Friday, August 12

{Food} Friday...Rigatoni, White Beans, and Sausage

The love for food and enjoying "Family Time" in the kitchen is something I have always enjoyed.  Growing up, we didn't eat out...we cooked.  The whole family around the dinner table allowed us to share everyones day.  That is something that I grew up on and now have brought into my own families lifestyle.  Eating out is a treat, one that I thoroughly enjoyed the weeks of not feeling my best :)  But there is just something about cooking at home:

Yummy smells the house develops

Miss B running in for fresh chopped veggies

Jazz music

The excitement to try a new dish

Watching Miss B attempt to set the table

At the end of a meal, having my hubby give me a kiss and telling me that was one of my top 10 best dinners...We have definitely passed the "top 10" mark :)

A cute {Short Story}:

While cooking dinner this past Tuesday night, Mr. Adkins snuck in to steal a piece of cheese already prepared for the meal. Weeellll, Miss B saw him do it and she was off.  Looking up at the counter, she stood on her tippy toes and reached....turning around from my place at the stove, I saw her attempt.  Told her to wait on daddy.  Watching she and Mr. Adkins out of the corner of my eye, he gave her a piece of cheese and to not tell mommy.  About that time, I turn around and she was tip toeing out of the room...she turns around to me, puts her finger to her lips and says "shhhhhhhh"

Guess the secret is out :) hahaha

Ok, on to dinner!!

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Rigatoni, White Beans and Sausage

8 oz. rigatoni
2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
3 garlic cloves, minced
3/4 pound turkey kielbasa sausage, sliced thin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (14 oz) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, well drained
6 oz. (6 cups) baby spinach leaves
6 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Freshly cracked black pepper

Cook the pasta according to package directions in a large pot. Drain and set aside.

Pour the chicken broth and garlic into the same pot. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Add the sausage, oregano, and olive oil.  Stir well.

Stir in the beans, tomatoes, and cooked pasta to the pot.  Place the spinach on top of mixture.  Cover with a lid and turn off the heat.  Allow to steam for about 1 minute, just until spinach has begun to wilt.  Stir mixture.

Serve with a heaping tablespoon of Parmesan cheese on top and seasoned with black pepper to taste.

Fit Tip:  Because the broth and sausage add plenty of sodium to this dish, use no-salt-added tomatoes.  Many brands now offer no-salt-added versions, some of which have as little as one-tenth of the sodium in the regular variety.

This will definitely be a {FALL} favorite in this house :)


Happy Friday, lovelies!!


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  1. This looks so good and EASY!

  2. Totally trying out this recipe! Thank you for sharing!!! :D

  3. Looks delicious! Gotta try this!!! =)

  4. looks like the beans were left off the ingredients list.....


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