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PostHeaderIcon #Recipe: Easy Homemade Potato and Cheese Pierogies

One of the things I wish I had done, while my Dad was still alive, was learn to make Polish food for him. I am by no means a pro at this but, it has become something I wanted to learn to make, and did. I have made these a handful of times and they were always a huge hit with everyone who has tried them. While my boys and I were back in Pennsylvania for Christmas, my mom talked me into making them for her. They are really not as difficult as you might think , but they are time consuming. I wanted to get a nice picture of them finished but, by the hounds moved in, I didn’t get a chance. Most people serve their pierogies with sour cream but I also like mind with spicy brown mustard.

Homemade Potato and Cheese Pierogies - DelightfulChaos.com

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PostHeaderIcon #Recipe: Fast, Easy and Kid Friendly Lasagna Roll-Ups

I absolutely love lasagna! Some days I just don’t have the 3 hours it takes me to make it. Yes, it is taken very seriously in my home! I came up with this easy way to still get my lasagna fix without spending all that time in the kitchen. I am sure some genius woman has done this in the past but, I wish I had known about it much sooner!

All you have to do is cook your lasagna pasta as indicated on the box. Spread some Ricotta cheese on it, add some sauce and mozzarella. You can also sprinkle some cooked ground beef or sausage on it as well if you like. Roll it up, put a little sauce in the bottom of your baking dish so they don’t stick and spoon a little sauce over the top of each one. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and bake at 325 for about 30 minutes. Since every thing is already cooked, you really only are wanting to melt the cheese and warm it up. Be sure you let them sit at least 5 minutes after removing them from the oven. If you try to eat them right away, they will completely fall apart when you try to cut them. These are also good to make ahead and reheat for lunch.

PostHeaderIcon What do you call it? Settle this debate!

Help me settle this debate between my friends and I! I won’t tell you my answer until later so there is no favoritism, I now you would of course all side with me ;)

That red stuff that goes on pasta… What do you call it?
Gravy Sauce

PostHeaderIcon Eat Healthier and never notice

There is nothing I love more than Pasta. I really think I am getting divorced because I made to much pasta and chicken! :) I am always hesitant to try anything that is “better for me”it has to taste bad right? Wrong…

When I was big into coupons, my local store would have Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta on sale all the time for $1.50. At the time there were $1 off coupons out and my store would double them. We ended up with A LOT of this pasta. At first I was unsure but for free, we were trying it! I tried whole wheat pasta in the past and really couldn’t give that the benefit of the doubt. I do not mess around with my pasta.

In my opinion, there was absolutely no difference in the taste between regular white pasta and the Ronzoni Smart taste. The kids didn’t notice, husband didn’t notice, even the dog a still ate it! This is the only pasta we eat 99% of the time anymore.

Ronzoni® Smart Taste® is a low fat, cholesterol free food. It’s also an excellent source of fiber, calcium – now with vitamin D!

Getting the recommended levels of fiber may help with daily digestion and long-term heart health. Children and adults should consume 20 to 35 grams of fiber everyday. Ronzoni Smart Taste provides is an excellent source of fiber, providing 6 grams of fiber in every 2 oz. serving, 3 times the fiber of traditional white pasta.

Dietary fiber is the edible part of plants. By eating high fiber foods you feel fuller, eat less, with fewer absorbed calories. Diets high in fiber have many nutritional benefits:

  • May reduce blood cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease.
  • Helps control hunger and body weight.
  • May help control blood sugar levels and decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • Decreases the risk of diverticulosis (inflammation of the intestines).
  • Promotes regularity.

Calcium is essential to building strong bones. One serving of Ronzoni® Smart Taste® provides as much calcium as in an 8 oz. glass of milk or 30% of the daily requirement.

Calcium is critical for kids, especially fast growing tweens and teens because their bones are growing. In early adult years, our bodies begin losing calcium, so it’s important to replace it with calcium rich foods. This is a key to reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

The National Academy of Sciences recommends the following levels of calcium in the diet:

  • Age 9-18 1,300 mg per day
  • Age 19 to 50 1,000 mg per day
  • Over age 51 1,200 mg per day

Vitamin D promotes calcium absorption which is essential to bone health. One serving of Ronzoni® Smart Taste® pasta provides 50% of the adequate daily intake or as much Vitamin D as in an 8 oz. glass of milk.

Vitamin D is known as the “sunshine vitamin” because the body manufactures the vitamin after being exposed to sunshine. Five to 15 minutes of sunshine 3 times weekly may be enough to produce the body’s requirement of vitamin D. However, even people living in sunny climates may not make enough vitamin D and need more from food or supplements.

Print a $.75 off coupon and give it a try!

**Oh, and by the way, let’s not forget the all important FTC disclosure. I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Ronzoni and received some free pasta. In addition, I have been promised a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate. You know what is even more shocking??? Tiger Woods was PAID to wear those Nike hats!….shhhhhh, don’t tell the FTC!***

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