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Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie
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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup
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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup
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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers
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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies
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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing
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Blueberry English Muffins
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Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup
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Easy Shrimp, Tomato & Corn Salad – 15 Minute Meal!
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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu
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Lime Sugar Snap Pea Lentils
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Roasted Salted Soybeans Perfect For Snacking!
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Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls
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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole
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Frosted Cucumber Cookies
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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup
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Roasted Tomatillo, Onion & Jalapeno Salsa

Strawberry Banana Pineapple Smoothie

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make – just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack – it always energizes me! 

It’s April 10th and it’s almost 70 degrees in NYC!  Can we officially declare that the weather is changing?  I don’t want to jinx it because I know it won’t last, but the last few days of beautiful weather has me craving fresh fruit!  In the Winter I snack on bananas and apples, mostly because I can’t deal with spending $6 on a pint of out of season berries, but with Summer around the corner, I can’t wait for fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to grow in the garden and to be cheaply accessible in local farmers markets! Summer is all about the berries – don’t you agree?

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender! The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!

This is one of my favorite smooth recipes and it includes 3 of my favorites: strawberries, banana and pineapple. I love how the sweet flavor of the strawberries mixes with the tropical taste of the pineapple.   Mix it with some milk (regular or almond milk), throw in some ice cubes to quickly chill it and you’ll have a healthy, filling smoothie in less than 2 minutes.

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender! The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!

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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

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

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

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

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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes

You’ll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them “the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!”.

I know you’re probably thinking “Isn’t NYC in a snowstorm right now, but yet you’re posting a pumpkin recipe?”.   You’re right.  NYC is under a blanket of beautiful white snow.  And I still have over 100 pounds of pumpkins from the Fall garden decorating my apartment.    Can you believe it?   We have big pumpkins, pie size, and munchkins sprawled out all over the apartment just like it was still Halloween.   I have to clear a few out as they go bad, but at this rate I think I’m good to go with fresh pumpkins for at least the next few months! 

You'll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

Being a girl who loves pumpkin year round and doesn’t believe that pumpkin only needs to be celebrated in the Fall I wanted to bake up a pumpkin breakfast to satisfy my pancake craving I’ve been having (hello baby!).    Pumpkin pancakes are one of those foods that are near perfection for me.  Throw a little dab of butter on top, definitely add some maple syrup and you have the perfect breakfast (or dinner!).  These pancakes are fluffy, moist and have a delicious flavor of pumpkin and spices to take them to that next level.  Pumpkin pancakes, I love you.

You'll love how easy this Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

If you don’t have any fresh pumpkins lying around in March, don’t worry.  You can use frozen pumpkin puree that you kept from your Fall pumpkins (remember how easy it is to make?) or you can use canned pumpkin.  Either way, I hope you enjoy these Pumpkin Pancakes soon!

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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup

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

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

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

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

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

FAQ for this recipe:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers

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

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

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

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

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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make!  These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe!  The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies really pretty!

Right now I’m bean obsessed.  We’ve been cooking our dry black beans we grew in the garden during the Summer on cold nights and it’s been such a treat to enjoy those grown with love beans during the Winter.  I’ll be sharing a “How to Grow Black Beans” DIY soon because they’re so easy to grow and for me they’re one of the proudest garden accomplishments! I mean seriously how cool is it to grow your own beans?  So cool!  What else is cool? Using black beans to make chocolate brownies!  Did I mention that they’re extra delicious too?

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make!  These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe!  The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies extra fun!

You might associate black beans with tacos, salsas and salads pretty easily, but hopefully I’m able to persuade you to try baking with them because they make delicious desserts too.  In the past I’ve baked with black beans, kidney beans, red beans and have had yummy results so I wanted to use our black beans in a new super chocolaty brownie recipe.  This recipe calls for 1 15 oz can of black beans which you’ll add with the rest of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.  Because I wanted to use my homegrown dry beans, I did a overnight soak of my beans and then cooked them to get my 15 oz can worth. It’s a little extra work with dry beans, but it’s worth it if you want to give it a try.  If not, it’s totally ok, just make it easier for yourself by using canned beans! 

Here’s my garden beans, dry and cooked.
Cake textured Rainbow Sprinkled Chocolate Brownies made with Black Beans and Applesauce! These Chocolate Birthday Cake Black Bean Brownies are going to change your life! Read More

Kale Potato Bread Stuffing

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

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

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

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

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Blueberry English Muffins

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins!  You’re going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones.  These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea! 

I’m starting 2017 with a bang – homemade Blueberry English Muffins!  These have been on my “must make list” for quite some time since every morning I start my day off with one.   I decided I was sick of buying the store bought version (plus they’re sometimes hard to track down) so I wanted to start making my own.  Surprisingly these homemade English Muffins are easy to make and don’t require that much time waiting for the dough to rise.    Once you’ve made your own batch of these I bet you’ll never buy them again!  Hope you all enjoy… and Happy New Year!

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins!  You're going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones.  These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea!

You're going to love this delicious Blueberry English Muffins recipe! These are even better than the store bought muffins because they're homemade! If you've never made homemade English Muffins before don't worry - they're easy to make!

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Easy Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

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

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

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

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

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

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Japanese Curry – Karei Raisu

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

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

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

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

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Lime Sugar Snap Pea Lentils

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

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

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

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

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Roasted Salted Soybeans Perfect For Snacking!

Roasted Salted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans. These are perfect for healthy snacking! 

A few years ago I learned how easy it is to grow soybeans in your garden.  They tend to be one of those plants where you plant a seed, don’t do much else and suddenly you have beans galore to pick.    Soybeans can be used in many recipes, including fresh edamame,  pesto for pasta/dip.   For this harvest I wanted to use some of our soybeans for a roasted healthy snack, something where I can throw a bunch in a bag and enjoy at my desk at work or a road trip.     I love guilt free snacking so I love these Roasted Salted Soybeans. 

Roasted Salted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans. These are perfect for healthy snacking!

Roasted Salted Soybeans recipe using fresh soybeans. These are perfect for healthy snacking!

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Pumpkin Sourdough Dinner Rolls

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

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

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

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

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

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Instant Mashed Potatoes Cheesy Broccoli Casserole


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

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

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

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

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Frosted Cucumber Cookies

Chewy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some healthy nutrients!  It’s the perfect easy cookie recipe to make with kids to show them vegetables can be yummy! The cute cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the sugar frosting on top!  Who knew baking with cucumbers could be so delicious!

Cucumbers aren’t just for making pickles with (although they are sure are yummy).  You can also bake with cucumber, similar to how you’d use zucchini or pumpkin.  All you have to do is remove the seeds and grate the cucumber to get a similar texture.  I’ve been using cucumber in multiple baking recipes this Summer, like this Sugar Glazed Cucumber Bread, and we’ve been loving it! 

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

For this recipe I was inspired by Oatmeal Sugar Cookies that I used to love as a kid.  This recipe uses no oatmeal, but it has the same chewy consistency, along with the sugar frosting.    The cucumber is hardly tasted in this recipe, but slightly visible with beautiful green specks decorating the cookie here or there.   After family and friends tell you they love the cookies then you can tell them they are made with cucumbers.  They will be shocked, trust me, I do it all the time! 

Chewy yummy Frosted Cucumber Cookies are classic tasting cookies but made with 1 cup grated cucumber to add some nutrients! The cookies are soft and you will fall in love with the frosting on top! It's the perfect cookie to make for your family!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Roasted Tomatillo, Onion & Jalapeno Salsa

This recipe for Roasted Tomatillo, Onion & Jalapeno Salsa is delicious for dipping chips in!  The vegetables are roasted in the oven which creates a creamy salsa!

This year we’ve grown the most tomatillos in our gardening history so I’ve been excited to experiment with new tomatillo recipes.  I usually rely on my Tomatillo Salsa Verde recipe to make with our tomatillos (plus it freezes great for preserving) but I wanted to make a Tomatillo Salsa that was creamy, thick but not too thick and very tasty.  This recipe calls for tomatillos, onions and jalapenos which makes it a triple threat if you have all 3 growing in your garden.   Roasting them in the oven gives them a rich, smoky taste and helps in making the salsa creamy instead of watery.     

This recipe for Roasted Tomatillo, Onion & Jalapeno Salsa is delicious for dipping chips in! The vegetables are roasted in the oven which creates a creamy salsa!

This is a perfect salsa to serve alongside tortilla chips, but it’s also delicious to add on top of tacos, burritos and even chili.   If you’re looking for a new salsa to try I hope you give this a shot!

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