Vegetable Barley Soup ~ hearty, nourishing delicious comfort in a bowl loaded with veggies, beans and barley and packed with fiber and protein.
Most times when I make soup I don’t cook with a recipe. My favorite way is to let the ingredients in the refrigerator tell the story. Try it sometime; soup (unlike baking) is very forgiving. It’s practically goof-proof.
Last week a friend of mine called to see if I wanted to walk along the lake with her. My knee-jerk reaction was um no, it’s too cold, but she’s so dedicated to walking even when the temps are below zero, that I agreed if for no other reason than I didn’t want to be a wimp.
We even convinced another friend to join us and you know how it goes ~ three women walking and talking and before we knew it a few miles were behind us.
By the time I got home I was chilled to the bone and a pot of soup was the only solution ~ a pot of steaming, flavor loaded soup . . . the kind I already had all the ingredients for and that’s how this Vegetable Barley Soup was born.
Chicken Divan ~ tender bites of boneless chicken and broccoli in a silky, cheesy sauce served over rice. A family classic.
When my kids were small getting a meal on the table that everyone would actually eat without complaints was a challenge. Who am I kidding? Even with just two of us left at the table most days, it’s still a challenge.
Chicken Divan was one dish my entire family would devour without a single complaint, whine or scrunched up nose, including my pickiest eater (you know who you are).
I don’t claim to have given birth to this recipe. It’s been around the block as many times as I have, but I put my own spin on it years ago and have made it many, many times since. From my family to yours, Chicken Divan.
Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner ~ cooks in just 30 minutes in one pan ~ delicious fresh sausage, tender potatoes and earthy brussels spouts with amazing flavor blend from the juice of the sausage plus a light olive oil, honey, Dijon, fresh herb blend. Some good bread or rolls and you’ve got dinner.
I’ve been meaning to get this recipe on the blog for a while now. Actually, since Thanksgiving when I started the post with “if you can’t eat even one more bite of turkey leftovers but still want delicious comfort food in minutes, this is your dish”. Okay, so I’m a tad behind, but it’s here now and every bit as delicious as it would have been then.
The hardest thing about making Baked Sausage Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner is that you’ll be smelling it almost from the minute it goes into the oven (thankfully it’s just in there 30 minutes!) but once it comes out, oh man ~ juicy sausage, bites of tender red skin potatoes and rustic, earthy brussels sprouts with little crispy bits (my personal favorite). Trust me on this ~ you’ll be ready to dive right in.
Classic All American Beef Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties infused with the flavor of caramelized onions then topped with even more plus a tangy pickle or two, gooey melted cheese slid between Pepperidge Farm Slider Buns.
With the Big Game coming soon, you may have been all over Pinterest looking for that game-winning recipe because let’s face it, while some are counting down to kickoff, others (me!) are checking out the food that’ll be served because where else do you find a better spread?
Classic All American Beef Sliders ~ mini ground beef patties topped ~ and infused ~ with caramelized onions ~ warm melted cheese, plus tangy pickle slices all slid between Pepperidge Farm Slider Buns are crowd-pleasers; bet you can’t eat just one!
Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips ~ beautifully caramelized pan seared steak tips just like your favorite pub or restaurant, topped with sautéed mushrooms and onions and served up with the best potatoes ever.
We eat steak pretty routinely in the summer. It’s an easy go-to on the Weber but as cold as it’s been lately no one wants to draw the short straw to see who’s putting on their coat and hat to grill outside.
Cooking steak indoors means we stay toasty warm while still enjoying delicious, caramelized steak in just a few minutes. Of course, we could always get dressed and head to our local pub or favorite restaurant ~ pretty much everyone makes steak tips these days. But today we’re staying warm and enjoying some Honey Bourbon Pub Style Steak Tips at home and you can, too.
Braised Beef Ragu recipe ~ slow cooked tender shredded beef in a rich tomato sauce blended with pappardelle pasta and topped with fresh parmesan cheese. A delicious Sunday Supper comfort meal.
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. When your local grocery store has BOGO (buy 1, get 1) chuck roast, make Pot Roast or Braised Beef Ragu ~ slow cooked tender beef in a robust tomato sauce. Serve it blended with pappardelle egg noodles and extra parmesan. It’s Sunday and we’re bringing it all to the table.
Tex Mex Veggie Chili ~ spicy, hearty, loaded with robust Tex-Mex flavors, packed with beans and vegetables and carnivore approved.
Many of us are kicking off 2018 with resolutions to exercise more, spend less, eat a bit better ~ or some combination. I got a Fitbit for Christmas that’s become an appendage of my wrist so you can probably guess where my New Year’s resolution falls: at least 10,000 steps each day. I had no idea how sedentary I’d become but ‘friendly reminders’ to move keep me on track.
Since I’m moving more, I’m also *trying* to eat a little healthier while still enjoying comfort food, especially now that we’re in the middle of a death grip of cold, so if a cold salad is what you’re looking for today, feel free to click out.
Coming up I’ll still be sharing lots of new simple comfort any-night meals as well as a delicious Beef Ragu that’ll be the Sunday dinner of your dreams. It’s all about balance.
Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe ~ tender, juicy, flavorful pork goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes for a delicious, easy, any night meal.
I love a good fake-out meal; ones that look and taste like you’ve spent hours on them, but can be whipped up quickly. This juicy, tender Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin is the ticket we need for this time of year when we’re all short on time because it goes from stove to table in just 20 minutes, less time than it takes to have a pizza delivered, but tastes better. Way, way better.
That’s why it seemed like the perfect time to update the photos and reshare this recipe. I’m not kidding one bit if you make it once, you’ll have it on repeat the whole year.
Blackened Shrimp Pasta ~ Cajun seasoned shrimp and linguine in a zesty, flavorful tomato sauce. A simple, weeknight meal elevated for entertaining too.
Between shopping, baking, wrapping, holiday parties and the actual holiday gatherings are meals we need to eat and prepare for our families and some out of town guests that *may* be staying a tad too long. That’s where Blackened Shrimp Pasta comes in.
Most times, but especially this crazy, chaotic fun time of year, there are certain food items I keep in my pantry ~ cans of diced tomatoes and dry pasta are a couple of them. There are so many things you can make with them and when you’re hungry, tired and short on time you can work actual magic with them. A good dry Cajun spice doesn’t hurt the cause either.
In the freezer, I like to keep shrimp and from there, well ~ you can probably guess where I’m going with this.
One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta ~ easy, cheesy, delicious meal perfect for midweek. Everything cooks in one pan including the pasta in under 30 minutes. Like Hamburger Help, but better. Way better.
I haven’t made Hamburger Helper in, oh about 100 years. Seriously. Then the other day at the grocery store I whipped around the next aisle and ran smack into a large Hamburger Helper display in the aisle. Thankfully there’s nothing breakable in those boxes.
One Pan Cheesy Taco Pasta is ideal for those nights you need a good meal on the table quickly, where everything cooks in one pot (including the pasta) so there’s less cleanup and *most* of the family will enjoy ~ maybe even your picky eater. It’s like the Hamburger Helper of your childhood, but better. Way better.