Sausage & Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner

As a busy work from home mom of a blended family, my schedule gets pretty crazy. While I love being in my kitchen and cooking for my family, there are evenings when I need a quick and simple solution to feed my hungry family. This Sausage and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner is a cinch to throw together and leaves me with next to no dishes, which is always a fun bonus for a sheet pan dinner.

I start by chopping up some cherry tomatoes, zucchini, and yellow bell pepper.

And I slice up a precooked sausage.

I line my baking sheet with tinfoil and spread the veggies and the sausage over it.

I add some oregano, dried minced onion, salt, pepper, and olive oil over the top.

I give it all a gentle toss and place it in a 400F degree oven for about 45 minutes.

Once it’s done, I pull it out and immediately sprinkle it with some shredded parmesan cheese.

I like to serve this Sausage and Veggies Sheet Pan Dinner over brown rice, but it’s also great all on it’s own. The veggies can easily be swapped to whatever is in season like broccoli, squash, green beans, corn, or brussels sprouts. This versatile recipe can be customized to fit whatever your family’s preferences are; it’s a simple dish that it impossible to mess up.


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My Well Yes Moment

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This August marked a new season of life for me. My sidekick, my youngest, started preschool which has left me with some free time during the day. As a work from home mom, I was excitedly anticipating the day she’d be off to school, leaving me with a few blissful hours to work quietly, listen to some music instead of the same princess show for the eleventeenth time, and increase my productivity. What I wasn’t prepared for was the emptiness I felt coming home to a totally silent house. Her older brothers have been in school for several years now, so I thought this would be an easy transition, but I couldn’t have been more wrong.

My little girl needed me, after all. She’s my spirited one. The one who needs her lunch arranged just so. The one who prefers the pink princess water bottle over the green fairy one. The one who relies on me to help her process through those little girl emotions. Would the teacher know that she sometimes needs help with her juice straw or that when she’s nervous she needs to hold a hand? Mom emotions are real, my friends. Sometimes we just can’t get a grip, am I right?

Inspired by  Well Yes!® Soups, I realized that sometimes yes can be reassuring. My yes moments in life are often of me tackling my goals and chasing my dreams, but in this season of life, my yes moment needed to be different. I reassure myself that yes, this is okay and yes, this is life. Yes, you’re in a new chapter and yes, it’s all going to be okay. My moment of yes is one of comfort, much like a warm mug full of my favorite Well Yes! Soups which inspired my mom moment of yes.

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My daughter still needs me and it’s clear that I need her, but part of being a mom is letting go to allow room for independence and growth. Preschool is a small step, but for her it feels big and she is proud to be gaining some independence. But I’m fairly confident I’m going to need to remind myself in these moments of her life to relax, enjoy, and say yes.

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One Pan Salsa Verde Pasta

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Warm, gooey, full of cheesy goodness, and loaded with infused flavor, my One Pan Salsa Verde Pasta recipe is what dreams are made of. Working with Barilla pasta is like having a blank canvas; adding flavor to create a totally reinvented meal is easier than it seems, which is what I did with this simple one pan recipe.

I started by adding some chicken I’d already diced into bite size chunks into a large skillet with some olive oil. I seasoned them with a little salt and pepper while they cooked for several minutes until they completely cooked through and I removed them from the pan and set them aside on a plate.

In the same skillet I added some chicken broth, salsa verde, heavy cream, and some uncooked Barilla Penne pasta. I gave everything a few good stirs and let it come to a boil. Once it was at a boil, I turned the heat down to low, covered the skillet with a lid, and let it simmer for several minutes until the pasta was tender – al dente is always perfect.

I added the chicken back into the skillet along with some pepper jack cheese and combined everything together.

I added plenty of freshly chopped cilantro once the pasta was slightly cooled down and ready to serve.

This zesty One Pan Salsa Verde Pasta has quickly become one of my family’s weeknight favorites. It’s simple to throw together, packed with bold flavor, and only leaves me with one pan to clean up after cooking.

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Comforting Beef Stew

Every fall, I dig out my most comforting soup and stew recipes and dust off my trusty French oven. During the warmer months, my favorite kitchen pot often goes unnoticed as I swap out thicker stews for lighter flavors, but when the first cool breeze of the fall wafts through my home, I reignite my love affair with my French oven, chopping up root veggies and whisking up rues to create thick meals that warm me from the inside out. This Comforting Beef Stew recipe is one of my fall favorites and helps me welcome fall into my kitchen with it’s warm aroma.

I start by frying up some diced bacon in my Staub French oven with about half a cup of water. The water will eventually evaporate, but helps to cook through all of the bacon fat leaving it nice and crispy.

After I remove the bacon from the pot with a slotted spoon, leaving the fat inside, I drop in some stewing beef that I coated with flour. I sear the beef for a couple of minutes, in two separate batches, on each side before removing it all from the pan.

Then I add some red wine to the pot to deglaze it, toss in some in some sliced mushrooms, and let it simmer for several minutes.

I transfer the beef and bacon back into the pot with the mushrooms and let it simmer together while I prepare a skillet with some olive oil.

In the skillet I add in some finely diced onion, sliced carrots, and garlic to sauté until the onions become translucent. Then I add in some tomato paste, incorporating it into the mixture.

I transfer the veggies to the pot with the beef and add in plenty of beef broth, a couple bay leaves, some thyme, and a bit of salt and pepper.

I let everything come to a low boil before adding in some potatoes, ensuring they’re covered completely in liquid before covering the pot and transferring it into my oven.

The stew cooks in a 325F degree oven for a almost two hours, completely marinating my home in the comforting aroma of fall veggies and rich beef broth.

Once this Comforting Beef Stew has finished it’s oven time, I pull it out and serve it with some crusty bread or rolls. I love soaking up the rich leftover broth with a piece of sourdough bread.

I’m a firm believer in using high quality tools in my kitchen. I never used to think that it mattered, but the first time I created this beef stew in a French oven, the flavor profile totally changed. The soup was richer, the flavors deeper, and the broth thicker. My Staub French oven is a fall staple in my kitchen and since I bought it from Wayfair, I saved money on my favorite pot. I’ve used this gorgeous pot everyday since receiving it a few weeks back (I purchased it to replace my older Dutch oven which broke). It allows my cooking to transition seamlessly from the stove to the oven, making it one of my more versatile pieces. I bought mine in white, but it’s also available in black, grendadine, dark blue, and cherry.


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Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans

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Is there even a more lovely string of words than Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans? As far as I’m concerned there is not. Three of my favorite foods in one dish that marry into a perfect blend of savory sweet flavors. These beans are the perfect cookout food, but I need no such excuse to whip these up any night of the week. One of my favorite times to serve them is during sporting events like football games and fight nights during the fall season. With the chilly weather, a warm bowl of hearty beans fills the belly and offers warm, comforting flavors. These Brown Sugar Bacon Beans offer all the flavors of fall and are simple to throw together for any fall evening.

To start I fry up some bacon pieces over the stove. Once the bacon is crisp and ready, I remove it to a plate lined with paper towels and set it aside to cool. Once cooled, I cover it and place it in the fridge for later.

Then I finely dice up an onion and a green pepper and sautè it in the same skillet with some of the leftover bacon grease until softened.

Next I add several cans of S&W Pinto Beans to my slow cooker. Nobody does beans better, and this choosy cook knows it! S&W Beans has the highest standards in the industry, delivering my family premium quality while offering a convenient way to enjoy our favorite bean recipes. They also offer a wide variety, even organic or lower sodium options, to cover all of my family’s preferences.

Next I add in some molasses, brown sugar, cider vinegar, dry mustard, and liquid smoke.

I toss in the sautéed onion and green pepper and give everything a good stir.

I cook the beans on low for about four hours. Once they’re finished cooking, I grab the bacon from the fridge, microwave it for a few seconds, and add it to the pot.

Before serving to my friends, I garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

I made a giant batch of these Brown Sugar Bacon Baked Beans for the recent crossover fight. My husband and I hosted the evening in our house and fed our friends yummy food (like these beans!) while we watched. I’m not going to lie though, for me the knockout winner was these beans!

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Parmesan Roasted Green Beans

Living in SoCal, I have access to some of the freshest produce in the world. I love taking advantage of seasonal fruits and veggies to create flavors that coincide with the season. With green beans in plentiful harvest this summer, I was inspired to create a savory recipe for Parmesan Roasted Green Beans. Roasting green beans is one of my favorite ways to enjoy them, so I played off of that along with some of my favorite ingredients like parmesan and olive oil.

I start with about a pound of fresh green beans that have been washed and had the ends snipped off.

Next I drizzle over plenty of olive oil.

Some panko bread crumbs.

And kosher salt.

I mix it all together with my hands (anything else is a futile attempt since the green beans are so stiff). I spread the green beans out on a pan and bake them at 400F for about 20 minutes, taking them out about halfway through to toss them around a bit.

Once the green beans have finished cooking, I pull them out and while they’re still hot, I sprinkle over some shredded parmesan cheese.

These Parmesan Roasted Green Beans are delicious! My husband and I both couldn’t stop snacking on them before dinner even started, ha! The panko give them a crispy texture while the olive oil and parmesan together give it a savory taste.

I served these Parmesan Roasted Green Beans alongside my Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts, which I shared last week. It was such a simple meal to pull together, but offered tons of fun summer flavors!


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#AD Easy Orange Chicken

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Class in session, football practice, karate class. These are three of the challenges this back to school season will bring to my family. Schedules will be a little crazier than normal, which means dinnertime will need to be simple and fast. Thankfully, I have a few recipes up my sleeve that use  some simple shortcuts to create a dinner that tastes like I made it from scratch. My secret is using Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks for helping to minimize prep time. I find these tasty snacks at my local Walmart in the frozen food section. For my Easy Orange Chicken recipe, I use the Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks Popcorn Chicken and whip up a super simple sauce for a simple dinner that’s ready in just minutes.

I start by prepping the Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks Popcorn Chicken in a baking dish. I cook it according to the instructions on the bag.

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While the Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks Popcorn Chicken is baking in the oven, I start the orange sauce by adding some barbecue sauce, orange marmalade, and a splash of low sodium soy sauce to a saucepan.

While the chicken cooks, I let the sauce simmer, stirring frequently.

Once the Tyson® Any’tizers® Snacks Popcorn Chicken is done, I add it to a large bowl and pour the orange sauce over the top.

I give it a couple of tosses to coat the chicken evenly and allow it to cool slightly before serving.

I usually serve this Easy Orange Chicken in a bowl with rice and broccoli for a simple way to enjoy “take-out” right at home. This recipe is easy to throw together on especially busy weeknights, making it a perfect meal to put on your menu during this back to school season.


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Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts

During the summer months lemon is one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. I love feeling the bright sunny flavor on my tastebuds and the added zest it brings to the meals I’m creating. Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts are a regular in my home lately because not only do I love them, but they’re easy to make; not to mention my kiddos love the chicken as much as I do!

I start my pounding my chicken until it’s just about a quarter of an inch thick.

Over a plate, I add some flour, lemon pepper, and some salt and mix it all together.

I coat each chicken breast in the flour mixture.

In a large skillet, I add a generous amount of butter and once it’s hot enough, I add my chicken breasts to the pan.

I cook the breasts for several minutes on each side until cooked through completely and remove them from the pan.

In the same pan, I add a couple of lemons that I sliced up and let them sizzle for a bit until they brown slightly.

I return the chicken to the pan and drizzle with the lemon juice, allowing everything to reduce for about three minutes or so.

This meal is a wonderfully bright summer dinner. I typically serve it with rice and green beans to keep it somewhat light and healthy. My children never complain when they hear I’m whipping up these Lemon Butter Chicken Breasts, which have become a favorite in the Sosa home. This meal also makes for great leftovers. I like to make a little extra so that I can make an extra lunch for my husband to take to work during the week. The leftover chicken could also be shredded and used for over a salad. The lemon flavor makes it a versatile ingredient for a variety of leftover creations.


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Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken

During the summer months, I love using my slow cooker. Aside from keeping the hot oven off and keeping my home cool, I love easy meal solutions during the long summer days that help to simplify our daily schedules. This Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken tastes amazing, uses little effort, and with just a few additions creates an entire meal for the whole family.

I start by adding some chicken breasts to my slow cooker.

Next I add a packet of Italian dressing mix.

And then I top it off with some chicken broth before setting it to cook on high for several hours (my chicken was frozen, so it needed some extra time).

Once the chicken is cooked through, I pull it out of the slow cooker, dice it up, and place it back in on the warm setting.

While the chicken rests, I take some finely diced onion and sauté it in a large skillet with some garlic.

Then I add in some cream cheese, a little chicken broth, a can of cream of chicken soup, and a little salt and pepper.

I combine all the ingredients together until smooth and then add it to the slow cooker with the chicken.

Then I boil some pasta and once it’s cooked through, I drain it and add it to the slow cooker with the chicken and cream sauce.

I give it all a good stir and add some fresh parsley to the mix before serving.

I serve it immediately while it’s nice and hot. It’s such a perfect comfort food that’s easy to whip up in the summer months especially since it utilizes a slow cooker. I usually serve this with broccoli since it works well to sop up any leftover cream sauce on my plate, ha!


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Stupid Easy Chicken Tacos

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Around these parts, my kiddos all-time favorite meal is never a question: chicken tacos. My recipe for Stupid Easy Chicken Tacos is always a crowd pleaser with our friends, but my kiddos especially love the juicy flavorful chicken. They load up their shells with plenty of chicken, cheese, and black olives. They all too often devour their servings before I can finish making mine. Taco nights are a frequent request and we enjoy them almost weekly (Taco Tuesday anyone?) because they’re that delicious, but also because they’re insanely easy to make. Fellow moms, save this recipe because it’s life changing.

Toss three chicken breasts into a slow cooker and sprinkle a packet of taco seasoning over the top.

Add a can of RO*TEL for effortless bold flavor.

And a cup of chicken broth.

Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours if using thawed chicken. If using frozen, cook on high for 5-7 hours.

After the chicken has cooked in it’s flavor bath, pull it out and shred it up. You can use two forks to do this. The easier way is to put the chicken into a stand mixer for 20-30 seconds. It shreds up easily and so much faster than using two forks. Both methods taste the same, so however you shred it up really makes no difference other than time.

After the chicken is shredded, pop it all back into the juices left in the slow cooker and give it a good stir. It can be served immediately right from the pot.

The chicken is versatile and can be used on nachos, tostadas, in empanadas, and my favorite way is to use leftovers in a pot of chili. Combined with a can of RO*TEL, the possibilities are endless! But by far, my family’s favorite way is in these classic taco shells with all the fixin’s. As a busy mom, I love this recipe for how simple and quick it is for me to pull together. I can pick up everything during my usual trip to Walmart and toss it all in the slow cooker for dinner perfection in just a few hours; I don’t even have to thaw the chicken first!

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