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Roasted Vegetable Sandwich
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Chicken Vegetable Soup
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Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna
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Vegetarian Taco Casserole
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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese and Potato Soup
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Asian Marinated Cucumbers
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Tri Color Pasta Salad
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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food
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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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How to Make Mint Tea
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Half Sour Pickles
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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad
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Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe
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How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree From Pumpkins
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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes
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Creamy Sweet Pepper Soup
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Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch

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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Chicken Vegetable Soup

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family’s favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

Chicken Vegetable Soup

I am in love with this Hearty Chicken Vegetable Soup    This soup is delicious because it’s full of vegetables to fill you up and keep you warm during the winter months.    It’s also incredibly easy and quick to make.    At the end we throw in some instant potatoes to thicken up the soup to make it a bit extra creamy.   Instant potatoes are my new favorite thickener for soups, I love using them this way.  

A easy Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe that is ready in 35 minutes. This is my family's favorite Winter soup that uses fresh vegetables!  We use Instant Potatoes to make the broth more creamy!

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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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The 30 Best Green Bean Recipes

A collection of the 30 Best Green Bean Recipes using FRESH green beans!  Bookmark this page for your garden green beans!  Dishes include casseroles, salads, crockpot, Instant Pot, roasted, Southern and Chinese recipes!

The Best Green Bean Recipes

We pick green beans by the basket in the garden.   It always begins with a couple green beans, and then a handful, and suddenly you’re picking 5 pounds of beans and wondering “What should I make?”.

My favorite green bean recipes are Scrambed Egg Casserole wth Green Beans, Chinese Green Beans and Slow Cooker Green Beans. If you have too many green beans, don’t worry, you can freeze green beans too! 

fresh green bean recipes

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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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Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Easy to make Asian marinated cucumbers!  This healthy recipe is cooked  in 10 minutes.  My family loves it served over rice or with chicken.  

Asian Marinated Cucumbers

Asian Cucumbers Recipe

If I showed you my refrigerator right now you’d gasp at the amount of mason jars full of pickles.  There is alot, it’s kinda frightening at the amount of pickles that are in there.  You would think I’m hoarding pickles for the apocalypse.    Because I can’t fit any more pickles in my refrigerator and I have run out of mason jars I got to thinking what else I could do with our garden cucumbers.    

The only real thing I do with cucumbers is make pickles, but they are a vegetable that I compare to broccoli or peas, so why not marinate them just like I do with those?  Asian Marinated Cucumbers is where the party is!

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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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Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food

EASY TO MAKE Apple, Pear and Banana Baby Food! This homemade baby food recipe makes 64 ounces of baby food for only $10! This simple puree uses fresh fruit that your baby will love! Follow this DIY on how to make it and info on freezer storage!  This is my 7 month old’s favorite Stage 2 puree! 

Baby Food Recipes

Ok, I can’t help it, I’m obsessed with making baby food.  Did you think that this vegetable garden loving Mama wouldn’t be making baby food?  I love to puree fruits and vegetables in the kitchen and watch Enceladus react to first tastes! 

If you love cooking, then you understand the amazing feeling one gets when you serve friends or family a home cooked meal.  When placing the food on the table in front of your family, you are essentially saying “I love you!”.   So imagine my excitement when I’m cooking for my baby!  

Baby Food Recipes

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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

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes Potatoes Recipe just like my grandma used to make! They’re so creamy because they’re made with Cream of Mushroom Soup!  My family declares this their favorite homemade cheesy casserole! 

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

First thing, these Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes are:
Creamy
Cheesy
Easy to Make
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!

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes

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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!  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.  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

Crockpot Cabbage

Besides cabbage, throw in potatoes and onions to your slow cooker, alongside some beef kielbasa.   I’ve made this kielbasa and cabbage slow cooker recipe a few times in the last month and we love adding carrots in it too!  The ingredients are incredibly simple, you might already have everything in your kitchen!
Fresh Kielbasa Ring

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How to Make Mint Tea

DIRECTIONS on How to Dry Mint Leaves for Mint Tea! These DIY How to Make Mint Tea instructions shows how easy it is to dry mint leaves so you can make your own homemade mint tea. I store this dried mint tea for months so I can enjoy the health benefits year round!

How to Make Mint Tea

How to Make Mint Tea

I start everyday with a cup of tea. Do you?

It can be warm or cold, it doesn’t really matter. Most green and black teas have enough caffeine for that morning boost. My morning always starts with a yawn. Then I waddle out of the bedroom with my comfiest bed shirt on and make myself a cup of tea.

I then continue to have a few cups of tea throughout the day.  The kind of tea depends on the season and my mood.  In Winter I might start with English Breakfast or Earl Grey.   In  the Spring it’s all about Green Jasmine.  A nice spiced tea is great for autumn.

Homemade Mint Tea

But the Summer is dedicated to Mint tea.   And drying mint is so easy!

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Half Sour Pickles

The BEST Half Sour Pickles recipe there is!  These easy homemade pickles taste just like New York Crunchy pickles.  No canning is needed to make these delicious pickles, just throw them in the refrigerator for a few days!   Make them to find out why they’re so popular!

Half Sour Pickles

If  I could stand on top of a mountain I would yell “I love pickles!”.  I really do.   They’re pretty, they’re crunchy, they’re full of flavor, they hit the right spot in the afternoon when you need a snack, they’re great on a burger, they’re great at 4AM standing in front of the refrigerator.  

Half Sour Pickles Recipe

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Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

Healthy Roasted Cantaloupe Salad recipe made in 30 minutes.  It’s an easy savory and sweet melon tomato salad! I love this recipe for our garden Summer fruit!  This salad is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. 

Roasted Cantaloupe Salad

It’s Winter but I’m craving Summer food.   Maybe it’s the cold, or maybe it’s the post holiday slump, but I am dreaming of garden fresh fruits and vegetables right now!  

It doesn’t matter if it’s Winter or Summer where you are right now – you want this Roasted Cantaloupe Salad!  Since it’s Winter in NYC,  I’ll have to settle for store bought melon and tomatoes, but the greens will still come from our garden!

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Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe

I have a picky toddler and she loves this puree, so trust me – your baby is going to love this Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe made with fruits and vegetables! And even better, it’s easy to make!  This is a nutritious Stage 2 and Stage 3 puree for baby, or to serve to toddlers in pouches.  

Homemade Baby Food Recipe

I love making homemade baby food for my daughter.   In the beginning our favorite was Apple, Pear and Banana baby food.  Then she loved these Sweet Potato Baby Cookies.   Now it’s her new favorite snack – Butternut Squash puree mixed with lots of fruits and vegetables!

I have a picky toddler and she loves this puree, so trust me - your baby is going to love this Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe made with fruits and vegetables! And even better, it's easy to make!  This is a nutritious Stage 2 and Stage 3 puree for baby, or to serve to toddlers in pouches.  

Butternut Squash Baby Food

So there I was in the kitchen, eyeing up a beautiful butternut squash that a friend gave me.  Sure, I could make butternut squash casserole, or a creamy soup, but instead I decided I was going to chop it up and make baby food with it.  How’s that for a Mama loving their baby first?

I have a picky toddler and she loves this puree, so trust me - your baby is going to love this Butternut Squash Baby Food Recipe made with fruits and vegetables! And even better, it's easy to make!  This is a nutritious Stage 2 and Stage 3 puree for baby, or to serve to toddlers in pouches.  

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How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree From Pumpkins

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

So you know I love pumpkins.

You know I love baking and cooking with pumpkin too (pumpkin cookies! pumpkin pie! pumpkin pancakes!)

Pumpkin Puree Recipes Pancakes

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

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

Easy Pumpkin Puree

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

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

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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Tomatoes

SLOW COOKER Green Beans Recipe with Tomatoes! This easy recipe cooks fresh green beans, tomatoes, potatoes and bacon in a crock pot for 4 hours.  This is a healthy dish makes for delicious vegetable side dishes that you can serve over rice or as a side dish to chicken or Thanksgiving holiday dinners.  This has been become one of families favorite healthy thanksgiving recipes! 

Vegetable Side Dishes

Slow Cooker Green Beans

With the garden season almost complete for the year, I constantly want to come up with new recipes to try, especially those that will make yummy vegetable side dishes.  With pounds of green beans and  potatoes just dug up, I wanted to create an easy meal that could use all of them.  

At my home, vegetable side dishes are quite popular with the entire family – adults and kids. So, I decided to create a rainbow side dish with all these veggies that everyone would love!

For more vegetable side dishes, try my other green bean recipes.

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Creamy Sweet Pepper Soup

CREAMY and HEALTHY Sweet Pepper Soup!  This easy dinner recipe combines sweet peppers with chicken broth and rice.  This gluten-free recipe is easy to make and can easily be turned vegetarian by using vegetable broth.  This is the perfect soup for using up a bunch of peppers!  Make sure to serve with some crusty Italian bread!

Sweet Pepper Soup

I was craving fresh soup a few nights ago so I came up with this Sweet Pepper Soup recipe.   I was going to make my typical stuffed pepper soup but I wanted something more creamy.    This soup tastes fantastic with fresh sweet peppers, and it’s absolutely gorgeous to loook at!

The recipe calls 1.5 pounds of sweet peppers and 1 jalapeno pepper. The jalapeno pepper adds a tiny bit of kick, but not too much heat at all.  In fact, even with the jalapeno pepper, this soup is completely family friend for adults and kids.

CREAMY and HEALTHY Sweet Pepper Soup!  This easy dinner recipe combines sweet peppers with chicken broth and rice.  This gluten-free recipe is easy to make and can easily be turned vegetarian by using vegetable broth.  This is the perfect soup for using up a bunch of peppers!  Make sure to serve with some crusty Italian bread!

This soup is delicious, definitely a year round favorite especially in the Fall months when we’re craving a big bowl of soup!   It’s the perfect soup to use up a overabundance of peppers if you have them too!

If you have any leftovers (I doubt you will – it’s that good!) you can easily freeze this soup to serve later on.  We love this soup so much I will often make 2 batches – one to serve for dinner, and one to freeze. 

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Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch

Easy to make fruit puree pouches – perfect for baby and toddler!  My daughter is anemic, so I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch recipe to give her more Iron Rich foods! She loves these!

Food for Anemic Toddlers

When we went to our 15 month old doctor’s appointment, we found out that Enceladus was anemic and that she needed more iron rich foods in her diet.   She was drinking too much milk, which was causing iron not to be absorbed. 

Iron Deficiency is fairly common with toddlers, especially when they drink a large amount of milk everyday. On average, doctors say toddlers shouldn’t have more than 24 ounces of milk, but even at 16 ounces of milk a day Enceladus was anemic.

Always being one to try to naturally cure things, I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch, which helped her get her iron levels to where they needed to be!

Many of my readers loved my Butternut Squash baby food,  Baby Pumpkin Pancakes and Sweet Potato Cookies, so I hope you love this recipe too!

Easy to make fruit puree pouches - perfect for baby and toddler!  My daughter is anemic, so I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch recipe to give her more Iron Rich foods! She loves these!

Iron Rich Foods

Leafy dark greens are one of the best sources of iron, such as spinach or kale. If you wanted to substitute kale for spinach in this recipe, go for it! I find that spinach works for taste and in general, kids love it in fruit puree!  Sweet Potatoes are a great iron rich food too, so that’s why I’m including both spinach and sweet potatoes! 

Easy to make fruit puree pouches - perfect for baby and toddler!  My daughter is anemic, so I came up with this Spinach Sweet Potato Fruit Pouch recipe to give her more Iron Rich foods! She loves these!

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