Creamy BLT Gnocchi

Creamy BLT Gnocchi

It’s supposed to be close to 100 degrees outside today, so naturally I’m taking this opportunity to share a rich, creamy gnocchi dish that requires you to turn the stove on. 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

I promise it’s worth it, though. This BLT gnocchi comes together in about half an hour (yay for quick and easy meals!) and it reheats really well, so you can snack on the leftovers for days afterwards without losing any flavor. [Read more…]

Creamy Salmon Carbonara with Mustard-Bourbon Candied Bacon {and a giveaway!}

I teamed up with my friends at Saucy Mama to bring you this recipe. They provided product for testing and are offering one lucky Life As A Strawberry reader their very own collection of Saucy Mama products to try! Read through the end of the post for giveaway details. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Creamy Salmon Carbonara with Bourbon & Mustard Candied Bacon

I could never ever ever ever ever live without pasta. (My next sentence was going to be a list of things I maybe COULD live without, but then I had a lot of trouble coming up with a food I could live without that wasn’t brussels sprouts, so we’ll leave it at I could never ever ever ever ever live without pasta but also without anything that is not brussels sprouts. Or gin. I really hate gin. But we’re getting off track here). [Read more…]

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

I realized today that the only recipes I’ve shared this year have pretttttty much been pasta, pizza, or things with hollandaise. Have I ruined your New Year’s diet resolution? I’m sorry. But not THAT sorry, because when you eat this roasted red pepper baked ziti you’ll totally forgive me and we’ll all be friends again. (Also, there’s no cream in this recipe! See? HEALTH CONSCIOUS, BAM).

Roasted Red Pepper Baked Ziti

This is a great make-ahead dish: I divided a whole batch into a few individual baking dishes and stored them all in the fridge so I could have baked ziti on demand this week. Grad school classes started again on Wednesday (umm, yuck) and I’ve been in something of an black shopping hole this week picking out new things to help me organize my kitchen and get my cooking life back on track. I can’t wait to show you guys all the fun things I’ve found to help spruce up our teeny tiny apartment kitchen on a broke-grad-student budget! (If you’re interested, you can follow along with #StrawberryKitchenReno on Instagram). Maybe next I’ll “renovate” my closet, since right now my closet is basically a pile of clothes on the floor. BUT BACK TO THE POINT: having ready-made, easy-to-heat up meals has been great this week with all the chaos. [Read more…]

Healthier 30 Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo

ALFREDOOOOOOO. Is there anything better than pasta that’s drowning in butter and cream and cheese and more cheese? I think not. Is there anything worse for that New Year’s Diet Resolution you’re pretending to keep? Probably also not. But hey, I’ve got you (and our TOTALLY REAL, no-I-have-NOT-been-binge-eating-this-pizza 2015 diet) covered.

Healthy 30 Minute Chicken Spinach Alfredo

I lightened up this creamy, cheese-y sauce by nixing the cream altogether and instead using a roux with skim milk. Chicken and spinach add some protein (and other probably-important nutrients, blah, blah) and some color to the mix, and finally we thin the sauce out a bit by recycling some of our nice, starchy pasta water. Creamy? Check. Something green? Check. Hearty and filling? Check. Ready in less time than it takes to accidentally-on-purpose watch JUST ONE MORE EPISODE of Revenge? YOU BETCHA. Lightened-up, still-creamy, even-has-spinach-so-it’s-basically-health-food, 30 minute pasta Alfredo. [Read more…]