Zuppa Toscana Recipe – Olive Garden CopyCat

Zuppa Toscana Recipe – Olive Garden CopyCat

So, Kale is this super important food (which is why it gets a capital ‘K’) and we’re supposed to (according to some super smart people somewhere) eat it regularly. I have known this for a while but chose to ignore it because – Ewww, kale!. Leafy green vegetables aren’t anywhere near the top of my food pyramid… honestly, they’re not even on the thing. I don’t like spinach or cabbage and can only tolerate turnip/collard greens if they are cooked

I have known this for a while but chose to ignore it because – Ewww, kale!. Leafy green vegetables aren’t anywhere near the top of my food pyramid… honestly, they’re not even on the thing. I don’t like spinach or cabbage and can only tolerate turnip/collard greens if they are cooked just right, which is a rarity.

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Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Cookies

For the first week or so after we moved into the new apartment, our refrigerator was pretty empty. The only thing in there was the water pitcher and a 6 pack. We did have some pantry foods, thankfully, so when my sweet tooth kicked in I went right to the peanut butter. Don’t judge me!

Don’t judge me!

I wanted to jazz it up a bit so I added some cocoa and powdered sugar. I still wasn’t satisfied so it was off to the store to get the essentials. I left the peanut butter/cocoa concoction in the fridge for a couple of days. On the third day, I decided to play around and attempt to make cookies.

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3 Ingredient Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

3 Ingredient Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe

Lemon Meringue Pie is my all-time favorite dessert. I swear I could eat an entire pie if given the chance, and that is why I’ve decided that making a regular size pie isn’t a good idea. To help with portion control I started making these mini lemon meringue pies.

These are the perfect treat to welcome spring!

3 Ingredient Lemon Meringue Pie

The best part is there are only 3 ingredients and they are simple to make!

Brand doesn’t really matter here, but keep in mind cheaper pie fillings don’t usually taste as good as the brand names. After some experimenting the Duncan Hines Lemon Creme filling has the best taste (in my opinion). It is also sweet enough to not need added sugar (but if you want you can add a teaspoon or two of powdered sugar).

3 Ingredient Lemon Meringue Pie

I used pre-made mini graham cracker pie crusts, but you could definitely make your own. I used these for the sake of keeping it simple and mess free!

These are the things I crave the most in life 🙂

The meringue gave me a little trouble, only because my hand blender decided to go homicidal on me. Well, it was my fault. I pushed the button to eject the beaters before I unplugged it. The button also happened to be the power switch and I guess I pushed it up while I was pushing it in and it turned on. I didn’t have a good grip so it fell and started viciously attacking my leg. Thankfully I was wearing pants so they took the brunt of the attack. The beaters spun wildly, getting tangled in my pants leg and breaking themselves in the process.

No worries though, thankfully I live with a genius! Mike is a whiz when it comes to drills, a fact I only learned once my arm was tired out from whipping the egg whites and sugar. He rigged up a wire whisk to the drill and voila!

 

These are perfect for last minute guests since after the meringue they take less than 15 minutes to make. Here’s the recipe:

 

3 Ingredient Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 1 can Lemon Pie Filling
  • 2 - 6 Mini Graham Cracker Crusts
  • 1 cup Prepared Meringue

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350F

Fill crusts 2/3 full with lemon pie filling

Top with 1 - 2 tablespoons of meringue

Bake for 10 - 13 minutes, until meringue is golden brown

Add desired toppings and serve. I love mine with blackberries on top!

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National Homemade Soup Day – 21 Homemade Soups to Make and Eat

National Homemade Soup Day – 21 Homemade Soups to Make and Eat

Did you know that February 4 is National Homemade Soup Day? If not you do now! I have a soft spot when it comes to homemade soups and thought it would be a good idea to share some delicious recipes with you.

The beautiful thing about soup is the possibilities. You can literally put anything in a pot, add some liquid and call it soup. It would be impossible for me to even try to list every different soup in existence but these are some of the ones that make my tummy rumble.

Creamy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup Recipe National Homemade Soup Day

Creamy Sweet Potato Coconut Soup Recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen

Copycat Panera Bread Cheddar Broccoli Soup from Creme de la Crumb

White Bean & Bacon Soup from Dashing Dish

Miso Corn Soup National Homemade Soup Day

Miso Corn Soup from i am a food blog

Thai Spicy Coconut Soup from Food Wanderings

Loaded Potato Soup from The Messy Baker

Rustic Vegetable Soup Meatballs National Homemade Soup Day

Rustic Vegetable Soup Meatballs from The Cozy Apron

Taco Soup from Pip and Debby

Caribbean Cilantro-Lime Chicken Soup from Better in Bulk

Creamy Chicken and Brie Soup National Homemade Soup Day

Creamy Chicken and Brie Soup from How Sweet It Is

Turkey Bisque Soup from Your Homebased Mom

Creamy Broccoli Spinach Soup from Simple Bites

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup National Homemade Soup Day

Slow Cooker French Onion Soup from Spend with Pennies

Chicken Tortilla Soup from My Honey’s Place

Italian Sausage Soup with Cheese Tortellini from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Guinness Beef Stew National Homemade Soup Day

Guinness Beef Stew from Brown Eyed Baker

Potato Ham Chowder from Damn Delicious

Best Ever Black Bean Soup with Cilantro Lime Rice from Iowa Girl Eats

Green Pea Soup National Homemade Soup Day

Green Pea Soup from The Little Epicurean

Chicken Bacon Wild Rice Soup from Pinch of Yum

Slow Cooker Nacho Grande Soup from Six Sisters Stuff

What is your favorite Homemade Soup?

21 Homemade Soups

You can pin the image above or bookmark this page for later consumption. Be sure to follow my Soups Pinterest board for even more irresistible homemade soups.

National Heavenly Hash Day – 10 Simply Delicious Recipes

National Heavenly Hash Day – 10 Simply Delicious Recipes

February 2nd is National Heavenly Hash Day! Now, unless you’ve been living under a rock you have at least heard the phrase ‘Heavenly Hash’. There are so many varieties but there is one constant – some form of marshmallow. If someone offers you Heavenly Hash without a trace of marshmallow they are lying to you!!

There is a Heavenly Hash recipe for everyone ranging from fruity to packed with chocolate. Since it’s such a magical day why not try a few (or more) of these fun recipes. If you have a favorite please share it in the comments below.

10 Heavenly Hash Recipes

It may be winter, but there’s always room for ice cream. This gluten-free, vegan Heavenly Hash Ice Cream recipe has my mouth-watering. She even shares a recipe for vegan marshmallow fluff!

If portion control is important, then these Heavenly Hash Brownie Bites are a great alternative!

This Heavenly Hash Candy is what I remember from childhood. It’s easy to make and amazing to eat 🙂

Yet another fruity (non-chocolate) version of Heavenly Hash – this time with pineapple!

Back on board the chocolate train, these Donuts sound like the perfect breakfast (lunch, dinner, and dessert too!)

For fruit lovers, this Heavenly Hash/Ambrosia from Sew Many Ways should be perfect! heavenly hash

What’s better than brownies? Heavenly Hash Brownies! These are from Southern Bite and don’t they look delish.

The Foodie Patootie seems to be a genius with these oh-so-perfect Cookies.

Duncan Hines has this pretty simple Cake recipe you’ll want to check out.

To wrap up the round-up we have this fruity-licious Heavenly Hash recipe from Just a Pinch. Yum!

Do you love Heavenly Hash?

I’d love to know what you think of these recipes, how you’ll be celebrating National Heavenly Hash Day, and what your favorite version is. Leave a comment and let us know!

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes #Recipe

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes #Recipe

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I have never lived anywhere with so many die-hard sports fans as Chicago. You can’t leave the house without seeing jerseys, rooting fans, or TVs televising live event, and for good reason. There’s not much that compares to cheering on your favorite team and watching them kick butt – except for when the don’t. The all-time best part of football season, however, has to be the food. Even if you’re not a sports fan you still have to eat, and football seasons means lots and lots of food, especially at my place!

When you host friends and family in your home during sporting events it’s kind of expected that you feed them. Thankfully I love doing just that and even more I love when it’s something super easy.

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes

Take these twice baked loaded baked potatoes. They are delicious and so simple to make that anyone can do it. If you have older kids or friends willing to help you can delegate most/all of the work to them. Scooping the potato away from the skin is my least favorite part so I happily hand that part of the process over to whoever is available and willing. I prefer to cook the potatoes in advance so I spend less time in the kitchen on game day.

Game Day Potatoes

I’m not ashamed of cutting corners, especially if I can use premium ingredients to do that. La Morena Sliced Green Jalapeno Peppers make it easy to add just the right amount of heat. Whenever I am in the city I stop in to Tony’s Finer Foods because they have an amazing Hispanic section. They always have La Morena products in stock and the prices are amazing.

Tony’s Finer Foods La Morena

So, let’s get on with it! Here’s how you can recreate my all-time favorite game day dish!

Start with 4-6 (dry)baking potatoes that have been scrubbed clean. Rub the potatoes lightly with olive or canola oil. Preheat the oven to 400F and bake the potatoes on a cookie sheet for an hour.

Game Day Potatoes first steps

Cut the potatoes in half (lengthwise) and let them cool until you can comfortably handle them. Scoop the potato part out carefully, making sure to leave the skin/shell intact. The easiest way to do this is to leave a 1/4 inch layer of potato connected to the skin. Put the potato flesh into a large bowl or stand mixer.

Add 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, 2 tablespoons of milk, 1/4 cup of sour cream, 4 slices of cooked & crumbled bacon (feel free to use the jarred stuff for some extra time saving), 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 3 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers, and 1/2 cup of cheese. Blend the mixture well and scoop by the tablespoon into the set aside potato skins.

Game Day Loaded Baked Potato

You can top with a slice of cheese at this step if you’d like!

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes #Recipe

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes and serve ’em up hot to your guests.

The ingredients are flexible so feel free to add, omit, and change to fit your guests taste buds.

Game Day Loaded Baked Potatoes #Recipe
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Ingredients

  • 4-6 baking potatoes (cleaned)
  • 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons of milk
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 4 slices of cooked & crumbled bacon
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons of diced jalapeno peppers (I choose La Morena)
  • 1/2 cup of cheese (your choice)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 400F

Rub the potatoes lightly with olive or canola oil and bake on a cookie sheet for an hour.

Cut the potatoes in half (lengthwise) and let them cool until you can comfortably handle them. Scoop the potato part out carefully, making sure to leave the skin/shell intact.

Put the potato flesh into a large bowl or stand mixer.Set skins aside.

Add remaining ingredients and blend the mixture well

Scoop by the tablespoon into the set aside potato skins.

Bake at 350F for 15 minutes and serve 'em up hot to your guests.

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Nutrition

Calories

630 cal

Fat

21 g

Carbs

94 g

Protein

18 g
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This is one of my favorite game day recipes, what is yours?