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Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup ~ a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup is a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! We interrupt this month of holiday recipes to bring you a cozy, slow cooker soup that can be enjoyed all winter long! It’s probably no secret by now that I love cooking with beans. From side dishes to soups to crock pot suppers, beans are nourishing, filling, and inexpensive. It’s easy to infuse them with other flavors and they {Read More}



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}



Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter + Thanksgiving Recipe Blog Hop!

Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon and Sage Butter ~ tender, juicy, and shingled with bacon, this is the BEST Thanksgiving turkey recipe you'll ever try! | FiveHeartHome.com

Juicy, tender turkey is slathered with sage-infused butter, shingled with crispy bacon, and glazed with maple syrup in what just might be the best Thanksgiving turkey you’ve ever tasted! Today I’m setting out to prove that bacon indeed makes everything better! And not only am I sharing this amazing Maple-Glazed Turkey with Bacon & Sage Butter recipe, but a couple dozen of your favorite food bloggers are sharing their favorite recipes as well for a full Thanksgiving menu of delicious {Read More}



Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

Skillet Shepherd's Pie ~ a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies, and the perfect recipe to use up those leftover mashed potatoes! | FiveHeartHome.com

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie is a one-pot dinner loaded with savory beef and colorful veggies…and it’s the perfect recipe for using up those leftover mashed potatoes! Shepherd’s Pie is one of those pretty-much-perfect weeknight dinners, for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it makes good use of leftovers, which is always a plus. In fact, my family loves this recipe so much that when I make mashed potatoes to accompany a meal, I almost always boil an extra 1 1/2 {Read More}



Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti ~ easy to make and oozing with cheese, this pasta dish is comfort food perfection! | FiveHeartHome.com

This easy, from-scratch spin on Baked Ziti is comforting, filling, and just oozing with cheesy goodness! If you ever have a baby and I offer to bring you dinner, odds are that I’ll be delivering a pan full of this hearty, cheesy Baked Ziti (along with this as a side dish and this for dessert). Why, you might ask? Well, the reasons are a-plenty, but I’ll give you five: 1. This Baked Ziti is universally enjoyed by young and old. {Read More}



King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole ~ a comfort food classic layered with chicken, tortillas, cheese, and a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed 'cream of X' soup | FiveHeartHome.com

King Ranch Chicken Casserole is a cozy, comfort food classic with melty layers of chicken, tortillas, and cheese. And this from-scratch version features a simple homemade sauce in place of condensed soup! I think it’s probably time to confess that I’ve been holding out on y’all. It’s true. After all, it’s taken me 1 year, 3 months, and 29 days of blogging to share with you one of my all-time favorite recipes. But today the wait is over…I present to {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}



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}



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}



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}



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}



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}



Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy

Pork Tenderloin with Mushroom Gravy ~ quick stovetop supper featuring tender medallions of pork in a savory mushroom gravy | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender, sautéed medallions of pork tenderloin are smothered in a savory mushroom gravy in this quick stovetop dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite! We interrupt your regularly-scheduled program of grilled meats, cool salads, and other summer entrees to bring you a savory supper that can be enjoyed any day of the year! Confession time, y’all…I can’t help feel but a little guilty today posting a recipe that’s not specifically summer-related. But I’ve inundated you with plenty of those {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joes ~ juicy shredded chicken meets homemade sauce in these effortless sandwiches | FiveHeartHome.com

Juicy shredded chicken meets a quick, homemade sloppy joe sauce in these messy, effortless Slow Cooker Chicken Sloppy Joe sandwiches that are sure to please the entire family! I believe I owe y’all an apology. Back at the beginning of the year, I conducted a little poll of my Facebook followers asking what kind of posts you’d like to see more often here at Five Heart Home. And the overwhelmingly popular answer? Slow cooker recipes. So that’s what I set {Read More}



Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos ~ Mexican Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos (or Mexican Pulled Pork) ~ perfect for taco night or Cinco de Mayo | FiveHeartHome.com

Slow cooked pork is braised in an aromatic broth, cubed, and finished off under the broiler, resulting in succulent, caramelized carnitas that are delicious in tacos or as a filling for burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, and more! I’ve officially decided that May is one of the best months of the year. Spring is in full swing with the promise of summer beckoning, but before the excruciating heat sets in (yet). The school year is winding down and thoughts are turning to {Read More}



Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs ~ tender, savory beef from the crock pot, flavored with garlic, ginger, and sesame oil | FiveHeartHome.com

This savory crock pot meal comes together in minutes and features tender, fall-off-the-bone beef short ribs in a flavorful cooking liquid of soy sauce, beef broth, garlic, fresh ginger, and sesame oil. Y’all, April has been and continues to be a crazy busy month around Five Heart Home! My husband has been out of town for work quite a bit lately, the kids have all kinds of school events falling this month, we’ve had various relatives visiting, and I’m going {Read More}



Springtime Asparagus Tart with Ham & Mushrooms

Springtime Asparagus Tart ~ with ham, mushrooms, Swiss, and a buttery crust | FiveHeartHome.com

This lovely tart will be the star of your springtime brunch between its garlic-laced asparagus and mushrooms, savory ham and Swiss, and flaky, buttery crust. Back when I was a newlywed, childless, first grade teacher, there was a brief span of time during which I spent my evenings each week making hundreds upon hundreds of cookies. As much as I enjoyed teaching and loved the kids I taught, at times there was a part of me that felt pulled in {Read More}



Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ Easter Dinner from the Crock Pot!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.com

Leave your holiday cooking to the crock pot with this quick & easy, sweet & savory Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham! Pineapple juice and a brown sugar rub featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey melt into an amazing glaze. Several years ago, I had the epiphany to cook my Easter ham in the slow cooker, and let me just tell you…it’s one of the most brilliant holiday cooking decisions I’ve ever made! You know how when you’re preparing a holiday {Read More}



Slow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Tacos

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Tacos ~ let your crock pot do all of the work on your next taco night! | FiveHeartHome.com

Tasty chicken soft tacos — stuffed with tender shredded chicken, black beans, corn, and your favorite toppings — make for an effortless taco night since the slow cooker does all of the work! I know y’all love crock pot recipes, and you’ve probably noticed that over the past few weeks, as winter headed towards spring, I’ve been slacking in the slow cooker department. The truth is, I do use my crock pot all year long, but the type of recipes {Read More}



Spinach & Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado & Pepper Jack {Meatless Dinner Idea for Lent}

Spinach and Mushroom Quesadillas with Avocado and Pepper Jack Cheese ~ meatless dinner idea for Lent or any night | FiveHeartHome.com

These hearty, flavorful quesadillas feature garlic-sauteed mushrooms, baby spinach, creamy avocado, and zippy pepper jack cheese for a meatless — yet filling and satisfying — meal. So I’m going to be honest about something. We very rarely do meatless dinners at my house. I grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. My hubby grew up in a meat-and-potatoes home. We’re rather fond of our beef and chicken and pork around here. But once a year, during Lent, we have a string {Read More}



Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles

Slow Cooker Balsamic & Herb Beef Stew with Cornbread Waffles | FiveHeartHome.com

Flavorful beef stew, loaded with vegetables, seasoned with herbs and balsamic vinegar, and served over cornbread waffles, makes for a fun and effortless slow cooker meal! Do you ever get stuck in a rut when it comes to dinner menu planning? I have to admit that I do. Making those tried and true recipes is often just easier than trying something new. There’s little thought required in cooking an old standby, since I practically have it memorized, and there’s no {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}



Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix

Homemade Chili Seasoning Mix ~ make it in bulk for a quick pot of chili any time of year without the preservatives of store-bought mix | FiveHeartHome.com

Make your own chili seasoning mix in bulk to have on hand any time you want to whip up a quick pot of chili! Not only does it taste great, but since you control the ingredients, there are none of the icky preservatives that can be found in store-bought mix. Are y’all ready for spring yet? Because I, for one, have had just about enough of this cold weather. I’m also ready to move on from all of the germs {Read More}



Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ No ‘Cream of X’ Soup!

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.com

Tender chunks of beef and hearty mushrooms are complemented by a parsley-flecked sour cream sauce in this easy, comforting, slow cooker meal. This crock pot favorite is an all-around hit when I make it for my family. My kids happily eat it (even the mushroom-hating preschooler), my husband raves about it, and I’m a happy camper because this tasty dinner doesn’t require me to slave over the stove all day. You may have seen a slow cooker version of beef {Read More}



Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw {PLUS} Super Bowl Drink Tags Printable

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw {PLUS} Printable Super Bowl Drink Tags | FIveHeartHome.com

Slow cooker pulled pork is simmered in root beer and dressed in a tangy homemade barbecue sauce before being piled on sweet slider buns and topped with crunchy, creamy slaw…for an easy, make-ahead recipe that’s perfect for watching the big game! This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Rubbermaid and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #RubbermaidSharpie  http://cmp.ly/3/8vNxcO Are y’all as excited about the Super Bowl as I {Read More}



Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage | {Five Heart Home}

Lentils, sausage, carrots, and a flavorful broth simmer the day away in this hearty, comforting, slow cooker soup. A few days ago on Facebook, I asked for reader input about what type of recipes you’d like to see on Five Heart Home in the upcoming months. While I got a variety of answers, there was one overwhelming consensus…crock pot fare! And you know what? That’s just fabulous because, as a busy mom of three, I love and rely on my {Read More}



Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ For Luck on New Year’s Day!

Black-Eyed Peas with Bacon ~ eat on New Year's Day for a lucky and prosperous year! | {Five Heart Home}

Black-eyed peas soak up the flavors of garlic, bacon, and thyme in this savory soup that is said to bring luck and prosperity when eaten on New Year’s Day…but is so tasty that you’ll want to make it all year long! January 1st is right around the corner, and in these parts, that means two things: New Year’s resolutions and black-eyed peas! In the south (and perhaps beyond? Please enlighten me!), eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day supposedly brings {Read More}