Tortellini Soup

The month of October is being dedicated to soups. I love starting a crock pot meal in the morning, especially during the fall months, and coming home to our house smelling delicious! Therefore, be prepared for some great soup recipes over the next 5 Wednesdays.

I’m proud to say that I have some Italian roots in my heritage that I enjoy embracing throughout my cooking. Don’t know if the hubby enjoys it as much, but I like to think he does :)

Tortellini are a fantastic invention from the Italians. For those of you out there who do not know what they are, you’ve definitely been missing out. They are a ring-shaped pasta that is stuff with meat, cheese and/or spinach.

Fun Fact:

They are sometimes described as a pregnant women’s belly button because of their shape. Odd, isn’t it?!

Moving on. I combined these delish little creations with some other ingredients to create a quick and painless soup. Enjoy!

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Spinach & Bacon Quiche

For some reason, the word quiche has always frightened me. I’m not a 100% sure why exactly, but it just sounded like an impossible dish to make. It sounded like it took so much skill. Maybe because it is some crazy French word that makes it sound impossible.

Nevertheless, a few months ago, I set out on a mission to find and conquer a quiche recipe. I tried a few and the one I finally settled on is a combination of a couple of them. I took the things I really liked, threw out the things I didn’t and so have found a quiche recipe that is both easy and delicious. Since then, I have made it a few more times and it keeps coming out delicious.

Give it a try, I know you can perfect it, too!
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[Healthier] Biscuits & Gravy

Biscuits and gravy, at least according to my hubby, are typically a pretty unhealthy meal. Surely, I thought, there must be (has to be) a way to make them healthier, right? And so my adventure began.

After searching around a little bit, I finally found a simple biscuits and gravy recipe, but decided to test out making it healthier. A few versions later, I think I have created it. It tastes great! It is husband approved! And it is healthy for sure!
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Homemade Corndogs

I feel a little odd admitting this, but hopefully you all can keep your snickering to a minimum. I really like corndogs. No idea why, except maybe that I like cornbread quite a bit. Odd part…I absolutely hate hot dogs. Real beef, fake beef, turkey…any of it. If it is a hotdog plain, I will not eat it, really don’t even want to go near it. Wrap it with cornbread, it’s all mine.

Now that we have that little randomness out of the way, I can begin to move towards the actual reason for this post…a recipe for HOMEMADE corndogs. No more store bought kinds with TONS of oil and/or preservatives. Plus, I think they are super quick. About as quick as pre-heating the oven and popping in frozen ones.

I usually serve these puppies (oo…pun intend) with homemade mac & cheese, but they can be served with other things for sure.

P.S. I’m posting how to make homemade mac & cheese next week, so be sure to stop back by. (HERE it is!!)

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Breakfast Potato Casserole

In case you have not taken note yet, Thanksgiving is a few short days away, as well as my younger brother’s birthday (he’s going to be 20!!) and some friends of ours are due with their first baby (a lil boy!!) though I’m sure not everyone had taken note of the last two facts. Nevertheless, the craziness of Turkey Day is upon us and if you’re like the hubby and I, we’re going to relax in front of the TV for a little while in the morning and watch the parade while eating some breakfast and sipping on coffee.

With that said, I love breakfast casseroles, especially on holiday mornings. I think they are a nice, easy meal to whip together and not have to slave over the stove for very long. Here’s a great recipe I’ve put together, in case you need one for Thanksgiving morning before the turkey festivities begin. Happy Thanksgiving and may you be forever thankful, not just on one day.

“Give thanks to the LORD [always]; for He is good and His love endures forever.”

– 1 Chronicles 16:34

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Mini Meatloaf Muffins (Turkey Edition)

As of right now, my husband and I are a few months into our 2nd year of marriage (yay!), and there is definitely one thing I have learned thus far…cooking for 2 is quite a hard task. Yes, I know, it is quite a silly thing to say that I’ve learned throughout a year of marriage, but that’s why I said “one thing.” :) With that said, I’ve learned the power of portion control, as well as the power of leftovers.

Meatloaf is a great meal, in my opinion and the hubby’s. My only beef (pun intended)  with meatloaf is that I think it is far too difficult to package up for leftovers, so I thought, why not make it differently. And this is where meatloaf muffins were born. They have become a staple in our household. They are super easy to make. They are super easy to have as leftovers. And best of all, they are super great!

The recipe below is made with ground turkey, but we usually make them with ground beef. Really, you can make them with either, both are great! Also, I usually double the recipe so we can have some leftovers for a couple of days.

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