• Skillet Chicken and Spinach Gnocchi | Sam's Dish

    Skillet Chicken and Spinach Gnocchi

    Do you ever have one of those nights where you realize it’s time to sit down for dinner and you still don’t know what you’re going to make?! Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to.     This recipe came from one of those nights. On this night I took a quick inventory of my kitchen and here’s what I found: Pantry: 1 package of gnocchi Fridge: Leftover cooked chicken Freezer: 1 bag frozen spinach     I thought to myself, I should be able to make these ingredients into a delicious meal and I just needed a quick sauce to pull it all together. I…

  • Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Stuffed Shells

    I’ve always loved stuffed shells and decided it was past time to make a chicken and broccoli alfredo version. These stuffed shells are filled with tasty chicken, fresh broccoli, and lots of cheesy goodness. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, it’s covered in a deliciously creamy homemade garlic alfredo sauce. Let’s just call this comfort food.     I love homemade alfredo sauce and today’s recipe comes together in less time than it takes to bring a large pot of water to boil to cook the shells. But if the thought of making homemade sauce intimidates you, go ahead and grab a jar at the grocery…

  • Easy Lasagna Casserole

    I don’t know about you, but I love…LOVE lasagna. And my least favorite part is definitely the time-consuming layering. While today’s recipe isn’t your traditional lasagna (no layering needed) it deserves a place at your dinner table. And let’s just look past the fact that I just professed my love for a cheesy pasta dish. Don’t worry, Mr. Sam, I still think you’re cute and I’ll share my lasagna with you!     When I was growing up my mom found this recipe in a Taste of Home magazine and this casserole found its way to our dinner table often. While the original recipe called for jarred marinara sauce, I…

  • Shrimp and Broccoli with Cheese Tortellini

    Hope you had a great New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day! We have a horrible track record for NYE. One of us is usually sick and yep, it happened again this year. So being the party animals that we are, we stayed up until 10:30 pm, took cold medicine, and went to bed. We managed to get ourselves to church on Sunday, barely on time, but we made it. Then we rallied on Sunday afternoon and organized our main storage space, which included a trip to Target to get more plastic totes and an iced coffee…starting the year off right over here. Next on the list is organizing in the kitchen.…

  • Mini Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Cream Sauce

    Is it true that everything tastes better when it’s mini? Yes? Maybe? The mini chicken meatballs really are the star of this pasta dish. I know it might be shocking, but this recipe was my first time cooking with ground chicken and I think I loved it. While not exactly a one pot meal, since you cook the pasta in a separate pot, this recipe definitely falls into the one pot meal category for me. Not only does it dirty minimal dishes, it also goes from start to finish in less than an hour, both of which are requirements for my busy lifestyle.     Let’s talk about the meatballs…

  • Baked Ziti

    I’m back today with another favorite recipe of ours. My hubby doesn’t request a lot of meals, but this is one he is always excited about.     Now don’t be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, they are worth it. I would say that even though there are a lot of ingredients this recipe comes together quickly, but that would be pulling your leg. Side note: does anyone even say that anymore?? Because this recipe is heavy on the prep I typically prep this recipe a day or two before and then bake until warm and bubbly the day I want to serve it.     The recipe…

  • Simple Pasta Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing

    I love summer. The sunshine makes me want to head to a BBQ and enjoy a nice and icy iced tea/lemonade. Ahh. Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite BBQ sides, Pasta Salad. I love that they are lighter than mayonnaise based salads and can be customized to be exactly how you like them.     I made this Simple Pasta Salad with Sweet Italian Dressing for a work event a couple weeks ago and it was a hit! The hubby and I also enjoyed it for dinner with some sliced grilled chicken on top, a light but filling week night dinner.     Our grocery store sells these cute little…

  • Healthier Skillet Chicken Parmesan

      I love meals that are quick and easy to get on the table and dirty as few pans as possible. I also love chicken parmesan, but I don’t love the calories that usually go with it. This recipe isn’t authentic Chicken Parmesan, there is no breading on the chicken, but it does have great flavor from the marinade.  For a weeknight meal, I am happy to save on the extra calories.     To make this recipe even easier, feel free to substitute your favorite jarred marinara sauce for the recipe I have listed below. Our local grocery has a basting oil that is delicious and is what I use for the marinade, but you could even…

  • Simple Chicken Sausage and Broccoli Pasta

    I don’t know about you, but around here meals that can be ready in less than 30 minutes are lifesavers. Life is busy and spending hours cooking a delicious and healthy meal just isn’t something I have the time or desire to do every night. With simple ingredients and a little bit of time this simple and tasty pasta dish is ready to enjoy.     This pasta dish has three main ingredients; pasta, broccoli and Italian sausage. It’s then covered in Parmesan and olive oil for a light sauce. You know when you make a recipe again after a long time and it isn’t as good as you remember? That didn’t happen…