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1 Pot, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
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#WokWednesday P.F. Chang’s General Chang’s Chicken + Wok Giveaway!
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Roasted Vegetable Hoagie
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Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham
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Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Made in seconds!
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog
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Simple Pea Garden Pasta
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Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad – Perfect for Summer veggies!
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe
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Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables – Quick Dinner Recipe!
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Betty’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe – Mad Men Post!
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Creamy Ranch Potato Salad
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Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
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Haluski AKA Polish Cabbage and Noodles
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Cheesy Taco Casserole – Comfort Food Recipe

1 Pot, 3 Ingredient, 15 Minute Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

This Stovetop Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese is made with 1 pot,  3 ingredients and only takes 15 minutes to make.   Grab your pasta, Velveeta cheese and broccoli and make this easy creamy homemade mac and cheese for dinner soon!  Kids will love how delicious it is! Adults will love how simple it is to make!

You guys, you’re going to love this Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese.  It’s a real 1 pot, 3 ingredient, 15 minute meal and it’s one of my favorite cheesy pasta dishes.

1 pot – seriously.  
3 ingredients – Noodles, cheese and broccoli.  Boom, easy.
15 minutes – A real 15 minute meal. Not 15 minutes plus prep time.  You might even finish in 13 minutes!

With recent chilly nights where I wrap a blanket around me, I crave comfort food. I want it hot.  I want it cheesy.  But I also want some vegetables because a garden girl always want some freshness.  Plus I like to think that when you add vegetables to recipes it makes them healthy.  Like Glazed Carrot Donuts,  Red Bean Brownies, Sinful Chocolate Black Bean Brownies or Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese.  See, all healthy recipes. You agree, right?  Ok, great.

So Broccoli and Macaroni and Cheese was the only way to go.  But with comfort food, I want it quick.  That way I don’t have to get out of my warm blanket for more time.  I could wear my pink house robe while cooking to stay warm, but trust me, noone wants to see that.
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#WokWednesday P.F. Chang’s General Chang’s Chicken + Wok Giveaway!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love Chinese food.  I mean can you tell by my recipe category here?  For the past few weeks I was craving Chinese food so we finally stopped by one of my favorite restaurants and ordered the usual.  It was delicious, I was satisfied, but who wants to leave home when it’s cold out and who wants to pay $22 for take out?  Not me.

Matthew’s favorite Chinese item on the menu is always General’s Chicken.  Actually it’s what he ordered this weekend.  We have a couple busy weeks ahead of us with work that we’ll be staying at the studio until the later hours of the night so I need to come up some simple recipe solutions that will have us fed within 15 minutes of getting home (after we feed the cats of course, they always eat first, spoiled critters).

Let me introduce you to your new favorite weeknight dinner to save you the hassle of cooking from scratch, P.F. Chang’s Home Menu.  Their meal options include bold exciting flavors with quality cuts of beef, white meat chicken breast or succulent shrimp paired with crisp colorful vegetables, tender noodles, etc along with their  signature sauce.  Matthew’s able to get his chicken in while I can enjoy my vegetable mini egg rolls. It’s a win win situation!  Why don’t you shake things up a bit for Wok Wednesday?
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Roasted Vegetable Hoagie

Roasted Vegetable Hoagie is a delicious sub filled with roasted veggies!  Mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans are roasted, thrown in a hoagie roll and then slathered in cheese. 

Veggie lovers don’t miss out on your next tailgating party, instead warm up to this Roasted Vegetable Hoagie!

It’s warm it’s cold, it’s warm it’s cold, it’s warm it’s cold,  it’s warm it’s cold, it’s warm it’s cold, it’s warm it’s cold.  Can the weather make up it’s mind already?  Between 80 degree days and 55 degree days, I can’t decide if I should eat watermelon for lunch or a nice bowl of soup.  I’m a chilly loving girl so I would like to say to Fall: Bring it on.  Winter too,  Bring it on.  I love you.  

On those chilly nights that we’ve been having in between and for future chilly weather I can’t get enough of this warm Roasted Vegetable Hoagie.  I mentioned in my Double Chocolate Oatmeal recipe post that I’ve gone meat free a few months ago and I’ve noticed that sporting events and parties are probably one of the hardest parts.  Sometimes there’s some celery, tomatoes and cheese with dip, but for the most part it’s burgers, wings and hot dogs.  What’s a girl to do?  Make some hoagies that are full of vegetables that will have the meat lovers swooning at the smell of these roasted veggies.  And to make it even better, this is a sloppy hoagie that you’ll need a paper towel to hold.  That means you’ll fit in with those football friends that are licking their fingers from their BBQ sauce.  There’s something about finger food that screams SPORTS to me! 
Roasted Vegetable Hoagie is a delicious sub filled with roasted veggies!  Mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans are roasted, thrown in a hoagie roll and then slathered in cheese.

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Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham

These Chinese Buffet Style Green Beans With Ham are delicious!  A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make healthy recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make!

 Chinese food is one of my favorites but I have to admit that usually after I eat takeout I feel guilty and awful.  Over the years I’ve really been working hard to perfect some Chinese recipes to get them tasting like the restaurant but healthier by making them in my own kitchen.  I even have a section of Chinese recipes favorites here, with a little push that the Chicken and Broccoli is a fan favorite on my blog. 

 Right now we have a bunch of green beans growing in the garden.  I love rooting around in the bush beans trying to find the beans.
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

With some freshly green beans just picked I  knew what was on the menu: Chinese Green Beans, just like from the Chinese buffet!    To make this a full all around meal ham is a great addition to Chinese Green Beans.  You can used Cubed Ham or Diced Ham, depending on what you like.  It’s also a perfect recipe for leftover ham. 
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

What else do you need?  I love adding green peppers to Chinese meals because they soak up the soy sauce and other sauces so nicely. Whenever I get broccoli and garlic sauce for takeout, they always add green peppers.  I love it!  I also love how weirdly shaped this pepper from the garden is.  I love weirdos. 
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

And 15 minutes later, your meal is done. That’s faster than calling the Chinese restaurant and waiting for it to be delivered!
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

If you have sesame seeds in your pantry, sprinkle some on top.  They make a nice little crunch on top. 
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

Now load up on beans and enjoy your meal!
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham
These Chinese Buffet Style Green Beans With Ham are delicious! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make healthy recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons vegetable or sesame oil
  2. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 pound green beans, ends cut off
  4. 1 large green pepper, chopped
  5. 1 cup chopped ham
  6. 1 tablespoon sugar
  7. 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  8. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir in garlic and mix for a minute or until slightly browned.
  3. Add green beans and pepper and stir for 10 minutes.
  4. Add ham, sugar, oyster sauce and soy sauce and heat for a additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve.
Notes
  1. For vegetarian option, follow the recipe but don't add ham.
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These Chinese Buffet Style Green Beans With Ham are delicious!  A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make healthy recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make!

Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich – Made in seconds!

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Join me in making this Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich, the perfect sandwich made in seconds, sponsored on behalf of Smithfield Anytime Favorites. 

It’s almost September! Yipee!  You see, I’m a Fall girl so I love everything about these next upcoming months.  But with Fall, comes early mornings.  Maybe it’s back to work (or maybe it’s regular go to work), getting your kids on the bus, making your loved one a on the go sandwich, or throwing together a quick dinner sandwich after basketball practice.  This Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich is crazy good, will fill you up and the best part, it’s made in seconds.  I’m serious.  You can literally have this made in under 90 seconds.  Time yourself, it will be fun! Plus you’ll get your daily exercise in.  See, it’s a win win situation!

The sandwich is based on a popular fastfood sandwich, but homemade so you know what’s going into it and you can use the finest ingredients.  It hits the spot of being savory (ham, egg, cheese) but with a touch of sweetness (maple syrup).   You can serve it up for breakfast, pack it for lunch (just put the syrup on the ide) or make for dinner.  I’m a fan of breakfast for dinner, so make these up and serve with some greens on the side and you’re set.

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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

You’ll love this creamy cauliflower pasta dish because it’s cheesy and full of vegetables.  Plus it’ll be done in 15 minutes.  Isn’t that a win win situation?  

Our cauliflower was picked in the beginning of June so I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you!  We love harvesting cauliflower.  We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.   Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball.  It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.

Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
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I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.   
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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It’s perfect for Summer grilling too!

With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.

I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it.  So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare.  Imagine one delicious beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

The key to this dog is you need some quality beef franks.  
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now we’re going to place the hot dog inside a taco shell. It’s one of those ideas where if you tried it already you know the magic, but if you never thought of doing that you might have just had a “AHA” moment.  By the way, I’m not magic (I wish). I always buy standing shells which if you love tacos will change your life.  No more tacos that will fall over!
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 Now it’s time to load this hot dog up to make it a taco. You’ll need shredded cheese, lettuce, onions, jalapenos and some real delicious salsa. I always use my favorite salsa recipe here.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now go ahead and put your hot dogs in your taco shells.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 As soon as you’ll put the cheese on the dogs it will melt beautifully.  Then go ahead and put the rest of the toppings on.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!     

Now it’s time to get your hot dog taco on!  Enjoy!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It's perfect for Summer grilling too!    

 

Simple Pea Garden Pasta

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There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week.  Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.  
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Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden.  There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato.  I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
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Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad – Perfect for Summer veggies!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Newman’s Own for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite dinner meals of the moment.  

The last few days have been hot.  It’s that humid dry heat that melts you when walking to work to the point of where you have to dry yourself off before stepping into the studio.  There you work in the AC until it’s time to go home.   Now it’s time to sweat again.  Once home, I don’t want to even think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think of drinking or eating anything hot, so that’s why chilled pasta salad is the winner! Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad_1

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  Our tomatoes have taken off and are already close to outgrowing their 54 inch tomato cages.
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Bok Choy and Bacon Macaroni and Cheese

Happy June 1st everyone!  Can you believe it’s June already?  The garden season began months ago (officially with seeds) but when the hot and humid weather hits then it really seems like it’s garden time.  That time is now!  The garden is in full bloom right with all of our Spring and many of our Summer plants growing (cucumbers and cantaloupe seeds inside).  

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Every year we grow a few heads of bok choy.  Do you remember the size of last year’s bok choy?  This year is no exception.  We decided to plant the bok choy in the long kale and onion box this year instead of the usual container.  I was worried they wouldn’t grow as big, but they always like to show how great they are… and here they are:
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe

A delicious potato stuffing recipe,  just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. 

When I was a kid we would always hit up the weekend markets.  These markets were a mixture of flea markets outside with regular food vendors inside.  I come from near Amish country in Pennsylvania so on the way there it wouldn’t be strange to pass a horse and buggy going by.  Once at the auction first you would browse the treasures outside ($2 rainbow ceramic pie pan!) while working up a appetite.  Next stop would be the Amish stands outside where you could buy fruits and vegetables at discounted prices (hello 4 for $1 corn on the cobs).  Finally you’d go inside and grab lunch or head to the butcher to buy meat for dinner that week.    There was a popular place inside one of these markets that sold a chicken breast stuffed with potato stuffing. Not only was it stuffed with it but it was also laying on a bed of it.   It was one of my favorite meals.  We would buy a couple to eat throughout the week but as soon as we got home mom or dad would make me one right away.   

Last week I was craving that potato stuffing so I made a batch of it and boy (and girl) was it delicious.  As soon as I mixed everything into the saucepan, the smell of nostalgia hit me. Isn’t it amazing how sensitive we are to smell and how just a little whiff of something can make us recall  memories so quickly?   That’s what happened with this potato stuffing.  I was in my kitchen in Brooklyn, but in my mind I was a kid being served by mom and dad back in Pennsylvania.  

I served this Amish Potato Stuffing alongside some chicken and it was the perfect meal.   The stuffing is so easy to make that I ask next time you are craving it, skip the boxed stuff and make this.  You’re going to fall in love and that’s what I want you to do!

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Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.

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Turkey Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
You all know I’m a pickles and tomatoes kinda girl with burgers!

Hop on over to Peanut Butter & Co for the recipe.  Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables – Quick Dinner Recipe!

“This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Barilla®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #OnePotPasta http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

It’s not often that taking photos of a recipe actually takes longer than how long it took me to make the dish!

We’ve been busy with work lately so when we get home we usually want a quick  meal so we can gather in front of the television and watch NBA playoffs (best time of the year, go Cavs, go Net).  Pasta is a great quick meal but are you ever so hungry that you can’t even wait for the water to boil?    Let me introduce you to Barilla’s Pronto pasta which is one pan, no boil, no drain pasta.   I wasn’t sold on it when I first heard about it – I mean seriously, I didn’t have to boil the water? But after multiple recipes, I’m hooked.  A great tasting pasta dish with fresh vegetables that actually only takes 10 minutes?  Totally sold.  

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Say hello to No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables, it’s my new favorite quick dinner recipe. Fact: We had it for dinner last night!  This recipe calls for red peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and basil so it’s a fresh harvest meal!  I can’t wait until Summer time when I can pick our peppers and tomatoes from our garden and throw them right in this dish.   This dish is entirely customizable too,  add whatever vegetables you want!  It’s a great dish to clean out that refrigerator!   Never let a pepper go bad, life motto to live by. :D)
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Betty’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe – Mad Men Post!

“Hot or cold? Swedish meatballs or chicken salad” asks Betty Draper when Don comes home late from work one evening.  Don chooses the chicken salad, but in my opinion he misses out. Betty’s Swedish Meatballs are where the magic is at.

If you’re reading this and wondering who Betty Draper or Don it, let me grab you for a quick hug and tell you what you’re missing out on.   The Drapers (or previously were – no spoilers!) are 2 of the main characters on the hit show Mad Men which I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning.   On Sunday night they will air the first episode from the final season – weep weep.   If you’re a Mad Men fan, do you have predictions?  How’s it going to end?  How’s Don going to end up?  Are you rooting for him?  Do you think Don Draper is amazingly sexy no matter what horrible things he does?  Me too, I can’t help it.  Smoking, drinking, overtly sexual, heart breaker, etc. “Don Draper cheats on his wife, never does any housework, hardly spends time with his kids—he shouldn’t be sexy, but he is.”    All the things that your mother told you to stay way from.  Except with Don he chases you in and you’re like “Ok”. Why do you have to be so complicated Mr. Draper?

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Creamy Ranch Potato Salad

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn’t require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It’s made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It’s a must have your next grilling session!

Potato salad is a family staple at so many events, especially at picnics.  Maybe it’s for a graduation, or a family get together, or a bbq; most likely there is a big bowl of potato salad there.  I love how versatile potato salad can be.  When chilled in the summer, it’s the perfect food to cool off with next to your hot dog.  In the winter time, you can serve it right off the stove to warm you up.
CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!  
CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!

This potato salad is made in 20 minutes and only uses 6 ingredients.  And what a bonus, no peeling potatoes, we’re just washing and cubing these red potatoes up!  With every bite you’re going to get a nice crunch of vegetable with the help of celery and onion.  To make it super creamy we’re going to smother it with Ranch Salad Dressing.

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session! 

So when it comes Summer or Winter or any time between, give this Creamy Ranch Potato Salad a try! I’m pretty it will cause some happy taste buds!  Enjoy!

Creamy Ranch Potato Salad
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Ingredients
  1. 2 pounds red potatoes – washed and cubed
  2. 2 stalks celery
  3. 1/2 cup green onion or yellow onion
  4. ¾ cup Ranch Salad Dressing
  5. 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  6. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring pot of water to boil and add potatoes. Simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes.
  3. Put all ingredients in bowl and gently toss.
  4. Serve immediately or if preferred chilled, put in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
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 CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!

 

Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes

AMAZING tasting Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes – this easy to make Chinese dish is tasty and will have your family begging for it!  Serve beef and vegetables over white rice for a healthy authentic Chinese meal! 

Do you have a favorite Chinese dish?  I’m a big fan of Chinese soups (like salted pork and cabbage), Shrimp Chop Suey and I’m always down for Lo Mein.  One thing I always love in my dishes is a ton of vegetables covered in that delicious Chinese sauce they always smoother them in.   It doesn’t matter if it’s peppers, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts or something else, I can’t say no to a yummy vegetable.

Right now being Winter I am craving fresh vegetables.  I am missing the green pepper overload from the garden.  I can’t wait to pick broccoli in the Spring. Thankfully we still have enough carrots left from Fall so I have those to survive on.  Over the weekend it was freezing (literally).  The wind was harsh, my knees were shaking and my gloves didn’t feel like they were doing much of anything. One thing I craved when I got home was a warm fresh meal, something that would take me out of the Winter blues. That’s how this Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes dinner was created.

AMAZING tasting Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes - this easy to make Chinese dish is tasty and will have your family begging for it!  Serve beef and vegetables over white rice for a healthy authentic Chinese meal!

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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? In this recipe we’re going to mix a comfort food favorite with some garden fresh sugar snap peas!  It’s the perfect combo of creamy and crunchy!

Lately I’ve been wearing 2 winter coats at the same time, it’s that cold.  Last night I was standing in the shower and was unsure if I was still freezing or the water was so hot it was burning me.  It’s that cold.   When I get home from work I grab all the cats at once, hold them against me and don’t’ release them until I am warm.  Ok, it doesn’t matter if I’m cold, I always do that. 

The storm last week in NYC wasn’t as bad as expected but we are expecting a little more snow today.  4 inches or 10 inches?  Who knows.   What I know is that all I want is warm food all the time during the Winter. It’s soup for lunch.  It’s a warmed up brownie for a late afternoon snack.  It’s tea nonstop.  And it’s this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas for dinner.   

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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It’s the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!
 
Have you been watching the news?  If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:

WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET  A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!

I love snow.  I know not everyone likes it.  After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).   I’ve always lived in the Northeast so snowstorms have been a part of every Winter for me.   Does anyone else remember the Winter of 1993?  Me too, I loved it.   Since I was a kid there’s always been something magical and exciting about a expecting snowstorm.  While I was in school there was the anticipation of school closing.  If it was bad the night before, you’d turn on your local tv channel and scroll through the listings until they got to your school to see if it was closed (worst was you tuned into the channel and they were at the R schools when your school was a P, you’d have to wait a bit).   Maybe it snowed during the night, in that case you’d jump out of bed and do the same thing in the morning.  When you saw your school scroll across the screen with the words “CLOSED”.  You shouted “Yeah!”.  The rest of the day was filled with sledding, your dad making you throw rock salt out,  going sledding more, coming inside and your mom seeing your bright red skin and making you a hot chocolate, and then more sledding  On my hilly street the snow didn’t really go anywhere, so in big storms it stuck around for weeks, even months.    As a 31 year old, I’m still just as excited.   I love the anticipation of the storm (how many inches? how many feet? is it going to hit us?).  I love seeing the first flakes fall down followed by sitting near the window for hours watching NYC become a winter wonderland.   I love seeing kids sled on sidewalks.  I love throwing on cozy socks, flannel pajamas and drinking a hot cup of tea.  

So what I’m saying is, I love you Juno.  I’m writing this post on Monday night, so I’m giddy with curiosity. Some forecasts are saying 12 inches, some are calling for 24 inches, some are saying 3 feet.  I say bring it on.  You beautiful white beast with snow falling and blowing.  Let it snow!   

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights.   Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili.  This chili is a game winner.  Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground.  Curl up to it at a tailgating party.  Curl up to it during the big game this weekend.  What’s the perfect companion to a big bowl of chili besides a big spoon? French Fries!  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

Have you ever dipped a fry in chili?  It’s pretty magical. Your first chili dipping experience with be remembered forever.  At parties, you often see the typical canned chip dips, but how awesome are you when you bring a big pot of chili to dip your fries in?  Do you know who wins the big game?  You!  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal.  It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables.  I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break.  Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat.   This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked! 
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

 This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!     

So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili with french fries! Go Team Snowstorm! Go You!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  2. 1 15 oz can of black beans
  3. 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
  4. 1 large green pepper - chopped
  5. 2 cups frozen corn
  6. 3 medium sized carrots - chopped
  7. 1 jalapeno - finely chopped
  8. 1 tablespoon chili powder
  9. 1 tablespoon oregano
  10. 1 teaspoon cumin
  11. Shredded Cheddar Cheese (to top)
  12. Sour Cream (to top)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients inside slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Put on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

Haluski AKA Polish Cabbage and Noodles

Haluski is a popular Eastern European dish, especially in Poland, that is quick and easy to make.  A big bowl of noodles and vegetables is sure to please your entire Family at dinnertime. Enjoy this delicious Haluski recipe passed on to me by my Polish grandmother!

During the 1800’s women in Europe had an average of six children during their lives, with many families having more than that.   Many of these families from Eastern Europe were poor and needed a simple and cheap dish that could feed the entire family (and keep them full).  One of their favorite dishes that Polish Grandmothers (babcia!) and Mothers made was haluski. Haluski is a popular Eastern European dish, especially in Poland, that is quick and easy to make.  A big bowl of noodles and vegetables is sure to please your entire Family at dinnertime. Enjoy this delicious Haluski recipe passed on to me by my Polish grandmother!
 
Haluski is a dish that my mother would make as a kid very often. It’s no surprise that her mother came from Poland so this was a hand me down recipe.  The dish is essentially a easy noodles and cabbage dish that is made in about 15 minutes.  If you calculate the ingredients, you’ll see that it’s about a $5 meal and can serve 6-8 people.  This makes a very bargain friendly dish that is delicious too. Don’t you love that? Haluski is a popular Eastern European dish, especially in Poland, that is quick and easy to make.  A big bowl of noodles and vegetables is sure to please your entire Family at dinnertime. Enjoy this delicious Haluski recipe passed on to me by my Polish grandmother!

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Cheesy Taco Casserole – Comfort Food Recipe

Cheesy Taco Casserole is a easy to make, comfort food recipe. Perfect for Taco Tuesday recipes!  It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.

Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.  

Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them.  The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways.  Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole.  In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.

Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!

Cheesy Taco Casserole is a easy to make, comfort food recipe. Perfect for Taco Tuesday recipes! It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.

This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work.  In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots.   It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.  And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.

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