Pasta Fijioli with Ham Recipe

Silly me, forgot to add the recipe!  Everyone did end up liking it.  I just think they like complaining more.

Pasta Fajioli


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 pound ham steaks, chopped
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, left intact
  • 1 sprig thyme, left intact
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup baby carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans drained and rinsed well
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 quart vegetable stock
  • 1-1 ½ cups ditalini
  • Grated Parmigiano
  • Really good crusty bread


Heat pot over medium high heat and add oil, onion, garlic and ham. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, add herb stems and chopped vegetables and sauté for 3-4 more minutes. Add beans and stock to pot and raise heat to high. Let soup boil for 5-8 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook soup, stiring occasionally.  Add pasta and cook to desired doneness about 8-10 minutes. Remove herb stems from pot before ladling into bowls.  Top soup with grated parmigiano and a nice chunk of crusty bread for dipping. Salt and pepper to taste. Feel warm and happy inside!


Pasta Fajioli with Ham makes me happy!

pasta fajioli 3Pasta Fajioli with Ham makes me happy, not to mention the warm crusty bread and little mound of parm I sprinkle on top!

Three things I love about this dinner:

  1. It only takes 30 minutes.
  2. I’ll have a quick yummy lunch the next day.
  3. There is only one pot to clean.

There is always crying when my kids ask what’s for dinner and I tell them bean soup.  They ask me about 20 times actually, as if the answer is going to get better each time.  My son declares that he hates beans and is making something else instead.  My girls declare they would rather eat Five Guys.  Well, I have to say the dinner unveiling is often my least favorite part of the day but when all is said and done we sit together and eat the same meal.  Jack smashed his beans so he didn’t have to look at them and the girls asked for the soup in their lunch the next day.

Hmm, after proof reading my paragraph, I am left wondering why this soup makes me so happy.

Keep it Real. Keep it Simple. Make it Matter. – Andrea

Cooking in the Moment

Now that it’s cold outside, there is nothing that makes me feel warmer than staying at home, in my fuzzy slippers, and playing with my oven.  Well, that same type of inspiration struck Scott, my husband, this weekend, minus the fuzzy slippers. Click here to find out what happened……………….Stay loving- Andrea.

Another Reason To STOP Drinking Soda!

Please read this if you are still drinking soda!  This study was done using two cans of soda per day. A can of soda is 12 oz. That’s 24 oz of soda per day used in this study. If you’re driving through McDonald’s to grab a medium soda (21 oz…) or a large (32 oz) read on to learn what you could be doing to your kidneys.  Scary to think what we are doing to the tiny people in our lives when we think we are “treating” them to a soda!
Peace, greens, and H2O 🙂

Chia and Flax Deliciousness!

photo (8)I wanted to share a product I recently discovered at Whole Foods.  Decadent Blend Chia and Flax Seed by Spectrum Essentials is an easy way to get Omega 3s, fiber, and antioxidants  It is a blend of organic ground chia seeds, flax seeds, cocoa, and dried coconut. It does have a small amount of added sugar but I think it’s a really great way to sneak some extra goodness into your baking and smoothies.  I love watching my kids inhale something that I know is soooo good for them!  This can easily be added to pancakes, waffles,  or baked goods. I made a smoothie this morning with 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1 stalk celery, 1 banana, 1 handful frozen pineapple, 1.5 c water, and 1 T Decadent Blend Chia and Flax Seed.  It was delicious and I can’t wait to try some other combinations!  Let me know if you come up with any new recipes using this product!

Peace and Greens,


Finally U.S To Ban Trans Fats?

I was excited to see this article today. Just yesterday I was trying to buy tortillas at Target and there was not a single brand that did not have hydrogenated oil (trans fat) in its ingredient list. Of course, the front of the package touted “zero trans fats per serving” because of a loophole that allows up to .5 grams per serving without showing it on the nutrition index.  The Institute of Medicine has stated that there are no safe levels of trans fats for human consumption so this loophole has always made me crazy!  Read on for more info!

Peace and greens,