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Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are baked in the oven and then simmered in a skillet of easy homemade gravy for a delicious, family-pleasing dinner! There’s just something appealing about meatballs. They’re versatile and hearty…easy to make and fun to eat. It didn’t take me long to figure out that my family will eagerly eat pretty much any variation of meatball, so it was just a matter of time before I added Swedish Meatballs to our repertoire. Anyone who has ever strolled through {Read More}

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders are a simple, delicious dinner recipe that the entire family will love! Any time I want dinner to be a surefire hit with the kids (and, let’s be honest, the adults), I know that I can call upon trusty homemade chicken nuggets. But sometimes I just don’t feel like cutting and dipping all of those little chunks of chicken. So I take a slight shortcut and make {Read More}

Stovetop Tuna Noodle Casserole

Stovetop Tuna Noodle Skillet is a quick and easy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy, cheesy, from-scratch white sauce! When I need to get dinner on the table in a flash but didn’t exactly plan ahead, I often find myself throwing together a one-pot, stovetop recipe based around ground beef. But {gasp}…sometimes there’s nary a pound of ground beef to be found in the fridge or freezer! And on those occasions, it’s nice to {Read More}

One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet

Loaded with ground beef and pasta, flavored with taco seasoning and salsa, and studded with black beans and corn, this cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet quickly comes together in just one pot! Y’all know how much I love getting dinner on the table using a pound of ground beef and just one pot. So today I’ve got another meal to add to that beloved, ever-expanding recipe category…One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet! Some of you may recall that I shared a One-Pan Cheesy {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}

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}

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}

‘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}

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with flavor thanks to all of your favorite pizza toppings…and as a bonus, everything gets cooked in the same pot! Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does {Read More}

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is a quick, easy, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe that’s made in just one pan! I always forget how exhausting the first week of school is, for the kids, the teachers, and yes, even for the parents. It’s hard to believe that three short months of summer vacation can entirely negate the stamina we had built up over the prior school year, but it does. By last Friday afternoon, our entire family was wiped out! {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Caprese French Bread Pizza

Bursting-with-flavor Caprese French Bread Pizza is brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, layered with fresh mozzarella and thinly-sliced tomatoes, and baked until bubbly before getting finished off with ribbons of basil and a balsamic reduction! Happy August, y’all! How is school already right around the corner? Eeek! I intended to share this recipe earlier in the week but — speaking of that impending school start date — we decided to squeeze in one last summer hurrah with a quick trip to {Read More}

‘Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers’ Cookbook ~ Available for Pre-Sale!

Happy Friday, friends! I know I’ve mentioned it a time or twenty over the past few months, but with cookbook manuscript and edits finally out of my hands, I thought it was time to “officially” share a little update on the status of Real Food Slow Cooker Suppers! For those of you who don’t know the backstory, last summer, I was surprised and elated to receive an e-mail from Page Street Publishing Co. asking if I would be interested in {Read More}

Parmesan Meatball Skillet

Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing Parmesan Meatball Skillet, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches! We interrupt your regularly scheduled string of stereotypical summer recipes for a hearty, family-friendly dinner that’s guaranteed to become a regular request, year-round! Parmesan Meatball Skillet is quick and simple to whip up and it’s positively loaded with flavor. And better yet, it’s versatile! Enjoy your meatballs straight from the skillet, scattered over {Read More}

Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

With their quick assembly and creamy, zesty filling, Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike! Whether you’re looking for a yummy dinner to ring in the weekend, garner enthusiasm from the kiddos, or change up Taco Tuesday (Taquito Tuesday, anyone?), Baked Chicken Taquitos are sure to fit the bill! These flew — flew! — off the baking sheet, y’all. My boys would have happily polished off the dozen {Read More}

Chicken (or Leftover Turkey!) Taco Crescent Ring

A Taco Crescent Ring is a tasty way to use up leftover chicken or holiday turkey, mixed with black beans, corn, & cream cheese, flavored with zesty taco seasoning, and wrapped in flaky crescent roll dough for an easy yet impressive appetizer or main course! This evening marked the first time in several weeks that I didn’t serve a slow cooker meal for dinner…and I have to say, my kids seemed a little excited that I was firing up the {Read More}

Macaroni & Cheese Soup

Creamy, decadent Macaroni & Cheese Soup topped with crispy bacon is the ultimate cool weather comfort food! I’ve got four words for you today, friends: Macaroni and cheese SOUP. The End. And now onto the recipe! Okay, okay…just kidding. We’ll get to the recipe shortly. In the meantime, you wouldn’t want me to skip over the flowery descriptions and glowy photos of this deliciousness, now would you?! So! Mac & Cheese Soup. It’s a thing, y’all. In fact, it’s a {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}

Cheeseburger Macaroni {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

This creamy, flavorful Cheeseburger Macaroni is an all-natural, from-scratch copycat of the Hamburger Helper classic! Not even gonna lie…Hamburger Helper was one of my favorite dinners growing up. And if you had asked me my favorite flavor of Hamburger Helper back then, I would have had a hard time deciding between Lasagna and Cheeseburger Macaroni. I mean, what’s not to love about beef and sauce and noodles? Simple, tasty, and a winner every time. Unfortunately, when I had children of {Read More}

Taco Baked Chicken

Tender and juicy on the inside with a crunchy coating of taco-seasoned tortilla chips, Taco Baked Chicken is a simple and delicious dinner for any night of the week! Oh, how I’ve missed you, taco seasoning! Around the same time that this post went live, I arrived home from two-and-a-half weeks hanging out with family and friends in Germany and traveling the countryside. It was my kids’ first trip to meet their great-grandmother and assorted relatives, and to say that {Read More}

Hawaiian Meatballs

Juicy homemade meatballs are smothered with a sweet and sticky, Polynesian pineapple sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Hawaiian Meatballs. Meatballs are such a quick and easy dinner, but I often forget how simple it is to change them up from the typical ol’ marinara variety. It’s a lot of fun to start with the same base recipe for your meatballs and then experiment with difference sauces. So when I think to go that route, these Hawaiian Meatballs {Read More}

Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa {PLUS Food Blogger Mystery Basket Challenge!}

A delicious meal that’s effortless enough for a weeknight yet special enough for company, Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers are glazed with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce and served atop a bed of flavorful Asian Quinoa, infused with hints of soy sauce, garlic, and fresh ginger. Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to bring you today’s post, because these gorgeous, glossy Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa are part of a fun Mystery Basket Challenge that I’m participating in {Read More}

Salmon Patties

Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, Salmon Patties are a flavorful, quick and easy recipe for getting more brain-boosting, heart-healthy omega-3s into your diet! Well, we’re officially immersed in the no meat on Fridays season of Lent at our house…which means that, once a week, I have to remind myself to avoid meat approximately 47 times over the course of the day. Since fish is allowed on Fridays, however, Lent also means that I tend to make {Read More}

Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake is loaded with tortellini, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese for an effortless pasta dinner that the whole family will love! Does anyone else ever get stuck in a dinner rut? As a food blogger, you may think that’s a problem I would never encounter. After all, I post several new recipes each week. I have a whole archive of favorite family recipes. I have lots of food blogger friends who collectively post exponentially more than that. {Read More}

Chicken à la King

Chicken à la King is a classic, healthy dinner recipe featuring tender chicken breasts, garlicky mushrooms, sweet peas, zesty pimentos, and fresh parsley in a flavorful sauce served over warm, fluffy biscuits. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post the other morning whereby I was cracking open a bottle of white wine at 9:00 a.m. Turns out, food bloggers occasionally engage in some weird practices related to cooking and photographing dinner recipes during the peak {Read More}

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Ditch the store-bought can of sauce for these quick and easy Homemade Sloppy Joes with no additives or preservatives…and they taste better, too! There aren’t many dinners that you can get on the table faster than whipping up a batch of Sloppy Joes. And while the store-bought sauce that rhymes with San-wich might make this meal even quicker, it’s got some less-than-ideal ingredients. After all, I tend to avoid high fructose corn syrup in my sweets, much less my dinner. {Read More}