Pesto Shrimp Tortellini Salad | mamaknowsnutrition.com

20-Minute Make-Ahead Dinner: Pesto Shrimp Tortellini Salad

Yes, this Pesto Shrimp Tortellini Salad really comes together in just 20 minutes! Using a few pre-made shortcuts, pesto and tortellini, this recipe requires verrrry little effort. Equally delicious warm or cold, serve it over some baby spinach, and you don’t even need a side dish! 

Yesterday was a total disaster. I overscheduled our morning, worked on my grad school research project during nap time, and by the time we hit 3pm I was eating chocolate chips by the handful to try to make it through the rest of the day. I gave myself a stomach ache, and didn’t feel any more energetic afterwards (surprise). Though I managed to make dinner (baked chicken thighs, sweet potatoes, and broccoli), I was riding the struggle bus the whole way through. At 9pm, I was laying on the couch crying to my husband that I was too tired to go get in bed.

So today I was determined to make it a better day. Luckily we had little on the agenda so I took advantage and most of the day we spent hanging out at home. I even made dinner during Teddy’s naptime so I knew I could relax this evening and not be a total puddle by the time my husband got home.  (more…)

Paleo Skillet Pizza Shepherd's Pie | mamaknowsnutrition.com

Make Ahead Recipe: Paleo Skillet Pizza Shepherd’s Pie

Paleo Skillet Pizza Shepherd’s Pie comes together with a handful of kitchen staples for an easy weeknight meal that fills your kitchen with the intoxicating smell of pizza, without all the grease!

Paleo Skillet Pizza Shepherd's Pie | mamaknowsnutrition.com

You can thank my pregnancy for this recipe. So far, my only real craving has been cheese. No, there’s not any cheese in this recipe (although I bet it would be delicious if you added some in!). There was no cheese left in the fridge, because I’ve been eating it with basically every meal every day.

BUT, I was craving pizza, so I figured I could fool myself into it with some italian seasoning and pepperoni. IT WORKED. This was a perfect no-fuss weeknight meal that satisfied my pizza craving without calling in a delivery order.

It’s like a shepherd’s pie, but with pizza flavors. You on board??  (more…)

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5 Favorite Toddler Snack Recipes

Try these toddler snack recipes for your family this week!

A few months ago, I started a little tradition of making a snack recipe every week to pack for my son to have at daycare. I’m not 100% consistent, but I make it happen most weekends! I used to love baking, and it’s kinda fallen by the wayside (like many other things in my life) since having T. Some weeks are total fails, like the time I decided to wing it with a baked oatmeal snack cup without a recipe, and you know how baking without a recipe typically turns out. Total gloppy failure. But I’ve also come away with a few favorites, so my ego can handle a few fails every now and then. 😉

I’ll post another time about some of my favorite packaged snacks, since we use those plenty often as well.

The great thing about a lot of these recipes is that I can freeze part of the batch to pull out on a day when I don’t have anything fresh on hand.

Here are some of our recent faves! (more…)