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Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup
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Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage
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Crockpot Salisbury Steak
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Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing
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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
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Crock Pot Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables
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No Mayo Potato Salad
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Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes
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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
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Cheesy Chicken Tomatillo Casserole
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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup
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Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole
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Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes
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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup
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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup
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Arugula Refried Bean Burrito
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Cheesy Vegetable Farm Omelette
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SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip
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Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese
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Betty Draper’s Swedish Meatballs Recipe

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe that’s authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

I met Matthew during my first few weeks at Art School in Pittsburgh in 2002.   Months later, we were dating.  Months after that, we moved in (with Essy!).   15 years later, we’ve changed locations, added a few furry and human children to the family, and are still doing out art together.  What else do we do together?  We cook in the kitchen.

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe that's authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

Wonton Soup Recipe (That’s easy to make!)

I would say that I cook the majority of the meals that we eat for dinner, but once in a while Matthew cooks up dinner and it’s always delicious.   One recipe he’s really into and made it his goal to perfect was homemade wonton soup.  

Wonton soup is a favorite of ours and is one of the most popular things we order from Chinese takeout (besides chicken and broccoli!), but we wanted to make it ourselves, including making the wontons from scratch.  

Homemade Chinese Wonton Soup recipe! that's authentic and easy to make! The wontons are made from scratch and the dumplings are filled with pork. It tastes just like your favorirte Chinese restaurant soup but much more healthy for you!

Matthew was on a wonton kick for a few weeks, where he spent many nights in the kitchen rolling dough and trying different filler contents to add to the wontons.    I have to say this recipe is the real deal and it receives a 10/10 on the “I Love You!” scale.

Also, it tastes JUST LIKE the Chinese restaraunt – but so much more healthier because it’s homemade!

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Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onion!) into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

It’s Fall! It’s really fall! The leaves are changing, I need to wear a jacket in the morning, I prefer my coffee hot now.   What else does Fall mean?  Time to bring out the crockpot for my family’s favorite comfort meals!

You guys have been telling me that I need to share more of my slow cooker recipes, since you’ve enjoyed my Cabbage and Kielbasa and Cabbage Roll Casserole. So here I am – now it’s time to share Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables (potatoes, cabbage, carrots and onion!) into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage

I love this recipe becase of the ingredients and the directions.  

The ingredients are basic, you might have everything in your kitchen already!  The stars of the show are Sweet Italian Sausage, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and a onion.    Close your eyes.   Imagine the smell of your kitchen while this cooks.  It’s going to smell SO GOOD!  

Whenever I make this, my husband can smell it in our hallway as soon as he steps off the elevator.  He gets a little strut in his step because he knows it’s going to be a good dinner.  

Slow Cooker Sausage and Cabbage is a easy crock pot recipe ready in 6 hours! Add Sweet Italian Sausage links and vegetables into your slow cooker for a delicious comfort meal!

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Crockpot Salisbury Steak

EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It’s made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

I hope you had a great weekend!  This past Sunday we cheered the runners on outside our apartment during the NYC Marathon! The weather was chilly and the raindrops were falling so I knew we were going to have a comforting slow cooker Sunday night meal!  

I made this Crockpot Salisbury Steak with Cream of Mushroom Soup and it was the perfect dish to say goodbye to the weekend with. This Slow Cooker meal is creamy, comforting, hearty and just warms the heart in the way that home cooked meals should.
EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

EASY Salisbury Steak Recipe

Salisbury Steak has been one of my favorites since I was a child but I wasn’t in the mood to do a baked salisbury steak, instead I wanted something to throw in the Slow Cooker and make dinner easy. 

 I love creamy slow cooker meals, like Meatball Potato Casserole, and Sweet Potato and Ham Soup, so I gave this a extra creamy gravy made with cream of mushroom soup! 

The actual Salisbury Steak patties are easy to make.  Throw ground beef, dry onion soup mix,  bread crumbs and milk in a bowl and mix around with your hands, and then form the patties. 

Salisbury Steak Made With Ground Beef

A helpful hint: use lean, less fat ground beef.   If you don’t use a lean beef, it’s going to make your creamy gravy more on the greasy side.  This can totally be made with non lean beef, but I think it overall tastes better with a 90/10 blend.   After you shape your steak patties then roll around in a dusting of flour.
EASY Crockpot Salisbury Steak With Cream of Mushroom Soup! This Slow Cooker recipe is easy to make and is ready in 5 hours! It's made with dry onion soup mix and cream of mushroom soup to make a comforting gravy your entire family is going to love! I always serve on egg noodles or with mashed potatoes! This is one of my favorites simple weeknight meals!

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Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma’s vintage cookbook so you know it’s going to be the best! It’s easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

I’m back with another stuffing recipe!  So many of you have loved my Amish Potato Stuffing recipe so I decided to share with you another favorite, Blueberry Thanksgiving Stuffing!   Obviously it doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving to make this stuffing, but it is the perfect Thanksgiving side dish!

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

Thanksgiving Side Dish

This is the perfect side stuffing to accompany a main meat, like chicken or turkey.    It’s also the perfect vegetarian side dish because it doesn’t involve any meat products or broths (it’s made with vegetable broth).

This is a vintage stuffing recipe that I have tweaked over the years to fit with our taste buds.  It originally appeared in a old cook book that my husband’s Grandmother gave me. The original recipe included a minced meat that even Google couldn’t tell me what it meant, so I decided to change the meat ingredient to pecans.

Pecans in a stuffing recipe is great because it adds a crunch! Everytime I serve this stuffing recipe, everyone wants to know what the crunch is because they love the small surprise.  And just to note, it’s not a overwhelming crunch, it’s subtle as the recipe only calls for 1/2 cup pecans.

BLUEBERRY Thanksgiving Stuffing recipe! Traditional homemade vegetarian stuffing with sweet blueberries added in! This comes from a Grandma's vintage cookbook so you know it's going to be the best! It's easy to make and you can make it ahead of time to freeze!

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Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, grilled cheese sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more – seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions came at a perfect time since we just planted our onion seeds for Spring, and I was able to use the remaining 3 pounds of last years onions for this recipe.    It’s always magical when the timing works out perfect and you can go from harvest to seed without much waiting in between.    

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

These Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions are what dreams are made out of.   By slow cooking them we’re bringing out the natural sweetness of the onions as the sugar caramelizes.   What starts as a full crockpot of onions is going to turn into a much smaller amount as they melt down.  

Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions Recipe

What you’re left with (besides an amazing smelling house that is going to make your neighbors jealous) is savory, sweet onions that are ready for you to add anywhere – soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza – seriously, you can add them to anything!   My husband came home and he started to immediately swoon upon the first smell of these sweet onions.   On the first bite, his knees buckled and I had to catch him!  The man loves his onions.      

DELICIOUS Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions that are easy to make in your Crockpot! This 4 ingredient recipe is the best and will have melt in your mouth onions ready for your favorite dish in 5 hours! Serve them with soups, casseroles, sandwiches, salads, chicken, pasta, burgers, pizza and more - seriously, you can add them to almost anything!

This recipe will be for sure one that will stick around with us for years to come after we pick our garden onions.  I hope you give it a taste – I think you’ll be really happy you did!

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Crock Pot Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables

DELICIOUS CROCK POT Corned Beef Brisket with Vegetables recipe!  This slow cooker recipe cooks a 4 pound corned beef brisket with cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onion to create a amazing dinner! Use the leftovers the next day for the best BBQ sandwiches!

When it was my first time buying brisket many years ago, I didn’t know where to look for it at – with the meats on the shelf? Behind a refrigerated door?Is it at the meat counter?  And what does it look like?  I had no idea. So after a google image search and phone in hand, there I found it in the meat department on the top shelf all the way to the left.  
My first thought- yikes, that is expensive.
Raw Corned Beef Brisket in Grocery Store

My second thought – they had point cut and flat cut.  What is the difference?  Again… to Google I went in the meat department.  Point cut has more fat content but is more tastier.  Flat cut is less fat, less tender.  Also to note Flat cut is about twice the price (twice the yikes).  

Best type of meat for Brisket

So when I saw a reviewer saying “If you want taste, go with the Point Cut” that was it. I wanted the flavor and texture,  I wasn’t about to take that away for less fat.   If this is a special meal you have a few times a year, do the point cut – just do it.  

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No Mayo Potato Salad

CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn’t require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It’s made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It’s a must have your next grilling session!

Potato salad is a family staple at so many events, especially at picnics.  Maybe it’s for a graduation, or a family get together, or a bbq; most likely there is a big bowl of potato salad there.  I love how versatile potato salad can be.  When chilled in the summer, it’s the perfect food to cool off with next to your hot dog.  In the winter time, you can serve it right off the stove to warm you up.
CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!  

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!20 Minute Potato Salad – so easy!

This potato salad is made in 20 minutes and only uses 6 ingredients.  And what a bonus, no peeling potatoes, we’re just washing and cubing these red potatoes up!  With every bite you’re going to get a nice crunch of vegetable with the help of celery and onion. 

No Mayo Potato Salad

To make it super creamy we’re going to smother it with Ranch Salad Dressing – this is a no mayo recipe!

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!

CREAMY Ranch Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session!
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CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling! This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer! It's a must have your next grilling session! 

Creamy Ranch Potato Salad

CREAMY No Mayo Potato Salad that doesn't require potato peeling!  This loaded, easy to make potato salad recipe has the classic taste you grew up with and is ready in 20 minutes! It's made with ranch dressing (no mayo!) to make it extra creamy! Enjoy this warm in the Winter or chilled in the Summer!  It's a must have your next grilling session!

Course Side Dish
Servings 8

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red potatoes – washed and cubed
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1/2 cup green onion or yellow onion
  • ¾ cup Ranch Salad Dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt + pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Bring pot of water to boil and add potatoes. Simmer the potatoes for 20 minutes.
  2. Drain potatoes.
  3. Put all ingredients in bowl and gently toss.
  4. Serve immediately or if preferred chilled, put in the refrigerator for 2 hours.

 

Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It’s one of my family’s favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

Look, I’m not saying all people from the Midwest love Slow Cooker meals filled with meat and vegetable (especially potatoes) but that’s totally what I’m saying.  My husband, a man raised in good ol Ohio, raves about my Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes.   I could give him the option of having a fancy schmancy French cuisine or Slow Cooker Kielbasa for dinner and there would be no discussion – it’s Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes all the way!

FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

This easy slow cooker meal has everything you need for homemade comfort food – meat, vegetables and enough broth to pour it on top of egg noodles!  The meat is beef kiebasa, cut into bite size pieces.  The vegetables are potatoes, celery, brussels sprouts and onion.  The broth is a savory beef broth.
FAMILY FAVORITE Slow Cooker Kielbasa, Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes! This healthy dinner is so easy to make as it only takes 5 hours in the crock pot! The meal cooks in a beef broth brown sugar mix that is amazing! It's one of my family's favorite comfort food recipes for a Winter night! We love serving it over egg noodles or rice!

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Creamy Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup

CREAMY SLOW COOKER Sweet Potato Soup recipe! This easy Crock Pot meal includes ham and sweet potatoes in a creamy cheesy broth! Even my kids love this soup!

Sweet Potato Soup 

This Sweet Potato soup is the real deal.  Your entire family (kids and adults!) is going to declare this meal the best!  This soup is creamy, comforting and packed with vegetables (sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, red pepper, corn, onion and white beans!).  What’s not to love?

Sweet Potato Soup

And yes – you heard me correct, your kids are going to love this soup too!  If you’re looking for ways to introduce them to sweet potatoes, then this soup is the way to do it.   Even my 1 year old gladly picks the sweet potatoes up out of this soup and gobbles them down!

Over the weekend I was itching to make something with sweet potatoes so I decided to make a classic Fall recipe – Sweet Potato soup!  We love sweet potatoes so much, we might have to start growing our own sweet potatoes soon!
Cooking Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

What I love about cold weather soups is that they can be creamy (and cheesy) but you pack them full with vegetables! As I mentioned so many times before I’m in love with my slow cooker, so you’re going to love how easy this is!  

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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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Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup

Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It’s a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself “What should I do with a head of celery?” this soup is always the answer! 

We’ve had good success with growing celery in the garden for the first time this year.  With the end of garden season in sight I’m left with a few  beautiful heads of celery hanging out in my refrigerator.  This leads me to the question of the week “What should I make with lots of celery”?

Sure there’s the easy route of cutting celery up and dipping it in peanut butter for a delicious snack, but I wanted to throw my apron on and come up with something new for the celery.  It was the first day where it felt like Fall, the weather was crisp and chilly and so I was craving something warm.   Ta-da, Creamy Celery and Egg Noodles Soup was born!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

This soup is creamy, delicious and is filled with enough vegetables to make this a healthy comforting soup! This soup uses 1 whole pound of celery.  Most recipes call for just using the celery stalks but I wanted to use everything, so that’s what I did – celery stalks, leaves, everything!   The leaves have so much flavor (and scent!) to them that they deserve to be enjoyed too!
Creamy CELERY and Egg Noodles Soup recipe! This easy vegetarian soup is filled with vegetables and served with egg noodles for a hearty, healthy dinner! You can even add chicken in it for more protein! It's a simple and delicious way to eat your vegetables, even kids like it!  Whenever I ask myself "What should I do with a head of celery?" this soup is always the answer! 

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Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole

SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!   This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carando®. All opinions are entirely my own.

When my husband tasted this meal, his first words (with eyes closed) were “This is good.  Real good.”  I immediately agreed! Not only does this Slow Cooker Meatball Potato Casserole taste great, but it smells amazing too!  Don’t you love the way your home smells after you’ve been slow cooking a home cooked meal all day long?  

For this dish, we’re slow cooking Italian meatballs, potatoes, carrots, celery, and onion in a delicious cream of mushroom soup/beef onion mix gravy to make one delicious casserole!  
SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!  

The recipe calls for 1 pound Italian-Style Meatballs.  I used Carando Abruzzese Italian Style Meatballs, which are blended with cheese and herbs.  
SLOW COOKER Meatball Potato Casserole with a creamy beef gravy is delicious!  This easy to make crockpot recipe is perfect for busy weeknights! This Italian Meatballs dish uses cream of mushroom soup and is filled with vegetables including potatoes, carrots, celery and onion!  My husband officially declares this one of his favorite meals!  

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Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!

If you haven’t noticed from my past few recipes, I’m kinda obsessed with my slow cooker right now.   With a new baby and a garden in full harvest our slow cooker has been saving us (and my sanity!).  

August and September is always tomato season and we’re left with baskets filled with beautiful tomatoes, ranging from cherry (to make cherry tomato sauce), beef (to make beef tomato sauce )and roma (to make tomato soup and sun-dried tomatoes) varieties.   I wanted to try something new with them so I threw them in the slow cooker and hoped for delicious results!

Slow Cooker Tomato Recipe

EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!  
The verdict? They’re AMAZING!  At first taste my husband said “These tomatoes are something!”.  They sure are!

Did I mention this recipe is EASY?  All you need to do is throw the cherry tomatoes into the slow cooker with a onion, olive oil and salt.  Give them a stir and let the crockpot do the rest of the work.  After 5 hours, the tomatoes will cave in, releasing their sweet juices and you’ll have delicious Slow Cooker Cherry Tomatoes to serve!
EASY, SLOW COOKER Cherry Tomatoes recipe! This healthy cherry tomatoes crockpot recipe is ready in 5 hours! Serve these as a side dish, or they make a great sauce on pasta for dinner! You can preserve by canning or freezing them! I love serving them as a Thanksgiving comfort food side dish alongside green beans!

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Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie.   Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans! 

I didn’t plan on posting 2 tomatillo recipes this week but when you have a 10 pound basket full of tomatillos staring at you from the kitchen counter you might be persuaded.   It finally feels like Fall in NYC and I wanted to use the tomatillos in a Fall recipe instead of the usual salsa I make.  W

henever I think of tomatillos my mind always goes to soup so I decided to follow this path and come up with a Mexican inspired soup that uses tomatilos, as well as other garden fresh veggies: black beans, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno and corn.  

 This tomatillo soup tastes delicious and has a deep flavor due to the vegetables and spices.  It’s a comforting soup but doesn’t feel heavy like many other Fall soups.    I suggest serving this alongside some rolls or biscuits for dipping.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

It warms my heart (literally) to see so many of the vegetables we grew in this soup.   The stars of this soup are the tomatillos which are filled with tasty juices that are going to be released in the slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

The other personal star in this soup are the black beans.   Last year we started growing our own dry beans and since then I’ve been hooked.  We grow a few different dry beans during the Summer so we can enjoy them in the Fall and Winter.  

This recipe calls for 1 cup dry black beans but if you don’t have the time to soak them you can also use 1 can of black beans.

Slow Cooker Mexican Vegetarian Tomatillo Soup is a comforting recipe filled with healthy vegetables. Unlike other Fall comfort soups this one is low calorie. Soup ingredients include fresh tomatillos, tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, corn and black beans!

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Creamy Roma Tomato Soup

CREAMY TOMATO SOUP using fresh roma plum tomatoes!   This easy homemade recipe is perfect for when you are picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!  You will never buy canned tomato soup again!  This is kids favorite tomato soup!

We’re back for Day 2 of tomato week! Yesterday was Marinated Italian Diced Tomatoes, today is all about one of my favorite comfort meals: tomato soup!  

There’s something romantic about tomato soup isn’t there?  Maybe it reminds you of curling up with a warm bowl in Fall and Winter. Maybe it gives you memories of Mom opening a can of it as a kid.   Or maybe you associate it with with the peak of garden season when you’re picking tomatoes by the basket.  For me, it’s all 3 of these.    

CREAMY TOMATO SOUP using fresh roma plum tomatoes!   This easy homemade recipe is perfect for when you are picking fresh tomatoes from the garden!  You will never buy canned tomato soup again!  This is kids favorite tomato soup!

Tomato soup is a favorite of mine, it’s one of those dishes that when you see on a menu you immediately know what you’re ordering.  But the best tomato soup is homemade.  It’s made with fresh tomatoes (preferably Roma/plum tomatoes), onions and a little bit of heavy cream with bread served on the side for dipping.

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

 

The first step to making homemade tomato soup is getting the tomatoes peeled and diced.  If you’ve never made tomato soup from scratch, don’t worry, this is easy.   Cut a small X in the stem end of each tomato. Drop the tomatoes into the boiling water and blanch them for about 1 minute. Using a slotted spoon, transfer them to a pot of cold water to cool. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin from the tomatoes  (you can use tomato skins to make tomato powder!), remove the core, and coarsely chop the flesh.  

Comforting Creamy Roma Tomato Soup using roma tomatoes. This recipe is perfect for when you are picking a overabundance of garden ripe tomatoes!

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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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Cheesy Vegetable Farm 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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SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip

THE BEST PARTY SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so easy to make.  Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip!  This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips – perfect for a Super Bowl party dip! 

SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so creamy and easy to make. Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip! This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips - perfect for a party dip!

We grew many onions this year.  Do you remember when we planted them all? Well it’s time to pick them now!  We have 4 big creates that are full of onions.  We let them dry in the sun for a few days and then ran up to the roof when we heard thunder and thankfully got them inside before it started to rain.  Close one!  Now they’re living inside and we’re storing them in pantyhose (great tip) and baskets.

THE BEST PARTY SLOW COOKER Creamy Onion Dip is so easy to make.  Caramelized onions are mixed with sour cream and mozzarella cheese to make a extra creamy homemade dip!  This simple recipe is best served hot with potato chips - perfect for a party dip! 

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Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese

Bok Choy Macaroni and Cheese recipe!

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

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

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

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

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

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