Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with Seasoned Potato Wedges

Smoked Sausage Sheet Pan Dinner with seasoned potatoes

I’ve been loving the ease of the sheet pan dinner.  This time I used smoked sausage and potato wedges, along with brussels sprouts.  This combination would be a little plain if it weren’t for the spice combo I used on the potatoes.

McCormick is my go-to brand for spices.  The quality is always fabulous at bringing out the flavor in a recipe.  This time I pulled smoked paprika, garlic powder and onion powder from the pantry. I also used generous amounts of kosher salt and black pepper.

Smoked Sausage sheet pan dinner seasonings

If you don’t have smoked paprika, use regular.  The smoked lends a wonderful flavor though, that goes really well with the smoked sausage.

Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:   [Read more…]

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

This slow cooker recipe from Kate sounds amazing!  Don’t be afraid to try the sauerkraut.  I’ve found that in recipes it isn’t nearly as “krauty” as it is when you have it straight from the jar or can.

Apple season is my favorite. As soon as they start appearing in the market, they start working their way into every meal I can possibly squeeze them into. This is one of our standard fall dinners.

Apples pair so well with kielbasa. The potatoes bulk up the slaw to make the whole dish more filling and the sauerkraut adds a great bite. The whole thing just tastes like fall and couldn’t be easier! If you’re looking for a simple, seasonal dish, this is a great go-to.


To make it, you’ll only need a few simple ingredients:


Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Potato-Apple Slaw

Serves: 4 servings

  • 3 large potatoes, shredded
  • 3 Gala apples, peeled and shredded
  • 1 15 oz. can sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup sherry cooking wine
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lb. kielbasa, coin-sliced
  1. In the slow cooker, toss together the shredded potato, shredded apple and rinsed sauerkraut.
  2. Stir in cooking wine. Season to taste with salt and pepper. If it's still too bitter, stir in a teaspoon or two of sugar.
  3. Stir in sliced kielbasa.
  4. Cook on low for 6 hours.

Kate is a home cook and new mom  from New Jersey. In addition to sharing recipes with Eat at Home readers, she blogs her cooking adventures at Kate’s Recipe Box. When she’s not in the kitchen, you can find her reading or tending to her garden.

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.


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


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


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



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

Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

I actually didn’t make this casserole for breakfast, but for brunch after church.  It’s a perfect after church meal, because it’s easy to throw together while you’re trying to rush everyone out of the house.  And the cook time is perfect to have it ready when you get back.

I used potatoes with onions and peppers in them to add plenty of flavor without adding a chopping step.  This one is really just “assembly only”.  Important when you’re trying not to be the last family to slip into the sanctuary.

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

Light & Healthier Potato Soup

It is getting to be that time of year when we embrace the saying “eat, drink and be merry!”  (and when I say ‘we’, I mean ‘me’)  Food takes center stage much of the holiday season, with parties, family get-togethers, and goodies everywhere you look.  Just one of the many reasons it is my favorite time of year!  However, as much as I would love to live off pies, cakes and cookies, I need a healthier option to get me through the door cold winter days (for between the times when I am eating the pies, cakes and cookies!)  That is where this soup comes in.  There is just something comforting about a nice, steamy bowl of soup, and potato is one of my favorites. It’s thick, hearty and filling.  However, it is very high in carbohydrates, and often it is loaded down with cheese, bacon, cream…you know, the good stuff! So, instead of depriving myself of this yummy soup, I decided to try out a lighter version.

I have been experimenting with cauliflower for quite some time, and you may  not realize how versatile it is!  Cauliflower can be a great lower carb substitute for potatoes, without sacrificing flavor.  Yes, I said cauliflower….but hear me out!  I came across this recipe and knew I had to give it a try.  I changed it up a little, and the results were delicious! (and I do not even like traditionally prepared cauliflower!)

Light & Healthier Potato Soup
  • 2 russet potatoes - cooked
  • 1 bag of frozen cauliflower florets (or one small head) - cooked
  • 1½ cups fat free chicken broth
  • ¾ cup skim milk
  • ¾ cup fat free half and half
  • ½ cup plain fat free yogurt
  • ¼ cup green onions (or to taste)
  • salt and pepper - to taste
  • Toppings (shredded cheese, green onion or chives, bacon bits)
  1. Prepare potatoes (wash, dry, then boil, bake or microwave. I like to use microwaveable steamer bags. Potatoes cook in 4-7 minutes) Allow potatoes to cool, then peel.
  2. Prepare cauliflower (steam with water in a large pot until tender), drain.
  3. Puree cauliflower and one potato in a blender or food processor.
  4. Add pureed cauliflower/potato, chicken broth, milk, half and half to a pot on medium heat.
  5. Bring mixture to a boil
  6. Add remaining potato (chopped), yogurt, green onions and salt and pepper to pot.
  7. Cook on low for another 5-10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. To serve - top with cheese, green onions or chives, and bacon. (I used Hormel Jalapeno Bacon Bits!)

If you prefer your soup completely smooth, you can puree both potatoes. Also, you can use an immersion blender to blend the potatoes and cauliflower if you have one.  It’s one of the items on my Christmas list :-)  I was pleasantly surprised by this soup, and the fact that I did not miss the extra carbs!  If you go easy on your toppings, I think it is a pretty healthy bowl of comfort food!

KimM can also be found blogging and scarfing up cookies over at Mo’Betta, where life revolves around 3 crazy kids, food allergies and a diabetic husband!

Italian Herb Salted Pork Roast and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

This is an amazing meal.  First, it only takes a few minutes to put it in the slow cooker.  And it tastes fantastic.  The pork roast is tender and full of flavor, thanks to Italian Herb Salt, garlic and white wine.

I’ll definitely be making this one again.  Next time, I will add more whole cloves of garlic.  Jim and I were searching in the potatoes to find the cooked garlic.  They were perfect with the potatoes.

I love a meal that tastes like you’ve slaved over the stove, when you really only spent five or ten minutes putting it in the crockpot.  That’s my kind of cooking.

Here’s what you’ll need to make this:  [Read more…]

Garlic Cream Cheese Smashed Potatoes – 2 Ingredients!

I’ve made these potatoes twice now.  They are so simple, but they taste like you’ve really put in a lot of effort.  I love a good cheat!

This is more method than recipe, but I’ll add it in Ziplist below.  I’ve made this with about 1 lb. of potatoes and half a container of Philly Cooking Creme.  I thought that was a perfect amount of creaminess.  I’ve also made it with 3 lbs. potatoes and a whole container of Cooking Creme.  I thought that was a little dry, but Jim liked it better that way.

So, do what suits you and your family.  If you want to up the creaminess, but don’t want to use more cream cheese just add a splash of milk.

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

Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes in the Slow Cooker

Have you ever made a recipe that just didn’t turn out?  I’ve done it a lot of times, but one I remember well.

Jim and I were recently married and I was just learning to cook.  We used to invite friends to come to dinner and I would make a new recipe.  Most of our other meals during the week consisted of ramen noodles or instant potatoes.  We were college students and had no money, so it was a splurge to buy ingredients for a nice meal once a week.

On this occasion, I made a dish that had chicken, Italian sausage, potatoes and tomatoes in it.  The recipe called to bake it in the oven for 1 hour.  Needless to say, that was not nearly a long enough cooking time for so much meat and raw potatoes.  When I served it, we cut into raw chicken.  Yuck!

Thankfully, the guests we had were also college students.  They were easily satisfied with a bowl of cereal until the dinner had more time to cook.

I never tried making that recipe again, but I remember that when it finally cooked it did taste good.  So when Frigidaire recently asked me to share a “do-over” recipe, I knew this would be the one.  Except this time I made it in the slow cooker to give it a good, long cook time.

Frigidaire has a new Gallery dishwasher that features an OrbitClean Wash Arm that gets the dishes clean the first time.  Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to have a do-over on a load of dishes.  Frigidaire invites you to visit to share your own “do-over” moment.  It doesn’t have to be food related.  One lucky visitor is going to win the ultimate do-over!  And Frigidaire is also donating $1 to Save the Children for every do-over submitted.  So pop over and share your do-over moment.

Back to my do-over recipe.  Here’s what you’ll need to try the slow cooker version, which worked out much better than the oven method I used so many years ago.  [Read more…]

Loaded Cheesy Potato Casserole

The credit for this recipe goes entirely to my sister.  She knows how to kick things up a notch or three.

This variation on Hashbrown Casserole includes peppers, bacon, extra sour cream and french fried onions on top.  It may not win any nutrition awards, but I guarantee if you take it to a potluck your dish will come home empty.

Here’s what you’ll need (add a container of french fried onion topping that didn’t make it into the photo):   [Read more…]

Ham and Swiss Scalloped Potatoes

Yesterday, we talked about how to make white sauce.  That is the basis for this dish too.  The simple white sauce poured over layers of potato, ham ans shredded Swiss cheese makes for a wonderful dinner.

In order to keep the baking time to a minimum and ensure the potatoes get cooked all the way through, I boiled the whole potatoes and then sliced them.  Since everything is hot going into the oven, it only needs about 20 minutes to melt the cheese and finish off the dish.

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

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