Hello friends! I hope your week is off to a good start. I can’t believe we’re so close to October already. I’m trying to savor these semi-calm weeks before the real craziness begins. As a mom and blogger October-December is jam packed with deadlines, performances, parties and other events that pop up during the busy holiday season. Saying goodbye to summer was a little hard but I’m excited about fall. A new season means new seasonal produce and recipes to try. Today I’m partnering with Martha Stewart Living to share with you three easy snack and meal ideas to help you reboot your routine for fall.
First up let’s talk about snacks. For me snacks are an important part of my diet and help me stay on track in between meals. I usually like to pair fruit and protein to help keep my full until it’s time for lunch or dinner. These cheddar apple peanut butter crackers are a perfect balance of healthy nutrients and protein.
Cheddar Apple Peanut Butter Crackers
PB&JAMS peanut butter
Spread peanut butter on an Original TRISCUIT Cracker. Add a slice of apple and top with sharp cheddar cheese.
This delicious snack recipe is inspired by Megan Gibson of PB&JAMS and is perfect for this time of year. The creamy peanut butter pairs perfectly with the apple slices and cheddar cheese. Can we talk about the peanut butter? Because it’s amazing! It’s made with only 3 ingredients – peanuts, honey and sea salt. My kids were a little hesitant to try it with cheese but everyone in our family loved it! This will definitely become an after school favorite during apple season.
Next up let’s talk about lunch recipes. You guys, this is the hardest meal for me to eat at home. I’m usually out running errands during the day while the kids are in school. I’m guilty of grabbing something to eat while I’m out way more often than I should. Preparing an easy tuna sandwich is a great way to help me stay on track. This Tuna Nicoise Sandwich is a great alternative to a classic tuna sandwich and it’s packed with protein.
Tuna Nicoise Sandwich
2 cans of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna in water, drained and chunked
½ white onion, thinly sliced
2 red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup plus 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Coarse Salt and freshly ground pepper
1-tablespoon fresh lemon juice, plus lemon wedges for serving
4 small ciabatta rolls, split horizontally
2 heads Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
½ cup nicoise olives, pitted
4 hard boiled eggs, peeled and thinly sliced
Step one: put onions, ¼ cup olive oil, vinegar, and ¼ teaspoon salt in a medium bowl; season with pepper. Toss and combine. Let stand 10 minutes.
Step two: Add Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna to onion mixture. Add lemon juice and ¼ teaspoon salt; season with pepper. Gently toss to combine.
Step three: Cover bottom halves of rolls with lettuce. Top with olives, eggs, and tuna mixture, diving evenly. Drizzle each with 1-teaspoon olive oil. Cover with top halves of rolls. Serve with lemon wedges.
Now it’s the end of the day and we’re just getting back from ballet, soccer, football and piano lessons. I don’t know about you but I’m exhausted once dinnertime comes around. During the week I rely on quick and easy dinner recipes to help us out with our busy schedules. I recently made this Chicken Sausage & Broccoli dish made with Barilla Gluten Free pasta and it was a big hit. The recipe is so simple yet packed with flavor.
Chicken Sausage Pasta
1 box Barilla Gluten Free Rotini or Penne
1 bunch broccoli rabe
1 pound chicken sausage, cut into rounds
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
2 cloves garlic, chopped
½ cup white wine
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
Salt and black pepper to taste
Bring two large pots of water to boil.
Season one pot of water with salt and cook the broccoli rabe for approximately 3-4 minutes.
When the broccoli is cooked, drain well and set aside
In a large skillet, sauté chicken sausage in 1 tablespoon olive oil until slightly browned.
Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute.
Add the broccoli rabe and sauté for an additional 2-3 minutes then add white wine and deglaze by using a spoon to gently scrape the flavor from the bottom of the pan.
Cook pasta according to package directions, reserving ½ cup of the cooking water.
Add the cooking water to the broccoli rabe sauce and bring to a simmer.
Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce, then stir to combine.
Remove the skillet from the heat, add the remaining olive oil and fold in the cheese.
This recipe took about 25minutes to make and serves 6 people. That’s definitely a win in my book! Do you see this cute polka dot plate I served my pasta on? It’s part of the Whim by Martha Stewart collection available at Macy’s. The entire line is filled with fun prints and colors to help bring a whimsical touch to everyday dining.
What are some of your favorite quick and easy recipes?
This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Martha Stewart Living.