5 Dinner Recipes Perfect for Weekdays

Happy Sunday guys! I hope everyone has had an awesome weekend. If you follow me on insta stories you already know I had a little mishap yesterday involving a gallon of milk exploding in my car… just keeping the weekends exciting you know? Haha, The struggle is real when it comes to mom life & work life and part of that is trying to cook from home more. I don’t have a ton of meals in my cooking repertoire (although I can make a mean steak!) so to make things a little easier I dug up some super yummy and quick recipes on Pinterest to try and to share with you guys too!

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CHICKEN PARMESAN BAKED ZITI

| Makes: 6-8 Servings|

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces DeLallo penne ziti (or any pasta shape)
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked chicken (about 2 small chicken breasts)
  • 1 (25 ounce) jar DeLallo Pomodoro Fresco Tomato-Basil Sauce (pasta sauce)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I used 2% low fat)
  • 1/3 cup freshly-grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Cook the pasta al dente in a large stockpot of well-salted boiling according to package instructions. Drain. Return pasta to the stockpot and add chicken and tomato sauce. Gently toss to combine until the pasta is evenly coated.
  • Pour half of the pasta into a greased 11×7-inch or 9×13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, half of the Parmesan cheese and half of the basil. Layer the remaining half of the pasta evenly on top. Sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is melted and just barely starts to turn golden. Remove and sprinkle immediately with the remaining Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Serve warm.

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MEATBALL SLIDERS

| Makes: 15 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 15 Slider buns
  • 15 Meatballs, cooked
  • 2 c Ragu® Traditional Sauce
  • 2 c Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 3 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place the bottom half of the slider buns in a casserole dish.
  • Spoon a little sauce on each bun then place a meatball on each one, and add just a little more sauce over the meatballs.
  • Cover the meatballs in mozzarella cheese.
  • Place the top buns over the meatballs and brush them with a little oil.
  • Combine the Parmesan cheese and the Italian seasoning then sprinkle it over the buns.
  • Cover the dish with foil and bake for 10 minutes, then remove the foil and continue baking for another 10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

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TORTELLINI IN PARMESAN CREAM SAUCE

| Makes: 4-6 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound cheese tortellini
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups heavy cream
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 ounces baby spinach, thinly sliced
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar sun-dried tomatoes, thinly sliced

Instructions:

  • Boil the tortellini according the package directions.
  • While the tortellini is cooking, prepare the sauce. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until it has absorbed the melted butter, becomes a paste and begins to smell nutty. Slowly whisk in the heavy cream (at first the mixture will be thick and chunky, but it will smooth and thin out), then add the salt and Parmesan cheese. Allow to simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, then transfer the cooked and drained tortellini to the skillet, gently stirring to coat the tortellini with the sauce. Serve immediately.

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CHICKEN ENCHILADA CASSEROLE

| Makes: 6 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 1 14 oz jar or can Enchilada sauce
  • 2 to 3 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 6 corn tortillas, 6 inch each
  • 2 chicken breasts

See instructions here.

 

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CHEESY RAVIOLI BAKE

| Makes: 8 Servings |

Ingredients:

  • 20 ounce package refrigerated cheese-filled ravioli
  • 1 – 26 oz. jar pasta sauce (your favorite)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 400.
  • Cook ravioli as directed on package. Drain and set aside.
  • In medium/large pot, mix pasta sauce and basil and cook on medium heat until heated through (about 4-6 minutes). Add cooked ravioli and mix well
  • Pour into 9×13 pan. Top with cheese and bake for 12 minutes.

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Let me know if you guys get a chance to make any of these!

XX,

Christine

Back to School Essentials under $50

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DYING over her outfit! How cute is her little dress, hat, and glasses!

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This picture sums up our life 75% of the time. Mara teasing Wes, Wes tickling Beckam, Beckam flayling his arms from being tickled and hitting Wes, Wes upset cause he got poked, Beckam wanting to give Wes a hug because Wes is upset and Beckam just wants Wes attention all the time.  Wes not wanting his hug. Then Beckam melting down because Wes doesn’t want his love lol. Sibling love lol!

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on6DETAILS:  SLEEVELESS KNIT PENCIL DRESS (UNDER $30 – WEARING SIZE S -ALSO JUST GOT THIS STRIPED SHIRT DRESS) | TAN CARDIGAN (UNDER $40) | OLIVE SHIRT-JACKET

MARA: PATTERNED TRAPEZE DRESS (ON SALE – 40% OFF) | BOOTIES (ON SALE – 25% OFF) | GREY FELT HAT (ON SALE – 30% OFF) | GLASSES (ON SALE – 50% OFF)

WES: WHITE HENLEY (ON SALE – 30% OFF) | KHAKI DRAWSTING JOGGERS (ON SALE – 30% OFF) | HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS (ON SALE – 40% OFF)

BECKAM: BURGUNDY STRIPED TEE | HEATHER JOGGERS | HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS

School is officially in full swing. As much as I love summer break, I think a part of the kids and even myself like the routine of school. And I am sooo excited for fall clothes! If it’s a little cloudy I am pulling out fall layers as an excuse to break into my fall wardrobe even though it’s probably cloudy and 75-80 degrees. Are you guys so excites for fall too?

Most of the back to school pieces I got for the kids are fall pieces. I like to get core pieces that are versatile enough that the kids can and will wear all through the year. That means pieces that will hold up well, can mix-and-match easily with other pieces, and that don’t break the bank. I always love Old Navy’s classic prints and timeless styles for kids, you guys have seen them on my blog a million times – it’s always one of our big stops for back to school shopping.

One of my favorites this year was this floppy hat for Mara (so excited to twin with her and I am always looking for cute hats for her! She’s a hat girl as much as I am!) These ankle booties (on sale) were a big score! I love little booties on her! They have zippers on the side so they are really easy to get off and on. In love with these high tops for the boys! I have gotten them in a different color every year. You can see the blue high tops from last year (they are still available this year) in this post. Also the boys’ henleys are another staple. We have gotten a few for Wes and Beckam in multiple colors every year. They are great for layering!

Below are some more of my favorite staples for girls and boys that are really easy to mix and match for back to school. I like to stick to pieces that are really versatile, darkers colors that don’t stain easily, and patterns that I can mi and match a lot (hello stripes and animal print!)

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GIRLS’ BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS: 1. BLACK PEPLUM TOP | 2. LEOPARD PRINT BELT (ON SALE – 60% OFF) | 3. BLACK BACKPACK (ON SALE – 50% OFF) | 4. FLEECE BASEBALL JACKET | 5. BUCKLE BOOTIES (ON SALE – 30% OFF)  | 6. BLACK TEXTURED LEGGINGS (ON SALE – 30% OFF) |  7.  BLACK STRIPED DRESS | 8. BLACK SLIP-ON SNEAKERS (ON SALE – 25% OFF)

Every girl needs a basic black legging (Mara lives in them!). I love this baseball jacket for a casual layer. These faux-leather booties and backpack are also great staples that she will want to wear with a cute trapeze dress or jeans and a tee.

 

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BOYS’ BACK TO SCHOOL BASICS: 1. BURGUNDY HENLEY (ON SALE – 30% OFF) | 2. GREY HAT (ON SALE – 40% OFF) | 3. OLIVE BACKPACK (ON SALE – 40% OFF) | 4. BUTTON-DOWN SHIRT (ON SALE – 40% OFF) | 5. COLOR-BLOCKED WINDBREAKER (35% OFF) | 6. KHAKI JOGGERS (ON SALE – 30% OFF) | 7. HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS (ON SALE – 25% OFF) | 8. CAMO T-SHIRT (ON SALE – 20% OFF)

Wes loves comfy clothes. This neutral pair of joggers (also got this pair) is great for him to move in and give him a little more motion than jeans. And I mentioned it earlier but love all  the high-top sneaker options they have for boys. Old Navy has great shoes for boys!

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Old Navy.

 

4 Fashion Essential Lifesavers for Everyday Style

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DETAILS: SUNGLASSESWHITE SILK TOP | FRAYED DENIM | SUEDE BOOTIES | TAN FEDORA | SILVER WATCH | LIP (SHADE: MULLBERRY KISS) | BURGUNDY VELVET CLUTCH (OLD – SIMILAR HERE)

Cody always teases me that I have way too many sunglasses! They clutter my cup holders and you can find random pairs in just about every nook and cranny of my car. But sunglasses are like lipstick: you can never have too many and they are all so different! I feel like they can make the most basic outfit pop and – as a mom – when you don’t want to do your make-up they are a life saver! Gotta hide those under eye bags 🙂 I have so many over-sized round frames and I’ve been trying to find the perfect more delicate round frame for that everyday California vibe. I just got these from Zenni Optical’s new LA Collection and love them! I’ve put together my list of 4 small essential fashion lifesavers for everyday style.

  1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are the best secret weapon. For those mornings after you stayed up too late finishing a deadline or are still getting over that jetlag from your latest getaway (my sleep schedule still isn’t back on track!), there’s no faster fix than a cute pair of sunglasses. Just got these with amber tinted lenses and also loving these and these.
  2. Lipstick: You may not always have time for makeup, but between your sunglasses and a swipe of your go-to shade of lipstick, you’ll be the only one that knows you traded in a full face of makeup for those 10 extra minutes of sleep. 😉
  3. Gel Manicure: With regular nail polish my nails always chip in 2 seconds, and who has time to worry about touching up your manicure every other day? A fresh manicure always looks put together and gel polish will last the longest.
  4. Designer Bag: Another small detail that will always go a long way is a designer bag. They will elevate even the most basic jeans and tee combo.

I’ve partnered with Zenni to give one lucky reader up to $150 towards a new pair of Zenni sunglasses up. To enter, check out Zenni’s LA Collection video and comment with your favorite spots in LA. Winner announced next Thursday. 🙂 Good luck!

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4 fashion lifesavers for everyday style

XX, Christine

*In collaboration with Zenni Optical. All thoughts and opinions are my own.