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Easy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup

White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup ~ a cozy, filling soup that's packed with nutrients and comes together in under 30 minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Hearty, healthy White Bean, Kale, & Sausage Soup is full of flavor, loaded with vitamins, and comes together in under 30 minutes! Well, friends, I’ve resisted for years, but I finally decided to jump on the kale bandwagon. Okay, perhaps “bandwagon” is too extreme. Rather, I tried kale in this soup, and I actually liked it! I’ll probably get my Southerner card revoked for such blasphemy, but as much as I love spinach, I’ve never really been a fan of {Read More}



Wholesome Breakfast Cookies

Wholesome Breakfast Cookies ~ packed with oats, nuts, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lightly sweetened with honey...perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or an anytime snack! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tasty little Breakfast Cookies are wholesome, delicious treats packed with oats, nuts, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and lightly sweetened with honey…perfect for breakfast-on-the-go or an anytime snack! Today is an important day at our house. A very special little lady turns two! This baby girl warms our heart and makes us laugh countless times a day. She is adorable, cheerful, headstrong, chatty, and just bursting with sweetness. It’s hard to remember what life was like before she joined us. {Read More}



Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes

Garlic and Herb Roasted Potatoes ~ a simple, delicious side dish flavored with fresh rosemary and thyme | FiveHeartHome.com

Simple, delicious Garlic & Herb Roasted Potatoes are crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and loaded with flavor, thanks to garlic, fresh rosemary, and fresh thyme! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…roasting is my favorite way to cook vegetables! Roasting not only enhances the texture, but it also brings out a deep flavor and natural sweetness in just about any veggie. And potatoes? Well, they turn from ho-hum to downright magical after a nice stint {Read More}



Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti ~ features shredded chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and canned soup) | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a comfort food classic made with chunks of chicken, your favorite veggies, and a simple homemade cheese sauce (instead of Velveeta and ‘Cream of X’ soup). When you have young children, you may find yourself concocting as many different variations of mac & cheese as possible in a quest to cook dinners that your offspring will actually ingest. And truth be told, if you trade the macaroni for spaghetti, keep the creamy cheese sauce, and throw {Read More}



The ULTIMATE Stuffed Cheeseburger Sliders

The ULTIMATE Cheeseburger Sliders ~ burger stuffed with pepper jack cheese and topped with mushrooms, avocado, and baby spinach on a Hawaiian roll | FiveHeartHome.com

These Ultimate Cheeseburger Sliders make the perfect gameday grilling grub, featuring pepper jack-stuffed mini burger patties topped with buttery mushrooms, creamy avocado, and crisp spinach! A big thanks to Walmart, Kingsford Charcoal, and DataRank for sponsoring this post. As always, all opinions are my own. If you’ve followed Five Heart Home for any time at all, it’s already been well-documented that I am an enthusiastic fan of football season. But as much as I love watching the game itself and {Read More}



Apple Cheddar Crescents

Apple Cheddar Crescents ~ a sweet and savory snack or lunch idea featuring golden crescent rolls wrapped around melted cheddar and tender apples | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory-sweet Apple Cheddar Crescents are perfect for lunch or snacking, with melted cheddar and tender, thinly sliced apples wrapped in golden crescent roll dough! Well, it was bound to happen. We are less than a month into the new school year and I’m already so over packing school lunches. I don’t exactly know why I dislike this particular daily chore above all others. I mean, I don’t typically dread making lunch at lunchtime. And I am beyond thankful to have {Read More}



Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Brown Butter Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn ~ takes 5 minutes to make, tastes like a Snickerdoodle! | FiveHeartHome.com

Fresh popcorn is drizzled with brown butter and generously coated with cinnamon & sugar in this 5-minute, addictive snack that’s perfect for any occasion, from after school to movie night. Correct me if I’m wrong, but popcorn is pretty magical stuff. What other food starts out as a rock-hard little kernel and then, with a short application of heat, explodes into a fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth snack? On top of that, all of those crevices are just perfect for soaking up your {Read More}



Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple & Pecans {Dairy-Free}

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal with Maple and Pecans / Dairy-Free ~ warm, filling, wholesome breakfast that can be made ahead and reheated! | FiveHeartHome.com

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a warm, filling, wholesome breakfast featuring maple syrup, toasted pecans, cinnamon, and warm spices. It’s easy to make ahead of time and reheat on busy mornings! Well, I’ve held off as long as I can…today, I share my first pumpkin recipe of the (not quite but getting closer to) fall season! In case you missed it, I teased y’all with a mouthwatering pumpkin recipe round-up earlier this week, featuring some past favorites and current can’t-wait-to-try pumpkin {Read More}



Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake

Mexican Beef and Cornbread Bake ~ taco-seasoned beef, black beans, and corn are topped with green chile cheddar cornbread in this quick, easy meal | FiveHeartHome.com

Mexican Beef & Cornbread Bake is an easy, comforting casserole featuring a layer of taco-seasoned ground beef mixed with salsa, black beans, corn, and olives, and topped with green chile cheddar cornbread. So…I realize that it’s technically not fall yet. And I am cognizant of the fact that temperatures around here will likely hover in the 90s through at least Halloween. However, the fact that summer vacation has ended means that we’re back to our hectic school year routine. I {Read More}



30-Minute Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce

30-Minute Homemade Marinara ~ quick, flavorful sauce made with ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs, garlic and a touch of balsamic vinegar | FiveHeartHome.com

This savory, homemade Fresh Marinara Sauce is bursting with ripe, juicy tomatoes, savory garlic, and fresh herbs…but the best part is that it’s ready in 30 minutes! Happy Friday, friends! I’m back today with another fabulous recipe that’s amazingly full of flavor for being so quick and easy to throw together. And conveniently enough, this 30-minute Fresh Tomato Marinara Sauce can actually be used as an ingredient in the 30-Minute Skillet Lasagna that I posted last week! In many ways, {Read More}



French Bread Taco Pizza

French Bread Taco Pizza ~ tacos meet pizza on an effortless French bread crust, with layers of refried beans, salsa, taco meat, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream! | FiveHeartHome.com

French Bread Taco Pizza features refried beans, salsa, taco meat, and cheese layered on a French bread crust, baked until piping hot, and then topped with cool, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and sour cream! Raise your hand if you have taco night at your house? How ’bout pizza night? Well, today I’ve got a quick and easy dinner idea that combines the best of both worlds! I’m not too proud to admit that I’d never had taco pizza until {Read More}



Warm & Cheesy Bean Dip

Warm and Cheesy Bean Dip ~ quick and easy, full of flavor, and also makes a great side dish or filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Warm & Cheesy Bean Dip is quick & easy to make, full of flavor, and perfect as a party appetizer or for gameday snacking. It can even be served as a side dish or stuffed inside tacos, burritos, quesadillas, & more! Well, friends, it’s once again that magical time of year…football season is upon us! I’m a summer-lovin’ gal through and through, so between summer vacation ending and school starting, I sometimes feel a little blue as mid-August approaches. But {Read More}



Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola

Baked Stuffed Apples with Peanut Butter Granola ~ a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

Sweet and tender baked apples that have been stuffed with a mixture of granola and peanut butter make a perfect breakfast, snack, or dessert! Today I bring you a post that I had originally planned on sharing next month, since apples are a rather autumn-like ingredient and, well…at the moment, we’re still smack dab in the middle of a blazing hot August. I’ll get to that backstory in a moment. But first, let’s discuss this recipe, shall we? If you’ve {Read More}



30-Minute Skillet Lasagna

30-Minute Skillet Lasagna ~ quick and easy, savory and cheesy, one pot, stovetop dinner | FiveHeartHome.com

Savory, cheesy lasagna cooks up in a skillet in 30 minutes in this easy, delicious, stovetop variation! Well, the school year grind has officially begun. No more sleeping past the crack of dawn. No more leisurely, schedule-free days. No more making lunches at, you know, lunchtime. And no more waiting until five minutes before 5:00 p.m. to start thinking about dinner. Because the cold hard truth is that if I don’t have an organized meal plan during the school year, {Read More}



Whole Wheat Pancake Bites

Whole Wheat Pancake Bites, AKA Pancake Mini Muffins ~ a fun-to-eat breakfast that can be topped with chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, nuts, etc. | FiveHeartHome.com

Homemade buttermilk pancake batter is baked up as cute mini muffins in this quick and easy breakfast. Top your Whole Wheat Pancake Bites with mini chocolate chips, berries, diced bananas, or nuts for even more flavor! Well, Monday officially marks back-to-school at our house (Pre-K and 2nd grade…here we come!), and I’ve spent much of this past week putting together my game plan for how I’m going to start off the school year all organized and prepared and super efficient. {Read More}



Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos

Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos {or} Faux-jitos ~ with fresh strawberries, lemon juice, and mint simple syrup; replace the rum with seltzer for non-alcoholic spritzer | FiveHeartHome.com

Traditional mojitos get a twist in these refreshing Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos, using lemons instead of limes, fresh strawberries, and mint simple syrup. Or replace the rum with seltzer for a non-alcoholic summer spritzer! I realize that we bloggers sometimes get ahead of ourselves when it comes to thinking about the next holiday or season. After all, you fine readers like to plan ahead, and as a type-A planner myself, I can certainly understand that. But even though I’ve already starting {Read More}



S’mores Dip

S'mores Dip ~ melted chocolate and toasty marshmallows bake up in a skillet; scoop up with graham crackers for a perfect party dessert! | FiveHeartHome.com

S’mores Dip — loaded with melted chocolate and toasty marshmallows — is sure to be the hit of your next party! After just a few minutes in the oven, serve it with graham crackers and watch it disappear. Happy National S’mores Day, everyone! If there was ever a food recognition day that I can wholeheartedly embrace, it would be this one. Because, let’s face it…who doesn’t love s’mores?! I mean, it doesn’t get any better than silky, melted chocolate and {Read More}



Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Muffins

Whole Wheat Zucchini Banana Muffins | FiveHeartHome.com for UncommonDesignsOnline.com

These chocolate chip-studded Zucchini Banana Muffins will disappear in no time…in fact, they’re so tasty that nobody will ever guess they’re bursting with good-for-you ingredients like whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and yogurt! I know, I know…I promised you all that I already posted my last zucchini recipe of the season. But y’all…I still have so much of it! So when I recently adapted my family’s favorite healthy banana muffin recipe to use up some of my excess zucchini, I {Read More}



Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits

Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits ~ refrigerated biscuits with gooey, cheesy centers and marinara on top | FiveHeartHome.com

Warm, soft Mozzarella Bubble Biscuits — with their gooey, cheesy centers, dollop of marinara, and sprinkling of Parmesan — make a perfect party appetizer, kid-friendly snack, or delicious accompaniment to an Italian meal! Y’all might not know this about me at this early stage in our relationship, but I could pretty much subsist on carbs and cheese alone. My affinity for tortillas and queso is already well-documented. And I would rather eat warm-from-the-oven homemade bread slathered with butter than caviar-topped {Read More}



Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes ~ garden-fresh tomatoes are drizzled with garlic, balsamic vinegar, and seasonings then roasted until caramelized | FiveHeartHome.com

Balsamic Roasted Tomatoes are a delicious summer side dish featuring garden-fresh tomatoes that have been drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, seasoned with garlic, salt, and pepper, and roasted to sweet and savory, caramelized perfection! I happen to be a big tomato fan, so one of my favorite things about summertime is enjoying plump, juicy, homegrown tomatoes. Seriously, these bright red beauties make me want to abstain from eating anemic grocery store tomatoes during the rest of the year. {Read More}



Tangy Cucumber Salad with Dill

Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill ~ thinly-sliced cucumbers in a simple, sweet-and-sour dressing make for a refreshing summer side | FiveHeartHome.com

Crisp, thinly-sliced cucumbers are marinated in a simple dressing of white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, sugar, and fresh dill for a refreshing, sweet-and-sour salad that makes a perfect summer side dish! I realize that I’ve been bombarding y’all lately with quite a few recipes featuring garden-fresh summer produce…and I can’t promise that I’m quite done yet. Case in point: today I’m sharing the BEST Tangy Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill! For years I’ve been on a mission to find the {Read More}



Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Strawberry Banana Popsicles ~ creamy, natural ice pops made with pureed fruit and a touch of vanilla yogurt | FiveHeartHome.com

Sweet strawberry and creamy banana purées are layered in cute and tasty popsicles for a refreshing summertime treat! If given a choice, my kids would happily wolf down a popsicle every single day of the summer. And I honestly don’t mind, because popsicles can make pretty good, healthy snacks when assembled with the right ingredients. So that’s what I’ve got for you today! And let me just tell you…every time I make them, these Strawberry Banana Popsicles are a huge {Read More}



No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies ~ come together in minutes...no need to turn on the oven! | FiveHeartHome.com

Yummy no-bake cookies — featuring chewy oatmeal, creamy peanut butter, and chunks and swirls of chocolate — come together in mere minutes with no need to turn on the oven! Well, summer is officially in full swing, and across much of the country, temps are nice and boiling. I don’t know about you, but about the last thing I want to do on a hot summer day is turn on my oven and burden my already-taxed air conditioner. So instead, {Read More}



Pineapple Pulled Pork Pizza with Bacon, Jalapeños, & Cilantro

Pineapple Pulled Pork Pizza with Bacon, Jalapeños, Cilantro, and Homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce (instead of pizza sauce) | FiveHeartHome.com

Cheesy, piping-hot pizza is topped with pulled pork, fresh pineapple, bacon, jalapeños, and cilantro, with extra flavor coming from a sweet and tangy homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce! I can’t believe that I’ve been blogging for over a year now and have never shared a pizza recipe! After all, pizza is one of my favorite things to eat. Now I won’t necessarily give that answer if you ask me my favorite foods, but the truth is, I am up for eating {Read More}



Peach German Pancake

Peach German Pancake (Dutch Baby) ~ golden, puffy, and piping hot skillet pancake studded with peaches | FiveHeartHome.com

With a batter that comes together in the blender, this German Pancake (AKA, Dutch Baby) is studded with sweet peaches and baked until golden and puffy, making it perfect for slicing and sharing at breakfast or brunch! Before peach season is over, I just have to pay homage to my favorite summer fruit with one last peach recipe! The good news is that even if you find yourself craving this dish in November (you know, in case you’re one of {Read More}



Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce ~ use on tacos, quesadillas, pizza, nachos, and more! | FiveHeartHome.com

Succulent pork and juicy pineapple are slow cooked in the crock pot with a flavorful, homemade Pineapple BBQ Sauce, resulting in sweet and savory pulled pork for sandwiches, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, pizza, and more! Have I mentioned before that I big puffy heart my crock pot? I think I may have…a time or twelve. But did you know that one of my favorite things to cook in the slow cooker is pork? And that I consider pork and pineapple to {Read More}



Zucchini Fudge Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze {or} Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Zucchini Fudge Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze {OR} Chocolate Zucchini Bread ~ so moist and decadent, nobody will guess that it's hiding a pound of zucchini and whole wheat flour! | FiveHeartHome.com

Zucchini Fudge Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze is so moist and decadent, nobody will ever guess that it’s made with a pound of zucchini and 100% whole wheat flour! Bake it in loaf pans instead for Chocolate Zucchini Bread. I promised y’all one last zucchini recipe this season, and today I’m going to deliver in a BIG way. Say hello to Zucchini Fudge Bundt Cake with Chocolate Glaze! Or if that’s too indulgent, you can instead decide to bake up {Read More}



Zucchini Marinara

Zucchini Marinara ~ quick, easy side dish of sliced zucchini that's pan sauteed and then cooked until tender in marinara sauce, fresh herbs, and Parmesan | FiveHeartHome.com

In this quick and easy side dish, sliced zucchini is seasoned and pan sautéed before being topped with marinara sauce, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese. Today’s recipe is a simple summer side dish to make use of some of that bountiful zucchini that so many of you are enjoying this time of year, whether you found it on sale at the grocery store, or you couldn’t resist it at the Farmers Market, or it’s taking over your whole garden! I {Read More}



Italian Baked Chicken

Easy Italian Baked Chicken ~ juicy on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and oven-ready in a matter of minutes! | FiveHeartHome.com

With its crunchy coating of homemade seasoned breadcrumbs, Italian Baked Chicken is not only juicy and flavorful, but it’s oven-ready in minutes! There’s just something so classic and comforting about a baked chicken dinner, wouldn’t you agree? When I was a child, such a dinner was typically attributable to Shake ‘n Bake, and while undeniably tasty, we didn’t really pay too much attention to ingredient lists back in the 80s. But these days, I do tend to stick with ingredients that {Read More}



Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs

Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs ~ easily make for a fraction of the cost (and without the preservatives and additives) of storebought breadcrumbs | FiveHeartHome.com

In just a few minutes, stale bread plus herbs and seasonings are transformed into flavorful Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs, for a fraction of the price and without all of the preservatives of store-bought brands! How was your Independence Day weekend? Hopefully full of family, friends, and FOOD! Well, I’m going to take a break from the usual summer-inspired fare today to bring you a homemade pantry staple that can be used in countless recipes all year long. To be perfectly honest, {Read More}