10/15/17

Crockpot and Instapot Recipes: #Celebrate365

Welcome to Celebrate 365 where your hosts gather together to provide you a place to celebrate the seasons and celebrations of life and share your foods, crafts, and decor that make life special all year long!
Crockpot and Instapot Recipes


October seems to bring on the chill, so let's warm things up with a month of #Croctober: Crockpot, Slowcooker, and Instapot recipes that will bring a slow simmered, soul warming goodness to our homes and families.

Speaking of family, here's a photo from a few years ago of my grand daughter. She's grown so much since this photo, but who doesn't love their first "walk" in the autumn leaves, and seeing all the colors falling from the sky, and hearing the crunch of the leavs under your feet?



Join, Carlee, from Cooking with Carlee
Val from Corn Beans, Pigs & Kids
Nicole from A Kansas Farm Mom
and me as we celebrate the beloved Crock Pot!


ALL bloggers are welcome to link up ANY 
 recipes, crafts, and ideas matching our theme
here in this week long blog party!
Come join in on the fun!


10/11/17

Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup

I had many requests to publish my Spinach and Tomato Torellini Soup Recipe, separately from it's original post in the  "7 Items To Create a Soup Pantry" Post, that I am resharing it with you.

It's soup season and that means it's time for my 2nd annual "Souper October" where I'll be sharing yummy soups all month long! The Secret to a Fall and Winter full of wonderful soups is a  a well stocked "Soup Pantry" all Soup Season long!


This Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup  
I got from my local newspaper,  is a perfect example of a soup you can throw together in minutes from ingredients from your "soup pantry" of ingredients and feel warm and satisfied. I like to add little sausage meatballs (See Tip Below)  to the recipe as well! Put a grilled cheese sandwich on the side and .. well... you have comfort right there!

Spinach and tomato tortellini Soup
Jan's Tip:  Short-cut Instant Meatballs: Use Italian Sausages or Brats and cut open the casings. roll the meat into small balls for fast meatballs, already seasoned and ready to go. You can quickly skillet cook them while starting rest of soup and then add to soup to simmer for a few minutes to finish cooking.

Printable Recipe (Google Docs) 



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Spinach and Tortellini Soup
Ingredients
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Onion diced
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 (14 oz) can Petite diced tomates NOT drained
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated tortellini (any flavor)
  • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup Water
  • Optional: Mini brat meatballs (see above article)
Instructions
Heat Olive Oil in Large Stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently 2-3 minutes until onions start to soften.Stir in garlic and cook about 30 seconds.Add the chicken broth, dice tomatoes with the juice, oregano and 1 cup water.Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add in any optional ingredients, such as mini meatballs.Bring to a boil and add the tortellini.Reduce heat and simmer until tortellini are cooked through, 50 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook just until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings
    tortellini Soup

    10/9/17

    Crock Pot Lazy Cabbage Rolls #Crocktober

    Crock pot Cabbage Rolls! Well almost!  Here we have the wonderful taste of cabbage rolls, but in an easy to throw together slow cooker recipe. Just layer the ingredients in the crock pot and set it to go! 
    Cabbage Rolls Recipe

    It's #Croctober and several bloggers are joining together to share crockpot recipes that will warm up your family as the chill comes on and inspire your menu planning!

    The original recipe I shared back in 2013, and it is one of my most popular searched out recipes! I am resharing it again here, in a new recipe card format! Much easier to view and print! 

    Jan's Tips: It  has that wonderful traditional cabbage roll taste and does not need changing, however My husband is diabetic and the tomato soup and ketchup has a bit too much sugar for him, so I substitute out my own homemade marinara sauce to replace the soup and ketchup.  (I still add water, but reduce it by about 14 oz. since my marinara sauce is more water based than the condensed soup.) 

    Okay Okay.. confessional: I also do half ground beef, half  sausage!.

    This makes a TON! We are empty nesters now so I  cut it in half and we had enough for dinner plus lunch for both of us the next day.

    Hope you enjoy it!




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    Crock Pot Lazy Cabbage Rolls
    The taste of cabbage rolls without all the work! The ease of crock pot cooking makes this dish even better!
    Ingredients
    • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
    • 4 cups cabbage chopped
    • 1 medium onion diced
    • 5 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 2 rice, (uncooked) brown or white
    • 1 large can (28 oz) stewed tomato chunks
    • 2 cans tomato soup
    • 2 1/2 empty tomato soup cans of water
    • 1/4 cup ketchup
    • 4 tbsp. worcestershire sauce
    • 1 tbsp. dry mustard powder
    Instructions
    Brown ground beef in a non-stick pan, drain any fat and season with salt and pepper.Place half of the cabbage on the bottom of your crock pot. Add the cooked ground beef on top. Add the onion and uncoooked rice.In a bowl, mix together remaining ingredients and pour over top of rice.
    Add remaining cabbage on top, place the lid on, turn on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 hours.To Serve:
    Mix all the layers together by giving it a good stir and you are ready to eat!


    Now onto the rest of our great #Crocktober Recipes!
    Enjoy!



    10/4/17

    7 Items to create a "Soup Pantry"

    It's soup season and that means it's time for my 2nd annual "Souper October" where I'll be sharing yummy soups all month long! The Secret to a Fall and Winter full of wonderful soups is a  a well stocked "Soup Pantry" all Soup Season long!

    We've all been there, you see a great recipe on Pinterest, or one of those great facebook videos and suddenly you want to make it, but by the time you get all the ingredients together on your next shopping trip, you've lost your momentum, or forgotten about it!

    Whether you want to try a new recipe or just whip together a quick new version of a classic soup, keeping ingredients on hand to throw together soups fast enough for a weeknight meal, only requires keeping a few key ingredients on hand, so you have some flexibility for quick meals.

    Some of these ingredients might surprise you, some will not, but may be worth checking your pantry, fridge, or freezer for supplies and stock up. These are meant to help you pull soups together in just mere minutes, but with that yummy slow cooked taste!

    1. Wonton Skins: Look for these in your produce section. Using your pizza cutter, cut these into thin strips for noodles and drop them into simmering broth. In just a mere minute or two you'll have noodles! (way faster than cooking up dry pasta).

    2. Short-cut Instant Meatballs: Use Italian Sausages or Brats and cut open the casings. roll the meat into small balls for fast meatballs, already seasoned and ready to go. You can quickly skillet cook them while starting rest of soup and then add to soup to simmer for a few minutes to finish cooking.

    3)Tiny Pastas: Using Orzo or acini di pepe,, refrigerator tortellini's  means they don't soak up as much broth (which would normally make your soup too thick), plus the cook in less than 10 minutes usually.

    4) Canned Beans: Can't live without them! Whether I'm tossing one can drained and dumping into a diced kielbasa/ bacon and bean soup, taco soup, chili, white chili, it just goes on and on. I keep great northerns, pintos, black beans, kidney beans, chili seasoned beans all on hand in my pantry!

    Jan's Tip: If you are using beans and you want to thicken your soup, you can use 2 cans, one can to dump into the soup, and the other to puree and add as a thickener.

    5) Bases: Fast bases that reduce prep times such as peeling and chopping is the game: So think; Frozen hashbrowns, frozen corn, etc, both of which can be turned into a quick chowder. (I keep frozen hashbrowns in shreds and dices on hand at all times)

    6) Quick Cooking Vegetables: Quick cooking Vegetables and short cuts is what we're talking about: (Both fresh and frozen) so for example, if it calls for cabbage, grab a package of shredded coleslaw mix, precut veggies such as carrots, butternut squash, onion peppers,  Spinach, etc.

    7) Flavor Boosters:  To help recreate the taste of slow cooking, lets start with a few key ingredients to help you get there. They are worth keeping on hand.: I like to use: Balsamic Vinegar, Asian Fish Sauce, Plenty of good chicken, beef, and even ham soup base/boullion, any seasonings you like that adds depth of flavors to the recipes.

    This Spinach and Tomato Tortellini Soup  I got from my local newspaper,  is a perfect example of a soup you can throw together in minutes from ingredients from your "soup pantry" of ingredients and feel warm and satisfied. I like to add little sausage meatballs (from the above list) to the recipe as well! Put a grilled cheese sandwich on the side and .. well... you have comfort right there!

    Tortellini Spinach Tomato Soup





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    Spinach and Tortellini Soup
    Ingredients
    • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    • 1 Onion diced
    • 3 Garlic cloves minced
    • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
    • 1 (14 oz) can Petite diced tomates NOT drained
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1 (9 oz) pkg. refrigerated tortellini (any flavor)
    • 2 cups baby spinach chopped
    • 2 Tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 cup Water
    • Optional: Mini brat meatballs (see above article)
    Instructions
    Heat Olive Oil in Large Stockpot over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring frequently 2-3 minutes until onions start to soften.Stir in garlic and cook about 30 seconds.Add the chicken broth, dice tomatoes with the juice, oregano and 1 cup water.Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add in any optional ingredients, such as mini meatballs.Bring to a boil and add the tortellini.Reduce heat and simmer until tortellini are cooked through, 50 minutes. Stir in the spinach and cook just until it begins to wilt, about 2 minutes.Serve immediately, sprinkled with Parmesan cheese.
    Details
    Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 4 Servings

    9/28/17

    Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread #AppleWeek

    make your own Flavored Cream Cheese Spreads

    Disclaimer: I have been provided  with products for recipe development and a great prize package for my readers as part of #AppleWeek. All opinions are my own.

    Combining the wonderful taste of fall apples in a classic apple butter with the creaminess of cream cheese, creates the most amazing spread for your bread and bagels.


    No need to go buy those expensive store bought flavored cream cheese spreads at the bagel store or the grocery store! You have a block of cream cheese most likely in your fridge so go ahead and make your own yummy spread!

    You'll find it delicious on french toast , English muffins, and so much more!
    Cream Cheese Spread


    Jan's Tip: This recipe makes for a "thinner" cream cheese spread. If you want to make it a thicker spread, add more cream cheese, but it will reduce the "apple" flavor just a bit. You can compensate for that some by bumping up the spices just a bit more. Both versions are wonderful! I prefer the thinner, more "apple" flavor! .. It's fantastic with Pumpkin Butter also!
    Apple Butter recipe





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    Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread
    Ingredients
    • 8 oz. block Cream Cheese -Softened
    • 3/4 cup Apple Butter
    • 1 teaspon Cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg`
    • 1 Tablespoon honey
    Instructions
    Mix together all ingredients in mixer until cream cheese is well blended.Store in air tight container, in refrigerator.Serve on bread, rolls, muffins, bagels.
    Yield: 2 Cups

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    Thursday's Recipe's

    Apple Almond Streusel Bars from A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Apple Butter Cream Cheese Spread from Tip Garden
    Apple Cinnamon Roll Pie from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
    Apple Macaron with Peanut Butter Buttercream Filling from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
    Apple Maple Jam from Feeding Big
    Apple Yeast Coffee Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal
    Grilled Apple Butter Pork Tenderloin from Books n' Cooks
    Grilled Veggie Tacos with Apple Salsa from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Honeycrisp and Gouda Grilled Cheese from The Redhead Baker
    Italian Apple and Fig Polenta Torta from All That's Jas
    Meatloaf with Apple BBQ Sauce from Palatable Pastime
    Molasses-Mustard Glazed Pork Chops with Apple Butter from Sew You Think You Can Cook
    Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon and Apples from House of Nash Eats
    Roasted Pork with Apple Puree from Simple and Savory
    Savory Apple Bacon Pizza from Cooking With Carlee
    Slow Cooker Honey Apple Pork Roast From Amy's Cooking Adventures


    Wednesday's Recipes:


    Apple Almond Butter Manchengo Grilled Cheese from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
    Apple Banana Quick Bread from Palatable Pastime
    Apple BBQ Meatballs over Brown Rice from Tip Garden
    Apple Butterscotch Crumb Cake from The Crumby Kitchen
    Apple Cider Donuts from 4 Sons 'R' Us
    Apple Coffee Cake from Bear & Bug Eats
    Apple & Fig Flatbread with Goat Cheese from Simple and Savory
    Apple Oatmeal Breakfast Bars from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
    Apple & Sausage Stuffing from Girl Abroad
    Apple Pie with Oat Crumble Crust from The Redhead Baker
    Braised Pork Roast with Apples from A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Caramelized Apple Hand Pies from Jolene's Recipe Journal
    Caramel Frosted Apple Quick Bread from The Chef Next Door
    Cheesy Apple and Brie Pull Apart Bread from Family Around the Table
    Crunchy Apple BBQ Pork from The Freshman Cook
    Easy Fried Apples With Cinnamon from Feeding Big
    Fresh Apple Dinner Salad from Cooking With Carlee
    Lamb Lolipops with Apple Herb Chutney from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Roasted Beet and Apple Salad from Amy's Cooking Adventures
    Skillet Pork Chops with Apples and Onions from Grumpy's Honeybunch
    Slow Cooker Baked Apples from Jonesin' for Taste
    Sweet and Sauer Apple Cabbage Salad from All That's Jas

    Tuesday's Recipes: 

    Apple Almond Chicken Salad from Books n' Cooks
    Apple Bacon Jam from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
    Apple Cheddar Sausage Baked Oatmeal from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
    Apple Cinnamon Rolls from Sew You Think You Can Cook
    Apple Fritter Pie from Dad What's 4 Dinner
    Apple Nachos from Simple and Savory
    Apple Turnovers from A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Applesauce Cake with Soft Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting from Cooking With Carlee
    Autumn Apple Sipper from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Bavarian Apple Oatmeal Streusel Cheesecake from All That's Jas
    Caramel Apple Cupcakes from Amy's Cooking Adventures
    Cider Brined Chicken from Palatable Pastime
    Grilled Apple Tossed Salad from Jolene's Recipe Journal
    Mini Apple Muffins with Oatmeal Streusel Topping from Family Around the Table
    Nutmeg Apple Conserve from Feeding Big
    Sauerkraut & Sausage with Apples from House of Nash Eats

    Monday's Recipes: 

    Apple Bacon Turkey Burgers from Jonesin' for Taste
    Apple Brickle Mini Tarts with Oatmeal Crust from The Freshman Cook
    Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal from Amy's Cooking Adventures
    Apple Cobbler French Toast Casserole from Tip Garden
    Apple Crisp Stuffed French Toast from Jolene's Recipe Journal
    Apple Fritter Yeast Bread from House of Nash Eats
    Apple Oatmeal Coffee Mug Cake from Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids
    Apple Pecan Chicken Salad from The Chef Next Door
    Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal from Cooking With Carlee
    Cinnamon Apple Cider Sangria from The Redhead Baker
    Creamy Maple Gouda Apple Soup with Pecan-Oat Granola from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
    Dutch Appelflappen from Palatable Pastime
    Healthy Apple Muffins from Caroline's Cooking
    Individual Apple Cranberry Galettes with Caramel Drizzle from Family Around the Table
    Mulled Apple Cider from Books n' Cooks
    Oatmeal Applesauce Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm
    Roasted Apple and White Cheddar Soup from 4 Sons 'R' Us
    Salted Caramel Apple Cake from Grumpy's Honeybunch
    Savory Apple Sausage Tart from The Crumby Kitchen
    Vanilla Brined Pork Chops with Applesauce  from Bear & Bug Eats
    Swedish Apple Oatmeal Pie from All That's Jas
    Torta di Mele Sicilian Apple Cake from Girl Abroad

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