and bake on 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

    You could have chosen any blog to read but you chose mine and I am honored.

    ~BellaDonna ~