Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe – One-Pot Cooking

Chicken Pasta Florentine

For busy weeknights, it’s great to have some good standby recipes that you can prepare in just about 30 minutes. What’s even better is when they are one-pot cooking recipes! I hate finishing dinner only to face a big sink full of dishes that I used during preparation. This Chicken Florentine Pasta Recipe fits but of those requirements. It is done in right around 30 minutes and it all cooks in ONE skillet.

My husband absolutely LOVES this dish. I agree that it is pretty darn yummy with tangy tomato sauce and creamy cheese. I also like that the tomato sauce and spinach in the recipe adds that nice boost of veggie nutrition.

Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 small onion, diced
5 oz bag of spinach, chopped (or you can use drained frozen spinach)
2 cups uncooked penne pasta (or your favorite pasta shape)
1 24 oz jar pasta sauce
2 cups water
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
2 Tbsp cream cheese

Heat the oil in a 12″ skillet. Cook the chicken and onion over medium high heat until chicken begins to brown. Add pasta, spinach, pasta sauce and water to the skillet. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheeses and serve.

Chicken Pasta Florentine Recipe Skillet


Free Online Cooking Class – Perfect Homemade Pizza!

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My family are huge pizza fans! We make homemade pizzas all the time but I can never get the dough right, so I purchase store bought crust. I’m stoked about this free class to better my crust making skills!

Head over here to check out this free class and here are a few additional details:

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Save 20% on any Banana Purchase + 30 Banana Recipes

It’s Tuesday and that means another fresh produce coupon from SavingStar!  This week you can save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. You can make the savings even better with this week’s deal form Checkout51 to get another $.25 back on your banana purchase. That will make some cheap bananas!

If you end up having more bananas than you can use, you can cook up some yummy recipes with this collection of banana recipes:

How to Use Your Overripe Bananas – A Collection of 30 Recipes

18-Piece Pyrex Glass Food Storage Set with Lids only $24.99 Shipped!

woot pyrex set has this great 18-piece Pyrex glass storage set on sale right now for only $19.99! That is such a great price on this set. Here are the pieces included:

  • 3 – 2 Cup Round Storage Containers with Lids
  • 2 – 7 Cup Round Storage Containers with Lids
  • 2 – 4 Cup Round Storage Containers with Lids
  • 2 – 1 Cup Round Storage Containers with Lids

Also, shipping is only $5 which makes this only $24.99 shipped. Amazon sells a similar but less colorful set for nearly $60, so this is an incredible deal.

And glass is an excellent food storage option – no concerns about harmful chemicals leeching into your food. Head over here to grab this great deal.


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Start Crossing Items Off Your Bucket List

Do you have a bucket list? Is it just in the back of your head, or have you actually sat down and written (or typed) it out? I often think about my bucket list in my head, and often discuss it with my husband too, but I have never actually made a “formal” list. When I do think about my list, the recurring theme is always travel.

I love to travel and have been fortunate to travel to a lot of places already, but there are lots more locations left for my bucket list. My favorite trip to date was to China. We were only there for 10 days and there is way to much to see in that giant country to cover it all in less than two weeks, so I want to go again! I also want to revisit several European countries that I haven’t been too since I was young, including Spain, France, the UK and Germany – actually I want to visit them ALL again! I would also like to have some nice EXTENDED trips (we’re talking a minimum of a month), especially in Spain and France. And, in the UK I really want to visit Scotland, where I have never been. This is just the tip of the iceberg! I also want to visit other parts of the world including Australia and New Zealand, Peru to see Machu Picchu, Guatemala for the celebrations of Holy Week, Japan, etc. etc. etc.!


There are lots of things that can go onto a bucket list and lots of reasons why these things may be on a bucket list rather than on an “already accomplished” list. What are the things that keep us from crossing them off the list? It can be time, money, knowledge, resources, etc. It’s sad to say, but money is often one of the number one reasons holding us back. But we can work to change that!

The first step is to make that bucket list a priority. A great challenge is to save for and cross off one item from your bucket list each year. What kinds of things can you give up to find those savings? Pricey coffee? New shoes? Dinners out? I know I save a lot of money when I plan meals ahead of time, shop for basic ingredients to cook from scratch and avoid eating out regularly. I actually love to cook anyway, so I just need to continue to make that part of the routine. We could save quite a bit in one year by just reducing the restaurant bills.

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There are lots of other ideas for adding up the savings too. Have you reviewed your car insurance policies lately? If you have made any changes in your lifestyle, like a new job closer to home, etc. – you may qualify for a lower premium. How about your other regular bills? Are there other savings that can add on to your bucket list fund? This budgeting worksheet from SunTrust makes it easy to monitor how much you’re making, spending and saving, so you can take control of your money and get closer to crossing things off your bucket list.

At SunTrust Bank their purpose is lighting the way to financial well being. They help you get organized, make a plan, and stay on track so you can get and stay in control of your finances. When you are confident about your money, you can save for your goals and splurge knowingly on what matters most to you.

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Enter to Win a Backpack with Signed NFL Memorabilia from Yucatan & Help Fund No Backpack Goes Empty

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While we’re buying school supplies and getting the backpacks filled to head back to school, many students are struggling to get the school supplies they need.  Yucatan Foods and the Ryan Broyles foundation have pledged to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to under privileged kids this school year and you can help!

To join in, just enter the Yucatan sweepstakes!  By entering, you’ll have a chance to win NFL autographed sports memorabilia from Ryan Broyles, Calvin Johnson, Demarco Murray, Kenny Stills and more.  You’ll  also get to print a high value $2 coupon!

Here’s how it works:

Easy, right!  Good luck with your entry and go on out there and grab some Yucatan Guacamole with that awesome coupon!


Get Two adidas Tees (Ultimate and Graphic) for Only $30

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When returning to campus, new textbooks, dining hall card, cases of ramen noodles, and all that good stuff can definitely put a drain on the wallet. This deal from adidas should help a bit! For a limited time, you can grab adidas 2 Graphic & Ultimate Tees for $30 ! Ultimate Tees feature moisture wicking fabric that makes them perfect for workouts or just layering under clothes for those freezing treks across the quad this winter. adidas Graphic Tees come in styles for both men and women, and bring a bit of old school iconic adidas into your wardrobe. Be sure to hit this sale, save some money and toss some style into that duffel—use promo code: 2TEES at checkout.

$1/1 Rimmel Nail Polish Coupon = $.50 at Walmart – Use to Make Your Own Gel Polish!

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This great Rimmel cosmetics coupon is back! My favorite way to use this coupon is to stock up on nail polish – you can get this great deal at Walmart:

Buy (1) Rimmel 60-Second Nail Polish — $1.50
Use (1) $1/1 Rimmel Cosmetics Coupon
Final Price: $.50

And did you know you can make your own gel polish using regular polish?! Check out this post to see how to use this great deal on polish to create expensive gel polish for cheap.


Head over to print two of these per computer. Also, check here for more Walmart match-ups before you make your shopping trip! PLEASE NOTE: Walmart prices vary by region, so this scenario may be a bit different at your location. You can find more current printable coupons at Coupons.comRed Plum,SmartSource, and SavingStar.

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Adorable Baker Lover’s Necklaces only $7.99! (reg $27)


I love these baker lover’s necklaces from! They haven’t had them for sale for a few months now and I’m stoked they are back.

These are adorable necklaces with pendants of items such as a muffin tin and Kitchenaid mixer. These make great gifts for the baker in your life! And they are on sale for only $7.99 each.

These are regularly $27, so you are saving nearly $20 on these necklaces. Shipping is $3.99 for the first and only $1.85 for each additional one that you purchase. Head over here to grab this great deal and here are a few additional details:

BAKER LOVERS NECKLACE – These adorable unique necklaces are perfect for any baker lovers.Adorable kitchen necklace is in your choice of 4 designs : mini muffin/cupcake pan and measuring spoons, mini mixer and muffin/cupcake pan,mini mixer and wisk or wisk and cupcake/muffin pan.

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Florida Gulf County: Enjoy the NO WORRY, NO HURRY Destination

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ok, my fellow travel bugs.  For those of you who have visited Florida, have you made Gulf County, Florida part of your travels?  It’s the ultimate for those who love to get outside and enjoy everyday adventures. Located in Northwest Florida, Gulf County has 43 miles of natural shoreline. You’ll find beautiful white-sand beaches that face the west (which means amazing sunsets) on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay.  But that’s just the beginning, there are bayous to explore, wildlife to encounter and the mysterious Dead Lakes. To get active, you can get out and get moving on seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, snorkeling and more. And you can do everything at a relaxed pace.  They don’t have high-rises or busy highways and never will. They have genuine places, like the historic Indian Pass Raw Bar and genuine flavors like Tupelo Honey.

Mario Toby Outdoors

Florida Gulf County really gives you an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle of your “regular” life.  With only two stoplights and spotty Wi-Fi, their beautiful beaches give you the opportunity to unplug and connect with the most important thing – your family. And that family can include your pets! Beaches in Gulf County, Florida, are consistently ranked in the top ten US beaches to bring your pets on vacation. Leashed pets are welcome on the beach at all times and most rental homes will welcome your lovable furry friends! We love traveling with our Toby and he loves the water!  This is one of our past vacation photos.  Toby is a good walker and will go on long adventures with us, just exploring the area and seeing what there is to see.  He’s such a good boy!

If you are ready to take a trip to Gulf County, Florida, and have some questions, there are lots of folks anxious to help you with your questions!  After conducting research, GCFL determined that a lot of visitors (almost a fifth) enjoy GCFL at least 5-times per year. However, there are still many visitors who only visit during for summer vacations and might not know about awesome parts of other seasons in Gulf County, Florida, or about all there is to see and explore. That first group of frequently-visiting loyalists (and locals) are an engaged group, particularly on Facebook. When new or infrequent visitors have a question, they will happily chime in with recommendations and hidden secrets because they are so proud of GCFL.  So go ahead and ask away!

Those loyalists, as well as one-time visitors can attest to all there is to experience in Gulf County, Florida:  Snorkel with the young starfish in St. Joseph Bay. Camp right on the beach and gaze at the stars. Fish off a pier or with a charter captain at the tip of the Cape. Then, learn how to cook your catch that night. Quietly kayak on the Dead Lakes and see pre-historic looking animals and trees. That’s just the beginning…..  The thing is that each family can experience Gulf County, Florida, in their own way.  For us that would mean spending lots of time walking around and exploring and probably kayaking around to explore a bit too.  I can’t wait to see the beauty waiting there.

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You can learn more about the “no worry, no hurry” vacation possibilities of Gulf County, Florida, at and on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and be sure to Come visit GCFL!

What kind of adventure would YOU like to have in Gulf County, Florida?

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