This crock pot lasagna is possibly the easiest lasagna you will ever make. A few minutes of stovetop cooking for the meat and onions, and then into your slow cooker everything goes. Dinner will be ready when you are!
Not to state the obvious or anything, but it's January. Which for many of us means we are in full-on winter. No, I don't live where it snows or gets below zero or anything, but temperatures still drop and we have our share of rainy, windy weather here.
What's more comforting on a cold winter day than knowing your dinner is cooking away in the slow cooker, and making your house smell amazing at the same time? Not much, except maybe the fact that when dinnertime does ... [Continue Reading]
This pasta skillet is a one-pot meal that the whole family will love. The pasta cooks right in the tomato meat sauce, soaking up tons of flavor!
Hey there. How was your weekend? We've had gorgeous weather here, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the 70's. It's so beautiful outside this time of year with all of the fall colors. Brad took the kids to the park on Saturday while I got my hair done (I was way overdue!), and then Julia and I went out for a walk and some fresh air on Sunday.
Saturday night about 12:30 we woke up to the sound of the signature barky cough of croup. William apparently is prone to getting croup, as this was the third time he's had it. The past two ... [Continue Reading]
You know how sometimes you just need some cheesy, baked pasta in your life? I am here to help with those times. I love this Cheesy Mac Bolgnese because it's (obviously) pasta baked with melty cheese and bolognese sauce, it's easy to throw together, and it gets even better the second and third day as the flavors have time to come together. Great leftovers are a real plus when I have a busy week like this one... back-to-school means I am back to teaching... exciting but also crazy busy times! Cooking once and then not having to worry about cooking dinner for the next day or two is so helpful when I am getting back into the routine of balancing work and family.
Typically I make this with ... [Continue Reading]
I'm always on the lookout for great slow cooker recipes, especially lately. Things have been busy around here, which you might have guessed if you pay attention to the frequency of my blog posts. Slow cooker recipes are so convenient because I can get dinner started in the morning, and then have less to do during the early evening hour when things always get busy and kids tend to want more attention.
We enjoyed this beef and broccoli dish, and will be making it again soon. I liked the Asian-inspired flavors and the combo of beef, broccoli, and cashews. Plus, when you serve this over brown rice you have a complete meal. If you have time you can add in a green salad, but if you don't, you're ... [Continue Reading]
This recipe was the first meal I cooked after William was born. It was an experience getting it into the crock pot in the morning while taking care of both kids, but luckily the recipe is pretty easy (although it did take me about three times as long as it usually would to finish it). I love that this recipe uses the slow cooker, allowing you to get it going in the morning when your schedule allows and then dinner can be on the table with minimal effort in the evening.
The first night I made tacos using the shredded chipotle beef. The next night, we used it in taco salads. We even ate it a third night, served on burger buns and topped with some cheese. It would also be delicious on ... [Continue Reading]
Meatloaf is not something that I cook very often, but I do enjoy it once in a while and I'm so glad that I tried this recipe. It's super easy and the meatloaves were delicious. Please don't skip the glaze as it really makes these- it's a slightly sweet, slightly spicy burst of flavor.
I really like the individual size of these meatloaves because they cook much faster than a regular meatloaf. (Plus, they look cuter too... or as cute as meatloaf can look.) Even if you're only cooking for a small crowd, I recommend making the full recipe of 8 mini loaves because the leftovers are great, especially as a sandwich.
Makes 8 meatloaves
For the ... [Continue Reading]
These slider sandwiches are amazing. I have made meatball sub sandwiches in the past, but the addition of basil pesto to these sliders makes them exceptionally delicious. The pesto is a great complement to the flavors of the tomato sauce and meatballs. I served my sliders on my favorite homemade burger buns, and I think that also had a big positive impact on the flavor of the sandwich. The toasted homemade buns were able to stand up to the tomato sauce and pesto toppings without becoming soggy, which I think is so important in a sandwich. I made the buns half-size for the sliders, and they were perfect. You can certainly buy slider buns at the store if you don't have the time or desire to ... [Continue Reading]
I have tried a few different chili recipes over the years and this one is by far my favorite. There's a crock pot chili that I've yet to post, this chicken chili which is delicious, but this beef-and-bean version I think is the best of them all. The chili is cooked for two hours on the stove, which makes the beef incredibly tender. A bowl of this chili has just the right balance between meat, beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings.
The chili is spicy, but not too spicy, which I like. I reduced the amount of chili powder called for in the original recipe because I was hoping Julia would eat this meal. (She didn't, unless you count eating the cheese and avocado off the top, along with ... [Continue Reading]
I have tried a few stuffed bell pepper recipes over the years, and this is definitely my favorite. I like how it uses simple ingredients, is easy to put together, and creates a very flavorful result. The recipe calls for store-bought pasta sauce, although you can certainly use homemade if you have some on hand (or in your freezer). I used Trader Joe's brand tomato and basil sauce, and it was delicious, especially after adding some red wine to it, as the recipe suggests.
If you are sometimes tempted to substitute dry herbs for fresh, as I am, I think the fresh parsley is really worth purchasing for this recipe (or maybe you even have some growing in your garden, but probably not as winter ... [Continue Reading]
Lately, Julia has been becoming more and more of a picky eater. I do my best to serve her the same meals that Brad and I eat, because I don't want to end up cooking two dinners every night (and I want to keep exposing her to a variety of foods, so that hopefully she'll end up liking many of them). So when I made these Sloppy Joes for dinner, I was very happy to find that Julia loved them. I guess they really are a kid favorite! :)
We ended up eating this meal two nights in a row, and still had more left over. Next time, I'll either share some of the Sloppy Joes with my parents and brothers, or freeze some of the meat mixture to use at a later time. I served my Sloppy Joes on these Light ... [Continue Reading]
Ok, I confess, I planned a grilled flank steak meal in our weekly menu just so I would have leftovers to make these sandwiches. I tore this recipe out of my second issue of Fine Cooking magazine (thank you, Lisa, for the subscription!), and couldn't wait to try them. I was not disappointed! The herbed goat cheese complemented the steak perfectly, and the melted Parmesan cheese was the perfect topping. The only thing that I wasn't crazy about was the way that the juicy heirloom tomato soaked through my sandwich bread, although the tomato flavor was delicious. I'm not sure what you could do to avoid this problem, other than using a less juicy tomato. The next time you have leftover steak, I ... [Continue Reading]