Bacon and Spinach Pasta with Parmesan


Sometimes, I try new things. Sometimes, I listen to people describing how delicious something is and I believe them. Sometimes I put a lot of work into making something that turns out to be not really that good. Tonight was one of those times.

Spinach is not my favorite green (kale currently holds that spot). There is something... off... about the taste that reminds me of musty basements. But, every once in a while I forget this, or I decide to give it another try. In that light, this recipe isn't bad. If you like bacon and spinach, then this recipe is great!

I was intrigued by using chicken stock to make the pasta, but it was great and left a wonderful sauce. I might try this again with kale. I might also try making the bacon a bit crispier, to increase the bacon flavor.

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Chili Mac


It's not all epic concoctions here. Sometimes, I'm in the mood for something bad for me. But, even the bad food has good things to know.

Mac and Cheese was a special occasion growing up. I don't know if they put crack in it, but there is something about the classic blue box that tastes nostalgically better than all other Mac and Cheese.

But, eating just a box (or two) of Mac and Cheese just isn't enough adulting for my taste. So, tonight, I spiced it up a bit with some spicy beef.

A good spice blend can be applied to a lot of things. So it is with this one, which works well in Chili Mac, tacos, burritos, and goes well with chicken or beef.

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Classic Lasagna


About a month ago, someone put the idea of a "breakfast lasagna" in my head. It turned out not to be what I thought, but I tried it anyway. I took scrambled eggs, onions, green peppers, cheese, and bacon, layered it all with lasagna noodles, and served it with sour cream. It was not terrible, but I used way too much onion by far, so it was also not very good, and I will have to revisit it...

But, I used only half of the lasagna noodles I bought, so I decided to make a classic lasagna like Grandma used to make (for Christmas, I swear, we had Christmas lasagna. I love you, Grandma).

A classic lasagna is only barely more difficult than Spaghetti Bolognese. It takes all the same ingredients, adds some cheese, and bakes it like a cassarole.

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Garlic Parmesan Kale Pasta


Before tonight, I had never had kale. Of all the greens I've had (which are lettuce and spinach and now kale), I think I like kale the most.

Kale is annoying to prep, though. First you have to remove it from the stalk. Then, for this recipe, you need to cut the larger chunks into strips. For 1 lb. of kale, this took about 15 minutes. In the future, it might be easier to cut the strips while the kale is on the stalk.

This is yet another Budget Bytes recipe. I really like these recipes, because they aren't overly complicated, and especially aren't overly expensive.

In order to make this more of a meal, I added 1 lb. of ground turkey. I'm not sure it was necessary, as the end result was 4 meal-sized servings. But, some extra protein never hurt nobody.

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