Slow Cooker Applesauce

slow cooker applesauce in mason jars

Side Dish | October 19, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Applesauce ~ easy homemade 4 ingredient applesauce. Make it just as you like – chunky or smooth. Using a variety of sweet and tart apples, this recipe is the best!

Whether you call it a slow cooker or a crockpot, this is the easiest way to make the BEST homemade applesauce. 

Not that we’ve transitioned from bathing suits to sweaters and cute boots next up is trips to the cider mill for warm donuts and crisp cool apple cider and fresh apples.

Apples are a good snack by themselves with a dip or even in sangria but this set-it-and-forget-it applesauce may be my favorite way to eat them.

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Cucumber Dill Salmon

salmon filet topped with cucumber dill sauce + brussels sprouts

Dinner | October 17, 2019 | By

Cucumber Dill Salmon ~ pan seared salmon topped with a creamy cucumber dill suace. Light, easy, healthy weeknight dinner ready in just 20 minutes. 

Repost: recipe remains the same. 

With the holiday season coming, I really try to eat a little lighter before the onset of all the goodies. Emphasis: try.

That means incorporating recipes like this Cucumber Dill Salmon. Pan seared salmon, topped with a tangy, creamy cucumber dill sauce made all in the same skillet. 

Light, easy 20 minute healthy weeknight dinner so elegant you can easily entertain with it.

A few ingredients come together to form the cucumber dill sauce ~ sour cream, heavy cream and mayonnaise are not among them. 

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Mexicali Dip

bowl of dip surrounded by tortilla chips

Appetizers & Beverages | October 15, 2019 | By

Mexicali Dip ~ super easy 4 ingredient warm spicy, creamy cheesy dip. This delicious appetizer whips up in under 5 minutes in the microwave. Serve with tortilla chips and watch it disappear!

This simple, practically addictive cheesy Mexicali Dip recipe has been in our family so long I don’t even remember who first started making it and have no idea where the recipe came from. Now that it’s on the blog there’s a good chance someone will come forward.

It whips up in under 5 minutes, contains just four simple grocery store ingredients and the use of a microwave oven. Grocery stores sell a cold dip they call Mexicali. This is not that dip. This gooey melted cheese Mexicali Dip is best warm and way, way better than the stuff in the stores.

If you’re a football fan (or just a fan of game day food) or already thinking of what you’ll bring to your family’s holiday dinner, give this recipe a try. There won’t be regrets – or dip – left. 

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Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

sliced pork roast with honey balsamic glaze

Dinner | October 11, 2019 | By

Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin recipe ~ just 20 minutes to juicy flavor-loaded sweet-tangy glazed pork made all in one pan. A delicious, easy, any-night gourmet meal.

Ever wonder what you can do in 20 minutes? I’ve wasted well more than 20 minutes surfing the internet but I’m talking doing something constructive.

How about making this Honey Balsamic Pork Tenderloin in just 20 minutes? Seriously. This delicious, glazed pork goes stove to table in less time than you get have a pizza delivered but with more flavor. Way more flavor.

The simple marinade doubles as the glaze: tangy balsamic vinegar, honey and berry jam with a dash of sriracha for a sweet heat glaze you can get enough of. 

20 minutes . . . one pan.

Isn’t that a recipe we can all get behind?

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Turkey and Lentil Soup

2 bowls of turkey and lentil soup

Soup | October 8, 2019 | By

Turkey and Lentil Soup made with ground turkey or Thanksgiving leftovers. Easy, delicious healthy recipe packed with protein. Cooks in 30 minutes.

Like many of you, soup is a great go-to in the winter months. There’s something comforting about it simmering on the stove while the snow is flying outside. Plus it’s the perfect way to clean out the refrigerator and pantry.

Turkey and Lentil Soup whips up in about 30 minutes with rich flavor of soup that’s tastes like it simmered for hours. I consider it a triple nutritional threat: turkey, lentils and V-8 juice and you can use ground turkey or leftover Thanksgiving turkey when you can’t face another turkey sandwich.

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Air Fryer Salmon

black plate with teriyaki salmon, slaw and pineapple cubes.

Dinner | October 4, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Salmon – perfect flaky salmon in 10 minutes. Juicy inside, lightly crispy outside plus a homemade teriyaki glaze. This easy, healthy recipe is loaded with flavor and ideal any night of the week.

I don’t have many kitchen gadgets but I’ve become a huge fan of the air fryer for a few reasons.

  1. This small kitchen appliance cooks food quickly.
  2. It crisps food using almost no oil for guiltfree fried food.
  3. The air fryer is a healthy cooking option with less calories.
  4. Cleanup is easy.

But the latest and may most important reason is that it makes the most delicious salmon. Ever. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup

Bowl of Slow cooker Chicken Parm Soup topped with crispy breadcrumbs served with butter garlic knots

Dinner, Soup | September 29, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Chicken Parm Soup ~ juicy chicken, tender pasta and flavor-packed cheesy tomato broth topped with crispy parmesan breadcrumbs.

Some of the best recipe ideas come when I’m hungry or in need of a trip to the grocery store. In this case, I was both.

A quick fridge and pantry forage revealed I still had the 3-cheese ravioli I had planned to use for Air Fryer Ravioli as well as a jar of marinara, some chicken stock and a few other ingredients. 

Soup is one of my favorite things to make. It’s delicious, comforting, easily adaptable with the ingredients already on hand and practically goof-proof. So I loaded a few items into the slow cooker and sat back while it did its magic.

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Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Dinner | September 26, 2019 | By

Slow Cooker Pot Roast ~ tender, juicy beef chuck roast, potatoes and carrots plus a rich 5-star gravy. An easy, delicious fall or winter comfort meal.

When the seasons change, so does our menu. Grilled burgers are replaced with comfort meals like Baked Mostaccioli and this Slow Cooker Pot Roast. 

There are two cooking options below: slower cooker and slow roasted in the oven. Either way it’s fuzzy slippers, football game on, Sunday fare. The comfort food of your dreams.

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Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles ~ how to make fried pickles in an air fryer. Crunchy, crispy breaded dill pickles air fried and served with a creamy, spicy sauce.

Dinner | September 23, 2019 | By

Air Fryer Fried Pickles ~ Crunchy dill pickle chips with crispy breading air fried and served up with a creamy, spicy sauce.

Last week I ran a poll on Instagram and Facebook because for the life of me I couldn’t decide between making these Air Fryer Fried Pickles with a spicy dipping sauce or Air Fryer Ravioli with Marinara. I know ~ big decisions, right? It was close, but the Pickles won.

You may have already tried deep fried pickles in a restaurant but wondered if you could make air fryer dill pickle chips at home. Wonder no more.

These dill pickles are breaded then air fried using just a light spritz of cooking spray. The result is crispy, breaded tangy dill pickles served up with a creamy spicy sauce. It’s a delicious flavor explosion you can’t get enough of. 

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Muffin Tin Potato Stacks

Muffin Tin Potato Stacks with Gouda Cheese. Thinly sliced potatoes layered with onions and smoked gouda cheese baked in muffin tins until tender inside with crispy golden edges outside.

Side Dish | September 20, 2019 | By

Muffin Tin Potato Stacks with gouda cheese. Buttery, thinly sliced potatoes layered with smoked gouda cheese baked single serve in muffin tins until tender with crispy golden edges.

If you love potatoes as much as I do, you’ll be all over these Muffin Tin Potato Stacks with layers of buttery potatoes thinly sliced, creamy gouda cheese and hints of fresh lemon and thyme. The stacks are baked until tender with crispy golden edges.

They’re a hit at holiday time, but simple enough to enjoy all year.

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