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Vegetable Penne (One Pot Meal)

I love couponing and a lot of times my weekly menu for our dinners is directly related to items I was able to find on sale. Barilla pasta is already my favorite brand and so when I saw that I could get a box of their new ‘Pronto’ penne for basically nothing, I jumped at the deal.  Continue reading

Cream sauce recipe by foodiezoolee.com

Cream Sauce Recipe for Pasta

Everyone is guilty of it. We go to grocery store and grab jars of cream sauce and tomato sauce even though it’s totally possible to make our own. And we all know why we do this: it saves us time. But today I’m sharing a cream sauce recipe for pasta that is just as easy as getting that pasta jar open!  Continue reading

No cake on my birthday?!

Green Juice
Chicken Parmesan

I woke up with great energy today, but doesn’t everyone on their birthday?
Even though yesterday I ate (basically) nothing I felt fresh and prepared to start the day.

For my “lunch” at work I prepared Green Juice with my [new] juicer. The juice contained the following:

  • celery (which I usually do not like AT ALL, but tastes alright if masked) (8 stalks)
  • cucumbers (2)
  • parsley (1/2 bunch)
  • spinach leaves (1/4 bunch)
  • and green apples (3)
Green Juice

I must admit I added another apple after mixing it up at first. No exact recipe was followed I just juiced equal parts of each.

I also had a V8 vegetable juice (small can).
For dinner, I had some tomato soup. But I didn’t finish the whole bowl because it tasted too rich.

Food I MADE, not ate (below)

I am the only one in my household who is fasting so I am still responsible for making dinner. I made Chicken Parmesan.

I seasoned the chicken

Next, I dipped in egg (nature’s glue). (I showed how this is done in this post)

Breaded with “Italian Bread Crumbs”
Put in the oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes (turned halfway though cook time).
Served with mozzarella cheese on top (Ruben really likes a lot of cheese).
Although I did not have cake on my birthday (first time in my entire life), we did celebrate on Saturday before the fast began and I fully enjoyed some strawberry filled tres leches cake my mom got for me.

Thanks for reading,
Zulaika H.

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My title is a quote from one of Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria‘s reviews. My husband and I went for a late dinner last night and had such a fun time.

When I first heard Ruben talking about Giovanni’s I just assumed it was a pizzeria where his townie friends hung out. I deeply regret that thought now that I have experienced the atmosphere, which comes with great conversation and the nicest staff I’ve ever dealt with at a local chain.

I had a couple of these (left)- I don’t know what it was, but it was very sweet and my favorite color 🙂

I also had their Chicken Parmesan (Dinner portion), which comes with a house salad and garlic bread. I did not get my garlic bread, but
the rest of my experience (not to mention large portion sizes) was going so great I didn’t even realize it until today. No real complaint there , but I will be craving the bread now. Also, we sat at the bar so I can understand the bartender forgetting if they do not usually serve food and just drinks.

If you ever come here, please please have their house dressing with your salad. It’s also available for purchase to take home and I honestly think it is AMAZING!

Ruben had a stuffed pizza – I took a bite and it was pretty good. The texture was perfect.

When our visit was finally over and we were leaving I noticed something – a very important something. There was a woman coming into the restaurant with what seemed to be her elderly father. The little Italian man could barely walk, but I could still see his enthusiasm about getting inside Giovanni’s. I realized if this little Italian man was coming to eat here, they MUST know what they’re doing!

Related Links:
Giovanni’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria (Official Website)
——->I was kinda bummed that their online survey
and feedback forms aren’t working right now.
Urbanspoon page (for location I visited)

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria on Urbanspoon

Now go support this place!

Zulaika H.

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Pasta and baked breaded chicken. We had left overs for dinner tonight (from my mother in law).

I won’t be describing how it is made today simply because I do not have the recipes. I will, however, provide you with some good substitutes I found online (see related links) below.

To make this a little healthier for me, I ate the chicken “sans” skin.

Related Links:
Potato Flake Fried Chicken recipe from Sparkpeople.com
Baked “Fried” Chicken recipe from Sparkpeople.com
Tomato Basil Fettuccine recipe from Sparkpeople.com
Fettuccine with Quick Tomato Sauce and Hot Chili Oil by Larry Stone (foodandwine.com)

Have a great night!

Zulaika H.

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I read this article on thedailymuse.com and I was just shocked that I hadn’t discovered this great way to make a lunch (Link to article below).

I’ve tried almost all the recipes, but my favorite remains to be the Caprese Pasta Salad. Mine is pictured below.

Caprese Pasta Salad Ingredients (as per article)

  • 2 tbsp basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 ½ oz fresh mozzarella, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 2 oz cooked penne pasta
  • ½ cup fresh spinach leaves
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped

My reason for sharing is simply how easy to prep these are. I prepared these on Sunday and here I am eating it at work for lunch on Friday – tastes great every day of the week. It’s filling, but also tastes so fresh and healthy.

Related links:
The direct link to the article titled “The Best New Way to Bring Your Lunch” 

Thanks for reading and please let me know if you end up trying these! You will definitely not regret it. Furthermore, think of all the possible recipes for this! Go ahead, Pinterest it – I dare you.

Zulaika H.

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