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Vegetable Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

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Vegetable Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

Orzo Chicken Vegetable Soup Recipe

Last week, I accepted the Beyond Meat Future of Protein Challenge of secretly substituting a Beyond Meat product in one of our family favorite meal, you can check out the result of my challenge here and also find out more about their products. This week, I decided to make another delicious recipe using Beyond Meat product, I chose Lightly Seasoned Beyond Meat Chicken-Free Strips for my Vegetable Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe. The result is an absolutely delicious dish!

Vegetable Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

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October 22, 2015

Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe

Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe #HealthyPastaMonth

As a busy mom who is trying to get fit and eat a little healthier, finding dinner solutions can be challenging. I want something that is quick (because chances are, we have been at soccer practice, or other school activities), tastes great, and most importantly, healthy. When it comes to eating healthy, I want it to be a whole family affair. My daughter looks over nutrition facts with me while cooking, and we always cook at least one meal a day together. One of her favorite foods is pasta. There are a few ways to lighten up pasta, and today I’m going to show you a simple way to enjoy a filling and flavorful pasta, that is healthier than it’s traditional counterpart while being just as yummy. Would you like to learn how to make my Cauliflower Alfredo Pasta Recipe? Great! Let’s get started!Continue reading

October 21, 2015

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe

Vegetable Beef Soup Recipe
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 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 in order to get to practice on time. On those nights (Wednesday & Thursday), I needed extra-quick meals. So, those nights had to be leftover makeover nights. With that in mind, here’s what the menu looked like:

Monday: roast beef & green beans with corn
Tuesday: pork chops & brown rice with butter beans
Wednesday: veggie beef soup
Thursday: pork fried rice
Friday: pizza night

Cooking a little extra of the main dish at the beginning of the week provided me with the leftovers I needed to throw together quick meals in the middle of the week when we are the busiest. The leftover roast beef, green beans, and butter beans became veggie beef soup. The leftover pork chops became pork fried rice.

Give this method a try the next time you know you have a harried week coming up. Sit down for a couple minutes and plan out your meals. It will save you time and frustration on the nights that you really don’t have time to think about “What’s for supper?”

Vegetable Beef Soup recipe

Veggie Beef Soup

  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 envelope dry onion soup mix
  • Leftover roast beef cut into bite-size pieces (approx. 1 ½ cups)
  • Leftover or frozen mixed veggies (corn, butter beans, green beans, carrots) (approx. 2 cups)
  • 2 c. frozen hash brown potatoes or cubed red potatoes
  • 1 t. beef boullion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1-2 t sugar (to taste)
  • Black pepper to taste

Combine first 8 ingredients in Dutch oven and bring to a boil. Cover and simmer 20-30 minutes. Add sugar and pepper to taste. Simmer 5 minutes more. Serve with apple slices and crostini*.

Crostini…for a fun “topper” to this or other soups, thinly slice a stale French baguette. Spread in an even layer onto a baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt. Toast in a 350 degree oven 8-10 minutes or until browned.

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Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

Boneless chicken has been on sale for the last couple of weeks. This is a great recipe to use and make ahead a time and freeze. !

Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

Kids love chicken fingers.  What’s not to love?  Moist white-meat chicken encased in a crunchy, crispy crust and dipped in your favorite sauce.  But, honestly, I can’t afford the fat and calories that go along with these little strips from heaven.  So, oven-frying the chicken is the way to go.

I have been using the same chicken breader for years, “House Autry” chicken breader.  This is what my mom uses for chicken, fish, pork, and green tomatoes, so this is what I use, too.  But, if you have a favorite brand, stick to that one. Baked chicken fingers aren’t as crispy as the deep-fried ones, but they are tasty (and much healthier.)  The great thing about this chicken recipe is that the measurements are“guesstimates.” Rule of thumb is to start with the lesser amount of breader, then add small amounts as you run low.  You can use any dressing or marinade you prefer or none at all.  However, marinating your chicken will result in a more tender and flavorful meat.Continue reading

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Italian Meatballs Recipe

Slow Cooker Gluten Free Italian Meatballs Recipe


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You guys, Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the changing leaves, pumpkins, and the cooling temperatures. Because nothing is better than wrapping up in a warm blanket on a cool fall evening. I also love using my slow cooker during the fall time. Who doesn’t love to come home from work to the smell of dinner that has been cooking all day? This weekend I had some friends over for dinner, so I wanted to make something quick to prepare that could be cooked in the slow cooker while we were out for the day. One of my go-to crowd feeding recipes is my Slow Cooker Gluten Free Italian Meatballs! They are juicy, have a great taste, and most importantly, are easy to make! You can also freeze them if you find you have leftovers! Let’s check out how to make them:Continue reading

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Hash Recipe

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Hash Recipe

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Hash Recipe

If there is one kitchen tool I love using during the fall and winter time, it’s my slow cooker. There is something about coming home after a long days work to the smell of dinner cooking that makes me happy. Plus, who doesn’t love not having to cook when they get home!? My slow cooker get lots of use, and when I come up with a new recipe I want to make sure I share them with you. So if you are looking for a recipe that has great flavor, some spice, and super easy to make then I have the recipe for you! My Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Hash Recipe is the perfect easy and quick dinner idea that the whole family will love. Let’s check out how to make it:Continue reading