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Mexican Arugula Corn Salad
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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad
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Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole
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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers – How to Bring Spaghetti Back to Life!
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10 MINUTE EASY Vegetable Lo Mein
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Potatoes and Kale
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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Lentil Sandwich
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Cheesy Vegetable Soup
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Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli
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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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Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
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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

Mexican Arugula Corn Salad

 

EASY Mexican Arugula Corn Salad with Lime Olive Oil dressing!  This simple, healthy salad recipe includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it.  My family loves this salad, it makes healthy eating easy!

I love this Mexican flavored Arugula Corn Salad!  The olive oil/lime juice dressing that coats the arugula greens, tomatoes and corn leaves me craving this salad for lunch and dinner.   I love Mexican flavored dishes, so the lime, cumin and dash of red pepper flakes gives this such a burst of flavor making this a exciting salad!

EASY Mexican Arugula Corn Salad with Lime Olive Oil dressing!  This simple, healthy salad recipe includes Arugula, Spinach, Tomatoes, Corn and a Olive Oil/Lime/Cumin dressing to give it a Mexican taste! This is a perfect side salad but could easily turn into a main course if you add chicken to it.  My family loves this salad, it makes healthy eating easy!

With the weather turning to Spring and Summer (it was 70 degrees this weekend!) I’m taking a step back from hot soups for lunch and instead am craving something fresh and crunchy.   What’s growing in the garden dictates our meals, so I’m looking forward to picking our fresh vegetables, dicing them up and having a big bowl of salad for lunch.  And what’s even better is there no time waiting for lunch or dinner to be heated,  this Mexican Arugula Corn Salad is made within minutes.  

Here’s a video that shows just how easy it is to make this salad!

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Corn and Tomato Rice Salad

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This is a sponsored recipe post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.  This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is perfect for dinner, picnics and potlucks.  With it’s Mexican inspired flavor it’ll be a hit with everyone!  And even better, it’s ready in 15 minutes!

I’m in love with this rice salad.   I took a version of this recipe to a potluck last week and I’m proud to say it was the first dish that was empty.     This is a great fresh ingredient recipe that lightens up dinner.    You can serve it as a side dish or a main dish, preferably served alongside some fresh bread.  What I especially love about it is that due to the lime juice, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro it has a Mexican flavor added to it.  Anyone else love Mexican flavored everything?  This salad is so good you could even fill up a burrito with it and call it dinner.

This Corn and Tomato Rice Salad is perfect for dinner, picnics and potlucks. With it's Mexican inspired flavor it'll be a hit with everyone! And even better, it's ready in 15 minutes!

And because I love fresh recipes that are quick to make, this salad is ready to serve in 15 minutes.

The main ingredient is Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice so you’ll have great-tasting fluffy rice in just 10 minutes.   Brown Rice is a nutritious option as it has similar nutritional values to regular long cooking brown rice, but it’s done in 1/4 the time.  I love brown rice because of it’s versatility – you can use in cheesy casseroles or light lunch options.    One tip to get the tastiest brown rice is instead of boiling in water, try vegetable broth.  

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Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole

Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole – yum! By substituting black beans and corn for ground meat, we can make a delicious Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole that will become a family favorite!

Hi everyone – I hope you’re having a great week!  I’m typing this post from the glamorous back row of a Boltbus that’s traveling back to NYC from Washington DC (more about that next week! I went to the White House! OMGZ.) I’m sorry it’s been a little quiet around here but with building the garden on the land, R+R work, writing/shooting, and some travel (for work) this week has been tough.   I also have to go to the accountant for my taxes tomorrow so this week is super rough. 😉   I ate 2 donuts today. I feel so guilty. 

This Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole is one of our favorite dinner recipes.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t get sick of having multiple times a week (we love it that much).  Since going vegetarian, I’ve had to figure out how to change my recipes and that’s what I did for this casserole. Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  Mix that with some elbow macaroni, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, tomato soup, taco seasoning mix and taco cheese and you have the perfect weeknight meal!  I don’t want to call this recipe healthy, because it does have the word “cheesy” in the title, but the recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of cheese and if you want you can even add less.   My husband who still eats meat (but hardly does because I’m the chef of the house) loves this meal and doesn’t miss the ground beef at all!  You know it’s a winner when he requests Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole every week!

So without further ado…here’s our favorite taco casserole!

Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole - yum! By substituting black beans and corn for ground meat, we can make a delicious Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole that will become a family favorite!

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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers – How to Bring Spaghetti Back to Life!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life! 

Spaghetti is a tricky. I don’t mean the process of making it, that’s usually easy. The tricky part is figuring out how much spaghetti you have to make.  Have you ever asked your loved ones “How hungry are you?” in hopes they will tell you precisely how hungry they are so you make the exact amount of food.  Usually the answer is “Sorta hungry” or “Very hungry” which both aren’t that helpful.  So into the boiling pot goes the entire box of spaghetti.  9 out of 10 times, there will be spaghetti left, which then goes into a glass storage container into the refrigerator until someone decides they want to eat leftover spaghetti.  Many times, I’m afraid to admit, noone wants to eat that leftover spaghetti and it goes bad.  I hate wasting food.  It’s the worst.   So I set out on how to bring leftover spaghetti back to life, so it wouldn’t go to waste anymore!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Hack to bring leftover spaghetti back to life:
Put 2 cups of water in a large skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Add leftover spaghetti and cook 30 seconds. Drain water. Serve!
.You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Now you’re all done and ready to make this delicious Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers!  
This dish is quick and easy (it takes 5 minutes to make).   It’s full of  diced tomatoes and fresh green peppers which makes it great for a vegetable filled Winter or Summer meal.    Sometimes in the Winter we can get dragged down by heavy casseroles or soups, but this dish is the opposite of that.   Along with the vegetables, this spaghetti is coated in olive oil and Parmesan cheese which makes you feel like you’re eating a Summer time meal!
You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

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10 MINUTE EASY Vegetable Lo Mein

10 MINUTE, EASY Vegetable Lo Mein! This simple recipe uses dry lo mein noodles and lots of vegetables to make a healthy dish that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  I love that the authentic sauce is made with basic pantry ingredients!

There’s been one favorite Chinese dish that’s been hard for me to conquer in the kitchen over the years, lo mein.    I love the noodles, the sauce and all the fresh vegetables that are chopped up in it.  I love ordering a plate full of lo mein and shocking everyone as I eat every single noodle.   I love lo mein.    From the Chinese restaurant to my own kitchen has been hard though.  First you have to find the right noodles, and then you have to cook them just right.  The most important part is making the sauce.  The sauce needs to taste authentic while gently coating the noodles and vegetables. 

But finally… finally…. I got it! I’ve made Chinese restaurant quality lo mein noodles at home!  And now I’m sharing with you so everyone can get their lo mein on!

10 MINUTE, EASY Vegetable Lo Mein! This simple recipe uses dry lo mein noodles and lots of vegetables to make a healthy dish that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  I love that the authentic sauce is made with basic pantry ingredients!

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Potatoes and Kale

Easy recipe for Potatoes and Kale, a filling healthy vegetarian meal.  The ingredients are simple: potatoes, kale, olive oil and salt and pepper.  

We have 4 heads of kale growing in the garden right now.  They are hearty plants so they can hold up with Winter temperatures and a dusting of snow that might fall on their pretty little heads.
Easy recipe for Potatoes and Kale, a filling healthy vegetarian meal.  The ingredients are simple: potatoes, kale, olive oil and salt and pepper.

But I’m going to tell you something that might make me a bad gardener.  Please don’t hate me.  Kale isn’t a favorite food of mine.  In fact if someone offers me a kale chip, I will take one because I’m nice, but in the back of my head I’m thinking “Oh, gee, a fake potato chip, great”.   Now don’t get me wrong, kale chips can be good, but I don’t trust anyone who is going to pick a kale chip over a delicious kettle potato chip.   You know those people who tell you they’d prefer a green kale smoothie instead of a chocolate milkshake? Yeah, never trust them.  

So here’s my predicament.  We grow kale because the plants themselves rule.  They grow big and they always produce.  Now comes the hard part.  It’s usually hard for me to find something to do with kale that knocks our socks off in the kitchen.  Out of the hundreds of recipes on this blog, there’s less than 10 that feature kale (and you can find them here).  These are our favorite kale recipes, but you can tell the majority of them use kale in a way of “hiding” it (for example, kale meatballs are one of our favorites, but it gets the help of the meat and spices).    There’s nothing wrong with that, I mean who cares how you get your greens in, right?  But I feel like those recipes don’t give kale the respect it deserves.  I need to respect the kale more.  Kale does a awesome job in the garden and here I am not making it a star.  While all the other plants end their garden season, kale stands out there in the freezing temperatures to keep growing for us.  Gosh, I feel like a horrible garden mom now.  I’M SORRY KALE.  I WILL LEARN TO LOVE YOU MORE!  I WILL LEARN TO EAT YOU MORE!

Say hello to “Potatoes and Kale”.  A basic, easy recipe that taught me to respect the kale, love the kale, eat more of the kale.  I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m in love with this simple meal.  I super can’t believe I’m saying this but I ask for kale for dinner now.  Matthew is all “What should we have for dinner tonight?” and I’m all like “Kale! Kale! Kale!”.   This little dish changed my feelings towards kale.    Also I should give credit where it’s due, thank you Matthew, because this is his recipe. He’s the chef behind Potatoes and Kale.  After asking this for the 3rd night in a week I got him to write out the recipe which I’m sharing here.

Easy recipe for Potatoes and Kale, a filling healthy vegetarian meal.  The ingredients are simple: potatoes, kale, olive oil and salt and pepper.

The ingredients are simple.  Potatoes.  Kale. Olive Oil. Salt + Pepper.  That’s it.     Eat it as a side dish or throw it on a little bed of  noodles and call it dinner (that’s what we do).   Not only is the meal delicious and easy, but it makes you feel like a all-star afterwards because you just ate a healthy meal and you loved it!

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Lentil Sandwich

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipe made with lentils in crushed tomato sauce! This is one of my most requested comfort food meals from kids at dinner time! Families will love how easy these homemade sloppy joes are to make and how delicious they are! It’s also great for leftover lunches!

The love of lentils is a recent phenomenon for me. It wasn’t until I stopped eating meat that I realized how amazing (not to mention delicious and filling) they are. I usually put dry lentils in the mind frame of dry beans. Dry beans are cheap and tasty, but I never want to wait to soak them (or should I say, I always forget to soak them). Then I realized that dry lentils don’t have to be soaked overnight.  Cook them for 30 minutes and they’re ready to go. Once I found that out, it was official: I was in love with lentils.

I’ve been enjoying these Lentils in Crushed Tomato Sauce for a bit now.  They have slowly risen to my top 10 current favorite meals.  It finally feels like winter here, so we curl up with these lentils on sandwich rolls (Vegetarian Sloppy Joes!), alongside some french-fries, and it’s the perfect quick dinner while we watch whatever basketball game is on that night.    Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipe made with lentils in crushed tomato sauce! This is one of my most requested comfort food meals from kids at dinner time! Families will love how easy these homemade sloppy joes are to make and how delicious they are! It's also great for leftover lunches!

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Cheesy Vegetable Soup

If you’re looking for a Winter soup that will warm you up then look no further – this Cheesy Vegetable Soup is it!

*First of all – Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas to everyone! I want to wish you and your family a happy and relaxing Christmas.  I’m virtually sending you a gift wrapped hug and hot chocolate! *

This soup has it all – tons of vegetables, tons of flavor and lots of creamy cheesiness!  When I made this and saw people were going back for seconds (and thirds!) then I knew this soup was a hit.  While spooning a cheesy taste into their mouth and muttering “This soup is really good!” then I knew I had to post this recipe!

Vegetable soups are usually thought of more broth based, but I love cheesy vegetables.   I was able to use our frozen garden green beans and carrots in this recipe.  It’s the best feeling when you can use your Summer veggies on cold Winter days!  For this recipe I’m using frozen green beans, frozen corn and fresh carrots and potatoes, but you can throw whatever frozen vegetables you want into this.  Frozen broccoli, cauliflower, California blend, carrots or peas would all taste great!  If possible, don’t skip the potatoes! It gives the soup a heartiness that will fill you up.  

If you're looking for a Winter soup that will warm you up then look no further - this Cheesy Vegetable Soup is it!

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Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli

Cheddar Cheese Scalloped Potatoes with Broccoli and Cream of Mushroom Soup is a easy and quick recipe that is loaded with flavor!   My family declares this homemade cheesy dish the best casserole I make!  Warm up to this baked classic meal sometime soon!
 

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, vegetable dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Cream of Mushroom Soup and Broccoli Casserole with them!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  As my first year as a Vegetarian during the holidays it’s going to be a culinary adventure but that’s ok, side dishes are always my favorite.  In the past turkey has been good, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  I made this casserole with the thought of doing a in between of a mac and cheese and mashed potatoes. It’s creamy, it’s cheesy and even better it uses my favorite Cream of Mushroom soup and a bunch of broccoli.  Have you guys noticed my love of broccoli in recipes? I can’t help it. I see broccoli hearts in my eyes.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with Cream of Mushroom Soup. These scalloped potatoes are light on the cheese and use a creamy cream of mushroom mixture. They will be a hit at the next holiday dinner!

Instead of using all that milk and a bunch of cheese this recipe is calling for a Family Size can of  Campbell’s Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup.  You probably already have a can in your pantry for other favorite Thanksgiving side dishes but did you know it makes one heck of a potato dish too?   This is one of my favorite Condensed soups to have on hand because it’s flavorful and saves me a bunch of time when I’m making multiple dishes at once.

You’ll want to slice up 2.5 pounds of potatoes. I throw these into my food processor and they’re done within a minute. I always think it’s magic.  Then you’ll want to cut up a head of broccoli.  Use the reference photo below to the left to see the size of the broccoli cut up, each piece should be small.
Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes and Broccoli with Cream of Mushroom Soup. These scalloped potatoes are light on the cheese and use a creamy cream of mushroom mixture. They will be a hit at the next holiday dinner!

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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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Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

HEALTHY Roasted Vegetable Sandwich is a hoagie filled with roasted veggies! This easy, healthy recipe includes mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans thrown on a sub roll with melted cheese on top! Make this simple meal for dinner, lunch or cut up into mini sandwiches for appetizers!
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.

What I love about roasted vegetables is that it’s plug and play.  I am using mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans in this recipe because they’re my favorite and they’re in season veggies from the garden but you do you.  Want to add onions, broccoli or squash? Go for it.  Ready to get your hoagie on?
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.

Now chop and dice them up!  It’s really important to dice your potatoes up into 1/2 inch pieces as they will cook quicker and evenly with the other vegetables. If you cut them up larger then they are going to take longer to cook and your other vegetables will be overly cooked.
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.

Throw them in a large bowl and give them a flip.
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.

Now start making your olive oil dressing ready that you’ll be drizzling over these vegetables.
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.

Drizzle it on your veggies and continue flipping them so they’re coated in your oil.
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.

I had to use 2 cookie sheets for this recipe because it’s alot of vegetables.  Now it goes into the oven… roasting time!
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.

Enjoy that roasting smell in your home…. and now the before and after!
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.

SWOON!
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.

Now grab your rolls.  It’s up to you what you want to use, I love hoagie rolls but I also love big sandwich rolls for a Roasted Vegetable Sandwich!
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.  

Put your hoagie on a sheet of paper towel and start adding the roasted veggies inside them. See, aren’t you happy that you put that paper towel under them?
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.

Grab a slice of cheese and put it on top, watch how it magically melts.
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.

Now add some more roasted vegetables on top! We’re going to overflow these hoagies with veggies.
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.
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.

Just seeing this hoagie I just want to dive through the screen and eat it all!
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.

 

Enjoy this Roasted Vegetable Sandwich friends!

 

Roasted Vegetable Hoagie
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz mushrooms sliced
  2. 2 green peppers sliced
  3. 2 jalapeno peppers diced (remove the seeds)
  4. 2 large tomatoes cut up
  5. 2 potatoes cut up into 1/2 inch cubes (this is important because you want them to cook quickly)
  6. 1 cup green beans cut into thirds
  7. 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  8. 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  9. 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  10. 3 cloves garlic minced
  11. salt + pepper to taste
  12. 1/3 cup olive oil
  13. 4 hoagie rolls
  14. 4 slices of cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. In a small bowl mix oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, salt + pepper and olive oil.
  3. Put vegetables on a a large roasting pan or cookie sheet that's been sprayed with nonstick spray. I used 2 cookie sheets because there was lots of vegetables.
  4. Pour olive oil mixture onto the vegetables and toss to coat.
  5. Roast for 30 minutes, stirring half way.
  6. Once out of the oven put vegetables on hoagie rolls and then add a slice of cheese on top.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. For tailgating, wrap a paper towel around the hoagie for quick clean up!
  2. Serving: 4-6 hoagies
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HEALTHY Roasted Vegetable Hoagie is a sandwich filled with roasted veggies! This easy, healthy recipe includes mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans thrown on a sub roll with melted cheese on top! Make this simple meal for dinner, lunch or cut up into mini sandwiches for appetizers!

 

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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