Warm Skillet Cheesy Bread with Baked Spaghetti

Best-ever (no-rise) homemade cheesy rolls with the hearty baked spaghetti smothered with melty mozzarella cheese. AMAZING and a great family-favorite meal!

Baked Spaghetti AND Garlic Bread all baked in the same skillet!

Hi to all you awesome Chelsea’s Messy Apron Readers! I am Emily from Layers of Happiness and I am super excited to get the opportunity to share some delicious food with all of you fun food-loving friends. Today I am sharing a super comforting and delicious Warm Skillet Garlic Bread with Baked Spaghetti recipe with you.

Yeah you read that right, garlic bread baked WITH the spaghetti. Its only our first recipe we are sharing with you and you probably already think I’m crazy. But let me tell you, there is actually nothing crazy/complicated about this dish – It’s actually super simple and quick, thanks to the no-rise dough used for the cheesy bread!… 

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{One Skillet} Cheesy Taco Quinoa

Taco Quinoa in One Skillet

An incredibly easy (one skillet needed) + super healthy cheesy taco quinoa dish. This dish is kid-friendly, veggie-filled, and a perfect meatless meal. Meat can easily be added and still be done in one skillet.

One Skillet EASY and healthy cheesy taco quinoa

In between our move from Ohio to Australia, we were able to visit our family in Utah for a couple of weeks. One of the nights we were there my mom asked me to make a dinner — one that required very little dish clean-up was somewhere in that request. I decided to do her one better and use only ONE dish, because you all know how much I like my one dish dinners. You do know, right? Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2, Exhibit 3, Exhibit 4…bored yet?

The tricky part of this one-dish dinner was making sure to please everyone. With 8 people around the house, there are plenty of preferences to be met. Luckily my entire family is pretty health conscious and enjoy veggie-filled meals. That being said, there are the big meat-eaters too and making a meatless meal was a bit of a gamble…. 

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{Easy, One Skillet} Southwest Quinoa Chili

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmonday

A delicious and well-seasoned southwest quinoa chili made easy in one skillet. This meatless dish will have your whole family (meat lovers included!) begging for more!

One Skillet Southwest Quinoa Chili with Sweet Potato #meatlessmondayOkay disclaimer time. I had NO clue what to name this recipe! Sometimes naming recipes can be hard, or, at least for me it can be. I’m just throwing together ingredients and tasting it as I go and all of the sudden I have something amazing (or not, but that’s a discussion for another day). But then comes the part where I have to (in so many words) try to describe the amazing taste or say what it is I’ve created.

This dish was one I totally struggled with naming. One skillet and easy – well those words came easily because it perfectly describes the dish. This is done all in one skillet and is VERY easy! So easy in fact that it’s been lunch or dinner way too many times since I developed it. I’m talking like 4-5 times. Luckily no complaints yet; I guess it’s just that good :) That and I have a baby that can’t complain yet and one hecka great husband.

The rest of the name however, I didn’t know. It definitely has some chili flavors and chili beans, but I don’t know how much of a real “chili” this is. So I’m very sorry if you are expecting a traditional chili with this recipe, but it’s not so traditional. And then southwest – well there is some cilantro, fresh lime juice, and I added loads of sour cream (MUST DO!) so it definitely has a bit of a southwest kick to it.

After struggling with the name for some time, I just decided to go with what my husband named it after he had taken a few bites. He told me to call it a southwestern quinoa chili. So, if you don’t like the name, all blame goes to him ;)… 

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Sweet Potato Enchiladas

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A delicious meatless dish – sweet potato enchiladas chock full of delicious and good-for-you vegetables, brown rice, and tomato salsa. This meal is a quick dinner and family friendly!

Easy + Healthy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas #dinner #sweetpotato #enchilada

And the only thing to follow eating about 10 batches of hot fudge cookies is a healthy + meatless meal. This one is definitely the meal to fit the bill. Look at me rhyme :)

But seriously, this recipe is one of those “healthy” meals that is secretly healthy. Like you wouldn’t guess it was healthy because it tastes so flavorful and rich! Although, depending on the amount of cheese you are piling in these and on top of these, it becomes a little less healthy. The great thing is you can totally scale down (or up) the amount of cheese! I’ve even had these with no cheese and still LOVED them. I know, I bet you never guessed I would say that.

Obviously I usually pile on these cheese when I make these.

Easy + Healthy Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas #dinner #sweetpotato #enchiladas… 

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{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa

A ONE dish, Crockpot Mexican Quinoa #dinner #crockpot #quinoa #cleaneating

This crockpot Mexican quinoa is bursting with deliciously fresh and healthy ingredients. This dish is all cooked in the slow cooker (even the quinoa and butternut squash) and has lots of “hidden veggies.”

A ONE dish, Crockpot Mexican Quinoa #dinner #crockpot #quinoa #cleaneating

How do you all feel about butternut squash? Personally, its my favorite squash ever.

When I started dating my husband, just guess who said he hated butternut squash? Yeah it would be him. This news was almost a deal breaker. Luckily he flashed his cute smile and all was fine in the world for then. So we dated longer and I avoided cooking with squash. Then we got married and I further avoided cooking with squash.

And then we were married for 2 years and I went and bought all the squash in the store. The exact number was 9 butternut squashes because they were 59 cents apiece and I tend to go overboard when I find produce on sale. This purchase wasn’t because I was trying to be an awful wife (pinky swear I try to always please him for dinner!) but I had a sudden maddening determination to get him to like it. I just couldn’t go another Fall without the squash. So I searched the best recipes and ended up deciding to just coat the squash cubes in olive oil + salt + pepper + some other spices and roast them in the oven.

You may be able to guess that the story has a very happy ending. Not only did he LOVE the squash, but I’m pretty sure the husband is more obsessed with it than I am. In fact, when they go on sale now, he asks me to stock up. And nowadays, when he asks me to make butternut squash, well, he just gets even cuter to me.

So the moral of the story? It’s all how you prepare the squash. Or, you get really lucky. Or you really will hate it no matter what and just wasted your time reading a very boring story. Basically I’m not sure the moral of the story. What I am sure of – this is one of the best ways I’ve ever eaten butternut squash!… 

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{One Skillet} Sweet Potato Burrito Bowls


A dinner made in just one skillet – sweet potato burrito bowls. A  mouth-watering vegetarian meal with sweet potatoes, rice, sweet peppers, black beans, corn, and toppings such as fresh cilantro, cheddar cheese, a fresh tomato, and sour cream.

A one-skillet 30-minute sweet potato burrito bowl. Best dinner ever!!

If you could chose one vegetable to eat for the rest of your life, what would it be? Hands down, sweet potatoes for me! I can’t believe they are a vegetable with how delicious they taste. Not that vegetables are gross or anything, but I equate sweet potatoes with candy and broccoli? Not quite there…

Also when I can eat them in the form of a 30-minute, 1-skillet dinner, well somehow they taste even better than ever. Yep – one skillet. thirty minutes. You’re going to love this meal!… 

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Creamy Pesto Tomato Pasta


A creamy pesto and tomato pasta filled with broccoli and topped with fresh Parmesan cheese, pine nuts, and fresh basil.

You will not believe how easy this dish it to make! When I first started experimenting with this recipe, I created and made my own pesto that got mixed into the sauce for this recipe.


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Tex Mex Quinoa Salad with a Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette


A deliciously healthy Tex Mex Quinoa salad with a healthy and light cilantro-lime vinaigrette. The quinoa adds protein and great texture to this salad!

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The last time I made a salad, I added loads of pasta to it. For staying power and because carbs = my life…. 

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{20-minute} Parmesan-Lemon Zucchini & Summer Squash Spaghetti


A healthy pan-fried breaded Parmesan zucchini and summer squash mixture tossed with spaghetti, fresh lemon juice, and fresh parsley. Scroll down past the recipe for a fun giveaway to win a kitchen-aid stand mixer :)

{20-minute} Parmesan-Lemon Zucchini & Summer Squash Spaghetti healthy and delicious!

I have to start off this post by telling you all that the husband hates zucchini.


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Greek Pasta Salad


A delicious Greek salad with pasta and romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, black olives, feta cheese, and a red wine vinaigrette. A traditional salad made even better!

Greek Pasta Salad - so good and healthy with the BEST dressing! I via chelseasmessyapron I #Greeksalad #cleaneatingThis post is coming to you from Pittsburgh, PA!

The husband has been in Pittsburgh for work this week so the little guy and I decided to make the trip down to stay with him for the weekend. I was a little nervous for the car trip down, but it turns out I’m more restless than the babe.

I was ready to be done about 30 minutes into the drive and he didn’t start fussing til hour 3. Pretty impressive I think! I gave him some toys and he stayed pretty entertained for most of the ride. I started listening to Allegiant on tape and oh, man it is good! Have you all read this series? (Divergent) Have you seen the movie yet? I’m dying to see it!… 

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Creamy Farmer’s Market Tortellini + A Giveaway


A homemade healthy cream sauce coats your choice of fresh vegetables all over a bed of delicious cheese tortellini. This is vegetarian food at it’s best! Scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win a grill or $300 gift card.

A healthy cream sauce covered tortellini with fresh veggies - ready in under 30 minutes I via chelseasmessyapron I #cleaneating #vegetables #tortellini

I always look forward to summer food for three main things: grilling, loads of ice cream, and farmer’s market/fresh garden fruit and vegetables…. 

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Zucchini and Summer Squash Gratin


This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. #FoodDeservesDelicious #CollectiveBias A zucchini and summer squash gratin with fresh roma tomatoes and red onion coated in a Zesty Italian dressing and covered in mozzarella cheese and basil. The perfect summer side dish!

A zucchini and summer squash gratin! Perfect summer side dish and MUCH lighter than a potato gratin

A direct quote from the husband, … 

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