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Chinese Green Beans With Ham
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2 MINUTE MAPLE SYRUP BREAKFAST SANDWICH
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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta
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Mexican Taco Hot Dog
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Simple Pea Pasta
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Italian Pasta Salad
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Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe
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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger
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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables
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Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe
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Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes
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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili
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Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole
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Shanghai Stir Fry Rolls
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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Creamy Mashed Potatoes
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Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos
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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole

Chinese Green Beans With Ham

EASY and HEALTHY Chinese Green Beans With Ham recipe! These taste just like the Chinese buffet! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make dish that only takes 15 minutes to make!

 Chinese food is one of my favorites but I have to admit that usually after I eat takeout I feel guilty and awful.  Over the years I’ve really been working hard to perfect some Chinese recipes to get them tasting like the restaurant but healthier by making them in my own kitchen.  I even have a section of Chinese recipes favorites here, with a little push that the Chicken and Broccoli is a fan favorite on my blog. 
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Fresh Green Beans Recipe

Right now we have a bunch of green beans growing in the garden.  I love rooting around in the bush beans trying to find the beans.
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With some freshly green beans just picked I  knew what was on the menu: Chinese Green Beans, just like from the Chinese buffet!    To make this a full all around meal ham is a great addition to Chinese Green Beans.  You can used Cubed Ham or Diced Ham, depending on what you like.  It’s also a perfect recipe for leftover ham. 
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What else do you need?  I love adding green peppers to Chinese meals because they soak up the soy sauce and other sauces so nicely. Whenever I get broccoli and garlic sauce for takeout, they always add green peppers.  I love it! 
fresh green pepper

And 15 minutes later, your meal is done. That’s faster than calling the Chinese restaurant and waiting for it to be delivered!  Not to mention it’s so much more healthy! 
EASY and HEALTHY Chinese Green Beans With Ham recipe! These taste just like the Chinese buffet! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make dish that only takes 15 minutes to make!

If you have sesame seeds in your pantry, sprinkle some on top.  They make a nice little crunch on top. 

You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

Enjoy my Chinese Green Beans recipe!  Now load up on beans and enjoy your meal!
You'll love this 15 minute Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham recipe, it's just like the Chinese restaurant!

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EASY and HEALTHY Chinese Green Beans With Ham recipe! These taste just like the Chinese buffet! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make dish that only takes 15 minutes to make!

Chinese Buffet Green Beans With Ham

These Chinese Buffet Style Green Beans With Ham are delicious! A soy sauce garlic sauce is added on top of the beans in this easy to make healthy recipe that only takes 15 minutes to make!
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable or sesame oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 pound green beans ends cut off
  • 1 large green pepper chopped
  • 1 cup chopped ham
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir in garlic and mix for a minute or until slightly browned.
  3. Add green beans and pepper and stir for 10 minutes.
  4. Add ham, sugar, oyster sauce and soy sauce and heat for a additional 5 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve.

Recipe Notes

For vegetarian option, follow the recipe but don't add ham.

 

2 MINUTE MAPLE SYRUP BREAKFAST SANDWICH

These taste like FRENCH TOAST! EASY, YUMMY breakfast sandwich made in 2 MINUTES! This Maple Syrup, Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwich recipe is great for a quick breakfast! You can freeze the sandwiches to make ahead too!

It’s almost September! Yipee!  You see, I’m a Fall girl so I love everything about these next upcoming months.  But with Fall, comes early mornings.  Maybe it’s back to work (or maybe it’s regular go to work), getting your kids on the bus, making your loved one a on the go sandwich, or throwing together a quick dinner sandwich after basketball practice.  This Maple Syrup Ham, Egg and Cheese Sandwich is crazy good, will fill you up and the best part, it’s made in seconds.  I’m serious.  You can literally have this made in under 2 minutes!

EASY, YUMMY breakfast sandwich made in 2 MINUTES! This Maple Syrup, Egg, Ham and Cheese Sandwich recipe is great for a quick breakfast! You can freeze the sandwiches to make ahead too! They taste like french toast to me!

The sandwich is based on a popular fastfood sandwich, but homemade so you know what’s going into it and you can use the best ingredients.  It hits the spot of being savory (ham, egg, cheese) but with a touch of sweetness (maple syrup).   You can serve it up for breakfast, pack it for lunch (just put the syrup on the side) or make for dinner.  I’m a fan of breakfast for dinner, so make these up and serve with some greens on the side and you’re set.

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Creamy Cauliflower Pasta

You’ll love this creamy cauliflower pasta dish because it’s cheesy and full of vegetables.  Plus it’ll be done in 15 minutes.  Isn’t that a win win situation?  

Our cauliflower was picked in the beginning of June so I’ve been waiting to share this recipe with you!  We love harvesting cauliflower.  We love that one plant equals one head of cauliflower, so it’s always a little bit more special as you really have to take care of that plant.   Some years we’ve had success with cauliflower and some years it gets hot too quickly and the cauliflower ends up the size of a tennis ball.  It’s one of those plants we always have to decide at the beginning of seed planting calendar if we should grow that year, but somehow it always wins.

Plus, if the cauliflower grows, I’m one happy girl. I even do a little dance for it, but I won’t show you that.
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I just love how it’s a bundle of joy, all wrapped up.   
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Mexican Taco Hot Dog

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe.  This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty!  It’s perfect for Summer grilling too!

With Summer in full gear are you having outdoor get-togethers around the BBQ? If you’re on a rooftop in NYC and look around you’re guaranteed to almost always find a rooftop full of friends around a grill, laughing and sharing hot dogs.

I really love Mexican food, I mean look at the recipe index I have for it.  So when it comes to hot dogs it might not surprise you that I wanted to try to give them Mexican flare.  Imagine one delicious beef frank, covered with shredded cheese, salsa, tomatoes and jalapenos on top, inside a taco shell.  My mouth is watering just thinking about this.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

The key to this dog is you need some quality beef franks.  
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now we’re going to place the hot dog inside a taco shell. It’s one of those ideas where if you tried it already you know the magic, but if you never thought of doing that you might have just had a “AHA” moment.  By the way, I’m not magic (I wish). I always buy standing shells which if you love tacos will change your life.  No more tacos that will fall over!
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 Now it’s time to load this hot dog up to make it a taco. You’ll need shredded cheese, lettuce, onions, jalapenos and some real delicious salsa. I always use my favorite salsa recipe here.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Now go ahead and put your hot dogs in your taco shells.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

 As soon as you’ll put the cheese on the dogs it will melt beautifully.  Then go ahead and put the rest of the toppings on.
Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!     

Now it’s time to get your hot dog taco on!  Enjoy!

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Mexican Taco Salsa Hot Dog recipe. This hot dog, taco combination is super tasty! It's perfect for Summer grilling too!

    

 

Simple Pea Pasta

SIMPLE Pea Pasta recipe! This easy and healthy dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It’s my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It’s completely vegan too!

There is a strong possibility that while you are reading this I am daydreaming about this pea pasta for dinner. During the Summer time when it’s peak garden season this is our go to dinner that we have a few times a week.  Once we start harvesting sugar snap peas by the pound (right now there’s over 10 pounds worth in my fridge!) then we start to sing “It’s pasta time..”.  
 SIMPLE & HEALTHY Pea Pasta recipe! This easy to make dinner dish uses fresh sugar snap peas and only takes 15 minutes from to start to finish! It's my favorite Spring and Summer garden recipe! It's completely vegan too!

Let’s start at those fresh ingredients, just picked from the garden.  There’s sugar snap peas, chopped lettuce, radishes and one gorgeous tomato.  I counted the roma tomatoes a few days ago and there’s over 200 on the plants ready to turn red. July is going to be tomato time!
Fresh Garden Vegetables

 

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Italian Pasta Salad

My family’s favorite Italian Pasta Salad recipe!  This recipe uses Italian dressing and fresh vegetables such as cherry tomatoes, celery and arugula! It’s the perfect garden Summer salad!

When it’s hot out all I crave is fresh vegetables.    That’s why this Family Recipe Italian Pasta Salad is one of my favorite dinner meals of the moment.  

The last few days have been hot.  It’s that humid dry heat that melts you when walking to work to the point of where you have to dry yourself off before stepping into the studio.  There you work in the AC until it’s time to go home.   Now it’s time to sweat again.  Once home, I don’t want to even think about turning our oven on.  I also don’t want to even think of drinking or eating anything hot, so that’s why chilled pasta salad is the winner!
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One thing that I do enjoy about the Summer is that it means fresh vegetables are being picked in the garden by the handful.  Our tomatoes have taken off and are already close to outgrowing their 54 inch tomato cages.
Tomatoes already outgrowing their 54 inch cages. #tomatoes #garden #urbangarden #urbanfarming #vegetablegarden #monsters #containergarden

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Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese

Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

The garden season began months ago (officially with seeds) but when the hot and humid weather hits then it really seems like it’s garden time.  That time is now!  The garden is in full bloom right with all of our Spring and many of our Summer plants growing (cucumbers and cantaloupe seeds inside).  

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Every year we grow a few heads of bok choy.  Do you remember the size of last year’s bok choy?  This year is no exception.  We decided to plant the bok choy in the long kale and onion box this year instead of the usual container.  I was worried they wouldn’t grow as big, but they always like to show how great they are… and here they are:
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Amish Potato Stuffing Recipe

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. You’ll love how easy and authentic this Amish Potato Stuffing is!

When I was a kid we would always hit up the weekend markets.  These markets were a mixture of flea markets outside with regular food vendors inside.  I come from near Amish country in Pennsylvania so on the way there it wouldn’t be strange to pass a horse and buggy going by.

Once at the auction first you would browse the treasures outside ($2 rainbow ceramic pie pan!) while working up a appetite.  Next stop would be the Amish stands outside where you could buy fruits and vegetables at discounted prices (hello 4 for $1 corn on the cobs).

Finally you’d go inside and grab lunch or head to the butcher to buy meat for dinner that week.    There was a popular place inside one of these markets that sold a chicken breast stuffed with potato stuffing.

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

Not only was it stuffed with it but it was also laying on a bed of it.   It was one of my favorite meals.  We would buy a couple to eat throughout the week but as soon as we got home mom or dad would make me one right away.   

Last week I was craving that potato stuffing so I made a batch of it and boy (and girl) was it delicious.  As soon as I mixed everything into the saucepan, the smell of nostalgia hit me. Isn’t it amazing how sensitive we are to smell and how just a little whiff of something can make us recall  memories so quickly?  

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country.

That’s what happened with this potato stuffing.  I was in my kitchen in Brooklyn, but in my mind I was a kid being served by mom and dad back in Pennsylvania.  

A delicious potato stuffing recipe, just like the Amish make it in Pennsylvania Dutch country. You'll love how easy and authentic this Amish Potato Stuffing is!

I served this Amish Potato Stuffing alongside some chicken and it was the perfect meal.   The stuffing is so easy to make that I ask next time you are craving it, skip the boxed stuff and make this.  You’re going to fall in love and that’s what I want you to do!

 

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Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that’s made with peanut butter! 

If I ask what my husband he wants for dinner, more than likely he will say “burgers.” This recipe is a twist on the usual burgers and packs a big taste punch with the creamy peanut butter and Worcestershire sauce. If you’re anything like me then a burger needs to be covered in cheese, bacon, and many slices of pickles and tomatoes.

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Wait, a peanut butter burger?

Yes, we’re making a burger with peanut butter! It’s going to make the burger so juicy! Just trust me on this guys!

Who knew peanut butter in a burger could be so good? But then again, doesn’t peanut butter make everything better?

Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.
Now cut up your toppings – lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pickles – whatever you want.  Personally, I love lots of pickles on my burger!

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Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Peanut Butter Bacon Burger

Attention Peanut Butter lovers ! Peanut Butter Bacon Burger recipe!  You are going to love this easy to make healthy turkey burger that's made with peanut butter! 

Course Main Course
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup Smooth Operator peanut butter
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 8 slices cooked turkey bacon
  • toppings: lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles

Instructions

  1. Mix ground turkey, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and peanut butter in a bowl until combined. Form 4 burger patties from the mixture. Cover with plastic and put in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to chill.

  2. Cook the turkey patties in a skillet over medium high heat. Cook for 5-10 minutes per side, until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

  3. Add a cheese slice to each burger and cook for 1 additional minute until cheese is melted.

  4. Cook turkey bacon, toast your burger buns, and prepare toppings. Put burgers together and enjoy!

  

No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables

It’s not often that taking photos of a recipe actually takes longer than how long it took me to make the dish!

We’ve been busy with work lately so when we get home we usually want a quick  meal so we can gather in front of the television and watch NBA playoffs (best time of the year, go Cavs, go Net).  Pasta is a great quick meal but are you ever so hungry that you can’t even wait for the water to boil?    Let me introduce you to Barilla’s Pronto pasta which is one pan, no boil, no drain pasta.   I wasn’t sold on it when I first heard about it – I mean seriously, I didn’t have to boil the water? But after multiple recipes, I’m hooked.  A great tasting pasta dish with fresh vegetables that actually only takes 10 minutes?  Totally sold.  

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Say hello to No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables, it’s my new favorite quick dinner recipe. Fact: We had it for dinner last night!  This recipe calls for red peppers, yellow peppers, tomatoes and basil so it’s a fresh harvest meal!  I can’t wait until Summer time when I can pick our peppers and tomatoes from our garden and throw them right in this dish.   This dish is entirely customizable too,  add whatever vegetables you want!  It’s a great dish to clean out that refrigerator!   Never let a pepper go bad, life motto to live by. :D)
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Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe – classic dish straight from Mad Men!

“Hot or cold? Swedish meatballs or chicken salad” asks Betty Draper when Don comes home late from work one evening.  Don chooses the chicken salad, but in my opinion he misses out. Betty’s Swedish Meatballs are where the magic is at.

If you’re reading this and wondering who Betty Draper or Don it, let me grab you for a quick hug and tell you what you’re missing out on.   The Drapers (or previously were – no spoilers!) are 2 of the main characters on the hit show Mad Men which I’ve been obsessed with since the beginning.   On Sunday night they will air the first episode from the final season – weep weep.   If you’re a Mad Men fan, do you have predictions?  How’s it going to end?  How’s Don going to end up?  Are you rooting for him?  Do you think Don Draper is amazingly sexy no matter what horrible things he does?  Me too, I can’t help it.  Smoking, drinking, overtly sexual, heart breaker, etc. “Don Draper cheats on his wife, never does any housework, hardly spends time with his kids—he shouldn’t be sexy, but he is.”    All the things that your mother told you to stay way from.  Except with Don he chases you in and you’re like “Ok”. Why do you have to be so complicated Mr. Draper?

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Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes

AMAZING Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes – this easy to make Chinese recipe is tasty and will have your family begging for it!  Serve beef and vegetables over white rice for a healthy authentic Chinese meal! 

Do you have a favorite Chinese dish?  I’m a big fan of Chinese soups (like salted pork and cabbage), Chicken and Broccoli and I’m always down for Lo Mein.  One thing I always love in my dishes is a ton of vegetables covered in that delicious Chinese sauce they always smoother them in.   It doesn’t matter if it’s peppers, broccoli, carrots, water chestnuts or something else, I can’t say no to a yummy vegetable.

Right now being Winter I am craving fresh vegetables.  I am missing the green pepper overload from the garden.  I can’t wait to pick broccoli in the Spring. Thankfully we still have enough carrots left from Fall so I have those to survive on.  Over the weekend it was freezing (literally).  The wind was harsh, my knees were shaking and my gloves didn’t feel like they were doing much of anything. One thing I craved when I got home was a warm fresh meal, something that would take me out of the Winter blues.

Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes recipe

AMAZING tasting Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes - this easy to make Chinese dish is tasty and will have your family begging for it! Serve beef and vegetables over white rice for a healthy authentic Chinese meal!

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Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas

Who doesn’t love macaroni and cheese? In this recipe we’re going to mix a comfort food favorite with some garden fresh sugar snap peas!  It’s the perfect combo of creamy and crunchy!

Lately I’ve been wearing 2 winter coats at the same time, it’s that cold.  Last night I was standing in the shower and was unsure if I was still freezing or the water was so hot it was burning me.  It’s that cold.   When I get home from work I grab all the cats at once, hold them against me and don’t’ release them until I am warm.  Ok, it doesn’t matter if I’m cold, I always do that. 

The storm last week in NYC wasn’t as bad as expected but we are expecting a little more snow today.  4 inches or 10 inches?  Who knows.   What I know is that all I want is warm food all the time during the Winter. It’s soup for lunch.  It’s a warmed up brownie for a late afternoon snack.  It’s tea nonstop.  And it’s this Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas for dinner.   

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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It’s the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!
 
Have you been watching the news?  If you have tuned in during the last 24 hours I’m sure you’ve seen titles like:

WINTER STORM JUNO, a Historical Blizzard
NORTHEAST TO MEET  A GOLIATH
NYC to get 24 to 36 inches of snow, NYC to shut down, NYC ready to rumble with Juno
Blizzard Warning In Effect!
BREAD SOLD OUT, Incoming Blizzard!

I love snow.  I know not everyone likes it.  After all, you have to shovel, you might get cold, or the horrors you might run out of chocolate chips (blizzard advise 1: stock up on chocolate).  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

There’s one thing I think we can all agree on (as a snow lover or snow hater); comfort food is a must on snowy nights.   Let me introduce you to this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili.  This chili is a game winner.  Curl up to it with inches of snow on the ground.  Curl up to it at a tailgating party.  Curl up to it during the big game this weekend.  

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping! 

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This is a vegetable chili which means it’s great for a meatless Monday meal.  It also guarantees to make all your veggie friends happy. It’s also going to leave you happy because it’s so darn full of vegetables.  I eat meat, but sometimes I need a break.  Chili is typically associated with meat, but honestly in this vegetable chili you won’t even miss the meat.   This chili is vegetable packed! You’ll get tackled by carrots, corn and beans! You’ve been carrot sacked! 
This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!

This Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect comfort food that your whole family will love! Grab some french fries for dipping!     

So when you’re ready to win the hearts of your family and friends during the next sports game party or during a snowstorm, make this Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili!

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This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili

This Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili is packed full of vegetables! It's the perfect healthy comfort food that your whole family will love!  This vegetarian recipe is so easy to make!

Course Main Course

Ingredients

  • 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans
  • 1 15 oz can of dark red kidney beans
  • 1 large green pepper - chopped
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 3 medium sized carrots - chopped
  • 1 jalapeno - finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese to top
  • Sour Cream to top

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients inside slow cooker, stir to combine.
  2. Put on LOW for 4 hours.
  3. Serve in bowls and sprinkle cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top.

Cheesy Taco Ground Beef Casserole

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love – especially the kids! 

Some people like to say “Taco Tuesday” but I like to say “Tacos Everyday!”.  

Tacos are one of my favorite meals, I can basically eat them every night and never get sick of them.  The thing I love about tacos is you can have them so many ways.  Maybe you’re in a burrito mood, maybe you’re in a hard shell mood, maybe you’re in a salad moon, maybe you’re in a soup mood, maybe you’re in a pepper steak mood, or maybe you want a casserole.  In the case of the casserole, I got you covered.

Say hello to your new favorite dinner, Cheesy Taco Casserole!

CHEESY Taco Casserole is EASY to make. This simple baked casserole recipe is made with elbow noodles, tomato soup, ground beef and lots of cheddar cheese!  This is a yummy dinner that everyone will love - especially the kids! 

This is a good ol comfort meal, perfect after a hard day of work.  In the Winter time, this really warms up my bones in all the right spots.   It has plenty of fresh vegetables (green pepper, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers), along with tomato soup that is going to hold those noodles together and soak up the good stuff.  And that extra cheesy layer on top? Yup, you will fall in love with it.

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Shanghai Stir Fry Rolls

Shanghai Stir Fry Rolls are a healthy and delicious dinner packed with vegetables! Ingredients include Brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots!  These make a great appetizer too!

Do you ever get obsessed with a food and can’t think of anything else?  Sometimes it’s naughty and you’ll want brownies 24 hours a day. Sometimes it’s not naughty at all and you’ll want vegetables all the time.  With the holidays, I’m feeling happy to have that stretch of just wanting a good vegetable Stir Fry, especially when it contains brussels sprouts, bok choy, kale, snow peas and carrots all wrapped up in a rice roll.   Garden fresh vegetables in the Winter.. I love it!

Vegetarian Spring Roll Recipe

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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole

Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family.  Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!  

These meatballs are delicious. D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S. 
What else is delicious? Texas toast.
What else? Cheese.
What if you add them all together for a quick easy weeknight casserole? You’ll love it!
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!  

While your meatballs are cooking, you should start baking your Texas Toast.  Happiness is a good piece of garlic bread, don’t you think?  Cook as instructed on box, but make sure that bottom gets a little brown.  YUMMY!

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So now let’s start organizing this easy Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole! Rip your Texas Toast (careful, it’s hot!) into smaller pieces so you can fill the entire pan.
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Then take your meatballs and sauce and pour on top.
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Take a little dried basil and sprinkle over the meatballs.

Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Now let’s grab some quality slices of cheese. I used Provolone but if you want to use another kind, go for it. Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Cover the meatballs with the cheese.
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Into the oven it goes.. When it comes out.. OH MAMA! I’m in love..
. Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

This is one of those casseroles you’ll pull out of the oven and want everyone to rush into the kitchen to see it’s cheesy saucy beauty! Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

When you’re done admiring it then get a spatula and start pulling slices out!
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

Enjoy friends, I hope you’ll love this Casserole as much as we do!
Extra Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole is a delicious, quick meal to serve your family. Everyone will want seconds! Use precooked meatballs to make it even faster!

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Cheesy Meatball Texas Toast Casserole
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Ingredients
  1. 6 pieces Texas Toast
  2. 22 oz package of precooked meatballs (I used Mama Mancini's)
  3. 1 tablespoon dried basil
  4. 6 pieces Provolone Cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook Texas Toast in oven as instructed on package.
  2. Microwave meatballs as instructed on package.
  3. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Cut up Texas Toast in pieces and layer in bottom of 9x13 casserole dish.
  5. Add meatballs and all sauce on top of toast.
  6. Sprinkle basil on top of meatballs.
  7. Layer 6 pieces cheese on top.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes and serve.
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I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter! Creamy Mashed Potatoes

What do you think of when I say the words comfort food?  For me, I think 2 things.  Macaroni and Cheese.  And Mashed Potatoes.   Thankfully this post is about one of these foods.  The holy grail of love and comfort… mashed potatoes!

Thanksgiving is just a few days away and then we have the big month of December which is full of festive dinners and parties ahead of us.  One side dish that is always a staple is mashed potatoes.  This weekend we had our annual Friends Thanksgiving dinner and it was fun and delicious. And of course, there were potatoes there!  Is Thanksgiving even possible without mashed potatoes?
Thanksgiving with Friends. Tons of yum. Not pictured here, 3 pieces of pie I ate. #thanksgiving #friends #food #yum #potatoes #stuffing #beans #biscuits #chicken #pie

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Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos

Slow Cooker Lamb Tacos recipe!  The meat is so moist!

What do you think of when you hear Leg of Lamb?  What recipes come to your mind?

Tacos might not be the first… but I’m here to change that!

These Slow Cooker Chipotle Leg of Lamb Tacos are super delicious as they are slow cooked with a bunch of spices for flavor.  The lamb itself gets to marinade in this sauce for 8 hours making it oh so juicy when you grab a fork and cut it up. Unlike sometimes when you slow cook, the marinade doesn’t always sink down into all the meat, but these tacos have flavor in every single bite you take.

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Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole

CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It’s one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!
 
What’s one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving? No, not the pumpkin pie.  And no, not watching A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Although I love both of those.  My favorite is…..

LEFTOVERS!

Oh baby, I love leftovers!

It’s like Thanksgiving for a week straight!  Each night is turkey in new ways, mashed potatoes on the side and plenty of vegetables.  One night it’s turkey sandwiches covered in homemade gravy. The next night is Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday again. And then comes the casseroles.  

This Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole is my favorite.  Not only does it make a perfect side dish for holiday meals, bu it’s the ultimate leftover meal using a bunch of stuffing. And what else do I love about leftovers? Saving money.  Thanksgiving dinner is great because it’s literally 1 meal that feeds you for the next week.  

CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!

This casserole besides being cheesy and delicious and mouthwatering and made of dreams (I like it, ok) only has a few ingredients. There’s stuffing,  frozen corn and broccoli, cream of chicken soup, white rice and cheese.

 That’s it.  Because the few ingredients it’s also really quick to make.   Like I said, it’s amazing. I give my heart to you Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole.

So let’s make it! Gather your ingredients.
CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!
(not pictured here: soup or rice because they were cooking!)

Make your stuffing as instructed on the box.  Take a bite.  I won’t tell anyone.
CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!

Throw in your frozen vegetables.  
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Throw in your cooked rice.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Next add in your creamy soup.  Oh baby baby, this is looking like comfort food now.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Mix it all around.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Now throw those beautiful cubes of cheese on top.  
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

After that you’ll add your stuffing on top and into the oven it will go… 

In about 35-40 minutes this swoon worthy casserole will be ready to dive into!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

 Don’t you just want a big spoon to eat it up with right now?
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

I’m in love with this casserole.  I want to get it a matching Best Friend necklace. 
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

So when the holidays roll around, make this casserole.  Perfect for a side dish, leftovers or even a main dish if you are craving comfort.  But please, always serve with a few warm rolls.  It just takes it to that whole next level of extra special.
Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole is a delicious easy to make casserole recipe. This is perfect for a Christmas or Thanksgiving side dish too!

Enjoy this Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole!

Looking for more stuffing recipes? Try my Amish Potato Stuffing and Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing!

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CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!

Cheesy Stuffing Broccoli Casserole

CHEESY Broccoli Stuffing Casserole recipe made with Stove Top! This is a easy dish made with frozen vegetables, cream of chicken soup, rice and Velveeta cheese! It's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes! If you want to make it Vegetarian use cream of broccoli soup instead!

Ingredients

  • 6 oz package of Stove Top Stuffing Mix Chicken or Turkey
  • 10 oz bag of frozen corn
  • 10 oz bag of frozen broccoli
  • 1 can of condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup cooked white rice
  • 1 cup Velveeta cheese - cubed into bite size pieces

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Make your stuffing as instructed on box.
  3. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray.
  4. Add corn, broccoli, soup and rice in baking dish and mix so combined.
  5. Place cubes of cheese all over the top of the casserole.
  6. Put stuffing on the very top so it covers the entire casserole.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

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