Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

I bought a pressure cooker several months ago. I’ve been slowly learning to really make use of it and recently I decided to make more of an effort to try some new things.

I’ve got a post planned soon with some general info and ideas on using a pressure cooker, but first I wanted to share this recipe for Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.

Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

 

Of all the different mac and cheese recipes I’ve tried, this one is the winner.  It’s creamy, cheesy and homemade.  And it’s faster than the other methods.  I think it’s even faster than my other mac and cheese.  You know, the one with the processed cheese product, which I do love, but isn’t very healthy.

I love that this recipe is homemade, but doesn’t require you to make the sauce separately from the macaroni.  It’s fewer dishes to wash and easier prep.   [Read more...]

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding

Nutter Butter Banana Pudding

 

I was not on top of my food blogging game with this one!

I almost didn’t take a photo of this Nutter Butter Banana Pudding at all.  I made it late at night for a pitch-in meal the next day.  I don’t even have an ingredient photo for you, but since it only uses common ingredients that’s not really a problem.

Using Nutter Butter cookies instead of vanilla wafers takes banana pudding to a whole new level.  This one is easy to make – one of those best-of-church-supper type recipes.   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches
When we have Italian Sausage, I usually serve it over pasta. Ragú recently asked me to give a twist on a traditional dish, so I decided to serve the Italian sausage and peppers on buns instead. And I wanted to use the slow cooker for the recipe too. I love my slow cooker!

The Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce made it a cinch to prep this meal. And it tasted fantastic!

I toasted the buns in the oven, then topped them with the Italian sausage and peppers in rich tomato sauce, covering it all with slices of provolone cheese.

The boys in my house especially loved this meal. The leftovers got finished off as a night time snack. Anyone else have teenage sons who eat two dinners?

Here’s what you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches:

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Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers Sub Sandwiches

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5-6 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low
Ready In: 5-8 hours

  • 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 jar Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 8 hoagie rolls, toasted
  • 8 slices Provolone cheese
  1. In a skillet, brown the sausage on all sides.
  2. Place sausge, onion, peppers, Ragu and Italian seasoning in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours.
  4. Serve sausage and peppers on hoagie rolls, topped with cheese.

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Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – March 17

After a few weeks of a bad case of the cooking blues, I finally feel full of ideas for new recipes.  I’ve been playing with slow cooker desserts, have several ideas for ice creams and I’ve been using the pressure cooker too.

After all that cooking though, the week ended with a touch of the virus that Mia had last weekend.  Thankfully, it was short lived and I’m feeling better now.  It did keep me from posting weekend links yesterday.  And I didn’t get this post written ahead of time, so I’m knocking it out Sunday afternoon while watching While You Were Sleeping on Netflix and sitting by the fire.  A pretty good way to spend the day, especially since winter decided to make a come back today.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If your life is filled to the brim and you feel like you can’t do just one more thing, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the planning and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Plan

6. Corned Beef and Cabbage

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker

Now that I’ve started this Slow Cooker Dessert Series,  I’ve of course been trying to come up with ideas for new recipes.  When I think dessert, my mind quickly goes to chocolate.  But this time I wanted something different.

I could have used fruit to make a dessert (I’ve got a couple of cans of cherries in the pantry that I can’t wait to use!), but one of my kids doesn’t like fruit.  (What kind of kid loves kale, cauliflower and carrots but hates fruit?)

And that’s how this Salted Caramel Cobbler in the slow cooker came into being.

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessert

 

It’s basically the same recipe as Chocolate Cobbler in the Slow Cooker, but without the cocoa.  I also swapped out some of the white sugar for brown sugar to make it more caramel-like.  And a little salt on caramel is always a good thing.

This cobbler turns out warm and gooey with lots of caramel sauce.  This is a sweet dessert.  It’s nearly impossible to have a caramel dessert without it being very sweet.  The bit of salt balances the sweet though.

It would be great topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Ice cream can help cut the richness of dessert, as crazy as that sounds.  It works like a glass of milk with brownies, only more delicious.  Or this could just be me justifying eating more ice cream.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it:   [Read more...]

Chicken Tortellini with Kale – a 15 minute recipe

This Chicken Tortellini with Kale has been made twice in our house so far.  Once by me and once by Jim.  He got home before I did the other night and texted asking if there was anything he could do.  I suggested he could make dinner.  I knew we had the ingredients for this recipe in the fridge and the recipe notes were still sitting on the counter.

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

 

When I walked in the door, he had this dinner on the table.  I love that!

He doesn’t cook very often, but he was able to follow this easy recipe.  Actually, he was able to follow the notes, which aren’t as complete as the full recipe when I type it here.  So this is a very easy recipe.

And it’s also really good.  I wasn’t sure how my kids would react to the kale.  They love kale chips, but cooked kale is a different thing.  I didn’t need to worry though, because they loved it!

The dark, leafy kale contrasted in taste, texture and color to the pasta, cheese and chicken.  A little bit of red pepper flakes added even more flavor.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this 15 minute dish:   [Read more...]

Simple Meal Plans & Real Life – March 10

We’ve been working behind the scenes on some exciting new additions to the Weekly Meal Plans.  I can’t wait to share with you, but I’m not quite ready yet.  I will say, I think you’re going to love it!

Last week started off with snow and ice and ended with highs in the upper 50s.  Crazy Kentucky weather!  Our dinners ranged from newly created recipes to simple things like pancakes and sausage.  We also had grilled cheese and tomato soup for one meal, which tasted great on a snowy day.

Simple Weekly Meal Plans

If you’ve been looking for a way to save time on menu planning, you’ll want to look into getting our Weekly Meal Plans.  All the organizing and thinking is done for you.  No grocery list making or side dish planning needed.  I love using these and when I don’t have to do any recipe creation, this is my preferred way to shop and cook.

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s meal plans.  When you join the Weekly Meal Plan list, you get the grocery list and printable recipes with side dishes included.  You can find out more about how to get the meal plans for yourself by clicking here.

Traditional Plan

Slow Cooker Plan

1. Maple Apple Chicken 
2. Refried Beans without the Refry ( For bean and beef burritos)

Weekend Thinks and Links

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What kind of person does this to the ice cream container and then puts in back in the freezer for the next unsuspecting snacker?

If you know my family in real life, you can guess which one of the kids did it.  Yep, it’s the one whose name means laughter.  We named him well.

Speaking of ice cream, I’ve been reading through this book on Scrib’d:   [Read more...]

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow Cooker

 

This warm, pineapple upside down cake was begging for a scoop of vanilla ice cream.  I really thought I had some left in the freezer, but my kid (who is taller every morning than he was the night before) beat me to it.

Even so, this dessert was delish!  Simple ingredients of pineapple, butter, brown sugar and cake mix created a cobbler-like dessert that tastes just like traditional pineapple upside down cake.

Do you like your pineapple upside down cake warm or room temp?

I prefer mine to be room temperature.  The leftovers were perfect to me the next day.  But other members of my family prefer theirs to be warm.  They loved it straight out of the slow cooker and heated up their leftovers in the microwave the next day.

Either way, this is a very easy dessert to make.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Desserts Series

Slow Cooker Dessert Series

 

I had so much fun with the Slow Cooker Soups Series, I decided to sweeten things up.

Starting tomorrow, I’ve got a new batch of slow cooker recipes for you and they’re all sweet and scrumptious!

I’ll be sharing recipes each Friday during March and April.  We may run this series into May too.  I’ll be creating new recipes, as well as sharing recipes on my site that you may have missed.  And I’ll share a few from other food blogs as well. I’ll add all the recipes to this post, as they are shared each week.

Pineapple Upside Down Cake in the Slow CookerPineapple Upside Down Cake

Salted Caramel Cobbler in the Slow Cooker easy dessertSalted Caramel Cobbler

Slow Cooker Bananas Foster Bread Pudding Disney inspiredBananas Foster Bread Pudding

Slow Cooker Blueberry Crisp Blueberry Crisp

Slow Cooker Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust

 Chocolate Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust and Nut Topping

Slow Cooker Brownies and Cherries

Brownies and Cherries

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