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Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix

Homemade Ranch Dressing Mix is an easy, DIY, dry seasoning mix, perfect for whipping up homemade ranch salad dressing or flavoring other recipes! I’ve been making The BEST Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing for years, and it’s seriously one of my family’s favorite ways to enjoy a salad, not to mention one of my most popular blog recipes. But sometimes when I’m craving ranch dressing, I don’t have fresh herbs on hand. So why did it takes me so many years {Read More}

Sonoma Chicken Salad ~ with Recipe Video!

Sonoma Chicken Salad is studded with toasted pecans and dried cranberries in a lightened-up dressing including Greek yogurt & honey for scrumptious sandwiches! I love chicken salad. L-O-V-E. And of all the chicken salads I’ve ever tried, the nutty, fruity, honey-kissed Sonoma version is my favorite.❤️ This recipe is actually a result of my attempts to recreate the oh-so-tasty Sonoma Chicken Salad from Costco. That chicken salad was a staple when my group of friends was in the wedding-shower-and-then-baby-shower phase of {Read More}

Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

This fresh, homemade, Easy Salsa recipe takes just a few minutes to throw together in the blender or food processor and rivals the best restaurant style salsa! Dare I say it, but chips and salsa are pretty much a religion in Texas. Everyone has their favorite version of salsa, whether it’s pureed or chunky, smooth or textured, mild or spicy, loaded with goodies or plain and simple. And whether that favorite salsa comes from a restaurant or a grocery store {Read More}

The ULTIMATE Homemade Taco Seasoning ~ with Recipe Video!

Homemade Taco Seasoning is easy to make with all-natural ingredients…perfect for your favorite tacos or Mexican food recipes! Homemade Taco Seasoning is one of the very first recipes I ever shared when Five Heart Home was an itty-bitty baby blog almost five years ago. So seeing as how this is one of my personal all-time favorite, most-often-made recipes…and seeing as how I have since shared a ton of other recipes that call for taco seasoning…and seeing as how Cinco de {Read More}

Easy Pasta Salad

Easy Pasta Salad features tri-color pasta studded with diced olives and pimentos in a zesty homemade Italian dressing for a versatile summer side dish recipe! Pasta salad season is upon us, and today I’m sharing a simple, tasty, new recipe to enjoy at all of your upcoming picnics, potlucks, and barbecues. Because what says summer like cold pasta salad? This Easy Pasta Salad is just that…easy to make with just a few simple ingredients. I like making it with tri-color {Read More}

Strawberry Upside-Down Cake

Strawberry Upside-Down Cake is a delicious twist on a classic, showcasing fresh strawberries in place of pineapple for an easy spring or summer dessert recipe! Strawberry season has arrived! And whether your part of the world is experiencing warm temps and sunny skies or bizarre and disheartening April blizzards (boooo👎), this Strawberry Upside-Down Cake is just the easy, scrumptious dessert recipe to get you thinking spring. Are you a fan of upside-down cake? Pineapple Upside-Down Cake has always been one {Read More}

Instant Pot Refried Beans

Instant Pot Refried Beans are creamy, flavorful, and effortless to make in the pressure cooker…a perfect side dish for all of your favorite Mexican recipes! We eat a lot of Tex-Mex at our house, y’all. And if we go out to eat, odds are about 90% that we’re going to end up at a Mexican restaurant. It’s a cuisine that I know my whole family will eat every time, and as a fan of chips and queso (and margaritas) myself, {Read More}

Lemon Fruit Dip

This delicious Lemon Fruit Dip recipe comes together with just four real food ingredients…cream cheese, Greek yogurt, lemon curd, and lemon zest! We may be in full-swing spring, but holy cow, it sure didn’t feel like it this past weekend. We sat through two baseball games on Saturday in 40-degree temps with 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts, and let’s just say that by the second game, everyone returned to the ball field in ski gear.😂 Even the bluebonnets were shivering! Fortunately, we’re {Read More}

Healthy Trail Mix

It’s easy to make and customize this homemade Healthy Trail Mix recipe, loaded with healthy fats from wholesome nuts, dried fruit, and your favorite add-ins! There are as many variations of trail mix as there are stars in the sky, or drops in the ocean, or rocks in my dryer. But have you ever made your own homemade trail mix, where you get to control the ingredients and keep things healthy? It’s ridiculously easy, and that’s only one of the {Read More}

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken & Vegetables

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken & Vegetables is a flavorful, quick and easy, complete dinner recipe that bakes up on just one pan! Sheet pan dinners are all the rage lately, and for good reason. Because who wouldn’t love a full meal — protein plus veggies — made at the same time…on the same pan?! This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken & Vegetables is the perfect recipe for a family dinner on a busy weeknight, but it’s also tasty (and impressive) enough {Read More}

Lemon Pound Cake

This easy, scrumptious Lemon Pound Cake is soft and moist with a golden exterior and a tangy lemon glaze…the perfect dessert recipe for spring or summer! The time has arrived for all things lemon! I don’t know what it is about springtime and the approach of Easter, but this time of year always gives me a hankering for lemon recipes of any kind…and particularly desserts. And this year, that means a delectable, from-scratch Lemon Pound Cake! It’s hard to beat {Read More}

Instant Pot Honey Cinnamon Carrots

Instant Pot Honey Cinnamon Carrots…a quick and easy recipe for sweet glazed carrots made in the pressure cooker, great for holiday meals or weeknight dinners! It may feel like Christmas was just yesterday, but somehow, Easter is already right around the corner! And while I’ve always relied on my slow cooker to free up valuable oven space while helping me out with holiday meal prep, this year I’m calling on my newly beloved pressure cooker to take over one of {Read More}

Easy Minestrone Soup

Easy Minestrone Soup is healthy, flavorful, and simple to customize using your favorite vegetables! I feel like today’s recipe is a perfect soup for transitioning from winter to spring. Minestrone Soup is delicious any time of year, of course, but what makes it really nice right about now is that it’s cozy and comforting enough for the dreary, drizzly days we’ve been having…but the veggies can easily be swapped out to take advantage of the spring bounty that’s about to {Read More}

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ with Recipe Video!

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham is flavored with pineapple juice and a brown sugar glaze featuring Dijon, balsamic vinegar, and honey for an easy holiday dinner! 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 meal, oven space is at a prime because there are a ton of {Read More}

Best Easter Recipes!

This *Ultimate* Easter Recipe Menu Planner includes everything from main dishes and side dishes, to breakfasts and desserts, to ideas for using up leftover ham and hard-boiled eggs! Popping in from our Spring Break Texas road trip to say hi! So far we’ve been expert tourists in San Antonio, we’ve cheered on the Spurs, we hit the rodeo, we took in some Aggie baseball, and now we’re heading north for a little zoo and museum action. Yes, we might just {Read More}

Funfetti Baked Donuts

Funfetti Baked Donuts are coated with a simple vanilla glaze and loaded with colorful sprinkles, perfect as a birthday treat or for any celebration! Happy March, friends! March means that spring is almost here, right? Right??? Because I am so ready. In fact, at the first sign of spring, I do believe we’ll be celebrating ’round these parts with some Funfetti Baked Donuts! Like any good red-blooded, American children, my kids are obsessed with donuts. But since fried donuts are {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots ~ with Recipe Video!

Slow Cooker Honey Cinnamon Carrots are a sweet, buttery, addictive side dish and an easy recipe for freeing up the oven, 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 kitchen counter for the {Read More}

Mexican Meatloaf Muffins

Mexican Meatloaf Muffins are simple to make, quick to cook, and full of zesty flavor from homemade taco seasoning and salsa! Meatloaf and beef tacos are two dinners that every member of my family will eat, with nary a complaint, every single time. So why did it take me so long to combine those two recipes into these simple-yet-brilliant (if I do say so myself) Mexican Meatloaf Muffins? I knew this recipe was a winner when the kids came in {Read More}

Banana Blender Muffins

Naturally sweetened, flourless Banana Blender Muffins include oats, Greek yogurt, and honey in a batter that effortlessly comes together in the blender! I’m officially declaring 2018 the Year of the Blender Muffins. Sure, they’ve been around for a good while. But this is the year I find myself making them about every other week. So quick…so easy…so yummy…so wholesome! In other words, I’m completely and utterly SOLD. Because who’s going to argue with throwing some ingredients in your blender, turning {Read More}

Brain Healthy Salad

Brain Healthy Salad is loaded with leafy greens, blueberries, walnuts, and extra-virgin olive oil for an easy way to enjoy brain-protective foods in your diet! Hi, friends. I’m a little nervous about today’s post. So let me first start out by saying that I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, and I don’t want what I share today to be construed as medical advice. Talk to your own doctor and do your own research. Let me also share that, {Read More}

Easy One-Bowl Blondies

Easy One-Bowl Blondies are quick to make and completely customizable, from classic chocolate chips to your favorite candy, nuts, dried fruit, coconut, and more! I’ve made this recipe multiple times for various occasions over the past few weeks, so it occurred to me that it’s high time I re-share an oldie but a goodie. I first posted a variation of today’s Easy One-Bowl Blondies when Five Heart Home was but a newbie blog only a few months old. As a {Read More}

Healthy Honey Mustard {with Greek Yogurt}

This lightened-up Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce recipe comes together in a few minutes with only five ingredients, including healthy Greek yogurt and no mayo! Like all stereotypical American kids, my brood loves chicken nuggets. And I oblige them at least every other week by making one of the easy, homemade, baked chicken nugget recipes in my repertoire, which lately has been this one (on repeat) because it’s just SO darn easy (and tasty!). But where there are chicken nuggets, my {Read More}

Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats

Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats is an easy recipe for frozen steel cut oatmeal pucks that you can quickly reheat for a healthy breakfast on busy mornings! Anyone else feel like they need a fresh start today after indulging on a little too much queso during the Super Bowl last night? If so, you’re not alone…I’m right there with ya.🙋‍♀️ Luckily, last week I had the forethought to whip up a batch of Make-Ahead Freezer Steel Cut Oats! And that {Read More}

Zesty Cheese Spread

Zesty Cheese Spread is quick to make, delicious on pretzels, crackers, or raw veggies, and perfect for Super Bowl Sunday! Are you ready for some football?! Super Bowl Sunday is right around the corner and I, for one, can’t wait. I don’t have a horse in the race this year as far as teams go, but I do love me a good football game. I also love the commercials…and I love halftime…and I LOOOOVE game day grub! So of course {Read More}

Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos {or} Burrito Bowls

Instant Pot Chicken & Black Bean Tacos boast a tender, flavorful filling, equally delicious in burrito bowls and effortlessly made in the pressure cooker! Well, y’all…I’ve hopped on board the Instant Pot Train and I’m still zooming down the tracks! Ever since sharing my Instant Pot German Lentil Soup a few weeks ago, I’ve been busy converting lots of longtime favorite recipes to be cooked in this little wonder of a pressure cooker. My latest adaptation were some Slow Cooker {Read More}

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies

Easy Heart-Shaped Shortbread Cookies are slice-and-bake treats that are loaded with sprinkles, perfect for Valentine’s Day, and don’t even require a cookie cutter! It’s often the case that the simplest recipes I post end up being the most popular, and this is certainly true when I share any variation of shortbread cookies. I personally adore shortbread because it’s both buttery and sugary which, let’s face it, is what any good cookie should be. It’s also extremely quick and easy to {Read More}

Homemade Hamburger Helper ~ Cheeseburger Macaroni

This Homemade Hamburger Helper recipe is a creamy, flavorful copycat of Cheeseburger Macaroni that’s all-natural and made from scratch! 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 {Read More}

Classic Tuna Pasta Salad

Tuna Pasta Salad features whole wheat macaroni, hard-boiled eggs, two kind of pickles, and fresh dill in a lightened-up dressing of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt! Tuna Pasta Salad is one of those quick, easy recipes that I’ve loved since I was a kid. Growing up, this was a common lunch at our house on Saturday or Sunday afternoons, and as such, that’s often when I find myself making it for my own family. That being said, it’s also great as {Read More}

Copycat KIND Bars

Copycat KIND Bars are a homemade version of the popular, wholesome, nut-packed energy bars…use your favorite ingredients to make them economically at home! Y’all are familiar with KIND Bars, right? In case you’re not, I’m talking about those individually packaged, granola bar-resembling snack bars that you can buy at the grocery store/health food store/convenience store/just about anywhere, but instead of oats they’re loaded with nuts. My family is on a mission this year to include more heart- and brain-healthy nuts {Read More}

Instant Pot German Lentil Soup

Instant Pot German Lentil Soup is a savory, hearty pressure cooker recipe with wholesome lentils, healthy carrots, and the option of adding sausage or ham! Well, friends, I finally got brave enough to take my Instant Pot out of its box. I received it for Christmas — LAST Christmas🙈 — so after spending over a year sitting on a shelf in our garage, I suppose it was high time I got over my childhood phobia of the noisy, profusely steaming, {Read More}