Entrées Recipes

Quick Fix: Mediterranean Pasta Saute

This is a slightly spicy quick dish full of Mediterranean flavors. Done in about 15 minutes! Serve with a side salad for a filling Quick Fix.

Quick Fix: Mediterranean Pasta Saute
Recipe Type: entrée
Author: Cowgirl Beans
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 15 mins
Serves: 1-2
A quick Mediterranean pasta dish using what I had on hand. As with all dishes, the veggies are the star, the pasta a sidenote.
  • Broccoli
  • Mushrooms
  • Green Beans
  • Sliced olives & Sun Dried Tomatoes (maybe 1/4 cup)
  • Spices (garlic salt, red pepper flakes, oregano)
  • Can diced tomatoes
  • Spinach (few handfuls)
  • Pasta (I had about 1/2 cup cooked leftover angel hair)
  1. Saute veggies over medium heat until browned.
  2. Add sliced olives and sun-dried tomatoes with oil.
  3. Add sprinkle of each seasoning, canned tomatoes, spinach.
  4. Stir, taste, add more seasoning if needed. May need a drizzle more of olive oil as well.
  5. Add cooked pasta.
  6. Top with sprinkle of fresh herbs and Nutritional Yeast or grated Brazil Nut “Parm”.



Breads Entrées Recipes

Quick Fix: Roasted Eggplant Penne with Roasted Garlic Ciabatta

Have a jar of pasta sauce, a box of pasta and a loaf of plain crusty bread but want to make it a little more interesting (and veggiefied) tonight? This quick fix will have a tasty dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

Entrées Recipes

Quick Fix: Roasted Veggie Fusilli Bake

This is a quick, one pan pasta dish.  Roast your veggies, dump sauce over them and stir in cooked pasta. In less than an hour you’ll have a bubbly, browned dish, ready for your family or to share with a new mommy (Macaria : ).

Quick Fix: Roasted Veggie Fusilli Bake
Recipe Type: entrée
Author: Cowgirl Beans
Cook time: 45 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 4-6
Quick Pasta Bake, use whichever of the veggies you have on hand Prep: Veggies cleaned & diced, Pasta Boiled
  • Diced eggplant, mushrooms zucchini, and or yellow squash, about 3-4 cups (1 eggplant+2 squash)
  • Olive oil, S&P
  • Whole Wheat Penne or Fusilli pasta
  • Jar of sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Place veggies in olive oil sprayed baking dish (9”), Salt & Pepper
  3. Roast for 20-25 min.or until tender
  4. Prepare pasta al dente (2 min. under cooking time)
  5. Dump drained pasta and sauce into baking dish, stir to coat ( optional: Add mozzarella)
  6. Bake about 15 minutes or until bubbly and browned, yum!


Entrées Recipes

Grilled Vegetable Linguine with Lemon Butter & Parmesan

This is a lovely spring dish, fresh with the tangy lemon juice and flavorful grilled veggies from the market. I didn’t know what a simple hit I had created the first time I threw this together for our supper until we lingered over the table, trying to leave leftovers for lunches the next day. You can certainly use boxed linguine for this recipe, but it is outstanding with fresh, light, pillowy homemade linguine (all you need is a rolling pin and a knife!). We made it again for our couples supper club (kids too) and everyone loved it, no leftovers were to be had.

Entrées Recipes

Pasta of Ill Repute

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca is a quick, spicy pasta made with things from your pantry and is named for Italy’s “Ladies of the Night”; hence the name.

Recipes Soups

Hearty Veggie Minestrone

This is a hearty, delicious soup, full of vitamin A, C, K, fiber, B6, magnesium, folate, and iron! Its warm and comforting, perfect for a snowy afternoon!

Entrées Recipes Reviews

Homemade Semolina Pasta- Easier than you think!

Homemade pasta is easier than you think! We have a pasta roller attachment for our mixer but all you need is a rolling pin and a knife!

Recipes Soups

Chicken Soup with homemade Semolina Noodles

Many times I make this soup after we have had a Roaster for supper and cut most of the meat off. In this case I bought a small fryer chicken just to make this soup for a friend and her family and saved some of the meat for a later meal. It made a huge pot, enough to feed their family of 4 with leftovers and some for our dinner as well.



Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash and Asparagus

Spaghetti Squash is a versatile and healthy alternative to pasta or a yummy side dish. It can be cooked for about 30 minutes to make actual strands and used as pasta or baked a bit longer for a sweeter and more “typical” squash consistency.

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Chicken Tender Parmesan with Arrabbiata Sauce (Nugglets & Sp’ghetti)

This is a quick and healthy weeknight meal. (About 30 minutes start to finish). Big kids like to help make it too- notice AJ-Beans hands in the photos…





  • 1 package whole-grain pasta
  • 1 jar pasta sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 package chicken tenders (or chicken breasts sliced into strips)
  • 1/4-1/3 cup Flour, seasoned with salt & pepper
  • 1/4 cup Egg whites
  • 1/2 cup Whole Wheat Panko (Ian’s brand is really tasty)
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Put a pot of water on to boil for your pasta.
Whip together a quick tomato sauce:

  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • Spices (Sprinkle of Garlic Salt, 2 Pinchs Red Pepper Flakes, Dash of Basil).
  • Handful of spinach
Let simmer at least 20 minutes, tasting and readjusting seasonings as needed.
While it simmers, prepare your chicken:
Dredge the tenders in flour….


Then egg whites…
Then Panko crumbs.
Place triple-dipped nugglets on a oil sprayed broiler pan.
Spray all with olive oil.



Bake about 10-12 minutes or until browned and crunchy, flipping once through if needed (I had to hit broil the last 2 minutes a side).

Dish up pasta with sauce, chicken tenders on side and sprinkle with fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese. Serve with a big green salad…