This article was written in collaboration with Barilla® as part of Together at the Table.
It's Tuesday, and you have an important job: cook a meal that's healthy in a few minutes and tasty enough to please everyone. At nights like this, it's easy to order to take or reheat a microwaveable meal , But that does not have to happen.
With nothing better than gathering for a home-cooked meal, we teamed up with Barilla® to ask three of our favorite food bloggers about their proven family recipes. These are the healthy but satisfying dishes that they use again and again. The ones they know bring everyone together, even after the table is cleared.
Need more Inspo? The people of Barilla make it easy to have dinner with their recipe makers, who inspire with everyday ingredients and global flavors to create a dish to enjoy while serving.
1. Easy Baked Spaghetti
Feel Good Foodie Blogger Yumna Jawad has fond memories of how her mother gets creative in the kitchen. One of Jawad's favorite inventions? Baked spaghetti. Jawad even developed his own one-pan version, which shortens the preparation time. The trick is not to cook the pasta.
* Record scratch *
OK, we know it does not sound plausible, but Jawad found that when pouring spaghetti in olive oil and adding enough water and gravy ((1 oz 4 ounces of noodles), your spaghetti is cooked in the oven, no preparation of a hob is required.
To improve taste and texture, she adds a portion of chopped onions and peppers, but encourages anyone who tastes this recipe at home, Other goals: Mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, aubergines and olives, ingredients in a baking dish, mix quickly, sprinkle with cheese and bake – it's as simple as that.
2. Healthy Rainbow Fettuccine
Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast mixes fettuccine pasta with freshly shaved carrot and zucchini ribbons Cooking Barilla® Fettuccine one minute less than stated on the package (f r the al dente texture) tender but firm and then fry it in a pan with vegetable strips, diced garlic, thyme and butter (or for a Mediterranean-friendly option) try using olive oil). Serve warm and watch your food companions go crazy.
Do you want more without extra work? Try this version, which has been completed with edible flowers.
. 3 Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole
Blogger Brittany Mullins grew up with the sweet potato casserole her mother made every Thanksgiving day, but as an adult, she did not want all the sugar and butter that went with it. Therefore, Mullins developed its own vegan, gluten-free version, which gave the typical marshmallow blend a crunchy, pecan-based topping blend.
"Making healthy versions of the not-so-healthy family recipes that my mother made for us as a child brings me so much joy," she says.
Another tip from Mullins? Sprinkle nutmeg on sautéed greens. " Adding just a pinch of it is barely noticeable, but adds a touch of nuts, "she says.
These bloggers prove that putting together a meal that your family and friends can enjoy is easy simply and concentrate on what is really important: time together.