Monday, August 12, 2013

Spaghetti Bake

Spaghetti Bake, Farmers Wife Original

I don't know about you, but in a house with 2 little ones it can get very difficult to make something that ALL 4 of us will happily eat. And we often get stuck in this rut of the same like 15 meals over and over again. Don't get me wrong I love most of those staple recipes but after a few (hundred) times you just gotta change it all up! ;-)

I've seen many varieties of baked spaghetti, but most are layered like a lasagna (which I knew wouldn't really fly with my kiddos) and then weren't exactly the creamy texture I was hoping for. So I decided to wing it, literally! I started cooking one night and just threw everything in the pot that sounded good... lol! I'm actually not kidding, I was a little bit scared at first, so I tried it before adding extra cheese and baking it and I was in love... This dish was flavorful, easy, creamy, and delicious! It will be going into our rotation as my WHOLE family loved it, in fact my 14 month old said "Mmmm... Num Num" with EVERY SINGLE BITE! That's a winner in my book!

Ingredients: yields about 8-10 servings
1 lbs. Ground Sirloin (could use any ground hamburger meat you like or italian sausage, or even ground turkey)
1/4 Onion, diced
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 teaspoon Oregano
1/2 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Garlic (we love garlic, you can omit the extra if your family isn't the fans we are!)
1/4 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce, use your favorite I used a Parmesan Romano sauce that was amazing!
4 oz. Cream Cheese
2/3 Package Angel Hair Pasta, cooked al dente
3/4 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese

In a large stock pot cook your noodles according to the directions. Then in a large skillet brown your beef along with the onion and garlic. Once cooked add the spices and sauce. Simmer for a few minutes, then add the cream cheese and let it melt in until the sauce is creamy. Once the sauce is ready add your cooked noodles to the pan and toss together with some tongs til well mixed. Pre-heat the oven to 350*F, pour the noodle mixture into a greased casserole dish, and top with the Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned on the edges. Serve warm with your favorite garlic bread and a salad.

This dish was not only full of flavor, but it was also very easy and came together pretty quickly. I did cook the entire package of noodles, and only used about 2/3 of the package and saved the rest to make another recipe later in the week. And it also freezes beautifully! You could easily add mushrooms or other veggies to this for more nutritional value. I give this 5 stars!

 Happy Cooking!
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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Strawberry Nutella Rollups AKA "Gooey Delight"

Strawberry Nutella Rollups, Farmers Wife Original

So I've been working on this post for about 30 minutes now, and my brain is fried. It's been one of those days... Ok, I lied... It's been one of those couple of weeks. Last week I felt like most of my world was crashing down around me, too many details to share here, but let's just say it's been rough. My Hubby had jury duty last week, and then I too got summoned (luckily my Hubby got me out of it, I mean seriously summoning a Husband and Wife for the same time period?!? Not ideal.... Especially when you have 2 kids and your babysitter is out of town) and well yeah, that wasn't even the worst of it. But we got through it all and now I'm trying to get back into some sense of normalcy.

As you may know I have a 5 year old Son and a 1 year old Daughter, and that makes for some interesting days, especially when you add in homeschooling the 5 year old... I have to say my Son is quite smart, but oh does that boy know how to push my buttons... Today I felt like I was fighting a loosing battle with him to get anything done. Just about the only thing he didn't fight me on was eating.... Well that is once I made this "gooey delight" as he called it.

Those of you who've been following my blog for a long time now probably already know my that Son can be a very picky eater (luckily this gene seems to have skipped over my daughter!! YAY!) and that's caused me to come up with some very random recipes. Well today I had an epiphany, he didn't want the PB&J I was offering (which my 1 year old had already eaten all of her food by this point.... lol!) but he wanted "something gooey like it". After racking my brain for about 10 minutes trying to figure out what other "gooey" things I could feed my son (yes, I realize how weird this sounds... lol!) I finally came up with this... Strawberry Nutella Rollups! Nothing overly fancy, not something I would make everyday, but if it meant he would eat it was worth it! And he LOVED it! So while it's not anything like my normal recipes, I figure I can't be the only Mom with a picky eater who loves all things "gooey", so for you other Mom's out there this one is for you! I hope your kiddo's will enjoy this treat as much as my little Man did!

2 Slices Soft Bread, I like to use White Bread for this but any really soft bread will work
Thinly Sliced Strawberries

Cut the crusts off the bread, this will make it easier to roll, then flatten them a bit with your hands or a rolling pin. Spread a thin layer of Nutella over the each slice, then place a few slices of strawberry along the middles of the bread. Carefully roll up each slice of bread like you would sushi, then slice into 2-3 "rolls". You can also do this will banana instead of strawberries or any other nutty spread you like. Enjoy!

This was so incredibly easy, but my 5 Year old gave it 2 thumbs and 2 big toes up! (He is such a goofball sometimes!) Would be a nice change of pace this school year in your kiddo's lunches too! 4 stars.

*Oh and if you're wondering what on earth type of plate I served these on... Well duh!! It's a John Deere Kid plate... haha! Only JD for my little ones!* ;-)

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