Monthly Archives: October 2017

Cheesy Baked Ziti Bolognese

As the cooler weather approaches, I totally crave warm comfort foods.  Baked ziti bolognese has always been a family favorite-that delicious combination of pasta, cheese and ground turkey is so satisfying.  To take it up a notch, I used Banza chickpea pasta ziti which boosts the protein and fiber of this dish!  My older son isn’t a fan of any sauce with meat, so I make him a meatless marinara sauce and he eats a full bowl full of Banza pasta (it’s honestly his favorite pasta!).  With 5 main ingredients plus Banza ziti, this recipe couldn’t be any easier!  Give it a try and I promise you will love every bite!

  • 1 box Banza ziti
  • 3/4 lb ground turkey (I used a mix of dark and white)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 28 oz canned Italian crushed tomatoes (I used San Marzano)
  • 8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. First, you need to make your bolognese sauce. Set a large sauté pan over medium

heat and add 1 tablespoon olive oil.  Season the ground turkey and brown for about 5-7 minutes.

  1. Add in the garlic and onion and sauté for another few minutes.
  2. Add the crushed tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and let the mixture simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. As the bolognese simmers, cook the Banza pasta in boiling water with a bit of olive oil (which I always use to prevent pasta clumping) until just al dente (about 8 minutes and be sure to cool a piece and do a taste test to be sure). Drain pasta and set aside.
  4. Return the pasta to the pot and mix together with the bolognese sauce. Add in 1/2 of the mozzarella and mix well.
  5. Pour into a large baking dish and sprinkle the remaining mozzarella.  Bake for 25 minutes until the cheese begins to brown and bubble. Serve immediately.

Chicken Hot Dog Mummies

How cute are these hot dog mummies? Made with 2 ingredients! 🌭 Trader Joe’s Chicken hot dogs and 🥐crescent roll dough! Since it was a rainy day here in NYC, we spent it indoors and of course I had to figure out some activities to keep my boys busy. What better than to have some fun in the kitchen! Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s crescent mummy dogs, link below (but I skipped the cheese since my kids aren’t fans of it and used chicken hot dogs).  When kids help in the kitchen, they are more likely to eat what they’ve helped to create and my kids gobbled these little mummy dogs up!  Serve with your little one’s favorite dip!


1 can crescent roll dough

8 chicken hot dogs



  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Unroll dough; separate at perforations, creating 4 rectangles. Press perforations to seal.
  3. With a knife, cut each rectangle lengthwise into 10 pieces, making a total of 40 pieces of dough. Slice cheese slices into quarters (1/2 slice cheese, cut in half).
  4. Wrap 4 pieces of dough around each hot dog to look like “bandages,” stretching dough slightly to completely cover hot dog. About 1/2 inch from one end of each hot dog, separate “bandages” so hot dog shows through for “face.” On ungreased large cookie sheet, place wrapped hot dogs; spray dough lightly with cooking spray.
  5. Bake 13 to 15 minutes or until dough is light golden brown. Serve with ketchup and/or mustard for dipping!

Spooky Apple Mouths

I LOVE Halloween!  but I’m always looking for ways to make healthy Halloween food crafts, especially since I want to show my kids that it isn’t all about candy! My kids and I have been getting creative today with some fun Halloween inspired food crafts 👻🎃! Here is one that is super easyyyy and requires only 3 ingredients! Spooky Apple Mouths! Who knew pistachios could make sure scary teeth! Be sure to get your kids to help with this one!! They will have even more fun eating something they made 🤗 plus it’s made with healthy ingredients and no added sugar!

Here is what you need:

* 1 apple 🍎 sliced into thick slices (like as shown in this photo)

*sunflower seed, almond or peanut butter

*pistachios (cut each pistachio into quarters, so you have 4 “teeth” per pistachio)


1-spread apple slices with nut butter.

2-carefully place pistachios in a row with pointy part sticking up.

3-place another apple slice on top and turn it over so the points of the teeth face down.