Quick Veggie Soup

Great basic but flavorful soup recipe. Tonight I didn’t use any celery because I didn’t have it on hand. I also added some fresh sweet corn I picked up at a local farm stand. Delicious!

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 medium carrot, sliced (about 3/4 cup)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup ditalini or other small pasta
4 cups low-sodium chicken or veggie broth
A dash of Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add all the vegetables, garlic and onion. Season with the salt, and cook until tender, about 6 minutes. Add broth, and bring to a boil over high heat. Add ditalini. Cook until pasta is just tender, about 8-9 minutes.
Stir in italian seasoning and lemon juice. Season with pepper and additional salt, to taste.

This soup freezes well, so freeze any leftovers or make a double batch to have plenty on hand. Also, you can stir in some cooked chicken or mini-meatballs, if desired, for another meal.

Mommy tip! For extra fast preparation, I grate all my veggies and garlic. It takes less time to prep and cook!

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Hawaiian Ham N Cheese Sliders

I’d like to thank Pinterest for this one. Soooo easy, and soooo yummy! I made half of what this recipe calls for. The whole recipe could be made for parties and tailgating. 16 sandwiches is just too much for my family of 3, so I cut it down to 8. These tasted just as good reheated the next day for lunch.

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Ingredients

16 Hawaaiin dinner rolls, cut in half
24 slices Honey Ham
16 slices Swiss Cheese
1/4 C Mayonnaise
1 1/2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
8 Tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tbsp poppy seeds
1/4 C brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400°

Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil, then place bottom half of Hawaiian rolls. Cut Swiss cheese into 4 smaller pieces, (stack em up and cut a cross pattern so each slice is made up of four small slices,) then place two swiss squares on the bottom half of the dinner rolls. Next, add 1 1/2 slices of ham, then the 2 more swiss squares. (Each roll should have the equivalent of 1 full slice of cheese.) Finally, spread a thin layer of mayo on the tops, and close the sandwich. Make sure the rolls are close together, so the sauce can really soak in.

Mix together the mustard, melted butter, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar and poppy seeds. Pour evenly over top of each roll. You can cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake, or move them straight to the preheated oven.

Bake covered for about 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted!

Enjoy!

– Stephanie

Cheddar Broccoli Bake

Another version of Mac n cheese, this time with a pinch of nutmeg, corn and broccoli. Love this myself!

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Ingredients

1/4 lb (about 1-1 1/4 C) mini shells pasta
1 1/4 C broccoli, steamed and chopped
1/2 C frozen sweet corn, steamed
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 C flour
3/4 C milk
1/4 C Half and Half
Pinch of nutmeg
1 C grated cheddar cheese
2 Tbsp freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 Tbsp fresh bread crumbs

Preheat oven to 350*, cook pasta according to package directions and set aside. Steam broccoli and corn, set aside. To make the sauce, melt butter in a saucepan. Gradually add flour to make a thick paste, and stir over low heat for about a minute. Gradually whisk in the milk/half n half, bring slowly to a boil, and cook until thickened, stirring constantly! (Never turn the heat up to high, keep it somewhere between medium and low.) Remove from heat, add nutmeg and stir in cheddar until melted. Season to taste. Stir in veggies, then pasta. Pour into a greased gratin dish and sprinkle with Parmesan and bread crumbs. Bake at 350*, for about 15 minutes and serve. Enjoy!

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– Stephanie

Chicken and Veg with Tomato Rice

This is a yummy dish that the whole family can enjoy. My rice didn’t come out spectacular, but it was definitely edible! I can’t ever seem to get my rice cooked to perfection…maybe it’s time to work on a “quest for the perfect rice” post!

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Ingredients

1 cup long grain white rice, cooked
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, peeled and chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
1/2 lb chicken breast, chopped
1 1/4 cups tomato purée
1 chicken stock cube, dissolved in 1/3 cup of boiling water
A few dashes of Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped fine
1/2 tsp sugar
2/3 cup frozen peas
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook your rice according to package directions and set aside.

Heat your oil in a large saucepan, and sautéed the onion, garlic and carrots for about 8 minutes. Add the chopped chicken, and cook through, stirring occasionally. Add all remaining ingredients except for the frozen peas. Cook covered for 15 minutes. The add the frozen peas and cook for 3 minutes more. Lastly, mix in the cooked rice and serve! Yummy nummy!

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This makes about 6-8 servings, depending on how big they are. This is also freezer friendly. Enjoy!

– Stephanie