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4 HOUR Juicy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad
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Italian Pasta Salad
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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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Strawberry Soup
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Shredded Zucchini Tots
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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Vegetarian Taco Casserole
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Indian Basmati Rice
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe
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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage
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Chicken Schnitzel
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Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe With Bread Bowl
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Beef Chorizo Stuffing
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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine

4 HOUR Juicy Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You’ll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite Crockpot dinners!

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

I’ve been really big on Slow Cooker recipes lately.  Just last week I shared with you my Slow Cooker Bread, and this week I’m sharing the main course to go with it – a whole chicken!   This chicken is juicy, full of flavor and is so easy to make!  
4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You'll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite crockpot dinners!

This recipe makes a 5-7 pound whole chicken in the slow cooker in about 4 hours on high.  Alternatively you could set it to 7 hours on low. 

How to Make a Juicy Chicken

 The key to making a juicy chicken in the slow cooker is that you want to give it some liquid to become moist, but you don’t want it to sit in the liquid.  The solution is that you cut up a bunch of vegetables so the chicken has a “bed” to be placed on, keeping it above the liquid for the majority of cooking time.

4 HOUR JUICY Slow Cooker Meal for a 6 Pound Whole Chicken!  This easy recipe makes the entire meal in the crock pot, including potatoes and other vegetables!  You'll love how simple it is to cook a HEALTHY Rotisserie Chicken meal!  This is one of my favorite crockpot dinners!

For the liquid I used chicken broth, to keep the flavor in the right pallet. You could however play around with it! Do you want a citrus zest? Add some orange juice. Apple juice will add some sweetness. Just remember your veggies are cooking in it as well.

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Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad

HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It’s completely dairy free too! 

The Best Cucumber Tomato Salad Recipe

This Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad is the perfect fresh Summer salad.  Or if it’s not summertime, then it’s the perfect close your eyes and pretend it’s Summer salad!  It’s one of my favorite picnic side dishes! It includes a few garden favorites; tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and fresh parsley so it’s ripe with flavor.  It also includes Albacore tuna which has a delicious, mild and clean flavor.  Trust me, you’re going to love it!
HEALTHY Tuna Cucumber Tomato Salad with olive oil dressing! This super easy salad recipe is only 140 calories a serving! I love using fresh tomatoes, cucumber and onions from the garden! It's completely dairy free too! 

What to make with cucumbers and onions?

This is one of my favorite meals to make with cucumbers and onions! For this recipe you will need 5 large tomatoes, 1 small cucumber and 1/2 of a red onion.

Heirloom Garden Tomatoes

It’s still Winter here in NYC and I feel like we’ve had a colder than average last few months.  I’m sick of wearing my big Winter coat and pushing the stroller through the windy streets.  To comfort my need for wishing for a warmer day, I made this Summer feeling salad that has me dreaming of picking tomatoes in our vegetable garden.

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Italian Pasta Salad

EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

Best Pasta Salad for Summer

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite meals in the Summer! 

When it’s hot out, I don’t want to think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think about drinking or eating anything hot, instead I like to rely on chilled recipes, like Chilled Strawberry Soup and this Pasta Salad!

That’s why my family loves this recipe during the Summer months!
EASY Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This vegetarian recipe uses Italian dressing, tri color pasta, fresh cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It's the perfect garden Summer salad!

One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  And because this recipe is bursting with fresh cherry tomatoes, arugula and celery – it’s a garden lovers dream recipe!   I get so excited when we start to fill our basket with garden tomatoes, that means we’ll making this pasta salad often! 

If you wanted to add some more Summer time vegetables, you could even chop up some onions or green peppers to throw into this salad!

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

EASY to make Butternut Squash Soup that’s only 310 calories a serving! Roasted squash, carrots and onions make this a healthy creamy soup! Best served with crusty bread! Vegan dairy free recipe option included.

Best Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

This soup is the best because it’s easy to make, low in calories and full of flavor.  So many readers have told me they have made this for family dinner, or family holidays and there is never any left in the pot!  That makes it the best to me!

Each serving of this soup is about 310 calories.  If you serve this alongside some crusty bread and a green salad, you have a perfectly balanced dinner meal.    The soup is filled with butternut squash, carrots, onions, making it a healthy meal.

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe
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Strawberry Soup

Eat HEALTHY with this Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup!  Each serving is only 205 calories!

Strawberry Soup

When NYC experiences heat waves, I crave this chilled Strawberry Soup!   With the temperature near 100 degrees the last thing I want to do is cook in the kitchen, so I came up with this cold strawberry soup that is easy to make and delicious!  

strawberry soup

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Shredded Zucchini Tots

EASY to make zucchini tots recipe that your family is going to love – even your picky toddler! These healthy nuggets are ready in less than 20 minutes total and are 136 calories a serving. Low carb and keto recipe! 

Zucchini Tots

This weekend I had 3 gorgeous zucchini squashes sitting in my refrigerator.  What should I do with them? I thought about muffins, I thought about zucchini cookies, but I didn’t want to make something sweet – I wanted my zucchini savory.  Always thinking of how to bridge the gap for family meals between adults and toddler approved I made these Shredded Zucchini Tots.  

Zucchini Tots

You guys, these are SO GOOD.  How good are they? Well let me tell you.  They’re so good I’m thinking about growing zucchini squash in the garden this year JUST so I can make these tots! 

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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Healthy Roasted Vegetable Sandwich recipe that’s filled with veggies. This easy to make vegetarian dinner meal is only 550 calories, including roll and cheese!

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Roasted Vegetaable Sandwich

What I love about roasted vegetables is that it’s plug and play.  I am using mushrooms, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans in this recipe because they’re my favorite and they’re in season veggies from the garden but you do you.  Want to add onions, broccoli or squash? Go for it.  Ready to get your hoagie on?

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Creamy Garlic Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best!  Enjoy this easy to make vegan mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of milk!  Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving – you won’t believe how good and healthy these are!

Dairy Free Mashed Potatoes

It’s been 11 days without cheese or milk.

11 days.

11 days.

Let’s rewind a bit before I demand (nicely) that you offer some support (I need it).

I’ve decided to try to go dairy free to help with some health issues, none that I will go into detail about until I know if it actually works for me or not.  

Going dairy free is something that has been brought up to me multiple times in passing and readings and finally I woke up and decided “let’s do this”.  

These CREAMY Garlic DAIRY FREE Mashed Potatoes are the best! Enjoy this easy to make mashed potatoes recipe that uses broth and olive oil instead of dairy products! Perfect for everyday dinner or Thanksgiving - you won't believe how good these are!

Cheese is something I love dearly (let’s be real) so all of a sudden saying goodbye to cheesy casseroles, mac and cheese, pizza and simple cheese slices hasn’t been easy, but at the same time it hasn’t been impossible.    

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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

VEGETARIAN MEXICAN LASAGNA Bake is filled with vegetables, noodles, ricotta and mozzarella cheese! Taco seasoning gives it a delicious Mexican flavor! This healthy meal recipe is easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time for a quick weeknight meal, all you have to do is bake it!

Mexican Lasagna

Mexican food isn’t just about slow cooker tacos or taco casserole –  it’s also about lasagna! 

We are loving this dish right now in our house because it’s easy to make and filled with garden fresh veggies and comforting cheese.   Many times I’ll  prepare this lasagna earlier in the day so all I have to do is turn on the oven and throw it in when it’s dinner time.   Whenever I make this I text Matthew a photo of the lasagna and he’ll text back hearts and swoony faces.    

Back-to- school season is one of the busiest times of the year, and families are on the lookout for easy meals that deliver big on flavor.  This is a lasagna that the family will fall in love with.

Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna

This lasagna is filled with veggies that go perfect with the “Mexican” flavor.   Most vegetarian lasagna recipes use eggplant and zucchini but I don’t.  Why?  That’s easy.  We don’t grow those vegetables, hah.  Case closed.  

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Vegetarian Taco Casserole

Easy to make Vegetarian Taco Casserole recipe. Instead of meat, we use lots of vegetables and beans. This Mexican Casserole takes 30 minutes to bake.

Vegetarian Taco Casserole

taco casserole

This Meatless Cheesy Taco Casserole is one of our favorite dinner recipes.  It’s one of those dishes that you don’t get sick of having multiple times a week (we love it that much).  Since trying to make more vegetarian meals for my family, I’ve had to figure out how to  change my original taco casserole recipe and that’s what I did for this dish.  Instead of ground beef, I’m adding in black beans and frozen corn.  

Mexican Vegetarian Recipe

Mix that with some elbow macaroni, fresh tomatoes, green peppers, tomato soup, taco seasoning mix and taco cheese and you have the perfect weeknight meal!  I don’t want to call this recipe healthy, because it does have the word “cheesy” in the title, but the recipe only calls for 3/4 cups of cheese and if you want you can even add less.    You could even skip the cheese if you want to! 

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Indian Basmati Rice

Learn how to cook PERFECT Indian Basmati Rice Recipe in under 30 minutes! This easy basmati rice uses fragrant spices to create authentic tasting Indian rice. Pair it with roasted vegetables to make a healthy, vegan meal for dinner!

Basmati Rice

I love Indian food.  The problem is that I don’t have any experience with Indian cooking, or traditional Indian spices so I was always scared to try cooking it in my own kitchen.  Instead I forked over the money for Indian take-out, wishing I could make my own! 

 Finally,  I decided I was going to learn how to make Indian Basmati Rice!  And I’m so glad I did!

Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice Recipe

How authentic is this recipe?  It tastes so much like our favorite Indian restaurant that Matthew thought I bought it from there!  And here’s the best part – it’s so easy to make! You can be a total Indian food cooking newbie and totally nail this basmati rice recipe!  

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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup

Easy recipe for SLOW COOKER Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup!  This family favorite soup is cooked on high in the crockpot for 4 hours!

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

The end of November brought cold weather and rainy days.  Because of the added layers to stay warm and the drizzle of rain it also brought a laziness to the dinner table.  I’ve been stuck in a dinner rut the last few weeks making easy and quick meals.  It usually gets to dinner time and we’re both too tired to really think of anything new so it’s something simple.  

Easy recipe for SLOW COOKER Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup!  This family favorite soup is cooked on high in the crockpot for 4 hours!

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Tri Color Pasta Salad

Easy recipe for the best tri color pasta salad!  This is the perfect Summer time salad that uses Italian dressing, fresh vegetables and rotini pasta! 

Tri Color Pasta Salad

 The great thing about pasta salad is once you have the basics of pasta, salad dressing, herbs – the vegetables are really up to you.  There needs some type of tomatoes (I prefer halved grape tomatoes).   There needs to be celery chopped up.   What else?  Well that’s up to you.  You can add carrots.  You can add onions.  You can add broccoli.  You can add chopped up cauliflower.  You can can add black olives (yum!).  

Tri Color Pasta Salad

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Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Sugar Snap Peas Recipe

HEALTHY Roasted Sugar Snap Peas Recipe are easy to make and ready in 8 minutes!  Sprinkle with garlic, thyme and salt for a healthy snack!  Adults and kids both love this easy delicious pea recipe!  

Growing Sweet Peas

It’s a bit funny that I’m posting this recipe just as about we’re to tear up our green beans and plant our next batch of sugar snap peas.    Soon our boxes will be cleaned out with long beans and the sugar snap pea seeds will be put into the ground.  Then we’ll start the watch of seeing the peas grow from sprouting from the ground to seeing who can make it to the top of the fence first.

Every year we grow sugar snap peas twice because we just can’t get enough.   They are a favorite crunchy snack but they also go hand in hand with some of our favorite meals.  Give me some sugar snap peas, pasta and a little olive oil and you got a big bowl of happiness.

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Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with mushroom soup recipe. This baked casserole is so creamy because of the cream of mushroom soup we use. This is a classic side dish recipe for Thanksgiving!

Easy Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with mushroom soup recipe. This baked casserole is so creamy because of the cream of mushroom soup we use. This is a classic side dish recipe for Thanksgiving!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

First thing, these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are:

  • Creamy
  • Cheesy
  • Easy to Make (hey cream of mushroom soup!)
  • Family Friendly – Kids and Adults will both love them!

So they’re kinda the best! 

We’ll be having our first Friendsgiving dinner this Friday and I’m so excited to see friends and eat all their yummy casseroles, side dishes and dessert.  I’m also pretty excited to share this Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes casserole with them (and you!) as it’s a family favorite!

To me holidays are all about side dishes.  I absolutely love them!  Sure, during the holidays turkey is nice, but those potatoes, green beans, stuffing, rolls and pumpkin pie… load me up!  Those are my favorites!

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

EASY SLOW COOKER Kielbasa and Cabbage recipe! Throw Beef Kielbasa, Cabbage, Onions and Potatoes in a crockpot and dinner will be ready in 6 hours! I serve this healthy dish over egg noodles with rolls – my family LOVES this comfort food meal!

Kielbasa and Cabbage

I am back with another slow cooker meal, and this is one of our favorite Kielbasa Recipes!  Even though it’s not even Fall yet, I’ve been loving my slow cooker this Summer! It’s been a life safer to have a delicious dinner ready when time management isn’t on my side!  

With a beautiful cabbage picked from the garden, I was contemplating what I should do with it.  At first I thought of making Ham and Cabbage Soup but then I had other ideas! Recently we’ve been loving Slow Cooker Green Beans, so I decided to throw the cabbage to in the slow cooker too!  Boom – this Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage dish was created! 
Slow Cooker Kielbasa and Cabbage

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Chicken Schnitzel

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

Chicken Schnitzel

This is a German grandma recipe so you know it’s going to be good. Make sure to serve with classic German side dishes – preferably potato salad, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut

And you need to add a squirt of fresh lemon on top! You know that quote, if a tree falls in the forest does anyone hear it?  Well did you even eat schnitzel if you don’t add lemon on top?

German Chicken Schnitzel recipe. This is a grandma recipe so you know it's going to be good. This easy meal only takes 15 minutes! Make sure to serve with classic German sides like potato salad, sauerkraut and spaetzle.  

But first….

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Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe With Bread Bowl

Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe served inside bread bowls!  This quick dinner is ready in 20 minutes and your family will love it!   

Easy Chili Recipe

If you live in the Northeast, you’re likely feeling the fall season. The temperature changed quickly, suddenly calling for heavy jackets and hats. To warm you up, I wanted to share this Easy Ground Beef Chili Recipe with you; it’s a simple meal that the entire family will enjoy!
Easy Chili Recipe

If you’re a parent, you probably have an endless list of activities to do every day. Between your career, your children’s school, and their extracurricular activities, it’s probably difficult to carve out an hour to make dinner once everyone is home.

I’m excited to share a homemade chili recipe that doesn’t require a slow cooker or an hour in the kitchen – this dish only takes 20 minutes and it’s sure to warm everyone’s hearts (and tummies!) on the busiest nights.

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Beef Chorizo Stuffing

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family’s favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe! 

Beef Chorizo Stuffing

Maybe you don’t think Mexican spices when you think holiday recipes, but I’m here to change that.  A little bit of Mexican taste is going to transform your usual stuffing recipe into something bursting with flavor. Say hi to Beef Chorizo Stuffing …. this side dish is delicious!

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family's favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe!

This stuffing recipe is a family favorite, not just  because of how tasty it is, but because of how easy it is to make! The holidays are about spending time with your family, so with this stuffing you don’t need to be stressed out!

I often serve this stuffing alongside chicken or turkey, but I also love it next to pork chops too!

Easy to make Beef Chorizo Stuffing recipe, one of my family's favorite holiday side dishes to serve alongside chicken or turkey. This classic simple stuffing is made with white bread cubes and chorizo. Your entire family is going to be asking you for this recipe!

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew With Cooking Wine

SLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal perfect for holiday entertaining or a family meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!
SLOW COOKER Beef Stew with Marsala Cooking Wine made in the crockpot in 6 hours! This easy recipe is packed with vegetables creating a full classic meal. My husband declares this one of the best dinners!

This is one of my family’s favorite Slow Cooker Meals.  We always break out our crockpot when cold weather hits because I love being able to make a delicious meal for my family that I know is going to warm up their bellies!   

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