Slow Cooker Beef Minestrone

Soup Recipe
Slow Cooker Beef Minestrone is a perfect fall soup to throw together for dinner as you dash out the door, and is so hearty and filling! Will warm you up on a chilly evening! It freezes well also, so perfect to pack away for another meal!

This one needs just 20 minutes once your home to stir in the pasta to finish cooking,but while you're doing that, pop some biscuits in the oven, and go put on some warm, cozy jammies and slippers. By the time you get back, dinner is ready!

I love freezing the extra, but my hubby ends up taking it in small containers for lunch alot, so I'm lucky if I get to pack the extra away!

Go ahead.. cozy on up to this classic soup!
Soup Recipe

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Slow Cooker Beef Minestrone
  • 1 lb. Hamburger, cooked & crumbled
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Cup peeled diced Carrot
  • 1 Cup chopped/ diced zuchinni
  • 2 celery ribs diced small
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • 1 can (28 oz) Crushed Italian Style Tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 cans cannelini Beans or 1can cannelini and 1 can kidney beans all rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup Pasta : (Ditalini, elbow or shells) uncooked
  • 1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
Add all ingredients EXCEPT the beans, pasta, and cheese (save those for the end). into a slow cooker. Stir to combine.Cook on high for 3-4 hours or low 5-7 hours.After this initial cooking time is done, add in the beans, pasta, and grated cheese. Replace the lid back on the slow cooker and cook an additional 20 minutes until pasta is cooked through. Serve Warm
Yield: 8-10 Servings


Pork Recipe Ideas: Celebrate 365 Blog Party

National Pork Month Recipe Ideas

October is National Pork Month  and to celebrate we are hosting a party to collect the best pork recipes around! 

Pork is such a great alternative protein to red meat! It is so versatile! It can be used in so many dishes from soups and stews, to casseroles and bbq! From Ribs, to pork chops, Hams and tenderloins, to the most loved bacon, Pork is probably the most versatile of the meat proteins around!

One of my favorite resources on all things pork is Pork.org . There I go to 2 sections. Table and Recipes. Where I can learn how to choose the right cuts of meat, how to cook them properly, and great recipes for inspiration! 

Now let's get on with the party! You Celebrate 365 Blog Party hosts are:

Here's your hosts for the month:
and Me!

Feel free to link up any recipes that feature pork as the main ingredient, including bacon!

As a reminder, we will  be sharing posting all links on our Pinterest board, as well as all social media sites. So hit that Follow Button Below to follow along on the board!

Also we will create a post and feature some of the recipes from the link up in a round up post following our party for some more exposure, so come on over and share your recipes!


Monthly Meal Planner October 18

Meal Planner Ideas

October means cool weather and meals need to be warm and comforting. So this months meal planner is full of just that. Meals that will be comforting .

Classic Cabbage rolls, but in a casserole form, and made in the crockpot!

A warm, comforting, potato soup, that you can pull together from your pantry in mere mintues!

My grandmothers recipe, a classic dish that will make your entire family happy.

Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
a bit of Thanksgiving dinner all in a casserole! 

These freezer to heat and eat potatoes are a perfect side dish! This recipe gives you 4 different versions to make/

This Mousse is perfect for so many desserts: for  whoopie pie sandwich fillings, frostings for spice cupcakes, or a layered trifle with gingersnaps and whip cream.,or in individual dessert cups! Just make it and get creative!


Apple Recipes: Celebrate 365 Blog Party

With #appleweek wrapping up as well as the season of apples all around us, this is the perfect time to collect all recipes that celebrate this wonderful fruit! Come check out this collection of recipes shared by the best bloggers around!

Sweet, satvory, baked, fried, sipped or drizzled, no matter how we enjoy our apples, we can never have too many new ideas on how to use this versatile fruit in more of our meals.

Come link up your best recipe ideas! We'd love for you to share them with us!

Your hosts today are:
Please welcome our newest host: Ellen!
and Me!


We will all share this link up on our social media pages!
We will also share your posts on our Pinterest Board !

We will be visiting you and commenting,  as well as, at least one of us will create a collection post from this link up and share it on social media as well to get you some more exposure!
we love our bloggers and hope you'll come back and party with us again!
Now.. onto this party;

Feel free to share any posts that go along with our theme of apples:


Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal

This post is sponsored in conjunction with AppleWeek . I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the AppleWeek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oats are a hearty and filling breakfast, perfect to keep you going all morning long. I prefer them for my diabetic husband over rolled oats, and by adding in a dash of cinnamon as well, they keep his blood sugars nice and steady all morning long!

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With just a little bit of prep the night before and a few minutes in the morning, you can have a batch ready for your family. Actually, I make this in large batches and store in the fridge, and then just reheat, and add in my toppings, and a dash of creamy milk or soy milk, and it is ready to go! Steel cut oats just hold up way better than rolled oats!

Q; What is the difference between rolled oats and steel cut oats? 
A: It's the amount of processing. Rolled Oats are precooked by steam, rolled, then steamed again and toasted. Steel Cut Oats are just coarsley chopped. so they have a lower glycemic index.

Q: What does glycemic index mean?
A: A measurement that predicts how much a person's blood sugar will spike after eating the food.

There is a great graphic to answer some nutritional questions about rolled vs. steel cut from prevention.com.

So for my diabetic husband, who needs to avoid blood sugar spikes, steel cut oats are a better choice than rolled oats. So, when I can, I make big batches of this recipe, and store in the fridge. Then he just scoops out a serving, reheats it in the microwave, tops it with some cinnamon, and some nuts, and a dash of milk, and he is ready to go.

Jan's Tip: You can use fresh apples and peel and chop them in the morning and cook them down with the oats if you make this as a fresh batch in the morning. I just rarely have time, so I use a can of sugar fee apple pie filling and cut up the apples and stir it in at the end of cooking, to make things easier and faster. Feel free to play around with it, I prefer honey crisp apples if you are going to use fresh!

Sponsor Shout Out: Flahavans Provided me with oatmeal and Nairn's Oat Graham Crackers for use in creating a recipe for appleweek.  Flahavan's has been milling oats at their family mill for 200 years! They know oats, and they know quality! These Irish oats, or truly scrumptious!
I'm using their steel cut oats today, but they also produce traditional rolled oat flakes too!

Sponsor Shout Out: Rodelle  Provided me with Vanilla Extract for Apple Week this week! I used it in my oatmeal recipe for that extra layer of flavor! If you are going to go low sugar, you can't skimp on quality ingredients in other areas! Imitation vanilla will NOT do, and Rodelle is known for their quality extracts! I've used them for several years now, from lemon, to almond,  so I was quite excited to be able to share with you my love for their Vanilla and other great products!

Sponsor Shout Out: Swiss Diamond provided me with this paring knife for Apple Week. I used it throughout all my recipes this week , including prepping the apples in the filling for this recipe! I have never treated myself to quality knives before! In fact i don't remember the last time I even bought knives! What a treat to  handle quality cutlery!

Let's get cooking!

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Overnight Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal
A hearty and filling breakfast from healthy steel cut oats that will keep you going all morning long, but without the long cook time.
  • 1 cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup Milk (regular, soy, or almond)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Rodelle Brand Vanilla
  • 1 (16 oz) can Apple Pie Filling (I use sugar free) Chop apples to bite sized pieces
  • 2 Tablespoons any sweetener of your choice; Sugar, sugar substitute that measures as sugar, honey, maple syrup, or if your sweetener measures differently than sugar, use to taste
  • 1 Tablespoon for each serving Optional toppings: chopped walnuts or pecans, cinnamon chips, dried cranberries
In a medium pot, add steel cut oats and water.Bring to a boil and let simmer for 2 minutes.Remove from heat and cover with lid and let sit overnight.In the morning, add milk, your choice of sweetener, and cinnamon. Stir to combine.Cook over medium heat stirring occasionally, until warmed through and thickened to desired thickness, anywhere from 5-10 minutes. stir in apple pie filling. Remove from heat.Pour into serving bowls and top with optional toppings such as chopped nuts, cinnamon chips ,or dried cranberries.
Yield: 4 servings

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