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Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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Saw this recipe on Pinterest and made it IMMEDIATELY! Now…you must know from the title and the picture, these are NOT a low-fat veggie option. BUT…if you want a really tasty, gourmet-looking side dish. Cook these instead of the old green bean casserole for Thanksgiving! YUM!

And bonus…it is a way to get the pickiest of eaters to eat their green beans!

 

1 pound fresh green beans

5-6 slices bacon, cut in half

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

1.Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place a cooling rack on a large cookie sheet (or use a broiler pan like me).

2.Wash and dry green beans. Snap off the ends. Grab a small handful of beans (anywhere from 5-10 green beans) and lay them on a half-strip of bacon. Roll the bacon up and around the green bean bundle and place it in the pan, seam side down. Repeat with remaining green beans.

3.Melt the butter in a sauce pan on the stove. Add the brown sugar and garlic powder and mix together until well combined. Remove from the heat and brush over the tops of the green bean bundles. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

4.Cover with foil and roast for 35 minutes. Remove foil and roast for another 10-15 minutes or until the bacon gets nice and crisp. Enjoy!

Nacho Bake

169_nacho-bake_200I saw an idea on Pinterest for a way to have Nachos in one big casserole and I thought I’d give it my own twist and try it out on my family. WOW! It was delicious. You can make your own, too. And get this! It can feed your family for about $10!

1 (12 oz) bag tortilla chips
½ cup melted butter
1 pound lean ground beef
1 envelope taco seasoning
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded pepper-jack cheese
1 jar (16 oz) picante sauce

(optional)
1 small can sliced black olives, drained
chopped jalapenos
green chilies
chopped tomatoes

Heat oven to 375 degrees

  • Put tortilla chips in a blender and pulse into fine crumbs
  • Melt butter and mix in chip crumbs
  • Press into the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown. Set aside.
  • Cook taco meat per seasoning packet directions.
  • Add picante sauce.
  • Mix the two cheeses together.
  • Stir ½ into the meat mixture.
  • (this is where you would stir in any other nacho favorites like olives or jalapenos or whatever)
  • Scrape entire mixture into the prepared crust.
  • Sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melty and golden

 

Pumpkin Whip Dip

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My nephew’s wife brought this to our girls’ weekend and it was a BIG hit. I actually made a “skinny” version and I think it’s just as good. It literally takes 5 minutes to make, so add it to your fall gatherings now!
1 cup Pumpkin puree
1 tsp Pumpkin spice
1 tsp Cinnamon
½ tsp Ground Cloves
1 (3½ oz) box Vanilla instant pudding, sugar-free fat free
8 oz Cool whip free

Low fat honey graham crackers to dip
Mix pumpkin with spices.
Stir in dry pudding mix.
Fold in whip cream.
Chill and serve with graham crackers

Crock-Pot Deep Dish Pizza

crockpotpizza2WHAT?! I never even thought to try to make pizza in a crock-pot, have you? But it’s CROCK-Tober and we tried it! In the studio this morning!! Tommy gave it two spatulas up!

Ingredients

1 can (11 oz) refrigerated thin pizza crust
1/3 cup pizza sauce
¼ lb sausage, cooked, crumbled
½ cup sliced pepperoni
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Spray 3½ – to 4-quart oval slow cooker with cooking spray.
Preheat crock-pot on high for 15 minutes.
Unroll pizza dough; fold in half lengthwise.
Place pizza dough in slow cooker; press in bottom and 1 inch up sides.
Let it cook uncovered 30-45 minutes.
Turn crock-pot temp to low.
Spread pizza sauce evenly over pizza dough.
Top with half each of the sausage, pepperoni and cheese.
Repeat with remaining sausage, pepperoni and cheese.
Cover; cook on Low 1 ½  to 2 hours or until crust edges are deep golden brown and cheese is melted. Remove from slow cooker to cutting board. Cut and serve.
Extra tips:
Any of your favorite toppings could be used. Also, a 3 ½ – to 4-quart round slow cooker can be used instead of the oval. Fold pizza dough in half crosswise instead; press in bottom and 2 inches up sides.

Crock-Pot Chicken Pot Pie

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Confession time. Chicken Pot Pie is one of my most FAVORITE comfort foods on the planet. I crave them. So when I found this recipe for Crock-Pot Chicken Pot Pie, I had to try it. And I was NOT disappointed. It tasted exactly like I was hoping. The combination of spices and flaky crust satisfied my craving perfectly. And it’s WAY easier than I thought it would be!

  • 3½ cups cooked shredded chicken (or more!)
  • 32 oz chicken broth low sodium
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Lawry’s
  • 2 tsp poultry seasoning
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 bag cubed hash browns
  • 1 (16oz) package frozen peas & carrots
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 (9-inch) refrigerated pie crusts

 

Combine chicken, chicken broth, cream of chicken soup, seasoning, potatoes, and mixed veggies in crock-pot.

Cover and cook on low 7-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. (until veggies are tender)

Heat oven to 375.

In a small bowl, combine milk and flour. Gradually stir mixture into the crock-pot.

Remove ‘crock’ from crock-pot base and place pie crust over mixture.

Place crock in preheated oven and bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until browned and crusty. (if your crock-pot doesn’t come apart, pour mixture into casserole dish, top with crust and bake)

Put the additional pie crust on a round pan and slice into wedges. Bake 10 minutes or until brown and serve with pot pie for extra crust!

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Crock-Pot Cobbler

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Crock-Tober celebrates ANYTHING you make in a Crock-Pot. But dessert in a Crock-Pot doesn’t have to be complicated. Take this one for instance. I used a yellow butter cake mix with peach pie filling. It was amazing and so so easy!

1 Box Cake Mix
2 (20oz) Cans Pie Filling
1 stick of butter

Pour apple pie filling into slow cooker. Top with cake mix and butter. Cook on high for 2-2.5 hours. Great with vanilla ice cream.

 

Creamy Crock-Pot Spaghetti

creamyspaghettiIt’s CROCK-TOBER, y’all! I’m so super excited to give you recipes that are comforting and yummy and easy to make in your crock-pot! You’ll be cooking like a CROCK star all month long! When I saw this recipe, I just HAD to make it. It’s comfort food on a fork. YUM! Add a salad and a loaf of garlic bread and you’re done! Your kids are going to love this one!

Ingredients

  • ½ pound lean ground beef
  • ½ pound Italian sausage
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder or salt
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 3 jars (24 oz) your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 pound spaghetti noodles
  • ½ cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup finely shredded Mozzarella
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1-2 cups chicken broth

 

  1. Brown ground beef and sausage together
  2. Add salt, pepper, garlic, basil
  3. Pour 1 jar of spaghetti sauce into bottom of crock-pot
  4. Break spaghetti noodles in half and place noodles over sauce
  5. Top with 1 cup chicken broth
  6. Top with meat
  7. Sprinkle Parmesan over meat
  8. Top with cubed cream cheese
  9. Pour another jar of sauce on top
  10. Top with ½ cup of mozzarella
  11. Cook on high for 2½ hours
  12. Stir (it will be thick)
  13. Add ONE MORE jar of spaghetti sauce and more chicken broth depending on how thick you like the sauce.
  14. Cook another 45 minutes to an hour or until you’re ready to serve. (the last 5 minutes sprinkle on another ½ cup of mozzarella)

 

Homemade Cinnamon Applesauce

I’m not sure what made me think this. Maybe I was just super intimidated. But I’ve thought for years that making homemade applesauce was overwhelmingly hard. Who has time for that? Well, I do. And you do. It’s super super simple and WAY tastier than the jar version.

Here’s what my mom and dad and I did last week in a few minutes.

Peel and core 1 bag of Gala apples. Cut into chunks. Combine apples with about ½ cup of water and boil until the chunks are soft. Mash with a potato masher or leave chunks, depending on your preference. Add about 3 tsp of cinnamon or more if you like it spicy. I didn’t add any sugar, but some recipes call for ¼ cup.

If you don’t eat it all for dinner that night, it can be frozen in freezer bags and enjoyed well after apple season is gone. Serve warm or cold.