Vegetarian Pasta Salad

So now that we’ve piqued your interest about ALDI, we’re putting our money where our mouth is! We’ve got an awesome vegetarian pasta salad recipe made with ALDI’s brand name ingredients that will costs you a slim $1.40 per person. You could always add grilled chicken, or salmon or even steak bites to make it a more hearty entree, but this one is yummy as is and tastes so fresh and filling!Vegetarian Pasta Salad

INGREDIENTS all found at ALDI!

½ pound Priano Fusilli or short cut pasta

1 tablespoon + ¼ teaspoon Stonemill Essentials Iodized Salt, divided

1 pound broccoli crowns, cut into bite-sized florets

2 tablespoons Carlini Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 cloves garlic, pressed

2 cups chopped yellow onion

¼ teaspoon Stonemill EssentialsCrushed Red Pepper, plus additional to taste

15.5 ounces Dakota’s PrideGarbanzo Beans (Chick Peas)

½ cup Priano Ricotta Cheese

½ cup Priano Shredded Parmesan Cheese, plus additional to taste

Stonemill Essentials Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  1. Cook the fusilli according to package instructions, adding 1 tablespoon of salt to boiling water. During the last two minutes of cook time, add the broccoli. Before draining, remove 1 cup of cooking water; reserve. Drain fusilli and broccoli.Vegetarian Pasta Salad
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, remaining ¼ teaspoon salt and crushed red pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add chick peas and cook until they begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the ricotta and parmesan cheese with 3 tablespoons of reserved cooking water. Add more water by the tablespoon, as necessary, to create a creamy sauce.Vegetarian Pasta Salad
  4. Return the skillet with chick peas to the stove over medium heat. Add the fusilli and broccoli. Fold in the cheese mixture, stirring gently. Add more reserved water to loosen the mixture, as needed.
  5. Serve with additional parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper and black pepper, to taste.Vegetarian Pasta SaladTIP: If more broccoli is desired, chop ½ of the broccoli stalks into bite-sized pieces, cook along with the florets. The starchy pasta cooking water is the secret to creating the silky sauce, so don’t forget to set aside before draining.

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Burgundy top // High Waisted Denim


It’s that time of year again, time to think about Christmas Cards. We LOVE sending Christmas cards out every year in fact you can see past years here 2015 / 2014 / 2013 / 2012.

One of our favorite ways to send cards has got to be Postable. This site is GENIUS. We use them for everything from birthday cards to thank you cards, but their Holiday ones are a favorite.

Postable is an incredibly unique service that sends out your cards for youuuuuuu. The Holidays just got a whole lot easier for you right?! postable-com-2

Here are some fan favorites for you to check out!

Winter Floral Joy / Laurel / Merry Christmas Script / Holiday Stripes / Simple & Merry / Bright Spirits / Happiest Holiday Wreath


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Holiday Gift Guide: Boys

Happy Thanksgiving week…we are so excited it’s here! We definitely aren’t skipping over Turkey Day because it’s such a favorite to enjoy with family in gratitude. But if you’re anything like us it’s time to get holiday shopping, too and we love to make it easy for you! First up in our Holiday Gift Guide is, gifts for boys!boys

Compass Crate // We are ABSOLUTELY obsessed with these fun adventure boxes and know your boys will be too. Whether it’s learning about gems, plants or the seasons, there is something for everyone to enjoy (your girls too!)

Hot Wheels Play Tape Track // Race your Hot Wheels cars everywhere with innovative, new Hot Wheels Play Tape Track! Instantly create an imaginative racetrack anytime, anywhere. And BONUS only $3.99!

Discovery Space Center // This was on our gift guide last year and it’s on it again this year! We love this beautiful wooden space center that will provide hours of play and yet still be beautiful in your kid’s room.

Micro Mini Scooter // You might think it’s crazy to pay this much for  scooter but trust us when we say these things are indestructible. Some of our kids even enjoy their scooters over bikes and they’ve lasted for YEARS! Easy to ride, these are the BEST scooter on the market.

Lego White House // Politics are kindaaaa messy right now, so let’s get positive about it and build the White House! We love this innovative cool Lego set that also gives us a teaching opportunity!

Cozmo Robot // Your boys will freak for this interactive robot they can literally talk to! A built in play mate, we think that’s wroth it’s weight in gold!

LED High Top // We know, we know, you’d never be caught DEAD putting your kids in light up shoes…but gone are the days of the old school ones. These new LED ones are all the range, affordable and will be a hit! We’ve been seeing them all over Disneyland on whole families at night and think it’s such a cute idea!

Tegu Magnets // We’ve been huge fans of Tegu for a long time because well they last a LONG time. These durable, high quality, wood magnets are a grade above anything else on the market. They provide hours of fun, creative and quiet play. This set was also on our gift guide last year and graces it again this year because they’re just so good.

Have any suggestions for what to give YOUR boys? Leave a comment!


FryDAY – J


Okay so I’ve been on a budget. It’s been AWESOME. I used to think budgets were only for if you financially struggle, but the truth is we ALL financially struggle whether you have any expendable income or not. Our family needed serious reform and discipline as we save for big things in our future and we were spending way too much on frivolous things. We’ve cut our spending in HALF the last two months and it doesn’t even feel too hard. Just being aware of it has been truly life changing. What would you say are your biggest budget tips? I’d love to hear them in the comments because we are still trying to improve!

One thing I’ve started doing is going through all my clothes and selling them on a cool app called PoshMark. I made $800 on things I haven’t worn in months and it feels so good to purge! I still have way more to do but you can follow me there @jennaskitchen if you’d like!

With that money I decided to take half and buy a couple new pieces for winter.



I’ve been obsessing over all of these ripple stitch sweaters and dresses ASOS put out. They’re so comfortable, cozy and flattering.

I posted a little sneak peak of the dress I’ll be wearing for Holiday pictures and I’ve got to share the love cause it’s perfect for your Holiday parties and when I woke up this morning found out IT’S ON SALE. Do size up though. It’s probably best I get these pumps to complete the look right?!

I’ve also been telling people all over the Internet to buy this sweater. Every color is divine but the red is specifically incredible for the upcoming Holiday season!

I’m putting these sneakers and on my Holiday wish list.


We just got back from 5 days in Costa Rica! I won the trip for the work I do with The Daily Essential Co and it was SUCH a treat. I am seriously obsessed with CR, I have never been to Central America so it was a unique experience. Andrew and I celebrated 11 years married too so it was a fun time to get away and adventure. Traveling is our all time favorite thing to do together. We zip lined, horse back rode in the jungle, dipped in natural hot springs and jet skied in the ocean. I feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful rejuvenating time!


Here are some looks I wore for the trip, all of it I’ve owned and loved for a while:


On Emily’s recommendation I read “What Alice Forgot.” More like I listened to it, I love Audible. Super easy listen and a good lesson book.


I am obsessing over the new Aura picture frame. This thing is seriously legit and my dream come true. For so long I feel like all my pics were floating around in outer space and now I get to have them in one unique space – I seriously love it. This would be the perfect Christmas gift and the frame is stunning.

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