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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}

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}

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}

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}

The BEST Chicken Pot Pie

The Best Chicken Pot Pie features juicy chicken and tender veggies under a flaky, buttery crust for a delicious comfort food classic! Important question for ya, friends…do you have a running mental list of your Favorite Things to Eat on Earth? If so, what’s included? Dedicated little food blogger that I am, I do have such a list, and Chicken Pot Pie makes my Top 10 <insert all the heart-eyed, drooling emojis here>. Apparently I’m not the only one who’s {Read More}

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup

Slow Cooker White Bean & Ham Soup is a hearty, wholesome, comforting crock pot recipe that’s perfect for using up leftover holiday ham! So are y’all ready for the big day? I hit the grocery store early this morning in hopes that I’d beat the week o’ Thanksgiving crowds. I didn’t…but at least I’m done. Except for one ingredient I couldn’t find between two stores, meaning I’ve got to brave those crazy aisles again tomorrow…ugh.😫 The good news is I’ve {Read More}

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Mexican Lentil Soup is a healthy, easy crock pot recipe loaded with red lentils, vegetables, and Mexican spices puréed into a smooth, zesty soup! A legit cold front has (finally!) hit central Texas, y’all, and as I sit here and type, it’s only 63°F outside (nearing noon, mind you). I might have to break out my Uggs in celebration — woo to the hoo!☃️ — never mind the fact that it’ll be in the 90s again by Friday. {Read More}

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps SALAD

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps Salad transforms the popular restaurant appetizer into a savory main dish salad, loaded with copycat ground chicken and more! Last week, my boys requested taco salad for dinner. Alas, I was out of taco seasoning — and out of cumin to make another batch (oh, the horror!) — so it was onto PLAN B. A quick scan of the fridge and pantry revealed that I may be low on my Tex-Mex seasonings, but I had {Read More}

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Thyme

Tender and flavorful Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Thyme is a vibrant spring side dish that’s as gorgeous as it is delicious! I wasn’t planning on adding another Easter-friendly carrot side dish to the ol’ recipes archives. After all, in past years I’ve already shared pan-sauteed carrots and crock pot carrots and carrot slaw. But when I saw these beautiful, colorful rainbow carrots at the grocery store the other day, I knew I couldn’t pass them up! Not to mention the {Read More}

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}

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}