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Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Crockpot chicken cacciatore

If you’re looking for an easy, warm comfort meal, this is it! I hadn’t made this crockpot chicken cacciatore in a long time and I just made it for dinner the other night and I thought, “Why is this not on the rotation?” Chicken in a delicious rich sauce of tomatoes and peppers is packed with flavor and the perfect dinner the whole family will love! Scroll down for my recipe.

Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore

Ingredients:

  • oilve oil
  • 1 pack of boneless chicken thighs (I chose skinless as well but you do you)
  • salt/pepper
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper sliced
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 packet of Italian seasoning
  • fresh Basil, chopped

Directions:

1.) Drizzle some olive oil in the bottom of the crockpot.

2.) Add the chicken, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3.) Add the garlic, tomatoes, peppers, onions and pack of Italian dressing seasoning.

4.) Stir combining all ingredients so that it coats the chicken.

5.) Allow to cook on high for 4 hours.

6.) When ready to serve, top with some chopped fresh basil.

This is great served over pasta or with some bread to sop up all the juice. If you’re trying to watch your carbs I love it over cauilflower rice, spaghetti squash or over green beans.

crockpot chicken cacciatore

 

crockpot chicken cacciatore

Crockpot chicken cacciatore

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For more easy recipes check out

Tomato Spinach Tortellini Soup

Easy Caprese Pasta

Sheet pan honey mustard pretzel chicken

Sheet pan gnocchi with sausage and butternut squash

 

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Easy winter salad recipe

Winter salad

This is the best easy winter salad recipe. I am known in the family for making the best salads and it’s a title I take seriously. This one is perfect for Christmas or New Years too. Roasted brussel sprouts add a nice flavor, topped with pomegranate arils that look like little jewels and the cinnamon candied nuts for the perfect sweet crunch! It’s great paired with pork, turkey or a beef.  I’m sharing my recipe below.

Easy Winter Salad Recipe

Easy Winter Salad

Ingredients:

For the salad

  • 2 cups brussels sprouts, sliced
  • olive oil
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 cups chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • dash of cinnamon
  • For the greens I like to use frisee, kale, spring mix, or a half and half blend of spinach and arugula
  • 2 pears, sliced
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1 log goat cheese crumbled

For the dressing

  • 1/2  cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp  honey
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • dash of salt to taste

Directions:

1.) Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.

2.) On a sheet pan lined with foil, divide the pan in half. On one side toss the brussel sprouts with olive oil, salt and pepper. On the other side add the nuts, maple syrup, and cinnamon, coating evenly. Sprinkle the nuts with salt. Bake in the oven until roasted about 15-29 minutes. Be sure to stir the nuts periodically.

3.) While the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasting, in a large salad bowl, add the greens, sliced pears, pomegranate arils goat cheese.

4.) Once the brussel sprouts and nuts are roasted, remove from the oven and add into the salad. Toss evenly.

5.) When ready to serve, prepare the dressing. Add all of the dressing ingredients into a mason jar, top and shake. Then lightly pour over the salad.

Enjoy!!!

easy winter salad with roasted brussel sprouts, pomegranate arils and pears

Easy winter salad recipe with brussel sprouts, pears and candied nuts

 

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For more of my favorite salads check out

My Peach Arugula Salad – this is nice in the summer

My Reuben Salad Bowl – perfect if you love a good Reuben Sandwich

 

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Not so Antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

Welcome to the first of hopefully many Summer Salads recipes!  I love making all different kinds of salads over the summer to serve for dinner. I’m sharing this easy and delicious not so antipasta salad. It has all the flavors of a traditional antipasta salad but with the pasta! Make it ahead of time and serve cool when the days are long and hot and you don’t feel like cooking, and enjoy the leftovers for lunch the next day. Scroll down for this easy recipe.

Not so antipasta salad

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 box cooked pasta
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers, drained
  • 1 cup olives (halved)
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes, drained and chopped
  • pepperoni (cut into small chunks)
  • fresh mozzarella balls
  • olive oil and vinegar dressing (I used a three cheese olive oil and vinegar from Aldi, sooo good)

Not so antipasta salad

Directions:

  1. Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  2. In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  3. Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  4. Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Not so antipasta salad

 

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This Peach Burrata Salad

Chopped Reuben Salad

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Not so antipasta salad

Not so antipasta salad

This salad has all the flavors of an antipasta salad but with the pasta! It's the perfect summer dinner when its super hot out and you want something cold.
Prep Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Salad
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 box pasta cooked
  • 1 head romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1 jar banana peppers drained
  • 1 cup olives halved
  • 1 cucumber chopped
  • 1 jar sun dried tomatoes drained and chopped
  • 1 jar marinated artichokes drained and chopped
  • 1 cup pepperoni cut into small pieces
  • 1 container fresh mozzarella balls
  • 1/2 bottle olive oil and vinegar dressing more to taste

Instructions
 

  • Cook 1 box of pasta until al dente and drain. (I usually will do this ahead of time so that it is chilled and store in my refrigerator in a large ziploc bag).
  • In a large bowl combine the pasta and chopped vegetable/other salad ingredients.
  • Top with dressing. (I used about 1/4-1/2 the bottle but you can add more the next day when having leftovers).
  • Serve chilled and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Keyword pasta, salad

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How to Make Banana Split Apple Nachos

Banana Split Apple Nachos

These banana split apple nachos are a healthier option for when you’re craving a banana split! They’re also a great snack to use those fresh picked apples during apple picking season or any time of year for that matter. Scroll down to learn how to make Banana Split Apple Nachos.

Banana Split Apple Nachos

Banana Split Apple Nachos

You will need:

  • Apples (I used Pink Lady but Honeycrisp are also a good option)
  • Bananas
  • Whipped Cream
  • Chopped pineapple
  • Sliced strawberries
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Nuts (I used leftover glazed nuts I had for salad toppings but you can also use peanuts)

Directions:

Arrange thinly sliced apples around the outer edge of your tray or dish.

Layer with sliced bananas.

Add your whipped cream, chopped pineapples and strawberries.

Drizzle with chocolate syrup.

Finish off with maraschino cherries and chopped nuts!

Enjoy!

This is a super easy snack to prepare and will be a huge hit whether it’s just at home or for entertaining!

How to make banana split apple nachos

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How to make banana split apple nachos

And since it’s apple picking season, my head is swarming with all kinds of fall recipes and crafts. I recently teamed up with some of my friends. Click the link below for my apple cinnamon french toast casserole and their ideas below!

My apple cinnamon french toast casserole

 

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