A Delicious Dinner for Two…

3 Things:

1. We are FINALLY settled in.

2. I have my kitchen BACK!

3. I am making these for our new neighbors (so good, make up a batch today).

Once we finally got settled, all I wanted to do was make Tim and myself a delicious dinner for two.  We spent two hours in Hy-Vee going down all the aisles and getting reacquainted with our favorite grocery store.  We decided on tomato basil flavored chicken, grilled asparagus and Baked Mac and Cheese Cups that I found on my favorite blog, How Sweet It Is.

The best part about this meal, is that if you went to a restaurant and ordered this, it would cost you $40 and we made it for as little as $15.  So good…

Here’s what you’ll need for the Mac and Cheese Cupcakes:

Makes about 12 cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pasta
  • 1/2 cup shredded smoked cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4 zucchini, chopped
  • 1-2 cups whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400.

Boil pasta as the box states. Set aside in a large bowl. Chop tomatoes and zucchini, and season with salt and pepper.

Spray cupcake tins with non-stick spray, and coat with breadcrumbs, shaking any excess off.

In pasta bowl, add provolone and cheddar and combine. Add 2-3 tablespoons pasta mixture to each muffin tin. Place tomatoes and zucchini throughout pasta in each muffin top. Top with a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of parmesan and breadcrumbs.

Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let cool completely, then gently remove with a spoon.

To prepare Asparagus, cut of ends of asparagus.  Sprinkle with steak seasoning and a little olive oil.  Wrap in tin foil and pop on the grill for 10 minutes.

I’m on a new kick – cucumber water.  Do it – it’s tasty!

This meal was the best first meal we could have made in our new home.  It was delicious!

I can’t wait to share all the new recipes and adventures we are going to encounter now that we are settled in our new city!

What’s the best first meal you’ve ever had?

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Comments

  1. oh my gosh, what a great idea!! it’s so cute too :)

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