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Healthy Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie

This silky, decadent Chocolate Almond Banana Smoothie is a healthy, filling breakfast or snack, loaded with bananas, almond butter, Greek yogurt, oats, and chia seeds for a boost of protein, vitamins, calcium, and fiber! Well, folks….exciting* news today (*if the current level of excitement in your life is equivalent to watching paint dry). After being without a blender for over six months now, today I can happily report that Santa brought me a new one for Christmas! Food blogging professional {Read More}

Raspberry Swirl Brownies

Fudgy brownies are studded with chocolate chips and topped with raspberry preserves in these rich, decadent Raspberry Swirl Brownies, perfect for Valentine’s Day or as an anytime sweet treat! I always feel like coming up with January blog recipes leaves me in somewhat of a quandary. There’s the whole healthy/New-Year’s-Resolution vibe to keep in mind, of course…but on the other hand, Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are both right around the corner. So I do my best to alternate light, {Read More}

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro

White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro makes a creamy, zesty party appetizer when served with tortilla chips…but it’s also a healthy, flavor-packed dip for enjoying raw veggies! Today’s recipe is like the perfect January mash-up! So as not to botch any New Year’s resolutions, it’s a health-conscious dip that can be served with raw veggies for a fantastic alternative to calorie-laden dip or dressing. But this White Bean Dip with Jalapeño & Cilantro also happens to be tasty enough {Read More}

One-Pan Asian Beef & Rice Skillet

Asian Beef & Rice Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe requiring a simple list of all-natural ingredients, only one pan, and under 30 minutes to make from start to finish! I’ve mentioned it before but, like any good child of the 80s, I ate my fair share of Hamburger Helper growing up (and I was actually quite fond of it). Now as a busy (read: tired) mama, I can certainly appreciate the convenience of it: brown some ground {Read More}

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon

Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup with Pepper Jack & Bacon is a creamy, silky recipe that balances healthy, vitamin-packed cauliflower with zesty cheese and decadent bacon…and using frozen cauliflower, it couldn’t be any simpler to make! Welp, it actually feels like winter once again here in Texas…albeit only for a few days before it hits the 70s again. 😛 But my understanding that other parts of the country are currently getting bombarded with snow! So while the temperatures are nice and {Read More}

Banana Nut Baked Oatmeal

Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal boasts the delicious flavor of banana bread, but it’s made with wholesome oats, pecans, and coconut oil for a healthy, filling breakfast! Scroll down to just below the recipe for a collection of SEVEN wholesome, delicious baked oatmeal recipes! Happy New Year, friends! I hope this finds your 2017 off to a fantastic start. My kids don’t head back to school until Wednesday, but I’m already mentally preparing for the early rising and lunchbox packing and {Read More}

Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2016

Happy (almost) New Year, friends! Just wanted to quickly pop in before the ‘ol ball drops with Five Heart Home’s Top 20 Recipes of 2016! Which recipe do you think made it all the way to #1? It’s always fun to look back on the last twelve months, dig through analytics to see which posts received the most traffic, and figure out which new recipes from the past year were the most popular. So keep reading to see if your {Read More}

Cheesy Crab Dip

Loaded with sharp cheddar, lump crab meat, and a zippy kick of Sriracha, Cheesy Crab Dip is a delectable appetizer for any gathering, from a casual football watching get-together to a fancy holiday party! Happy Friday, friends! Popping in with one last recipe before Christmas, which I happen to think would be a great last-minute appetizer in case you’re looking to add to your holiday menu. But I totally get it if Christmas Eve Eve is a bit too last-minute {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup

A classic comfort food recipe gets a soup lover’s makeover in this warm, hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup, loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles…and your crock pot does all of the work! (Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post, just before the recipe, for an exciting giveaway!) (This post contains affliliate links.)  Y’all. How is Christmas only five days away?! I don’t know where the month went, but I do know that I need {Read More}

Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding

Delicious and decadent Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding effortlessly cooks up in the crock pot. Studded with golden raisins, sprinkled with nutmeg, and drizzled with silky eggnog syrup, it’s a perfect holiday breakfast, brunch, or dessert! Today’s Slow Cooker Eggnog Bread Pudding is special for a couple of reasons. It’s my first eggnog recipe of the year…and if you’ve been hanging around Five Heart Home for awhile, you know how I like me a good eggnog recipe come December. 😉 {Read More}

Taco Shepherd’s Pie

A comfort food classic gets a Tex-Mex twist in Taco Shepherd’s Pie, with taco-seasoned, salsa-spiced ground beef, studded with black beans and topped with cheesy green chile mashed potatoes! This recipe was developed in partnership with the Texas Beef Council. Today we’re taking a little break from the recent bounty of holiday recipes for some good ol’ comfort food! My family enjoys shepherd’s pie and we’re also big fans of any recipe with Tex-Mex flavors. So I decided to combine {Read More}

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls

Christmas Ornament Cheese Balls are a fun, festive addition to your holiday party menu in three mouthwatering flavors — Cranberry, Blue Cheese, & Pecan; Garlic, Feta, & Dill; and White Cheddar, Rosemary, & Pomegranate! It’s beginning to look (and feel) a lot like Christmas! Last night marked our first freeze of the season. The house is decorated and the Christmas cards have been mailed. We’ve been drinking egg nog like it’s going out of style. And this weekend, I’m looking {Read More}

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies

Soft & Chewy Ginger Cookies are loaded with warm spice and coated in crunchy raw sugar for crinkly, sparkly cookies that are as pretty as they are delicious! Three cheers for holiday baking! Who’s with me? It’s time to think Christmas cookies, my friends, and I’ve got a soft, chewy ginger delight to add to your platter this December. Gingerbread men and gingersnaps seems to get all of the attention this time of year, but I would argue that Soft {Read More}

Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts

A decadent holiday breakfast or dessert, Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts are soft and tender, with a rich chocolate glaze and crushed candy canes sprinkled on top! December is here and the countdown is on, my friends! What say we celebrate all-things-holiday with some cheery Chocolate Peppermint Baked Donuts?! I’ve been immensely enjoying my donut pans since I bought them this past summer, but I’d venture to say that my family loves them even more. Why wouldn’t they? Because even though {Read More}

Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies ~ *Cookbook Edition*

Happy almost-December, friends! The holidays are officially here and I’m excited to share my 3rd annual Holiday Gift Guide for Foodies to simplify your gift giving (and wish list making!) this season. 😉 But this year, there’s a little twist… …I’ve compiled a list of awesome cookbooks! As someone who reads cookbooks like novels — seriously, I have two of them in-progress on my nightstand this very minute — I’m always thrilled to buy or receive a new cookbook. I {Read More}

Drops of Sunshine GIVEAWAY!

Hi, friends! Today I’m excited to be teaming up with my sweet and talented friend, Julie, to share a fun giveaway! Julie’s online shop, Drops of Sunshine, features cute home decor, giftware, kitchen goodies, accessories, and clothing. And lucky for us, she’s giving away a fun prize pack (see above) including a set of Terra Cotta Buttons Coasters, a Honeycomb Measuring Spoon Set, Stoneware Measuring Cups, a set of two Round Cast Iron Trivets, a Black Knit Toboggan Hat, and {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger, then cook in the crock pot until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian chicken dinner! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like me, you spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the past few days putting a lot of effort into a number of holiday dishes. So after all of that hard work {Read More}

Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans

Oven roasting turns plain broccoli into something special…and a crunchy, garlicky, toasty topping takes it to the next level in this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans! With Thanksgiving only a few short days away, I realize that it’s a little late in the game for another side dish recipe. However, the good news is that this Roasted Broccoli with Parmesan, Panko, & Pecans would also make a fabulous addition to your Christmas or Hanukkah or New Year’s menu! {Read More}

{Quick & Easy} Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls

When time is short and homemade isn’t possible, frozen bread dough is a quick and easy shortcut ingredient for making lovely Garlic Rosemary Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or any holiday meal or special occasion! When special holiday dinners roll around, sometimes you have the time (and energy) to make pillowy homemade dinner rolls, lovingly mixing and rising the dough…and shaping the rolls…and rising again…and baking…and brushing with butter…and serving warm…and impressing everyone! And sometimes…you don’t. But {Read More}

Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad ~ AKA, Thanksgiving Salad

This gorgeous Pomegranate, Pear, Pecan, & Brie Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette is loaded with vibrant colors and flavors and contrasting textures….the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday table! I’m a sucker for a loaded salad. The more contrasting flavors and textures, the better. And if it’s a pretty salad, to boot? Can’t be beat. This time last year, I concocted a festive red-and-green Holiday Honeycrisp Salad using some of my favorite salad ingredients. And, lo and behold, {Read More}

Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread

Creamy, homemade pimento cheese is jazzed up with crispy bacon and zippy jalapeños, spread onto French bread, and baked until bubbly in this drool-worthy Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread appetizer! I’ve got some Thanksgiving recipes on the horizon next week, but today I’m saying — nay, shouting — HAPPY FRIDAY with a creamy, cheesy, decadent, loaded-with-flavor appetizer or snack…Hot Pimento Cheese & Bacon Bread! That title right there pretty much says it all, doesn’t it? Zesty pimento cheese — {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili

Chunky, flavorful Slow Cooker Beefy Three-Bean Chili is a hearty bowl of comfort food goodness, easy to adjust to your preferred spice level and delicious topped with sour cream, shredded cheese, and fresh cilantro! Hey there, strangers! Well, can I just say that I was NOT intending to go all last week without sharing a recipe. But alas, sometimes life gets in the way of blogging…and unfortunately, last week said life brought us a very sick little 4-year old, numerous {Read More}

‘The Asian Slow Cooker’ ~ KitchenAid, PayPal cash, & cookbook GIVEAWAY!

Happy Tuesday, friends! And what better way to celebrate a random Tuesday in November than with a fabulous giveaway of KitchenAid appliances, PayPal cash, and a fabulous new cookbook?! For once, we’re not talking about my cookbook today…what a refreshing change, huh? 😉 And actually, today’s not a random Tuesday at all…it’s the day that The Asian Slow Cooker was officially released and is now available in book stores and online…yay! So to celebrate her gorgeous, mouthwatering new cookbook, my {Read More}

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel

This decadent Banana Coffee Cake is layered with Chocolate Pecan Streusel for a dense, moist interior, a crunchy exterior, and a sweet surprise ribboned throughout! Sometimes you need a really impressive dessert-masquerading-as-breakfast to impress a crowd, and today’s Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Pecan Streusel is just that sort of recipe. Whether you’re hosting a playgroup, entertaining family or friends at brunch, or you simply want to treat your co-workers to a mouthwatering morning surprise, this coffee cake has got {Read More}

{Overnight} Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal {with no burnt edges!}

Wake up to a warm, wholesome breakfast with this Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal…and don’t miss the secret trick to prevent the edges from burning! There’s nothing like waking up in the morning to the heavenly smell of breakfast wafting through the air. And if that breakfast just so happens to taste like pumpkin pie…well, all the better! Overnight Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal is a rather lengthy, adjective-heavy title for such a simple recipe, {Read More}

You Asked, I’m Answering…My Favorite Slow Cooker (and More)

Happy Friday, friends! Today’s post is a little bit different, but ever since I first announced that I was writing a slow cooker cookbook, I’ve been asked the same question over and over…which slow cooker is the best? Now that Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers has been released, I find myself answering this question multiple times per week. Some of the folks asking are interested in buying a slow cooker for themselves, some are replacing an old one, and some {Read More}

Apple Cider Baked Donuts

Delicately spiced, 100% whole wheat Apple Cider Baked Donuts are tender on the inside and coated in crunchy cinnamon sugar on the outside for a tasty fall breakfast treat! This past Saturday, the middle child celebrated his birthday. He and his big brother both had flag football games that morning, but the birthday boy was apparently experiencing a touch of Lucky Number 7 magic as he proceeded to score half a dozen touchdowns. Granted, we’re talking about 1st grade teams {Read More}

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup

The bold flavors of Buffalo wings come together in this zippy, creamy, easy-to-whip-up Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Soup…perfect for serving on game day or for warming up on a chilly fall or winter evening! Happy Friday, friends! Wow…it’s been quite a week. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to everyone for your kind, positive, and supportive words about the release of my new cookbook earlier this week! I’m honored that so many of you ordered it and are {Read More}

‘Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers’ Cookbook ~ IT’S FINALLY HERE!!!

Hi, friends! This may very well be the most exciting news I’ve ever posted on Five Heart Home, becaaaause… …Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers is really, finally, OFFICIALLY HERE! Those of you who have been along for the ride over the past year have been privy to the hard work (and stress) that it’s taken to reach this big day. But after all is said and done, I am so dang proud of this cookbook, and I’m extremely excited that {Read More}

One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

For a homemade copycat of Beef Taco Hamburger Helper, this One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with five real, all-natural ingredients! In case y’all hadn’t noticed, I’ve been on somewhat of a one-pot/one-pan/one-skillet recipe kick lately. And why not? Who doesn’t love a complete dinner that’s made in about 30 minutes while dirtying only one large cooking receptacle? So a few weeks ago, I’d been running around all day and hadn’t had any {Read More}