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Finger Food Ideas For Christmas In Under 30 Minutes

Delicious finger foods for Christmas in 30 minutes or less!

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Christmas is coming and with it comes family get-togethers and parties. There’s no reason for buying store made appetizers when they’re so easy to make yourself! These finger food ideas can be used for appetizers, party snacks, a light lunch, the first course of a dinner, or just nibblies as you drink some fantastic wine.

We made sure to only include recipes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less, and yes this includes the prep and cook time. Don’t waste any more time in the kitchen when you could be enjoying the party!

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1. Deviled Egg Bar

Deviled eggs are a crowd pleaser and are perfect for parties. But before you go and make your favorite deviled egg recipe, consider creating a deviled egg bar instead! A deviled egg bar will allow your guests to build their own with toppings they enjoy. Some great topping ideas are assorted meats, herbs, cheeses, pickles, and more! Be sure to set out small plates, forks and napkins to go alongside your display as well.

A deviled egg bar is a fun, interactive way to feed your guests and makes appetizers into a fun activity. Your guests will surely never forget this dream appetizer spread!

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2. Make Your Own Bruschetta Bar

Bruschetta is a classic Italian finger food that never goes out of style and is a foolproof crowd pleaser. Instead of preparing bruschetta yourself, create a bruschetta bar so that your guests can customize the toppings to suit their liking. This also helps alleviate the work for you making this a quick and easy recipe!

Simply dish out the toppings into serving bowls (which can be done ahead of time). Then all the work you have to do is grill the bread, set out the toppings and dig in! Your guests will love how delicious and interactive this appetizer is.

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3. Copycat Big Mac Bites

Surprise your friends with a platter of these delicious copycat Big Mac Bites at your next holiday gathering. The sliders feature a juicy beef patty and an authentic copycat Big Mac sauce that everyone will enjoy! These Big Mac Bites are absolutely drool-worthy and the Big Mac sauce is so spot on that your friends will be shocked that it didn’t come directly from the drive-thru!

These Big Mac Bites come together fairly quickly which makes them the perfect quick and easy appetizer to throw together for a crowd. You can also serve a keto-friendly option like these low-carb Big Mac bites!

 4. Cobb Salad On A Stick

People may not be drawn to a bowl of a salad but they will surely be drawn to a platter of salad on a stick! These cobb salad sticks include all the best ingredients of a cobb salad, from a hard-boiled egg to crispy bacon, and fresh tomatoes. The benefit to serving cobb salad this way is that its a super easy app to grab and go while your guests are mingling.

Be sure to serve the cobbs with this delicious homemade avocado ranch dip that truly sets this appetizer over the top. As a bonus, this is also a keto-friendly recipe.

5. Caprese Christmas Wreath

Wreaths certainly have a place on your front door but this holiday season, make this delicious Caprese Christmas wreath and share it with friends and family. It’ll surely capture everyone’s attention too. Not only is it vibrant in festive red and green colors but it’s so delicious too.

You could take a few different approaches with this appetizer. You could transform the flavors of a Caprese salad into fun skewers, or simply lay out tomatoes, basil and mozzarella into the shape of a wreath in a more charcuterie-style fashion. This finger food is full of fresh flavors and is incredibly easy to put together!

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6. Christmas Tree Cheese Platter

This Christmas finger food idea is so easy you won’t even need a recipe! Finger foods can be as simple as whipping up a delicious cheese and cracker platter. They’re a timeless crowd favorite and an easy appetizer that your guests can eat casually throughout the evening.

For Christmas this year, get creative and transform your cheese platter into one that looks like a Christmas tree. Start by choosing your favorite cheeses, crackers and possibly a few grapes too. Arrange the platter by decreasing the length of each row and before you know you’ll have a delightful Christmas tree shape.

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7. Cranberry Brie Bites

These elegant cranberry and brie bites would be a stunning addition to your holiday table. They may look fancy and intimidating but they’re actually incredibly easy to make.

With 3 simple ingredients and 25 minutes of your time, you’ll have this appetizer ready to eat in no time! Be sure to cook these cranberry brie bites in a muffin tin to turn this appetizer into the perfect finger food. While this recipe is so tasty on its own, you could also top with toasted walnuts or pecans for added crunch. Also be sure to top with a small rosemary sprig as garnish for a festive touch.

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8. Crockpot Drunken Bourbon Whisky Meatballs

Meatballs make great appetizers, especially for parties! They’re easy to grab and go and the perfect bite size snack before the main course. So set it and forget it this holiday season and make a batch of these drunken bourbon whiskey meatballs. This recipe is made in a Crockpot and only require 2 to 3 hours in comparison to other recipes that need 5 to 8 hours.

A package of frozen meatballs is smothered in a drunken bourbon whiskey sauce and then is cooked low and slow. Your friends and family will take one bite and will be back for seconds and thirds!

9. Pigs In A Blanket

These miniature pigs in a blanket are delicious and come together in under 30 minutes. Topped with everything bagel seasoning, they’ll surely excite your taste buds.There’s no better way to start off a holiday meal than with a few delicious appetizers, and these savory pigs in a blanket will be sure to impress your guests.

If you can’t find the popular Trader Joes Everything But The Bagel Seasoning, this recipe provides instructions on how to make your own. You can also make the delicious homemade dipping sauce recipe — made with sour cream, mustard, and mayo — that pairs perfectly with this appetizer.

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10. Cake Batter Dessert Hummus

It may seem odd to enjoy a sweet flavored hummus, but we assure you that this cake batter dessert hummus is a game-changer! In only 5 minutes, you can create a dessert hummus at home using a food processor. This protein-rich appetizer will quench any sweet tooth craving yet is still packed with all the benefits and nutrients of traditional hummus.

To make this dessert hummus festive simply swap the rainbow sprinkles for red and green or any festive sprinkles that you like! Serve with wafers, cookies or fresh fruit. As a bonus, this is a dairy-free and vegan-friendly recipe.

11. Instant Pot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

Prepare a bowl of ooey-gooey artichoke and spinach dip in a hurry this holiday season by using an Instant Pot! The delicious flavors of this dip are provided by ingredients like alfredo sauce mix, loads of cheese, and garlic powder!

By pressure cooking the dip you’ll be able to have it ready to eat very quickly! Spinach and artichoke dip is a crowd pleaser and once you discover how easy it is to make using the Instant Pot, you’ll want to make this for every occasion. Once cooked, serve the dip in a bread bowl or with your favorite chips.

12. No-Bake Lemon Meringue Pie Dip

Who says you have to save dessert for last? Serve this lemon meringue pie dip as an appetizer and watch it disappear quickly! This dip is full of zesty flavors of lemon and sweet condensed milk. Plus, with only seven common ingredients, it’s inexpensive to feed the crowd you’re hosting!

Another bonus is that this recipe is also super light which will ensure your guests won’t get too full for when the heavy foods like turkey and stuffing are served. Top the dip with a beautiful homemade meringue and you could even add a few festive sprinkles on top too.

13. Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Roasting chicken in the oven may take a while but if you cook it in your Instant Pot it can be done incredibly quickly! This quick and easy Instant Pot buffalo chicken slider recipe will definitely be a hit this holiday season. They’re easy to serve up to a large crowd and are almost guaranteed to be enjoyed by all, no matter a person’s tastes or aversions.

Best of all? This recipe only requires 8 simple ingredients that you likely already have at home! Tender shredded chicken is smothered in the most creamy buffalo sauce. Top the sliders with ranch and garnish with a pickle!

14. Tuna Pickle Boats

Tuna pickle boats are about to rock your world! This simple appetizer scoops tuna salad into a dill pickle. They’re the perfect salty snack to serve to a large group and they’re friendly to multiple different lifestyles. They’re dairy free, gluten free and this recipe is also keto-friendly.

The best part is that these pickle boats can come together in just 5 minutes and require 5 simple ingredients: 5-6 dill pickles, 1 can of light flaked tuna, 1/4 cup of light mayo, 1 tbsp of fresh dill and salt & pepper to taste! Prep will take you 5 minutes and this app will be ready to enjoy!

15. Quick and Easy Charcuterie Kabobs

Charcuterie boards are a growing trend, especially for parties since they’re perfect for grazing! What’s better than a delicious spread of meat, cheese, jam, and fruit? While you could serve a traditional charcuterie board at your next holiday get together, we highly encourage that you try making these charcuterie kabobs!

You and your friends will get to indulge in all the same ingredients you love about charcuterie but the kabobs make it easy to grab, go, and enjoy! We recommend serving the kabobs with delicious dips such as balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil, or any dipping sauce you enjoy!

16. Speedy Tzatziki Sauce

Add in a little Greek to your holiday table this year! Tzatziki sauce can be enjoyed on salads, wraps and more but it also makes a great dip too. Thankfully, this recipe not only requires simple ingredients but it comes together in just 12 minutes.

This homemade sauce tastes so fresh and pairs so well with a variety of breads and vegetables. The base of this tzatziki sauce is Greek yogurt and it is seasoned with fragrant dill, lemon juice, and garlic powder. Finally, serve the dip with pita bread and fresh veggies. This recipe also keeps well in the fridge for leftovers.

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17. Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Scallops

These bacon-wrapped scallops look gourmet but they’re actually incredibly easy to make. Your guests will be so impressed when they see this appetizer at your holiday dinner. Better yet, this recipe comes together quickly too as the scallops can be ready to eat in just 20 minutes!

With a few simple ingredients like butter, brown sugar, and garlic you’ll be able to achieve an impressive flavor! The recipe provides several helpful tips to ensure the scallops are cooked to perfection. The brown sugar brings a unique sweet flavor which pairs perfectly with the savory bacon and salty scallops. Serve and enjoy!

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18. Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Forget the frozen sausage rolls this holiday season because this impressive recipe is so easy to make! Made with store-bought puff pastry, sausage and a few seasonings you’ll have this delicious sausage roll appetizer ready in just 25 minutes.

These little bites are full of flavor thanks to seasonings like basil, oregano, and thyme. They’re so savory and delicious — everyone will be back for seconds! You could also easily do variations of this recipe by adding different toppings such as bell peppers, onion, or cheese. Be sure to serve with a few dipping sauces including classic ketchup, spicy ketchup, honey mustard, and spicy mayo.

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19. Apple Goat Cheese Crostini

Crostini are a great appetizer option because you can top them with whatever creative toppings you can think of. This recipe combines sharp goat cheese and sweet apple to create an unforgettable appetizer that will be perfect to serve at your next holiday gathering.

These apple goat cheese crostinis come together in just 20 minutes and only require a handful of ingredients. Ingredients like lemon zest and juice, fresh tyme, and ground black pepper provide even more delicious flavor. The recipe uses a broiling technique to give the crostini a golden, crunchy finish that is so satisfying. Serve and enjoy!

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20. Cheesy Garlic Pull-Apart Bread

Who doesn’t love garlic bread? Considering it’s a crowd favorite you’ll want to add it to the appetizer menu. While garlic bread is obviously delicious as its own classic recipe, why not change things up a little for the holiday season? This cheesy garlic pull apart bread is truly an experience.

This isn’t any ordinary garlic bread recipe, it’s ooey-gooey cheesy and the pull-apart pieces make it an easy grab and go treat. To create the pull-apart pieces simply make generous slices throughout the bread and then fill with loads of cheese and garlic. This will be a foolproof hit!

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21. Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese Pastries

Would you believe that an impressive appetizer like these smoked salmon and cream cheese pastries only takes20 minutes to make? This recipe proves that it can be done, and better yet, it only requires 4 simple store-bought ingredients.

You’ll need 1 sheet of frozen puff pastry, cream cheese spread, a package of smoked salmon and fresh toppings. Be sure to keep an eye on the pastry as it bakes so that they don’t puff up too much, however, if they do this recipe provides a tip on what to do next! These appetizers look gourmet but are so simple to make.

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22. Loaded Baked Potato Bites

Everything you love about classic loaded baked potatoes can now be enjoyed in a delectable bite-sized appetizer. This delicious recipe comes together in just 30 minutes and will be an instant hit with your friends and family of all ages.

Simply bake the potato slices until they’re tender and golden and then top with ooey-gooey cheese. After the cheese has become bubbly you’ll want to allow the potatoes to cool slightly before adding the delicious toppings. The recipe suggests topping with grated chopped bacon, green onions or chives and a dollop of sour cream. These are both tasty and simple!

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23. Ham and Cheese Slider

These ham and cheese sliders may be a simple appetizer but they have a remarkable flavor. These neat and tidy sandwiches are packed with quality cheese and scrumptious ham. This classic combination is one that everyone loves, but may have never tried in the form of a slider.

If you want to make it a little more gourmet, you can add a slice of tomato or roasted red pepper. Sometimes though, basic is better! This is the perfect comfort food for your next holiday party! Be sure to serve these immediately because sliders are best warm and fresh. Your party guests will love these!

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24. Simple Savory Christmas Trees

How adorable are these appetizer Christmas trees?! They present themselves so beautifully on a platter and are also really fun to create. Gather a few family members and make these fun Christmas trees as a family for your Christmas party. They’ll love how interactive this appetizer is but will be even more impressed with the final result!

All you need for this easy finger food is puff pastry, green olives, cheese, salami, and whipped cream cheese. The recipe outlines the technique for folding your creation into a perfect Christmas tree. Your guests won’t be able to get enough of this appetizer — and that’s a guarantee!

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25.  Caprese Garlic Bread

Garlic Bread is one of those recipes that you don’t want to mess with because it’s so good already. Why fix something that isn’t broken, right? Well, think about this caprese recipe as garlic bread dressed up for Christmas.

This finger food is not only delicious and easy to eat, but it will be consistent with your Christmas decorations with the green basil and bright red tomatoes. Drizzle with a little balsamic reduction for the perfect tangy finish to this appetizer. These are so tasty and easy to make that your guests will beg you to make them every year!

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26. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

You could buy store-bought jalapeno poppers but this homemade version is so much better! After all, there is something so satisfying about creating and indulging in something homemade. They taste so fresh and your guests will certainly appreciate the added effort.

Don’t be intimidated though! This recipe is very simple and in no time you’ll have an exciting finger food to add to your holiday table. All you need are 3 ingredients which include: jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and slices of bacon. In less than 30 minutes you’ll have the perfect savory and crispy appetizer ready to serve and enjoy!

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27. Seven Layer Dip

Every party needs a delicious dip to kick off the evening. This seven-layer dip will not disappoint as its full of many enticing flavors. Your guests will love this dip because its warm and cheesy but also a great appetizer to graze on throughout the evening.

The first layer starts with refried beans followed by a layer that features sour cream, cream cheese, and taco seasoning. The dip is finished with a layer of salsa and loads of delicious topping such as lettuce, cherry tomatoes and black olives. Be sure to serve the dip with your favorite chips or pitas!

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28. Turkey Cranberry Sliders

While turkey may be the main course at your Christmas dinner this year, these sliders would be a great way to get everyone’s appetites ready for the meal! These sliders contain slices of turkey deli meat, cheese, and cranberry sauce. They’re like a mini holiday dinner in a bite-sized bundle!

Sliders are excellent finger food because they’re filling enough to tide you over and they’re easy to put together. You’ll have this tasty treat ready to eat in just 25 minutes. These turkey sliders could also be a great option to use up leftovers that are inevitable with a big holiday feast.

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29. Cheese Wontons

There’s no denying that one of the best things about the holidays is the food spread. It can range from healthy fruit trays to delectable chocolates and even exciting treats like cheese wontons. While this recipe may seem initimidating, it actually only requires a few key ingredients such as cream cheese, scallions and garlic powder.

With a creamy center and crispy exterior, you’ll be shocked at how quickly these disappear at your next holiday gathering. Better yet, this is a Panda Express Copycat recipe so prepare to see everyone’s amazement when they discover you made them yourself. Serve and enjoy!

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30. Easy Red Salsa

If all else fails, you can never go wrong with a big bowl of salsa and tortilla chips for an appetizer this holiday season. While store bought salsa is obviously delicious, if you’re looking to impress this holiday season be sure to make a batch of this delicious homemade red salsa.

Making your own salsa is easier than you may think and it’s full of fresh and flavorful ingredients that you’re going to love. Simply toss the ingredients into a food processor, pulse to mix, and serve! A few of the key ingredients that give this salsa flavor include onion, cilantro, lime, garlic, and jalapeño.

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Crock Pot Recipes To Get You Excited For Fall

Fall might just be my favorite season. It’s the season that is welcome after a well-enjoyed summer. We trade scorching hot days for brisk cool ones. We change light clothing for beautiful layers and we transform our summery barbequed meals and salads for meals that are savory and hearty. One of the best kitchen gadgets for […]

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Fall might just be my favorite season. It’s the season that is welcome after a well-enjoyed summer. We trade scorching hot days for brisk cool ones. We change light clothing for beautiful layers and we transform our summery barbequed meals and salads for meals that are savory and hearty.

One of the best kitchen gadgets for fall is the slow cooker. There’s something about coming home after a long hard day to a home filled with a delicious aroma that makes us dream of fall. We have found some of the most savory recipes that will make you wish it was Fall whenever you make them. From soups to stews and even a few bevvys too, you’ll be transitioning into the season of fall tastefully and with a full satisfied belly.

1. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chili

There are several things that will signal the start of fall such as the release of PSL’s at Starbucks or fallen leaves. In the food world, that signal is without a doubt when squash and pumpkins are ready. This warm bowl of butternut squash chili will warm your soul and fill your bellies.

This chili is filled with hearty ingredients such as cubed butternut squash, black beans, and northern beans. It has loads of seasoning to make this dish fill the air while it cooks. It’s very filling and is vegetarian-friendly, better yet, the whole family will love it.

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2. Crock Pot Chili And Sweet Corn Bread

If you prefer a traditional chili then you might love this recipe more. Like traditional chili, the base of this recipe is made from ground beef. Then to make it extra hearty and savory it’s filled with red kidney beans, onion, celery, and tomato sauce.

You’ll need a few bold seasonings like cumin, chili powder and Worcestershire sauce that will make this chili stand out from the rest. Along with the chili, you’ll also get a delicious must-try cornbread recipe that will pair perfectly with a warm bowl of chili.

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3. Slow Cooker Chili Mac

Following the chili trend, this recipe is far from traditional yet, is incredibly delicious. This slow cooker recipe actually combines a comfort meal like chili with another classic comfort meal like mac and cheese and transforms them into one exciting meal.

The base is made from the same ingredients as a traditional chili recipe such as ground beef, onion, garlic, crushed and diced tomatoes but what makes this unique are the noodles. The trick is to not to add them in until the last 15 minutes of cooking so they don’t turn into a disgusting mush. Once your slow cooker has done its work, you’ll want to top your bowl off with ooey-gooey cheese shreds that makes this recipe so irresistible.

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4. Slow Cooker Shepard’s Pie

Growing up, Shepard’s pie often made the meal rotations. It’s savory, comforting and often, a crowd favorite. As an adult, I never fathomed the idea of creating Shepard’s pie in a slow cooker but this recipe proves how easy it actually is.

The base of this Shepard’s pie is made from lamb mince. It’s browned in onion then added to the slow cooker with the rest of the ingredients. This will slow cook for at least 5 hours. Right before those 5 hours are up, you’ll want to peel and cook the potatoes to make the savory mashed potato layer. Once completed, you’ll add them to the slow cooker and cook for an additional 1 to 2 hours.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Along with chili, soups are other awesome recipes that make us dream of Autumn. Soups come in many flavors and textures that there is definitely a soup out there for everyone. Chicken noodle soup has to be one of the best soup classics.

This recipe is conveniently made in the slow cooker so that you can come home to a delicious homecooked meal with minimal effort. This recipe is made from boneless chicken breasts, chicken stock, spaghetti noodles and enough seasoning to keep it exciting. Keep this recipe on hand because you’ll want to make it all year long.

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6. Slow Cooker Beef And Barley Soup

Another classic and timeless soup recipe is beef and barley soup. It’s savory soup base and chunky pieces of beef will make you think of fall whenever you enjoy it.

The soup base comes from beef broth and crushed tomatoes. Then you’ll fill the slow cooker with browned beef chunks, cubed carrots, and potatoes, diced celery and loads of seasonings. The smell of it cooking will definitely make your mouth salivate in anticipation for dinner.

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7. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut squash soup is one of my most favorite fall recipes. It’s creamy, hearty and definitely filling. The warm flavors always remind me of fall whenever I enjoy it.

Carrot and butternut squash provide this soup with a hearty flavor while a Granny Smith apple helps balance it out with it’s sweet and tart flavors. You’ll need a few more ingredients and several hours to make this soup come to life. Once cooked, an immersion blender will help you create the creamy texture.

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8. Slow Cooker Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Squash and pumpkin have a similar flavor but they’re distinct enough that you can surely taste the difference. Try this creamy pumpkin soup to get you into the fall spirit!

Some squash and pumpkin soup recipes are quite sweet but rest assured, this recipe is not. Pumpkin puree and several seasonings make this soup taste like fall while unsweetened coconut milk will make it extra creamy!  If you’re looking for something savory to warm the soul then you’ll love this recipe.

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9. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is another classic family meal. It’s an easy way to throw good sources of protein and vegetables all into one meal. This recipe isn’t like your traditional chicken pot pie as there isn’t a crust that surrounds the filling but serve this slow cooker chicken pot pie with a warm biscuit and you’ll won’t even notice the difference.

The trick is to cook chicken breasts amongst the other ingredients for around 8 hours until it reaches a tender texture. Then, you’ll want to take the chicken breasts out, shred and mix back in to finish cooking.

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10. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Pull apart chicken is so easy to make with a slow cooker. You simply let the chicken cook for hours until it’s tender and easy to pull apart. Slow cooking chicken is also great for flavor. The chicken has a longer time period to soak up all the flavors and delicious sauce.

The other great thing about slow cooking is because of the temperature settings you can either cook it for just a couple of hours or up to a full day and the results will be great either way. Once the chicken has cooked in the scrumptious honey BBQ sauce, you’ll want to shred it using two forks then mix it around in the sauce. Serve the chicken on your favorite bun and top off with coleslaw for a crunchy bite.

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11. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Pulled pork is often enjoyed during the summer but because the flavors are warm, delicious and exciting it can make you daydream of fall too. By slow cooking, the meat will reach a tender texture that can easily pull apart. The flavors will fill your home with a warm and inviting scent.

This recipe walks you through how to create delicious pulled pork in the slow cooker and even provides you with a delicious sauce that the roast is bathed and cooked in. Then, once the pork is ready all you’ll have to do is shred, and then serve on a bun with your favorite barbeque sauce.

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12. Crockpot Beef Stew

One of my favorite food memories as a kid is when I wrote an “about me” profile, I once wrote, “my favorite food is my Mom’s homemade beef stew”. There was something about the stew that made me always think about home cooking, warm memories, and good food. It’s nostalgic for some, and others it’s simply a deliciously warm meal that is especially enjoyed on a cool Autumn day.

This slow cooker recipe can be the perfect meal to enjoy with your family as you transition into the cooler months. It has loads of flavor, and plenty of texture that keeps something like a stew still new and exciting.

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13. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Taco and burrito night is a lot of fun, however, generally, it does take a bit of work. In an attempt to help you save time and effort you need to try this slow cooker chicken burrito bowl recipe.

It’s savory and thrilling and better yet will be perfectly enjoyed on a brisk fall day. The great thing about this recipe is it has a lot of adaptations. If you need to make it vegetarian it’ll walk you through how to customize the recipe. Furthermore, this recipe does require you to add in additional ingredients 2 to 3 hours into cooking so if you’re unable to fulfill this step it will walk you through how you can cook it all day but still end up with the same end result.

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14. Slow Cooker Chicken And Mushroom Stroganoff

The great thing about this slow cooker recipe is that the flavors will help you transition into to fall nicely but this recipe requires minimal effort. It will only take a couple minutes to throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Go about your day and you’ll have a meal ready for you and your family in no time.

This chicken and mushroom stroganoff serves nicely on a bed of noodles. Don’t be surprised when this meal gets requested time and time again.

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15. Slow Cooker Spiked Apple Cider

When thinking about fall favorites, apple cider always comes to mind. The sweet flavor of apple mixed with the perfect flavors of cinnamon and cloves that makes us think of fallen leaves and cool breezes.

This apple cider is special for a couple reasons. Firstly, it’s made in a slow cooker which means you can prepare a large warm batch for a party or for a fun family function. Secondly, this apple cider recipe gets a grown-up makeover and is spiked with brandy. This will quickly become your new fall favorite too.

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16. Crock Pot Apple Cider

If you don’t love alcoholic beverages or are seeking a family-friendly option, then you need to try this crock pot apple cider recipe. It takes on a similar approach to the previous recipe but requires a few different ingredients.

This recipe skips the brandy and premade apple cider because this recipe is completely homemade. This recipe requires not just orange slices but lemon slices too. You’ll also add in sliced apples and fresh cranberries. Then to season make sure to add in cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, and whole star anise. By adding water to cover all the ingredients and a bit of sweetener of your choice, the slow cooker will bring this apple cider to life.

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17. Slow Cooker Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Along with stew, mashed potatoes often made my top favorite food lists. There’s something about mashed potatoes that makes them so comforting. Apart from all the carbs (obviously), it’s the creamy texture, buttery and salty flavor that makes me love them so much.

This recipe isn’t any ordinary mashed potato recipe, they’re loaded with additional exciting ingredients and conveniently made in the slow cooker. It works by allowing the potatoes to cook in the slow cooker for up to 7 hours with just broth and a few seasonings. Then you’ll add in butter and mash until they’re nice and creamy. The last step is the best part when you’ll throw in all the fun ingredients that make these loaded mashed potatoes so alluring.

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18.  Slow Cooker Fried Apples

The slow cooker can do more than just cook us delicious hearty meals or drinks that make us dream of fall, slow cookers can cook delicious desserts too. Come full circle with your slow cooker and try making these fried apples for a treat to share with your family or bring them to a party.

First, you’ll want to peel and cut apples then you’ll want to add them to the slow cooker with a bit of cornstarch. Once the apples are evenly coated you’ll add in sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, butter and lemon juice and cook the apples until tender, it’s incredibly easy! They’ll taste great on their own or you could serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a divine treat.

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19. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Monkey Bread

When I think about flavors of fall, pumpkin always comes to mind. The great thing about pumpkin is that its a vegetable that can be used in savory meals but also in sweet dessert recipes too. This pumpkin monkey bread is a must try this fall season.

This monkey bread recipe begins with 2 cans of refrigerated cinnamon rolls. The bread achieves a pumpkin flavor from both pumpkin pie spice and from canned pumpkin and has a sweet cheesecake filling that make this bread highly addictive.

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20. Pumpkin Overnight Oats

Your slow cooker can be a great tool for creating the perfect overnight oats. It’s an easy way to prepare a breakfast meal while you sleep, after all, mornings are too crazy to be whipping up elaborate breakfast’s.

This overnight oats recipe is special because it has savory flavors of pumpkin that will have you embracing the season of Fall. You’ll want to make sure to use steel cut oats and not mistakenly quick cooking, instant or rolled oats as they will cook too quickly. Pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg will give this breakfast meal an Autumn makeover.

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21. Crockpot Pumpkin Pecan Cobbler

The fun thing about cobbler is it can be made with many different ingredients. It tastes wonderful with berries but importantly, for fall, pumpkin is what shines in this recipe.

The cobbler will only need a couple hours to cook in the slow cooker. This means you can set the dessert in the slow cooker, enjoy a wonderful meal with friends and family and have a warm dessert to indulge in after your wonderful meal.

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22. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

As soon as summer comes to a close, pumpkin spice lattes, AKA PSL, is all the rage. You might be tempted to run to your nearest Starbucks for a quick PSL fix but you have got to try this recipe.

The recipe proves how easy it is to make your own pumpkins spice lattes at home. Conveniently it’s made in the slow cooker which means the aroma will fill your home as it heats up. This crock pock PSL would be great to bring to a gathering or party to share.

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Spanish Omelette Recipe (Tortilla Española)

Inside: Learn how to make a traditional Spanish omelette, also known as a tortilla espanola, which is a classic recipe that is perfect to serve to a large crowd. Today …

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Inside: Learn how to make a traditional Spanish omelette, also known as a tortilla espanola, which is a classic recipe that is perfect to serve to a large crowd.

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Today we are going to make a journey across the Atlantic to Spain as we learn how to make a classic Spanish potato omelette. Of course, in Spain this is not called an omelette, but instead a tortilla. Some other names are tortilla de patatas and tortilla española. In most of the rest of the world, it resembles what we know as an omelette since it is made up of an egg mixture, combined with potatoes and other tasty ingredients.

Also, at least in Mexico and the United States, when you think of a tortilla, you probably think of the classic flour or corn based tortilla that is so popular with many other recipes. With that said, this easy Spanish omelette is an amazing main dish that is perfect to serve for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

What is a Spanish Omelette or Tortilla Española?

The basic Spanish tortilla recipe is an authentic Spanish dish that consists of beaten eggs, sliced potatoes, and sliced onions. It is then combined and cooked to form a tasty, thick omelette that can be sliced and served as an appetizer or a main dish.

Tortilla española on a plate

The version that I am making today includes a few other ingredients like ham and cheese, which I think gives it some great additional flavor and protein. This classic dish is often served at room temperature as tapas. If you don’t know what tapas are, they are basically small plates of food that are served as appetizers or together as a full meal.

How do you make a Spanish Omelette?

While I am sure there are different ways to make this, I am gonig to show you the way that I make them. This recipe is not difficult, but you will want to to follow the instructions to get perfect results.

To start, gather the following ingredients:

  • 3 Large Potatoes (russet or yukon gold potatoes work well)
  • 6 Large Eggs
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup of Shredded Cheese (mozzarella, gouda, or manchego)
  • 1 Cup of Chopped Ham
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Oil (olive oil or avocado oil work well)
  • 1 Dash of Black Pepper
  • Salt to Taste

Spanish Omelette Ingredients

Start by washing and peeling the potatoes, before cutting them into thin slices and set them aside. I like to cut them into half-moon shapes, but this is a personal preference.

Next, slice the onions and set them aside.

In a large, deep pot, add the oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes and let cook for 5 minutes. Through this process the oil shouldn’t heat up too much so that the potatoes are not being fried, but instead becoming soft, juicy, and slighly translucent.

After 5 minutes, add the onion and a little bit of salt. Stir constantly so that nothing burns and let the whole mixture continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are softe and slightly brown.

Remove from the heat and strain the excess oil. Set the potato mixture aside for the next step.

Add the eggs to a large bowl and beat well. Add the pepper and additional salt and beat again. Once the potatoes and onions have cooled slightly, add them to the mix and mix well.

In a medium cast iron pan, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat and then add half of the egg mixture and make sure it spreads to the edges. Immediately add an even layer of cheese and ham and then add the rest of the egg mixture to the top.

Lower the heat and let cook for about a minute or two before carefully flipping the omelette and allowing the other side to cook to a golden brown color. A trick for flipping it is to place a large plate on top of the pan, and flip it onto the plate, then you can carefully place it back into the pan. The omelette should cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

Once it is cooked through, put the omelette on a plate and let it cool before slicing and serving!

Serving a tortilla española

Let me know in the comments below how this great recipe turns out for you!

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Spanish Omelette (Tortilla Espanola)

Learn how to make a traditional Spanish omelette, also known as a tortilla espanola, which is a classic recipe that is perfect to serve to a large crowd.
Course appetizers, tapas
Cuisine Spanish
Keyword spanish omelette, tapas, tortilla espanola
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 Servings
Calories 172kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 Potatoes
  • 6 Eggs
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Cup Manchego Cheese Shredded
  • 1 Cup Ham Diced
  • 1 1/2 Cups Olive Oil
  • 1 Dash Black Pepper
  • Salt to Taste

Instructions

  • Start by washing and peeling the potatoes, before cutting them into thin slices and set them aside.
  • Slice the onions and set them aside.
  • In a large, deep pot, add the oil and heat over medium-low heat. Add the potatoes and let cook for 5 minutes. Through this process the oil shouldn't heat up too much so that the potatoes are not being fried, but instead becoming soft, juicy, and slighly translucent.
  • After 5 minutes, add the onion and a little bit of salt. Stir constantly so that nothing burns and let the whole mixture continue cooking for about 10 minutes or until the potatoes are softe and slightly brown.
  • Remove from the heat and strain the excess oil. Set the potato mixture aside for the next step.
  • Add the eggs to a large bowl and beat well. Add the pepper and additional salt and beat again. Once the potatoes and onions have cooled slightly, add them to the mix and mix well.
  • In a medium cast iron pan, heat a tablespoon of oil over medium heat and then add half of the egg mixture and make sure it spreads to the edges. Immediately add an even layer of cheese and ham and then add the rest of the egg mixture to the top.
  • Lower the heat and let cook for about a minute or two before carefully flipping the omelette and allowing the other side to cook to a golden brown color. A trick for flipping it is to place a large plate on top of the pan, and flip it onto the plate, then you can carefully place it back into the pan. The omelette should cook for about 3-4 minutes on each side.
  • Remove from the pan and serve on a large plate. Let it cool before slicing and serving.

Nutrition

Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 273mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 1mg

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Arroz Verde Recipe (Mexican Green Rice with Poblano Peppers)

Inside: Find out how to make arroz verde, or Mexican green rice, which is an authentic Mexican side dish that you will love. Rice is an important staple in cuisines …

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Inside: Find out how to make arroz verde, or Mexican green rice, which is an authentic Mexican side dish that you will love.

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Rice is an important staple in cuisines all around the world, but especially in Mexican cuisine. There are so many different varieties that you can make, and they are a perfect side dish since it is filling, inexpensive, and delicious. The most well-known Mexican-style rice is probably the Mexican red rice variety, which you can find here.

It is definitely a great option, but today I want to share this arroz verde recipe. It is also known as “arroz a la poblana,” because it is made with poblano peppers and has a vibrant green color.

What is Mexican Arroz Verde?

Mexican arroz verde (or Mexican green rice recipe) is a simple side dish that goes great with your favorite Mexican dishes. It gets its green colors from the combination of poblano chiles and cilantro, which are a couple of the tasty ingredients that you will need to make it.

arroz verde with poblano pepper strips

The poblano pepper is a dark green, medium sized chile that is pretty mild compared to other chiles in Mexico. It gets its name from the city of Puebla in Mexico and is used in so many different recipes.

What you may not know, is that when the poblano pepper is dried, it takes on a dark red color and is known as chile ancho, which is also used in a lot of Mexican food and that you can even buy online here.

What kind of rice should you use for Mexican rice?

The best kind of rice to use for Mexican rice (arroz verde or rojo) is the kind that you have available! That said, it is most common to use white rice for this recipe. It is usually pretty easy to find and it absorbs the flavors of this recipe quite well to make sure that you have a good result.

With that said, if you don’t have it available, you can use one of the many varieties of rice that are available at most stores like basmati rice, jasmine rice, brown rice, or something else.

How do you make Arroz Verde?

To make arroz verde, you simply fry the rice in oil or butter and then add green purée that I will show you how to make below and let it continue to cook over low heat until it is fluffy. There are a few other steps and ingredients as well, but that is the basic process.

mexican green rice recipe with poblano peppers cut into strips

The ingredients that you will need are the following:

  • White long grain rice
  • Butter
  • Corn
  • Poblano peppers
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Chicken broth or chicken stock
  • Chicken bouillon

Start by washing the rice well with hot water until the water starts coming out clear. This is important to make sure that you get rid of any debris from the cultivation process.

For the poblano puree, wash the poblano peppers and cut one of them into thin strips and set them aside for later. Next, take the other poblanos and cut them into larger pieces and add to a blender or food processor with the cilantro, onion, one clove of garlic, bouillon, and chicken broth. Strain this mixture and then set it aside.

To make the rice, melt the butter in a large saucepan or a large pot and add the poblano pepper strips that you set aside earlier, and the other garlic clove and cook for about 2 minutes. Next, add the rice and fry for about 3-4 minutes, moving constantly. Next add the corn and let cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the poblano mixture from above and cooking over medium high heat until it comes to a boil.

Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 20 minutes uncovered or until all of the liquid has evaporated. At this point, you should have a nice fluffy rice that you can serve with your next Mexican meal.

What do you serve with Arroz Verde?

Arroz verde can be serve in many different ways, but my favorite way is as a side dish for a main meal that has a tasty sauce. That way, the rice can help absorb some of the sauce and it just tastes great. Some great options are barbacoa, birria, and Mexican meatballs.

You can also use this recipe in a burrito bowls, or alongside your favorite tacos. Some people will just eat it on its own as a main dish, which is a great option as well.

However you decide to serve it, it is sure to be a hit. Let me know in the comments below how it turns out.

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Arroz Verde (Mexican Green Rice Recipe)

This authentic Mexican arroz verde is a perfect side dish for any occasion.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword Arroz verde, Mexican Rice, rice
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 1/4 cup servings
Calories 208kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cups White Rice
  • 1 Stick Butter
  • 1 Can Corn
  • 3 Poblano Peppers
  • 1/2 Bunch Cilantro
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1/4 White Onion
  • 2 Cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 Tbsp Chicken Bouillon
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Start by washing the rice well with hot water until the water starts coming out clear. This is important to make sure that you get rid of any debris from the cultivation process.
  • Wash the poblano peppers and cut one of them into thin strips and set them aside for later. Next, take the other poblanos and cut them into larger pieces and add to a blender or food processor with the cilantro, onion, one clove of garlic, bouillon, and chicken broth. Strain this mixture and then set it aside.
  • To make the rice, melt the butter in a large saucepan or a large pot and add the poblano pepper strips that you set aside earlier, and the other garlic clove and cook for about 2 minutes.
  • Next, add the rice and fry for about 3-4 minutes, moving constantly. Next add the corn and let cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the poblano mixture from above and cooking over medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
  • Once it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it cook for 20 minutes uncovered or until all of the liquid has evaporated. At this point, you should have a nice fluffy rice that you can serve with your next Mexican meal.

Nutrition

Serving: 11/4 cup Serving | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 206mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

Savory soup recipes made effortlessly in a slow cooker!

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There is nothing quite as satisfying as eating soup on a cold or dreary day or for when you’re feeling under the weather. Soup is delicious but cooking it low and slow is the best way to achieve a wonderful depth of flavor. So cooking soup low and slow in a slow cooker is a no-brainer! Slow cookers are amazing kitchen gadgets because they do all the hard work for you and in most cases, don’t require supervision.

There are so many great recipes you can make in a slow cooker such as crockpot honey garlic chicken, slow cooker apple crisp and even slow cooker potluck recipes, however, today we’ll be focusing on all the delicious soup recipes you should try! So let’s all indulge in effortless cooking and fill our bellies with a savory and comforting bowl of soup!

1. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

We’re going to start with a classic and crowd favorite, a chicken noodle soup. This soup is often the go-to for when you’re feeling under the weather but it truly can be enjoyed any time of year.

With soft noodles, tender chicken, and crunchy veggies, there is a lot to look forward to in this soup. There are also many fragrant seasonings in this soup such as Italian seasoning, thyme, rosemary, and more.

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2. Easy Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup

Lasagna is delicious, however, it does require quite a bit of effort and time to assemble. The perfect solution to enjoying a delicious lasagna without all the effort is to enjoy the same flavors in a soup!

This recipe combines lasagna noodles with ground beef and the perfect seasonings to replicate the flavors you have come to know and love. Be sure to serve the soup with a dollop of ricotta cheese, and additional shredded cheese for an authentic lasagna experience.

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3. Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup

Beef barley soup is hearty and savory. Full of tender chunks of beef, and wholesome veggies, this is a meal your whole family will love.

This recipe requires 15 minutes of hands-on time and yields 6 servings. You’ll also be provided with tips on how to freeze the soup for later as well as a tip on how to pick the perfect piece of meat for this soup.

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4. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash And Sweet Potato Soup

Not only is this soup savory but it’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly. Free of dairy, yet still incredibly creamy thanks to the blended veggies.

Along with butternut squash and sweet potato, this soup also contains apple. The apple makes the soup sweeter, however, if you don’t enjoy sweet flavors you can omit this ingredient. Additionally, the soup is also seasoned with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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5. Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is delicious but we all know that it’s the filling that’s the exciting part. So ditch the pie crust, throw the ingredients in a slow cooker and enjoy chicken pot pie as a soup!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to miss that beloved pie crust as this soup is served with a flaky biscuit. You’ll also enjoy the incredibly creamy texture thanks to heavy cream.

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6. Tomato Tortellini Soup

Savory tomato soup is filled with delicious tortellini pasta and together they create one unforgettable comforting meal. A few ingredients such as onion, basil, and garlic provide the wonderful flavor.

Keep in mind, this soup recipe yields 6 servings. Simply toss the ingredients into a slow cooker and allow it to cook low and slow.

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7. Easy Taco Soup

Try something different this Taco Tuesday and share a pot of delicious taco soup with your family. This soup is full of classic taco ingredients such as ground beef, beans, and corn.

It’s important to season the soup with cumin, chili powder, and a few other seasonings to provide an authentic taco flavor. Finally, serve the soup with a dollop of whipped cream and shredded cheese.

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8. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

This split pea soup may be comforting and delicious but it is also healthy! In fact, it contains roughly 21 grams of fiber as well as 28 grams of protein per serving.

This soup also contains ham which adds flavor and protein. Additionally, the soup requires just 5 minutes of hands-on time which makes this an effortless meal to throw together.

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9. Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Everything you love about baked potatoes can now be enjoyed in a warm bowl of soup! This slow cooker recipe combines russet potatoes with cream cheese, chicken stock, and a few seasonings to create a delicious and creamy soup.

To recreate the loaded baked potato flavors, be sure to top the soup with shredded cheese, scallions, and crumbled bacon. Don’t be surprised when this soup becomes a new favorite in your house!

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10. Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Italian wedding soup is classic and often, a crowd favorite too. It can now be prepared effortlessly with the help of a slow cooker. This recipe does require homemade meatballs, however, the time and effort that go into preparing them will be well worth the effort.

Both the homemade meatballs and the soup are infused with fragrant seasonings. It’s also important to note that the pasta is not added to the slow cooker until 20 minutes prior to dinnertime. This is because if the pasta is added in too early, you’ll be left with soggy, overcooked pasta!

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11. Slow Cooker Carrot Ginger Soup

This slow cooker soup recipe is full of healthy veggies and packed with flavor. To achieve the most flavor, be sure to use freshly minced or pressed garlic as well as freshly grated ginger.

Once cooked, you’ll need to blend the ingredients with an immersion blender. The addition of coconut milk, as well as the help of a blender, will create a silky smooth texture. Finally, serve the soup with a dollop of sour cream.

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12. Slow Cooker French Onion Soup

French onion soup can be prepared effortlessly with the help of a slow cooker. Filled with caramelized onions, savory broth, and loads of ooey-gooey cheese, there is a lot to look forward to.

To create caramelized onions, you’ll first need to cook the onions with butter, sugar, and seasonings for 8 hours. Then you can add the remaining ingredients and cook for an addition 4 hours. While the total cook time is almost 12 hours, the depth of flavor will be well worth the wait.

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13. Hearty Slow Cooker Minestrone Soup

Slow cooker minestrone soup is delicious and chock full of healthy ingredients. This soup has an excellent combination of comforting pasta, protein-rich beans, and healthy veggies.

The only hands-on work required for this recipe is chopping the veggies, the rest of the work is completed by the slow cooker making this an effortless meal to throw together.

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14. Crockpot Chicken Wild Rice Soup

This wild rice soup is creamy and overflowing in flavor. It consists of simple ingredients such as chicken broth, wild rice, chicken and a few chopped veggies.

You’ll only need a dash of poultry seasoning as well as some white wine to create a brilliant depth of flavor. The soup becomes creamy with the addition of milk, butter, and flour but this isn’t added until the very end.

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15. Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

Seafood lovers, this soup is calling your name! With a creamy texture and rich flavor, this clam chowder is dressed to impress!

This chowder consists of tender potatoes, clam pieces, thick-cut smoky bacon, and several wonderful seasonings. Be sure to garnish the soup with additional bacon pieces, chives, and your favorite crackers.

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16. Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup

This slow cooker soup recipe is perfect for a Meatless Monday or if you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. It’s budget-friendly, full of flavor and certainly healthy. Each serving contains about 164 calories.

This soup is chock full of veggies, from green beans to sweet potato, and carrots. It is also loaded with wonderful flavor thanks to seasonings such as paprika, oregano, thyme, and more.

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17. Creamy Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Broccoli fan or not, you’re going to love this creamy broccoli cheddar soup. This recipe is a copycat version of Panera Bread’s broccoli cheddar soup. Take one bite, and you’ll feel like you’re dining at the restaurant.

The soup is creamy, cheesy, and oh so savory! Keep in mind, there are instructions on how to prepare this soup on the stovetop, however, to gain instructions to cook it in a slow cooker, simply scroll to the bottom of the recipe.

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18. Slow Cooker Tomato Soup

Tomato soup is a classic, however, ditch the cans of soup because making it from scratch is just as easy! Plus, the slow cooker basically does all the work for you which means this is a great weeknight dinner contender.

This budget-friendly soup recipe contains simple ingredients such as canned diced and crushed tomatoes, vegetable broth, and several delicious seasonings. To make it creamy, simply use an immersion blender to blend the soup.

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19. Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Soup

Who needs the drive-through when you can dig into this delicious soup! All the flavors you love about cheeseburgers are now morphed into an incredibly savory and comforting soup.

You won’t even miss the burger bun as this soup contains chunks of comforting potatoes and is served with crunchy croutons. You could also serve the soup with sliced pickles for a full cheeseburger experience.

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20. Slow Cooker Beef Ramen

Ramen is delicious because it has a wonderful depth of flavor. While you may be used to ordering takeout from your favorite restaurant, it’s actually quite easy to make at home too.

This recipe requires that you sear the meat prior to adding all the ingredients to the slow cooker. While this is an extra step, it will only add more flavor to the soup. It’s also important to cook the ramen noodles separately so that they don’t overcook or become soggy in the slow cooker.

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Ultimate Comfort Food Recipes

Comfort foods are those classics your parents or grandparents used to make that you just can’t help but keep coming back to. They brighten up a summer’s day or provide a little extra warmth on a winter’s night. Comfort foods are easy to put together, made with familiar and accessible ingredients, and they deliver joy […]

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Comfort foods are those classics your parents or grandparents used to make that you just can’t help but keep coming back to. They brighten up a summer’s day or provide a little extra warmth on a winter’s night. Comfort foods are easy to put together, made with familiar and accessible ingredients, and they deliver joy without demanding a lot of labor in the kitchen.

Here’s a list of some of the all-time hits among comfort food recipes, along with a few creative variations that bring something a bit new to the table. Whether you’re feeding your family, are in the company of friends, or just looking for a fast, simple and delicious meal at the end of a long or particularly hard day, these comfort food recipes have what it takes to delight your palate and make your day just a little bit better.

1. Best-Ever Grilled Cheese

Perhaps the simplest of all comfort food recipes and a near-universal favorite among kids and adults alike is the humble-but-great grilled cheese sandwich. Served up on its own or with a bowl of tomato soup, this classic is pretty much the definition of maximum deliciousness for minimum effort. It’s perfect as a quick lunch or dinner choice on a busy day… or any time you want to feed your inner child. Try this classic recipe from Bon Appétit that uses butter and mayo – the trick to a perfect grilled cheese.

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2. Cheese Grits

If you can find corn grits at your local grocery store, cheese grits are a classic Southern comfort food that you owe it to yourself to try. Warm, cozy and flavorful and just about as easy to prepare as a grilled cheese sandwich – they take less than 30 minutes of prep time. You can add other toppings to this dish for variety or just keep on adding more cheese … we won’t judge.

If you’ve never made them before, try this easy recipe from Delish to walk you through step by step. It has both cheddar and parmesan cheese, along with lots of butter, all which add to the creamy comfort of this dish.

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3. Fettuccine Alfredo

One of the great classic pasta dishes in the North American comfort food repertoire is fettuccine Alfredo. Featuring a rich, creamy sauce that’s easy to make with simple ingredients, this pasta classic is beloved by kids and adults alike and allows you to feel like you’re dining out without having to leave the comfort of your own home.

Modern Honey’s recipe only requires five ingredients and 20 minutes total, so you can get it on the table (or in your belly) in no time.

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4. Baked Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

So many people have their own personal favorite macaroni and cheese dishes that this article could have been entirely made up of mac-and-cheese recipes. Obviously, there are dozens of different ways to approach this famous and popular comfort food. However, here’s a recipe, courtesy of Mom On Timeout, that provides a delicious baked topping and adds flavor with three different cheeses.

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5. Homemade Chicken and Noodle Soup

Nothing says “comfort” quite like a bowl of chicken and noodle soup, a hearty and delicious choice for warming the body and soul alike. It’s perfect if you’re feeling a bit under the weather or it’s just plain cold outside! This recipe from Chungah Rhee’s blog uses lots of fresh herbs to enhance the classic soup, along with the fresh vegetables and lemon juice to add some acidity.

If you want to eat this throughout the week as leftovers, we suggest cooking and refrigerating the noodles separately so that they don’t become soggy. When you’re ready to heat up a bowl, simply scoop some cold cooked pasta into the soup and reheat.

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6. Mamaw’s Chicken and Rice Casserole

It’s not unusual for great comfort food recipes to be transmitted by word of mouth at events such as potlucks and church socials, only to become beloved family traditions. This quick and easy casserole dish from Allrecipes is a case in point: an acquired family favorite for the kind soul who posted it and popular with pretty much anyone who tries it.

This casserole can be thrown together really quickly; simply dump all the ingredients into a baking dish and pop it into the oven for about an hour.

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7. Six-Can Chicken Tortilla Soup

Create a delicious, zesty soup without a lot of work using this tortilla soup recipe from Allrecipes. Simply add the contents of six cans or cartons to a pot, simmer until hot, and serve. Keep the cans out of sight, and your partner or roommate doesn’t even have to know how easy it was.

If canned chicken isn’t your thing, simply swap it for shredded rotisserie chicken from the prepared section of your local grocery store. You can eat it as is or top the soup with tortilla chips, sour cream or avocado chunks.

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8. Classic Cheeseburger

The cheeseburger is one of the definitive classics of American cuisine. It’s comfort food for every kid who clamored from the back of the family sedan to stop at McDonald’s, or for any adult who remembers being that kid.

Sure, you can always grab some fast food, but a homemade burger can be so much tastier. Plus, it’s definitely cheaper. Try this savory and flavorful take on the classic from Food & Wine, which gives you endless options for toppings.

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9. Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly cheesesteak is almost as famous an American staple as the cheeseburger: a decades-old cultural icon that hails from South Philadelphia. Some aficionados have strong feelings about what belongs in an “authentic” Philly cheesesteak, but ease of preparation and great taste matter more than whether you’re creating a sandwich exactly the way Pat’s Steaks would have done it.

This recipe from Good Housekeeping provides crisp and fresh flavors alongside the rich and savory contents that define the sandwich. Perfect for some at-home comfort food!

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10. Classic Patty Melt

Halfway between the cheeseburger and the grilled cheese sandwich is the mashup dish known as the patty melt. What sets it apart from a burger is that the melt gets crisped in a pan, much like you’d do with a grilled cheese sandwich. This recipe from Good Housekeeping revels in a decadent combination of beef, cheese, caramelized onions and mayonnaise – all ingredients you’re likely to have at home already in some form or another.

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11. Fried Round Steak

Fried round steak is something of an American country staple, and it’s so simple and delicious that it seems almost too good to be true. Its fans swear by its ease of preparation and a flavor so striking that it can be difficult to believe you’re eating a lightly-fried round of inexpensive beef.

This recipe from The Pioneer Woman introduces the fundamentals of the fried round steak and suggests a couple of ways that you can pair it with potatoes or serve it up between two slices of bread.

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12. Apple Pork Chops and Baked Potatoes

Pork chops are another well-established favorite in the American kitchen. This fall-friendly recipe from Dinner at the Zoo suggests itself for its sheer ease of preparation and a uniquely delicious butter-browned, cider-simmered flavor profile.

Pair it with baked potatoes, which are, of course, a classic component of just about everyone’s barbecue or cookout menu and a reliable comfort side dish. This recipe from Bon Appétit advertises itself as the “perfect” baked potato because it treats the potato as a blank slate that’s easy to pair with just about any kind of sauce or savory flavor you prefer.

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Easy Weeknight Meals: Great Recipes in 30 Minutes or Less

Let’s face it, we all live busy lives and with those busy nights come stressful dinner times. If you’re like me, it’s all too often that I get home from work exhausted and the last thing on my mind is cooking a darn meal. We get it, it is exhausting. But what if we could […]

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Let’s face it, we all live busy lives and with those busy nights come stressful dinner times. If you’re like me, it’s all too often that I get home from work exhausted and the last thing on my mind is cooking a darn meal. We get it, it is exhausting. But what if we could help make those hectic weeknights a little easier?

We have found 20 amazing weeknights meals for you. The best part, they’re all 30 minutes or less! So set up that Ipad, put your favorite Netflix show on and your dinner will be ready before your show even ends! Get ready to have epic meals every night, bye bye fast food!

1. Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice is a comforting classic that you can’t go wrong with. This specific recipe tastes just your like your favorite Asian takeout dish but maybe even a little better. The best part? You can make and enjoy this in the comfort of your own home!

This chicken fried rice recipe happens to be budget friendly and is exploding with flavor and textures. You’ll experience flavors of jasmine rice, garlic, soy sauce, loaded veggies, and tender chicken bites. Don’t be surprised when the family requests this one again. It may even become one of the staple dishes in your dinner rotation.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 18 min

2. Skillet Tuscan Tortellini

One pot meals are the best for minimal clean up which in conclusion means less mess, hooray! This skillet tuscan tortellini meal will take just 18 minutes to make, but don’t let the short cook time fool you, this dish is packed with flavor.

Tortellini are fun little pasta bites that offer a surprise in the middle. In this dish, you want to use an irresistible cheese filled tortellini. You’ll combine the tortellini with sausage, several veggies and tons of seasoning. To complete the dish you’ll want to consume all the ingredients in a savory tomato sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 8 min

3. Creamy Shrimp Fettuccine With Spinach And Tomatoes

Are you craving carbs for dinner tonight? Quench your carb craving by whipping up this delicious shrimp fettuccine meal. The cheesy and creamy sauce tossed with tasty vegetables will have you and the whole family coming back for seconds.

In this dish, you’ll find soft fettuccine noodles, tender shrimp and savory tomatoes and spinach. Your dinner will come together in just 30 minutes and it will taste like Italian cuisine just stepped into our kitchen. It’s a quick and delicious meal that’s perfect for weeknights when you’re in a pinch for time but still want a hearty meal for dinner.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

4. Quick & Easy Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

You can never go wrong with classic mac and cheese. Both children and adults alike love this cheesy bowl of goodness! While you may be tempted to grab a box of mac and cheese from the grocery store for a quick dinner, we promise using the Instant Pot and our homemade recipe is just as easy (if not easier)!

We found that homemade mac and cheese packs even more flavor and cheesy texture that you and your family are going to love. The best part is that this recipe requires simple and inexpensive ingredients which makes this an excellent weeknight meal.

Prep time: 0 min, Cook Time: 10 min

5. Teriyaki Salmon

Salmon is a great healthy and simple meal to incorporate to your weekly menu. Experience salmon like never before with this delicious teriyaki sauce recipe. The homemade teriyaki sauce is full of sweet and flavorful ingredients and will only take you a few minutes to whip up.

The sauce has hints of bold ginger, zesty lemon, garlic and is sweetened with brown sugar and honey. Depending on how hungry you are, you could eat the salmon on its own or while it cooks in the oven you could cook up a side of rice and steamed veggies of your choice.

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Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 15 min

6. One Pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Chicken parmesan is delicious but all the steps it takes to get there isn’t always realistic for a busy weeknight. When your craving for chicken parmesan creeps up you’ll want to give this one-pot recipe a try. It simplifies chicken parm in a streamlined way but still brings all the great flavors of the classic dish that you love.

Not only will this meal flood the flavors of chicken parmesan in your mouth but it also is cooked in just one pot. In just 30 minutes you can enjoy this cheesy flavorful and filling meal that your entire family will love.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

7. Tuscan Sausage Potato Soup

Some days you just grave a big ol’ bowl of soup. It’s comforting, warm and packs a lot of flavor into just one bowl. This Tuscan sausage and potato soup is definitely not lacking in the flavor department and is definitely full of amazing textures.

You’ll find chunky potatoes, delicious Italian sausage and nutrient-dense kale in this soup. Add a bit of cream to make it extra creamy and you’ll be able to enjoy this in no time. Soups often freeze well too so you might want to make a double batch of this one and have an even quicker meal the next time you want to enjoy it.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

8. Quick & Easy Instant Pot Deconstructed Lasagna

Lasagna is a crowd favorite in my household but unfortunately, it does require quite a bit of work to prep. So we set out to transform a traditionally labor-intensive meal into one that is quick and easy and fit for a busy weeknight.

The solution? Use an Instant Pot and try our deconstructed method! You’re able to indulge in the same savory flavors you know and love but won’t have to spend hours in the kitchen preparing it. It tastes just as delicious and comforting as traditional lasagna without all the intense prep work. You’ll be so impressed with the final result!

Prep time: 0 min, Cook Time: 30 min

9. Steak Fajitas Recipe

If you feel like having a fiesta for dinner you’ll want to bring these steak fajitas to the dinner table. It starts with steak strips and sliced peppers and ends with a soft tortilla and perfect toppings.

To make the steak and veggies even more flavorful you’ll want to whip up a quick marinade and have it sit in the fridge overnight. Then when you’re ready to prepare the meal you’ll cook all the ingredients in one skillet. It only takes 25 minutes so you can fuel the bellies of your family before soccer practice in a hurry. A perfect weeknight meal!

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min

10. 5-Ingredient Baked Chicken Enchilada Tacos

Tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas might seem similar but what makes them truly different is the filling and often the spices and flavor. Taco night is often a family favorite and you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try if you’re looking for an easy twist on a classic meal.

To make these chicken baked chicken enchilada tacos, you’ll start by shredding a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken (the inexpensive kind from the grocery store), mixing with enchilada sauce and filling taco shells fitted into a casserole dish. Then top them off with loads of cheese before you bake them to perfection in the oven.

Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 10 min

11. One-Pan Cheesy Jalapeno Chicken

If you want to feed your family a protein-packed cheesy dinner then this would be a great fit for you. This is another one pan wonder meal that will make your busy weeknight dinners a breeze.

To get this meal going you’ll want to start with a flavorful chicken rub prior to cooking it in the pan. They’ll start in the pan but finish in the oven to reach a crispy yet tender perfection. While the oven does its magic you’ll get started on the cooking the corn and jalapenos in the same pan used for the chicken. You’ll then add the chicken back into the pan, add a generous amount of cheese and finish with zesty lime juice.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min

12. Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is another insanely comforting meal, especially during the cooler months, but it does require some work. Why not make a family-favorite meal effortlessly using your Instant Pot? You’ll never make chicken pot pie the traditional way again after using your Instant Pot to help along the way.

While you can’t exactly bake a pie in the Instant Pot, you can cook the delicious filling of a chicken pot pie. It’s savory, creamy and full of delicious flavors and intriguing textures. To complete the meal, serve a bowl of the chicken pot pie with a warm biscuit! Enjoy!

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

13. Perogy Kielbasa Skillet

Perogy’s do taste great on their own but once you try them in this skillet dish there might be no turning back. This recipe combines perogies, kielbasa, caramelized onions, and ooey-gooey cheese into one incredible meal.

To save yourself time on those busy weeknights you’ll want to purchase store-bought perogies. The secret to making this dish extra creamy and cheesy is to combine cream cheese, sour cream, and chicken broth. The secret to preventing the sour cream from curdling is to add a bit of flour to the mixture. The best part is this meal takes less than 30 minutes to make.

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Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 15 min

14. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

When it comes to classic family dinners, chicken pot pie often makes the list. The idea of combining vegetables with chicken and a creamy filling all inside a flaky pie crust has stood the test of time. This is mostly because the savory flavor is so wonderful which makes you crave it time and time again.

This recipe takes the idea of chicken pot pies but serves them in adorable single servings, you can thank your muffin tin for that. You can have these mini delights made within 30 minutes and their single servings mean you and the family and eat them on your way out the door.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20min

15. Instant Pot Kung Pao Chicken

Why order takeout when you can make delicious Asian cuisine from the comfort of your own home! Once again the Instant Pot comes in handy to create and cook a delicious meal in the knick of time! Your family will absolutely love this Asian dish.

With one pot and 30 minutes, you can be digging into this sweet and savory kung pao chicken! This dish is loaded with flavor and pairs wonderfully with a side of rice. This recipe is super easy to prep, requires a quick cleanup, and creates a satisfied belly. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

16. Creamy Garlic Penne Pasta With Chicken

If you have a hard time prying your kids away from their beloved mac and cheese, then you’ll want to give this garlic penne pasta recipe a try. The creamy texture alone will have them adding this dinner to their favorite list. It brings all the cheese flavors they love in a new form paired with tender chicken and flavorful garlic.

You can easily achieve this creamy garlic sauce by combining chicken broth with milk. Then, add some parmesan cheese to complete this ooey-gooey dish that will be fun for you and for the kids! It takes just 10 minutes to prep and 15 to cook, which is another bonus!

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 min

17. 7 Layer Dip Burritos

Dinners don’t always have to be extravagant to taste wonderful and to fill you up. This 7 layer burrito bowl meal shows how a no-bake recipe can make a delicious meal that the whole family will enjoy.

7 layer dip is often a popular appetizer that makes an appearance at many parties. However, if you combine those lovely layers into a soft tortilla you’ll have a filling and flavorful meal in no time. All you’ll need is 15 minutes of your time and easily accessible store-bought ingredients. From refined beans to creamy guacamole these burritos have all the flavors you’ll ever want.

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Prep time: 15 min, Cook Time: 0 min

18. Easy Weeknight Leftover Chicken Quesadillas

Do you have leftover chicken sitting in your fridge? Then you need to whip together this delicious easy weeknight leftover chicken quesadillas! Quesadillas don’t get enough attention and considering they’re so easy to prepare we should make them more often! They’re the perfect meal to use up leftover chicken and not to mention they taste delicious!

All you need to make this recipe is pre-cooked chopped or shredded chicken (we used leftover chicken from our Instant Pot Whole Rotisserie Chicken), salsa, and shredded cheese of your choice! These quesadillas pair great with guacamole, sour cream and our favorite, Copycat Chipotle Burrito Sauce.

Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15-20 min

19. Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs

You might be tempted to grab a pizza on a busy weeknight but when you find out how easy these pizza bombs are to make you’ll surely want to make them on the regular instead. They will be a huge hit with your family!

One of the best parts about this recipe is that you don’t even have to make any complicated pizza dough. Instead, you’ll use store-bought crescent rolls. This will allow you to have a fluffy, flaky delicious pizza crust. By stuffing the crescent rolls with cubed string cheese, pepperoni and pasta sauce you’ll accomplish a savory pizza bomb that will keep everyone wanting more.

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Prep time: 2 min, Cook Time: 10 min

20. Chicken In Coconut Mango Verde Sauce

Busy weeknights don’t mean you can’t experiment or try something new when it comes to your meal. If you’re looking to add a little variety to your life when it comes to the food department then you’ll definitely want to try this recipe.

This meal starts with stir-fried chicken and mixed vegetables and then ends with a creamy coconut mango Verde sauce. While the sauce may sound intimidating, it’s actually very simple. To make the sauce, it’s as easy as tossing all the ingredients into the blender and blending until velvety smooth. This meal pairs wonderfully with rice of your choice.

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Prep time: 20 min, Cook Time: 10 min

21. 30-Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken Dump Dinner

Our 15-Minute Instant Pot Orange Chicken is so popular that we decided to transform those flavors into a quick and easy one-pot dump dinner! This idea essentially means that you dump all the ingredient into the pot and pressure cook without the need to do any sautéing!

The Instant Pot makes cooking delicious meals so easy and effortless. While you wait you can catch up on your favorite TV shows or more productively, tackle your to-do list! In 30 minutes (or less) you’ll have yourself a delicious dinner, sides and all to enjoy! These citrusy and savory flavors will become a new favorite in your house.

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

22. Skillet Meatloaf With Pan Gravy

Meatloaf is another family classic that has been making an appearance on the dinner table for many years. It’s savory and comforting but often takes what feels like hours to cook. This game-changing recipe allows you to enjoy the flavor and texture you love about meatloaf but in 20 quick minutes.

The secret in saving time is to make individual sized meatloaf patties instead of just one loaf. To cook, you’ll saute them in a skillet. Then with the drippings that are left over, you’ll make a creamy and irresistible gravy sauce to pour on top. They’re filling enough on their own but if you have some extra time you could even make mashed potatoes to pair.

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Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 15 min

23. Bang Bang Fish Tacos

If the color of this meal doesn’t make a lasting impression on you, the flavor surely will. Fish tacos are often a restaurant classic but this recipe shows you how easy it is to make them in your own home too.

For convenience and to save yourself some time you’ll want to use store-bought fish sticks. However, the homemade bang bang sauce is what will truly shine in this recipe. If you haven’t had bang bang sauce before, the flavors are the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. This dinner comes together as easy as combing a cabbage slaw, fish sticks, bang bang sauce all on top of a soft tortilla.

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Prep time: 16 min, Cook Time: 14 min

24. Quick & Easy Instant Pot Tuscan Chicken Pasta

This delicious Tuscan chicken pasta recipe is essentially the more sophisticated version of mac and cheese. It’s so creamy and filling that your kids are still going to love it but you’ll be happy to have something a little fancier than good ol’ mac and cheese!

Our Tuscan chicken pasta contains vibrant flavors of sundried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, and is topped with fresh basil. The creamy sauce comes from cream cheese, milk, and parmesan cheese. The Instant Pot makes this recipe incredibly simple to make and allows you to create a homemade dish without an excessive amount of prep.

Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

25. Caesar Salad Wonton Cups

It’s no surprise that encouraging children to enjoy and eat salad can be a difficult task. Although, if you present the salad to them in a fun way they might feel more inclined to eat it. This recipe shows exactly how you can do that.

Caesar salad is delicious on its own. It’s often made of creamy Caesar dressing mixed with crisp romaine lettuce and then topped off with salty bacon bits, crunchy croutons, and cheese. To make it fun for the kids you’ll make edible bowls out of baked wonton papers that they surely won’t be able to resist.

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Prep time: 20 min, Cook Time: 10 min

26. Lemon Chicken And Asparagus Foil Packs

Foil packs are a great way to achieve single servings ready in a hurry. They’re also great because you can grill them or bake them all year round and they’ll turn out perfect either way. We love this lemon chicken and asparagus foil pack meal as an easy weeknight hack.

This recipe combines tender chicken and asparagus with zesty lemon. These foil packs also only take 30 minutes to make so you can have a protein-rich meal ready for the family swiftly. The chicken will come out juicy and the asparagus will be flavorful for an incredible weeknight meal that all will love.

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Prep time: 10 min, Cook Time: 20 min

27. Easy Weeknight Instant Pot Copycat Hamburger Helper

Much like mac and cheese, hamburger helper is also readily available at the grocery store in a boxed form. While the boxed variety is easy to make so is our homemade version! If you or your family is a big fan of hamburger helper, this recipe will help you elevate the dish to a new level.

Once again the Instant Pot allows us to make homemade versions of our comforting favorites. To replicate a true copycat version of Hamburger Helper you will need ground beef, cream of mushroom soup, egg noodles and just a few other ingredients. Your picky eaters are bound to love this dinner too!

Prep time: 0 min, Cook Time: 26 min

28. Instant Pot Taco Soup

We’ve looked at fajitas and we’ve discovered baked tacos but now it’s time to take those Mexican flavors we love and put them into a soup. Remember that Instant Pot you received as a gift during the holidays? You’ll get to break it out and put it to hard work again.

This soup includes shredded chicken breast, protein-rich black beans, corn kernels and loads of other flavors we love about tacos. To garnish this soup and give it an authentic taco flare you’ll want to add tortilla chips, a dollop of sour cream and a generous handful of shredded cheese.

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Prep time: 5 min, Cook Time: 25 min

29. Better-Than-Takeout Low Carb Egg Roll in a Bowl

While egg rolls are delicious, they tend to be a little unhealthy because they’re usually deep fried! They’re also a lot of work to make from scratch, which isn’t always ideal for a weeknight meal.

If you’re a big fan of egg rolls but don’t want all the work, let us introduce you to our Egg Roll in a Bowl, which is essentially the filling of a traditional egg roll. It’s as delicious as it sounds and it’s quick to make with a little help from your Instant Pot. This recipe is also fairly low carb, which means it’s Keto Diet approved!

Prep time: 2 min, Cook Time: 22 min

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Reasons You Should Be Having Turmeric Everyday

Turmeric is known for its vibrant canary yellow color and vibrant flavor that has been complimenting curry dishes for ages. It is also favorable because it is known as a natural medicine, traditionally in Chinese Medicine and the Indian system of medicine. Turmeric contains a lot of health benefits like being able to treat cuts and […]

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Turmeric is known for its vibrant canary yellow color and vibrant flavor that has been complimenting curry dishes for ages. It is also favorable because it is known as a natural medicine, traditionally in Chinese Medicine and the Indian system of medicine.

Turmeric contains a lot of health benefits like being able to treat cuts and wounds as well as help heal boils on the skin. It is believed that turmeric can also help preserve the youthfulness of the skin and help prevent acne. Turmeric is available everywhere as they can be grown in almost any climate. Although it generally prefers a warmer climate if you have the proper know-how and attention you can grow them too. We have discovered 12 reasons why you should be incorporating turmeric into your diet.

1. Can Aid Digestion

Turmeric does wonders for our digestive systems because it can stimulate the gallbladder which then releases bile. The bile then helps our bodies break down the food we eat all the while helping our bodies absorb fats and certain nutrients. This is certainly enough reason to add a spoonful of turmeric to your meals!

Following, turmeric has also demonstrated to be an excellent gas reliever. There is nothing worse than trying to enjoy your day or evening and then get hit with the feeling of being bloated. Recent studies have shown that turmeric helps calm the digestive system which, in turn, helps relieve gas.

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2. Is An Anti-Inflammatory

Turmeric is also a great ingredient for anti-inflammatory benefits. A recent study has shown nearly 1.4 million Americans are affected by inflammatory bowel disease. Two main types of this disease include Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Depending on your condition, turmeric could help alleviate some inflammation naturally alongside your regular treatments.

So, why is turmeric helpful in combatting inflammation? That’s because it contains an important compound called curcumin which is the main active ingredient found within. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects as well as being an excellent antioxidant. Consider discussing the benefits of turmeric with your doctor if you’re dealing with inflammatory symptoms.

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3. Can Improve Liver Function

Our liver is a very important organ that stores extra nutrients, helps get rid of toxic substances, manufactures our blood proteins as well as stores blood glucose and produces cholesterol. Clearly, our liver is a vital organ that we really need to take care of.

When it comes to turmeric that powerful compound we talked about early, curcumin plays an active role here. It has a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which both help improve the function of the liver. It has also been shown to help prevent liver cirrhosis (a condition in which the liver does not function properly due to long-term damage).

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4. Is A Natural Antiseptic

There are several types of wounds such as small open wounds, closed wounds and open bleeding wounds. If you find yourself with an open bleeding wound make sure to seek medical treatment immediately to prevent blood loss or infection.

If you have a small wound like an abrasion or puncture using at home treatments and remedies may be suited. Tumeric can often be used as an antiseptic when helping heal a wound by using turmeric paste covered with cotton cloth. It can often be used in place of over the counter ointments. Once again the active compound, curcumin found in turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties all contributing to making it an excellent choice for a natural antiseptic.

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5. Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

It is not proven that turmeric can cure Alzheimer’s disease but there are several studies that show it may help to prevent it. Key roles that are contributors to Alzheimer’s disease are oxidative damage and inflammation. Turmeric may help relieve oxidative damage in the brain and reduce inflammation

Another feature of Alzheimer’s disease is a buildup of protein plaques. It turns out that turmeric has been shown in some studies to help clear these as well. While we don’t know If consuming turmeric daily can definitely help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, it’s certainly worth a shot. Try implementing it into your snacks and meals at least once day.

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6. It’s A Natural Painkiller

The next time you have minor aches and pains such as sprains or joint pain, consider trying a natural remedy before you reach for your bottle of Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Not only does turmeric give your dishes a rich distinct flavor but it can help aid your minor aches. It works by its anti-inflammatory agents that help relieve minor pains.

You don’t need to eat turmeric in its powder form by the spoonful, but instead, consider adding it to your dishes as a seasoning to still achieve the helpful benefits it has to offer. You can even buy turmeric in a supplement form if you do not prefer the taste.

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7. Can Help Weight Management

There are so many weight loss programs and supplements out there that it can be easy to forget about many natural ingredients that can actually help our bodies. Tumeric would be one of those ingredients that can help manage your weight for a multitude of reasons. It’s worth adding to your diet if weight loss is one of your health goals.

Recent studies have shown that turmeric is a triple threat. It can help prevent fat accumulation, can help accelerate diet-induced weight loss, and it can help our bodies regulate our metabolism. Consider adding turmeric to your everyday diet when you are trying to manage your weight.

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8. Known Natural Anti-Depressant

Depression is a very serious and unfortunately a common condition in the present day. Many factors such as an unhealthy lifestyle, low social support and living chaotic lives can play as contributors to depression.

Furthermore, inflammation can be present in depression from contributors such as lack of sleep, vitamin D deficiency, smoking, poor diet and even lack of physical activity. As we have discovered previously turmeric may be a good choice when choosing an anti-inflammatory agent to consume if experiencing depression. You can purchase it in a supplement form at your local drug store or can even add it into your meals as a seasoning. Make sure to speak to your doctor if any symptoms of depression arise and consider talking to your talking about the benefits of turmeric when discussing anti-depressants.

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9. Can Help Treat Psoriasis

If you haven’t experienced psoriasis, it is a noncontagious skin condition that causes buildup on the skin. Some symptoms include red scaly patches, itchy skin, burning skin as well as swollen joints and stiffness. Since there is no cure for this skin disease, treatments are necessary to lower the severity and frequency of outbreaks.

Curcumin found in turmeric is a powerful agent in this case. Recent studies have shown that turmeric can help relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. Not only can you consume the spice in your meals and through supplements but you can also purchase it as a tea or consider making your own tea.

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10. Can Help Prevent Acne

There is nothing worse than planning an event and have a major break out prior to that event. We may be spending a lot more money of ance preventatives than we like to admit but I don’t blame you, we like clear blemish free skin. The next time you’re trying to find a remedy to help prevent acne consider turmeric.

As discussed before curcumin, that superpower agent found in turmeric is again the hero in this case. It can help reduce redness from acne as well as contains powerful antimicrobial properties. However, consuming turmeric daily will give better results for your acne rather than rubbing turmeric paste onto your skin. Once again, when in doubt always consult your doctor.

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11. Improves Immunity

When the cooler months hit, the seasons change, and school starts back up that is when our immune systems are tested. It’s important to work towards a healthier and stronger immune system daily so that when those events happen in our lives you don’t get hit hard with a sinus infection or worse, the flu.

Turmeric has been shown to help boost your immune system through the amazing qualities we discovered earlier such as the anti-microbial properties, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties. These all work to help boost our white blood cell count (these are the blood cells that help fight off bacteria), it can help encourage our metabolisms, it can help us get a good nights sleep, and can detoxify our bodies. All of these play important roles when building a strong immune system.

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12. Increase Brain Function

As I get older and have little moments of forgetfulness or loss of my mathematical skills, I’m always looking for ways to make my brain sharper. Practicing math, reading books are a few ways to keep your brain sharp. However, recent studies show that consuming turmeric daily may just help increase your brain function as well.

Curcumin, the compound in turmeric, nourishes and protects the brain in a variety of different ways. It can help increase blood flow to the brain to improve memory and concentration as well as increase neuroplasticity (your brain’s ability to change and grow throughout your lifetime). There are large varieties of benefits that turmeric can help contribute to improving the brain, it might be a good idea to consider consuming turmeric daily.

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If you are seeking inspiration on how to incorporate turmeric into your diet every day you can visit HERE for some amazing turmeric recipes that are more than just curry dishes.

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“Healthy” Foods That Are Actually Bad For You

A lot of us make a huge effort to make sure the content of our cupboards and kitchens reflect the lifestyle we want to live and the healthy bodies we want to achieve. Unfortunately, thanks to marketing and a variety of mixed messages about food, it can get a little confusing about what is actually […]

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A lot of us make a huge effort to make sure the content of our cupboards and kitchens reflect the lifestyle we want to live and the healthy bodies we want to achieve. Unfortunately, thanks to marketing and a variety of mixed messages about food, it can get a little confusing about what is actually good for us. To make things easier, we’ve discovered twenty foods that are easily misunderstood to be healthy, when really, they are far from it!

1.Whole Wheat Cereals

It seems that the marketing for a variety of cereals has you exactly where they want you. Using health-friendly words, without being actually healthy.  Yet, so many sugary cereal boxes have that “health” checkmark.

White there may be a few whole grains in a cereal it simply does not make up for the fact that it is often coated with sugar, frosting or even mixed with marshmallows. Skip these cereals and try something more wholesome such as oatmeal, or a shredded wheat cereal.

2. Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is not only colorful and attractive, but it is extremely tasty too. In fact, many people will enjoy this snack in the place of dessert.

Unfortunately, you may as well be eating a cookie because dried fruit has about three times the amount of sugar in it because it is condensed. Therefore, you will find yourself eating multiple pieces of dried fruit and getting piles of grams of sugar and calories.

3. Fruit Cocktail

Fruit Cocktail is an easy canned item you can have on your shelf when you are looking for a juicy treat and have run out of fresh produce. Filled with peaches, pineapples, and cherries, it’s no wonder people think it’s a healthy choice.

This is the part where you get disappointed. The syrup that is used to preserve the fruit actually contains an entire day worth of sugar. This doesn’t seem so delicious anymore, now, does it?

4. Light Salad Dressing

When you want a salad, we all know the most fattening part of it is the dressing. Selecting a low-calorie version of ranch dressing or Italian dressing seems like a healthy choice.

In reality, companies are using piles of additives to maintain the flavor while ensuring the calories are cut down. These additives are detrimental to your body, so you are much better off using some olive oil and vinegar (balsamic, red wine etc.) to top your salad and give your body some good fat instead!

5. Store Bought Low-Fat Muffins

If you’re in a hurry and need a quick snack, selecting a low-fat muffin is an easy snack to eat on the fly. Coming in a variety of flavors and recipes, these muffins are definitely delicious.

The truth is if companies are reducing the fat, they need to make up for the lack of taste. This is where sugar comes in. They amp up how much sugar is added so you can feel good about eating less fat but maintaining the same great flavor. Unfortunately, we all know, sugar is no better than fat. It’s a lose-lose situation.

6. Low-Fat Peanut Butter

The same story applies to light or low-fat peanut butter.  Since we know that in most cases when something is removed, must be replaced to maintain flavor. Surprisingly enough, in the case of peanut butter, full-fat is a much better option.

Peanut butter is ripe with monounsaturated fats that are great for our bodies, so when we read how much fat is in the peanut butter (excluding saturated fat) we can be confident that we are eating fats our body truly needs, removing those healthy fats and replacing them with more carbs and sugar isn’t exactly the road to good health.

7. Flavored Yogurts

Probiotic and greek yogurt are fantastic snacks, but there’s a catch. Sometimes there’s so much added to the yogurt that the nutritional benefits get lost in the mix.

The best thing you can do is buy low-fat, plain yogurt and make additions to it yourself. This way, you have control over how much sugar your body is taking in, which fruits and flavors you’d like to have, and in return, you’re saving yourself from digesting 10+ grams of sugar you didn’t necessarily want.

8. Spinach Pasta

Spinach pasta is the same old story of additives wreaking havoc on something that was supposed to be a good thing. While it may be bright green, there are not many antioxidants here!

Spinach Pasta should just be called pasta because there’s so little spinach in the noodles. There’s certainly not enough spinach for you to reap the benefits in one serving either.

9. Diet Soda

While the word “diet” is often on the front of the bottles of sugar-free soda, it’s really just a marketing tactic.  It’s meant to confuse you into thinking that swapping out a full-sugar soda for a diet sugar-free variety, is a step in a healthier direction. When perhaps, it’s doing more harm than good.

As with many other foods, when you subtract the primary source of flavor, you need to replace it with alternative ingredients which require a lot of additives to bring the flavor back. In the case of diet sodas, that’s in the form of unhealthy artificial sweeteners.  A great alternative to diet sodas is sipping on carbonated water, and add in your favorite fruits for flavor!

10. Fruit Juice

Juice in the morning seems like a really straightforward option for most families. The catch is, you have to make sure that there are no added ingredients. Look for the 100% pure orange juice if you absolutely need juice in the morning.

The problem with fruit juice is, even if you buy the 100% pure juice, it is still packed with sugar. Many think that if it’s natural sugar it’s no problem, but the truth is, sugar is sugar! If you buy the stuff that has added sugar, you are getting a double whammy of sugar that you don’t need. A better way to approach you morning drink is by adding a few tablespoons of 100% pure juice to the bottom of your glass, then fill with water. You still get the orange juice taste without all those unneeded grams of sugar.

11. Protein Bars

This is the same age-old story we hear all the time. Let’s get something straight, just because a snack bar is advertised as a protein bar and is loaded with protein, that does not mean it’s a healthy choice!

While many protein bars are actually ok for your health, many are just candy bars marketed to make you think it’s a healthy choice! Make sure you’re reading your labels to stay informed, or try eating natural sources of protein such as lean meat, hummus, milk, and nuts which are way better options and only have a fraction of the sugar and calories.

12. Frozen Yogurt

Much like diet soda or protein bars, frozen yogurt has a reputation for being a healthy dessert you can enjoy in large quantities, without a worry. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case. While “froyo” may be lower fat compared to ice cream, it is still packed with sugar and calories just like any other dessert. Not to mention all those fun toppings we tend to add on.

If you are looking to enjoy a healthy dessert, blending up a frozen banana with some dark chocolate chips and strawberries is a great alternative, it’s a surprisingly sweet treat!

13. Fast-Food Salads

When you have to eat at a fast food restaurant, opting for a salad may seem like a healthy option, and sometimes, it can be! The problem with fast food salads is how quickly the ingredients add up to calories. If you order a chicken salad with breaded chicken and use a package a creamy dressing over your bacon bits and shredded cheese, suddenly, your salad is basically the same amount of calories and fat as a hamburger!

With some healthy suggestions, you can make this healthy option a success. Make sure you asked for grilled chicken as opposed to crispy as your protein, and either enjoy without salad dressing or just use half a packet of dressing.

14. Agave Nectar

Agave nectar has earned itself a place in the health food world as a great alternative to regular sugar. Unfortunately, it does not deserve this place among other sweeteners such as maple syrup, simply because of what it actually is made up of.

Regular sugar contains about 50% fructose which is the stuff we are really trying to avoid. It messes with your metabolism and is a threat to your overall health. Believe it or not, agave nectar is actually between 70-90% fructose, making it even worse for you than regular sugar.

15. Processed Organic Food

The word “organic” is plastered on the front of a huge amount of food in the grocery store now. Marketers are making the word “organic” synonymous with the word “healthy”. For a lot of people, it’s paying off! There’s a huge group of people buying into this marketing technique and are being sadly misguided.

Just because a food says organic, does not mean it is healthy in the least. Sure, the products may not have pesticides on them, but at the end of the day, it’s the same ingredients that you would find in a regular bag of chips or bag of candy. The same goes for the nutritional facts – fat, calories, and other additives are still very present in these organic foods.

16. Veggie Burger

When you’re looking to skip some calories and fat, opting for a veggie burger may seem like a very logical option. A great tip for selecting foods is opting for the more “pure” item on the menu. Which food has the least amount of additives and ingredients? This is where many times, the veggie burger fails.

A beef or chicken burger is often a combination of meats and spices. A veggie burger will often have spices and a wide variety of ingredients that are both pure and “filler” additives. To make a veggie burger taste good, you need to add a fair amount of additives. As a result, you may end up eating more calories and additives than if you just ordered the beef burger.

17. Margarine

This item on our list is a little more complicated than the average “healthy” item that really isn’t all that healthy.  One way to check and see how healthy your margarine is by seeing how solid it is. If your margarine is as hard as butter, it’s not a good option. If you buy one that has olive or avocado oil in it, it will be soft and creamy – that’s the stuff you want!

Some kinds of margarine are a good option when you are looking for a spread that is a healthier option to butter. Butter is made from animal fat and therefore has a higher content of trans fat. If you can get a trans fat free margarine made from olive oil or another plant-based oil, it’s a great spread for your toast. The problem lies in margarine that has trans fat anyway, plus a lot of additives. In that case, sticking with butter is a better option.

18. Veggie Chips

They’re visually stunning and also are technically foods that are healthy, so what makes them such a problem? The best way to get a healthy chip option is by making them yourself. Then you get to control how much oil and salt is added, and they can be baked instead of fried.

No matter what kinds of root vegetables are in your packaged veggie chips, the nutrients are often lost among the oils, salts, additives and possible frying. By the time they are packaged, these chips have a ton of calories and fat, just like regular chips!

19. Baked Beans

Beans are known as a fantastic food to eat for protein and fiber, especially for vegetarians. When eating baked beans, be sure to read the nutrition facts so you know exactly what you are eating. If you enjoy cooking, try your hand at making your own baked beans so you can monitor exactly what’s put into them.

Baked beans are not as healthy as consumers may think, because they are canned. This results in high sodium content, often high sugar and lots of additives. Selecting an organic, low sodium can of baked beans is a great solution to this problem.

20. Frozen Diet Dinners

Much like many of the advertised prepackaged health foods, frozen diet dinners aren’t worth the money and aren’t worth the time saved from cooking. Making pre-portioned meals at home is a fantastic way to have healthy meals available quickly when you need them.

Frozen diet dinners are often advertised as wholesome meals with lots of health benefits. The problem is, many of them are packed with additives and preservatives so they can still taste fresh even when they are not. When you’re looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle, having a bowl of food packed with extra ingredients is definitely not worth it.

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