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Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole
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Monterey Jack Cheese Dip
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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole
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Slow Cooker Tomato Cheese Dip
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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers
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Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole
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Arugula Refried Bean Burrito
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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili
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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet
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Cheesy Vegetable Omelette
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10 MINUTE Easy Vegetable Lo Mein
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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Lentil Sandwich
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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer
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Chinese Green Beans With Ham
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What are we picking? It’s a green harvest!
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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers
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Mexican Taco Hot Dog
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No Boil Rotini Pasta With Plenty of Vegetables
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Chinese Pepper Beef Cubes
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Vegetable Packed Slow Cooker Chili

Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole

KETO Scrambled Egg Ground Beef Casserole recipe that’s easy to make! This baked ground beef casserole is low carb and you can make ahead overnight if you’d like! It’s packed with vegetables and sprinkled with cheddar cheese!

A Famous Ground Beef Casserole

Do you guys know about Joe’s Special?  It’s a famous dish that started in San Francisco in the 1920s that consisted of eggs, ground beef, spinach and garlic.   A few places make their own version, including a Brooklyn based restaurant that my husband fell in love with.  I wanted to try a modern spin on it, removing the spinach and replacing it with green beans and peppers. The result is a delicious Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole!

Scrambled Egg and Ground Beef Casserole

Keto Casserole Recipe

This casserole is keto friendly and low carb, something I’ve been requested to make more of from my readers since I posted my Cauliflower Casserole recipe!  It’s made with eggs and ground beef to be high in protein, and a homemade cream of mushroom soup that’s made with almond milk.  Did I mention there’s shredded cheese on top to make it extra delicious?  

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Monterey Jack Cheese Dip

PRETTIEST Cheese Dip ever! MEXICAN Vegetable Bowl MONTEREY JACK Cheese Dip! This easy dip recipe is made with grated Monterey Jack cheese and Mexican spices! Cover the top with chopped up vegetables to make the most beautiful homemade dip! 

Cheese lovers, this dip is calling your name! This Vegetable Bowl Monterey Jack Cheese Dip is made with Monterey Jack cheese, which is perfect for 2 reasons.  First, Monterey Jack cheese melts beautifully, it’s one of the best melting cheeses in my opinion, so it makes a perfect cheese for dip.  Secondly, when you add a little seasoning and spice, it’s a great cheese to use for Mexican inspired dishes, like this cheese dip!
PRETTIEST Cheese Dip ever! MEXICAN Vegetable Bowl MONTEREY JACK Cheese Dip! This easy dip recipe is made with grated monterey jack cheese and Mexican spices! Cover the top with chopped up vegetables to make the most beautiful homemade dip!

I got to thinking about what makes the perfect dip.  It needs to be cheesy, creamy and full of flavor.  But it also needs to have perfect partners in crime, in this case Mission Organics® Blue Corn Tortilla Chips and vegetables!  Instead of putting the vegetables on the side, I decided to include them in the dip to make a Vegetable Bowl Cheese Dip! 
Cherry Tomatoes and Cheese Dip

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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole

CHEESY Chicken Tomatillo Casserole recipe! This easy dinner Mexican casserole uses 1 pound of tomatillos to make a creamy sauce that is layered with tortilla chips, chicken, black beans and cheddar cheese! I love to make this simple dish when my garden tomatillo plants give me too much and I’m left asking asking “What to do!”.

I’m back with another tomatillo recipe!  With another 20 pounds of tomatillos picked from the garden I’m trying to think more outside the salsa verde box and wondering what to do with them!  For dinner I wanted to make a easy casserole that included chicken breasts, tomatillos, black beans and cheese so this Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole was born!

If you love Mexican casseroles I think you’re going to like this dish!  The tomatillos are thrown into the food processor with a onion, green pepper, jalapeno pepper, cilantro and spices to make a creamy simple sauce.  By the way check out my tip on how to store fresh cilantro!

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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!   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mission®. All opinions are entirely my own.

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.  

For this delicious 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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Quinoa Kale Stuffed Peppers

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!

Quinoa Stuffed Peppers

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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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!

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

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.  Just like my Stuffed Pepper Casserole, this is another one of Mom’s famous recipes that my family loves!   And even better is that this Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole only takes 4 hours in the Crockpot! 

Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

How to Make Cabbage Rolls in Slow Cooker (Video)

My Mom 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!

This Cabbage Roll Casserole is a direct spin off my Mother’s Halupkies recipe, but we’re making this in casserole form in the slow cooker instead.

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!

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Cabbage Roll Casserole

  • 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)

 

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!

How to Make Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls

All you need to do is add all the ingredients (except the white rice) in the slow cooker and cook on high for 1 hour. Add rice, stir and cook on high for 3 more hours. 

Some people call this recipe “lazy cabbage rolls” but I just call it delicious!  A nice warm bowl of cabbage roll casserole is the perfect dinner for a cold Winter night.  

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!  And if you like it try my Baked Cabbage Roll Casserole!

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$5 Meal Recipes

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
Keyword cabbage roll casserole, polish recipe, slow cooker cabbage rolls
Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours
Servings 8
Calories 263 kcal

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.

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Arugula Refried Bean Burrito

Arugula Refried Bean Burrito is a healthy Summer meal made with canned refried beans and fresh arugula.  Dinner is made in 5 minutes!

Can you feel that Summer is here?  I sure can.    With the temperatures rising, the last thing I want to do is eat hot food.  Even worse, I definitely don’t want to turn on my stove!  These fresh burritos are full of vegetables and will cool you down.     They’re perfect to take already made to work, or you can take all the supplies to the park for a picnic with friends and let everyone make their own.

Arugula Refried Bean Burrito is a healthy Summer meal made with canned refried beans and fresh arugula. Dinner is made in 5 minutes!

You’ll need 4 flour tortillas.  I found these low calorie (60) sundried tomato and basil tortillas in the grocery store that I love.     My favorite canned beans are Goya (especially the Rancheros) and Rosarita.  You can eat these directly from the can, or you can heat them in the microwave for 1 minute.  If you’re going for homemade check out my Refried Black Beans recipe!

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45 Minute Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Vegetarian Chili

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Last weekend we had some pretty amazing chili for lunch while we were out of town.   The chili was filling, tasty with great spices and had that very important texture that ground meat gives in dishes.  The thing is though, this was vegetarian chili.

After I exclaimed for the 20th time how great this chili was (everyone agreed – vegetarians and meat eaters) I then made it my goal to make similar style homemade chili in my kitchen.  This 45 Minute Vegetarian Chili recipe was born!

Delicious Vegetarian Chili made in 45 minutes that even meat eaters will love!

Vegetarian Chili Recipe

The chili is made up vegetables: tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, carrot, jalapeno and diced green chilies.  Now comes the beans: black and kidney beans.  There’s plenty of spices: garlic, bay leaf, cumin, oregano, chili powder salt and pepper.      We’re going to give it that texture that ground meat gives it with meatless crumbles.

 If you’re a meat eater and you’re thinking “yuck” you better check yourself because these are good (I promise!).   It has the same texture consistency of meat while being tasty.  I recommend using Neat or Morningstar brands for crumbles.    Matthew (husband) is a meat and potatoes guy. His dream meal is a pot roast with mashed potatoes and he even says how good this recipe is, so you can trust me (and him). 

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Leftover Spaghetti Skillet

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life! 

Spaghetti is a tricky. I don’t mean the process of making it, that’s usually easy. The tricky part is figuring out how much spaghetti you have to make.  Have you ever asked your loved ones “How hungry are you?” in hopes they will tell you precisely how hungry they are so you make the exact amount of food.  Usually the answer is “Sorta hungry” or “Very hungry” which both aren’t that helpful.  So into the boiling pot goes the entire box of spaghetti.  9 out of 10 times, there will be spaghetti left, which then goes into a glass storage container into the refrigerator until someone decides they want to eat leftover spaghetti.  Many times, I’m afraid to admit, noone wants to eat that leftover spaghetti and it goes bad.  I hate wasting food.  It’s the worst.   So I set out on how to bring leftover spaghetti back to life, so it wouldn’t go to waste anymore!

You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Hack to bring leftover spaghetti back to life:
Put 2 cups of water in a large skillet.  Bring to a boil.  Add leftover spaghetti and cook 30 seconds. Drain water. Serve!
.You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

Now you’re all done and ready to make this delicious Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers!  
This dish is quick and easy (it takes 5 minutes to make).   It’s full of  diced tomatoes and fresh green peppers which makes it great for a vegetable filled Winter or Summer meal.    Sometimes in the Winter we can get dragged down by heavy casseroles or soups, but this dish is the opposite of that.   Along with the vegetables, this spaghetti is coated in olive oil and Parmesan cheese which makes you feel like you’re eating a Summer time meal!
You’ll never throw away leftover spaghetti again once you make this Leftover Spaghetti Skillet with Tomatoes and Green Peppers! It’s so easy to bring your spaghetti back to life!

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Cheesy Vegetable Omelette

Cheesy Vegetable Omelette is packed with garden fresh vegetables!   This breakfast recipe is easy to make and shows you how to make a perfect cheesy omelette step by step!  The best part is that you can customize it what veggies you have – my favorite are tomatoes, broccoli and peppers to add in!

I call this recipe “Vegetable Farm Omelette” because you can throw into it as man veggies as you can fit.  The omelette can be tweaked depending on the season.   It needs to become best friends with your garden or farmer’s market.   I threw broccoli, tomatoes and peppers in mine because those are my favorites (and what’s always in my fridge).  I think this combo of veggies are a winner, but feel free to add in onions or carrots or chopped up spinach or kale to make your omelette more “you”.

Cheesy Vegetable Omelette is packed with garden fresh vegetables! This breakfast recipe is easy to make and shows you how to make a perfect cheesy omelette step by step! The best part is that you can customize it what veggies you have - my favorite are tomatoes, broccoli and peppers to add in!

There’s a few keys to a perfect omelette.  You need a good egg recipe.  You need to have the right size pan.  You need to know when’s the exact time to flip one side over.    I’m here to help you with all of this.

Ready to make a life changing Vegetable Farm Omelette?  Let’s go!

First, cut up your veggies.  You want to cut them pretty small.  If the vegetables are too big your omelette might fall apart and we don’t want that. This is about a tablespoon of tomatoes, green pepper and a handful of broccoli.  If some of it doesn’t fit, that’s ok, you can just throw it on the omelette when you serve it.
Cheesy Vegetable Omelette is packed with garden fresh vegetables! This breakfast recipe is easy to make and shows you how to make a perfect cheesy omelette step by step! The best part is that you can customize it what veggies you have - my favorite are tomatoes, broccoli and peppers to add in!

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10 MINUTE Easy Vegetable Lo Mein

10 MINUTE, EASY Vegetable Lo Mein! This simple recipe uses dry lo mein noodles and lots of vegetables to make a healthy dish that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant!  I love that the authentic sauce is made with basic pantry ingredients!

Easy Lo Mein Recipe

There’s been one favorite Chinese dish that’s been hard for me to conquer in the kitchen over the years, lo mein.    I love the noodles, the sauce and all the fresh vegetables that are chopped up in it.  I love ordering a plate full of lo mein and shocking everyone as I eat every single noodle.   I love lo mein.    

From the Chinese restaurant to my own kitchen has been hard though.  First you have to find the right noodles, and then you have to cook them just right.  The most important part is making the sauce.  The sauce needs to taste authentic while gently coating the noodles and vegetables. 

10 Minute Lo Mein Recipe

But finally… finally…. I got it! I’ve made Chinese restaurant quality lo mein noodles at home!  And now I’m sharing with you so everyone can get their lo mein on!

10 MINUTE, EASY Vegetable Lo Mein! This simple recipe uses dry lo mein noodles and lots of vegetables to make a healthy dish that tastes just like your favorite Chinese restaurant! I love that the authentic sauce is made with basic pantry ingredients!

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Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Lentil Sandwich

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipe made with lentils in crushed tomato sauce! This is one of my most requested comfort food meals from kids at dinner time! Families will love how easy these homemade sloppy joes are to make and how delicious they are! It’s also great for leftover lunches!

The love of lentils is a recent phenomenon for me. It wasn’t until I stopped eating meat that I realized how amazing (not to mention delicious and filling) they are. I usually put dry lentils in the mind frame of dry beans. Dry beans are cheap and tasty, but I never want to wait to soak them (or should I say, I always forget to soak them).

Then I realized that dry lentils don’t have to be soaked overnight.  Cook them for 30 minutes and they’re ready to go. Once I found that out, it was official: I was in love with lentils.

I’ve been enjoying these Lentils in Crushed Tomato Sauce for a bit now.  They have slowly risen to my top 10 current favorite meals.  It finally feels like winter here, so we curl up with these lentils on sandwich rolls (Vegetarian Sloppy Joes!), alongside some french-fries, and it’s the perfect quick dinner while we watch whatever basketball game is on that night.    Vegetarian Sloppy Joe Sandwich recipe made with lentils in crushed tomato sauce! This is one of my most requested comfort food meals from kids at dinner time! Families will love how easy these homemade sloppy joes are to make and how delicious they are! It's also great for leftover lunches!

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Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer

Avocados filled with Corn Salad make the perfect party appetizer! These are easy to make! I love this Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer recipe!

Avocado, you beautiful thing.  Want to know a surprising fact? I had my first avocado in my 20’s.  As a kid we would never have them in the house and I never tasted guacamole.  Then I slowly started to eat them as a sliced topping on my favorite tortilla soup.  Now today, I’m licking clean (TMI?) the guacamole bowl.    So yeah, I love you avocado, I’m sorry it took me so long to realize this.

Avocado Party Appetizer

With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner I’m starting to think about parties.  I love a good potluck where all your friends gather together and bring all types of food to enjoy.   So I got to thinking about avocados…what could I do besides the usual guacamole?  And what I could do fun with them?  Then one afternoon it hit me, Avocado Sailboats!  And even better they’re filled with my favorite Mexican Corn Salad.

The Best Avocado Appetizer!

These are simple to make.  You can easily make a few dozen of these Avocado Sailboats in less than 15 minutes.  I love that they’re full of fresh ingredients unlike some other fried finger foods that might make its way to the table.    I hope you give these a try!

These Avocado Sailboats Filled With Mexican Corn Salad is a fun recipe that is perfect for parties!


You’ll need 12 avocados which will make 24 sailboats.  If you want to scale it up or down, then do the math accordingly.  Or you can just follow the recipe exactly and if you have leftover salsa eat it with a spoon, it’s that good.

Corn Salad Avocado Party Appetizer Recipe
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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. 
green bean with sesame seeds on top

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.  I love my Slow Cooker Green Beans recipe, but I wanted to try something new! 
garden green beans cut

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. 
diced ham

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.

 

What are we picking? It’s a green harvest!

Look at all the green vegetables we picked this week on our NYC rooftop garden!

We’re picking tomatoes like wild people but we’re also picking a ton of other vegetables.  Right now there’s tomatillos, peppers (jalapeno and bell), soy beans, green beans, yellow beans, watermelon, cantaloupes, cucumbers, radishes and carrots growing.  As soon as the soybeans are picked, broccoli will make it’s way to their bins.  Once the carrots and radishes are harvested, a quick seed refresh will be planted to hope we can get them regrown by first frost. In our previous onion 4×4 containers a new batch of sugar snap peas were just planted in hopes they will make it before frost as well, although every year they seem to miss it by a week or two.

What’s growing and what are we picking in the garden that’s green? Let’s dive in.

Beans! Yellow beans, green beans, they’re everywhere!  In the beginning years of the garden we didn’t have much luck with pole and bush beans but starting last year we tried it again and it worked. This year we decided to expand to pole beans and they are growing awesome.  We added new fresh compost fertilizer to the soil and these beans took off.  Matthew is 6 feet so check out how big they’ve gotten.  The right side won with getting to the top first. :D)
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We have multiple gallon sized bags full of green beans in the fridge with us picking more every day.  We’ve been enjoying them for dinner sauteed and in vegetable soup (recipe coming soon) and I’ve been freezing a few bags to save until Winter.
Its a Green Harvest

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What I LOVE: My Awesome Dad and his Garden Peppers

In this new series, I’m sharing current things that I love.  Maybe it’s cats, maybe it’s a new restaurant, maybe it’s a new cookie, maybe it’s… anything!

The title of this should also read: Dad’s Green Peppers, AKA My Dad Is Cool

We grow peppers and they do pretty good.  We grow bell peppers and jalapeno peppers and we pick multiple pounds a week.  But then my dad shows up and shows me how he grows them in Pennsylvania.  Goodness gracious, Pennsylvania grows them good.  

Every year my dad starts a garden in the back yard.  As a kid we had a very small yard but he would still grow tomatoes.  The tomatoes would grow so tall they would block the kitchen window.  It also made it easy because we could use the sink hose to water these tomatoes out the window.   My dad moved into a new house a few years ago and he has a much larger garden area now.  Every Spring he buys his plants from farmers and he always buys alot more than one person usually buys.  And every year halfway during the Summer he tells me he’s never buying them again because he has too many.  And then the next year comes around and he does the same thing.  And this Summer he continued this tradition and bought even more.  My dad has over 20 pepper plants, for one man.  I laugh because it’s funny, cute and amazing all at the same time. 

A few weeks ago when he started planting the peppers he made a joke that he would ship me them as they started to grow. I laughed.

So you can imagine that I burst into laughter when a big box appeared at my door and when opening it up, I saw this:

 Dad Rules Green Peppers_1

 That’s right, my dad shipped me peppers.

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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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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 Nets).  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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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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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!

Looking for more chili recipes?
Try my Crockpot Pumpkin Chili and Easy Ground Beef Chili!

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.

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