Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Nothing symbolizes domestic bliss like a family gathered around the dining table sharing a home-cooked meal. However, getting a tasty and nutritious meal on the table every night is a struggle for many busy families. Cooking from scratch is easier said than done when you’re juggling a busy schedule, but there are ways to make it easier. Keep a well-stocked kitchen with the help of Passanante’s Home Food Service, plan meals in advance as much as possible, and have a reliable list of go-to recipes you can make in a pinch!


Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a flavorsome dish requiring just a bit of chopping and throwing everything into one pan! Sauté garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, water, and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, add spaghetti, and simmer until cooked. The sauce will thicken and cling to the pasta. Mix in olives, capers, and fresh parsley — and serve! Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for five days and make a great cold lunch next day.

Roasted Chicken & Beets with Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This satisfying meal comes to together quickly with many ingredients you already have to hand. Roasted beets are the standout ingredient! They add sweetness while offering anti-inflammatory health benefits. On a baking tray, toss chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, and cumin. Combine beets and olive oil on a separate tray — or add them to the chicken for simplicity. Roast at 425 F for about 30-35 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Prepare the dressing by whisking coconut yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro together in a bowl. Plate up the meal and serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Bean Chili

Not only is one-pot chili a popular meal, but using one pot means faster cleanup. Sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add chopped tomatoes, water, red lentils, corn, and black beans. Black beans are rich in magnesium which supports bone health, while corn boosts the immune system. Simmer for twenty minutes so flavors meld. Serve with brown rice (cook grains in large batches to serve throughout the week). Double the recipe and you’ll have enough for two-dinners worth. Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze for one month.

Home-cooked meals shouldn’t be complicated — preparation and planning are key! Make sure your pantry is always stocked with staples like rice, quinoa, beans, and chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to stay on top of your reorders so you’re never short on your family’s favorites!

-Jane Bannister (Freelance Writer)

Pssst! … Valentines Day Is Coming Up!


Already?! How is that even possible? It was just New Years Eve and here we are planning for Valentine’s Day… and not to freak you out, but pressure’s on – they’re probably going to be posting pics of their dinner all over Facebook 🙂

No worries, we’ve scoured cookbooks and blogs to bring you some really solid options for your dinner menu. There’s something here for everyone so poke around and pick your poison!

BEEF – Caprese Steak
Prepare to go capr-azy over Caprese Steak courtesy of Delish. After all, at the end of the day it’s a juicy filet topped with a thick slice of cheese. If that doesn’t scream love we don’t know what does!

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CHICKEN – Maple Roasted Chicken Quarters
If you’re looking for something sweet yet savory this recipe may be just the ticket. Pure maple syrup helps to almost caramelize the chicken skin and the veggies nestled underneath are anything but ordinary. This gem courtesy of Chocolate Moosey is one of those meals you just don’t forget. Like, ever.

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PORK – Brown Butter Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Yep. You read that right. Apples and Onions. May sound a little off, but these chops are spot ON. The only stipulation to this recipe from The Lucky Penny is that you really need a cast iron skillet to execute this one to it’s fullest potential. Don’t get hung up on the onion/apple combo we promise it’s better than it sounds!!!

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LAMB – Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
This next one from Country Living sounds super fancy (see: pain in the butt), but we promise it isn’t! In fact, this Italian favorite requires just 5 ingredients. Pair it with some grilled veggies drizzled with Balsamic and voila – a delicious and ultra fancy-sounding Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

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SEAFOOD – Spicy Lobster Pasta
Have a hankering for a little seafood with your sweetheart? Spice up your Valentine’s night with this surprisingly simple show stopper courtesy of Epicurious. This one’s a favorite for those who like it hot!

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So… which one will you pick?! Post pictures of your Valentine’s dinner creations on our Facebook page – we’d love to try out some of your favorite recipes too!

Happy Eating!

Recipes: Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin & Cranberry Sauce

Still looking for a couple new Thanksgiving recipes to try out tomorrow? These next recipes are some of our favorites and are the perfect simple recipes to start teaching the next generation with… they can tackle the harder recipes next year! Nana’s Cranberry Sauce with walnuts is a homey-twist on a classic Thanksgiving dinner staple, and for most of us Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin is a brand new addition to the menu. From everyone at Passanante’s Home Food Service, we hope you have an incredible Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends. Enjoy!


Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin

Photo Credit: The Red Spoon

Cauliflower-Goat Cheese Gratin:
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 pound Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely ground
  • 2 cups Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces goat cheese, cut into small pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. Layer the cauliflower, heavy cream, and the 3 cheeses in a medium casserole dish. Season with salt and pepper
  3. Roast for 20 to 30 minutes or until the cauliflower is soft and the sauce has thickened slightly
  4. Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving
Nana’s Classic Cranberry Sauce:
  • 4 cups fresh cranberries
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 ounces orange marmalade
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F
  2. Combine cranberries, lemon juice and sugar
  3. Cook for 1 hour covered
  4. Take out of the oven and stir in the marmalade until mixed well
  5. Add walnuts last

Other Thanksgiving Recipes:
Herb Roasted Turkey
Thanksgiving Turkey Gravy

Cold Weather Recipe: Pork Chop Casserole

This next recipe is a great cold weather meal for all of our meat eaters out there. Who doesn’t love a good casserole in December? This incredibly simple recipe for Pork Chop Casserole is quick to whip up and could be easily adapted for a melt-in-your-mouth crockpot meal.

Think this recipe looks great – but you don’t have 6-8 pork chops handy? Passanante’s is a convenient home food delivery service that provides healthy, clean, and flavorful hormone-free meats and organic veggies delivered right to your door. We put out new recipe’s every week that are sure to make your mouth water, so give us a call at 1-800-772-7786 to get your next shipment of tasty ingredients delivered!

Pork Chop Casserole

What You Need:

  • 6-8 pork chops
  • 4-6 peeled potatoes sliced
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 6-8 slices of american cheese
  • 14 ounces of green beans (can used canned or fresh organic)
  • 1 small onion sliced

How to prepare Pork Chop Casserole:

  1. Brown pork chops in 1/4 cup oil in skillet
  2. Mix potatoes with 3/4 can of cream of mushroom soup
  3. Grease baking dish and layer: potatoes, onion, cheese, green beans, pork chops and the rest of the can of cream of mushroom soup
  4. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1.5 hours
  5. Uncover for the last 1/2 hour to brown

As always, check out our Facebook page for more great recipes from your fellow Passanante’s customers!

Happy Eating!

Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad

Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad

It’s been awhile since Passanante’s posted our Italian Summer Salad, so we figured it was time to post this fabulous recipe for Zesty Romaine Crunch Salad.  This recipe is great when served with Heavenly Tilapia and a simple pasta — definitely worth wipping up this weekend. Let us know what you think about it on our Facebook page and be sure to post your favorite recipes too!

The Crunchy Topping:

  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 package Ramen noodles uncooked and broken up
  • 1 Tbs. oil

Heat oil, cook nuts and noodles until crispy and light brown. Drain on paper towel.

The Salad:

  • 1 head of organic romaine lettuce torn into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 bunch of organic broccoli crowns, chopped very fine
  • 1 bunch of organic green onions, chopped

Mix all in plastic container and place in refrigerator.

The Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup sugar heated with
  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar. Remove from stove and add…
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbs. soy sauce

Chill dressing. Mix crunchy topping, salad and dressing just before serving.