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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}



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}



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}



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 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}