Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad is a colorful, flavor packed salad recipe that is perfect for the summertime. It’s easy, incredibly healthy, and tastes delicious!

Serve it with burgers, baked chicken breasts or pork chops. Broccoli cauliflower salad has a nutty, refreshing flavor that everyone will absolutely love!

A close up of broccoli cauliflower salad full of bacon with serving spoons.

Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Ingredients

It’s easy to find ingredients for this broccoli cauliflower salad recipe year round. I love a delicious honey mustard dressing for this recipe. Here’s your shopping list:

  • VEGETABLES:
    • Broccoli & Cauliflower: I leave these raw to give a good crisp crunch. You can roast them if you’d prefer.
    • Remember that raw cauliflower is extra crunchy so try to cut the pieces fairly small so it’s easy to eat. (Is there anything worse than trying to stuff your mouth full of a mammoth chunk of raw vegetable while holding a conversation?!)
  • DRESSING
    • Olive oil & Mayonnaise create a creamy base
    • Honey adds sweetness and rounds out the dressing.
    • Dijon mustard adds tang, I prefer a grainy dijon (which almost any grocery store will have). If you’re using a honey dijon, you might like to cut back on the honey in the dressing.
  • FLAVORS
    • Slivered almonds are best if toasted. Place them in a dry pan over stirring over medium-low heat for about 5-7 minutes or until fragrant.
    • Bacon, do I really need to say more? Adds salty, smokey, delicious flavor! Save a little bit for garnish as well!

You can certainly leave out the bacon if you wish, or substitute chopped walnuts or pecans for the slivered almonds, any of which are an amazing addition to your broccoli and cauliflower salad.

Broccoli cauliflower salad ingredients in a clear mixing bowl with dressing and bacon next to it.

How to Make Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

For the most part just chopping and dicing are involved in making raw broccoli and cauliflower salad. Unlike a our other Cauliflower Salad Recipe, this dish doesn’t require cooking the cauliflower. Here’s the process:

  1. Fry the bacon to a crisp, drain, and crumble. (If you’d prefer, you can use bacon bits but cooking your own bacon is best)
  2. Break and chop the broccoli and cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Remove the toughest peels from the broccoli stem and use the soft interior too.
  3. In the bottom of the salad bowl, or in a separate bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients.
  4. Add the salad ingredients and toss to combine.

For best results, I recommend you toss with the dressing and let sit before serving. It will help the flavors blend and the ingredients to meld, especially if you make it in advance.

Dressing being poured over broccoli cauliflower salad in a clear mixing bowl.

How Long Does Broccoli Cauliflower Salad Last?

Broccoli and cauliflower bacon salad will hold up in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in a tightly covered dish or container. It’s a great side dish to make in advance. Even dressed when it’s dressed, broccoli and cauliflower salad doesn’t get soggy. In fact, you may find the flavors develop even more.

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Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Broccoli cauliflower salad is a colorful, flavor packed salad recipe that is perfect for the summertime. It’s easy, incredibly healthy, and tastes delicious!

  • 4 cups broccoli (chopped)
  • 4 cups cauliflower (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup red onion (diced)
  • 6 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (or one clove garlic, minced)
  • salt and pepper
  1. Wash broccoli and cauliflower florets and cut into bite sized pieces.
  2. Place all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. Add all ingredients to a large bowl and toss with dressing.

Broccoli cauliflower salad in a clear bowl with the dressing being poured over. The bottom photo shows a top view of the salad assembled in a clear bowl.

 

Delicious Cauliflower Salad with a Crunch!

Cauliflower Salad is a deliciously crispy, crunchy, vegetable salad fully loaded! Tender roasted cauliflower is mixed with bacon and cheddar in a flavorful creamy dressing!

This easy salad is the perfect potluck dish and goes great with your summertime favorites from burgers to grilled chicken or even pulled pork!

Potato Salad Reimagined

Nothing reminds us of fond childhood flavors like a classic potato salad, a summer time staple! Move over potato salad, this roasted cauliflower salad is our new (low carb) favorite side dish! This recipe can be made with raw cauliflower but we love the extra layer of flavor from roasting!

Instead of the same ol’ salads (which you know someone else is already bringing) take this beauty of a salad to your next potluck at work or church. Believe me, a cold cauliflower salad will earn you serious props with everyone!

How to Prepare Cauliflower

To Cut Cauliflower

  • One regular sized head of cauliflower makes about 8 cups of chopped cauliflower pieces. Don’t cut it too small but just enough to compliment the other ingredients. A really beautiful cauliflower bacon salad will taste just as good as it looks, lots of contrast, color, and flavor!
  • Remove the outer lower leaves and pull off any loose stem pieces, the florets will naturally fall apart. At this point you can cut them as large or small as you please, making sure to keep the pieces uniform in size.

How to Roast Cauliflower

  • When roasting your cauliflower drizzle with olive oil and season before putting into a preheated oven! Let them roast in a shallow pan for about 15-20 minutes until the pieces are tender to the bite. Go ahead, sample a few! Put the remaining cauliflower in a bowl and place in the fridge to cool while you assemble the rest of the recipe.

How to Make Cauliflower Salad

While the cauliflower is cooling in the fridge

  1. Start by frying, cooling and crumbling the bacon.
  2. Slice and dice your vegetables and mix with the cheddar cheese.
  3. For the dressing, whisk together all ingredients until fully incorporated.

Now it’s time to assemble! Stir the cooled cauliflower with the other ingredients and gently toss with the dressing. Feeling creative? Try adding your favourite mix-ins!

  • VEGGIES: Try adding broccoli or even shredded carrots for an additional crunch!
  • CHEESE: Don’t have sharp cheddar cheese on hand? No worries, add in your favorite cheese or whatever you have on hand!

This keto cauliflower potato salad is best served super cold, so if you can make it a few hours in advance or even the day before, I highly recommend it!

More Delicious Salads

Cauliflower Salad

Cauliflower Salad is such a crispy, crunchy, healthy vegetable salad! Best served extra cold!

  • 1 head cauliflower (about 8 cups)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/2 cup radishes (sliced)
  • 1/2 cup celery (diced)
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 green onions (sliced)
  • 4 slices bacon (cooked and crumbled)

Dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons sweet relish
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (or dijon mustard)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Toss cauliflower with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast 15-20 minutes or until tender crisp. Set aside to cool completely.

  3. Whisk all dressing ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Place cooled cauliflower in a large bowl along with remaining ingredients. Toss with dressing.
  5. Chill at least 2 hours before serving.

Two photos of Cauliflower salad in white bowls.

Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp Stir Fry is a quick and healthy meal that everyone loves!  Loads of ginger and garlic, fresh veggies and juicy shrimp are tossed in a simple delicious stir fry sauce.

Prep your veggies ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal. Serve this stir fry over a bowl of fluffy rice or your favorite noodles (or even Cauliflower Rice for a great low carb option)!

An overhead shot of shrimp stir fry on a bed of rice on a white plate.

Easy Take Out at Home

Everyone loves a healthy stir fry including this easy shrimp recipe! Nearly every stir fry recipe can be changed based on what you have on hand!

To make prep faster, check the produce area in your grocery store, many stores carry fresh chopped stir fry veggies.

  • Vegetables: Use whatever vegetables you have on hand. Remember to cook harder veggies (like carrots) a little bit before adding the softer veggies (peppers & mushrooms).
  • Protein: Add extra protein for a chicken and shrimp stir fry or go light on the protein and make a healthy and crunchy shrimp and broccoli stir fry!
  • Flavor: How spicy do you want it? This easy recipe even makes the best shrimp stir fry sauce that you can spice up any way you want to! A dash of chili flakes or sriracha adds a bit of heat.

It’s so easy to toss together, just a bag of frozen shrimp and mixed vegetables and dinner is ready in no time at all!

A frying pan full of shrimp stir fry surrounded by rice, sesame seeds, and ginger.

How to Cook Frozen Shrimp

You can buy precooked frozen shrimp, but I prefer raw for this recipe and they literally take minutes to cook.  Whether it’s precooked or raw, take it out of the freezer and place it in a bowl in the fridge so it thaws naturally or run under icy cold water (not warm) just before cooking. Putting frozen shrimp in the microwave to defrost is not recommended.

How to Devein Shrimp: If you are using fresh, raw shrimp, deveining them is a cinch. Most shrimp is already scored across the back spine so all you have to do is separate the shells, grab by the legs and gently pull the shell off. Take the tip of paring knife and gently lift up the black intestine, it should come out in one piece. Rinse and set aside.

Some people think leaving the pink tail on is more attractive, but I’d remove it if you are serving shrimp stir fry to kids. It just makes the stir fry easier to eat.

Shrimp stir fry ingredients like raw shrimp, veggies, ginger, and garlic.

How to Make Shrimp Stir Fry

Truly one of the easiest meals ever! We prep the veggies ahead and can make this stir fry recipe faster than the rice cooks!

  1. Prepare the sauce first and set aside.
  2. Gently saute shrimp until they just turn pink. They’ll cook a little bit more when combined with the sauce so be sure not to overcook them. Remove and set aside.
  3. Stir Fry the veggies (I chose broccoli and peppers but you can use whatever veggies you want).
  4. Add the shrimp and sauce and cook a few minutes until bubbly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Voila, it’s that easy!

A close up of shrimp stir fry full of shrimp, peas, peppers, and broccoli.

What to Serve with Stir Fry

  • Top with sesame seeds, green onions, cilantro
  • Serve over rice or noodles
  • Serve with Fried Rice

If you have leftovers, chop them up and make an easy fried rice the next day!

Our Favorite Stir Fry Recipes

Shrimp Stir Fry

Shrimp stir fry is an easy weeknight meal filled with fresh veggies and tender shrimp.

  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 4 cups mixed vegetables (I used peppers and broccoli)
  • 3/4 pound shrimp (peeled & deveined)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • green onion and sesame seeds for garnish (optional)

Sauce

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  1. Whisk together sauce ingredients and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil over medium heat in a wok or frying pan. Add shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook just until shrimp turns pink, about 2-3 minutes. Remove shrimp from the pan and set aside.

  3. Heat remaining 2 teaspoons vegetable oil over medium high heat. Add the vegetables and cook until tender crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook 30 seconds more.
  4. Stir in shrimp and sauce cook over medium high 1-2 minutes or until sauce has thickened.
  5. Serve over rice and garnish as desired.

Shrimp Stir Fry is a quick and healthy 30 minute meal that everyone loves!  Loads of ginger and garlic, fresh veggies and juicy shrimp are tossed in a simple delicious stir fry sauce. #spendwithpennies #shrimpstirfry #stirfryrecipe #chinesefood #copycatrecipe

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup is a bowl full of comfort! Thick, cheesy, and addictive, this delicious soup simmers all day in the crock-pot and is ready to eat when you are, with just a few finishing touches.

This rich velvety soup is loaded with broccoli and lots of cheese for the perfect slow cooker soup recipe! It’s creamy, dreamy, delicious!

Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup in a bowl ready with a soup spoon

While I do love a good quick Broccoli Cheese Soup, making Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup can be a real lifesaver on those busy family days when everyone is coming and going! The crockpot is the real hero in this broccoli and cheese soup recipe because you just set it and forget it! In fact, why not put it together before work and come home to a healthy, filling dinner that everyone will love! Better yet, only one pot to wash!

How to Make Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

  • BROCCOLI: Be sure to properly prep the broccoli by removing the fibrous outer skin and chop into uniform pieces. Place in the crock pot and onions and chicken stock. Make sure there is enough stock to completely cover the broccoli because this will be the base.
  • COOK: Cover the crockpot and cook (on low or high) until the broccoli is tender. Add evaporated milk 30-60 minutes before serving.
  • BLEND: You can leave it chunky or puree it with a hand blender until it is smooth. Personally, I like to take some of the broccoli out and chop it, puree the remainder using a hand blender and then add the chopped broccoli back in!
  • CHEESE: Add the cheese just before serving. Dairy (including cheese) can break down and separate if cooked too long or too hot (the exception to this rule is Velveeta, it can be added a bit sooner to melt).
  • ADD-INS: This soup is versatile. We sometimes add in some chunks of processed cheese (Velveeta), a half the jar of Alfredo sauce or a few spoonfuls of pesto. Top it with bacon, add in some garlic or serve it with croutons!

A crock pot filled with broccoli and vegetables ready to make slow cooker broccoli cheese soup

Add some diced potatoes for a heartier broccoli potato cheese soup. Or leave the recipe as is and enjoy it as a low carb broccoli cheese soup! Great for a potluck!

Rich and Creamy

When pureeing the soup, remember not to put hot soup in a blender with a lid!  I used an immersion blender (hand blender) in the slow cooker.  The addition of alfredo (I used light) makes this soup extra rich and creamy!

What to Serve with Broccoli Cheese Soup?

Broccoli and cheese soup is rich, so pair it with simple sides like a crisp salad or coleslaw, some fresh fruit, or some crusty bread and croutons. Let the soup be the star of the show!

Better with Bread: This soup is terrific when served in homemade bread bowls, or with homemade buttermilk biscuits or dinner rolls on the side. It’s even better the next day!

You can freeze Broccoli Cheese Soup!  Ladle portions into Ziploc bags, label, and lay flat so when they freeze, they will stack easily and save space!

This soup is low carb so it’s a great recipe to add into your regular rotation! It’s tough to find a good broccoli cheese soup without Velveeta so don’t forget to bookmark or pin this recipe to save it!

Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup

Thick, cheesy, and addictive, this delicious soup simmers all day in the crock-pot and is ready to eat when you are, with just a few finishing touches.

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 4 cups chicken broth (or stock)
  • 6 cups fresh broccoli (about 2 heads)
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 12 oz evaporated milk
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2/3 cup fresh Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  1. Heat butter in a small pan over medium heat. Cook onion and celery until tender, about 3 minutes. 

  2. Wash and chop the broccoli and place in the slow cooker. Add cooked onion, garlic powder, bay leaf, chicken broth, cream cheese and salt & pepper to taste.

  3. Cook on low 6-7 hours (or high 3-4 hours) or until broccoli is tender. Add evaporated milk and cook 30-60 minutes more. Discard bay leaf.

  4. Remove one cup of broccoli and coarsely chop. Puree remaining soup using a hand blender. (You can puree a bit to break up the broccoli or until completely smooth depending on preference).

  5. Add chopped broccoli back into the soup. Stir in all of the cheeses until melted.

  6. Garnish with additional shredded cheeses, or 1/2 tsp of pesto sauce.

For a thicker soup, create a cornstarch slurry by combining 2 tablespoons water with 2 tablespoons cornstarch. Add a little at a time to reach desired consistency. Allow to cook an additional 10 minutes.

 

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Roasted Broccoli

This Roasted Broccoli recipe is so easy to prepare. Most home chefs steam or stir-fry broccoli but oven roasted broccoli makes it perfectly tender-crisp and just barely browned on the outside adding a new dimension of flavor.

It’s a perfect side dish to serve with a homemade lasagna, pasta, or meatloaf or even alongside Oven Baked Chicken Breasts!

Roasted broccoli in a fret serving bowl topped with parmesan cheese.

Roasted Broccoli is a favorite side dish recipe and it’s easy to make! While I love steamed broccoli for adding to recipes like Chicken Lasagna, roasted broccoli can stand on its own!

How to Roast Broccoli

To make roasted broccoli:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Wash and dry broccoli thoroughly, then cut into uniform pieces.
  3. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper (or whatever seasoning you prefer, seasoned salt is delicious too.)
  4. Bake for 10 minutes and then flip pieces over and bake another 5-10 minutes or until broccoli is golden brown and crispy!

How Long to Roast Broccoli

As long as the pieces are uniform, roasting broccoli shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes if the oven is already preheated and ready to go.

If you’re cooking another dish in the oven, roasted broccoli temperature is pretty versatile. Keep in mind that a higher temp gives more brown bits = more flavor. Of course I have had success roasting it slightly longer at a lower temperature while a dish like million dollar spaghetti casserole is baking!

A baking sheet of roasted broccoli topped with parmesan cheese.

Tips for Roasted Broccoli

  • Keep It Dry: If your broccoli is wet (from washing) it will steam instead of roasting. Make sure it’s very dry before you roast (I even wash the day before or when I bring groceries home if I know I’ll be roasting it).
  • High Heat: Having the oven at a high temperature helps caramelize the broccoli making for the best flavor!
  • Season Well: Add olive oil and seasonings before cooking. I like the simplicity of salt & pepper but add in your favorite spice mixes to make it your own!
  • Cheese Please: Few things go with broccoli better than cheese! We add a sprinkle of parmesan (but any finely shredded cheese will work) and broil it for about 1 minute before serving.

Can You Roast Frozen Broccoli

Yes BUT… it may not crisp quite the same way (fresh really works best in this recipe)! Be sure that the broccoli is fully thawed and pat dry with a paper towel so it doesn’t get mushy in the oven. Roasted frozen broccoli cooks best when all the pieces are uniform in size and you can buy them already cut in boxes or bags in the freezer section of your local supermarket.

An overhead shot of roasted broccoli in a serving bowl.

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Roasted broccoli and cauliflower is a healthy alternative to potatoes, and kids really like the colorful mix of green and white! So why not get creative with seasonings and spices and get roasting! Garlic roasted broccoli is super delicious with a sprinkle of garlic powder!

Roasted Broccoli

This roasted broccoli recipe is so easy to prepare. 

  • 1 head broccoli
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. 

  2. Chop broccoli into bite sized florets. 

  3. Place broccoli florets on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.

  4. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until broccoli is tender crisp. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, if desired.

This oven roasted broccoli is an easy side dish recipe that everyone loves. It's healthy, and goes with many main dishes! #spendwithpennies #broccoli #roastedbroccoli #roastbroccoli #easybroccoli #broccolirecipes
This oven roasted broccoli is an easy side dish recipe that everyone loves. It's healthy, and goes with many main dishes! #spendwithpennies #broccoli #roastedbroccoli #roastbroccoli #easybroccoli #broccolirecipes

Fresh Pasta Primavera!

Delicious pasta primavera on a green plate with a gold fork

Pasta Primavera: This pasta primavera is the best! It is so easy to make and is loaded with fresh vegetables in a parmesan sauce.

Cheese tortellini is used in place of traditional primavera pasta choices as they’re the perfect accompaniment with a rainbow of veggies.

Delicious pasta primavera on a green plate with a gold fork

This pasta primavera recipe is an easy one pot dish, as the pasta is cooked in the same skillet you cook the rest of the meal in. I love skillet dishes, like this skillet teriyaki chicken. Just like orange chicken, this pasta primavera is quick, simple, and absolutely delicious.

We are obsessed with tortellini over here. This Greek Tortellini Salad is like this Greek Cucumber Salad, but with delicious tortellini. I think tortellini makes everything better, which is why I love adding it to pasta primavera.

Cheese pillows are how I describe tortellini to my kiddos. They get so excited about this creamy pasta primavera bulked up with warm vegetables and parmesan cheese. The taste delights them, the beautiful veggies delight me, and remind me of Spring.

But don’t worry, it is hearty and filling enough for the cold winter, but light and fresh enough for the heat of summer. This dish is so yummy you won’t want to wait until the equinoccio de primavera as they say in Italian. You ‘ll eat this all year round.

Pasta primavera with a white and green napkin and parmesan chunks

What Does Pasta Primavera Mean?

Let’s get a little 🎵linguistical, linguistical 🎵.  In Italian, “primavera” means spring. Literally it means the first “prima” green “vera.” Throw a little pasta in the mix and you’ve got the first greens and pasta.  A spring like pasta.

What is Pasta Primavera Sauce?

Every cook has their opinion about what should go into a pasta primavera sauce.  Some are purists and like to keep things to only spring veggies like broccoli and peas, others don’t mind adding in tomatoes or zucchini. Some think it should be angel hair pasta used, some say it’s not that important.

What it boils down to is there’s a load of veggies, a cream and butter based sauce with your favorite hard cheese–parmesan– and spices. As long as it’s a delicious and it’s a good primavera pasta recipe.

A green plate with pasta primavera and a gold fork

What Vegetables are in Pasta Primavera?

Commonly you’ll find broccoli, bell peppers, summer squash, peas and carrots. But the list doesn’t stop there. Add in any other veggie that you enjoy and make it your own!

I love my pasta primavera to be vegetarian, but one of the wonderful things about this recipe is you can easily add whatever protein you want.

Adding a little protein to this primavera pasta balances it out nicely.  We enjoy pasta primavera with chicken or shrimp. To make pasta primavera with shrimp, just add the shrimp to the skillet right from frozen! It cooks quickly.

This pasta is excellent served with cheesy garlic breadsticks and a Classic Wedge Salad or Easy Kale Salad.

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Pasta Primavera

Delicious pasta primavera filled with spring vegetables and a parmesan cream sauce. Made in a single skillet!

  • 16 ounces cheese tortellini (cooked)
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup zucchini (sliced)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup asparagus (trimmed)
  • 1/2 cup red pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 cup carrots (diced)
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 Tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup petite peas
  • 1/2 cup snow peas
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pre-made cheese tortellini according to package directions and set aside. 

  2. In a large skillet add butter, and melt over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for a minute.

  3. Add zucchini and water.  Stir it all together, let cook for 1 minute. 

  4. Add broccoli, asparagus, red pepper, and carrots, and cover, and steam for 3-4 minutes. 

  5. When veggies are cooked, and tender, but still crisp, remove the lid and add chicken stock, and heavy cream.  Leave on the heat.

  6. Make a slurry by combining one tbsp of cornstarch with some of the liquid from the pan. Add the liquid to the corn starch in a small bowl, and mix together. 

  7. Pour slurry into skillet, and add the two kinds of peas. Add parmesan, and stir it all up. 

  8. Add your pre-cooked cheese tortellini, and stir it all together. Leave on heat until sauce reaches your desired thickness, about a minute.  Serve immediately. 

 

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This pasta primavera is a delicious and simple one skillet dish that combines cheese tortellini, a rainbow of veggies and a delicious parmesan sauce. #spendwithpennies #pastaprimavera #easyrecipe #easypastarecipe #pasta #cheesetortellini #onepanmeal #easyskilletrecipe #withveggies

The BEST Chicken Lasagna Recipe

This chicken lasagna recipe is one of our favorite comfort foods. Tender chicken is layered with veggies, cheese, and lasagna noodles in a rich creamy alfredo inspired sauce. Serve it alongside a caesar salad and garlic bread for a comfort meal that’s perfect for any time of the year!

Having simple dinner recipes that I can make during the week and that reheat well to make a few meals is a complete game changer. Cue, this chicken alfredo lasagna recipe!

A slice of cheesy chicken lasagna on a white plate topped with fresh parsley.

Chicken Lasagna Alfredo

I love using leftover roast chicken for this recipe, but poached chicken, grilled chicken breasts, or even store bought rotisserie chicken work great in a pinch. If you have leftover frozen turkey, that is a great substitution too!

Making the sauce homemade alfredo style sauce adds so much flavor to this white lasagna recipe. It makes it so creamy, dreamy, and delicious!

Chicken lasagna being layered with chicken and veggies in a baking dish.

How To Make Chicken Lasagna

Lasagna has a few steps but this dish is worth every second! To make this chicken lasagna recipe:

  • Make the cheesy cream sauce
  • Combine cottage cheese, parsley, eggs, and spinach for the cheese layer
  • Layer noodles, sauce, cheese, vegetables, and chicken, end with a noodles and sauce layer
  • Bake for 40 minutes covered
  • Uncovered, top with cheese, and bake for an additional 20 minutes

When you layer lasagna, the trick is to keep things as even as possible throughout the dish to ensure even baking. The lasagna noodles should be cooked al dente as they’ll cook a little bit longer in the oven.

A slice of white chicken lasagna on a white plate ready to eat.

What Temp To Bake Lasagna

I bake this chicken lasagna at 350°F for about 60 minutes in total. Adding the cheese towards the end of baking ensure it doesn’t fall into the rest of the dish or overcook and crisps up nicely.

If you notice the cheese isn’t as browned and bubbly as you’d like, turn the oven to broil right before you remove the chicken lasagna from the oven.

Alternatively if the topping is done to your liking and you still have some cooking time left, cover the lasagna with foil to prevent further browning while it finishes off.

A cheesy white lasagna fresh from the oven in a casserole dish.

As with all Lasagna recipes, make sure you let this casserole sit at least 10-15 minutes before cutting. This gives it a chance to set up.

Serve this lasagna alongside a fresh kale salad for the perfect meal!

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Chicken Lasagna

A delicious chicken lasagna with a creamy cheese sauce is a family favorite!

  • 12 lasagna noodles (cooked and cooled)
  • 4 cups cooked chicken
  • 3 cups vegetables (cooked and cooled)
  • 10 oz frozen chopped spinach (defrosted and squeezed dry)
  • 2 cups cottage cheese (or ricotta cheese)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 4 cups mozzarella (divided)
  • 2/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese (divided)

Sauce

  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon oregano

Sauce

  1. To make the sauce, melt butter, onion and garlic over medium low heat. Cook until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to low. Combine milk and broth. Add a small amount at a time whisking to thicken. The mixture will become very thick, continue adding a little bit of liquid at a time whisking until smooth.

    Once all of the liquid has been added, stir in cream cheese until melted.

  3. Remove from heat and add in 1/3 cup parmesan and 1 cup mozzarella cheese.

Assembly

  1. Combine cottage cheese, eggs, parsley and spinach. Set aside.

  2. In a 9×13 pan, layer 4 noodles, sauce, cooked vegetables and half of the chicken. Sprinkle with 1/2 mozza, 1/4 cup parmesan and 1/3 of the sauce.

  3. Add another layer of noodles, chicken, cottage cheese mixture, sauce.  Top with noodles and sauce. Cover and bake 40 minutes.

  4. Uncover, top with cheese and bake 20-30 minutes more.

For cooked vegetables I use steamed broccoli and carrots. Any combination of veggies works in this recipe, mushrooms, asparagus, bell peppers or zucchini are great choices.

 

Our Favorite Skinny Soup Recipe!

Vegetable soup

This Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe is one of our favorites! As you would expect in a vegetable soup recipe, this is completely loaded with fresh veggies and flavor.  It’s naturally low in fat and calories it’s the perfect lunch, snack or starter!

While we eat it as a starter or lunch, to make this more of a main dish for dinner, we often add our favorite proteins (like leftover turkey or chicken) and some grains such as Quinoa or brown rice.

Vegetable soup in bowl with silver ladle

  Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe

Vegetable soup is delicious, healthy and filling!  It’s easy to make and perfect for lunch or afternoon snack.

It’s bright, colorful and loaded with all kinds of vegetables (and you can easily sub in whatever veggies you like or have on hand).

Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe in bowl

A Zero Point Weight Watchers Meal

Of course, this soup isn’t the magic weight loss secret but if you’re trying to cut calories this is perfect to have in your fridge ready to enjoy when you need a snack or a quick meal!

Vegetable soup is not only loaded with flavor, it fills your belly and is naturally low in calories and fat.

When we are trying to cut back (usually in January after the holidays) we enjoy a small bowl of this vegetable soup before each meal.  (And if you follow Weight Watchers, this is a 0 point soup…  a freebie and it’s 21 day fix approved) or I use it as a snack to tide me over until dinner.

I love cabbage in this soup, it adds bulk and fills your belly. If you’re not a fan of cabbage, you can most certainly substitute kale or spinach. Keep in mind that kale will add more bulk and spinach will shrink down quite a bit.

Close up on veggie soup bowl

Making This Veggie Soup a Main Course

If you want to make this into a main course, you can add leftover chicken or turkey or even ground turkey along with cooked brown rice, quinoa or even whole wheat noodles.

Add in any veggie you like.  I sometimes make this to use up vegetables in the fridge and if you happen to have roasted veggies, they add an amazing flavor too.

It’s very versatile and you can swap or add any veggie to make this to your liking or swap beef broth for chicken.

Vegetable soup in ziploc bags

How to Add More Flavor to Vegetable Soup

We love this vegetable soup and it’s very flavorful!  We season with our favorite herbs or add Italian Seasoning but you can add whatever you’d like! Here are a few additions to change the flavor:

  • replace canned tomatoes with spicy canned tomatoes
  • add a few dashes of hot sauce
  • fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro
  • parmesan cheese (or a cheese rind while cooking)
  • a very small amount of balsamic vinegar
  • tomato paste or bouillion
  • a splash of wine

How to Freeze Vegetable Soup

This vegetable soup recipe is great because it can be made on the weekend to enjoy throughout the week and it freezes well. I spoon it into single servings and portion it into freezer bags.

They’re easy to take out for a quick meal or snack and perfect to heat up for a quick meal on the go. If you’re looking for something quick and healthy you’ll love this easy veggie soup recipe!

Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe

This Weight Loss Vegetable Soup Recipe is one of our favorites! Completely loaded with veggies and flavor and naturally low in fat and calories it’s the perfect lunch, snack or starter!

  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 4 cups chopped cabbage (approx. 1/4 head of cabbage)
  • 1 cup green beans (1″ pieces)
  • 2 whole bell peppers (chopped)
  • 1 can (28 oz low sodium diced tomatoes)
  • 6 cups low sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon each thyme & basil
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 2 cups sliced zucchini
  1. In a large pot cook onion & garlic over medium heat until slightly softened.
  2. Add carrots, cabbage & green beans and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in bell peppers, undrained tomatoes, broth, tomato paste, bay leaves and seasonings. Simmer 6-7 minutes.
  4. Add in zucchini & broccoli. Simmer an additional 5 minutes or until softened.
  5. Remove bay leaves before serving.

This is NOT medical advice. This recipe is provided for informational purposes and enjoyment only.  Eating this soup doesn’t guarantee weight loss.  Before starting any weight loss program, be sure to consult your doctor.

NOTE: Nutritional information auto-generated and is based on the quantities, amounts, and brands of products I used in this recipe.  Actual amounts may vary based on your preparation and products used.  Informational purposes only, this is not medical information or advice.

How to Steam Broccoli

How to Steam Broccoli – Steamed Broccoli is a simple side served with butter and salt or the perfect addition to recipes like an easy, cheesy broccoli casserole.

It only takes a couple of minutes to make steamed broccoli! Fresh broccoli has great texture and flavor compared to buying frozen so it’s always my choice when cooking broccoli.

A basket of steamed broccoli How to Steam Broccoli

How to Steam Broccoli

Broccoli is a super nutritious vegetable option and an amazing addition to just about any dish! Certain recipes such as Broccoli Rice Casserole require the broccoli to be lightly steamed before adding to the recipe.

Steamed broccoli is deliciously tender crisp without being mushy making it the perfect addition to recipes or the perfect side dish with cheese sauce! Steaming vegetables helps preserve the nutrients.

Steamed Broccoli Made Easy

Steaming broccoli can be hit or miss for many people, as it is so easy to under or over cook it.  

To steam broccoli on the stove top, start by adding a couple of inches of water in the bottom of  a pot. Place a steamer basket (or a strainer or colander that fits on top of your pot) add the broccoli. Bring to a boil and cover to allow the steam to build up.

If you’ve never used a steamer basket, they’re inexpensive, easy to use and are adjustable to fit almost any pot size.

tools needed to steam broccoli including water, steamer basket and a pot.

How Long to Steam Broccoli

When you steam broccoli, cooking it for less is more. When over cooked, it can become mushy and you’ll lose that pretty vibrant green color. 

Steamed broccoli should take about 5-7 minutes to become tender crisp. (Shorter if you cut it smaller). You can check if your broccoli is ready by inserting a fork into it to check how tender it is!

Even one extra minute can cause the broccoli to overcook.

Learning how to steam broccoli with a steamer basket and a pot

How to Steam Broccoli in the Microwave 

Steaming your broccoli in a microwave oven is another great option.  

Add your broccoli florets to a microwave safe dish with about 3 Tablespoons of water. Cover your dish with a plate or loose fitting lid (do not seal tightly, some of the steam will need to escape). Steam the broccoli on high for 3-4 minutes.  Check with a fork after 3 minutes to make it doesn’t overcook!

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Steamed Broccoli

Fresh broccoli steamed to tender crisp perfection.

  • 3 cups broccoli florets (trimmed and washed)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • salt (pepper and butter for serving, optional)
  1. Place a steam basket or colander into a large saucepan.
  2. Add broccoli and enough water to cover the bottom of the saucepan.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer.
  4. Cover and cook 5-7 minutes or until broccoli is tender-crisp when pierced with a fork.

This recipe will still work if you do not have a steamer, simply add 1/2″ water into the bottom of a saucepan.

20 Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is one of our favorite quick and easy meals any time of year!  Perfect for lunch, or an easy weeknight dinner with salad and loaf of french bread.  The best part is that this broccoli cheese soup is ready in 20 minutes start to finish!

Bowls of creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup on a table.

Broccoli Cheese Soup From Scratch

This Broccoli Cheese soup is one of our favorite quick weeknight meals!  There’s just something amazing about a hearty bowl of soup in your belly to warm you from the inside out.. and even better when it takes just minutes to make!

If you’ve ever been to Panera, you likely know that the Panera broccoli cheddar soup is so hard to resist! Rich, creamy and oh so cheesy, I definitely needed to come up with a yummy homemade version.

I love knowing that I can make a recipe from scratch using fresh ingredients in about  20 minutes; perfect for a weeknight dinner! We serve it with a side salad and bread for a complete meal! This soup is also amazing served in a bread bowl (and it reheats beautifully for lunches).

A spoonful of cream of broccoli cheese soup in a while bowl.

How Do You Make Broccoli Cheese Soup?

This broccoli cheese soup is made without Velveeta and instead is loaded with lots of real cheddar making it rich, velvety and satisfying!

  1. Using a sharp cheddar adds extra cheese flavor to this recipe.  I love to use a sharp cheddar for a nice strong flavor, but you can use any kind of cheese you like. Gruyere is also wonderful in this broccoli cheese soup!
  2. You’ll note that the cheese is added in once the soup is removed from the heat.  If cheese (or dairy) boils it can separate leaving a less than desirable texture.  The soup should be plenty hot enough to melt the cheese to a perfect velvety consistency.
  3.  Fresh broccoli gives the best results in this recipe, frozen can certainly be substituted if that’s all you have on hand. Instead of blending all of the veggies, I chop some and add them in after the soup is blended. This adds some extra flavor to the soup.
  4. When blending this recipe, you can use a typical blender (be sure not to have the lid on tightly or it can explode from the steam) but I find an inexpensive immersion blender or hand blender works perfectly plus you can do it right in the pot (less dishes is always a win in my books)!
  5. To make a skinnier version of broccoli cheese soup, you can substitute the cream with evaporated milk and use a light cheddar (sharp is still best for flavor).  We top it with a sprinkle of pepper and sometimes a little dollop of sour cream.

5 Other Irresistible Soups You Need to Try

  1. Easy Hamburger Soup: Loaded with vegetables, lean beef, diced tomatoes and potatoes.  It’s great made ahead of time, reheats well and freezes perfectly.
  2. Chinese Beef & Broccoli Soup Tender beef, paired with broccoli in a rich spicy, flavorful broth. This soup totally hits the spot!
  3. Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup:  This “no-soaking required” Ham and Bean soup takes just minutes to prepare and cooks effortlessly in your Crock Pot all day long!
  4. Weight Loss Vegetable Soup: Completely loaded with veggies and flavor and naturally low in fat and calories it’s the perfect lunch, snack or starter!
  5. Slow Cooker Bacon  Corn Chowder: Fresh vegetables, chunks of tender potato, and smoky bacon add so much flavor while the creamy corn base adds a touch of sweetness.  The perfect cool weather soup!

Broccoli Cheese Soup ready to serve - this takes just minutes to prep!

Can you Freeze Broccoli Cheese soup?

Diary doesn’t tend to freeze well and it can sometimes become grainy or the texture can change slightly.  I would suggest keeping this broccoli cheese soup in the fridge for up to 4 days.  To reheat it can be microwaved stirring occasionally or heated on the stove over medium-low.

What Goes Well with Broccoli Cheese Soup?

We most often eat this broccoli cheese soup for lunch or a quick easy weeknight meal.  I like to add a side of 30 Minute Dinner Rolls to dip into the soup and sop up any dribbles left in the bottom of my bowl!  It’s great served with a fresh garden salad on the side.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup is an easy cheesy soup ready in 20 minutes start to finish!

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion (diced)
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon each thyme and garlic powder
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups light cream
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh parmesan cheese
  1. In a large saucepan, cook butter, onion and carrots over medium heat until onion softens (about 3 minutes). Add chicken broth, broccoli and seasonings. Simmer until broccoli is softened, about 8 minutes.
  2. Remove 1 cup of vegetables, coarsely chop and set aside. Using an immersion blender, blend remaining vegetables and broth.
  3. Place flour in a small bowl. Add in cream a little at a time stirring until smooth. Bring blended vegetable mixture to a boil and whisk in cream mixture. Continue whisking until thick and bubbly, about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in cheeses & reserved chopped vegetables and serve immediately.

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  Broccoli Cheese Casserole with Ham

This Broccoli Cheese Casserole is a family favorite! Pasta, broccoli and tender ham is tossed in a quick and easy from scratch cheese sauce. This casserole is then topped with breadcrumbs and baked until bubbly and golden.

20 Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup! This delicious soup is made from scratch in just 20 minutes! The perfect meal to warm you from the inside out on a chilly day!

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