crockpot pasta e fagioli

It’s crazy how long it has been since I shared a new blog post!  We have been really busy and I started some new things recently that have occupied a lot of space in my brain.  I’m one of those people that can only handle so much floating up there at one time.  Can anyone else relate?

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About ten years ago I had a subscription to Cooking Light magazine.  As I read through those magazines I would pull out recipes that looked good to me and slip them into sheet protectors in a binder.  Of course this was long before Pinterest and the popularity of finding recipes on the internet.  I’ve kept that binder and over the years I’ve tossed out the recipes I no longer make.  There are a few remaining and this mini meatloaf recipe is one of them.  I’ve made some changes to the original recipe to make it just the way we like it.  I swapped onion powder for the onion (my husband doesn’t like crunchy onions in his meatloaf), decreased the amount of ketchup, and added in some spinach.

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perfectly seasoned burgers2

There is nothing better than a super juicy burger topped with tons of crunchy veggies on a warm summer evening.  Actually, living in Texas, we can pretty much grill almost year round.  Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be just a summer thing.  This year, for the first time in years, we didn’t have big plans for the Fourth of July.  So we decided to pack some healthy lunches and spend the day at the water park and then come home for a family dinner.  I knew grilled burgers would be the perfect way to regain some energy after a long day of activity.

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meatballs

My boys love meatballs.  I’ve made quite a few different recipes over the years and this one ranks up there as one of our favorites.  There are a few reasons for this.  Number one is that there are no onions.  I love onions but for some reason I don’t love the crunch of onions in my meatballs (and neither does my husband.)  Second, there are veggies (carrots and spinach) in the recipe but you cannot taste them at all.  Third, these meatballs are made with 1/2 ground turkey and 1/2 ground beef, making them a little more lean than all beef meatballs.  And finally, I love this recipe because it makes a lot so there are plenty leftover for the freezer.

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beef and vegetable soup

I know we are heading into summer soon but I wanted to go ahead and share this recipe anyway.  I am one of those people that can eat soup year round.  Honestly, soup is one if my favorite meals.  The soups I make are usually filling and healthy.  This one in particular is filled with a lot of vegetables and can easily be adapted to add/sub your favorites.  Another reason I love soup is all the leftovers I usually have.  Leftovers = a night off of cooking.  I call that a win!  This soup is delicious served with crackers or you could add rice or barley to bulk it up a bit.

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