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Easy Cold Strawberry Soup
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Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs
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Kale Rainbow Salad
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Freezer Salisbury Steak
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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup
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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup
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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers
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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing
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Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup
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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes
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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad – 15 Minute Meal!
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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu
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Lime Sugar Snap Pea Lentils
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Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls
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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup
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5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl
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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup

Easy Cold Strawberry Soup

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

NYC experienced a heat wave this week so Summer is officially here!  With the temperature near 100 degrees the last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen, so I came up with this cold strawberry soup that is easy to make and delicious!   It’s a perfect time to be picking fresh strawberries from your garden or buying them at the farmers market, so I am using 8 cups of fresh berries for this tasty soup.  Throw everything into your blender, chill for a couple hours and then dinner is served.  Don’t you love how simple it is?  And don’t you love how pretty this soup this?

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

Yogurt and orange juice are both blended with the soup to make it creamy.   You can use vanilla or strawberry yogurt depending on if you want to make this extra strawberry or not.

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

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Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs

OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!    This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of May?  Pretty soon it’ll be Summer and weekends will be filled with barbecues and picnics!  I love a good barbecue but sometimes it’s hard living in the city.   You either need to live in a building that allows grilling or you need to get to the park early to use one of the grills there.  But not to worry – you can get the same barbecue taste inside with these Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs! I made these because I was craving barbecued meats and veggies on a rainy day and they quickly became a dinner time favorite!

OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!

Sweet Italian Sausage is a necessity for this recipe, and I highly recommend using green peppers and mushrooms, but feel free to add some onions to those kabobs too!
OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!

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Kale Rainbow Salad

BEAUTIFUL Kale Rainbow Salad with olive oil and lemon dressing is the perfect healthy salad recipe!  This easy salad includes massaged kale, grape tomatoes and colorful peppers to give it a pretty rainbow look!  My family loves this salad for dinner in Summer and Winter, and it’s great for a crowd!  This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Do you ever have a meal that you become obsessed with?   All of a sudden you don’t want a different meal every night, you want this one dish every single night until you get sick of it (which doesn’t seem because possible because you love it so much).  That’s how I feel about this Kale Rainbow Salad.  I LOVE IT!

BEAUTIFUL Kale Rainbow Salad with olive oil and lemon dressing is the perfect healthy salad recipe! This easy salad includes massaged kale, grape tomatoes and colorful peppers to give it a pretty rainbow look! My family loves this salad for dinner in Summer and Winter, and it's great for a crowd!

I’ve been living on this salad for lunch and dinner.   Even if Matthew talks me into making something else for dinner, I have a big side dish of this salad because I crave it so badly!  A few years ago I wasn’t even that into kale, and then we started growing it and my life was changed forever.   Move over lettuce and arugula, there’s a new best green for salads in town and it’s name is kale!
BEAUTIFUL Kale Rainbow Salad with olive oil and lemon dressing is the perfect healthy salad recipe! This easy salad includes massaged kale, grape tomatoes and colorful peppers to give it a pretty rainbow look! My family loves this salad for dinner in Summer and Winter, and it's great for a crowd!

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Freezer Salisbury Steak

Make-Ahead Freezer Salisbury Steak recipe that makes a comforting family dinner!  This easy to make recipe uses Cream of Mushroom Soup and French Onion Soup to create a creamy gravy to pour on top of the steak patties. All you have to do is bake it and freeze it and it’ll be ready for weeknights when you don’t have time to cook.  Serve alongside mashed potatoes and veggies for a full dinner.    This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Sometimes life can get busy where you don’t have a hour to cook a home cooked meal.  Instead of grabbing a boxed meal, or even worse ordering takeout,  I love making homemade make-ahead freezer meals that I know will satisfy everyone at the dinner table on those busy weeknights.    This Salisbury Steak recipe is one of our favorites and reminds me of the classic TV dinner that I used to love as a kid, but this is completely homemade.   

Make-Ahead Freezer Salisbury Steak recipe that makes a comforting family dinner! This easy to make recipe uses Cream of Mushroom Soup and French Onion Soup to create a creamy gravy to pour on top of the steak patties. All you have to do is bake it and freeze it and it'll be ready for weeknights when you don't have time to cook. Serve alongside mashed potatoes and veggies for a full dinner.

When I find myself with some free time on the weekend, I’ll make 2 or 3 of these meals to put in the freezer so I can grab one when I just don’t have time to cook in the kitchen.   The dish is so popular in my house that instead of groans that frozen meals can get, this one receives a big cheer (and even sometimes requested!).    Whenever I make it I always serve with creamy mashed potatoes and a green veggie- either Brussels Sprouts or broccoli.
Make-Ahead Freezer Salisbury Steak recipe that makes a comforting family dinner! This easy to make recipe uses Cream of Mushroom Soup and French Onion Soup to create a creamy gravy to pour on top of the steak patties. All you have to do is bake it and freeze it and it'll be ready for weeknights when you don't have time to cook. Serve alongside mashed potatoes and veggies for a full dinner.

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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more – seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Caramelized Onions came at a perfect time since we just planted our onion seeds for Spring, and I was able to use the remaining 3 pounds of last years onions for this recipe.    It’s always magical when the timing works out perfect and you can go from harvest to seed without much waiting in between.    

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions are what dreams are made out of.   By slow cooking them we’re bringing out the natural sweetness of the onions as the sugar caramelizes.   What starts as a full crockpot of onions is going to turn into a much smaller amount as they melt down.   What you’re left with (besides an amazing smelling house that is going to make your neighbors jealous) is savory, sweet onions that are ready for you to add anywhere – soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza – seriously, you can add them to anything!   My husband came home and he started to immediately swoon upon the first smell of these sweet onions.   On the first bite, his knees buckled and I had to catch him!  The man loves his onions.      

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

This recipe will be for sure one that will stick around with us for years to come after we pick our garden onions.  I hope you give it a taste – I think you’ll be really happy you did!

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make – throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it’s ready! Even better – this meal is economical and doesn’t cost much to make!

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup warms my heart physically and emotionally.  It’s everything a comforting Winter time soup should be – easy to make, makes the house smell great, is filling and makes me feel warm.  
Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make - throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it's ready! Even better - this meal is economical and doesn't cost much to make!

On the emotional side it makes me happy because it is filled with vegetables from our Summer garden.   Besides the carrots and celery we are using our canned stewed tomatoes which I can’t get enough of.   We canned so many of these tomatoes I lost track of how many.
Stewed Tomatoes in Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup

Easy to make recipe for Homemade Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This creamy soup is a healthy comfort dinner food! Best served with biscuits to dip into the chicken broth! Mom, your families are going to love this!

This soup is a Winter comfort food favorite.   It’s so delicious that I can almost guarantee that whenever I make it, we’ll have it the night after again because the craving will still be there.  That’s what happened last week. I made it on Wednesday, we ate it all, we loved it.  On Thursday we decided we were going to make it for dinner again.  And we ate it all again.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

The best thing about this soup besides the homemade dumplings (yum!) is that it’s also filled with veggies – potatoes, celery, carrots – everything a good chicken soup should have in it.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

FAQ for this recipe:

Can I substitute or add additional vegetables?
Feel fee to make it your own and add additional vegetables if you’re trying to empty out the fridge – onions, peas, green beans, and bite size cauliflower are all equally good in it.  Just don’t skip on the potatoes – never skip on the potatoes!

Can I use chicken bouillon cubes instead of broth?
Absolutely, I do it all the time.   

Can I make this vegetarian?
You sure can.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and don’t add in chicken breast.  You might want to add in some additional protein like white or great northern beans. 

Are dumplings hard to make?
No.  Homemade dumplings are one of the easiest things to make.  It’s really just about mixing some simple ingredients together and then dropping it into hot broth to form the dumpling.   The dumplings might not be the prettiest you’ve ever seen, but they will taste just as delicious. 

Do I need to make a side dish for this soup?
I never do, it’s pretty hearty as is.  I like to serve with some buttered bread or rolls.

How many servings is this recipe?
3-4 supper servings.

How good is this soup?
So good you’ll make it again tomorrow.

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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers

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Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside.   Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

I’m a stuffed peppers fanatic. I love them.  It all started in the kitchen as a kid when my Mom made a mean dish filled with green peppers.  I still love green peppers but I love making them a little more garden friendly so for this recipe I added quinoa and kale inside instead of the usual ground beef.  Trust me, you are going to love these.  They are everything a stuffed green pepper should be, including being smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top!
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

To make the recipe easy to follow, check out the video I made.  Are you hungry yet for these Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers?

The mixture inside is quinoa cooked in chicken broth (so delicious – I could just eat this as is!), fresh kale and a cup of tomato sauce.  Once everything  is mixed then start filling each pepper.
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing

This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  You’ll love how the top is slightly crispy too! 

I love stuffing.  I’ve shared my Amish Potato Stuffing and Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole before but wanted to share with you my current favorite side dish, Kale Potato Bread Stuffing!   This recipe uses my Amish Potato Stuffing as a base but I threw in kale to add some greens.  Since the dish has a whopping 4 cups of kale in it, you don’t even need to make a extra vegetable to serve at dinner. 

This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner. You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too!

This is the perfect side dish to a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  It’s also a great dish to serve for large potluck parties (think of the upcoming Big Game!) as a small serving of it goes a long way in hunger and taste.  
This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner. You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too!

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Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

Easy to make and extra delicious Cabbage Roll Casserole made in 3 hours in the Slow Cooker!  These are also called Halupkie!

Halupkie (aka Cabbage Rolls) were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make. She would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

Easy to make and extra delicious Cabbage Roll Casserole made in 3 hours in the Slow Cooker! These are also called Halupkie!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker.   Honestly, cabbage rolls once cut open aren’t the most pretty food, so just think of this as a big bowl of comfort food and see past the non-perfect visuals.  A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  Even better is that this recipe only takes 3 hours in the slow cooker – so it’ll be ready before you know it!

Easy to make and extra delicious Cabbage Roll Casserole made in 3 hours in the Slow Cooker! These are also called Halupkie!

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night.  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours.  This soup is both delicious and easy to make! 

The end of November brought cold weather and rainy days.  Because of the added layers to stay warm and the drizzle of rain it also brought a laziness to the dinner table.  I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut the last few weeks making easy and quick meals.  It usually gets to dinner time and we’re both too tired to really think of anything new so it’s something simple.    I am craving comfort food right now.  Hearty, creamy and cheesy is what I want.   To make a comforting Winter meal that is still simple and quick, I brought out my slow cooker and this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup was born.

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night. The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours. This soup is both delicious and easy to make!

This soup pretty much is the definition of comfort food.  It’s potatoes and onions slow cooked in broth.  Then we’re going to add the broccoli.  Add in some cheddar cheese, stir it around and we have a extra creamy soup that is the perfect dish to serve on a cold night.    With most soups, I always suggest adding some crusty bread, or a leftover Thanksgiving dinner roll so you can dip it in the soup. 

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night. The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours. This soup is both delicious and easy to make!

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My Favorite Thanksgiving Side Dishes

The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls – find your entire menu here!

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Are you ready for the holiday season?  To help make things easier for you wanted I wanted to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes.  From stuffing to potatoes to vegetables to rolls, I have it covered for you!  Make sure to check your pantry, and if you don’t have all the ingredients, add them to your grocery list… Thanksgiving is only a few days away!

Amish Potato Stuffing is a delicious potato stuffing recipe,  just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.  This has been one of my most popular recipes over the last few weeks.  We love it so much I’ll be making it for 2 Thanksgiving feasts this week!
The best Thanksgiving Side Dish recipes are here! From potato stuffing, to vegetables, to cheesy casseroles, to rolls - find your entire menu here!

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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad – 15 Minute Meal!

Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes.  This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

This is my current go to lunch as well as go to appetizer for dinner parties if I don’t have time to bake some homemade bread.   I love this dish because it’s easy to make, filled with healthy vegetables and is delicious.  If I’m expecting a solo dinner, I can quarter this recipe and serve over some fettuccine noodles and it tastes like a gourmet meal.  I love the taste of lime and cilantro to garnish a dish, but if lime isn’t your thing you could substitute lemon juice instead.   You could also turn this into a full salad and throw it on top of some crunchy arugula – another one of my favorite lunches!  See, isn’t this salad awesome because it’s so flexible?  Hope you enjoy!
Easy to make Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad that is ready in 15 minutes. This is perfect to serve for dinner over pasta, as a appetizer or a light lunch.

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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

I love Curry.  And I’m not talking about Steph Curry because you guys know I’m a Cavs fan.  I’m talking about curry, the delicious dish that can be found in multiple varieties around the world.   In Morimoto’s cookbook Mastering the Art of Japanese Cooking he writes “Japanese curry is like the final whisper in an international game of telephone.  It began in India, moved to and morphed in England, and settled in my home country ….every prefecture and every family has its own version”.

Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

Right now I’m really into Morimoto’s cookbook to get better at Japanese cooking. The book has everything in it from this delicious curry (who my husband rated as “one of the best things you ever  made”) to udon noodle soups, shrimp dumplings, rice bowls, tempura and so much more.   For a holiday gift I’d definitely add Mastering The Art of Japanese Home Cooking to your wishlist.  You can also find more recipes at the #JapaneseHomeCooking book blog party if you make this, fall in love and want to try more! 
Delicious homemade Japanese Curry (Karei Raisu) using beef, onions, potatoes, carrots and curry sauce mix.

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Lime Sugar Snap Pea Lentils

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes.  These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table.  Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.  

I first made these Lime Lentils during the Summer when we were in peak Sugar Snap Pea season.  I loved how easy they were to make.  I loved how economical the dish was (dry lentils are cheap!).  I loved how fresh the dish tasted due to the crunch of the peas.   A few months later it’s still one of our favorite side dishes.

Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

You’ll  need 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas. The fresher the better.  These were just picked from the garden.
Lime Lentils with Sugar Snap Peas is a delicious healthy side dish made in less than 30 minutes. These make a fantastic dish to serve with chicken or to have on the holiday dinner table. Recipe uses 2 cups dry lentils and 1 1/2 cups fresh sugar snap peas.

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Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls

Extra soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls recipe.   These rolls have a subtle pumpkin flavor and make the perfect roll for Fall dinners and holidays.

If you follow me on social media you might know I have a thing about baking bread.  This Summer I started to get into it, especially Sourdough bread. I keep my Sourdough Starter in the fridge, bringing it out weekly to feed and bake something delicious.  With so much fresh pumpkin we have now from our garden pumpkins I wanted to mix it into a bread recipe so I came up with these extra delicious and soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls.

Extra soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls recipe. These rolls have a subtle pumpkin flavor and make the perfect roll for Fall dinners and holidays.

Warning: You will not be able to eat just 1 roll. Probably not 2 rolls.  They are so delicious you’ll want to eat them all!

Extra soft Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls recipe. These rolls have a subtle pumpkin flavor and make the perfect roll for Fall dinners and holidays.

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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole


Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food dish that will have your entire family begging for more!  It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it’s easy to make.  It’s the perfect side dish for the holidays because it’s cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

Before we know it the holidays will be here and we’ll be planning our dinner menu with friends and family.  I wanted to share with you one of my favorite holiday casserole dishes that I think you’ll like because it’s super easy to make and is pure comfort food.  The casserole only has 4 ingredients: mashed potatoes, broccoli, cheese and crackers.   Who doesn’t love those ingredients?  I was serious when I said this was comfort food.  It only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.  What you’re left with is a cheesy delicious casserole that will make everyone at the dinner table happy, including you because it hardly took any work to make!

Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food dish that will have your entire family begging for more! It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it's easy to make. It's the perfect side dish for the holidays because it's cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

The dish is easy to make as it’s just 4 level steps.  First you spread out the mashed potatoes.  Next comes the broccoli on top.  Then sprinkle your cheese.  Finally, add your crumbled up crackers.  
Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole is a comfort food dish that will have your entire family begging for more! It uses Instant Mashed Potatoes so it's easy to make. It's the perfect side dish for the holidays because it's cheesy and delicious and only takes 5 minutes to prepare, 25 minutes to bake.

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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie.   Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans! 

I didn’t plan on posting 2 tomatillo recipes this week but when you have a 10 pound basket full of tomatillos staring at you from the kitchen counter you might be persuaded.   It finally feels like Fall in NYC and I wanted to use the tomatillos in a Fall recipe instead of the usual salsa I make.  Whenever I think of tomatillos my mind always goes to soup so I decided to follow this path and come up with a Mexican inspired soup that uses tomatilos, as well as other garden fresh veggies: black beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and corn.     This tomatillo soup tastes delicious and has a deep flavor due to the vegetables and spices.  It’s a comforting soup but doesn’t feel heavy like many other Fall soups.    I suggest serving this alongside some rolls or biscuits for dipping.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

It warms my heart (literally) to see so many of the vegetables we grew in this soup.   The stars of this soup are the tomatillos which are filled with tasty juices that are going to be released in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

The other personal star in this soup are the black beans.   Last year we started growing our own dry beans and since then I’ve been hooked.  We grow a few different dry beans during the Summer so we can enjoy them in the Fall and Winter.   This recipe calls for 1 cup dry black beans but if you don’t have the time to soak them you can also use 1 can of black beans.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

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5 Minute Mexican Burrito Bowl

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Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa.  Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

Day 3 of Tomato Week!  Monday was Marinated Italian Diced Tomatoes.  Tuesday was Creamy Roma Tomato Soup.  Now I want to show you how to easily use fresh tomatoes in a Mexican dish. 

I am loving this 5 minute burrito bowl right now because it’s quick, filling, delicious and uses fresh vegetables from our garden.   It’s perfect for lunch (at home or take to work) because it’s so fast to make.  I like preparing 2-3 bowls worth of ingredients in the beginning of the week, so I can just throw everything in a container, head to work and then microwave it once it’s lunch time.   If you’re craving a quick Burrito Bowl for dinner, this is the recipe for you too!  You could even add some extra protein to it, such as chicken or more beans.   

Vegetarian Mexican Burrito Bowl that includes rice, refried beans, corn, tomato, pepper and salsa. Perfect for work lunches or quick dinners as it only takes 5 minutes to make!

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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes.   This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes! 

We’re back for Day 2 of tomato week! Yesterday was Marinated Italian Diced Tomatoes, today is all about one of my favorite comfort meals: tomato soup!  

There’s something romantic about tomato soup isn’t there?  Maybe it reminds you of curling up with a warm bowl in Fall and Winter. Maybe it gives you memories of Mom opening a can of it as a kid.   Or maybe you associate it with with the peak of garden season when you’re picking tomatoes by the basket.  For me, it’s all 3 of these.     Tomato soup is a favorite of mine, it’s one of those dishes that when you see on a menu you immediately know what you’re ordering.  But the best tomato soup is homemade.  It’s made with fresh tomatoes (preferably Roma/plum tomatoes), onions and a little bit of heavy cream with bread served on the side for dipping.

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

The first step to making homemade tomato soup is getting the tomatoes peeled and diced.  If you’ve never made tomato soup from scratch, don’t worry, this is easy.   Cut a small X in the stem end of each tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch them for about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a pot of cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin from the tomatoes  (you can use tomato skins to make tomato powder!), remove the core, and coarsely chop the flesh.  
Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

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