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Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole
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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice
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Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs
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Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip
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Jelly Donut Holes
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Easy Strawberry Soup
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Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs
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Baked Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sticks
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Kale CHERRY TOMATO Rainbow Salad
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Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie
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Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup
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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup
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Watermelon Soup
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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers
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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies
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Kale Potato Bread Stuffing
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Blueberry English Muffins
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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole

CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

When the garden gives you 7 pounds of cauliflower and 8 pounds of sugar snap peas in one week, you make Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole!   And you add shredded cheddar cheese, because you should always add cheese on top!
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

This is usually how it goes during garden season.   July brought us a big harvest of cauliflower and sugar snap peas, where we picked 8 pounds of peas last week and I’ll probably be picking 10 more pounds this week.  Sugar snap peas are best fresh so I’m always excited to create recipes that use multiple cups of them (this recipe uses 5 cups of peas!).   
CHEESY Sugar Snap Pea and Cauliflower Casserole! This loaded recipe is simple to make with fresh vegetables and cream of mushroom soup. I love serving this easy to make casserole as a chicken side dish or a vegetarian main dish. During the Summer I always use fresh cauliflower and sugar snap peas straight from the garden!

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10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice

10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish!  This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This wholesome meal is gluten free and vegetarian – make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

Who knew that once you had a baby you immediately forgot to feed yourself.  On the first day home I already found myself looking at the clock at 5PM and remembering I never ate lunch.  After this repeated for a few days, along with 3 hour sleep nights, I knew I was going to have to change some things and make sure I was getting the calories and nutrients needed for baby and me.

 So I opened up the cabinet and pulled out a couple cups of Minute Ready to Serve.  Then I opened up my refrigerator and pulled out Brussels Sprouts and tomatoes.  In 10 minutes I had a delicious lunch ready to serve, along with leftovers for the next day.  High 5 to Mom for making a wholesome,  yummy lunch – 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

The Minute® Ready to Serve Organic Red Quinoa and Brown Rice with Garlic only takes 1 minute to make which is amazing.  It’s a perfect solution for a fast lunch when trying to eat better.   While the rice is cooking, throw the Brussels Sprouts in a small pot of water to boil to soften them up so you can easily cut them up.  While they’re boiling, chop up your tomatoes too.  Once the Brussels Sprouts are done, drain them, and throw everything together in a bowl.  Just like that, your 10 Minute Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice is ready to be served!
10 MINUTE Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Rice dish! This EASY clean eating recipe is made with Minute Rice and served with fresh Brussels Sprouts and cherry tomatoes! This healthy meal is gluten free and vegetarian - make it for a work lunch or easy dinner!

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Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM with no eggs!  This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries!  It’s made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

The ice cream cravings are out of control this week!  With the mixture of Summer temperatures, fresh strawberries growing in the garden and craving cold ice cream, I broke our ice cream maker out of the cabinet and made this Strawberry Ice Cream With No Eggs!

Eggs are often included in making delicious ice cream but I’m a believer that they aren’t necessary for creating some of the best, homemade ice cream.  This ice cream includes half and half, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla extract, a dash of salt and lots of fresh strawberries – and trust me, that’s all you need!    

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM made with no eggs! This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries! It's made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

The taste of this ice cream has the perfect strawberry ratio to it, with the strawberry taste shining through.  I recommend taking your strawberries and pureeing them every so slightly so they’re a good mashed consistency,  but be careful not to puree them too much!

HOMEMADE STRAWBERRY ICE CREAM made with no eggs! This homemade recipe is easy to make in your ice cream maker and is filled with fresh strawberries! It's made with heavy cream, half and half and is eggless! This is one of the best Summer dessert recipes to eat!

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Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip

Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese!  This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!  

We just planted our tomato plants last weekend and already I’m dreaming up tomato recipes to make in a few months.  Remember I said we were going to plant less tomatoes to make the garden easier on us this year (hi baby! arriving soon!)? Well we didn’t. We’re going to have a whole lot of tomato plants, so I got to thinking about my Creamy Cherry Tomato Sauce and how I could use that method to create a slow cooker tomato recipe.
Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!

Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip

For this slow cooker tomato cheese dip recipe,  we’re throwing fresh tomatoes, sweet peppers, salt and pepper in the slow cooker and then adding in cheddar cheese to make it extra creamy.   This is the perfect summer dip recipe because it’s easy to make, uses fresh vegetables and tastes delicious dipping tortilla chips into!

Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!

What I really love about this recipe is that it tastes so fresh because you’re using real fresh ingredients.   Summer time is the perfect time to pick garden ripe tomatoes, the sweetest peppers and a few jalapeno peppers to slice and garnish on top.  Besides the cheese, I can grab all these ingredients straight from the garden and throw them right into the slow cooker!
Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip is a creamy easy to make dip that uses fresh tomatoes, peppers and Velveeta cheese! This simple homemade recipe is ready in 2 hours in the slow cooker and perfect to serve with tortilla chips for your next party! We especially love this dip for Mexican meals!

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Jelly Donut Holes

Jelly Donut Holes recipe! These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin’ Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier! 

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

Jelly Donut Holes

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

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

 

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Jelly Donut Holes recipe! These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier! 

 

Jelly Donut Holes

Jelly Donut Holes recipe! These baked donut holes are easy to make and are rolled around in delicious cinnamon sugar! These homemade treats taste just like Dunkin' Donuts Munchkins but are much healthier! 

Course Dessert
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup flour

For the jelly

  • 1/2 cup of your favorite jelly or jam I used strawberry

For the topping

  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix sugar, butter and nutmeg in a bowl until combined. Stir in milk, baking powder and flour until all combined.
  3. Spray your mini muffin pan with a nonstick spray. Fill your mini muffin spots up half way full.
  4. Bake in oven until tops are slightly brown, 15 to 17 minutes.
  5. When donut holes come out of the oven, let them cool until you can touch them.
  6. Fill a piping bag with tip with jelly and fill each donut hole.

For topping

  1. Mix sugar and cinnamon together in shallow bowl.
  2. Brush butter all over each donut.
  3. Roll donut around in sugar mixture until completely covered.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Makes 16 donut holes.

Easy Strawberry Soup

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

NYC experienced a heat wave this week so Summer is officially here!  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!  

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

How to Make Strawberry Soup 

It’s a perfect time to be picking fresh strawberries from your garden or buying them at the farmers market, so I am using 8 cups of fresh berries for this tasty strawberry soup.  Throw everything into your blender, chill for a couple hours and then dinner is served.  

Don’t you love how simple it is?  And don’t you love how pretty this soup this?

EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

Yogurt and orange juice are both blended with the soup to make it creamy.   You can use vanilla or strawberry yogurt depending on if you want to make this extra strawberry or not.

Hope you enjoy this easy Strawberry Soup!  EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

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EASY COLD Strawberry Soup is the perfect fresh Summer time meal! This simple recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish!

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Strawberry Soup

EAT HEALTHY WITH THIS EASY Strawberry Soup! This simple Summer time meal recipe uses fresh strawberries and yogurt to make a creamy chilled strawberry soup! Your entire family is going to love this healthy dish! 

Course Soup
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 8 cups fresh ripe strawberries hulled and halved
  • 2 cups vanilla or strawberry yogurt
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1-2 tablespoons sugar depending on taste preference
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • fresh mint leaves to top optional

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender except the fresh mint. You might need to do this in batches depending on the size of your blender. Blend until everything is creamy. Place in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours.
  2. Serve in bowls and add fresh mint leaves on top.

 

Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs

OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!    This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Can you believe it’s almost the end of May?  Pretty soon it’ll be Summer and weekends will be filled with barbecues and picnics!  I love a good barbecue but sometimes it’s hard living in the city.   You either need to live in a building that allows grilling or you need to get to the park early to use one of the grills there.  But not to worry – you can get the same barbecue taste inside with these Oven Baked BBQ Sausage Kabobs! I made these because I was craving barbecued meats and veggies on a rainy day and they quickly became a dinner time favorite!

OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!

Sweet Italian Sausage is a necessity for this recipe, and I highly recommend using green peppers and mushrooms, but feel free to add some onions to those kabobs too!
OVEN BAKED BBQ Sausage Kabobs with Mushrooms and Peppers are delicious! This easy healthy recipe bakes the meat and veggie kabobs in the oven so no grill is needed! The sausage has a coat of brown sugar BBQ sauce on it that is so tasty! These are my favorite year round Kabobs that my entire family loves!

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Baked Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sticks

BAKED Broccoli CHEDDAR Cheese Sticks are the best snack!  This easy oven baked recipe only uses a few ingredients to make cheese sticks which are perfect to serve as a party appetizer or snack!  Your kids are going to love these easy cheesy broccoli bites!

Do you love broccoli? Me too!  Do you not love broccoli? Well that’s about to change!  These Baked Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sticks are a great snack for broccoli lovers, perfect to serve as a appetizer for a party or as a afternoon snack.     With our broccoli getting ready to be planted in the ground soon, I predict there’s going to be many Baked Broccoli Cheddar Cheese Sticks in my near future! 

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe, the sticks are super cheesy, they’re packed with 3 cups of fresh broccoli – what’s more to say? They’re perfect!

Baked Broccoli Cheese Recipe

BAKED Broccoli CHEDDAR Cheese Sticks are the best snack! This easy oven baked recipe only uses a few ingredients to make cheese sticks which are perfect to serve as a party appetizer or snack! Your kids are going to love these easy cheesy broccoli bites!

What else is perfect? The combo of broccoli and cheddar cheese!  I love these 2 ingredients combined for macaroni and cheese, creamy soup,  casseroles and everything else so they make the perfect best friends to create these cheesy snack sticks!

You only need 5 ingredients for this recipe: broccoli, bread crumbs, shredded cheddar cheese, eggs and salt. After you boil your broccoli to soften it, you’re going to add your broccoli to a food processor until smooth.

Then add the rest of the ingredients into a bowl with the broccoli, mixing until it’s all combined. Pour the mixture onto a pan lined with parchment paper for easy cleanup, shaping it into a 8×11 rectangle shape.

BAKED Broccoli CHEDDAR Cheese Sticks are the best snack! This easy oven baked recipe only uses a few ingredients to make cheese sticks which are perfect to serve as a party appetizer or snack! Your kids are going to love these easy cheesy broccoli bites!

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Kale CHERRY TOMATO Rainbow Salad

Kale CHERRY TOMATO Rainbow Salad with olive oil and lemon dressing is the perfect healthy salad recipe!  This easy salad includes massaged kale, grape tomatoes and colorful peppers to give it a pretty rainbow look!  My family loves this salad for dinner in Summer and Winter, and it’s great for a crowd!  This recipe is sponsored by Peapod.

Do you ever have a meal that you become obsessed with?   All of a sudden you don’t want a different meal every night, you want this one dish every single night until you get sick of it (which doesn’t seem because possible because you love it so much).  That’s how I feel about this kale salad recipe!  I LOVE IT!

Kale Rainbow Salad

I’ve been living on this salad for lunch and dinner.   Even if Matthew talks me into making something else for dinner, I have a big side dish of this salad because I crave it so badly!  A few years ago I wasn’t even that into kale, and then we started growing it and my life was changed forever.   Move over lettuce and arugula, there’s a new best green for salads in town and it’s name is kale!
Kale Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Peppers

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Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make – just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack – it always energizes me! 

It’s April 10th and it’s almost 70 degrees in NYC!  Can we officially declare that the weather is changing?  I don’t want to jinx it because I know it won’t last, but the last few days of beautiful weather has me craving fresh fruit!  

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Strawberry, Banana, Pineapple Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender! The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me!

In the Winter I snack on bananas and apples, mostly because I can’t deal with spending $6 on a pint of out of season berries, but with Summer around the corner, I can’t wait for fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries to grow in the garden and to be cheaply accessible in local farmers markets! Summer is all about the berries – don’t you agree?

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me! 

3 ingredient strawberry banana smoothie!

This is one of my favorite smooth recipes and it includes 3 of my favorites: strawberries, banana and pineapple. I love how the sweet flavor of the strawberries mixes with the tropical taste of the pineapple.  

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me! 

Mix it with some milk (regular or almond milk), throw in some ice cubes to quickly chill it and you’ll have a healthy, filling smoothie in less than 2 minutes.

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me! 

Enjoy this strawberry banana smoothie!

Looking for more Smoothie recipes?  Try my Banana Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie and Watermelon Strawberry Smoothie!

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HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me! 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Pineapple

HEALTHY, TRIPLE FRUIT Pineapple Strawberry Banana Smoothie! This healthy recipe is easy to make - just throw all your ingredients in the blender!  The milk (regular or almond) makes it creamy and delicious! I love this strawberry banana smoothie recipe for breakfast or a afternoon snack - it always energizes me! 

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 6 strawberries - stems removed
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple - cubed
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Handful of ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients into your blender. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour and enjoy.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 1

 

 

Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make – throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it’s ready! Even better – this meal is economical and doesn’t cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

This Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup warms my heart physically and emotionally.  It’s everything a comforting Winter time soup should be – easy to make, makes the house smell great, is filling and makes me feel warm.  
SLOW COOKER Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup is packed with healthy, hearty vegetables which is going to warm up your dinner table! This recipe is easy to make - throw all the ingredients in your crock pot for 8 hours and it's ready! Even better - this meal is economical and doesn't cost much to make! We love this as a Fall and Winter meal!

On the emotional side it makes me happy because it is filled with vegetables from our Summer garden.   Besides the carrots and celery we are using our canned stewed tomatoes which I can’t get enough of.   We canned so many of these tomatoes I lost track of how many.
Stewed Tomatoes in Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken and White Bean Soup

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Easy Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes

EASY FLUFFY Pumpkin Pancakes recipe! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them “the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!”.

I know you’re probably thinking “Isn’t NYC in a snowstorm right now, but yet you’re posting a pumpkin recipe?”.   You’re right.  NYC is under a blanket of beautiful white snow.  And I still have over 100 pounds of pumpkins from the Fall garden decorating my apartment.  

Can you believe it?   We have big pumpkins, pie size, and munchkins sprawled out all over the apartment just like it was still Halloween.   I have to clear a few out as they go bad, but at this rate I think I’m good to go with fresh pumpkins for at least the next few months! 

EASY FLUFFY Pumpkin Pancakes recipe! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

If you don’t have any fresh pumpkins lying around don’t worry.  You can use frozen pumpkin puree that you kept from your Fall pumpkins (remember how easy it is to make?) or you can use canned pumpkin from the store. 

EASY FLUFFY Pumpkin Pancakes recipe! These delicious extra fluffy pancakes made from scratch are low carb and packed with protein (1/2 cup pumpkin!). They make a healthy substitution instead of buttermilk pancakes. My family considers them "the best pumpkin pancakes in the world!".

Being a girl who loves pumpkin year round and doesn’t believe that pumpkin only needs to be celebrated in the Fall I wanted to bake up a pumpkin breakfast to satisfy my pancake craving I’ve been having (hello baby!).    Pumpkin pancakes are one of those foods that are near perfection for me. These pancakes are so light and fluffy!

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Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup

EASY TO MAKE recipe for Homemade Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This creamy soup is a healthy comfort dinner food! Best served with biscuits to dip into the chicken broth! Mom, your families are going to love this!

This Homemade Chicken Dumpling Soup is a Winter comfort food favorite.   It’s so delicious that I can almost guarantee that whenever I make it, we’ll have it the night after again because the craving will still be there.  That’s what happened last week. I made it on Wednesday, we ate it all, we loved it.  On Thursday we decided we were going to make it for dinner again.  And we ate it all again.  

Easy to make recipe for Shredded Chicken Dumpling Soup with potatoes, carrots and celery. This soup is a healthy comfort food!

The Best Things About Chicken Dumpling Soup!

The best thing about this chicken and dumpling soup besides the homemade dumplings (yum!) is that it’s also filled with veggies – potatoes, celery, carrots – everything a good chicken soup should have in it.  

Easy To Make Dumplings

FAQ for this recipe:

Can I substitute or add additional vegetables?
Feel fee to make it your own and add additional vegetables if you’re trying to empty out the fridge – onions, peas, green beans, and bite size cauliflower are all equally good in it.  Just don’t skip on the potatoes – never skip on the potatoes!

Can I use chicken bouillon cubes instead of broth?
Absolutely, I do it all the time.   

Can I make this vegetarian?
You sure can.  Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and don’t add in chicken breast.  You might want to add in some additional protein like white or great northern beans. 

Flour Dumplings in Soup

Are dumplings hard to make?
No.  Homemade dumplings are one of the easiest things to make.  It’s really just about mixing some simple ingredients together and then dropping it into hot broth to form the dumpling.   The dumplings might not be the prettiest you’ve ever seen, but they will taste just as delicious. 

Dumpling and Vegetable Soup

Do I need to make a side dish for this soup?
I never do, it’s pretty hearty as is.  I like to serve with some buttered bread or rolls.

How many servings is this recipe?
3-4 supper servings.

How good is this soup?
So good you’ll make it again tomorrow.

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Watermelon Soup

EASY Watermelon Soup recipe that only has 4 ingredients!  In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

Yes, it’s the last day of February and I’m giving you a watermelon recipe because I like to go against the blog rules of only putting recipes on your site that are “in season”.  To be honest, watermelon can always be in season if you freeze your Summer watermelons.

If you ever have a watermelon that you think you can’t eat completely, don’t let it go to waste! Just chop it up, or turn it into watermelon juice, throw in the freezer and you’ll have it for months to enjoy!    That way it can be Winter and you can enjoy this Hot Watermelon Soup!

(This is watermelon juice that I freeze. I just throw chunks of watermelon in the blender and then measure 2 cups into a freezer bag).
This Hot Watermelon Soup is very simple to make witWatermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

This Watermelon Soup makes me happy because I just want to grab my sunhat and a shovel and run to the garden.  I have been getting the garden shivers lately.  You know the garden shivers, right?  It’s when you’re so excited for the garden season that every time you think about what you’re going to grow you just start to shake with excitement.  I’m not a doctor but I will confirm that garden shivers are not dangerous at all, instead they cause happiness.  

Watermelon Soup Recipe

When I eat this Watermelon Soup, either in the Summer or the Winter, it makes me think of the garden and all the great memories that come along with it (not to mention the power of saying “I grew this!”).   So I like to consider it a happy soup!

Watermelon soup is a delicious warm soup. In just 10 minutes using watermelon juice, lime juice and ginger you have a tasty healthy soup!

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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers

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Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside.   Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

I’m a stuffed peppers fanatic. I love them.  It all started in the kitchen as a kid when my Mom made a mean dish filled with green peppers.  I still love green peppers but I love making them a little more garden friendly so for this recipe I added quinoa and kale inside instead of the usual ground beef.  Trust me, you are going to love these.  They are everything a stuffed green pepper should be, including being smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese on top!
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

To make the recipe easy to follow, check out the video I made.  Are you hungry yet for these Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers?

The mixture inside is quinoa cooked in chicken broth (so delicious – I could just eat this as is!), fresh kale and a cup of tomato sauce.  Once everything  is mixed then start filling each pepper.
Delicious Stuffed Green Peppers recipe that is smothered in cheese and stuffed with Quinoa and Kale inside. Enjoy this comforting healthy meal for dinner soon!

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Chocolate Birthday Black Bean Brownies

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make!  These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe!  The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies really pretty!

Right now I’m bean obsessed.  We’ve been cooking our dry black beans we grew in the garden during the Summer on cold nights and it’s been such a treat to enjoy those grown with love beans during the Winter.  I’ll be sharing a “How to Grow Black Beans” DIY soon because they’re so easy to grow and for me they’re one of the proudest garden accomplishments!

I mean seriously how cool is it to grow your own beans?  So cool!  What else is cool? Using black beans to make chocolate black bean brownies!  Did I mention that they’re extra delicious too?

CHOCOLATE SPRINKLED BROWNIES made with BLACK BEANS and APPLESAUCE (healthy and low calorie!) that are easy to make! These homemade chocolate brownies are super fudgy and moist! My family considers this the BEST brownies recipe! The rainbow sprinkles on top make the brownies extra fun!

You might associate black beans with tacos, salsas and salads pretty easily, but hopefully I’m able to persuade you to try baking with them because they make delicious desserts too.  In the past I’ve baked with black beans, kidney beans, red beans and have had yummy results so I wanted to use our black beans in a new super chocolaty brownie recipe.  

This recipe calls for 1 15 oz can of black beans which you’ll add with the rest of your ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth.  Because I wanted to use my homegrown dry beans, I did a overnight soak of my beans and then cooked them to get my 15 oz can worth. It’s a little extra work with dry beans, but it’s worth it if you want to give it a try.  If not, it’s totally ok, just make it easier for yourself by using canned beans! 

Here’s my garden beans, dry and cooked.
Cake textured Rainbow Sprinkled Chocolate Brownies made with Black Beans and Applesauce! These Chocolate Birthday Cake Black Bean Brownies are going to change your life! Read More

Kale Potato Bread Stuffing

This Kale POTATO BREAD Stuffing is a comfort food recipe that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  It’s simple to make because it’s made with instant potatoes!  This Potato Bread Stuffing is always requested at Thanksgiving! You’ll love how the top is slightly crispy too! 

I love stuffing.  I’ve shared my Amish Potato Stuffing and Cheesy Broccoli Stuffing Casserole before but wanted to share with you my current favorite side dish, Kale Potato Bread Stuffing!   This recipe uses my Amish Potato Stuffing as a base but I threw in kale to add some greens.  Since the dish has a whopping 4 cups of kale in it, you don’t even need to make a extra vegetable to serve at dinner. 

This Kale POTATO BREAD Stuffing is a comfort food recipe that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  It's simple to make because it's made with instant potatoes!  This Potato Bread Stuffing is always requested at Thanksgiving! You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too! 

This is the perfect side dish to a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner.  It’s also a great dish to serve for large potluck parties (think of the upcoming Big Game!) as a small serving of it goes a long way in hunger and taste.  
This Kale Potato Bread Stuffing is a comforting side dish that goes perfect with a chicken, pork chop or steak dinner. You'll love how the top is slightly crispy too!

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Blueberry English Muffins

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins!  You’re going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones.  These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea! 

I’m starting 2017 with a bang – homemade Blueberry English Muffins!  These have been on my “must make list” for quite some time since every morning I start my day off with one.   I decided I was sick of buying the store bought version (plus they’re sometimes hard to track down) so I wanted to start making my own.  

Surprisingly these homemade English Muffins are easy to make and don’t require that much time waiting for the dough to rise.    Once you’ve made your own batch of these I bet you’ll never buy them again!  Hope you all enjoy… and Happy New Year!

HOMEMADE Blueberry English Muffins! You're going to love this easy to make breakfast recipe! Save money and start making your own English muffins instead of buying the store bought ones. These ones are much more delicious and healthy! I love having one of these muffins with a cup of tea!

You're going to love this delicious Blueberry English Muffins recipe! These are even better than the store bought muffins because they're homemade! If you've never made homemade English Muffins before don't worry - they're easy to make!

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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Halupkie (aka Cabbage Rolls) were a big deal in my house.  My Mother is Polish, so the recipe was passed down from generation to generation and ended up being one of my favorite meals she would make.

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

What recipe can I make with cabbage?

She would add ground beef, rice and tomato sauce into a big piece of cabbage, roll it up, throw it in the fridge overnight to sit and then we would have them for Sunday dinner.  Just the smell of cabbage takes me back to my childhood!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Turning Halupkies into Cabbage Roll Casserole!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker.   This is a big bowl of comfort food, just like my Slow Cooker Cabbage and Sausage!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  Even better is that this recipe only takes 4 hours in the slow cooker – so it’ll be ready before you know it!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Enjoy this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole!

Looking for more recipes?  Try my Kielbasa and Cabbage Slow Cooker and Stuffed Pepper Casserole crock pot  meal next week!

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 3 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

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SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!  

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

SLOW COOKER Cabbage Roll Casserole! This easy recipe is made in the crockpot and ready in 4 hours! This is a Polish family recipe called Halupkie!

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Polish
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw ground beef
  • 1 medium size head of cabbage chopped
  • 1 medium sized green pepper chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 15 Oz can of diced or stewed tomatoes undrained
  • 2 15 Oz cans of tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked white rice (not instant)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients except white rice in slow cooker. Stir good to combine. Cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir, and cook on high for 3 more hours. Serve in bowls.

Recipe Notes

Servings: 8

 

Slow Cooker Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

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.    I am craving comfort food right now.  Hearty, creamy and cheesy is what I want.   To make a comforting Winter meal that is still simple and quick, I brought out my slow cooker and this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup was born.

I love this SLOW COOKER Broccoli Potato Cheese Soup!  This soup is so comforting and cheesy, perfect for a cold Winter night!  The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours, making it a easy soup recipe! Your entire family, including your kids, is going to love it!

This soup pretty much is the definition of comfort food.  It’s potatoes and onions slow cooked in broth.  Then we’re going to add the broccoli.  Add in some cheddar cheese, stir it around and we have a extra creamy soup that is the perfect dish to serve on a cold night.    With most soups, I always suggest adding some crusty bread, or a leftover Thanksgiving dinner roll so you can dip it in the soup. 

Make this Broccoli and Potato Cheese Soup for a comfort food dinner on a cold Winter night. The soup is cooked on high in a slow cooker for 4 hours. This soup is both delicious and easy to make!

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