Warm Tortellini and Cherry Tomato Salad


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This week I made a Warm Tortellini and Cherry Tomato Salad from Cooking Light. It was a great easy weeknight meal. I tried to take a picture after I made this but it didn't turn out as great as theirs shown above.

I love using recipes from Cooking Light as they have all the nutritional content already listed so you know it's healthy. This is low in calories and packed with veggies.

I did make a few changes. I didn't add the artichoke hearts because I don't really like them. I also added more balsamic vinegar and cheese.

I would recommend trying this recipe as a meal or even as a side if you want some meat in your meal. My husband said it was even better the second day for lunch. We will definitely have this again. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

Chocolate Marbled Banana Nut Bars



I am down to the wire for my new self imposed rule of a Tuesday post. It has been a busy and eventful day. I am very ready to get into bed and hopefully get a good nights sleep. Before I call it a night, I must share these yummy Chocolate Marbled Banana Bars. They are actually Chocolate Marbled Banana Nut Bars but since I am not a nut fan I left the nut part out.

I decided to make these after cleaning out my pantry and realizing I have several packages of Betty Crocker cookie mix that need to be used up. I also have lots of bananas being stored in the freezer and I want my freezer foods used up ASAP.

These bars were even better than I expected. Very delicious served with ice cream as dessert after dinner. I also noticed they are the award winning recipe from fall 2010, can't go wrong there!

Super easy dessert or even snack bars that will not disappoint.

Fun With Your Food Processor: Healthy Baked Potato (Surprise) Soup and Strawberry Banana Jello


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Hello blog world! I can't believe how long our break turned out to be. I got married in November to Sheena's brother and have been working hard to create our new home together. Sheena also mentioned in her last post that she is expecting. There are so many exciting things happening in our family!

As for the blog, we are so excited to be back! The timing is now right. It is really great to do this blog because it forces me to be more mindful of our menu planning. Writing a weekly menu makes me have something healthy and creative to share. It gets me out of the normal recipe pattern. This week, I was trying to get the more fruits and veggies into our meals. This meant breaking out the good old food processor. Here's what happened:

Healthy Baked Potato (Surprise) Soup
I love making soups in the winter and often don't follow a recipe. Anything that you think would be good in a soup usually is. This week I combined:

- 1 Tbsp butter
- 1 Cauliflower head
- 32 oz Chicken broth (homemade but you can use store bought as well)
- 1 leek
- 1 onion
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 peeled potatoes
- 1 large carrot
- 1 large celery
- 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
- leftover ham or bacon
- cheddar cheese

1. Saute the butter, onions, and garlic in a large pan until the onions are transparent and garlic is fragrant.

2. Add the cauliflower and heat for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth, leek, carrot, celery, and potatoes. Bring to a boil until the cauliflower and potatoes are soft.

3. Puree the soup with your food processor.

4. Garnish with ham, bacon, cheddar cheese and parsley.

5. Don't tell them it's cauliflower : )

Strawberry Banana Jello
Neither my husband or I are thrilled over bananas but this week I decided that we would eat them. To disguise the bananas, I simply added them to a strawberry jello recipe. When you make jello, you usually combine boiling water with the jello powder then add ice cubes to set it. I learned this week that you can use pureed fruit instead of water. As long as you combine jello powder with a liquid it will work. I couldn't believe how amazing this turned out to be. We added a little whipped cream on top and it was an outstanding dessert. It was so easy!

Favorite Meals in Disneyland



I met with Seanna over the weekend and we decided it is time to get back to our blog. After months of things keeping us from a normal schedule (wedding, honeymoon, vacation, pregnancy, new jobs, moving, etc.) we thought it would be a good idea to ease ourselves back into a normal routine. I am also finally feeling like cooking again so it should be much easier.

To kick off my first post I want to go back to where I left off and share some of my favorite foods from our trip to Disneyland. I researched the food for this trip religiously and read many posts on the Disney Food Blog.

The mickey shaped waffle at Carnation Cafe was a must for me. I have pictures of myself in the park as a little girl eating one of these waffles. It is a favorite Disney memory and oh so good. I especially liked the sausage that came with it.

At the same breakfast my husband got the cinnamon roll french toast. Talk about a decedent breakfast. It was rich and gooey and amazing with the frosting, butter and syrup on it. I figured we did a lot of walking so one killer breakfast wouldn't hurt.

One afternoon we decided to have a snack of Pommes Frites at Cafe Oreleans. They are basically french fries but so much better. They came with a garlic topping and a fabulous dipping sauce. Thinking about these fries makes me want to plan my next trip.

Finally I have to share our Mickey shaped pretzel. We got this in Disney California Adventure as a light lunch/snack. I love anything bready and this really hit the spot.

If you are planning a trip to Disneyland check out this post on Disney Food Blog titled The 5 Best Things I Ate in Disneyland. Great inspiration for a trip of eating!

I want to end by saying thanks for your patience as we unexpectedly took so much time off from the blog. Our new plan is for me to blog on Tuesday and Seanna to post on Thursday. I am excited to get ideas back up and to find cooking inspiration online.

Have a great night!