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3 Food Bloggers Share Their Favorite Family Recipes

This article was created in partnership with Barilla® as part of Together at the Table.

It’s Tuesday, and you’ve got a major task at hand: Cook a meal that’s healthy, ready in minutes, and delicious enough to please everyone. On nights like these, it’s easy to default to ordering takeout or heating up a microwaveable meal. But it doesn’t have to come to that.

Because there’s nothing like gathering around a home-cooked meal, we teamed up with Barilla® to ask three of our favorite food bloggers for their tried-and-true family recipes. These are the healthy yet satisfying dishes they keep coming back to—the ones they know will bring everyone together, even after the table is cleared.

Need more inspo? The folks at Barilla make getting dinner on the table easy with their recipe builders, which use everyday ingredients and global flavors to inspire you to create a dish you can feel good about serving.

Baked Spaghetti Feel Good Foodie Source: Yumna Jawad / feelgoodfoodie.net

1. Easy Baked Spaghetti

Feel Good Foodie blogger Yumna Jawad has fond memories of watching her mom get creative in the kitchen. One of Jawad’s favorite inventions? Baked spaghetti. Jawad even created her own one-pan version that cuts down on prep time. The trick is not boiling the pasta.

*Record scratch*

OK, we know it sounds implausible, but Jawad found that if you toss spaghetti in olive oil and add enough water and sauce (about 1 ounce liquid per 4 ounces pasta), your spaghetti will cook in the oven, no stovetop prep required.

To up the flavor and texture, she adds a helping of chopped onions and peppers, but encourages anyone trying this recipe at home to get creative with their own combo of veggies. Other go-tos: mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, eggplant, and olives. Layer ingredients together in a baking dish, give them a quick mix, top with a light sprinkle of cheese, then bake. It’s that easy.

2. Healthy Rainbow Fettuccine

To create a filling, nourishing treat her family loves, Erin Gleeson of The Forest Feast mixes fettuccine noodles with freshly shaved carrot and zucchini ribbons. Boil Barilla® Fettuccine one minute less than directed on the package (for that tender-but-firm al dente texture), then sauté in a pan with veggie ribbons, diced garlic, thyme, and butter (or, for a Mediterranean-friendly option, try olive oil). Serve warm and watch your fellow eaters go nuts.

Want to get extra fancy without extra work? Try this version topped with—wait for it—edible flowers.

3. Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

Blogger Brittany Mullins grew up loving the sweet potato casserole her mom made every Thanksgiving Day, but as an adult, she didn’t want all the sugar and butter that came along with it. So Mullins developed her own vegan, gluten-free version, subbing in a crispy, pecan-based topping for the typical marshmallow mixture.

“Making healthy versions of the not-so-healthy family recipes my mom made for us growing up brings me so much joy,” she says.

Another Mullins pro tip? Sprinkle nutmeg on sautéed greens. “If you add just a pinch, it’s barely detectable but adds a hint of nuttiness,” she says.

These bloggers prove it doesn’t take a ton of effort to put together a meal your family and friends will enjoy. Keep it simple and focus on what really matters: time together.

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GreatistYou Days 33-35: How Our Contestants Get the Most Out of Their Weekends

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Our contestants proved that weekends are just a few extra days to pursue greatness. Let’s start with Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda), who used their time off to participate in a Komen Race for the Cure in Prospect Park on Saturday. As if that wasn’t enough, they went back to the park the next day to train for their upcoming 10K.

After giving it their all, the Brooklynites took a much-deserved break on the roof where they took this amazing panoramic pic of their view.


  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) is super excited to do some shopping at Sprouts Farmers Market with the gift card we sent him. (Pro tip: You’ll get perks too if you participate in the next season of GreatistYou.) Judging by the caption on his scale pic, Brandon seems happy with his weight! What a great feeling!
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) is aiming to stick as closely as she can to Whole30 during her cruise. This will be no easy feat, but she’s got this. You’re a pro, Jasmine—just say no to the dessert bar.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) posted some intense videos this weekend that prove how hard Muay Thai training can be. That’s painful just to look at.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) gave us the skinny on protein shakes and how to make them taste delicious. Watch her full video here.

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GreatistYou Day 11: Darby and Adrienne Sweat Their Collective Butts Off

Welcome to GreatistYou, a new social experiment where we see what happens when five people decide to change their health—and broadcast their journeys for everyone to see. Four goals, five contestants, and six weeks to crush said goals for the promise of a better life (oh, and $ 1,000!).

Darby and Adrienne (@greatistdanda) are back at it again! Though Darby was sore from SoulCycle last night, that didn’t stop her from going on a run around the neighborhood. She also has two classes planned this weekend: one at The Bar Method and another at Mile High Run Club.

Adrienne is still in D.C. for work, but she isn’t treating the trip like a vacation. She’s been spending a lot of time in the hotel’s fitness center and packed her foam roller and resistance band for some on-the-road physical therapy.


  • Brandon (@greatistbrandon) was seriously tempted by McDonald’s while waiting at the airport but ultimately opted for cheddar cheese and egg whites on a whole-wheat bagel with a side of grapes. Also, quick question: What exactly happened with the sink here to make it your nemesis?
  • Jasmine (@greatistjasmine) posed a question we all want an answer to: Why is there still no bacon emoji? But she shouldn’t let that stop her from incorporating bacon into every single meal.
  • Regina (@greatistregina) is trying her d*mndest to avoid junk food and almost resisted the urge to steal a coworker’s french fry. But hey, french fries might be one of the most difficult foods to say no to.
  • Jessi (@greatistmentor) always knows what to say when things get tough. “Pro tip: Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself with compassion. You don’t need to be mean to be motivated.”

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