Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

zucchini noodles

My family loves Italian foods and spaghetti is a big hit around here. I have been wanting to try something a little healthier that we could all enjoy just to change the menu up. This recipe replaces regular pasta with delicious zucchini noodles. All arrabbiata is a spicy Italian red sauce made with red pepper flakes. It is traditionally served with rigatoni or penne noodles, but here we paired it with zucchini noodles.

This recipe is super easy to make and is kid approved.


  • 4 large firm zucchini, peeled
  • 3 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Arrabbiata Sauce:

  • 3 T. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ T. crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ c. tomato paste
  • 2 c. fresh tomatoes, chopped and seeds removed
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 1 t. garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

 Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

Garnish is optional but recommended.

  • Fresh basil, washed, dried and cut into slices.
  • Parmesan cheese, grated.


  1. Prepare the sauce by heating olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the crushed red pepper flakes and heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to medium-low, then add tomato paste, tomatoes, oregano, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Simmer until sauce is slightly reduced, approximately 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. While the sauce is cooking, slice zucchini into thin, long noodles with the Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer.
  4. Cut the noodles with kitchen scissors once they reach 10-12” long. Place cut noodles on paper or clean kitchen towels to absorb excess moisture and set aside.
  5. Heat olive oil and garlic in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the garlic turns golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to medium and remove garlic from the pan with a slotted spoon or fork and discard. Add zucchini noodles to skillet and sauté for approximately 2 minutes. While cooking, use tongs to flip the noodles to ensure they are warmed on each side. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and set aside.
  7. Remove from heat and toss with warm arrabbiata sauce. Transfer to a serving dish and top with sliced basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Serve immediately with a salad or your favorite bread.

 Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce

The Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer

If you have a foodie on your holiday shopping list, you probably know that it is almost too tempting to buy them a nice box chocolate, or a tin of popcorn and call it a Christmas gift.
This year instead of loading your foodie up with sweets, why not give them the tools to make delicious and healthy food long after the holidays have passed?
Ninja® Precision Processor™ with Auto-Spiralizer
The Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer is the perfect addition to any kitchen because it does double duty as a serious food processor and it spiralizes veggies to make delicious vegetable pasta for healthier eating with less fuss!
The Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer can make 5 kinds of vegetable noodles and handle all of the tasks you would expect of a food processor! It can make Angel Hair, Spaghetti, Fettuccine, Pappardelle, and Ribbon. It can also chop food and mix dough too!Ninja® Precision Processor™ with Auto-Spiralizer
This is a really versatile kitchen tool that any home cook can appreciate and find many uses for. It is easy to use, easy to clean and was made to last, and last!
If you are shopping for a foodie, an experienced chef, or a home cook, you can rest assured they will get a lot of use from a Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer!
I would highly recommend this Ninja product to other families this holiday season. I would love to hear how you use your Ninja Precision Processor with Spiralizer if you have one. If not, now is a good time to add it to your Christmas wish list!
Be sure to head over and check out my recipe for Zucchini Noodles with Arrabbiata Sauce that is made using my Ninja Spiralizer.
zucchini noodles with sauce
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The Best Meatball Sliders

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Beetnik Foods. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

beetnik meatball sliders

There is nothing like a great meal to bring your family together, and meatballs are one way to catch the attention of my family! They love them on subs, served on a tiny stick or atop a pile of pasta. There is no wrong way to serve a tasty meatball!

As a busy mom of three always hungry, always active boys, I am always on the lookout for dinner solutions that will satisfy my family. I simply don’t have the time to prepare everything from scratch, but I don’t settle for less than the best. Filler foods with ingredients I can’t pronounce rarely find their way to our dinner table. As much as my family loves a tasty meatball, I can’t fit rolling them up into my schedule on an average day.
Luckily for my meatball loving family, I have discovered the best meatballs, they require no fuss, no free time and are made with high-quality ingredients like grass-fed beef!
Beetnik Meatballs
As we all know, great food begins with great ingredients, and with Beetnik Organic Grass Fed Meatballs, I can get an awesome meal on the table, free of questionable filler foods, in no time.
Life is busy, with three boys, a packed schedule and the frequently asked question of what is for dinner? I keep an easy recipe at my fingertips to create a meal that makes everyone cheer when they see it on the table. I know you are going to want to try this easy meatball slider recipe out for yourself too. It is perfect for football party food, as an afterschool snack, or a dinner everyone can get excited about.
baked meatballs
It begins with Beetnik Organic Grass Fed Meatballs, a hearty marinara sauce and Parmesan and Mozzarella cheeses! Add your favorite slider bun and you have a dinner that comes together easily, will fill growing boys up and tastes better than any fast food dinner fix!
Beetnik Meatballs
Beetnik Organic Meatballs are easy to find, they are located in the freezer section of the supermarket (not in the meat section) and through their website . You can grab a bag at the store, or have them shipped to you for easy meals that are made with high-quality ingredients like grass-fed organic beef, that your entire family will love!

 Have you ever tried the Beetnik brand? I would love to hear about your favorite ways to incorporate meatballs into recipes!

Easy Cheesy Chicken Cheddar and Broccoli

This is a sponsored post by Mirum. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our family loves dinner time. It’s the one time we all can sit down and enjoy a meal together and have conversations about our day. That’s why I love being able to create meals that don’t take hours to prepare because I want to use that time to spend with my family.

Easy Cheesy Chicken Cheddar Broccoli

Our schedules are pretty hectic right now. With the kids in school, me working a few days a week at school, and football we seem to stay on the go. Then I have to factor in the hubby’s schedule that is hectic on its own I prefer not to spend too much time in the kitchen. That’s why here recently we have been relying on Knorr® Selects at Food Lion to create some of our favorite dishes. They’re gluten-free except the pasta ones so be sure to check the package when you go to select. They also do not contain artificial flavors or preservatives so I feel good about serving these up in our simple meals.

In cased you missed our Philly Steak & Peppers in 30 Minutes or Less recipe be sure to hop over and check it out.

This time I wanted to try a dish with chicken since we have been eating beef a little much here lately. I chose the Knorr Selects Cheddar Broccoli that is a rice and pasta blend with broccoli in a cheesy cheddar sauce.



383 cal


20 g


11 g


39 g
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Cheesy Chicken Cheddar Broccoli

30 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • 2 pks. Knorr Select Cheedar Broccoli
  • 1-2 lb chicken breast
  • 2 c. milk
  • 1 1/2 c. water
  • purple onion, sliced
  • red bell pepper, long/thin slices
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil


Sprinkle pan with olive oil.

Heat on medium heat.

Dice chicken breast into cubes.

Lightly salt and pepper chicken pieces.

Place in pan and cook through.

Remove from pan and set aside.

In the same pan add onions and peppers.

Cook through until peppers are soft.

Remove from pan and set aside with chicken.

Pour milk, water and packets of Knorr Selects into pan.

Bring to a boil.

Turn down to low/med heat and cook 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat.

Add chicken, peppers and onions to the pan with the rice.


Sprinkle with salt and pepper.


As you can see this recipe is kid approved not by just one by two of my boys. They went back for seconds but was only able to capture this photo before he cleaned his plate for the second time.

Knorr Selects are Kid Approved

I love being able to spend less time in the kitchen thanks to Knorr Selects and I am able to create a variety of different recipes that my husband and growing boys love.


Easy Cheesy Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Kid Approved

Stop by your local Food Lion and pick up Knorr Selects because I know you can #DoMoreWithKnorr.

We would love for you to share with us how you use Knorr Selects with your weeknight dinners.

Philly Steak & Peppers in 30 Minutes or Less #DoMoreWithKnorr

This is a sponsored post by Mirum. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Knorr Selects Philly Steak

I can’t believe it’s already Fall. When fall arrives it seems the last few months of the year just jet by. From back to school and the beginning of holiday planning, working, taking care of our homes, raising kids, etc. we are all busy with our time and sometimes there is barely enough time to slow down and enjoy it all. With everything going on dinner doesn’t have to be complicated or fast food.

We recently started our first recreational sport with the boys and that means this momma is staying busy. From working part-time at their school, being a mom, blogger, and a wife cooking is the last thing I want to spend a lot of time on in the kitchen. Thankfully I can still prepare dinner and sit down with the family in a little over thirty minutes, sometimes less. With Knorr Selects you can create easy recipes full of delicious flavors, real ingredients, and real taste that are gluten-free.

knorr selects

Luckily, for us, we live in a small town with only one grocery store and that is Food Lion. I shop at Food Lion frequently and came across Knorr Selects on the rice aisle and wanted to try them. I chose the Knorr Selects White Cheddar Broccoli Rice to create this dish of Philly Steak & Peppers. I was in a hurry because the boys had a game that evening, so after school, we rushed home so that I could start dinner and have it ready when we got home. I was really amazed at how quick this dish came together.

Philly Steak

First I chopped up my sirloin steak, sprinkling with salt and pepper and drizzled olive oil into my frying pan. Once my pan was heated I added the meat. While the meat was browning I went ahead and chopped my red pepper and red onion up. Once the meat was browned I removed from pan and placed in a separate dish, and added my red peppers and onions to the frying pan for about 5 minutes. When the peppers and onions were ready I placed them in the same dish as the meat. Then I took some warm water and a cup of milk placed in the same frying pan, added Knorr Selects White Cheddar Broccoli Rice packet and brought to a boil. Once it started to boil, I turned the temperature to low/medium heat to simmer for about 10 minutes. After the 10 minutes was up I added my meat, peppers, and onions, mixed it all together creating a dish that was savory.

Philly Steak

Of course, I couldn’t wait until I got back from the boys game to try it out. The flavors all came together nicely and tasted just like a Philly steak. When we got home the boys went back for seconds. My only recommendation would be to double the recipe.

Stop by your local Food Lion and pick up Knorr Selects because I know you can #DoMoreWithKnorr. We would love for you to share with us how you use Knorr Selects with your weeknight dinners.


Halloween Monster Spaghetti

Monster Spaghetti

I love making dinner fun for the boys! The look on their faces when they find a crazy combination or a fun representation and the fact that there is never any fuss about eating their dinner makes for a recipe for success. This Monster Spaghetti recipe is perfect for kids of all ages. Even the pickiest of eaters will have a huge smile as they dig into this dinner that is so delicious it is spooky! While the recipe comes together quickly, the results are so seasonally fun that no one will suspect this is an easy dinner! You might want to pair this recipe with my Bloody Cupcakes for a festive family meal.

Monster spaghetti



1059 cal


9 g


104 g


37 g
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Monster Spaghetti

Create this delicious Halloween Monster Spaghetti with your family and friends.

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  • 1 Box of Spaghetti
  • 1 Bag of Meatballs
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Black Decorating Gel
  • Red Food Coloring
  • Candy Eyeballs


Boil 4 quarts of water for spaghetti.

Pour spaghetti into boiled water and cook for 10-11 minutes. Add a pinch of salt for taste.

In another pan, start cooking the meatballs on medium heat for 10 minutes.

Prepare sauce in a pan on the stove and heat for 10 minutes on low.

Stir spaghetti.

After 10 minutes take everything off heat.

Strain spaghetti and put in bowl.

Add red food coloring and stir. Keep adding more as you stir to get the desired color.

Put on plate. Add sauce to make 4 circles. Place meatballs on top of the sauce.

Add a small drop of the black decorating gel to each of the meatballs.

Place a candy eyeball on top of the black decorating gel and gentle push down to keep it in place.

Serve. Enjoy!



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