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Creamy Crockpot Tomato Soup

Categories: crockpot, dinner, easy recipe, food

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Talk about a delicious, rich tomato soup that is as healthy as it is creamy! This recipe will make enough for leftovers that will last the week. The soup is prepared in a crockpot and is made using herbs, tomatoes, Roman cheese and chicken broth. It can be served as part of the main meal and also enjoyed with a variety of other foods such as garlic bread, corn bread or kids personal favorite: grilled cheese sandwiches!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 Tbs thyme
  • ¼ C of fresh basil
  • 1 C of finely chopped carrots
  • 1 C of finely chopped onions
  • 28 ounces of whole, ripe and plum tomatoes
  • 1/3 C grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus an optional cheese rind
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 3 1/2  C of reduced sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Pour the tomato juice into the crockpot and place on the low setting. Crush the tomatoes and add them to the cooker. Add the vegetable broth as well as the chicken pieces. Finally, add the cheese, basil, thyme and other spices.

Cover the soup and let it cook for a couple of hours. After about 5 to 6 hours, the flavors will blend nicely and the vegetables will get soft. Remove any cheese rind in the soup and then blend until smooth.

Brown Sugar Chicken Wings

Categories: dinner, easy recipe, snacks

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Chicken is one of the best foods for parties and family gatherings. There are endless recipes for brown sugar chicken wings. You can use a number of spices to create one of your own unique recipes. Using brown sugar adds a depth of flavor compared to other sweeteners such as honey. Here is how to prepare the Dijon brown sugar glazed wings. These take about 10 minutes to prepare and 50 minutes to cook.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 C of brown sugar
  • 6 Chicken wings, cut into pieces, tips removed (4lbs)
  • Salt & Pepper (to season)
  • ¼ C dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbs of water

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Season the wing pieces with salt and pepper then bake for 35 minutes. Turn the wings once during the cooking period.

3. Mix the dijon mustard, water and the brown sugar in a small pan and simmer until the sugar is dissolved.

4. Brush the glaze onto the pre-cooked wings about every 10 minutes while turning them each time. Repeat the glaze until the wings are well coated and sticky.

5. Serve immediately.

Breakfast Pizza

Categories: breakfast, easy recipe, food, kid friendly recipe

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Pizza…for breakfast? Saying those three words to your kids is definitely one strategy for getting your morning off to a good start.  A good breakfast is essential to you and your children’s diet, which is why it’s fun to experiment with different ingredients and recipes. This Breakfast Pizza recipe combines a few of our favorite foods to kick off your morning the right way!

What you’ll need:

  • Pizza dough (homemade or ready-made)
  • Two-three eggs
  • Quarter cup of milk
  • 6 ounces of cheddar cheese
  • 6 ounces of mozzarella cheese
  • 6 ounces of ham (cut into two-inch strips)
  • 3 ounces of crumbled, cooked bacon
  • 5 links of breakfast sausage (diced into chunks)
  • 1 small, diced onion

Instructions:

1. If you’re looking to save time, cooking the meat the night before will cut down on prep.

2. Beat the eggs and milk together then brush the mixture across the pizza base.

3. Add the meat (ham, bacon) and the onion.

4. A dash of seasoning will add an extra bit of spice to the recipe.

5. Finally, sprinkle the bacon on top for more flavor.

Make sure to pre-heat your oven to 400F. Cook the pizza for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted, then it’s ready to eat!

Healthy Zucchini Noodles

Categories: dinner, easy recipe, healthy recipes

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Zucchini is a vegetable packed with essential protein and fiber, and what better way to sneak it into your diet than through a delicious pasta? This simple Zucchini Pasta recipe, calls for a few basic ingredients and cooks in under 20 minutes. Healthy and quick? You couldn’t ask for a better dinner dish! Check out these easy instructions on how to make one of our favorite new recipes.

First you’ll need a few things:

  • One pound of sliced zucchini.  Summer squash can be substituted
  • One crushed garlic clove and four or five basil leaves
  • One tablespoon of olive oil
  • One pound of angel hair pasta.  Any type of pasta is okay, while fresh is best for this dish.
  • A dash of salt and pepper
  • ½ C of grated Parmesan cheese

Bring a large pot to boil and cook your pasta. Slice the zucchini by hand while waiting for the pasta to fully cook. Cook zucchini and let it simmer for about 10 minutes with a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. After the pasta is cooked, add the cooked zucchini or summer squash.  Mix the pasta with zucchini and let it simmer over low heat, adding the fresh basil. Then, serve.

This recipe is pure vegan but you can also add Parmesan for an extra dash of flavor.  With a side of French or Italian bread and a side salad, this recipe will certainly fill you and your family up and makes a great leftover lunch for work the next day!

Homemade Apple Chips

Categories: easy recipe, fun food ideas, healthy recipes, kid friendly recipe, snacks

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This healthy recipe will delight your little ones and have you wanting to feed them chips as a snack!  Low in calories and high in nutrition value, these chips take nearly no time to prepare and call for three ingredients.  Storing these chips in an airtight container will allow you to have a homemade, healthy snack for weeks to come.

What you’ll need:

  • Apples (Honey crisp taste the best!)
  • Cinnamon, for seasoning
  • Granulated sugar, for seasoning

Preheat your over to 200°F.  Prepare at least three fresh apples by cutting them into thin slices.  Any apple cultivar will do, though you may want to use Honey crisp apples for their sweetness and firmness.  Layer the thin slices onto a baking sheet and dust some cinnamon and granulated sugar as desired.  Insert the tray into the over and bake for at least an hour.  Remove them from the oven, flip them over, and bake for another hour.  Once the chips are crisped to your likeness, take them out of the over and let the snack cool down for at least an hour.

Classic Fish and Chips

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Your hungry teenagers will devour this delicious fish and chips recipe (rumors have it this may be Prince George’s favorite meal!).  Not only is this traditional English meal delectable, the recipe is very simple to follow for moms who aren’t that savvy in the kitchen.  Serve this easy, royalty worthy recipe to fill those hungry bellies in your family.  Oh, and make sure to save a piece or two for yourself because, after all, you deserve to feel like an English Aristocrat too!

What you’ll need:

  • Medium sized frying pan
  • 2 Eggs
  • 6 Frozen or fresh fish fillets
  • Half a dozen potatoes
  • Bread crumbs or corn flakes
  • Salt, pepper, and multipurpose seasoning
  • Deep-fryer

Begin by whisking the two eggs with some salt, pepper, and multipurpose seasoning in a medium sized bowl.  Take the fish fillets and, one at a time, lather them in the egg mixture and cover them with either bread crumbs or corn flakes.  Preheat a large sauté pan with half an inch of oil and place the fillets slowly into the pan.  Cook until golden brown; this will take about four to five minutes on each side.

As the fish cooks, peel the potatoes and cut them into long, french fry shaped strips.  Heat an oil of your choosing in a deep fryer and put the potatoes in.  Cook until they become golden brown and crispy.  Take your cooked fish, strain the oil from the pan, and place the fillets on an oil absorbing napkin.  Finish by placing both the fish and chips on the plate and serve hot with tartar sauce, malt vinegar, and a healthy portion of fresh salad!

Heathy Kid’s Snack: Peanut Butter Balls

Categories: easy recipe, healthy recipes, snacks

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The biggest obstacle when in trying to eat healthy is of course the temptation of snacking. Choosing the right snack to dive into when you’re running low on energy can be just as important as making sure you put on the right shoes before trudging out in the snow or picking which Netflix option to binge watch next. These Peanut Butter Balls are packed with delicious peanut flavor and will give you the mid-day kick you need! (Bonus - your kids will love them too!) Other healthy snacks disguised as sweets that we love: Zucchini Brownies, and Homemade Granola!

What you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowl
  • Raw oats
  • A bottle of organic honey
  • A nice big can of creamy peanut butter
  • Optional: raisins
  • Hand ladle for mixing

Note: Choosing the right peanut butter is essential, and an all-natural brand would work great with this recipe and give your body a healthy boost of vitamin E and potassium without all the extra fat and additional sweetening.  Pairing the peanut better, raw oats, and honey with raisins adds even more flavor and nutrients to an already power-infused treat.

First measure out a cup of oats and pour them into the mixing bowl.  Next, add three full tablespoons of honey.  If you are a sweet tooth, you may want to add more honey.  Alternatively, you could use fresh molasses.  Mix well with a ladle.  Then, add peanut butter and raisins until the mixture is thick and gooey.

Next, take a table spoon-full of the mixture and rub it in the palm of your hand in a circular motion to make a round bite-sized peanut butter ball.  Repeat until you have a plate full of scrumptious peanut butter balls.  Finally, place the plate in the freezer and let it sit.  After a few hours, dig in!

Baked Ziti Casserole

Categories: casserole, dinner, easy recipe, pasta

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Busy moms will love this flexible, family pleasing basked pasta casserole recipe.  It guarantees full bellies, includes everything needed for a well balance meal, and only takes one hour to whip up.  Whether it be your carnivore, pasta enthusiast, or cheese lover,  everyone will be able to find something they enjoy about this dish.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound of uncooked ziti pasta
  • 1 pound of sausage links
  • 1 C chopped onions
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • ¼ C of chopped basil
  • 4 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz. grated Parmesan cheese

Preheat your over to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Fill a medium sized stockpot with water and bring to a boil; do no add any flavoring to the water.  Slowly add the pasta to the boiling water, lower the heat, and continue cooking until the pasta is done, about eight to ten minutes.  Set pasta aside.  Remove the casings off the sausage links and cook them in a large sized stockpot with the onions and garlic until brown.  Continue by adding the tomato paste, pepper, salt, and diced tomatoes.  Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and continue simmering for ten minutes with occasional stirring.   Add the pasta and basil into the sausage mixture; pour half of this mixture into a casserole dish.  Coat the dish with half of the prepared cheese.  Repeat the process for the other half of the mixture.  Bake it in the oven for around 25 minutes and serve.

Taco Pasta

Categories: dinner, easy recipe, kid friendly recipe, mexican food

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Everybody loves an easy to make, wholesome meal that is healthy and delicious.  Tacos are great, but sometimes they can get overdone. Switch up your recipe routine with this unique takes on traditional tacos. This taco pasta recipe only takes a few minutes to make and is sure to please your little carnivores. This meal is great for planning ahead because it will keep for about a week in the fridge!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • ¾ pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 2 or 3 sliced onions
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz wide egg noodles
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 4 oz of diced green chilies

Begin by mincing the garlic and dicing the onion.  In a medium sized pot with olive oil, add the garlic and onion over medium heat for about three minutes.  Next, add the ground beef to the mixture and cook until tender.  Once tender, the chili powder, diced tomatoes, and green chilies can be added.  Submerge the noodles into the mixture, cover the pot, and continue cooking for ten minutes until the noodles are cooked.

Very Berry Baked Oatmeal

Categories: breakfast, easy recipe

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I don’t think there’s a kid out there that hasn’t had oatmeal as a staple breakfast food. It’s easy, filling, and especially tasty in the cold winter months. Don’t get us wrong, there are a lot of boring and bland oatmeal recipes out there, so experiment with different flavors and add-ins to see what you and your family likes best.

This recipe is a baked oatmeal recipe so it will make a lot at once. This the perfect recipe to make at the beginning of the week and then store in your fridge.

Your ingredients should include:

  • 2 cups of oatmeal
  • an Apple (if the Apple is small used two)
  • 2 cups of the mixed or your favorite berries
  • half a cup of pecans, walnuts, or your favorite nuts
  • 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt, preferably vanilla
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, for a little flavor
  • an egg and one egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (sea salt or kosher salt goes wonderfully in this dish)
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract (imitation is okay, the careful of the alcohol content)
  • 1 cup of milk (for less calories used 2% or 1% reduced fat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

First preheat your oven to 375°F. Take out a 9 inch pie pan and either spray it with oil, or use coconut oil on a non-stick pan.

In the meantime mix together all of your dry ingredients. The salt, baking powder, oatmeal, nuts, Apple(s), and berries in a large sized bowl. Then add in the egg and egg yolk, milk, vanilla, syrup, and yogurt. Make sure it is mixed well. Pour into your well oiled pie pan and slide into the oven. Bake until golden brown, approximately 50 min. Serve warm or cold. For a garnish you can use a sprig of mint, a dollop of yogurt, or some fresh berries.

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