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White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup
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15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam
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Easy Kale Pesto
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Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie
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Pumpkin Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese
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Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili
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Green Pepper Cheese Bake
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Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles
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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole
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How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree From Pumpkins
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Chocolate Spinach Brownies
12
EASY BAKED Onion Rings
13
The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever
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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole
15
Vegetable Garden Salsa
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4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies
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Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce
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1 Pint Blueberry Jam
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Homemade Tomato Paste Cubes
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Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup

I am loving this soup.  I am loving this weather.  I am loving this soup in this weather. 

Reasons why I love this White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup:
It’s quick.
It’s easy.
It has white white beans which I love.
It has kale pesto which I love, but you can use any type of pesto.
It uses roasted peppers which I’m officially in love with and can’t stop thinking about.  
It’s perfect on a chilly night.  
It’s healthy!
It will make you happy!

I was a bit worried how this soup would turn out, it was a new soup adventure but I was so happy with the results.  There were leftovers I kept warm for Matthew to eat after he came home later and he kept exclaiming how great this soup was as usually if there is no meat involved  it’s not always a favorite, but this was a homerun out of the soup ballpark.

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White Bean and Kale Pesto Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons Kale Pesto (Or any type of pesto you prefer).
  2. 2.5 cups Chicken Broth
  3. 2 15oz cans of Great Northern Beans
  4. 3/4 cup of Roasted Peppers
  5. 2 Tablespoons Parmesan (grated)
  6. pinch of black pepper
To roast the peppers
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and wash 3-4 medium size bell peppers (any color you want). Leave the stems on. Place the peppers on a aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the oven. Every 20 minutes turn the peppers using the stems you left on until 1 hour is up. At this time you should see that all your pepper skins have wrinkled and turned blackish. Take peppers out and cool them for 20 minutes so you can touch them. Once cool peel the peppers so the skin comes off easily. Make sure all seeds are removed from the peppers and disregard them. You should have now have slippery beautiful peppers. Cut them up into small pieces to have 3/4 cup for this recipe.
Directions
  1. Pour your chicken stock into a pot at medium-high heat.
  2. Add beans and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and add your pesto, roasted peppers and pinch of black pepper. Simmer for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese and stir soup.
  5. Serve in bowls. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. You can substitute Vegetable Broth for Chicken Broth instead.
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Hi,  my name is Pamela and I am in love with Roasted Peppers.  Oh goodness  I just love them! Don’t they just smell amazing?

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Here’s the slimy peppers with their skin off.  I then cut them up into bite size pieces.

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Here’s the main ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry.  Here’s my kale pesto recipe if you’d like to use it, or use another pesto if you’d like!

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This soup is done so quick.  If you have the roasted peppers done ahead of time, even better!  I’m going to freeze a bunch up so I can make this all winter long for quick dinners!

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I just love seeing the specks of the pesto.. yum!

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The roasted peppers really make this special too!  


This is totally going to be my Fall soup, I’m already planning on making it again soon! 

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I hope you enjoy this with a blanket on your lap!  Relax and enjoy!

 

15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin!  This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more.  I love canning this recipe too!

Today we are making Strawberry Peach Jam.  I am a believer in never letting fruits or vegetables go to waste, I will find something to do with them always.   I had a peach that had a short life span but you better believe it – this peach was not going to waste!

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

So instead of making my usual strawberry jam, I decided to give it a peach twist!  The outcome is delicious!  And the smell! It smells like Summer!  

My favorite jam recipes are quick. I don’t like hanging out over the stove for 2 hours stirring jam in the Summer.  This recipe is quick and is ready in 15 minutes including preparing and cooking.

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

Berries that have exotic colors are usually rich in antioxidants, and strawberries are no exception to that! Strawberries are proven to help eye care, they boost the immune system (hi Vitamin C!) and brain function and reduce inflammation!

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

This 15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam makes 8 oz of jam.  Eat all of it.  Give some to a friend. Eat all of it. Eat all of it. Eat all of it.   Enjoy!

If you like this recipe, you’ll love my 1 Pint Blueberry Jam.  For more strawberry recipes, click here.  

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Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin! This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more. I love canning this recipe too!

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15 Minute Strawberry Peach Jam

Homemade 15 MINUTE Strawberry Peach Jam recipe that makes a small batch 8 oz jar without pectin!  This healthy, easy recipe is a low sugar jam made with honey that makes a perfect jam for toast, dessert and more.  I love canning this recipe too!

Servings 8 ounces

Ingredients

  • 2 cups strawberries - hulled
  • 1 small peach - cut up into slices peach pit removed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup honey

Instructions

  1. Put strawberries and peach slices into a food processor and pulse about 10 times until it's a consistency that is slightly chunky.
  2. Transfer into saucepan, add lemon juice and honey. Bring to a light boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring often so it does not burn. Once it's reached a jam texture, remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Put into jar and store in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

Makes 8 oz of jam.

 

Easy Kale Pesto

Happy Thursday everyone! 
How’s the weather where you are?  Let me tell you yesterday was not pretty! And by not pretty I mean melting hot in the mid to high 90’s!  The good news is that after today there is nothing in the 10 day forecast above 80 degrees!  That means the air conditioning can shut off while we sleep!  I need the hum of something while I sleep so if the air conditioner is not on, the fan is, and last week we had 2 chilly nights where we slept with the fan on and I got some deep sleeps! I hardly woke up, slept in and overall was a great sleep.  Who doesn’t love a deep sleep?  

Also who doesn’t love waking up to a cat under the blanket on your belly, a cat on top of your pillow curled into your head, and a cat sleeping next to the bed so it can be the first one to rub against your ankles?   I love my babies.. but that’s another post!   Note to self: Start making more cat posts.  They are necessary for a healthy life! 

Can I tell you something about this kale pesto below?  It’s delicious.  Can I tell you something else?  I didn’t know what pesto was until I was in my 20’s.  Noone back at home in the hills of the Appalachian Mountains every muttered the word “pesto”.  We  never had it n my house, friends parents never made it when I was over at their house, it was never offered at the deli counter to dip your crackers in.  So you can imagine how amazed I was to find many years later what pesto was and how good it was.  That is my excuse for the amount of pesto I eat, to catch up on all those years lost!  And I can eat pesto! I can eat it all day!

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Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER!  All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe.  You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season.  This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn’t use milk) and great for weightloss.  

This recipe screams SUMMER!  It includes fresh watermelon and strawberries with a touch of lime to create a delicious Summer time smoothie!  Throw everything your blender and you have a fresh Smoothie ready in less than a minute!

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

Bonus points if you are using fruit from your garden!   If you can’t though, don’t worry,  pick up some watermelon and berries from the farmers market.  If they’re out of season, you can still enjoy this smoothie –  head to the freezer section of your grocery store and pick up frozen watermelon and berries there.

HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

I’m going to leave this recipe post short and sweet and let the Smoothie speak for itself.  Enjoy!

 HEALTHY Watermelon Strawberry Lime Smoothie recipe that is perfect for the SUMMER! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients in the blender for this easy recipe. You can also use frozen fruit if watermelon is out of season of season. This smoothie is healthy, low calorie (doesn't use milk) and great for weightloss.

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Pumpkin Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

PUMPKIN CHEDDAR Macaroni and Cheese! This is a pure comfort food recipe that’s so easy to make! This cheesy macaroni and cheese uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  It’s one of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

It’s that time again, a pumpkin recipe! I’m pretty sure you will see a almost weekly pumpkin recipe until Halloween.. I just can’t get enough!  

I know some of you don’t want summer to end, but I’d like for you to take my hand and enter into Fall’s journey.  It’s full of beautiful leaves, apple cider, chilly nights, comfortable socks, ghosts and goblins, the color orange. 

Oh pumpkin! Oh this recipe!

First it was Fudgy Pumpkin Brownies, then it was Pumpkin Chili… now I’m pulling out the big guns.. Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese!
Not only does this recipe have pumpkin which is delicious, but it’s pumpkin macaroni and cheese. I know, drop what you’re doing  – this is getting serious.  Pumpkin, Melted Cheese, Pasta – can it get any more perfect? I’m not sure, but I’d like to think this is close to it.   The pumpkin doesn’t overwhelm this macaroni and cheese, it adds a creaminess  and richness…and it adds great nutrients.   If your family loves their macaroni and cheese, this is a great alternative full of fiber and vitamins.  

Bonus points: If you grow pumpkins make sure you make pumpkin puree – it will make this dish incredibly fresh, Earthy (in a good way), and you will just feel like a pumpkin boss. 

PUMPKIN CHEDDAR Macaroni and Cheese! This is a pure comfort food recipe that's so easy to make! This cheesy macaroni and cheese uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  It's one of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

Once you take a bite.. it’ll be hard not to think of Fall! It will also be hard not to close your eyes and cherish this moment.
Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
These are some of our pumpkins we picked this summer, along with some fresh pumpkin puree I just made.  We have another batch of pumpkins to pick in October, I love Fall!


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Preserving fact: Pumpkin freezes amazing.  I usually freeze pumpkin in 8 oz or 16 oz portions.  Pumpkin Puree easily lasts up to a year in the freezer.  Pumpkins you guys, they just are the best.  And they are really really cute!


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. This recipe calls for 2 and 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese.   Of course I had to put it into a pumpkin bowl, because well I just had to!

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Gather your ingredients.  The saucepan to the right has your melted butter, flour and milk.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Then add your pepper, nutmeg, mustard…..

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
And then add your pumpkin puree and 2 cups of cheese.  Stir cheese until it’s fully melted. 

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Then add your elbow macaroni and stir… I dare you not to just take a big spoonful right now.   Me? I took about 6.

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
Put in a baking dish.  Something I’d like to talk about right now, don’t panic as it’s extremely runny.  Once it bakes it won’t be runny at all.  Again, it will be ok! You have to trust me on this one…

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
1/4 cup of your remaining cheese goes on top…

Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.
And after 25 minutes – BOOM! MY GOODNESS.  LOOK AT THIS MAGIC.  I think I almost cried. I think I did, I am a very emotional person.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It’s just so beautiful and rich.  It smells amazing.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Pumpkins, you guys rule.    We are best friends forever.  


Pumpkin Macaroni and Cheese, a pure comfort food meal. Recipe uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. Start serving and swooning! It will be a magical dinner… Enjoy this Pumpkin Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese!

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Pumpkin Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese

PUMPKIN CHEDDAR Macaroni and Cheese! This is a pure comfort food recipe that's so easy to make! This cheesy macaroni and cheese uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese.  It's one of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups elbow macaroni
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 1/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make elbow macaroni according to box. Drain, set aside.
  3. In a medium size saucepan melt your butter over low-medium heat. Stir in flour and continue to stir until smooth. Stir in milk and bring to a simmer. Continue to stir for 1 minute until it's thickened. Remove from heat.
  4. Stir in pepper, nutmeg, mustard.
  5. Add in pumpkin puree and 2 cups of shredded cheese, stirring until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Add macaroni to cheese mixture and stir until it's all coated. Pour into baking dish.
  7. Top with 1/4 cup remaining shredded cheese.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

PUMPKIN CHEDDAR Macaroni and Cheese! This is a pure comfort food recipe that’s so easy to make! This cheesy macaroni and cheese uses 1 cup pumpkin puree and 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese. It’s one of my favorite pumpkin recipes!

Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Now I know what you might be thinking.. usually “Mexican” and “Pumpkin” don’t usually go together, but in this recipe they are best friends.  They are holding hands, whispering secrets (not about you), planning adventures – they are great pals. In this recipe we have the usual Chili ingredients, but then we’re throwing in pumpkin because whenever you can you should throw pumpkin into any dish.   Here’s the great thing about pumpkin, it’s full of great nutrients but hardly changes the taste of meals.  It’s an amazing way to make your dinner or brownies more healthy and better for you.  Who doesn’t want that?

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Health facts on pumpkin:
It’s full of fiber. Half a cup has 3.5 grams of fiber. 
It’s loaded with Vitamin A, alpha and beta-carotenes and is a good source of vitamins C, K, and E.
1 cup of  pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron which will support a strong immune system and keep you from getting sick. 
Pumpkin’s orange color is a clue to its high antioxidant content. Some doctors say that the compounds in pumpkin can help prevent lung cancer, heart disease as well as Type 2 diabetes and arthritis.
It will help support healthy digestion.
One cup of pumpkin puree contains just 83 calories.  Compare that to the oils you might use instead!

Pumpkin is amazing – isn’t it? 
And don’t forget pumpkin puree is so easy to make!

So what makes this Chili Mexican? Well we’re going to spice it up with green chiles, salsa verde, cumin and we’re going to throw corn into this!  If you want you can even throw avocado on top when it’s done!

Other bonuses: Chili freezes amazing, so feel free to make this in advance and keep for that chilly night when your’e feeling lazy and just want to curl under the blankets with your softest socks on!   

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

I love beans so I had to add both black beans and kidney beans.  Also I love using ground turkey for chili as a healthy alternative to ground beef.
We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Once you take the first bite, you’ll be one happy pumpkin loving friend!  
We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Enjoy this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili!
We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 
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Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Ingredients

  • 2 green peppers - chopped
  • 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 can kidney beans - rinsed and drained
  • 3 garlic cloves - minced
  • 15 ounces pumpkin puree
  • 14 ounces diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 4 oz can of diced green chiles
  • 1/2 cup salsa verde
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, add your chopped peppers, minced garlic and ground turkey. Cook until turkey is browned.
  2. Put your ground turkey mixture into a slow cooker. Add all other ingredients and stir so everything is fully mixed up.
  3. Cook on low for 5 hours.
  4. Enjoy!

We LOVE this Crockpot Mexican Pumpkin Chili recipe. This easy slow cooker dinner is filled with vegetables and Mexican spices such as green chiles, salsa verde and cumin! You can freeze leftovers! 

Green Pepper Cheese Bake

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I know you all used to watch Full House.  And I know you all remember Uncle Jessie.  So I know you all know the phrase “Have Mercy.”

So you can imagine my amusement when I pulled this green pepper cheese bake out of the oven and muttered “Have Mercy”.  And then I laughed.  And then I looked around to make sure none of the cats were judging me.  The coast was clear.  I put this green pepper dish on the counter, took a step back and repeated “Have Mercy”.  This right here is a looker, a real beauty, a real head turner.  You get the idea.  It’s glorious.

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

I mean, come on, seriously.  Don’t you just want to marry this dish? I do!

The best part of this dish besides the cheese and the cream (haha) is that it’s all vegetables! It’s full of 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach.   It’s like your own vegetable garden that will live in your belly!

This can be a side dish, or a meatless dinner! We had it as our main dinner with garlic bread on the side.  You will need a little bread to soak up that creamy goodness at the bottom, trust me.  You will want it.  

Please (takes your hand) make this dish.  You deserve it.  The world deserves it.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!I know, I know, you know it, I love my peppers.  I made this video while taking this picture.  I’m totally sane.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Your wonderland of vegetables we’ll be using for this recipe!


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!And to tell you straight up, this corn/tomato/spinach mixture is a great side dish by itself.  I took like 6 spoonfuls before it even went into the casserole dish.


This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!Here’s all the steps to get to the top of bake.   Into the oven.. you ready?  Are you sure?

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
HAVE MERCY!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
This is going in the “YES” section of my recipe book I keep.  

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
And when you have your first bite, I hope you’re sitting! If not, have pillows on the floor!

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!
Green Pepper Cheese Bake, I love you.  Dearly.  Truly. Forever.  

Have a great weekend everyone! 

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Looking for more pepper recipes? Try my stuffed green pepper casserole!

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Green Pepper Cheese Bake Casserole

This Green Pepper Cheese Bake is a delicious comfort food recipe! It’s also filled with vegetables: 2 pounds of green peppers, 1 cup of tomatoes, 2 cups of corn and 1 cup of spinach. Your family will love it!

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds green peppers - cut up into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups corn kernels -fresh cooked or from a can (not frozen)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes - halved
  • 1 cup spinach - chopped up
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar/monterey jack cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat butter in pan over medium heat. Once melted add your tomatoes, spinach and corn and saute to coat everything. Season with salt + pepper.
  2. In a oven safe casserole dish, start to assemble the bake.
  3. Put half of your green peppers at the bottom of the dish.
  4. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  5. Spread your tomatoes/corn/spinach mixture on top.
  6. Put 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  7. Put the remaining half of your green peppers on top.
  8. Put the last 1/3 of your shredded cheese on top.
  9. In a bowl beat eggs, heavy cream and salt + pepper to taste.
  10. Pour this mixture over the top of your bake evenly.
  11. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes.
  12. Turn your oven down to 350 and bake for 25 more minutes.
  13. Enjoy!

Watermelon & Strawberry Lime Mint Popsicles

I am kinda in love with these popsicles.  And because they are healthy, I can totally eat as many as I want a day with no regrets!  Isn’t that the best?

Watermelon-&-Strawberry-Lime-Mint-Popsicles

These popsicles have watermelon, strawberry, lime and mint in them.  As a sweetener you can leave as is or you can add a little honey (that’s what I did).  With the fruit already sweet, you don’t’ need much additional  honey – a little goes a long way.   And can we talk about how easy they are?  You just throw the ingredients in a food processor, pulse it, pour into popsicle molds and freeze.  Boom, done!   Amazing!

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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

CHEDDAR CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

Ok, we have the 3 C’s here.  Let’s talk about them.

Cheesy – who doesn’t love cheese?  Mozzarella, Cheddar and Parmesan are my favorites for recipes.  And this recipe has 2 of them in!
Cauliflower – beautiful cauliflower, fresh from the garden, I love you.  You can’t go wrong with cauliflower, you just can’t!
Casserole – I love casseroles.   You put them inside the oven and magic happens.  That’s the only way I can describe it.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

We love this casserole, especially when we can pick the cauliflower straight from the garden.   We usually have it as our  dinner main dish because it’s pretty filling, especially if you add a piece of crusty bread on the side.   You can also serve the casserole a side dish,  it would be great paired with a meat at the holiday table.  

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with both cheddar and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.

Hope you enjoy!

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Cheddar Cheese Cauliflower Casserole

DOUBLE CHEESE Cauliflower Casserole is delicious comfort food! This easy to make loaded casserole recipe is made with cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese to make it extra cheesy! It makes a great vegetarian main dish or holiday side dish.  

Ingredients

  • 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
  • 8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Steam your cauliflower for 3 minutes, drain.
  3. Add cauliflower into casserole baking dish.
  4. In a bowl stir together your Cheddar cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, heavy cream, dried sage, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Pour everything in your bowl over cauliflower and toss to coat evenly.
  6. Sprinkle remaining 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and bread crumbs on top.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is slightly browned.
  8. Enjoy!

 

How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree From Pumpkins

EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!

So you know I love pumpkins.

You know I love baking and cooking with pumpkin too (lots of pumpkin recipes!).

So if you grow your own pumpkins, or will be getting a pumpkin in October  to decorate your house with, you can use that pumpkin for much more than making your home extra beautiful (pumpkins are lovely, they brighten up everything).  You can also eat them!

 There is delicious pumpkin puree waiting for you inside every single pumpkin wishing you would cut it open and scoop it into brownie mix.  Trust me, they tell me this.  My pumpkins talk to me, what they don’t talk to you?  

Pumpkin puree is so easy to make! The hardest part is the emotional attachment of cutting your pumpkin in half.  I always tell myself I’m going to be strong then I end up almost crying and taking goodbye pictures with it.  I always always talk to my pumpkins during this process, I just want them to know it’s going to be ok when I cut them up and put them into the oven to bake then process them until it’s smooth.  

So what pumpkins are the best for pumpkin puree? Some will say to only use Sugar or Pie Pumpkins due to their taste and ease with desserts.  But I have found that practically any pumpkin makes good puree. I do this to our Jack-O-Lanterns that can fit into my oven and I don’t find there is a big taste difference at all.  So I say try them all and see if you prefer one of the other. I will use them all! 

So let’s go.. pumpkin puree party!  Let’s make this!   Once you have fresh pumpkin puree, you will glare at the can on the shelf at the store.  Fresh pumpkin is bursting with flavor!  Pumpkin puree can be frozen beautifully up to a year! So when you decide to make a pumpkin casserole in February, you just open up your freezer and you got it covered.  Pumpkin puree, you are the best. 

There’s one other thing I wanted to quickly say about this. Like I mentioned in this post in making applesauce, I have a Weston food strainer and it’s changing my life.  For this specific post I am using the pumpkin/squash attachment. I ended up buying the whole set of attachments because I decided I needed them all in my life.    

If you are into making sauces, purees, baby foods, jellies, salsas, mashed potatoes, juices etc you will fall madly in love with it. Seriously. It just makes everything smoother. If you do not have a food strainer, don’t worry, I also included instructions in the recipe box on how to use your food processor/blender instead. 

EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!


EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!

Pumpkins… you guys are magic. These 3 guys have been staring at me waiting for their pumpkin puree moment.   Well pumpkins, it’s that time.


The first cut is always the hardest.  It’ll be ok little pumpkin, I swear.

When you cut up the pumpkin you will notice lots of seeds and strings. There are 2 ways to go about this:
If you are using a food strainer, don’t do anything.
If are you not using a food strainer, get a spoon and get all the strings/seeds out.  Set the seeds aside for later if you are going to to make roasted pumpkin seeds (yum). 


Take your pumpkins and put them face down in a pan.  If you are doing multiple pumpkins, rearrange so they can fit best. You might have to use more than one pan as well.


Then fill up the pan with about 1/4 inch water.

Into the oven they go for 1 hour…


When they come out you will see they appear soft now, sometimes the pumpkins even get indented and “fall in”.  Totally ok. Good job pumpkins, you made it through the hot part.


The pumpkins will be very hot, as well as the remaining water in the pan so be careful.  When you flip the pumpkins over you will see the insides are very soft.


Soft pumpkin is going to make some awesome pumpkin puree.


Now let me re-introduce you to my Weston Food Strainer. The strainer is great because you can get different attachments for it, such as sauces, salsas, grapes, berries and pumpkin. This is the pumpkin attachment.

If you do not have a Food Strainer, you can make Pumpkin Puree too! With a spoon remove all the inside strings and seeds, set aside. With a spoon remove the pumpkin and put into a food processor. Turn the food processor on and pulse until you have smooth pumpkin. Then use or freeze accordingly. 


For the strainer, I cut the pumpkins up into smaller pieces and then start to crank the handle for the pumpkin to go down into the strainer. What comes out one side is the most beautiful, perfect pumpkin puree. Keep cranking until you have no more pumpkins left.


What comes out the other side is the strings and seeds.  The strainer does the hard work for you! This is my favorite part because one of my least favorite kitchen duties is to spoon seeds and strings out of pumpkin, it takes forever.  But the strainer takes that hard work away!   When all the strings, seeds come out, I will run this through the strainer about 2-3  more times just to make sure there’s no pumpkin hiding in there.


You are left with a bowl of seeds, which I sure hope you are going to roast because they are one of my favorite snacks ever!


And you will have giant bowl full of fresh pumpkin puree.  I got about 5 cups out of this which is a fair amount as 2 of them were small sugar pumpkins. 


The puree is super smooth. Good enough to just take a spoonful and eat right the



High 5 on making some fresh puree. The canned puree really can’t even try to compete with this freshness. And let me tell you, it makes the best pumpkin pies..


Pumpkin puree freezes beautifully up to a year.  I like to put it into 8 oz bags or 15 oz bags because recipes usually always call for one of these. I also put some into a mason jar to go into the refrigerator so I can cook with it in the next few days.  

Pumpkin away friends! Have fun!

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How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree

EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!

Ingredients

  • Pumpkins - Any Variety

Instructions

With Food Strainer

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half.
  3. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.
  5. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  6. Run pumpkin through food strainer, you will then have pumpkin puree.
  7. Use or freeze accordingly.

Without Food Strainer

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half. Scoop the guts and seeds out. Disregard the guts, save the seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds later on if you'd like.
  3. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.
  5. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  6. Put pumpkin in food processor or blender and pulse until it becomes puree.
  7. Use or freeze accordingly.

 

Chocolate Spinach Brownies

Chocolate SPINACH BROWNIES with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe.  This is a EASY way to get kids or adults to eat their vegetables.  You won’t believe how delicious these brownies are!  They’re also made with the best peanut butter frosting recipe ever!

The color green.  What do you think of?

In many people’s minds, the color green isn’t something you usually think of when you think of sweet desserts.   I hear that little kids fear their green vegetables so sneaky parents have to find ways to incorporate it into their meals.  Well I don’t have a little kid, but I still like being sneaky, even if it  means just being sneaky to myself.  

Spinach Brownies.  

spinach brownies

Baking With Vegetables

As soon as I picked the spinach in the garden I knew I wanted to bake with it!  From past recipes I love adding vegetables to sweet treats! (see: avocado brownies, pumpkin brownies).  So I decided to keep it simple and keep the brownie tradition alive.  The brownie tradition should never end.  Can you imagine a world without brownies?  I surely cannot! 

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I have to admit I was unsure about how these spinach brownies were going to turn out.  I was worried because of the amount of spinach that are in these brownies, 1 whole cup pureed, which equals about 4-5 cups raw.  That is a large amount of spinach.  But as soon as I poured the spinach puree, gave it a few twirls with my spoon then tasted it, worries were erased.   100%.  

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Can you taste the spinach? The short answer is sort of.  The long answer is not really.   I like spinach, I know what it tastes like, so I can pick up a slight spinach taste.  But for those who are unaware there is spinach in them, or don’t often eat spinach, they will pass it off as “dark chocolate” tasting.  I think that’s the best way to describe them, dark.  

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I decided to make my favorite peanut butter frosting to go on top of these spinach brownies!  I’m in love with this decadent frosting!  It’s the perfect sweet frosting to go with these dark brownies.  

Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe. This is a sneaky way to get kids or adults to eat their vegetables. You won't believe how delicious these brownies are! They're also made with the best peanut butter frosting recipe ever!

Spinach Brownies Recipe

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Pretty Pretty Spinach.  You are so pretty.  How are you so pretty? 

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Into the food processor it goes.  I did 2 batches.  Add a tablespoon or 2 of water in with the spinach so it gets pureed. 

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You will need 1 full cup of spinach.  This is about 4-5 cups raw.   Whole lotta spinach going on…

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But when you add it to the chocolate mixture, you can’t even tell.  Magic!

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The peanut butter frosting.  It deserves “the” in front of it because it is amazing.  I ate so many spoonfuls, don’t even ask.

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Pat it down with a spatula and put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set..

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Then cut those brownies up!  Look at these gorgeous brownies!

Enjoy a healthy spinach salad, but don’t forget that spinach makes a great sweet treat too!  Enjoy these chocolate spinach brownies!

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Chocolate Spinach Brownies

Chocolate SPINACH BROWNIES with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe.  This is a EASY way to get kids or adults to eat their vegetables.  You won't believe how delicious these brownies are!  They're also made with the best peanut butter frosting recipe ever!

Course Dessert
Servings 12

Ingredients

Spinach Brownies

  • 1 cup pureed spinach
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter - melted
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips - melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • 1/2 cup butter - melted
  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioners powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Instructions

Spinach Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 8x8 pan with nonstick spray.
  2. Take your spinach leaves and put them in the food processor with 1-2 tablespoons of water and pulse until it turns into a puree. Keep doing this until you get 1 full cup of spinach puree. This usually equals about 4-5 cups raw spinach leaves.
  3. Mix melted butter, brown sugar and sugar together in a bowl. Stir in melted chocolate chips, spinach puree and vanilla.
  4. In another bowl mix your flour, cocoa powder and baking powder together.
  5. A little at a time, add your dry flour mixture to your chocolate spinach mixture, stirring continuously until it's all smooth.
  6. Pour batter in 8x8 pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until your toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Let cool.

Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Put butter and peanut butter in a bowl and mix with electric mixer.
  2. Slowly pour in your powdered sugar a little at a time. When it starts to thicken, add your 2 tablespoons milk in and continue to mix. You should keep mixing for about 2-3 minutes until your frosting is fluffy. If it's still thick, add a additional tablespoon of milk if needed.

Chocolate Spinach Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting

  1. Once brownies are cool, spread your peanut butter frosting across them.
  2. Pat the frosting down with a spatula so it becomes a smooth layer.
  3. Put in refrigerator for one hour to let the frosting set.
  4. Cut brownies into squares, enjoy!

 

EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Let’s talk onion rings. We have harvested so many onions our kitchen looks like a onion shop (if that exists).   So after Matthew threw me so many onion ring hints, I took them and promised him onion rings would be made.  These onion rings are so easy to make and so delicious to eat! 

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

This recipe uses creole spice mix which I include in the ingredients list to make your own.  This seasoning is great for meat rubs, rice dishes and soups too.   You can also buy this seasoning mix already made, but you probably have all the ingredients already in your kitchen.  If you made this seasoning and put it into mason jars it would be make a awesome gift for fellow cooking lovers.  

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

 EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 
Beautiful garden onions.  You guys are very pretty.

Slice them into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Here’s your 3 bowls you need. Regular flour, flour batter mixture and bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 1: Dip the onions into flour.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Step 2: Into wet flour mixture. This is very important: Make sure to let them drip to get all the excess off. If you don’t, your bread crumb mixture is going to become clumpy and a mess very quick.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Step 3: Dip into bread crumbs.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Into the oven they go…
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

You want to keep a eye on them so they don’t burn. Mine took 16 minutes.  Also you want to flip them midway, I say at the 8 minute mark is good.
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

And out of the oven they come. All crispy and brown and gorgeous!
EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 


Grab a few Easy Baked Onion Rings and enjoy!  

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EASY BAKED Onion Rings

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

Ingredients

  • 2 large onions - sliced into 1/4 to 1/2 inch rings
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 egg - beaten
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon creole spice mix
  • salt + pepper to taste

creole spice mix

  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place half or your flour into a bowl.
  3. Mix the other half of flour with milk and beaten egg. Mix in breadcrumbs, creole spice mix, salt + pepper.
  4. One by one, dip your onion into the plain flour mixture.
  5. Next, dip your onion into the flour batter mixture. Let excess batter drip off before moving to the next step.
  6. Next, dip your onion into breadcrumbs so covered.
  7. Put onion slices on parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Cook until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through baking, flip each onion ring so it's baked evenly.

EASY BAKED Onion Rings! This homemade oven baked onion rings recipe is a great side to cheeseburgers! The batter is made with flour, milk, egg, breadcrumbs and spices! We use our garden grown onions to make them – we love how crispy they are! 

 

The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever

The BEST Stewed Tomatoes Ever recipe!  This easy to make recipe simmers tomatoes for 30 minutes to make homemade stewed tomatoes that can be served as a dinner side dish or can be canned.  This how to make recipe shows you how easy they are to make! Find out why everyone considers them THE BEST!   We always use this as a canning recipe for our Summer garden tomatoes! 

Stewed tomatoes, sigh.  

Our tomatoes are turning red quicker than I’m able to pick.    So between tomato sauces, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato pesto, roasted tomatoes,  tomato soup… there’s lots of tomato dishes going on  in our kitchen!  I will have many more upcoming tomato recipes…get ready tomato lovers!  But for now… stewed tomatoes!

The BEST Stewed Tomatoes Ever recipe!  This easy to make recipe simmers tomatoes for 30 minutes to make homemade stewed tomatoes that can be served as a dinner side dish or can be canned.  This how to make recipe shows you how easy they are to make! Find out why everyone considers them THE BEST!   We always use this as a canning recipe for our Summer garden tomatoes! 

These stewed tomatoes are the best,  I’m not fibbing either.  If you are having a tomato harvest soon or would like to  make your own instead of the canned version, please please please please please make these!

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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother’s famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It’s filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

Growing up one of my Mother’s favorite meals to make was stuffed peppers.  She sure loved making those.  Whenever I go back to visit my father I always ask him to think of a meal or two he wants me to make for him and usually always one of his favorites are stuffed peppers.  

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

What isn’t there to love about stuffed peppers?  Fresh peppers, meat, tomato sauce, rice and mozzarella cheese.   Yes, please!  

With so many green peppers growing in the garden I wanted to take my usual stuffed pepper recipe but turn it into Stuffed Pepper Casserole.  I wanted it have the original taste, but I wanted to throw some more greens in there like spinach.  

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

That’s the best thing about casseroles, because they get baked and because no one can really see inside, you can throw so many healthy vegetables in there and noone really seems to notice.  I would assume if you have kids this is a great thing!  This casserole is a real winner in our kitchen.

 Here’s my green peppers.  Aren’t they beauties?  I’m sorry, I say that all the time.  But I’m really in love with them.
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

I usually chop them up into quarters first.
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.
Then I cut them into little size pieces.
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Grab your spinach leaves.  This is my bag of wrinkly spinach leaves that I try to throw in every meal.  This recipe calls for 12 spinach leaves, but feel free to use more if you’d like. Double it! Or triple it! 
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Ground beef and garlic, all cooked. I love the smell of this!  Throw it into your casserole dish.
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Now let’s stat adding the ingredients.. Spinach.. Seasonings..
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Rice, Tomatoes..
Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Sauce, Broth.. Everything! Except the cheese!

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Cook your casserole for 1 hour, covered. 
Then take out, sprinkle cheese on top and bake for 5 more minutes..

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.
And this  this delicious dinner will come out of your oven, ready to be devoured by your family!

Stuffed Pepper Casserole recipe. This is a quick and easy casserole based on traditional stuffed peppers.

Spoon some onto your plate and enjoy this Stuffed Pepper Casserole! It’s hard not to go back for seconds. 🙂

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EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

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Stuffed Pepper Casserole

EASY Stuffed Pepper Casserole is baked in the oven for a cheesy dinner meal! This dish uses my Mother's famous stuffed pepper recipe but I turned it into a casserole to make it quicker. It's filled with ground beef, green peppers, diced tomatoes, rice and smothered in mozzarella cheese.

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large green peppers chopped
  • 12 spinach leaves ripped
  • 14 oz diced tomatoes
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup long grain rice uncooked
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. In a skillet, add your garlic and ground beef and cook until browned.
  2. Transfer your beef and garlic into a casserole baking dish.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients except the mozzarella cheese. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
  5. Take out of the oven, sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top and bake 5 minutes more.
  6. Enjoy!

Vegetable Garden Salsa

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it’s everyone’s favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This right here is my go to salsa.  It wins hearts, it makes bellies happy, it makes you friends.  It’s a win win situation.  We make this salsa all the time to snack on, it’s also one of my most requested recipes to make to bring to get togethers.   I think one of the main reasons why people love it so much because it’s so fresh.  Every single vegetable in this recipe comes straight from the garden.  I also try not to pick the tomatoes, peppers and onions until the day of or the day before to really make it fresh.  Nothing beats the taste of home grown tomatoes!

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden! This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

This salsa took me some time to get right.  Sometimes I would make it and it would be too runny, too chunky, the peppers would be too mushy, the tomatoes would be too whole, the tomatoes would be too smooth.  But after summers of practice, I got it.  And when I did, the clouds parted and a smiling red tomato shined down on me and said “you go girl”.

The magic touch here is to cut up the tomatoes slightly, then throw them in the food processor to get them just right.  They aren’t too whole, they aren’t too runny.  They are perfect!  So that’s my salsa story. After many batches, this is it.  This is the salsa champion.  Raise your hands and dance with me, “Salsa, Salsa, Salsa”. 

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden! This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I wanted to show you this page out of my recipe book I keep.  This is the salsa page.  It has no amounts at all, it has no directions.  It’s just a horrible picture in black and white that I printed out.   This is one of the recipes I have  made so  many times I just know how much and what to do.   Do you have any recipes like that?


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Here is the gorgeous cast of characters for this salsa, straight from our garden.  Prettiest guys ever. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!I cut each roma tomato up into about 12-16 pieces.  I do it quick and throw them in a bowl. 

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then I throw the tomatoes in the food processor and pulse 8 times.  You can pulse 6 times and then check to see if the consistency is good enough for you.  But I really like 8 pulses.  This is just right for us. 


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Chop up your pepper and onion with a knife. I would suggest not putting this in a food processor as I find they become too liquidy and mushy quick and lose their crunch.  


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Now throw all your ingredients in a bowl… the tomatoes, the pepper, the onion, salt, pepper, crushed red pepper flakes and cilantro.  I’m going to tell you something here and it’s kinda a secret but I often use frozen cilantro for my salsa.   Frozen cilantro is great because it lasts forever and you won’t be making salsa and think “I forgot to buy cilantro!”.  If I have fresh on hand I will use it, but if not, frozen cubes work amazing.  Just throw them in the microwave for 10 seconds and ta-da.  You’re cilantro set!

Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!
Then mix it all together.  Boom! Bam! Wam! Tada! Salsa is done!


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy however you want! Serve it with some chips! Serve on some tacos.  Serve on some chicken.  Serve it with a spoon directly into your mouth.


Vegetable Garden Salsa recipe using fresh ingredients straight from your garden! Friends beg for me to make this because it's that good! Ingredients are tomatoes, onion, green pepper, cilantro, salt + pepper and red pepper flakes!Enjoy this Vegetable Garden Salsa everyone!

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SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden! This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes! Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

 

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Garden Harvest Salsa

SUPER FRESH Vegetable Garden Salsa straight from your garden!  This easy HOMEMADE recipe is made in minutes filled with tomatoes, onion, peppers, cilantro, and red pepper flakes!  Friends BEG for me to make this salsa because it's everyone's favorite! Serve with Chips or with your next Mexican meal!

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds of roma tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 3 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/3 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Chop your tomatoes up into small pieces.
  2. Put your tomatoes in your food processor and pulse 8 times. Depending on the size of your food processor you might have to do this in 2 batches. Transfer to a bowl once processed.
  3. Chop up your green pepper and onion with knife.
  4. Add your green pepper, onion and all seasonings to the tomatoes in bowl.
  5. Stir so all ingredients are combined evenly.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 32 ounces of salsa.

4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

So far this week it looks like Fall on Brooklyn Farm Girl,  first pumpkins, then apples, I know I know… but I’m very excited for Fall, I love it!

Did you know I love pumpkins? Read this post in case you didn’t know.

The first thing I had to make with our fresh pumpkin harvest from the garden was pumpkin pie brownies.   I had such a great success with my avocado peanut butter chocolate brownies that pumpkin brownies were next on the list!


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

This recipe is so easy because it only involves 4 ingredients: brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips.    If you notice there’s no butter, eggs or vegetable oil in these brownies.  The pumpkin puree takes care of all of that! The pumpkin adds moisture to your brownies so there’s no need to add those other fattening ingredients.    Pumpkin puree is healthy too!  1 cup of pure pumpkin is 49 calories!   Pumpkin is rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins (vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E).    Did I mention it’s delicious too? Because it really is!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

These brownies are super fudgy. Warning:  If you love pumpkin pie and chocolate, once you eat one of these brownies you will enter a magical  world.    I also find that people who aren’t huge pumpkin fans also love these brownies due to how moist and chocolatey they are.  They really are a hit all around for the brownie crowd.

I love you pumpkins, I love you!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

4 Ingredient Fudgy Pumpkin Pie Brownies
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Ingredients
  1. Family Size Brownie Mix (I used Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie Mix)
  2. 2 cups of fresh pumpkin puree (if not fresh, 15 oz can will work)
  3. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  4. 1/3 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray a 8x8 pan with nonstick spray.
  3. Mix your Brownie Mix, Chocolate Chips and 1 1/2 cup of your pumpkin puree together in a bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl mix the 1/2 cup of your remaining pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice together.
  5. Spread 3/4 of your brownie mix mixture into your pan.
  6. Spread your pumpkin puree mixture on top.
  7. Spread your remaining brownie mix on the very top.
  8. Then with a knife gently swirl around the top layer of the brownie so it gets mixed up with the pumpkin puree.
  9. Bake 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Tip: If you want your brownies more firm, store in the refrigerator.
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Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Here are your ingredients.  Simple, right?


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!Mix your brownie mix, chocolate chips and 1 1/2  cup of pumpkin puree together.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
It will look something like this. I demand (nicely) you take a spoon right away!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then mix your remaining 1/2 cup pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice together.

Now let’s begin layering these brownies..

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
First 3/4 of your brownie mix goes into your pan.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then your pumpkin mixture goes on top.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Then your remaining brownie mixture on the very top.  Swirl with a  knife so it blends nicely with the pumpkin below it.

Throw it in the oven…

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
In the mean time, clean your bowl.  With a spoon and your tongue. Have no shame!

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
When the time is up, your pumpkin brownies will emerge from the oven with a delicious smell..  Leave cool to set.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Cut up into pieces, I usually do 9 brownies per 8×8 tray.

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
The edges remain firm to keep the brownies in tact.


Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!But the middles are pure ooey gooey fudgy delight.  

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!
Enjoy! These won’t last for long…

Delicious and Extra Fudgy 4 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie Brownies.  All you need is brownie mix, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice and chocolate chips!

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.

My life has officially been taken over by tomatoes.   Is there anything else to talk about except tomatoes right now?    Tomato this, tomato that, do the tomato dance.

Do you know how many cherry tomatoes are in this big bowl below? 16 cups! And there’s a few plants that need to be picked… so double that or more.  And that’s just cherry tomatoes!

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I love cherry tomatoes and they work great for snacking and halved in pasta, but what about tomato sauce?  Cherry tomatoes aren’t usually the first choice  to use for homemade tomato sauce but I’m out to change that.  Cherry tomatoes can result in a creamy tasty sauce which will knock your red socks off (red because it’s tomato season – what, you don’t match your socks to your harvest?).    The key to this recipe is first we oven roast the tomatoes – oh yeah, baby.  Then after that we throw them in a food processor with some fresh basil and season them.  Then it’s made!  It’s that easy.   This homemade sauce doesn’t require you to simmer over the stove for 2 hours.   I really love this creamy sauce over pasta, with lasagna, stuffed shells.  It’s also pretty fantastic to add to pizza as a creamy sauce.    

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So when you pick your cherry tomatoes,  change it up a bit and make some sauce.   Bonus: You can freeze this sauce, throw in the freezer and defrost it months later for a spaghetti dinner in February.  

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Gather your tomatoes, make sure to take the stems off.

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Put them in a pan, single layer.  I was making a few batches so I had multiple pans.

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Drizzle your olive oil over the tomatoes.  Take a picture and completely miss the olive oil coming out of the bottle.

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Sprinkle your onion powder over the tomatoes.  Take a picture and completely miss the onion powder being sprinkled. 

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Bake for 35 minutes until your tomatoes are all wrinkly.

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Let them cool then put them in the food processor with your other ingredients.  Fresh basil – doesn’t it smell great?

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Give it a few pulses, it doesn’t take much.

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And you are left with some creamy, amazing smelling cherry tomato sauce!

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This makes 3 cups of sauce.  Feel free to use immediately after, put in the fridge for tomorrow, or freeze (in a freezer bag) for a few months later.

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Whenever I freeze sauce, puree, diced/stewed tomatoes, I always put in a freezer bag and lay flat while pressing it out, so it’s as thin as possible.  Then once it’s frozen, I stand it up.  This saves space and lets you have a better organized freezer.

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To defrost it I throw the bag into a pot of hot tap water.  It defrosts pretty quickly.  Then into a saucepan it goes to heat up.

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Enjoy! This sauce is a favorite. 🙂

Update: This recipe finally has a video to go along with it!  Hope this helps when making it!  Please share on Facebook so other people can enjoy!

 

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Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.  

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of tomatoes cherry tomatoes stems off
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spread tomatoes single layer in a pan. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with your onion powder.
  3. Bake for 35 minutes, your tomatoes should be wrinkly.
  4. Let cool for a few minutes, then put tomatoes in food processor.
  5. Add fresh basil, garlic powder and salt + pepper to taste in food processor.
  6. Blend to smooth and creamy.
  7. Use it right away, or throw it in the fridge to use tomorrow, or freeze it for next month.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

This makes 3 cups of sauce.

Oven Roasted Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce is a sweet and creamy tomato sauce recipe using cherry tomatoes.

1 Pint Blueberry Jam

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning.   This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!    

We’re jammin’, I wanna jam it wid you. We’re jammin’, jammin’, And I hope you like blueberry jammin’, too.  

I was craving fresh blueberry jam but I didn’t want to make a big batch of it, in fact I wanted to make jam with just 1 pint of blueberries. Maybe you’ll pick fresh blueberries from your garden or maybe you’ll pick up a pint of blueberries from the farmers market, either way you can enjoy this easy and quick recipe.  
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

Don’t you love how flavorful blueberries are? I love that they’re so tiny but filled with flavor! They’re great to add to muffins, or overnight oats, or just enjoy on a piece of toast (like this jam!). In case you needed more reason to like blueberries, they also are high in antioxidants, boost brain health, support digestion and promote heart health!

This jam recipe is incredibly easy to make!  You’ll want to add 1 pint blueberries, honey, cinnamon and lemon juice to a saucepan. Bring it to a boil for about 30 minutes, or until it’s jam consistency, giving it a stir every few minutes to make sure it doesn’t stick to the pot.
HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

This jam recipe can easily be tweaked to other berries – like blackberries or raspberries too!  A few people reached out to me to ask me if they could use frozen blueberries in the recipe instead of fresh… well you can! 

 I prefer fresh berries for this recipe but frozen berries will still taste good.  Just make sure to defrost the blueberries before you add to the pan, and keep a eye on the jam as the berries might cooker quicker than fresh ones.

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

I love spreading this blueberry jam on toast, muffins, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pancakes, french toast or more.  It’s also delicious served over ice cream!  However you serve it – I hope you enjoy it!

Looking for more jam recipes? Check out my raspberry jam, watermelon jam and strawberry peach jam.

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HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning. This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!

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1 Pint Blueberry Jam

HOMEMADE Blueberry Jam made from 1 pint of blueberries! This easy to make no pectin, no sugar recipe is perfect for eating and canning.   This healthy jam is delicious served over toast, pancakes, french toast and ice cream!    

Ingredients

  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a saucepan and stir.
  2. Bring to boil, then simmer for 30-35 minutes until jam consistency.
  3. Keep in jar refrigerated.


Homemade Tomato Paste Cubes

This is the beginning of many tomato posts to come in the next few weeks.   Right now we’re handling Tomato Season 2013 so I’m constantly looking for new tomato ideas to both use our harvest, but also preserve so we can enjoy it until next summer!

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A great way to use up lots of tomatoes you have is to make homemade tomato paste.  Tomato paste is a great ingredient to have on hand to thicken up sauce and soups.  Not to mention it’s a great base to make some yummy marinara sauce.  I love this specific recipe because we are going to freeze them in ice cube trays which means you can use a little bit  at a time. No more using one of those tomato paste cans that you only need 2 tablespoons for.   By using ice cube tray size you use what you need, nothing goes to waste.  

The best type of tomatoes for paste is roma or plum tomatoes (think elongated in shape) because they have the least amount of seeds.  In this recipe, we don’t take the skin off or deseed the tomatoes, we just cut them in half.   Tomato paste is super easy to make, it just takes a little patience until it’s done.  It’s made by cooking the tomatoes on the stove for hours to the point of where you boil away all the liquid, causing a very concentrate form of tomatoes, which turns into “paste”.     By the time the hours are over, you are going to have beautiful tomato paste.. and a house that smells wonderful!  You will be hungry after smelling this on the stove.. 🙂  These cubes last a very long time, months. I could easily throw a cube in some tomato sauce in January that I make this week.   I love these tomato paste cubes because when it’s snowing out and I reach for one, I get to remember the good garden days had months prior.. and that just makes me smile!

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Homemade Tomato Paste
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Ingredients
  1. 3-4 pounds of roma or plum tomatoes
  2. 1 teaspoon salt
  3. 3 cloves garlic
Instructions
  1. Slice tomatoes in half.
  2. Put tomatoes and garlic in food processor (in batches), pulse until smooth.
  3. Put your tomatoes in a pot, add salt and stir.
  4. Turn your stove on to medium high heat and bring the tomatoes to a boil.
  5. Turn your stove down to low medium heat to keep them at a constant low simmering boil.
  6. Cover and cook for 3 hours, stirring once in a while, until tomatoes turn into a paste and liquid is gone.
  7. Put your paste in ice cube trays and freeze.
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Here’s your beautiful roma tomatoes.  

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Slice them in half and take the stems off if there are any.

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Throw in food processor and pulse until liquid smooth.  Then it goes onto the stove.. in a few hours all that liquid tomato  will turn into…

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Great smelling tomato paste!

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Fill up your ice cube trays and throw in the freezer.

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Pop a tomato paste cube out whenever you need one!

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Easy and fresh, does it get any better?

Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Who doesn’t like a good meatball sub?  It’s quick, it’s hearty, it’s sloppy, you get to eat it with your fingers.  It’s meat, cheese and tomato sauce – how can you go wrong? But with this one we’re going to mix it up a little bit and add some kale to get your greens in!  Don’t be alarmed by the combination of kale and meat together in this sub – once everything is mixed together, it just works. My husband is a Midwest boy who loves his hearty dinners and this sub is A+ in his book!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

This meatball sub is based on my kale meatballs recipe which I first made last summer and fell in love with.  These turkey meatballs are great over spaghetti, yummy grilled as a finger food on a stick, but they are delicious on a sub roll!  This kale turkey sandwich is one of our dinner favorites! 

 A meatball sub isn’t finished until it’s slathered in tomato sauce and then American cheese is melted on top – then it’s ready to eat!

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Enjoy one of my all time favorite sandwiches, Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  

HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich! 

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HEALTHY Ground Turkey and Kale Meatball Sub! These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on asub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it! Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

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Healthy Turkey Kale Meatball Sub

HEALTHY Ground Turkey Kale Meatball Sub!  These meatballs are fried on the stove and then covered with tomato sauce and American cheese on  a sub roll! This homemade recipe is easy, healthy and your family will love it!  Even my Midwest husband thinks this is the BEST meatball sandwich!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups uncooked chopped fresh kale
  • Pinch of dried rosemary parsley, oregano, thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 egg
  • Sub Rolls
  • American cheese slices
  • Tomato Sauce

Instructions

  1. Add 3 tablespoons of olive oil to a pan over medium high heat. Add kale and spices. Cook until your kale is wilted.
  2. Put kale mixture and garlic into a food processor to mince. Add your turkey and egg and pulse until it’s all combined.
  3. Form this mixture into 2 inch balls.
  4. Use your same pan (its already greased) and heat to medium high.
  5. Add your meatballs and cook until browned on all sides (make sure to flip them), about 10-15 minutes.

For the sub

  1. Cut your sub rolls down the middle.
  2. Add meatballs on sub roll to fit.
  3. Add 2 slices of American cheese slices on top of the meatballs. Melt cheese in microwave or toaster oven if needed.
  4. Spoon tomato sauce on top.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 3-4

 

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