Easy Slow Cooker Blackeye Peas

Easy Slow Cooker Blackeye Peas

Blackeye peas has to be one of my favorite rainy day meals. It’s easy, it’s full of flavor, and it’s so filling! As always, it goes GREAT with cornbread!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb dry blackeye peas
  • 7 cups chicken broth (or 4 cans)
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced ham
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients except salt to slow cooker. Stir well until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Cook on low 7 hours. Add salt to taste. Serve with cornbread, greens, or other desired sides.
Easy Oven Broiled Sirloin Steak with Onion and Mushrooms

Easy Oven Broiled Sirloin Steak with Onion and Mushrooms

I’m not a griller. I’m just not. It has fire… and gas. Fire and gas make explosions and I’m intimidated. So, when I want steak and the designated griller isn’t around or the weather is just too crummy, it’s the broiler to the rescue! This recipe has a very flavorful sautéed onion and mushroom topping that is almost better than the steak! Fair warning: the cast iron skillet produces A LOT of smoke when searing the steaks prior to oven cooking, so make sure you have an assistant to silence your smoke detectors!

Ingredients

Steak

  • 3 steaks, room temperature (approx. 1 – 1 1/2 inch thick cuts, cuts such as filet mignon, rib eye, T-bone, strip steak, sirloin, or flank steak are great for this recipe)
  • 2 Tbsp high heat oil (I prefer avocado oil, but any high heat oil will do just fine)
  • 1 tsp sea salt (or seasoned salt of choice)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder

Sautéed Mushrooms and Onion

  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 lb Baby Bella mushrooms, halved or quartered
  • 1 Vidalia onion, sliced thin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler on oven (I set mine to the default-500 degrees). Let the steaks rest on a plate until they reach room temperature.
  1. In a small bowl, prepare the seasoning by mixing the salt, pepper, and garlic powder until mixed well. Set aside.
  2. While the broiler is heating and the steaks are resting, chop the onion and Baby Bella mushrooms. Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Stir in the Worcestershire sauce. Add the mushrooms and cook until they begin to turn a light brown color (approx. 5 minutes). Stir the mushrooms about every minute or minute and a half to prevent burning. Add the onion and cook until the edges brown and become translucent (approx. another 5 minutes). Continue stirring every minute or minute and a half to prevent burning or sticking.
  1. Reduce heat to low the final minute and add the minced garlic, stirring continually. Add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
  2. Blot the steaks dry with paper towels and brush the oil onto all sides of the steaks. Sprinkle the seasoning mixture onto the steaks, covering all surfaces front and back.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet on the stove on high for 6-8 minutes. Once the skillet is extremely hot, add the steaks and press the steaks onto the skillet to ensure the back of the steaks are seared. Cook the steaks in the pan for 30 seconds.
  4. Carefully flip the steaks and transfer the skillet to the oven. Broil the steaks for 3 minutes, then flip the steaks using tongs and continue baking for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Continue this method of flipping the steaks every 2-3 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 5 degrees below the desired internal temperature, as the steaks will continue cooking after being removed from the oven.
  1. Once the steaks are cooked to 5 degrees below the desired internal temperature, immediately remove the pan from the oven and transfer the steaks to a clean plate. Brush any pan juices on to the steaks. Loosely tent the plate with aluminum foil and let the steaks rest for 3 minutes.
  2. Serve with prepared sautéed onion and mushrooms.
Copycat Starbucks Bacon, Egg, and Gouda Breakfast Sandwich (Freezer Friendly!)

Copycat Starbucks Bacon, Egg, and Gouda Breakfast Sandwich (Freezer Friendly!)

I frequently make copycat Egg McMuffin sandwiches in large batches, so I thought, why not Starbucks Bacon, Egg, and Gouda sandwiches? They are hands down my favorite breakfast sandwich and really, it wouldn’t be all that different than the Egg McMuffin sandwiches to make in a large batch. This recipe includes a batch recipe for scrambled eggs, which can be used to feed several people breakfast as well, so it’s a win-win!

Ingredients

  • 8 Ciabatta rolls (I found them in packs of 4, so I used 2 packs-some are smaller than others, but these happened to be fairly large, so adjust your recipe accordingly)
  • 8 slices of aged Gouda cheese (double the amount of cheese if you are a cheese lover!)
  • 12 eggs
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 lb bacon, cooked (I cook mine on a microwave bacon pan, but use any method you prefer)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook bacon using any preferred method. Set aside.
  1. Add melted butter to the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ glass baking dish and coat evenly.
  2. Crack all eggs into a large mixing bowl. Add salt and slowly whisk milk into eggs.
  1. Pour egg mixture into the glass baking dish and bake uncovered for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove the egg mixture from the oven and stir well. Bake uncovered again for an additional 10-15 minutes until eggs are cooked to desired doneness.
  1. After eggs have fully cooled, cut into 8 equal rectangles.
  1. Lay the bottom part of ciabatta rolls on a large sheet pan and assemble sandwiches with egg, gouda, and bacon and replace the top half of the ciabatta rolls.
  1. To Freeze: Wrap each sandwich in foil and place in a Ziploc freezer bag. Place in freezer.

Thawing Directions

Microwave

  1. Remove sandwich from aluminum foil and wrap in a damp paper towel.
  2. Microwave 1 minute at 50% power. Flip sandwich over and microwave 30 seconds – 1 minute on high power until warmed through.

Oven

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bake frozen sandwich in oven for 25 minutes or until warmed through.
Philly Style Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Pepper Boats

Philly Style Sheet Pan Italian Sausage and Pepper Boats

Sheet pan. Italian Sausage. Enough said. This recipe is easy, full of flavor, and a crowd pleaser. We LOVE leftovers in this house, so I doubled the amount of Italian sausage in the original recipe from Mad about Food for great leftover lunches for work the next day (or two… it went a long way!).

Ingredients

  • 2 lb (or 2 packages) Italian sausages (sweet or hot), use one package if you’re feeding a smaller amount of people or don’t want a large amount of leftovers
  • 2 bell peppers, sliced thin
  • 1 yellow onion, cut into thin moon-shaped slices
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Bun/roll (optional for serving)
  • provolone cheese, sliced (optional for serving Philly style on bun)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Whisk together tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a frying pan over medium heat, grease the pan lightly, and sear sausage links for 3 minutes on each side.
  1. Place warm, seared sausage in a mixing bowl with the bell pepper and onions. Pour salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic powder into the bowl and toss to mix evenly. Pour the balsamic vinegar, tomato paste, and oil mixture over the sausage and peppers and toss again.
  1. Pour ingredients onto the baking sheet and arrange so that the sausages lay flat on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes or until sausage is fully cooked through. 
  2. Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly. Serve over pasta, with veggies, or on a roll/bun.
Turkey Quinoa Taco Skillet

Turkey Quinoa Taco Skillet

I needed a quick dinner one evening before a soccer game (or baseball practice… or somewhere the kids needed to be, so insert sport of choice here…) and I had ground turkey and quinoa. I was at a loss, so Google rescued me. I found this recipe from Spoonful of Flavor and it was a crowd pleaser! The youngest at it burrito style in a tortilla, the oldest preferred his in a hard corn shell taco style, and my husband and I ate the contents as loaded nachos with sour cream, cilantro, and black olive slices. So many options and so quick and easy on a busy night!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1/2 yellow onion, diced (or frozen diced onion if you don’t have a whole onion on hand!)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 4 oz can diced green chilis
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3/4 tsp kosher salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1 15 oz can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 14.5 oz can of diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup jarred salsa
  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa (I used rainbow, but any variety will do)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • cilantro, for garnish

Directions

  1. Spray a large skillet generously with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the diced onion and cook for about 2 minutes until it starts to soften. Add in the ground turkey and minced garlic and cook until the meat is almost cooked through, breaking it up with a spoon as it cooks. Stir in all the spices and the diced green chiles, cooking for another minute. Add in the black beans, corn, fire roasted tomatoes, salsa and quinoa, stirring until everything is combined.
  1. When the mixture starts to bubble, add in the water, cover the skillet with a lid, and lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer for about 20-25 minutes or until the quinoa is cooked. It should still have a slight bite to it, but not be hard and crunchy.
  2. Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top and cover with the lid, cooking until the cheese is melted. Serve as is, in tortillas for tacos, or on top of your favorite greens.
Mini Cadbury Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

Mini Cadbury Egg Peanut Butter Cookies

Everyone loves chocolate Kiss cookies at Christmas time, so this is a great twist on a classic, but for Easter! Mini Cadbury eggs are my weakness at Easter time (ok… they’re not my ONLY weakness, but a weakness…) and I think they’re always a favorite. These peanut butter cookies are delicious and the mini Cadbury eggs are the perfect addition to a classic for Easter. This recipe comes from Together as Family-check out other great Easter recipes on their site!

Ingredients

  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar (for rolling the cookie dough in)
  • 30 Cadbury Mini Eggs

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with silpat liner, parchment paper, or spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and peanut butter until light in color and fluffy looking. About 1-2 minutes. 
  1. Add in the egg and vanilla extract. Blend together. 
  2. In a separate smaller bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir with a whisk to break up any clumps. Add half of this mixture to the butter/sugar mix and blend on low speed just until incorporated. Add the other half and blend just until mixed together. 
  1. Measure the ¼ cup granulated sugar and place it in a bowl. Take a pinch of dough (about a tablespoon) and roll into a ball. Roll the cookie dough ball into the sugar and place on prepared cookie sheet. 
  2. You will be able to put all 30 on one cookie sheet. 6 rows of 5 cookies each. 
  1. Bake for 7 minutes. The cookies will look the same (they will be slightly paler in color and look “puffy”), but they will be finished baking, so pull them out of the oven!
  2. Immediately, gently press a Cadbury Mini Egg into each cookie. The edges will crack and that’s what you want! Let the cookie sit on the cookie sheet for about 15 minutes. Enjoy them warm or room temperature! Store them in an airtight container once cooled. Happy Easter!
Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi and Roasted Vegetables

Sheet Pan Shrimp Scampi and Roasted Vegetables

I love shrimp, but am always intimidated by cooking it. It’s SO easy to overcook shrimp and I would argue that undercooking it could have worse consequences, so I just… don’t usually cook it. This recipe is easy and it cooks the shrimp perfectly with the vegetables all in one pan. You can even line the sheet pan with foil for easy clean up afterward. This recipe can contain any fresh vegetables you have on hand, so get creative!

Ingredients

Shrimp

  • 20 oz large, frozen shrimp (deveined and tails removed), thawed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp seafood seasoning

Vegetables

  • broccoli
  • carrots
  • string beans
  • zucchini
  • squash
  • any other vegetables desired
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp black pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Scampi Sauce

  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • grated parmesan cheese, to taste
  • fresh chopped parsley

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Chop all vegetables and distribute evenly on the sheet pan. Cover mix vegetables with olive oil and seasonings coating well. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are roasting, prepare the shrimp by coating evenly with olive oil and seasoning.
  4. Prepare the scampi sauce by mixing all ingredients well and setting aside.
  5. After the vegetables have roasted for 15 minutes, slide the vegetables to the side and add the shrimp to the pan in an even layer. Place the pan back into the oven for 12 more minutes or until the shrimp is thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Drizzle the scampi sauce over the shrimp to complete the meal. Enjoy over rice or as a meal on its own.
Healthy (and easy!) Spinach Artichoke Dip

Healthy (and easy!) Spinach Artichoke Dip

I’ve had a recipe for spinach artichoke dip in the slow cooker that I THOUGHT I loved, but after integrating some ingredients and methods from other recipes, I think I’ve finally found the spinach artichoke dip sweet spot! Its ingredients are a bit healthier than some due to lower fat ingredients and no butter or oils. This recipe is also great because it can be made in the slow cooker (make sure to use more ingredients if you plan on using a larger crock pot), baked, or even microwaved if you’re in a hurry!

Ingredients

  • 1 block (8 oz) chive and onion cream cheese (regular or reduced fat cream cheese works great in this recipe, too!)
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 12 oz frozen, chopped spinach
  • 1 14 oz can artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced (more or less according to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp ground red pepper
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Tortilla chips, pita chips, carrots, or celery for serving

Directions

Baking:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Add all ingredients to a large baking dish and mix until well blended.
  3. Place in oven and bake 30 minutes or until cheese is melted and the top of the dip is slightly browned.
  4. Serve with chips or vegetables.

Microwave:

  1. Add all ingredients to a microwave safe dish and mix until well blended.
  2. Heat in microwave in 2 minute increments. Stir well after each 2 minute increment until cheese is melted and dip is warm.
  3. Serve immediately with dip or vegetables.

Slow Cooker:

  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and mix until well blended.
  2. Heat in slow cooker for 2 hours on high or until cheese is melted and dip is hot. Reduce heat to prevent browning on the sides of the slow cooker.
  3. Serve immediately with dip or vegetables.
Copycat Starbucks Dragonfruit Refresher (Only 2 Ingredients!)

Copycat Starbucks Dragonfruit Refresher (Only 2 Ingredients!)

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Starbucks. I always pass on the Refreshers and Pink Drink because I feel like I SHOULD be able to make something similar at home. But do I? Nope. I came across this Dragonfruit Refresher “recipe” and it is delicious and only has two ingredients that are really easy to find in stores.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Bottle Power-C Dragonfruit Vitamin Water
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar Free Vanilla Syrup
  • Ice

Directions

  1. Add ice to your favorite glass or tumbler. Add Vitamin Water and Vanilla Syrup.
  2. Stir and enjoy!
EASY Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink

EASY Copycat Starbucks Pink Drink

These recipes are ALL OVER Pinterest. I’ve tried some that are good, some that are not so good, and some great ones. I found one that was so simple I couldn’t pass it up, so I decided to try it. Well, Target failed me and didn’t have the Ocean Spray White Cran-Strawberry juice I needed for the recipe, so I substituted with Cran-Raspberry. This one was definitely a keeper! Two ingredients and throw in some frozen raspberries and voila! Pink drink! Easy. Chip. Fast. What more can you ask for?

Ingredients

  • Original Silk Almondmilk
  • Ocean Spray Cran-Raspberry juice
  • Frozen or fresh raspberries (optional)

Directions

  1. Add desired amount of ice to a glass. Add frozen or fresh raspberries, if desired.
  2. Pour almondmilk into the glass until it’s half full. Fill the rest of the glass with cran-raspberry juice.
  3. Enjoy!