Chicken Ragu Pasta with Mushrooms and Bacon

Chicken ragu paparadelle pasta with bacon and mushrooms | jessicagavin.com #italianrecipe

I’m savoring every warm and hearty last bite of comfort food that I can, why you ask? Because I’m not quite ready to trade in my cozy winter soups, stews and pastas recipes. I also know it’s still chilly in other parts of the world outside sunny California where I live, so this ones for you guys!

I usually look forward to the weekends because it gives me a chance to take my time in the kitchen, but not so much nowadays as I get quite distracted with James beggining to crawl and chasing after him, haha. If you’re like me, you really don’t have a lot of time to watch your pot simmer all day. This calls for a rapid recipe for chicken ragu pasta with mushrooms and bacon. My mouth is watering just thinking about the delicious taste. Now grab your biggest pot and let’s get going!… 

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Tuscan Tomato Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage

Tuscan tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage | jessicagavin.com #recipe

My husband is half Italian, so we eat a lot of pasta at our house. Typically it has been ravioli that makes its way to the dinner table at least once a week. It’s sort of my special treat for Jason because I know he loves those little fluffy cheesy pillows of goodness, I don’t blame him! However, lately I’ve been in a pasta rut. I’ve been making the same meal each week mostly because it’s easy, and because I need simplicity as James is starting to crawl. Yikes! Little man on the move!

tomato soup with cheese filled tortellini | jessicagavin.com #recipe

One day as I was searching for some dinner inspiration, I came across this enticing tortellini soup by Two Peas and Their Pod. It was like I was struck by lightning because as I began to drool over their pictures.

I was totally inspired to try something like this for our next pasta dinner. For my recipe I added some fresh Tuscan kale and spinach to the tomato tortellini soup with Italian sausage. I always try to get some healthy greens into each meal. I also toasted up some nice crunchy sourdough bread and dinner was ready in no time!… 

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Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy

A hearty recipe for Chinese Five Spice Beef Soup with Bok Choy | jessicagavin.com

It finally got me, and got me good! You know that pesky, sneaky, winner takes all cold. Yep! My mommy immune strength has served me well as I was able to dodge the holiday cold and flu season. I even made it a fair amount into James going to daycare with all those kid germs. That poor little guy hasn’t gotten a break since he started, he’s been sick three times already! I’m not surprised it finally caught up with me, I’m thinking those long sleepless midnight feedings, with the blue nose sucker in hand and humidifier blasting to help with babies congestion didn’t help.

Now mama needs some TLC and nothing sounds better than some hot and savory soup! But not the old standby chicken noodle version, I need the big guns to get through this cold. I’m loading up on a beefy and more spicetastic (I think I made up a new word) recipe from the Far East. That’s right, I’m talking about Chinese five spice beef soup with bok choy and other healthy vegetables to save the day!… 

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Panko Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetables

Panko Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb with Vegetables | jessicagavin.com #recipe

My husband Jason and I have celebrated over 10 Valentine’s days together… probably more but I’ve started to lose count, ha! I love you sweetie! We’ve definitely done the fancy dinners at steak houses, some good then some okay. You know the ones where everyone is packed in like sardines, offered an overpriced prix fix menu and rushed through it for the next seating, soooo romantic!

Times have changed now that we have baby James joining us for our romantic date, I plan to light some candles, put on a Marvin Gaye vinyl record and cook an awesome feast at home! This Valentines Day treat calls for a mouthwatering panko herb crusted rack of lamb with fresh vegetables. Followed by one heart-shaped box of chocolates provided by my husband (wink wink I hope you’re reading this Jason!)…. 

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Pork Stir-Fry with Sugar Snap Peas and Cashews

Easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews | jessicagavin.com #chineserecipes

There are some nights that I just really don’t want to cook, but I reluctantly peak into the fridge and realize that I have everything I need for an easy Asian inspired stir-fry, yes! I forgot how totally awesome stir-frys are because they are great when you’re pinched for time, but still want a protein and veggie packed meal. There is really no measuring needed except for the sauce, just a few chop! chop! chops! on your cutting board and your ready to go. I like to make a seriously easy pork stir-fry with sugar snap peas and cashews. One wok, minimal mess, and dinner is ready to be inhaled quicker than you can finish catching up on the days Facebook happenings, umm hmm…. 

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Baked Zucchini Parmesan Fries with Mustard Basil Dip

Delicious serving of healthy baked zucchini parmesan fries with dipping sauce | jessicagavin.com

Aren’t french fries one of the most awesome foods created by man? I was just having a convo with my husband Jason about how happy I am when I eat those tantalizing spuds, but also how guilty and oily I feel after consuming one too many. It was time for a solution. Of course nothing can really trump a crispy golden potato, but I have an alternative that I think you will enjoy and feel much better woofing down!

Enter, the super zucchini! Baked zucchini Parmesan fries are crunchy and ready to be dipped and devoured in a mustard basil sauce. These oven baked zucchini fries are a healthy, family friendly alternative for a delicious appetizer or side dish, so crank those temperatures up to 425°F so we can pop them in the oven! I’m hungry now, whose ready to dig in?… 

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Chinese Lettuce Wraps With Ground Turkey

Chinese lettuce wraps with ground turkey | jessicagavin.com

I love a big one pot meal, especially when it calls for breaking out my wok ! These savory Asian lettuce wraps with ground turkey have been a weekday go-to recipe for us because it’s got everything you could want; healthy, quick, easy with a flavor kaboom that will make your taste buds rejoice, halle-food-ya!

So I’ve been attempting to keep my New Years resolution going by incorporating more nutritious meals that don’t make us feel like we need to hit the treadmill right after, but it’s still has to be satisfying right? After ordering these chicken lettuce wraps far too many time from Lazy Dog Cafe, I knew that I needed to recreate a similar flavorful recipe at home. So here it is, you’ve been warned that they are pretty darn addicting and in the best way possible…… 

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Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables

Hearty Chicken Ale Stew with Vegetables | jessicagavin.com

Brrrr, oh it’s definitely time to make some stew to take the chill out of your bones! I may be experiencing “Cali winter”, aka I still occasionally wear shorts and flip flops on the weekend, but I still crave warm winter foods. To get started we are going to need some chicken (check!), vegetables (double check!), and some beer (check! Wait, whut?!?!).

Oh yes, some BEER. If you haven’t tried adding a little bit of bubbly fermented goodness to your soups and stews yet, then you have been missing out. Not to fret, I have a hot and delicious, bowl scraping, ask for seconds recipe for a hearty chicken ale soup with vegetables coming your way! Don’t worry, you don’t have to be born before 1993 to enjoy this savory dish (gosh I feel old!)…. 

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Wholesome White Bean and Chicken Chili

white bean and chicken chili recipe | jessicagavin.com

It’s football season everyone! I’m actually not that big of a fan, as in no specific team loyalties except the Niners and Raiders are near my hometown, ALAMEDA, whut!, whut! Gosh, do you remember when Joe Montana said he was “Going to Disneyland” after the 49ers won the Superbowl? Geez, a man of my heart.

I may not be a die hard pig skin fanatic (unless you mean the crispy stuff on the outside of a slow roasted porchetta), but I sure do LOVE some Sunday night football food! I definitely don’t mind stirring up a big pot of chili or noshing on fresh chips, salsa and guacamole while the hubs and babes enjoy the game on the lazy boy chair. And guess what, I’m making some soul soothing white bean and chicken chili soup for this Sundays match up, it’s got all the right heat to get you fired up for the game, who’s with me?… 

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Delicious Chicken Parmesan Recipe

Delicious Chicken Parmesan Recipe | jessicagavin.com

Nothing says I love you like a piping hot plate of pasta and layering on a crispy breaded chicken is the icing on the cake! My husband grew up eating homemade Italian food that his mom and grandma would prepare. The sauces were always made from scratch (lucky guy!) and the food carefully made with love. Jason’s mom Joan and grandma Rose are amazing cooks! Over the years they have taught me how to make meatballs, fresh rolled pasta, and chicken spadini to make sure Jason always gets to indulge in his favorite foods.

I never try to compete with mama, but I like to make some of Jason’s favorite comfort foods to remind him of home. Nothing puts a smile on my husbands face than a crunchy tender piece of Chicken Parmesan, topped with fresh tomato sauce and gooey melted cheese. Oh yes, I get major points when I make this which I redeem for trips to get  ice cream cones!… 

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