One Pot Stove-Top Macaroni and Cheese

One Pot Stove-Top Mac & Cheese

 

I’ve been experimenting with mac & cheese recipes and methods.  My favorite so far is Pressure Cooker Macaroni and Cheese.

But I started wondering if this could be made on top of the stove.  One of the things I like about the pressure cooker method is that it’s all done in one pot.  It also uses real cheese and milk, but doesn’t require the making of a white sauce.  (Not that making white sauce is hard, but sometimes you want to go even easier that that.)

What I found out is that you can use the same recipe as the pressure cooker version to make this dish on the stove.  I didn’t think it was quite as creamy as the pressure cooker type, but it was still very good.  And my stove takes forever for a pot of water to boil, so I still think the pressure cooker is faster.

If you don’t have a pressure cooker though, this is definitely worth a try.  [Read more...]

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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...]

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Ranch Glazed Carrots

I’m so excited to introduce you to Jaime from Mom’s Test Kitchen! Jaime is the newest contributing writer for Eat at Home. I think you are going to love her recipes! Enjoy her first recipe for an easy side dish and give her a warm welcome!

No need for dipping sauce on the side, get the flavors you love in this easy to make Ranch Glazed Carrots side dish!

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Our family eats a lot of meatless meals. It’s a great way to stretch our grocery budget, plus we just like to eat what I call ‘veggie plates’. Just like you would get in a restaurant, I make up two or three different vegetable dishes and some sort of bread & we pile our plates full of yummy vegetables.

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These Ranch Glazed Carrots are one of the vegetables I served up for our last veggie plate dinner. They tasted absolutely delicious, took about 10 minutes to prepare and since I was able to get the carrots on sale, cost just about $2 for the whole recipe! All of that pretty much makes a recipe a winner in my book!

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Ranch Glazed Carrots

Yield: serves 4

Ranch Glazed Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby carrots
  • 5 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 envelope (1 ounce) dry ranch salad dressing & seasoning mix

Instructions

  1. Cook the carrots in 1 cup of boiling water until tender, about 5-6 minutes. Drain the carrots & place them back in the warm pot.
  2. Add the butter, brown sugar & dry dressing mix to the carrots and toss to coat.
  3. Mix until evenly combined and the carrots are well glazed. Serve warm (but still serves well chilled as leftovers)
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If you enjoyed this Ranch Glazed Carrots recipe, you might also like these Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker or Parmesan Crusted Carrots!

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Easy Butternut Squash Skillet – My New Favorite Side Dish

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I could eat and eat and eat this butternut squash skillet.  It is so good!

Our church had a potluck dinner before Christmas where someone brought a sweet potato dish that was out of this world.  I searched for the cook and finally found that the very talented Lisa had brought it.  She emailed me the recipe she used as inspiration.

I took the ideas and decided to use butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes.  I also made mine a one-dish recipe by using an oven proof skillet.

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

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Southwestern Veggie Skillet – One Dish Dinner

Southwestern Veggie Skillet - One Dish Dinner

 

This is a great way to clear out your pantry and veggie drawer.  It’s more method than recipes.  You can use anything you’ve got that looks good.  Throw it into the mix!

I opted not to use any meat for this dinner, but if you want, you can add sausage, smoked sausage, hamburger or even cooked chicken.

Here’s what I used for our skillet dinner:   [Read more...]

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Easy Homemade Salsa

A note from Tiffany: This is a post from contributing writer, Rachael. It’s been a while since she’s had a recipe post for us, but she is the one who puts everything together for the Traditional version of the Weekly Meal Plans. Rachael and her family lost their home to fire on Saturday. Thankfully, they are all safe. Please keep Rachael, her husband and their two little ones in your prayers. They are hanging on to this verse. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
—James 1:2–4

EasyHomemadeSalsa

Want to know why I will never buy salsa again? That’s easy – it’s because I will always make it myself from here on out!

Recently a good friend of mine passed along a salsa recipe. You can find that recipe here. I tweaked the recipe and love how it turned out so I had to share with you.

Here is my recipe but just know you can customize it completely to fit your needs. You could skip the jalapeno if you don’t like spicy. You could add black beans or corn to have a different spin. If you like it chunky just add an extra can of diced tomatoes at the end. So many ideas!

Easy Homemade Salsa

What you need:

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 – 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

What to do:

Put everything in a food processor and blend until consistency is like you prefer. Serve chilled!

Note – this salsa is best once it sits together a bit in the fridge. Also, I not sure how long it lasts but it has been gone in 4-5 days in my house.

Easy Homemade Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 can of whole tomatoes 28 - 32 oz, drained
  • 1 red onion, quartered
  • a couple garlic cloves whole or minced (whatever you have)
  • 2 Tbsp of lime
  • 2 tsp of salt
  • 2 tsp of cumin
  • a large handful of fresh cilantro (I used almost a whole bunch)
  • 1 can of jalapenos (I used a 4 oz can)

Instructions

  1. Put everything in a food processor and blend until it's the desired consistency you like best. Serve chilled.
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Rachael Walkup has been married to her best friend for 8 years. They have two kids – a 4 yr old boy and a 2 yr old  little girl. She loves to write, cook, spend time with family, and serve others. You can learn more about her by following along on twitter, her blog, or pinterest.

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32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

There are all kinds of things you can serve as side dishes, but if you’re like me you prefer simple things that don’t require a lot of prep.  Unless the main dish practically makes itself, I normally don’t like to spend time on the sides.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 32 simple side dishes that come together quick.  A few do require baking/slow cooking time, but the hands on prep is minimal.

Salads

32 Simple Side Dish Ideas

Simple Lettuce Wedge Salad

BLT Salad

Black Bean and Corn Salad

Cucumber and Tomato Salad

Cucumbers and Onions

Quick Cole Slaw

Ranch Veggie Salad

Here are 7 things you can add to your salad to make it more interesting

Fruit

Warm Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Marshmallows

 

Warm Cinnamon Applesauce with Toasted Marshmallows

Cranberries and Oranges

Ambrosia – so easy and tastes like more than the sum of its parts

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

Vanilla Fruit Salad

Vegetables

honey glazed carrots in the slow cooker done

 

Honey Glazed Carrots in the Slow Cooker

How to Cut Cauliflower in 1 Minutes (so you can steam it or eat it raw)

Mashed Cauliflower

Grilled Zucchini

Parmesan Zucchini and Summer Squash in the Microwave

Roasted Broccoli and Red Pepper

Slow Cooked Apples and Butternut Squash

Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

 

Potatoes/Stuffing/Pasta

apple cornbread dressing done

Apple Cornbread Dressing – 10 minutes to the table

Baked Potatoes with Onions

Southwestern Cornbread Stuffing

Garlic Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes

Macaroni and Cheese & Macaroni and Tomatoes

Parmesan Fettucini

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Roasted Potatoes

Roasted Sweet and White Potatoes

Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet Potatoes and Apples in the Slow Cooker

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Easy Peachy Fruit Salad – Quick Side Dish Idea

I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I’m fixing dinner I forget about the side dishes.  I’m so focused on getting our main dish ready, that the sides get neglected.

Not to mention, that I just don’t like making elaborate sides very often. I like to keep it simple and quick.  But sometimes it’s hard to come up with quick side dish ideas that aren’t the same thing all the time.

This is one of those ideas that you can pull together in less than 5 minutes.  And it’s a bit different than your normal fruit salad.

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad

 

This isn’t my original idea, but I have no idea where I heard about it.  Basically, you use a can of peach pie filling and any other type of fruit you want.

Here’s what I used:

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You can see that I really needed to use that banana quick!

I think this would be great with other types of pie filling too.  I may try apple sometime soon.

I don’t always have pie filling in my pantry, but I often buy “inspiration ingredients”.  These are things that look good to me when I go through the store, but I don’t have an immediate idea for using.  If it’s a pantry item that will keep well, I’ll purchase it. Eventually, an idea will hit or I’ll find a recipe for it.  This is how many of the recipes on this site get created.

This fruit salad hardly needs a written recipe, because it’s so adaptable.  But here it is for you anyway.

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad – Quick Side Dish Idea

Yield: 6-8 servings

Easy Peachy Fruit Salad – Quick Side Dish Idea

Ingredients

  • 1 can peach pie filling
  • 3-5 other fruits - canned, drained or fresh

Instructions

  1. Stir together and chill.
  2. Or eat room temperature if you're out of time to chill it.
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Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker – 75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Winter squash doesn’t have to be just for winter.  Butternut squash, acorn squash, spaghetti squash all make great side dishes for summer too.  Especially if you don’t have to turn your oven on to cook them.

No oven needed, because you can cook winter squash in the slow cooker!

Winter Squash in the Slow Cooker

 

I’ve tried both acorn and butternut squash this way and both work great.  For the acorn squash, I washed it and cut it in half.  After scooping out the seeds I placed it in a foil lined slow cooker.  I used butter, brown sugar and a little salt and pepper to season it.

For the butternut squash, I intended to leave it with the rind on and just scoop out the cooked squash to serve.  But it wasn’t fitting very well.  And there was a bad place on the end I had to cut off.  I ended up cutting all the rind off, which only took a minute or two.  As long as you have a sharp knife, this isn’t a hard job.

I used the same butter, brown sugar, salt and pepper for the butternut squash.  I know there are lots of other ways you could season it.

My kids did taste it, but only because we insisted.  They hear the word “squash” and think “yuck”.  You have to admit, it isn’t the best named vegetable, especially if you have a texture issue.

I cooked the squash on high for 3-4 hours.  I’m sure you could cook it on low for 5-6 hours or longer.  I’d like to try a spaghetti squash like this, but my kids refuse to try it again.  I made one a few years ago and over baked it in the oven.  I think it turned them off forever.

75 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Meals EatAtHomeCooks

 

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

 

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Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

easy smashed sweet potatoes

 

I love sweet potatoes.  I usually just serve them baked as a side dish.  If I’ve got more time, I like to make Sweet Potato Fries.

But this time, I decided to make them mashed.  Or rather, smashed.

This is such an easy side dish to fix.  And it’s a nice change from serving the potatoes baked.

It starts with baking the sweet spuds.  I scrubbed them and put them in a foil lined pan, covering the whole pan with foil.  This was faster than wrapping them individually.  It made the final step easier too.  Just whip the foil off the pan, instead of having to unwrap individual potatoes.

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This is more method than recipe.  Easy to fix.  Easy to remember.

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Easy Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 - 1 sweet potato per person
  • 2-3 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1/4 - 1/2 stick butter
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes.
  2. Place in foil lined baking pan and stick potatoes with a fork several times each.
  3. Cover with more foil.
  4. Bake 350 for 1 1/2 hours or until very tender.
  5. Or line crockpot with foil and place potatoes. Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  6. Remove from oven or crockpot.
  7. Slice potatoes in half and scoop out the middles.
  8. Place in a bowl with brown sugar and butter.
  9. Smash and stir with a spoon until well combined.
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You’ll also need butter and brown sugar in addition to the sweet potatoes.

 

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