Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

Penne With Tomato Basil Sauce

TGIF! We have had the best week at the beach and are headed home today! It has been amazing one-on-one family time! Thinking ahead… what’s for dinner when we get back? This 15 minute recipe for Penne with Tomato Basil Sauce is on my list for something really easy and quick (under 15 minutes). This is also a great way to use up some of your fresh basil (if you’re growing it this summer).  You can also use summer fresh tomatoes, roast them and puree them. I am hoping to get to the Farmer’s market this weekend to make some sauce to freeze. I hope you have had a great week too! Cheers to summer!

 

Super Easy 15 Minute Summer Cole Slaw

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I’m cooking ribs and coleslaw for the 4th of July at my house today since I’m heading to the lake tomorrow. I wanted to make a really easy, but delicious, light coleslaw. I had a great idea that made my life oh so simple. Recently, I bought some new spices from Penzeys, (when I went to get a present for someone else-you know how that goes). I tried the “Country French Vinaigrette” dry spice mix which works great in this 15 Minute Summer Coleslaw. This recipe was a huge hit with everyone, including the kids.

Note: In Birmingham, Alabama, the Penzeys is located in Homewood.

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15 Minute Main Dish High in Omega 3’s-Blackened Mackerel

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Since I have been reading about Atlantic mackerel lately and it’s wonderful health benefits, I thought I would try it out on my kids. They loved it! Mackerel is high in Omega-3 oil content, making it a heart-healthy seafood choice. It has a rich flavor that is delicious whether sauteed, roasted or grilled, and it’s great topped with Greek seasoning, nuts, vinaigrettes, soy sauce or miso. Since I’m a Southern girl, I love it Blackened. It’s so simple to prepare; just 15 minutes and dinner is on the table.

Simple Four Ingredient Grilled Shrimp

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This recipe is beyond simple. With only four ingredients: lemon pepper, shrimp, fresh lime juice and olive oil, that’s really all you need besides your favorite cocktail sauce. I used “Naturally Fresh” cocktail sauce  (which I found at Whole Foods). I am teaching a cooking class for college students in two weeks, and this is perfect for them or anyone in a hurry who wants something fresh and delicious.