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Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala With Brown Rice
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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole
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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
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Stovetop Cheesy Meatball Lasagna
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Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs
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Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad
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Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs
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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta
12
One Pan Taco Casserole
13
Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce
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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup
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Slow Cooked Sausage and Sauerkraut
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Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce
17
The Best Collard Greens
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Peanut Butter and Pickles Sandwich + Giveaway!
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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
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Spicy Bok Choy Mushroom Noodles

Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala With Brown Rice

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This Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala makes me dream of Fall weather.  Big chunky sweaters, slippers on my feet, the smell of arriving cool air.  Unfortunately I’m wearing as little as possible, nothing on my feet and the smell is of humidity.  Summer is here in full force, but let’s turn on the air conditioner and pretend it’s Fall.  Let’s dream…

We had this Jalapeno Peppered Chicken Marsala for dinner and it was a big hit.  The Chicken is slathered in a savory gravy and then diced jalapeno peppers and onions are spread on top.  This gives it a nice crunch and a very nice taste of freshness.    It’s the perfect match to a Summer meets Fall meal. 

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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole

This extra cheesy casserole is made with mozzarella cheese and fresh cauliflower.  Serve it as a main dish or a side. 

Hello friends.  I have one heck of a cheesy casserole for you today!  So grab a plate and fork and dig in!

You might have already noticed I’m a bit obsessed with cauliflower casseroles.  There’s my Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole and my Cheddar Cheesy Cauliflower that are both still dinner time favorites.    Then there’s this extra Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole.  You agree that everything should be extra cheesy, right?  I mean with a dish full of cauliflower it’s basically minus calories.  So we need to put cheese on this.. we need calories… our bodies need this cheese to function.  You agree with this too, right? Ok, great!

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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta dish is great because it’s quick, easy, fresh and full of flavor.  

Did you guys like yesterday’s post full of beautiful heads of broccoli fresh from our rooftop? Then I guess you wouldn’t be surprised to see a broccoli recipe posted today!  

This Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta hits all the right spots for dinner.  It’s quick.  It’s easy.  It’s fresh.  It’s full of flavor.  Not only is there broccoli in here but we also add in our favorite sugar snap peas.  The peas aren’t cooked so they supply a nice crunch which screams Summer!  The broccoli is simmered in chicken broth and then it’s added to the pasta to just coat everything in flavor.   

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Stovetop Cheesy Meatball Lasagna

You’ll love this STOVETOP Cheesy Meatball Lasagna Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You’ll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together!  The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

This Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet rules! If you make it I hope it becomes one of your favorite go to easy dinner recipes!

I love myself some lasagna.  There’s something about pasta noodles slathered in various types of cheese with tomato sauce that does the trick to me.  How about you?  Do you start to see hearts when you hear the word lasagna too?  I was in the mood for lasagna but I wasn’t in the mood to do the stacking that lasagna usually involves.  I also wasn’t in the mood to turn my oven on because Summer is here and who wants to heat up their home?  So I used my original Lasagna Skillet recipe to come up with a Meatball twist.

The recipe calls for 15 cooked meatballs.  It’s really up to you what kind you want to include. Store bought is quick, but homemade is also awesome.  For this skillet I used our lettuce meatballs which was the perfect touch.  The meatballs are filled with cups of lettuce so it was the perfect way to get some vegetables in here.  If you haven’t tried the lettuce meatballs, you have to!  They are bursting with flavor! We’ve been having them a few nights a week in various ways.  We even just planted more lettuce seeds just so we can keep eating these meatballs all Winter long!

Enjoy this Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet!

You'll love this STOVETOP Cheesy Meatball Lasagna Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together!  The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

 You'll love this Extra CHEESY Lasagna Meatball Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together! The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

Delicious Extra Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet. This is a quick, easy recipe if you are craving lasagna but don't have the time to bake it!

Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet
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Ingredients
  1. 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  2. 15 cooked meatballs (I used my lettuce meatballs recipe)
  3. 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  4. 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  5. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 8 oz mushrooms - sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon dried basil
Instructions
  1. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  2. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet with meatballs. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and mushrooms.
  3. Cook 10 minutes on medium heat until melted and well heated. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  4. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle dried basil on top.
  5. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Servings: 4
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You'll love this Extra CHEESY Lasagna Meatball Skillet! This quick and easy stovetop lasagna recipe includes ricotta and mozzarella cheese to make it extra cheesy! You'll love how delicious the noodles, cheese, sauce and meatballs cook together! The recipe is ready in 25 minutes!

Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!

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I work from a mixture of at home and a mixture of our shared work space.  The work space is only about a 10 minute walk away which is great because it’s close enough that you can get home quickly if a storm is coming but yet it’s far enough from the cats to actually get work done.  It’s so hard to get work done when you have 4 pretty kitties crawling all over you!  Meow!  In the last few weeks I have been spending most days at our work space but there’s been one thing bugging me about it – lunch!  If you’re a person who loves to cook (you probably do, you’re here!) then you probably hate buying take out.     We have been getting sandwiches almost every single day from this place across the street from our space but that is easily $10-$20 a day!   I love saving money so I have been exploring some new apps on my phone to clip lunch time savings!

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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

This is a ooey gooey delicious grilled cheese sandwich with cauliflower and jalapeno peppers!

Today we’re going to make one heck of a grilled cheese sandwich by throwing cauliflower, jalapeno peppers and shredded cheddar cheese on top.

We’re gearing up for pepper season in the garden.  The pepper plants are exploding with a variation of new baby peppers and jalapenos that are already a few inches big.  This is the first year we’re growing jalapenos but it won’t be the last.  I am obsessed. I could just rip those babies off the plants, brush out the seeds and eat them raw.  I love the taste of a fresh jalapeno.    This recipe mixes  new and old as I also used up our last fresh cauliflower head.   It’s like Spring harvest meets Summer harvest meets grilled cheese in a loving match in cheesy heaven.

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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs

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These Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs are quickly becoming a Summertime favorite here!  We had them a few nights ago and we’re still discussing how good they were.  In fact, I’m planning to grill up a few more for dinner tonight!

Who doesn’t love a grilled sausage, covered in cheese?  Throw on some Mexican taste of salsa verde, jalapenos and onions and you got a Sausage Dog bursting full of flavor!

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Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes , these are just like mashed potatoes but instead uses no potatoes or milk! This will be your new favorite side dish recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

If there’s one side dish that is almost always requested for dinner and holidays it’s Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.  This is a healthier take on regular mashed potatoes as it’s made with cauliflower instead.

Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes , these are just like mashed potatoes but instead uses no potatoes or milk! This will be your new favorite side dish recipe for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

With cauliflower so popular in the garden right now Summer often becomes a time to enjoy it.  One of my favorite dinners is some BBQ chicken served alongside a big spoonful of Creamy Mashed Cauliflower.   As soon as the basket is full of cauliflower heads it’s almost a given that this recipe will be made in the next few days to be enjoyed.  Right now we have multiple cauliflower heads that we harvested so we’re lucking out being able to have this pretty often.  

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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad

Happy Monday everyone!

First of all, do you have World Cup fever?  I get so darn excited every 4 years.   If you’re from America, did you watch the USA vs Portugal game yesterday?  Did you scream, yell, cheer, cry, then become confused why you are crying because after all tying Portugal 2-2 is actually ok?  Yeah, me too.  The game had so many ups and downs and the last 30 seconds.. oh man.  I can’t even talk about it!   Let’s get psyched for USA vs Germany on Thursday though!  Here in NYC they have been showing all the World Cup games on a big screen under the Manhattan Bridge in DUMBO (part of Brooklyn).  Being a Sunday evening, the game was packed with USA USA USA chanting fans.  We went and it ended up being such a blast.  Large groups of people cheering with positivity and little negativity (basically only when Ronaldo is on the screen) is always a good time.

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Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy!  Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs.  They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food! 

 This is a meatball recipe full of flavor! It’s perfect for pasta and meatball subs!

With our big lettuce harvest, you might have heard me on Twitter exclaiming it was a Meatball Date in the kitchen!  There’s Matthew, Me, 16 pounds of ground meat, dozens of eggs and a entire sink full of lettuce that was just washed.  If that doesn’t sound like a romantic evening then I don’t know what is!  So there we stood for the next few hours, in assembly line fashion, making meatballs!  How many meatballs did we make? I’m glad you asked.  We made 226 of them!  After we made them, we divided them into bags for dinner and froze them.  With this big lettuce harvest we were able to freeze over 25 dinner meals.  Pasta and meatballs? Done! Meatball casserole? Done!  Meatball subs? Done! 

These meatballs are full of lettuce! Each batch of 30 meatballs calls for 4 cups chopped lettuce making it a great way to use up a ton of lettuce at once.   Combined with the lettuce we’re throwing in a few tablespoons of soy sauce making them extra full of flavor.    I don’t think I can go back to not adding soy sauce to meatballs now.. it makes them real special!

I hope you enjoy these Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs!

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!  

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!

These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!

Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 4 cups chopped fresh lettuce
  3. 6 tablespoons soy sauce
  4. 2 pinches of dried rosemary, parsley and oregano
  5. 6 cloves garlic
  6. 1 pound ground beef
  7. 1 pound ground turkey
  8. 1 cup bread crumbs
  9. 2 eggs
Instructions
  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add lettuce, spices and soy sauce. Cook until your lettuce is wilted.
  2. Put lettuce mixture, garlic, beef, turkey, bread crumbs and eggs and pulse until it's combined. Depending on food processor size you might have to do 2 batches.
  3. Form this mixture into 1-2 inch balls.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Line 2 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.
  6. Put meatballs on foil and cook 35-40 minutes or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees.
  7. Enjoy right away, or freeze for later.
Notes
  1. Makes 30 meatballs.
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These Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs are delicious and healthy! Recipe includes lettuce in the meatballs alongside ground beef, turkey and many herbs. They are perfect for serving over pasta or serving as finger food!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Get ready for a creamy pasta meal full of vegetables!  It’s the perfect combination! 

As you saw earlier this week we picked a bunch of lettuce so I’ve been going dinner recipe crazy with coming up with ways on how to use it.  Most people think salads when they have lettuce but we’re not big salad people so I always want to think of ways on how to use it for dinner.  I love using lettuce as a main ingredient in adding crunch and healthy vegetables to a dinner dish.    We love creamy pasta for dinner but often vegetables go unlooked when adding to it, especially lettuce.  For this recipe here we added a big pile of lettuce and radishes to the dish which complimented the creamy pasta perfectly!

After dinner we both proclaimed this to be one of our new favorite dinner dishes… so bring on the lettuce in this creamy dish!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

I hope you guys give this a taste for dinner soon! I think you’ll love it! 

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta
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Ingredients
  1. 12 oz of ziti or penne pasta
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 cloves garlic - minced
  4. 2 tablespoons flour
  5. 1/2 cup chicken broth
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1 teaspoon parsley flakes
  8. salt + pepper to taste
  9. 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  10. 1 cup lettuce - chopped
  11. 1/4 cup radishes - chopped
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta as instructed on box. Drain and set aside in pot.
  2. Melt butter and garlic in a medium saucepan.
  3. Add flour and cook 1 more minute, stirring.
  4. Add chicken broth and milk, continuing to stir until sauce thickens.
  5. Add parsley, salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Stir so combined.
  6. Pour cheese sauce over pasta. Add lettuce and radishes.
  7. Stir so everything is mixed and serve hot.
  8. Enjoy!
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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta is a tasty comfort meal recipe that includes lettuce and radishes!

One Pan Taco Casserole

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

 Let’s have a Taco Tuesday in Casserole form!

We love tacos.. who doesn’t? If you don’t then we have to have a taco talk asap!  For this Taco Tuesday recipe we’re going to turn it into a quick casserole.   The casserole includes lettuces, tomatoes and corn on top and is made with Instant rice making it super quick! There’s also a layer of cheese to make it all stick together.  Plus cheese is just delicious! 🙂

The first time I made this for dinner it was a hit.  So much that I made it 3 time that week. And don’t get me started on the leftovers… they are equally delicious!

So next time you’re craving tacos, try this One Pan Taco Casserole!  You’ll be done in no time and will only have to dirty up one pan!  Enjoy!

 Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

 

Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

One Pan Taco Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pound ground beef
  2. 1.25 oz package of taco seasoning
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  5. 1 cup shredded Mexican cheese
  6. 1.5 cups shredded lettuce
  7. 1 can diced tomatoes with chilies (I use Ro*Tel)
  8. 1 cup corn - cooked
  9. Cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Add meat to large skillet and brown until done. Drain off any excess fat.
  2. Add taco seasoning mix and water, stir. Bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in instant rice. Sprinkle the cheese on top.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Top with lettuce, corn and tomatoes on top.
  6. Finally garnish with cilantro.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
 Easy to make One Pan Taco Casserole recipe! Ingredients include lettuces, tomatoes, corn, instant rice and shredded cheese.

Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce

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Thanks to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this easy to make Fried Rice recipe post.  All opinions are my own.    

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

We have a ton of lettuce right now in our garden. You might have seen a sneak peak of our lettuce earlier this week in the Garden Update, but if you saw my refrigerator today you might go running in fear!  Lettuce is awesome, but when you have multiple giant lettuce heads staring at you with eyes that say “Eat me before I go bad” then you start to feel the stress!   That is one reason (there’s many) that I love gardening, it makes me explore ingredients and go outside my regular cooking box.   I have a few recipes coming up in the next week that involve lettuce and they’re all ones that I wouldn’t traditionally think of adding lettuce but since I want to use my harvest I get to have some kitchen fun and do some new ideas.   Because of this Chinese Fried Rice with Lettuce was born!

This Fried Rice is delicious and so full of vegetables.  It tastes just like Takeout Fried Rice but because you’re making it in your own kitchen you can be sure it’s much healthier for you!   Many times you throw vegetables in your rice but often times lettuce gets looked over… but not here!  In this recipe we’re going to throw a ton of chopped up lettuce and eat away!    

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

I love how easy and filling rice can be.  Did you know September is National Rice Month?   Perfect timing for this recipe!  I usually use White Rice for this recipe but you could also use Whole Grain Brown Rice.   Minute® Rice is the best for weeknight meals because it’s quick and easy prepare.  We always have some in our pantry!  You’ll have great-tasting fluffy white rice in just 5 minutes if you use Minute® White Rice. If you prefer the nutty, rich flavor of brown rice then your Minute® Whole Grain Brown Rice will be ready in 10 minutes.   Both Minute Brown and White Rice are gluten free and non GMO, so this is perfect for a gluten free diet too!

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This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

Enjoy this Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce for dinner sometime soon!

This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

 

Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  2. 2 cups beef broth
  3. 2/3 cup chopped carrots
  4. 3/4 cup frozen green peas
  5. 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  6. 3 eggs
  7. 1 1/2 cup chopped lettuce
  8. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  9. 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  10. sesame oil to taste (don't skip this!)
Instructions
  1. Cook rice according to box. Instead of water, cook rice in beef broth.
  2. In a small pot boil carrots in water for 3 minutes. Drop frozen peas into water, boil for 1 more minute, drain.
  3. Heat large pan over medium high heat. Pour in vegetable oil then stir in carrots and peas. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Crack in eggs and stir them quickly to scramble them with carrots and peas.
  5. Add in cooked rice, lettuce, soy sauce and oyster sauce. Stir to combine everything together.
  6. Add sesame oil to taste on top. Stir again.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
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This Chinese Fried Rice recipe is full of vegetables and tastes just like Takeout! 1 1/2 cup of lettuce is used making this a great way to use up your garden lettuce!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

In today’s recipe we’re going to go back to the Edwardian era and make classically delicious Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.

I have a new favorite cookbook.  It’s called Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards.  I don’t even watch Downton Abbey (YET) and I’m already obsessed.  The cookbook  includes 80 recipes from Sweet to Savory that include Breads, Side Dishes, Entrees, Desserts.  In the opening the author states “Long before there was the rage of organic food, sustained living and natural eating, there was the abbeys of Great Britain. Though Downton Abbey is a fictitious abbey, what we see dramatized is very real.  Also very real in the television dramatization is the food”.  

Edwardian Cooking
(Those cookies are coming to the blog soon!)

Everything that left the kitchen during this Era was made from scratch. The abbey cook would start their day around 6AM and the day would last 18 hours.  They would prepare 8 meals a day (including meals for the abbey staff). Besides the meals they would also prepare food for the High Teas and many social gatherings on the grounds of the Abbey. Hard work, right?

For this recipe here I have to warn you that this Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup is delicious.  Not only was it good for dinner but I made so much we also had it for leftovers the following day and it even warmed up beautifully.   I’m also pretty proud of myself because this recipe calls for onions and since they are pureed up I totally ate (slurped) them and enjoyed every minute of it!  

Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup

During the Edwardian era it was pratically required that if you served bread with a meal, you had to serve soup. These people knew how to live!  The most popular soup among the aristocrats was the smooth Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup.  The book describes it as the “quintessental English soup” as it includes potatoes, onions, cream and cheese.  When this soup was served it was never served hot.  It was always served at room temperature so guests at the abbey would not have to blow on the soup (the horror!).  

Lastly, it’s cool to note this Soup was always served at dinners when special guests were present.. so consider yourself fancy and enjoy this delicious Satiny Smooth Soup!

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Royal Cheddar Cheese Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon butter
  2. 2 yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  3. 2 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  4. 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  5. 6 cups chicken stock
  6. 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  7. 1 cup heavy cream
  8. 2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese
  9. 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  10. 3 tablespoons minced chives or grated carrots
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions, potatoes, and garlic and sauté 10 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to simmer and cook 10 minutes.
  3. Remove the contents of the saucepan to a food processor and puree.
  4. In the saucepan, over medium heat, whisk together the dry mustard and heavy cream.
  5. Stir the puree into the saucepan and simmer 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in the Cheddar cheese and hot sauce and keep stirring until the cheese has melted.
  7. Ladle into serving bowls, top with some chives or carrots, and serve.
Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards
Adapted from Edwardian Cooking, The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook by Larry Edwards
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Slow Cooked Sausage and Sauerkraut

This Slow Coked Sausage and Sauerkraut will leave you feeling full and happy!

 A few weeks ago I was left with a cup of sauerkraut.  Being a person that doesn’t like any food to go waste I was going crazy with what to do with it.  We used some of it up on chili cheese dogs but what was going to be next?  Then I thought of all the great Polish dishes I ate as a kid.  There was always sauerkraut alongside meat and mashed potatoes so that’s how this Slow Coked Sausage and Sauerkraut recipe was created.

It’s funny how recipes that just came out of no where end up being your favorite.  This slow cooked dish was a huge hit at the dinner table leaving it a now favorite and often requested meal.   The meat becomes so tender and juicy in the slow cooker and it picks up the spices of the brown sugar giving it a slight sweet taste.  I served this on mashed potatoes which I would totally recommend but you could also serve over rice or noodles. For mashed potatoes I would always recommend this recipe, it’s a favorite!

So next time you’re wondering what’s for dinner, give this Slow Coked Sausage and Sauerkraut a shot. I think you will love it just as much as we do!

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Slow Coked Sausage and Sauerkraut

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Slow Coked Sausage and Sauerkraut
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sauerkraut
  2. 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  3. 1 pound of Italian sausage cut up into 1-2 inch pieces
  4. 1/2 onion sliced
  5. 1/4 cup water
Instructions
  1. In a bowl combine the sauerkraut and brown sugar. Place this into slow cooker.
  2. Next arrange the sausage pieces and onion over the sauerkraut.
  3. Pour water on top.
  4. Cook on high for 2 hours, checking occasionally to make sure there is still water.
  5. Reduce to low and cook for 2 more hours.
  6. Serve over mashed potatoes.
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Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce

Doesn’t a big bowl of pasta just fill you up with happiness for dinner?  How about we add a touch of spice with some crushed tomatoes?  Magic, right?

That’s how I feel about this recipe, it’s absolutely magical.  I think most times when we think of tomato sauce it doesn’t have that kick to it, but this Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce definitely has some spice.   It’s not overly spicy, but there’s enough that gives it a extra zip zap taste.    Also, can we talk about the aroma that that this sauce has?  It’s delicious.  If you give this sauce a shot, just watch your  kitchen start to fill up with people asking when dinner is ready.   Tell them them a few more minutes and kick them out of your kitchen.  Then take a few big spoonfuls of this sauce first. 

Speaking of tomatoes… our tomatoes have adjusted from their transplanting period and are now firm in their containers.  I love seeing them start to add a few inches of height and turn a nice green color.  Expect a big garden update post at the end of this week!  The other fresh star of this recipe is the basil.  I was able to throw in a big bunch of basil chopped up in this sauce and it was a perfect fit (not to mention the smell was amazing!).  Don’t you just love fresh basil?  Mmmm!

Spicy Crushed Tomato Sauce

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You can totally use whatever pasta you want to use.  This was one of those nights where I threw a bunch of quarter filled boxes together for a pasta mix!

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 Now go on and have a great pasta dinner tonight.. enjoy!

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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
  2. 6 cloves garlic, minced
  3. 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  4. 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes (or fresh crushed tomatoes)
  5. 1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
  6. 1 bunch of fresh basil, chopped up
  7. 1 small bell pepper, chopped up
  8. 1 12 ounce package dried pasta of choice
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and saute for 2 minutes.
  2. Add red pepper flakes and saute for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil and pepper.
  4. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring a few times.
  5. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add your pasta of choice and cook as instructed on box. Drain.
  6. Add pasta sauce to pasta and stir.
  7. Serve hot and enjoy.
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The Best Collard Greens

I have been saving up this recipe for a few months anxiously awaiting to share it with you guys. The time has come, the best collard greens are here!

My obsession with collards came last year when I had some authentic ones down South. From there I was obsessed.  I came home, got a few bunches of collard greens and promised myself I would try to learn to make them just as good (or at least close!).  The outcome is a major mouth watering recipe.   When I first made this exact recipe there was silence at the dinner table as we just wanted to savor the taste.  Then a few days later they were requested again for dinner.  Then a few days later, again.   I’m at the point where I love these greens so much I would just have them for dinner, nothing else. They are so good.  Just thinking about them gets me all worked up.

I’m kicking myself because we didn’t plant any collard seeds this year.  What were we thinking? Don’t worry though, next season there will be collards.  And lots of them!

Enjoy this delicious recipe and have a great weekend! Are you doing anything fun?

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The Best Collard Greens
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 6 slices turkey bacon (or regular)
  3. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 pound collard greens, chopped
  5. 3 cups chicken broth
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  8. 1 pinch of red pepper flakes
  9. 1 tablespoon brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium high heat.
  2. Add bacon and cook until crisp. Remove bacon from pot, crumble and return to pot.
  3. Add garlic to pot and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add collard greens and stir until they begin to wilt.
  5. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and brown sugar. Stir.
  6. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!
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Peanut Butter and Pickles Sandwich + Giveaway!

I’m obsesed with Peanut Butter and Pickles!  I just can’t get enough of this combination!

Pretty much every single day for lunch or a late afternoon snack, I’ve been toasting up one or two slices of bread,   throwing on some peanut butter, throwing on a big pile of pickles and then eating it up with a smile!  Have you ever tried peanut butter and pickles? I love the combo of the sweet and the tart.

And my favorite Peanut Butter for this sandwich? I’m obsessed with Peanut Butter & Co’s The Bee’s Knees right now.   You guys know my love for Peanut Butter & Co, but I am super in love with the sweet addition of the honey in this.  If you’ve tried this kind of Peanut Butter or you have and love it too, then make sure enter the Giveaway down below where you can win 2 jars! 

First up, toast 2 pieces of bread.  I love the Light versions of bread nowadays, 1 slice is 40 calories.  Love it.  What else do I love? This plate that Katie gave me.  Thanks girl!
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Then I take a generous amount of peanut butter and put it on both slices.
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I also usually take a big spoonful and put it straight into my mouth because I can’t resist.Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich_2

Then I throw on a BIG (!) pile of pickles.  This is my favorite homemade pickle recipe but for store bought I always go for tart hamburger dill pickle chips. Peanut Butter and Pickle Sandwich_3

Seriously, I load up on the pickles. Every single bite should have a crunch to it.
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The perfect lunch!
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And now because I love you guys, here’s a chance to win 2 jars of Peanut Butter & Co’s The Bee’s Knees.  Contest runs from May 15-May 22.  Only US Residents please (but I love you all!).

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 Have you ever tried Peanut Butter and Pickles before?

 

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

If you add tomatoes to macaroni and cheese, that makes it a healthy dish, right?  I’m glad you agree with me!

For this recipe  we are mixing 2 cups of fresh chopped tomatoes with some cheesy macaroni noodles.  If you don’t have fresh, don’t worry I got you covered too.  Instead substitute it with 1 can of diced tomatoes.   I have a entire macaroni and cheese recipe section now and check out how many of them have vegetables in… I really love getting veggies cheesy!   So next time you’re craving some homemade mac and cheese add some tomatoes! Enjoy!
Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups macaroni noodles
  2. 8 oz cheese (either cheddar or mozzarella)
  3. 2 cups fresh diced tomatoes (or 1 can diced tomatoes)
  4. 1 teaspoon sugar
  5. 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  6. 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  9. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1/2 cup bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. In a large pot boil macaroni noodles per directions on box. Drain and put half in a greased casserole dish.
  2. Take half of cheese and add on top of macaroni.
  3. Put remaining half of macaroni noodles on top, then top again with remaining cheese.
  4. Stir together diced tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, salt, thyme and pepper in bowl. Pour over macaroni mixture.
  5. Spread bread crumbs on top of dish.
  6. Bake, uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
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Delicious Tomato Macaroni and Cheese casserole recipe, ready in less than 1 hour.

Spicy Bok Choy Mushroom Noodles

Easy 15 minute Asian dish recipe for Spicy Bok Choy Noodles.  These Spicy Noodles include Bok Choy, Kale and Mushrooms making them a vegetable lover’s dream!

Lately I have really been in the mood for a big bowl of Chinese noodles full of vegetables so I cooked this up one night and now it’s a official staple for dinner. I love that I can use both fresh bok choy and kale from the garden making this a happy harvest meal too.   The red pepper flakes and ginger add a little spice that goes a long way for flavor.  These noodles are not soupy as the broth will boil off and the rice noodles will soak them up.    Just thinking about this dish is making my mouth water!

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Easy 15 minute Asian dish recipe for Spicy Bok Choy Noodles. These Spicy Noodles include Bok Choy, Kale and Mushrooms making them a vegetable lover’s dream!

Easy 15 minute Asian dish recipe for Spicy Bok Choy Noodles. These Spicy Noodles include Bok Choy, Kale and Mushrooms making them a vegetable lover’s dream!

Easy 15 minute Asian dish recipe for Spicy Bok Choy Noodles. These Spicy Noodles include Bok Choy, Kale and Mushrooms making them a vegetable lover’s dream!

Oriental Spicy Bok Choy Noodles
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Ingredients
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  3. 1 teaspoon ginger
  4. 1 large head bok choy - chopped
  5. 1/2 cup kale - chopped
  6. 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  7. 4 cups chicken broth
  8. 12 oz rice noodles
  9. salt + pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a pot heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add red pepper flakes, ginger, bok choy, kale and mushrooms. Stir to combine them while cooking for 2-3 minutes until the greens wilt.
  2. In a large pot bring chicken broth to a boil. Once boiling add rice noodles, cooking as instructed on noodle package. When the noodles have 4 minutes left, add vegetables and stir.
  3. Season with salt + pepper if needed.
  4. Enjoy!
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Easy 15 minute Asian dish recipe for Spicy Bok Choy Noodles. These Spicy Noodles include Bok Choy, Kale and Mushrooms making them a vegetable lover’s dream!

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