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Thai Chicken Chopped Salad with Peanut Dressing

Thai Chicken Chopped Salad is exploding with contrasting flavors and textures of crunchy Napa cabbage, juicy chicken, colorful peppers, sweet carrots, salty peanuts, & fresh cilantro, all finished off with an amazing Peanut Dressing! So how fabulous and gorgeous is this salad?! Let me assure you that it tastes even better than it looks. It’s a pseudo-copycat, inspired by the Thai Chicken Salad at Panera Bread, but I decided to swap out a few of the ingredients for additions that {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots make a sweet, buttery, and addictive side dish…the perfect easy recipe for freeing up the oven and feeding a crowd, on a holiday or any day! Apparently I don’t keep resolutions very well. When I wrapped up my final recipe for the cookbook a few weeks ago, I swore off slow cookers for awhile. In fact, I actually put away the three slow cookers that have been in constant use and permanently residing on my {Read More}

Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings is a comfort food classic, featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings. I absolutely can’t wait to share today’s recipe with y’all. In fact, as I type this, my mouth is watering and I wish I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling goodness in front of me right now…at 11:17 p.m. Consider it a late, late dessert, or an early midnight snack, or maybe just {Read More}

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal {Dairy-Free}

Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal is a tasty, wholesome breakfast recipe featuring rolled oats, grated carrots, coconut oil, and maple syrup, with flavors of the classic dessert. Two carrot recipes in a row, but I’m not even going to apologize, y’all. After all, it’s not everyday that you can trick your kids into eating veggies for breakfast, but that’s exactly what we’re doing here today! Say hello to my new friend, Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal, which is pretty much exactly what {Read More}

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds

Orange Apricot-Glazed Carrots with Candied Almonds are sweet and tender, glossy and vibrant…and the perfect spring side dish for Easter dinner! Well, folks…another winter day, another spring recipe. 😉 But hey, I’m not jumping the gun too much here! It’s my understanding that some of you are already enjoying Spring Break (ours is next week), the clocks have already “sprung forward,” and in reality, we’re only a couple weeks out from the official changing of the seasons. So I hereby {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}

Skillet Shepherd’s Pie

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}

Honey-Glazed Carrots with Thyme & Lemon

Tender carrots are glazed with honey, seasoned with fresh thyme, and hit with a bright splash of lemon juice in this easy, delicious side dish that’s perfect for ushering in spring! Okay, friends…so I have a new strategy. Last week I was all about taking advantage of the remaining chilly winter weather with a warm and comforting crock pot chowder. But this week? I’m over it. I am beyond ready for spring and, starting now, I’m going to will it {Read More}

Slow Cooker German Lentil Soup with Sausage

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}

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

We’ve been pretending around here. Pretending that it actually feels like fall. But we’re not pretending that a busy fall schedule has descended upon us — noooo, that’s reality, folks — so I’ve been relying on my slow cooker, now more than ever. And what’s easier to whip up in the crock pot than a warm, comforting, perfect-for-fall (or perfect when you’re pining for fall) soup? I particularly love throwing dried beans — or in this case, split peas — {Read More}

Easy Fried Rice

I’m back today with another yummy, quick, all-in-one dinner for busy weeknights. Who doesn’t like fried rice? It’s obviously a great accompaniment to Chinese food, but my family enjoys it so much that I’ve learned it can easily be turned into a stand-alone meal. So when I have leftover protein — whether it’s shrimp, ham, ground beef, rotisserie chicken, or shredded pork — I know I’m just a pot of rice away from an easy dinner. You know what’s just {Read More}

Toddler-Approved Veggie Surprise Mini Muffins

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}