Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Slow cooker beef barley soup

Are you feeling the chill?  A little fall nip in the air?  Are you ready for some hearty soup?  This slow cooker beef barley soup recipe is souper easy to make (see what I did there…hee hee).  And once again, a wonderful smell wafts at you when you open the door after a long work day.  Have you noticed it’s getting darker much earlier now too?  Winter is coming…  I made this soup on Monday night and plopped the it in the slow cooker on Tuesday morning.  Tuesdays are always the roughest day of the week for me.  Never Monday for some reason.  So it was a great treat to come home to an already made comfort meal.

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Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas

Green chili chicken enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas are one of my favorite things to make when I have leftover chicken.  I’ve even been known to make chicken just so there will be leftovers.  This recipe for chicken enchiladas is super easy to make and uses canned Hatch chilies and canned green chili enchilada sauce.  As you know, I’m a real wimp when it comes to spicy food but I love the flavor of Hatch chilies.  Simply solution is to just buy the mild chilies and sauce but if you like to heat it up, go for it.  Also, if you prefer red enchilada sauce to the green, go ahead and swap it out.  It will work just fine.

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Easy Waffles

Easy waffles

The kids are back in school.  How did this happen?  Summer, where did you go?  Judging by the temperature outside, you’re still very much here.  Yet school has begun.  Sigh.  The kids started back to school on Monday.  So, what better way to reward them for trudging through the week than with easy waffles for a big weekend breakfast?  This recipe is super simple.  I just mix everything in my stand mixer, adding the ingredients one at a time and then when the waffle iron is hot, just pour 1/2 cup of batter for each waffle.

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Fresh Vegetable Soup with Pasta

This fresh vegetable soup with pasta comes together in about 20 minutes and is a great easy weeknight dinner.  You can use any fresh vegetables you want.  If you don’t want to spend time chopping and prepping the veggies, you can get the pre-cut ones at the grocery store.  I’ve even made this soup with a leftover veggie tray from a party!  I’ve also made it heavy on the zucchini and tomatoes when I’ve had more than I could handle from my garden.  Whichever veggies you decide to use, just keep the ratio close to what I have and it should taste great.  

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Classic Meatballs

Classic meatballs

This recipe for classic meatballs was passed down to me from my mother. Mom was a pretty darn good cook who had a lot of mouths to feed and not a lot of money.  There were rarely any fancy or exotic ingredients in our meals (think canned pineapple as exotic for a reference point).  But what she cooked always just tasted amazing.  Dad was a butcher and was always in charge of bringing home the meat.  (I was tempted to say bacon there but resisted.)  Henry (my dad) would bring home whatever meat was on sale that week or if mom wanted something in particular, he’d cut it himself so we always had delicious meat.  But like I said, we didn’t have a lot of money so ground beef appeared…a lot.  Back then no one was afraid of e-coli so we’d often steal pieces of raw chop meat, put a little salt on it and gobble it down, with mom yelling at us to get out of the kitchen.  This meatball recipe is super simple and most likely invented out of necessity, using what’s in the pantry to go with the meat.

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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Oven roasted red potatoes

Oven roasted red potatoes are a delicious addition to any dinner.  I will often make extra and then use the leftovers to mix in with some scrambled eggs for a nice egg and potato breakfast.  Lately they’ve been a favorite side when serving fish.  The kids eat them up.  I like to really crisp them in the oven with some olive oil and garlic salt so in a way, they are a bit like French fries.  Only healthier.  The key to the crispiness is to make sure the potatoes are not crowded on the cookie sheet and that they are well-covered in the seasoning.

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