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Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole
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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers
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Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta
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Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet
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Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!
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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich
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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs
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Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes
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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad
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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!
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Easy Jelly Donut Muffin Holes
12
Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs
13
Diced Tomato Salsa (Made with Canned Tomatoes)
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Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta
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One Pan Taco Casserole
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Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce
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Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce
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The Best Collard Greens
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding
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Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

Cheesy Mozzarella Cauliflower Casserole

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

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

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

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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and are perfect for a party appetizer!

These Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers will have you popping them in your mouth in record speeds!

That sentence you just read is totally correct. I’ve witnessed it.  I’ve witnessed myself not being able to stop popping these little delicious cheesy Jalapeno wontons in my mouth.  1, 2, 3, 4… who continues to count after 4?   

Right now we have pounds of jalapeno peppers just picked from the garden. This was our first year growing them and they did about a million times better than what we expected.  It’s good that we both love jalapenos because they are pretty much in every meal we eat,  from breakfast to dinner to dessert (experimenting with some chocolate jalapeno ideas!).  These poppers are made with wonton wrappers which are a easy way to roll them up.  There’s no fancy wonton folding action needed.  For these we’re just filling each wrapper up with yummy cream cheese jalapeno mixture and rolling them up.  It’s that easy.

Enjoy and pop away!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!

Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and you can get the kids to help you fill the wontons!  

Jalapeno Cheese Wonton Poppers
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz cream cheese
  2. 4 jalapeno peppers - seeded and diced
  3. 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  4. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  5. 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  6. 20 square wonton wrappers
  7. olive oil to brush
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  2. In a bowl stir together cream cheese, jalapeno peppers, garlic salt, onion powder and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Put approximately a teaspoon of cream cheese filling on wonton wrapper at base and roll up into a roll. Continue to do this for all 20 wonton wrappers.
  4. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  5. Brush olive oil on all rolled up wontons and place on baking sheet.
  6. Bake 8 minutes, flipping them halfway.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Make sure wonton wrappers are soft and not frozen. If they are still frozen they will break when rolling. A drop of water on a wonton wrapper will loosen it up to roll.
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Cheesy Jalapeno Wonton Poppers. These are super easy to make and are perfect for a party appetizer!

Broccoli Spaghetti Pasta

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

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

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

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Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet

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

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

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

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

Enjoy this Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet!

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

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

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

Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet
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Ingredients
  1. 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  2. 15 cooked meatballs (I used my lettuce meatballs recipe)
  3. 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  4. 15 oz container of ricotta cheese
  5. 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  6. 8 oz mushrooms - sliced
  7. 1 tablespoon dried basil
Instructions
  1. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  2. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet with meatballs. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and mushrooms.
  3. Cook 10 minutes on medium heat until melted and well heated. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  4. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top. Sprinkle dried basil on top.
  5. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Servings: 4
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Delicious Extra Cheesy Lasagna Meatball Skillet. This is a quick, easy recipe if you are craving lasagna but don't have the time to bake it!

Lunch Ideas In Mason Jars to Clip Money!

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

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Cauliflower Jalapeno Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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

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

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

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Cheesy Jalapeno Sausage Dogs

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

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

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Creamy Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

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

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

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

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

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Cold Peanut Butter Pasta Salad

Happy Monday everyone!

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

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How to Freeze Bok Choy Without It Turning Mushy!

Can you freeze bok choy?  Yes, you can!  Learn how to freeze it without it turning into mush in today’s post.

This is part of a ongoing series on how to freeze and preserve your vegetables.  For more freezing instructions on other vegetables, check out the entire list here

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Easy Jelly Donut Muffin Holes

JELLY FILLED donut muffin holes are AMAZING!  These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier! 

So there’s no judging here, right? So when I tell you we made these Easy Jelly Donut Holes late at night one evening and the next morning they were gone already, you won’t judge me, right?  Ok good. Because this totally happened and I have no regrets.

 I have been craving donuts.  Bad.  I think I say at least once a day “I want a donut” and I really do want one.  I love chocolate donuts, peanut butter donuts, tea donuts, carrot cake donuts and more but I have a very soft spot for Donut Holes, especially when they are cinnamon sugar covered.  Oh and also when they are filled with homemade jelly that just smells like strawberries and Summertime.  These donuts you guys, they’re made of happiness and magic.

When I originally made these I thought they were going to last so that I could share with friends the following day, but they are so irresistible that they were gone rather quickly before sharing with friends.  So this week I’ll be making 2 more batches.. one for friends and one for us again.  They’re that good!

I hope you give these a shot.  They would perfect for breakfast, a great treat to bring into work to share with coworkers, or a dessert.   Honestly, they’d be perfect all the time.

Enjoy!

JELLY FILLED donut muffin holes are AMAZING!  These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier!

JELLY FILLED donut muffin holes are AMAZING!  These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier!

JELLY FILLED donut muffin holes are AMAZING!  These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier!

Easy Jelly Filled Donut Holes recipe, tastes just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins. Recipe makes 16 donut holes.

 

Easy Jelly Donut Muffin Holes
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Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons melted butter
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  4. 1/2 cup milk
  5. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1 cup flour
For the jelly
  1. 1/2 cup of your favorite jelly or jam (I used strawberry)
For the topping
  1. 2 tablespoons butter melted
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar, butter and nutmeg in a bowl until combined. Stir in milk, baking powder and flour until all combined.
  3. Spray your mini muffin pan with a nonstick spray. Fill your mini muffin spots up half way full.
  4. Bake in oven until tops are slightly brown, 15 to 17 minutes.
  5. When donut holes come out of the oven, let them cool until you can touch them.
  6. Fill a piping bag with tip with jelly and fill each donut hole.
For topping
  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in shallow bowl.
  2. Brush butter all over each donut.
  3. Roll donut around in sugar mixture until completely covered.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!
Notes
  1. Makes 16 donut holes.
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JELLY FILLED donut muffin holes are AMAZING!  These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier!

Baked Soy Sauce Meatballs

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

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

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

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

I hope you enjoy these Baked Lettuce Soy Sauce Meatballs!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Diced Tomato Salsa (Made with Canned Tomatoes)

You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes!  Just add green peppers and onions!  It’s a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

It happens to us all. We’re out of fresh tomatoes and we need salsa. Maybe we need salsa for a get together. Maybe we need it for a recipe. Maybe we’re just craving it with some chips. I’m here to help save the day by letting you know that you can totally make great tasting salsa with canned tomatoes! Let’s check out this easy cooking recipe that you’re going to love!

This salsa is delicious and can fight with the best of them in terms of a salsa battle.  So grab a bag of tortilla chips and meet me in the kitchen for some Diced Tomato Salsa! 
You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

You might be surprised by how fresh this salsa tastes.   When I made it I kept getting compliments and questions about if all the ingredients were homegrown.  Alongside the diced tomatoes this recipe calls for fresh green peppers and onions so there’s a great fresh crunch that happens when you take a bite!You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

 

Diced Tomato Salsa
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Ingredients
  1. 2 14.5 ounce cans of diced tomatoes
  2. 1/2 onion - diced
  3. 1/4 cup green pepper - diced
  4. 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  5. 1 tablespoon lime juice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. pepper to taste
  8. 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  9. pinch of red pepper flakes
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in food processor and pulse a few times. Start out with 3 pulses and then decide what consistency you want from there. Pulse more for a wet salsa, pulse less for a thick salsa.
Notes
  1. Makes 32 oz of salsa.
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You can make this delicious salsa with canned diced tomatoes! Just add green peppers and onions! It's a great salsa that you can have ready in minutes!

 

Enjoy this Salsa! 

Creamy Vegetable Ziti Pasta

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Pan Taco Casserole

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

 Let’s have a Taco Tuesday in Casserole form!

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Chinese Fried Rice With Lettuce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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Spicy Italian Crushed Tomato Sauce

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

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

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

Spicy Crushed Tomato Sauce

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Best Collard Greens

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

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate and pumpkin are just the best couple aren’t they?

I mentioned on Monday that we just used up our last bag of homemade garden tomato sauce that I froze.  The same goes for pumpkin!   When making this pudding I had to reach for my last bag of frozen pumpkin puree.    I’m always a bit sad seeing the last bag gone, but it’s a great feeling knowing all the vegetables get used with love.   We just planted our pumpkin seeds last week so already I’m planning for some Summer pumpkins!  Are you guys ready for the pumpkin dance?  Prepare yourself… hopefully I’ll be dancing with happiness soon!

This Pudding is awesome for so many reasons.    For one, you are using 1 and a half cups of pumpkin so it’s full of fiber! You are using 1.5 cups of pumpkin to 1 cup chocolate chips so you’d think this is super pumpkin tasting, but it’s not.  It’s still super rich in chocolate tasting to the extent that people who don’t like pumpkin (gasp!) will still be licking their dishes when they’re done.  I recommend the good ol trick of making this recipe for pumpkin haters, having them exclaim how great it is, and then laughing and telling them how much pumpkin they ate!    Oh, I love being mean!

Lots of people think Pumpkin is only for Fall months but I don’t agree with that.    I think Pumpkin is great for the summer months for cool treats.  Besides this chilled pudding, what about pumpkin ice cream or pumpkin milk shakes?  Delicious, right?

Please please please give this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding a try.    I think you will fall in love with it! 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

 

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups pureed pumpkin
  2. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  3. 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  4. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  5. 1 tablespoon sugar
  6. 1 cup chocolate chips + handful of additional chips
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips (stove or microwave).
  2. Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until it is smooth. Add a handful additional chocolate chips and stir with spoon to distribute them evenly.
  3. Put in bowl and chill in refrigerator until firm.
Brooklyn Farm Girl http://brooklynfarmgirl.com/
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pie Pudding, a delicious healthy snack or dessert!

Tomato Macaroni and Cheese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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