Cooking with Connie: Slowcooker Pork Roast Recipe

Slowcooker Pork Roast Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Want an easy pork roast recipe?  All you need is your slow cooker and 4 ingredients! Simply sprinkle your 3- to 4-pound pork loin roast with salt and pepper.  Sear the roast on all sides over medium-high heat.  Slice an orange and arrange half of the slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.  Place seared roast on top of the orange slices.  Then, top the roast with … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Taco Soup Recipe

Taco Soup Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Taco Soup There are so many variations for Taco Soup.  My dear friend, Laura, introduced this recipe to me years ago as a quick convenience meal, made by opening seven cans, one envelope and combining the ingredients with browned ground beef.  Very, very easy……but full of sodium and MSG.  So, I tinkered with the recipe until I made it as cost-effective and healthy as possible.  … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Sausage & Potato Slow Cooker Supper Recipe

Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! The busier life gets, the more I use my slow cooker.  I like meals that taste baked, but are actually made in the slow cooker which is a very easy method of cooking.  This casserole bakes slowly with very little moisture.  I was skeptical, at first, because this recipe didn’t call for any liquid in the slow cooker.  But, I gave it a try, and I’m so glad I did.  The edges browned beautifully giving the … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Ribollita Recipe

Ribollita Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes!   Ribollita is a hearty dish from Tuscany.   Classically, seasonal vegetables are used in this rustic dish.  It is a flavorful meal that is inexpensive to make since the ingredients are in season or available year-round.  But, substitutions are what make this dish your own unique creation.  If you don’t like kale, use Swiss chard, your favorite winter greens, or even … [Read more...]

Cooking with Connie: Cabbage & Kielbasa Slow Cooker Recipe

Cabbage & Kielbasa Slow Cooker Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Now that the holiday season is upon us, day-to-day life has become busy and suppertime sneaks up on me.  So, I’ve pulled out the slow cooker to make suppertime quick and easy.  When kielbasa or smoked sausage are on sale, I stock up and freeze.  Cabbage is an inexpensive vegetable year-round, but it is fresh and really cheap this time of year.  Frozen … [Read more...]

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe & Menu Plan

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Fall is such a busy time for our family. With horseback riding, flag football, and homework, every afternoon and evening is filled with somewhere to be or something to do. For a hectic fall schedule, leftover makeovers are a must. With a little planning, I am able to feed my family healthy, home-cooked meals every night. First, I noted the nights we would be eating early … [Read more...]

Smokey Joes: A Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe This recipe sounds quick and easy, great for those busy nights. Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! I grew up eating Manwich sloppy joes.  In my opinion, anything that’s served on a bun or eaten with your hands is the perfect family-friendly meal.  Rather than use the canned sloppy joe sauce that is full of sodium, I gave home-made sloppy joes a try.  I used a coupon and got a can of fire-roasted tomatoes for … [Read more...]

Grilled Pesto Turkey Panini Recipe

Grilled Pesto Turkey Panini Recipe This sandwich sounds so good! I love pesto and sandwiches are a meal we have often when running to soccer practice. Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! On a recent trip to Nags Head, I had one of the most delicious bagel sandwiches of my life. Now, I have to say, the breakfast bagels in New York City were superb (of course), but this bagel sandwich I had at the beach was unique and easy to duplicate at … [Read more...]

Roasted Eggplant Pasta Salad Recipe

Roasted Eggplant Pasta Salad Recipe I was able to score Eggplant for $0.59/lb. at Kroger today! I will be making this recipe very soon! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Picnics and covered dish suppers are a fun part of early fall. When families and friends gather and share foods they’ve brought, I almost always enjoy one extra-special something. Maybe it’s a creamy, cheesy mac ‘n’ cheese or a perfectly seasoned vegetable or even an … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Leftover Makeover: Lo Mein Recipe

Lo Mein Recipe I love Chinese food! I often make Lo Mein with leftover tidbits of meat. It is a great way to stretch a small amount of meat! Thanks to Connie for this recipe. Check out Cook with Connie for more fantastic recipes! Lo mein is the ultimate leftover makeover. You can use your family’s favorite meat and veggies to make this quick, one skillet meal. I typically use pork or chicken and the combination of vegetables varies throughout the year. In the spring and summer, use fresh … [Read more...]