Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

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Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.I knew before I even started making these little sandwiches that my husband was going to love them. I would say hamburgers are his meat-wrapped-in-bread meal of choice, but these little Philly Cheesesteak Sliders might just come in at a close second. My kids even loved them. That is, after they picked out the peppers and onions because that’s just what they like to do.

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.I happened to use my pressure cooker to cook my roast, but if you don’t have one or prefer to start cooking something in the morning and have it ready when you come home after work, the slow cooker is the way to go. Whichever way you cook it, you end up with very tender pieces of meat. Now, I really like using a rump roast because its very lean and there’s literally no fat I have to worry about biting into. The problem with lean meat is that it can taste dry, even when cooked in liquid. That is why I have absolutely no problem using butter for the veggies as well as on the buns. I also loved the way the cooking liquid tasted on the sandwiches when I cooked it down a bit but was still able to preserve all the amazing flavor.

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.I ended up choosing sour dough cook and serve rolls. I wasn’t sure if the sour dough taste would be too strong for these sliders, but it actually was wonderful, plus the texture of the bread held up really well with all the liquid and they didn’t fall apart.

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.These hot little sandwiches can certainly feed a crowd and would be perfect for any tailgating or game day party. They’re easy to make and I guarantee your friends and family will love them!

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
 
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Use your pressure cooker or slow cooker to transform a roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.
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Recipe type: main
Yields: 16 sliders
Ingredients
  • 1 (2-3 pound) rump roast
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 (1.12 oz) onion dip mix packet
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced thin
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced thin
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeds removed and sliced thin
  • 6 T butter, divided
  • 16 heat-and-serve sour dough rolls
  • 5 ounces sliced provolone
Instructions
  1. Slice roast into thin pieces. This works best if the meet is partially frozen. Combine the meat with the beef broth, onion dip mix, and garlic powder. You can cook the meat by using a pressure cooker or slow cooker. If using the pressure cooker, cook on high pressure for 10 minutes and then allow to naturally release pressure for 10 minutes before quick releasing the remaining pressure. If using the slow cooker, allow to cook on low 5-6 hours. Remove cooked meat from liquid and set aside. Cook liquid over medium heat, uncovered, until reduced by half. Set aside.
  2. Using 2 tablespoons of the butter, saute the onions and peppers over high heat in a large saute pan stirring only occasionally just until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
  3. Split the rolls. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and spread on open surface of the rolls. Heat in preheated 350 degree F oven for about 10 minutes until they just begin to turn golden. Remove rolls from the oven.
  4. Assemble the sandwiches by layering the meat with the reduced cooking liquid, topped with the sauteed peppers and onions, and finally with the sliced provolone. Cover with tops of rolls and continue cooking in preheated oven until cheese has fully melted, about 10 minutes. Serve warm.

Transform a beef roast along with some sauteed peppers and onions and provolone into these tasty Philly Cheesesteak Sliders.
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Superbowl Party Menu Plan

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Planning a party for the big game? I’ve got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!

I talk about game day food all the time on my blog. Do I ever watch football?  Nope. Not ever, you ask? Nope. Not interested. There are two things I absolutely love about having football on the tv, however.  First is the food (so obvious, right?). What’s not to love about cheese, barbecue, dips, and drinks?  Nothing.  I love every single thing about game day food. I beg you have to know what the second thing I love about having football on tv, right?  Well, its the really cool overhead shots and the fact that they move that line on the ground with each play. Or each down.  Whatever.  I don’t know how it works.  It just blows my mind that they can make that line move under their feet.  I know its digital, but it sure looks real.

I have no idea who’s playing in this year’s superbowl.  I don’t know if its even been determined yet. The only thing I know is that good food and football watching go hand in hand.  Below you’ll find recipe ideas that will make any game day watching experience grand. Enjoy!

Appetizers

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Crispy Baked Parmesan Ravioli from Kleinworth & Co.
Bacon Bombs from Love Bakes Good Cakes
The Best Chile con Queso from Around My Family Table

Salads & Sides

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
20-minute Greek Couscous Salad from Plated Cravings
Baked Bacon Cheeseburger Eggrolls from Liz on Call
Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels from Home Cooking Memories

Main Dishes

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Crock Pot White Chicken Chili from The Gingered Whisk
Bourbon Brown Sugar Barbecue Ribs from Cooking with Curls
Game Day Beer Chili from Self Proclaimed Foodie

Beverages

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Peach Raspberry Moscato Punch from Bread Booze Bacon
Bacon Bourbon Apple Jello Shots from Bread Booze Bacon

Desserts

Planning a party for the big game? I've got the best Superbowl Party Menu Plan, complete with appetizers, drinks, main dishes, and drinks!
Club Cracker Bars from Cooking on the Front Burner
Peanut Butter Cheeseball from Like Mother Like Daughter

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

Ask me a year ago if I liked brussels sprouts and the answer would have been “no”. Truth be told, I don’t know if I ever really gave them a fair shot. Now, I can honestly say I love them. Things that changed my mind:

  • I tried them flash fried at a random dive restaurant with breakfast and they were to die for
  • I eat them shaved and roasted at the salad bar at work – oh my
  • I’ve loaded them up with tender crisp bacon with a balsamic reduction – so much yes
  • I incorporated them into a mustard sauce that I served with chicken – you’re starting to drool now, aren’t you…
  • And with this recipe, I smothered them in a rich gruyere cheese sauce – how can you possibly go wrong?

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

This time of year you can find brussels sprouts on a stalk. Not only does that ensure that they’ll taste as fresh as possible, but when you buy them you get to be that person walking through the store with a big ol’ stalk of sprouts and have everyone stare at you just knowing you’re going to do something awesome with them at home.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

Aren’t they just gorgeous!

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

I adapted this recipe from Skinny Taste. As you might imagine from the photos, I de-Skinny-fied it. In her original version, she uses much less cheese and butter. I’ll just say this – she definitely gave the recipe a great starting point but I love my fat and dairy so I went a little overboard with the goodness.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

The result is a rich and flavorful side dish worthy of a holiday meal or a simple family dinner. YUM!

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.

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Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.
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Recipe type: Sides
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound brussels sprouts
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1 large clove) garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 5 ounces gruyere, grated and divided
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Cut each sprout in half and remove any outer leaves that are dirty. In a large bowl, toss the sprouts in the olive oil until lightly coated and then spread in a single layer in a baking dish.
  3. Roast sprouts in preheated oven for 30-40 minutes, flipping once half way through cooking time, until golden brown. About five minutes before sprouts have finished cooking, prepare cheese sauce.
  4. In medium sauce pan over medium high heat, melt butter. Add shallot and cook for 3-4 minutes until fragrant. Add garlic and cook another minute until golden brown. Sprinkle flour over mixture, stir well, and allow to cook for a few minutes to develop a roux.
  5. Add milk and whisk mixture constantly while heating. Allow mixture to heat and thicken. As soon as it does, remove from heat and stir in half of the cheese.
  6. Transfer sprouts to a 9 inch square baking dish and cover with cheese sauce. Top with remaining cheese and return to oven until cheese has fully melted, about 5 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper, if desired. Serve hot.

Brussels Sprouts Gratin combines roasted fresh brussels sprouts with a creamy gruyere cheese sauce to create a heavenly vegetable side dish.
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Butternut squash mac n cheese

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This post first appeared over at Real Housemoms where I’m a contributor.

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

I’m kind of sad that I didn’t start liking winter squash until well into my thirties. I feel like I missed out on an entirely delectable during my first three decades. I’m also a bit sad that my kids and husband don’t like butternut squash as well. No. Wait. I kind of like the fact that they don’t like it because when I make a batch of something like this butternut mac n cheese, I know I get to eat the entire thing. And eat the entire thing, I shall.

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

Everything about fall makes me giddy. The cool nights, the changing color of the leaves, the upcoming holidays, and all of the roasted squash. I might certifiably be a roasted squash addict.

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

I like to convince myself into thinking that by adding a healthy food like butternut squash into a rich and decadent mac n cheese made with starch and carb filled pasta, cheddar cheese, and butter… lots of butter… that I am actually eating a meal that’s healthy. Yeah. Let’s go with that.

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

Now, I used the Pioneer Woman’s recipe as inspiration, but she left out three very crucial ingredients, in my opinion. Without these three magic ingredients, I really feel like this dish would be rather bland. What are these magic three ingredients, you must be thinking?  First – fresh sage. I actually kind of despise the smell of fresh sage, but when its cut into super thin ribbons and crisped up in butter – mercy. Second – nutmeg, and not the kind you sprinkle from a 20 year old spice jar. I’m talking freshly ground nutmeg. You won’t regret it. Both sage and nutmeg should be paired with butternut squash ALWAYS. Third – garlic. I’ve been splurging at the farmer’s market on really good quality garlic. It is worth every penny. Mark my words. I almost skipped the crumb topping and just dug right into the mac n cheese as soon as I mixed in the sauce, but I’m so glad that I went the extra mile. Not only did that crumb topping add the texture this dish needed, but I’m never going to pass on a little extra butter, garlic, and herbs!

This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.

If you adore butternut squash a fraction as much as I do, you’ll want to make this Butternut Coconut Curry (so good over rice):
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Or this healthy Butternut Squash Soup:butternut-squash-soup-ig

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This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 butternut squash, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 ounces pasta
  • 8 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 12 fresh thinly sliced sage leaves, divided
  • 4 cloves minced garlic, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
Instructions
  1. Cover the flesh of the squash with the olive oil and roast in a 425 degree F oven until very tender, 45 minutes to an hour. Allow to cool enough to remove the skin and mash the flesh. This can be done ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  2. Cook and drain pasta. Set aside.
  3. In a heavy bottom skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add onion and about 8 of the thinly sliced sage leaves. Start out with the heat on high and gradually reduce as the onions cook to allow them to brown without burning. A few minutes before they're done, add half of the garlic, stir, and allow to cook to golden brown.
  4. Meanwhile, in a separate sauce pot, melt another 2 tablespoons of butter with the flour. Allow to cook over medium heat until golden brown and fragrant. Whisk in the milk and add the nutmeg. Continue to mix until the mixture bubbles and forms a gravy. Remove from heat and stir in the shredded cheddar and the mashed squash along with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  5. Add the cooked pasta as well as the squash cheese sauce to the onion mixture and stir well to combine.
  6. Melt the remaining 4 tablespoons of butter and combine with the bread crumbs and the remaining sage, garlic, and salt. Sprinkle crumb mixture on top of the pasta mixture.
  7. Cook in 400 degree F oven until golden brown and bubbly, about 20 minutes.
This Butternut Squash Mac n Cheese combines all the wonderful fall flavors of roasted squash, sage, and onion with the comforts of pasta and cheese.
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Butternut Squash Lasagna

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Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

Who are you inviting over for Thanksgiving this year? I always like to invite a mix of both family and friends. Why? Well, first of all, the more the merrier. Especially during the holidays, right? Second, the dynamic between your guests completely changes when you combine both sets of in-laws with friends of yours whom they never met. Ever tried my little trick? If yes, you might know what happens – everyone is on their best behavior. Maybe its just my family, but when I only have my family and my husband’s family over, people mostly stick to only talking to their own blood relatives. When I introduce friends and co-workers into the mix, everyone seems to co-mingle a little bit better.

 

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

All of my friends and family have been meat eaters. Of all the years I’ve hosted Thanksgiving, I’ve never had to worry about what I would do if a vegetarian came over for dinner. Well, this year, one of my friends coming over just so happens to be a vegetarian. I know she wouldn’t want me to go out of my way to make something special for her, which is why I especially love this lasagna – it is so delicious that vegetarians and meat eaters alike will love it!

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

When I think of lasagna, I can’t help but think of red sauce and meat. This is neither. It is made with lasagna noodles and that’s basically the only similarity to traditional lasagna, other than the fact that the ingredients are layered.  It incorporates super soft and creamy roasted butternut squash with onions and garlic. Then, since I’m using no-bake lasagna noodles, I must use some kind of liquid to properly cook them. This meal, in addition to a few good handfuls of freshly grated mozzarella and parmasan, uses a Béchamel sauce, also known as white sauce, which is made from a white roux and milk. Even though it first appeared in Italian cooking books, it is now considered one of the mother sauces of French cuisine.

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

Let me tell you, this dinner tastes like heaven and you will find that it is the best main dish to serve to your vegetarian friends and family at Thanksgiving!

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.

Butternut Squash Lasagna
 
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Ingredients
  • Ingredients
  • For the vegetables:
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 onion, halved and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • For the bechamel:
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 sage leaves
  • 12 basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups whole milk
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • For the lasagna:
  • Unsalted butter, for the baking dish
  • 2 cup grated low-moisture mozzarella cheese (about 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese (about 4 ounces)
  • 6 no-boil lasagna noodles
Instructions
  1. Make the vegetables: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Toss the squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil on a baking sheet; season with salt. Toss the onion with the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on a separate baking sheet; season with salt. Roast, rotating the baking sheets once, until the vegetables are tender, 18 to 20 minutes; set aside. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. Meanwhile, make the bechamel: Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the sage and cook 1 minute. Whisk in the flour until smooth; cook, whisking, until the flour is lightly golden but not brown, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk until smooth. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the nutmeg.
  3. Assemble the lasagna: Butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Toss the cheeses and the flour in a bowl; set aside 1/2 cup for topping. Evenly coat the bottom of the dish with 1/2 cup of the bechamel. Lay 3 noodles side by side on top. Cover with one-third of the remaining bechamel. Sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese mixture, then top with half of the vegetable mixture. Arrange 3 more noodles on top and repeat the layers (bechamel, cheese, vegetables). Top with the remaining 3 noodles, then cover with the remaining bechamel; sprinkle with the reserved 1/2 cup cheese.
  4. Loosely cover the dish with foil and bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes. Turn on the broiler. Uncover the lasagna and broil until browned, about 2 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Creamy Butternut Squash Lasagna, with a white Béchamel sauce, is a delicious fall dinner as well as a perfect vegetarian Thanksgiving main dish.
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Easy Dinner Recipes

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I’m sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!
I'm sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!

I am sharing over 20 Easy Dinner Recipes that your family will love, especially during this busy time of year when school and sports dominate your schedule!

There we were. Enjoying countless hours of sunshine, enjoying BBQs with the neighbors, complaining about the heat. Then, it was all over in a flash. Summer was over. Next thing you know, the mornings were cold, the days were shorter, and the leaves were changing from green to every color on the spectrum from red to yellow. Fall has arrived. And with fall, comes busy and hectic schedules. Gone are the days of letting the kids sleep in. Now, we have school, homework, and sports. This is the time of year when we need to get back on our game. We need easy dinners that the entire family will love. Otherwise, we’re scrambling to pick something up on the way home, and that’s not good for anyone. Well, rest assured that I’ve got you covered. I’ve got over twenty recipes below that will not only make your mouth water, but can be made quickly on a busy weeknight. Enjoy!!!

Skillet Enchilada Bake

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Beef Stroganoff Ravioli Skillet

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Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

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Pepperoni Bubble Up Pizza

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One-Pot Southwest Macaroni

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Pizza Muffins

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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One Pot Spinach Artichoke Pasta

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Baked Chicken Street Tacos

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Smoky Tex Mex Sloppy Joes

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Triple Grilled Cheese

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Sloppy Joe Mac & Cheese

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30 Minute 2 Ingredient BBQ Wings

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One Pot Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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French Spaghetti

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One Pot Cheesy Pizza Pasta Bake

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Baked Orzo with Chicken

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Easy Beef Sliders

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Slow Cooker Pineapple Brown Sugar Pulled Pork

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Shepherd’s Pie Loaded Baked Potatoes

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Slow Cooker Meaty Marinara

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Breakfast Egg Muffins

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Bubble Up Carbonara

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Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles

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At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

Does your family enjoy breakfast for dinner as often as we do? I just assumed that’s how every family operated, but once I started asking around I found out that not as many people eat breakfast for dinner. At least not at the rate we do.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

What’s not to love about eating breakfast for dinner? In my opinion, the only restriction is that it has to be a savory meal. Having something sweet that’s covered in maple syrup just doesn’t work in the evening. I don’t know why. I think it has to do with the fact that a sweet breakfast goes hand and hand with a hot cup of coffee, and if I drink coffee any time after 1pm, I toss and turn all night.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

A savory breakfast for dinner is the way to go. To me, this almost always entails eggs with some kind of carbohydrate like potatoes or these waffles. This was the first time that I made this particular variety of waffles. Admittedly, the waffles consumed in my house are almost always smothered in fresh fruit, maple syrup, and occasionally whipped cream.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

To make a savory waffle, just add in whatever ingredients you’d add to a delicious waffle. Think about things like spinach and artichoke, sun dried tomato and feta, or my personal preference for the evening – crispy bacon, sharp cheddar, and chives from the garden.

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

I also love the addition of cornmeal. It adds a gritty texture which makes it extra hearty. The fact that I only had blue cornmeal as opposed to your standard cornmeal really through my kids for a loop because they thought the waffles looked like blueberry waffles!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

You can top these waffles with anything you’d like, but for this particular dinner I went with sauteed spinach, heirloom tomato, and poached eggs. I served all of this on top of the waffle and went with the fork and knife option. That is, until I saw my kids break their waffle into sections and make a sandwich out of it. Pure genius!

At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!

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At least once every week, my family enjoys breakfast for dinner. These homemade Savory Bacon Cheddar Waffles with poached eggs are a new family favorite!
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One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I talk about the importance of family meals all the time on my blog. My husband and I don’t always agree on everything, but sitting down and having dinner as a family has always been something both of us completely support. In a time when our kids (and let’s face it, the adults) more often than not have their attention on an electronic device rather than each other, its truly important to hold something like family dinner sacred.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I love me some good old fashioned comfort food. What does comfort food look like to me? Well, it has to be reminiscent of some kind of family meal we enjoyed while growing up. Comfort food usually comes in the form of a protein, a starch, and a veggie all tied together is some sort of hot cheesy concoction. As a parent of two rapidly growing kids, I do my best to try to make my dinners taste good but also have them include healthier options like whole grain, veggies (and my trick is to chop them up so fine that the kids couldn’t pick them out if they tried), and lean protein like this Foster Farms Simply Raised fresh chicken.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

I call dinner like this The New Comfort Food because it doesn’t require too many ingredients, its easy to make, its not difficult (i.e. chop, cook, and clean only one pot), it takes very little time to make (which is crucial on a busy weekday), and it will not only fill our bellies but will make us feel good. There are a ton of chicken + broccoli + rice + cheese recipes out there so you certainly have your options, but I think this version is particularly fantastic. It has everything I want in a meal and goes perfectly with a nice green salad on the side. Enjoy!

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!

One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
 
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This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!
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Recipe type: main dish
Yields: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 (10 ounce) microwavable pouch brown rice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 - 1.5 pounds skinless, boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 12 ounces (4-5 cups) fresh broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (about 6 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
  • 1-2 teaspoons salt, according to preference
  • freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Heat a large 12 inch ovenproof skillet or 8 quart dutch oven over high heat. Add oil and butter and once heated, add chicken. Allow to cook for a few minutes until it turns golden brown. Add onion and mushrooms, stir, and cook until most of the liquid has cooked out, 5-10 minutes.
  2. Cook rice according to package directions; drain.
  3. Cook broccoli in microwave by added a tablespoon of water, covering bowl with a plate, and heating on high for 2 minutes. Drain off any excess water.
  4. Combine milk and flour, stirring with a whisk or fork until smooth.
  5. Stir milk mixture into chicken mixture in skillet.
  6. Cook 2 minutes or until bubbly and thick, stirring frequently.
  7. Stir in rice, broccoli, and half of the shredded cheese, along with the salt and pepper.
  8. Top with remaining cheese.
  9. Preheat broiler to high and broil 1 minute or until cheese melts and just begins to brown.

This One Pot Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole not only makes the perfect family dinner, but its also quick, healthy and delicious comfort food!
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Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches

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As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

This time of year is bitter sweet. The longest days of summer are behind us and the prospect of fall and all of the wonderful things that come along with it are on the horizon. When I was a kid, I always looked forward to the start of a new school year. Now, as a mom, I realize that excitement pales in comparison the excitement that parents feel!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

You have to understand, I adore my children and would spend every waking moment with them if I could. What I crave most about returning to school is the return of routine. I love the regular pattern of waking up, having family breakfast, and rushing out the door. The evenings are filled with family dinner, sports, and homework. Then, it all starts over again the next day.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

Things will get busy. They always do. That is one of the many reasons why I absolutely love making things like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches. As you can see, all you need to do is cut up some rectangles of dough. They wouldn’t be “easy” if you had to make the dough yourself, which is why I recommend using pre-made puff pastry dough.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

I loaded these up with brown mustard, black forrest ham, and shredded sharp cheddar, but you should feel free to add whatever you’d like to the inside as long as you can make a seal around the edge.

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

A beaten egg makes the perfect glue to hold the top and the bottom together. It also makes them turn a beautiful shiny golden brown when you cook them. The end result is a flaky sandwich that will make all the other school kids jealous. They taste fantastic warm out of the oven, but enjoying them in a chilled lunchbox is perfect as well!

As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!

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As we get ready to send out kids back to school, lunchbox favorites like these Easy Ham and Cheese Pocket Sandwiches will make your kids smile!
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Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites

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If you’re looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite. Plus, you can plan to save on time and clean-up activities on party day by preparing the filling ahead of time!

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

I don’t know about you, but I love little two bite appetizers, especially when they consist of a flaky crust and a warm cheesy filling. These little gems will have your party guests asking for more.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

When you’re hosting a party and are looking for tasty food to serve your guests, there are a few things you should always keep in mind: Is it easy to make? Can it feed a crowd? Does it need plates and silverware or can it be eaten as finger food? Can I prepare any of it ahead of time? I’m pleased to tell you this delicious savory treat is a resounding “yes” to all of these questions.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

The dough is made using refrigerated cresent roll dough. All you need to do is roll it out, form little squares, and press them into a mini muffin pan – easy. The filling is divine. This is not your typical spinach artichoke dip made with cream cheese; it’s more reminiscent of a delicious fondue.

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

On the day of your party, all you need to do is scoop the filling into the dough and then bake them. Ideally, you’re able to serve them warm. Based on how much your guests will love them, I’m willing to bet they will never get the chance to go cold. If they do, however, they will still taste great. Enjoy!

If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.

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If you're looking for the perfect two bite party appetizer, these Cheesy Spinach Artichoke Bites are definitely a favorite.
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