JUL
23
2014

One Pan Pasta Dinner

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Hi all! If you know anything about me by now, you know that I’m not a professional chef. I’m a busy mama of four and I don’t have time to dilly dally around in the kitchen everyday! That means when I hear something like “easy recipes”, “5 ingredient meal”, or ‘one pan’… well let’s just say you had me at “one pan”! So today I have a one pan pasta dish for all of you busy parents out there!   So if you have about 15 minutes to spare, then stick with me people and you’ll also have dinner ready too!   One Pan Pasta: 12 ounces linguine 12 ounces cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered if large 1/2 onion, thinly sliced (Or finely diced if you’re trying to hide them from your children.) 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes 3 sprigs basil, plus torn leaves for garnish 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving kosher salt and freshly ground pepper 5 cups water 6 oz. tomato sauce … [Read more...]

APR
22
2014

Ham and White Bean Soup Recipe

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with an easy recipe for you!   Every now and then we make a spiral sliced ham for dinner, and for a long time, I just tossed the left over bone with all of that meat on it. I never could get it all off. ugh. Anyway, I’ve finally come up with a really easy and delicious Ham and White Bean Soup recipe to use up that left over ham! Interested? Read on…     Ingredients Leftover ham bone (with ham on it) 16 oz. bag of northern white beans 1/2 sweet onion finely diced Optional: diced carrot and celery (or any other veggie you like in your soup) Optional: 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar Directions: Place ham bone and beans into a stockpot and cover with water. Simmer all day on low heat. Add your onions and other veggies about 1 hour prior to eating so they cook until soft. If you want a little fresh kick to your soup add 1 Tablespoon of apple cider vinegar right at the very end. That’s it! No kidding, just put the … [Read more...]

APR
10
2014

Easy Chicken, Rice, and Bean Burritos

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  Hi everyone! I have another simple and fast recipe to share with all of you busy homeschoolers out there! After saying this was fast, I realized that I normally make these a few days after I’ve made my Southwestern Chicken Tacos, refried beans, and Spanish rice. That way I can just pull out the leftovers, stuff them into burritos and heat! It’s a great way to use up the leftovers but make it seem like a whole new meal! But if you need to take the long way…the directions for the insides are at the bottom of this post! Ingredients: 4-5 Cooked and shredded chicken breasts 2 cups Spanish Rice 2 cups Refried beans 1 can cream of chicken soup 1/2 c. milk Tortillas of your choice. I like the small corn tortillas, just heat in a warm skillet for about 30 seconds each side. Optional: Toppings of your choice, we use sour cream, guacamole, tomatoes, and lettuce. Maybe a little hot sauce if we’re feeling crazy ;o)   Directions: Spray a casserole dish … [Read more...]

JAN
23
2014

Honey Chicken and Rice Crockpot Recipe

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   Good morning readers! Today I have a super easy and yummy recipe to share with you all. This is a favorite in our house as it’s tasty, but really it takes all of 5 minutes to prepare. And for a homeschooling mama, that puts it on the top 10 list of meals! Ingredients: 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 1 small onion, diced 1 cup honey 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/4 cup ketchup 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1. Turn crockpot on low. 2. Place chicken breasts at the bottom of the crockpot. 3. Mix remaining ingredients together and pour over chicken. Put lid on crockpot and cook for 3-4 hours for thawed chicken breasts, or 6-8 hours for frozen chicken breasts.   4. Curl up in your favorite easy chair and have a few bon-bons.  I mean…go homeschool the kiddos knowing that dinner’s already cookin’!   (Sorry, apparently my camera chose to … [Read more...]

JUN
06
2013

Super Creamy Chicken Burritos

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Hi everyone! Awhile back I posted a recipe for creamy chicken burritos. And while that one was good…well, this one is sooooo much creamier and better! You know, good to keep improving on your food right?   Seriously, try this. They’re the best burritos ever. And you should know by now that I wouldn’t steer you wrong. Ingredients: ½ sweet onion, diced 2 chicken breasts, cubed or shredded 6 Tbsp. butter ¼ C. flour 2 C. chicken broth (I’ve been using Organic Chicken broth, but of course you can also use your own stock.) 1 small can diced green chili 1 cup Monterrey jack cheese, shredded 1- 8oz block cream cheese 1 C. cooked white rice Tortillas (I use the TortillaLand Uncooked tortillas, you cook them fresh at home and they’re delicious!) Hatch Green Chili Enchilada Sauce Optional: garnish with guacamole, sour cream, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes By the way, this made two casserole dishes, so I gave one to a friend, but you can also freeze … [Read more...]

MAY
16
2013

Easy Crockpot Pork Chops Recipe

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(Image source: getcrocked.com) Hi everyone! Today I have a super yummy crockpot pork chop recipe for you! This one seriously doesn’t get any easier, and it was definitely a crowd pleaser for everyone at the Confessions household. And that is quite impressive since there is usually one person who isn’t thrilled with dinner. So let’s get on to dinner shall we? Ingredients: 4-6 bone in pork chops depending on your family size. 1 small can cream of mushroom soup (Can use cream of chicken as well) 1 can filled with water or milk depending on how creamy you like your gravy. Method: Combine the soup with the milk or water in a bowl. Pour a bit of the soup into the bottom of your crockpot, then add a layer of pork chops (frozen or thawed is fine. Mine are usually frozen because I don't plan ahead very well!) Pour more soup over that first layer, then add another layer of pork chops, another layer of soup, and another layer of pork chops. Finish your layers with a final … [Read more...]

MAY
09
2013

Creamy Potato Soup

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Hello readers! Today I wanted to share a yummy comforting soup recipe with you. It’s a simple creamy potato soup that is not only easy to make, but definitely warms the belly on a cool day! Ingredients: 1 pound bacon, chopped 3 Tbsp. butter 2 stalks celery, diced (I omit this to please kids, but it gives the soup nice flavor.) 1/2 sweet onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 8 potatoes, peeled and cubed (I prefer red potatoes) 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup heavy cream (Can sub. milk to reduce calories) 4 cups chicken broth or stock Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded 2  green onions, chopped Method: 1. In a Dutch oven, or large pot, cook bacon over medium heat until done. Remove bacon from pan and chop. 2. Drain off all but 1/4 cup bacon grease. Add onion, and celery to pot and sauté until soft. Add garlic and cook about 1 more minute. 3. Add cubed potatoes, butter, and flour and stir well. Sauté for another 2 … [Read more...]

APR
18
2013

Homemade Chili Recipe for Kids!

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Hi all, I hope you’re looking forward to a lovely weekend! I know I am thrilled it’s Friday! Been a long week over here, and so I needed a quick and easy dinner that didn’t require a lot of thinking on my part. Enter yummy homemade chili! Okay, so it might be semi-homemade considering I use canned chili beans, but whatever.   This is one of my go-to recipes for cold days, or nights when I’m in a hurry. It’s great because you can let it simmer, or eat it right away depending on your schedule for that night. I also like this because as a kid I don’t really remember liking chili. At all. As a matter of fact when my mom said she was making chili I cringed wondering if she’d let me opt out for cereal. But so far all of my kids enjoy this, even Turbo who doesn’t like spicy, beans, or meat really. Go figure? So that said, this recipe can be as mild or spicy as you like, I don’t go overboard with the spice, but whatever works for your family is cool with me! And them I … [Read more...]

MAR
07
2013

Zuppa Toscana Recipe

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Hi everyone! Did I mention that I’m Italian? And I married a German? Well, since our wedding my father-in-law has hassled me about always serving Italian dishes whenever they come over. And so tonight I was feeling a little crazy and decided to make up my very own recipe for Zuppa Toscana. I figured with the hearty combination of potatoes and Italian sausage we’d both be happy!   Of course before giving it to my father-in-law I tested it on his son and grand-children. And whoot whoot! We have a success! All the yummy goodness of Italian cuisine combined with the hearty meat and potatoes that my German in-laws love. And not only did my husband say it was delicious, but all of the kiddos liked it as well. Except for the Teeny Tot, who didn’t like the potatoes for some reason. Which is weird because she likes potatoes. But who knows, she’s picky. And she ate everything else except the potatoes. Which in my opinion were the best part. So anyway, let’s get to the goodness … [Read more...]

JUN
26
2012

Tater Tot Casserole Recipe

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(source) I have to let you all know, this was my first time making this super easy Tater Tot Casserole recipe! My husband had it growing up, and to my recollection we never did! It turned out to be a crowd pleaser so I thought I would share it with you all for nights when you need something super easy and quick! Ingredients: 1 can cream of mushroom soup 1 tsp. ketchup 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 lb. ground beef 1/2 diced onion chopped 1 bag frozen tater tots 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese Salt and pepper to taste Cooking Spray Optional: frozen peas Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) Brown ground beef and onion in sauté pan and drain grease, and salt and pepper to taste. Optional: add frozen peas to meat mixture Add cream of mushroom soup, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce to meat mixture and mix well. Spray bottom of a  9x13 casserole dish and spread meat mixture evenly across bottom. Arrange tater tots evenly over … [Read more...]