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Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken (or leftover turkey)

Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken ~ a quick, simple, one-pot dinner using leftover chicken or turkey | FiveHeartHome.com

Broccoli Cheese Orzo with Chicken is a quick, simple, balanced meal that comes together in one pot using leftover chicken (or turkey). After the past couple of weeks, y’all were probably starting to wonder if I would ever share a non-Thanksgiving recipe again. Well, today’s your lucky day! Because while I originally devised this one-pot meal as a quick way to get dinner on the table while incorporating leftover chicken, that chicken could be easily substituted for another variety of {Read More}



Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs for Halloween

Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs ~ a fun and easy Halloween treat | FiveHeartHome.com

Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs are festive, sweet & salty treats that are fun to make with the kids or serve at a Halloween party! Well, folks…October will be here before we know it and I couldn’t hold out any longer. I’ve got a fun and festive Halloween recipe for you today! I love making holiday treats for or with my kiddos, and I have to admit to letting my whole “real food” philosophy slide when doing so. Because let’s face it…how {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}



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}



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}



Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ A Fun Way to Use Up Leftover Easter Eggs!

Hard-Boiled Egg Chicks & Bunnies ~ a cute way to use up those extra Easter eggs! | FiveHeartHome.com

The kids will love helping you turn those extra hard-boiled Easter eggs into these cute springtime chicks and bunnies, with some simple slicing and a few basic garnishes! Like many families, dying Easter eggs is one of our favorite holiday traditions…but it sure does leave a bunch of leftover hard-boiled eggs to use up! I typically transform ours into deviled eggs or egg salad, but this year I thought it would be fun to turn them into cute, edible springtime {Read More}



Porcupine Meatballs ~ with Quinoa or Rice

Porcupine Meatballs {Stuffed with Quinoa or Rice} ~ this classic, quick and easy meal is a hit with kids and adults alike | FiveHeartHome.com

Reminiscent of little porcupines, these meatballs are studded with quinoa or rice and cooked in a slightly sweet tomato sauce. This new twist on a retro classic is not only kid-approved, but it’s also quick to get on the table! Those of you who visit Five Heart Home with any regularity have probably figured out by now that quick and easy is the name of the game around here. A typical evening necessitates that dinner be ready in 30 minutes {Read More}



Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil

Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars with Coconut Oil ~ quick and easy to make with all natural ingredients | FiveHeartHome.com

These chewy, no-bake granola bars — featuring wholesome oats, your favorite type of nut butter, superfood coconut oil, and honey as a natural sweetener — can be whipped up (and will be gobbled up) in a matter of minutes! Do y’all like granola bars? Because we are big fans at my house. Not only are they universally enjoyed around here, but they also win this mama’s approval as a ready-to-go, or on-the-go, breakfast or snack. Unfortunately, store bought granola bars {Read More}



Quinoa Pudding {with Coconut Milk & Maple Syrup}

Quinoa Pudding ~ dariy-free treat featuring superfoods quinoa and coconut milk; tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca | {Five Heart Home}

Nutritious superfood quinoa is the star of this creamy, coconut milk-based pudding that tastes like a cross between rice pudding and tapioca. I’m quickly discovering that January is a month of multiple personalities when it comes to food blogging. First of all, after a holiday season filled with rich, indulgent foods, everyone is resolute to start off the year on a healthy foot. Thus, enter the lightened up, nutritious recipes. Then there’s the fact that January is one of the {Read More}



Christmas Cupcake Toppers {Using Nutter Butters}

Christmas Cupcake Toppers Using Nutter Butters (Snowman, Reindeer, and Santa) | {Five Heart Home}

Festive Christmas cupcake toppers are fun and easy to create using Nutter Butter cookies! I find it almost impossible to believe that we’re less than a week out from Christmas. My kids are wrapping up school this week, and (in between getting all of the presents wrapped) I’m looking forward to some enjoyable, leisurely days over the next couple of weeks getting in some of the holiday fun that we haven’t had time for up to this point: driving around {Read More}



Spider Cupcakes for Halloween

Spider Cupcakes for Halloween | {Five Heart Home}

All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner. What say we make some cute and edible Halloween spiders to celebrate? Earlier this week, I shared with y’all a fun, free Halloween printable. And today, I’ve got some darling Halloween-friendly cupcakes for you. I do believe this indicates I’m on some sort of Halloween roll. I enjoy whipping up seasonal treats with my kids, but nothing too fussy or complicated, thankyouverymuch. These cuties fit the bill just perfectly. Simple chocolate cupcakes {Read More}



Cheesy Biscuit Cups ~ A Quick and Easy Meal to Use Up Leftovers!

Cheesy Biscuit Cups ~ a quick and easy meal that uses up leftover taco filling, spaghetti sauce, sloppy joe meat, chili, pulled pork, chopped brisket, etc. | {Five Heart Home}

Who doesn’t love a recipe that can turn a small amount of leftovers into a whole new meal? These Cheesy Biscuit Cups do just that, and despite their simplicity, don’t be surprised if they quickly become a family favorite! These little morsels save the day on busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time or ingredients on hand. And as much as I wish it weren’t the case, that’s a predicament I find myself in quite regularly come {Read More}



{Dairy-free, Egg-free} Spiced Applesauce Muffins {OR} First Birthday Applesauce Cake

{Dairy-free, Egg-free} Spiced Applesauce Muffins OR First Birthday Applesauce Cake ~ this cinnamon-laced batter can be baked up to make a dozen dairy-free, egg-free muffins, or it makes a perfect first birthday cake without having to worry about potential food allergens | {Five Heart Home}

Today I have a perfect muffin recipe to share with you if (1.) you’re sensitive to dairy or eggs, (2.) you’re out of fresh ingredients and limited to pantry staples, or (3.) you know an 11-month-old in need of a smash cake for an upcoming birthday party. Five years ago, when my oldest son was coming up on his first birthday, I fretted about him having a cute first birthday smash cake to dig his little hands into without risking {Read More}



Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers | {Five Heart Home}

Weeknight dinners at our house must fit three criteria: 1. quick; 2. easy; and 3. likely to be eaten and enjoyed by picky young children and slightly-less-picky parents. That’s not too much to ask, is it? I rely on my crock pot a lot for weeknight meals during the school year. I also double the recipe every time I make a casserole so that I have extras to pull out of the freezer for dinners on particularly busy evenings. But {Read More}



BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins

BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins | {Five Heart Home}

When you have a hankering for a dinner that’s quick, easy, economical, and appealing to those from 1 to 99, it doesn’t get any better than meatloaf. And if you’re looking to jazz up your meatloaf and take it from ordinary to extraordinary, topping it with a barbecue sauce/salsa glaze and baking it up as cute little muffins is the only way to go. I’ll be keeping my rambling and excessive photo sharing to a minimum today because this week {Read More}



Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins ~ A Perfect After School Snack for the First Day (or Any Day!)

Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins ~ a perfect after school snack on the first day of school (or any day after that!) | {Five Heart Home}

When my son started Kindergarten last year, I had these little gems waiting on him as an after school snack when he got home on the first day. And this year? He’s already asked me if I’ll be making them again for his first day back. Guess they made an impression. The first day of school can be somewhat exhausting and overwhelming for kiddos coming off of summer vacation, so I think it’s nice to have a special snack waiting {Read More}



How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies | {Five Heart Home}

If you’re tired of stressing over the amount of vegetables that your kiddo is not consuming on a daily basis, well then, today is your lucky day! It wasn’t too far into this motherhood gig that I realized that Pat Benetar had it wrong. Love isn’t a problem. The dinner table is a battlefield. Furthermore, there are two toddler truths when it comes to eating that, if left to fester, can spill into the preschool and early childhood (and teenage?) {Read More}



Dye-Free Fruit Juice Snow Cones

Dye-Free Fruit Juice Snow Cones ~ all natural, no food coloring | {Five Heart Home}

Parked near our neighborhood in the summertime is a mobile snow cone truck.  Of course, driving by it every day means that my boys are always asking if we can stop and get a snow cone.  But I have a confession to make.  Watching my kids ingest massive amounts of food coloring makes me inwardly cringe.  Maybe it’s because I’ve read too many disturbing articles about red dye #40 or maybe it’s because I just generally like to parent from {Read More}



Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothies

Razz, White, & Blueberry Smoothie ~ perfect for the Fourth of July! | {Five Heart Home}

As much as my kids love fruit, sometimes they get bored with it.  So what better way to jazz up some berries and bananas than with a festive layered smoothie? Smoothies are cool and refreshing, quick to make, and packed with nutrients.  They make a great snack or even breakfast on-the-go.  This smoothie has the added bonus of three yummy flavors in one, not to mention it’s easy on the eyes.  You may even be able to consider it patriotic {Read More}



Toddler-Approved Veggie Surprise Mini Muffins

Toddler Approved Veggie Surprise Muffins ~ like a combination of Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread! | {Five Heart Home}

If you’ve been searching for a way to use up the spoils of an overabundant garden, you’ve come to the right place.  And if, as an added bonus, you’d like to get some of those aforementioned excess veggies into your toddler/preschooler/big kid/teenager with as little drama as possible, then look no further.  Carrot Cake, I’d like you to meet Zucchini Bread.  Even though they’re chock full of veggies, who could turn down these little cuties? I am not above hiding/disguising {Read More}