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Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas
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Mini Biscuit Pizzas
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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad
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Autumn Spiced Whole Roasted Chicken
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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet
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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad
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Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs
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Taco Enchilada Casserole
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French Fry Casserole
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Creamy Beef Stroganoff
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Easy Kale Pesto
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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos
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Green Pepper Cheese Bake
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Cauliflower Casserole
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EASY BAKED Onion Rings
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The Best Stewed Tomatoes Ever
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Turkey Kale Meatball Sub
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Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole
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Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas

I hope everyone who celebrated Thanksgiving had a great day full of plenty of stuffing and pies!  

We celebrated with a sea salt overnight brined turkey, stuffing, roasted carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, soft potato rolls and a oreo chocolate mousse pie (recipe coming soon!).     We had a nice dinner, lit a few candles, cats each had their own bowl and we got down to business.    Essy who has the best nose in the business, smelled the Butterball turkey as soon as it was unwrapped the night prior.  Essy would eat turkey every single day of her life if she could, it really is the greatest day for her.  She begins to pace the kitchen as soon as she gets the first whiff of the turkey (cooked or not), then she starts meowing (or howling in excitement), then she finally jumps up to our table and watches every single recipe step we do with her nose wiggling and tongue licking her lips.    Essy has been celebrating Thanksgiving since 1994 – she is the Turkey Queen.
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Because we will be having turkey in different forms for the next few days I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes to feature some yummy ways to use left-overs!  

Mexican Pumpkin Chili – a delicious chili with green chiles, salsa verde and corn.  Shred the turkey up, or throw in the food processor to make it ground turkey.
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Turkey and Gravy Sandwich – it doesn’t get easier than this, doesn’t it look super delicious? I love this open faced sandwich.
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Easy Turkey Tacos – throw in some  taco seasoning mix and you got a easy and delicious meal!
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Creamy Corn & Turkey Soup – creamy soup and corn? Sounds like heaven to me.
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White Bean and Turkey Chili – I love white beans so I’m all over this chili.  You could use canned beans, throw on a pot on the stove to make it super quick.
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Healthy Baked Penne with Turkey, Tomatoes and Basil – I love a baked pasta dish!
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Leftover Nachos – does this not look like the best meal right now?
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Breakfast Sandwich – why not have breakfast for dinner?
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Turkey Potpie – great for using leftover vegetables too.
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Apple, Turkey Grilled Cheese Sandwich – Instead of using deli turkey, use up shredded turkey.  If  you have no apple butter, just go with the apples.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this combination.
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Lemon Pesto Turkey Pasta Dish – I love a great smelling lemon pasta.
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If you have any other suggestions, please feel free to leave in the comments!  Have a great weekend everyone!

 Easy Leftover Turkey Dinner Ideas

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

How many times do we have pizza a month? Don’t ask.  We love pizza! Is it our favorite food? It’s hard to choose, it’s like telling me to pick a favorite cat (all of them!).  But pizza is definitely up there in the ranking!  Is pizza your favorite food?

Sometimes we’re craving pizza but don’t want to spend the money on takeout and we are running low on time to make homemade dough.  The problem is solved with these Mini Biscuit Pizzas!

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

Biscuit Dough Pizza

Not only are these mini pizzas delicious, but they’re so easy to make because they’re made with biscuit dough. You can find this in your refrigerated part of your grocery section where the other refrigerated dough and rolls are located.

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

You’ll want to add your favorite tomato sauce on top of each with a nice handful (ok maybe 2!) of mozzarella cheese.
Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

Now add your favorite toppings on the pizzas!   I usually dice up some green peppers and mushrooms for mine!  These Mini Pizzas are great because they take 12 minutes in the oven.   That means you can have yummy pizza to eat in about 15 minutes!   Isn’t this a great hectic weeknight recipe for the family?

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

In the recipe I suggest pepperoni, green peppers and mushrooms but feel free to make these pizzas your own! Top them with whatever you like.  These pizzas are great to make with kids because they can customize their toppings how they’d like. 

Speaking of kids, they’re also great to send to school for lunches.  We often pack mini pizzas for my daughter to take to daycare.  You can make a bunch at once and freeze them too! 

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

I hope you enjoy these Mini Pizza Biscuits!

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using Pillsbury biscuits in 15 minutes.

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Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

 

 Looking for more pizza recipe? Try my Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

Mini Biscuit Pizzas

Mini Pizza Biscuits recipe makes individual mini pizzas using biscuit dough in 15 minutes. This is a a easy weeknight meal to make for the family!  The pizzas also freeze well, perfect for school and daycare lunches!

Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 mini pizzas

Ingredients

  • 16 oz can Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 24 pepperoni slices
  • 1/2 cup diced green peppers
  • 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Press each biscuit down with your hand or rolling pin until it becomes around 5 inches round.
  3. Place biscuits down on greased cookie sheets.
  4. Top each biscuit with pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, peppers and mushrooms.
  5. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes: 8 Mini Pizzas

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Growing corn in a box on a rooftop in New York City is pretty cool.  When we start to spot the ears of corn and I can start to shake the plants to help pollinate I get very excited.  As you probably can guess, I do a corn dance. It looks the same as my broccoli and pumpkin dance. I pretty much have the same garden dance move for all our plants, I put my hands out to my side and do a 60s Twist move.    One day I might post the dance on here but I’m not sure if you are ready for that yet.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Lately I’ve been craving vegetables for dinner. Lots and lots of vegetables and nothing else.  My other half loves meat for dinner (like these Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos) but I have been persuading him to try a happy veggie meal once a week, and I’m hoping we can get that up to 2 nights a week soon.    If I served this Mexican Corn Salad more than once a week I know I could because we love this dish.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Mexican Salad Recipe

 It’s full of fresh corn kernels cut right off the cob, black beans, diced tomatoes, bell peppers and my favorite: hominy.  To spice it up we add in cumin, cilantro and lime juice.    Just thinking about this salad makes me want to cancel dinner plans for tonight and cut up some corn.

Speaking of corn, isn’t it just beautiful?

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Even the husks are pretty.

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

And when the salad comes together you are going to be in love too.  The best thing about this salad is that it takes 5 minutes to make- amazing, right? The only thing that is cooked is the corn and that is only for 3 minutes.    

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

 So if you’re craving a delicious dinner full of vegetables and you want it made within minutes, look no further.  Enjoy!

Want more garden fresh salad recipes? Check out my Kale Salad and Cantaloupe Salad.

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Fresh Mexican Corn Salad - it's a quick and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients!

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad

Fresh Mexican Corn Salad is a easy and delicious recipe using fresh ingredients! This salad only takes 5 minutes to make and uses NO mayo!

Course Salad
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword corn salad, mexican corn salad, mexican salad
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans - rinsed and drained
  • 1 can hominy - rinsed and drained
  • 4 ears corn - kernels sliced from cob
  • 1 can Ro*Tel Diced Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Instructions

  1. Place corn in large pot of boiling salted water and cook for 3 minutes.
  2. When corn is cool, cut kernels off cob.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  4. Serve and enjoy.

Autumn Spiced Whole Roasted Chicken

Does it feel like Fall to you?  The weather is changing here to the point of my mittens have made a few appearances already.  The pavements are covered with leaves ranging in shades of yellows, oranges and reds.   The heat has been turned on and usually at least 2 cats can be found in front of the heater warming up their bellies.   The days feel shorter as it becomes dark out around 5PM.    At home I wear the fluffiest socks to stay warm with cement floors in our loft.  

Fall.

As Fall approaches into Winter our meals begin to change.  There’s more slow cooking, many more soups from creamy to vegetable and more weekend roasts and chickens.  Last weekend we were craving a chicken dinner to help us feel warmer and fill the house full of delicious cooking smells.

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If Autumn had a taste this would be it.    This is a dinner that screams out that the seasons are changing.

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The chicken is seasoned with rosemary, cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, salt and sugar.   Can you already smell Autumn?

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Inside it’s incredibly moist and juicy.  

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My favorite part of a chicken is always the drumstick.  I will fight for this piece, but usually that doesn’t happen as Matthew is more of a breast man (too easy – stop it).  Occasionally I do have to fight off Essy who tries to nibble but she ends up getting her own bowl full of shredded chicken.  All our cats look forward to chicken and turkey dinners, they smell it before it even goes into the oven. 

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If you’re looking for a comforting chicken dinner, look no further.  You will love this spiced and moist chicken.  Enjoy!

Autumn Spiced Whole Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 pound chicken
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 8 cloves garlic - minced
  • 1 onion - sliced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix salt, rosemary, sugar, cloves, allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Rub the chicken all over on both sides with this mixture.
  3. Stuff the chicken with minced garlic and onion slices.
  4. Place chicken, breast side down on a pan.
  5. Put chicken in oven for 15 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 450 degrees and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Reduce heat to 425 degrees and cook for 30 minutes.
  8. Make sure chicken has internal temperature of 180 degrees.
  9. Let cool for 15 minutes, serve.

Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet

Welcome to a new week, I hope you all had a lovely weekend.   

We have a new favorite dinner that we’ve been making almost bi-weekly now, it’s Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet.   Lasagna is hands down one of our favorite dinners, but sometimes you just don’t have the time to organize the layers and bake in the oven, this skillet is quick, cheesy and oh goodness is it delicious.    What makes this lasagna extra special?  Well besides the ricotta cheese which makes everything creamy, there’s Sweet Italian Sausage which I’m pretty  much in love with at the moment.  After I brown the sausage there’s a good 3 minute period where I just stand by the stove and eat it out of the pan.   

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Added into the lasagna is garden fresh spaghetti sauce, fresh basil, green peppers and some mushrooms.  In my opinion life is better when there is mushrooms and green peppers involved.  Lately, we’ve been putting them on our pizza too – what a great combo.  

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So next time you are craving lasagna but don’t want to wait or do the extra work, throw all these ingredients in a skillet and you’ll have the creamiest dinner in all the land!  This is definitely a keeper.  Bonus: Leftovers are delicious!

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Easy Cheesy Lasagna Skillet

Ingredients

  • 12 lasagna noodles - broken in half
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage - out of their casings
  • 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 oz cut up mushrooms
  • 1 green pepper diced
  • handful of fresh basil

Instructions

  1. Brown sausage in skillet.
  2. Break lasagna noodles in half and cook as directed. Drain.
  3. When noodles are cooked add them to the skillet of browned sausage. Add in spaghetti sauce, ricotta cheese, 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, mushrooms and diced green pepper.
  4. Cook until melted and well heated, about 10 minutes on medium heat. Stir so ricotta is distributed evenly.
  5. Put remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese on top, sprinkle fresh basil on top. Cover and cook until cheese is completely melted.
  6. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Servings: 4

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad

As some of you know I’m not a huge salad eater and that is pretty much a sin coming from a gardener.   To get to me eat more salads, I have found that if I make it more Mexican inspired it becomes a instant hit.     I gave this salad a Mexican taste with ingredients and spices and I loved it so much we had it for dinner twice in 1 week!

Chopped Mexican Chicken and Corn Salad

Chicken Salad Ingredients:

You will need:

skinless, boneless chicken breasts
corn
romaine lettuce
arugula
queso fresco
cherry tomatoes
scallions
cilantro
lime
radishes

Fresh lettuce from the garden, can’t beat the taste!

Chicken Salad Ingredients
Arugula, Cilantro, Scallions, Radishes, Tomatoes and Corn!
Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

This chicken was some of the yummiest chicken I ever tasted.


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Minutes later throw all your vegetables and herbs in a bowl..


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Add your cut up chicken..
Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Sprinkle your olive oil dressing on top..


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mix up and you have one beautiful and fresh salad!


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Serve and sprinkle some Queso Fresco on top.


Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. And enjoy!

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Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Mexican Chicken Salad

Chopped Mexican Chicken Salad is a quick and healthy recipe that uses fresh ingredients.  You can serve it as a main or side dish. 

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken salad recipe, mexican chicken salad, mexican salad recipe with chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Ear of Corn
  • 1 Head Romaine Lettuce
  • 2 Ounces Arugula
  • 2 Ounces Queso Fresco
  • 4 Ounces Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Scallions
  • 1 Bunch Cilantro
  • 1 Lime
  • 4 Radishes

Instructions

  1. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Season it all over with salt and pepper.In a large pan, heat some olive oil on medium until hot. Add the chicken and cook 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  2. While the chicken cooks and cools, wash and dry the fresh produce. Cut the radishes into wedges. Cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters. Thinly slice the scallions. Roughly chop the cilantro. Peel off the husks and remove the silks from the corn. Using a knife in a sawing motion, cut the kernels off the cob. Chop the romaine lettuce into small, bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the juice of the whole lime and about 2 tablespoons of olive oil.Whisk until blended and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Chop the cooled chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add the chopped chicken to a large bowl along with the radishes, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, corn, romaine lettuce, and arugula. Add some of the dressing (you may not need all of it) and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Divide the salad between 2 bowls. Crumble half the queso fresco over the top of each. Garnish with the scallions. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Blue Apron

 

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Do you know how much I love this Creamy Cheese Broccoli Soup? I made  it for dinner on Friday. Then I made it again on Sunday. And now I’m thinking when should I have it again.  

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Broccoli Cheese Soup Ingredients:

You will need:

butter
broccoli (frozen or fresh)
carrots
corn
chicken broth
Velveeta cheese
milk
heavy creamy
garlic powder
dried mustard
cornstarch
water

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

This soup has all the good stuff in it.  There’s cheese and milk to make it creamy, then there’s broccoli, carrots and corn to make it a vegetable dream.     The soup is incredibly creamy and if you serve it with a piece of bread, you have a perfect dinner.

Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

Velveeta cheese in my opinion makes the most creamiest soups, so whenver I can cut up a loaf of Velveeta, I’m in! You will need a 8 ounce block of cheese for this recipe, to cut up and add to the soup!

Velveeta Broccoli Cheese Soup

This soup only takes 20 minutes to make, with  a few minutes to prepare, making it a deliciou 30 minute and under dinner recipe!

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!
With every spoonful you get a good serving of vegetables covered in creamy cheese sauce.

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

I hope you enjoy this Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup!

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup recipe is a family favorite! I love serving it as comfort food on a cold night!  This soup is made with broccoli, carrots and Velveeta cheese!

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword broccoli cheese soup, broccoli soup
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 cups frozen or fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 cup carrots - peeled and chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 8 ounces Velveeta cheese - cubed
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Melt butter. Add in broccoli, carrots, corn and chicken broth.
  2. Bring to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Add in cubed cheese, milk and heavy cream
  4. Stir in garlic powder and dried mustard.
  5. Mix until cheese is completely melted (5-10 minutes).
  6. In a separate bowl mix cornstarch and water until cornstarch is dissolved. Then add to soup mixture.
  7. Mix for about 5 minutes on medium high heat until you reach a thickness you like.
  8. Serve, Enjoy.

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ’s and people can’t get enough!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

These spareribs will bring all the boys to the yard. And girls.  And dogs.  And cats.  Everyone is going to want one of these BBQ Spare Ribs!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

This post is about Spare ribs, and they’re BBQ and Slow cooked.  They are moist, the meat will fall off the bone, they will leave you licking your lips and your fingers.   These Spare ribs are starting to sound sexy. But they really are.  Super sexy Spare ribs. You cook them for 8 hours, slathered  in bbq sauce and brown sugar.    When they are ready to eat them they’re juicy and saucy.  My goodness, is it getting hot in here?

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Crockpot Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
Here are the steps to make thee Spare ribs, it really doesn’t get much easier than this.  First layer is the pepper, garlic and onion. Second layer is the Spare ribs with salt and pepper. Third layer is pouring the BBQ sauce on top.  Finally, add the brown sugar.  Then you just wait and let the slow cooking smells start to take over your house…

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
And  believe me it will start to smell wonderful, curious noses will appear.

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
When I serve  the Spareribs, I love to take a little bit  of the pepper/onion/garlic mixture and put it on top.  

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
The toppings just give it that extra zing.

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
These Spareribs really are a thing of beauty.  

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!
May I recommend serving it alongside some Jalapeno Cornbread?

 Enjoy these mouth watering BBQ Spare Ribs!

Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs

Easy mouth watering Slow Cooker BBQ Spare Ribs recipe.  These cook in the crockpot for 8 hours.  I often make these for BBQ's and people can't get enough!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword BBQ Spare Ribs, Crockpot Spare Ribs, Slow Cooker Spare Ribs
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork spareribs
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 onion - chopped
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • salt + pepper

Instructions

  1. Rub your spareribs on both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Add onion, pepper and garlic to the bottom of your crockpot.
  3. Add spareribs on top.
  4. Pour barbecue sauce and brown sugar on top.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

 

Taco Enchilada Casserole

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Enchilada Casserole

I really like tacos and I really like casseroles so when I’m able to put them together it’s like sweet magic recipe worlds combined.

For example there’s my go to Taco Casserole,  Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos, Crockpot Chicken Tacos, Cauliflower Pizza Casserole.   Tacos? Yes, please.  Casserole? Goodness, yes, please.

Say hi to Enchilada Taco Casserole!

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

I really love this casserole because it stays set when serving, it almost feels like you are having taco lasagna.   There’s 2 layers of corn tortillas, salsa, green peppers, black beans, corn and plenty of ooey gooey cheese to keep the cheese lovers happy (I’m in that club).  

May I recommend some Jalapeno Cornbread on the side too?

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Enchilada Casserole Recipe Ingredients:

You will need:

ground beef
enchilada sauce
salsa
black beans
green pepper
corn
tortillas
cheddar cheese
cilantro

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
I could pretty much eat these vegetables with a spoon and that’s totally what I did when noone was looking.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Here’s your ground beef, enchilada sauce and salsa.  I could totally eat this with a spoon and that’s totally what I did when noone was looking.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Essy approved of all the smells. But honestly, what won’t Essy (AKA: “Big Mom”) eat?  

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Here all the steps to make it.  This is a quick casserole to put together.

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And when it comes out of the oven, hello cheesy Enchilada Taco Casserole!

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The smell will make you swoon.  But don’t swoon because we have to eat this first.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
Oh please, put it on a plate already! I can’t wait anymore.

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.
I’m just going to sigh.

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And then eat this and come back for seconds.

Enjoy!

Taco Enchilada Casserole

Easy to make Taco Enchilada Casserole recipe. This Mexican recipe uses ground beef, salsa, beans, peppers and more! Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword enchilada casserole, enchiladas with ground beef, taco casserole
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 10 oz can of enchilada sauce
  • 1 cup of salsa
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 large bell pepper - chopped
  • 2 cups cooked corn
  • 12 6 inch corn tortillas
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • handful of cilantro - chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a skillet, brown ground beef. Stir in enchilada sauce and salsa. Set aside.
  3. In a bowl combine your black beans, chopped pepper, corn and cilantro.
  4. In a 13x9 baking pan place 6 tortillas.
  5. Cover with 1/2 of the meat mixture.
  6. Cover with 1/2 of the corn, beans, pepper mixture.
  7. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cheese on top.
  8. Place remaining 6 tortillas on top.
  9. Cover with 1/2 of the meat mixture.
  10. Cover with 1/2 of the corn, beans, pepper mixture.
  11. Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese on top.
  12. Bake, uncovered, for 30 minutes.

French Fry Casserole

CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

French Fries,  I have a real big crush on you.  I love you straight. I love you crinkled. I love you curly.  I love you covered in cheese.  And chili.  And beans. 

Are you like me and stock up on certain items but don’t notice until you open your freezer and multiple bags of frozen french fries are staring at you?  I’m that way for a few things.  When Goya  is on sale I think I need 8 cans of hominy or pinto beans.  Pasta, yes, let’s buy 10 boxes.  Ketchup, well maybe I will have a cookout, better buy a few bottles.  That 20 pound bag of rice is super cheap, what a deal, better buy it.  Whenever French Fries are on sale, usually 2 bags for $5, I better get them too.

A few nights ago I was going through the process of “What to make for dinner”.  There were a few rules:
-I wanted french fries.  
-I wanted to use up heavy creamy which was close to it’s end date.
-I needed to use some type of garden vegetable.
-I wanted to prepare it quickly. This means frozen french fries.
-I wanted it to be delicious.

So French Fry Casserole was born!  

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When I took this out of the oven, I pulled back the foil and I wish I had a video to document Matthew’s reaction.  It was pure excitement for this casserole.  

If you like cheese fries then you’re going to love this casserole because it’s basically glorified chili cheese fries that we can call dinner and everyone will be ok with it because we added the word casserole to the end.  

The chili comes from chili beans which I could eat out of the can with a spoon.  On top is also a green pepper chopped up, this gives the casserole a great crunch and it just makes me happy to use anything we grow in the garden with french fries.

French Fry Casserole – perfect main or side dish!

We ate this casserole as a main dish and it was extra filling. There is no meat in this, but you could add chicken, ground beef, or bacon bits to the top if you choose to.  

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Here are the steps to prepare this casserole quickly.
casserole step by step photos

This cheesy casserole is gorgeous when it comes out of the oven!
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I love the little kick the chili beans provide on top.
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Serve yourself and enjoy! Then start diving into those cheesy fries..! Enjoy this french fry casserole everyone!
cheese fry on fork

Looking for more recipes? Check out my stuffed pepper casserole!

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CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

French Fry Casserole

CHEESY French Fry Casserole! This easy baked casserole recipe is made with frozen french fries and shredded cheddar cheese. Your entire family is going to love this loaded dinner casserole!

Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1 32 oz bag frozen french fries
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 8 oz shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 bell pepper - chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cover the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with frozen french fries.
  3. Pour your heavy cream on top.
  4. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.
  5. Put chili beans and bell peppers on top.
  6. Cover with foil and poke a fork or knife through the foil 3 times - this helps the steam escape.
  7. Bake for 1 hour.
  8. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes.
  9. Enjoy!

 

Creamy Beef Stroganoff

“Beef Stroganoff” is whispered in my ear while I sleep.

“Beef Stroganoff” is written on a Post-It on my keyboard when I wake up in the morning.

“Beef Stroganoff” is said to me with a wink while passing by each other.

“Beef Stroganoff” is written on the mirror from the steam of the shower.

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Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff, Beef Stroganoff.   I’ve had this word written in my “to do” page for months now because Matthew has been craving Beef Stroganoff.  How bad has he been craving it?  See above for hints.  So finally I made the first step, I bought sour cream.  This is a pretty big step for me considering sour cream scares me beyond belief.  The texture of sour cream reminds me of my archnemesis, mayonnaise.  I know they taste nothing alike but I worry the mayonnaise companies might be following me, watching me when I shop (how embarrassing) and then sneak mayonnaise into my sour cream tub instead.  Can you imagine the nightmares I would have?   Actually there is a mayo dream I have had a few times but that’s for another time entirely…

Beef Stroganoff.   So I made it, with sour cream.  And onions.  Are you shocked?   I pretty much am.  When Matthew saw me frying onions up with the beef I think he nearly fainted with surprise.  Look at me, throwing onions in a pan, buying sour cream,  life changing actions right here folks!  And get this, I absolutely loved it.  It was creamy, moist and delicious.  Give me mushrooms in a creamy sauce and you have one happy girl!  Beef Stroganoff – thanks for a great dinner!

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Creamy Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast or beef sirloin steak
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 ounces butter
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 onion cut up into slices
  • 1 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 12 oz mushrooms canned or fresh
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • parsley to garnish

Instructions

  1. Remove any fat from your beef and cut into pieces that are about 1/2 inch thick and 2-3 inches long.
  2. Season meat with salt and pepper, rub so all meat is evenly coated.
  3. In a large skillet over medium high heat, melt the butter and garlic. Add the beef and cook until browned. Add onion slices and continue to stir for 3 minutes.
  4. Place beef broth in small bowl and add cornstarch slowly, continuing to stir.
  5. Add beef broth/cornstarch mixture to beef and onion skillet, bring to a boil. Lower the heat and add in ground mustard and worcestershire sauce. Stir until combined.
  6. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.
  7. When your 1 hour is up, remove lid and stir in mushrooms and sour cream.
  8. Once heated, serve over egg noodles or rice.
  9. Add parsley to garnish on top.
First, I would like to give a shout out to the ever changing Sun that enters our loft around 5:30PM and blinds me until about 7PM.  The light is dramatic, feels great on the skin, but it’s all over the place for pictures.    

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Here’s your list of ingredients.   I  always use bouillon cubes to make broth, so much cheaper.

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Here’s your mushrooms. I use whatever I have, fresh or canned, whole or cut up.  Go mushroom crazy in my opinion. Also, I see you creeping behind the mushrooms Sour Cream.  Don’t even think about it, my eye is on you like a hawk.

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Getting the beef ready, a little salt and pepper..

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Do you know how good this was already smelling?  Essy showed up and tried to jump from the table to the counter, which is a enormous jump that her 19 year old body would have never made.  She had her eye on the prize (the beef) and her nose knew it was nearby.

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Start to cook the meat until browned..

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Add your onions, your place is going to smell like a Stroganoff paradise starting now. Once you add your broth, mustard and worcestershire sauce then you’ll let simmer for 1 hour.

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Almost done! Once you add your sour cream and mushrooms….oh goodness!

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Serve over egg noodles, or rice, or even roasted vegetables.  

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I always like to sprinkle a little fresh parsley on top.  It’s great for color and flavor.

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This is a keeper of a meal, I’m already laminating the recipe sheet and covering with stickers that say “YUM!”, “YEAH!”, “HOLY COW!”.

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Enjoy your dinner!

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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Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family’s favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Who doesn’t like tacos?  Good, I am glad we all love them!

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

I could probably have tacos every single day. There’s so many varieties, so many things I can put on them, so many side dishes that go perfectly (like cilantro lime rice!).  Oh tacos, how are you so great? One of my favorite recipes is Crockpot Chicken Tacos so I was interested in trying other Crockpot taco recipes because let’s be honest, I’m in love with my crockpot (or slow cooker if you must call  it that too).  

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Slow Cooked Pepper Steak Tacos were born!   I was especially happy with these tacos because I got to use garden grown green peppers, onions (are you proud of me?), stewed tomatoes that I made from our tomatoes and then our tomato salsa on top!   These tacos were so fresh! 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

We were both in love with these tacos when we had them for dinner and since it’s 2 pounds of beef, it’s enough for leftovers – so 2 taco nights in a row?  Yes please!


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This pepper steak is so great smelling!  Just thinking about the smell makes my belly grown with hunger and love.
I dare you to not just take one piece and eat it right away.

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Throw some pepper steak on a tortilla, then add some salsa on top if you’d like.  I added my Garden Tomato Salsa!
Oh, can you wait  to eat these? I cannot!

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!
I highly suggest taking some of the juices from the crockpot and pouring it on top. This just makes it MORE PERFECT!
Happy Taco Dinner Time!

What’s your favorite toppings for tacos? 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos

RECIPE for easy to make Slow Cooker Pepper Steak Tacos!  This crockpot meal is one of my family's favorites.  We serve it on tortillas with fresh tomato salsa!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword crockpot tacos, pepper steak recipes, slow cooker pepper steak tacos, slow cooker tacos
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds beef sirloin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 2 green peppers - chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 14 oz of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Cut your beef sirloin into about 2 inch strips.
  2. In a skillet over medium high heat, add your vegetable oil then beef strips. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon garlic powder on top. Brown sirloin strips, then transfer to crockpot.
  3. Mix your beef bouillon cube with the hot water so it dissolves. Then add cornstarch and stir until it's dissolved. Pour this wet mixture into the crockpot.
  4. Add in all the rest of your ingredients.
  5. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-7 hours.
  6. Serve on flour tortillas or hard shells, garnish with salsa, avocado or whatever else you'd like!

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!

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!

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 cheesy dishes (hello Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes!)?  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!

Update: This recipe now has a video to go along with it! If you like the recipe please share on Facebook!

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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.

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!

 

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!  

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! 

Homemade Stewed Tomatoes Recipe

Stewed tomatoes, sigh.  

Our tomatoes are turning red quicker than I’m able to pick.    So between oven roasted cherry tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, stewed tomatoes, tomato pesto, slow cooker tomatoes,  tomato soup… there’s lots of tomato dishes going on  in our kitchen!   Oh and I did mention Fresh Tomato Salsa too – because you know August always means fresh salsa!

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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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!

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

 

Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

You’ll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.  

Who doesn’t like pizza?  I love it.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Who doesn’t like cauliflower? I love it.    

Cauliflower pizza casserole is born!

When I first found a great cauliflower pizza casserole recipe it called for pureed cauliflower, but pureeing cauliflower that we grew seemed like a absolute sin to me.  I can’t give so much energy and love to our garden cauliflower and then just blend it up, that would be the saddest thing ever.  If we were ever to sell produce commercially I would put on every single package a (cute) warning sign that says “YOU MAY NOT PUREE ME, IT WILL MAKE PAMELA VERY SAD, PLEASE LOVE CAULIFLOWER WHOLE.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH”.  So in my recipe, we cut it into small bite size pieces.  I prefer it this way as well as the cheese will get in all the nooks and crannies of the cauliflower.    And who doesn’t’ like cheese?    Especially with cauliflower.  This is a absolute win situation.

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cauliflower.  Mine happens to talk.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Here’s your cream, butter and garlic mixture.  Pizza always needs a little garlic.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And here’s your pepperoni.  I quartered each slice.  Do this with scissors, a knife or just tear it apart with your hands.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.This is step 1 of the casserole, your cauliflower/butter mixture/pepperoni are all mixed up. 



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 2: Add your pizza sauce.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 3: Add your cheese!  Be brave, cover this sucker.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Step 4:  Pepperoni time.  Feel free to eat a few slices too, I won’t tell anyone.

Then into the oven it goes…



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.And out of the oven it comes! Mamma-Mia!



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.The cheese is melted, a little bubbly, a little brown. I have pure joy right now.



You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.Then take a few whole basil leave and put it on top.  I love pizza with fresh basil. 

You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole, it’s like having your own garden pizzeria!  Major winner here – enjoy!

Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1 large cauliflower head - cut up into small bite size pieces
  • 4 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter - melted
  • 2 cloves garlic - minced
  • 15 slices of pepperoni - quartered
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

For on top of the casserole

  • 3/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices pepperoni
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • fresh basil to garnish

Instructions

  1. Chop your clean cauliflower into small bite size pieces. Steam for 2 minutes, drain. Put into casserole dish.
  2. In a bowl mix your butter, heavy cream and garlic.
  3. Pour butter mixture over cauliflower.
  4. Add quartered pepperoni slices, 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella on top of your cauliflower.
  5. Mix everything up so cauliflower is coated.
  6. Spread your pizza sauce evenly on top of your cauliflower.
  7. Pour your 1 cup shredded mozzarella evenly on top.
  8. Put your sliced pepperoni on top.
  9. Cook at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  10. Garnish with basil when it comes out of the oven.
  11. Enjoy!
 You'll love this baked extra cheesy Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole recipe.

 

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

I have a few rules for lunch.

-It has to be yummy.
-It has to be easy.
-It can’t use the oven.  

Every single day when I eat lunch I sit in front of my computer, usually catching up on email or going through my blog reader to see what all my great recipe/garden friends are up to.   You know lunch is exceptional when you plan to do this, but the only thing you can do is turn your monitor on before you devour your entire lunch without touching the keyboard or mouse once.    This lunch time experience was just me and the stuffed pepper and it was a good one.

These stuffed peppers are:
-Yummy.  Very.
-Quick and easy.  The thing that takes the most time is making the quinoa.
-It doesn’t use the oven.  It uses the stove top and the microwave.  
-Fresh!  Garden pepper and spinach, yum!

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Here’s all your beautiful ingredients.  Such a pretty lunch we’ll be having!

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Hello Mr. Pepper!  You are huge, beautiful and delicious. I love you dearly.

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Here’s your quinoa with chopped up spinach and garlic.   The way I make my quinoa is 1/4 cup dry  quinoa with 1/2 cup water.  Bring to boil, then simmer and cover for 15 minutes.  

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After I melt the cheese, I put the pepper top back on.  More pepper to eat makes me a happy girl!

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If you have any quinoa that can’t fit in your pepper, I just put it on the side.  Also, I always put extra tomato sauce on top. I love tomato sauce. When it’s time to start picking tomatoes from the garden this will all be fresh. I can’t wait!

Lunch Time Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 1 green pepper - seeds removed and top cut off but keep the top!
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 4 spinach leaves - chopped
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 2 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
  • tomato sauce - amount depends on your preference

Instructions

  1. Cook your quinoa as instructed on box.
  2. Cook green pepper in boiling water for 2 minutes. Drain, set aside.
  3. When quinoa is done, add spinach and garlic and mix around.
  4. Fill pepper with quinoa mixture. Add a spoonful of sauce on top, then cover with your mozzarella cheese.
  5. Microwave for 20-30 seconds until your cheese is melted.
  6. Add another spoonful of tomato sauce on top.
  7. Put your green pepper top on.
  8. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

You can add additional tomato sauce all over the pepper as desired.
This recipe is for one 1 pepper, if you want 2 peppers, duplicate it and so on.

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