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Fast Fall Food: Chicken Enchilada Pie

I love Mexican food. It is delicious, it is usually fairly easy to put together, and it freezes well which means I can make extra and freeze it for later. Fall is always a fast-paced season for us. With two parents that work in Education, and two kids in full-time school, extracurricular activities, and parents that coach said activities we spend a lot of time in the car or running around. We do not always have time to get dinner ready. Since we have food allergies it means we cannot just jump in the car and hit up the drive thru. So instead we try to have meals planned ahead of time.

Meals like Eat Your Hartt Out’s Chicken Enchilada Pie make it simple for us. We can swap ingredients for our allergies, and we can still have a delicious homemade meal. This recipe is great because you can swap the tortillas for carb-smart, corn, or flour tortillas to suit your family. I love it because I can also make twice the recipe and freeze one for a busy weeknight.

Eat Your Hartt Out has some fun and family-friendly recipes that really keep the whole family happy. Head on over now for the full tutorial for this recipe and be sure to check out their other great recipes as well!

Zuppa Toscana Soup: Copy Cat Recipe

We love soup in our house. Especially during those early spring late winter months. So now is the perfect time. I also love it because on nights like tonight when I have two kids at baseball practice (yes outside in the cold after 4 pm) I can come home and enjoy something warm and hearty with very little extra work. I can even prepare the sausage the night before and set all of this up in the crock-pot and have it ready for when we come home. GENIUS! It is a rather simple recipe to follow, and my kids love that it is just like the soup we all enjoy at Olive Garden when we go as a family. Here is a simple and easy-to-follow recipe for at home. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Zuppa Toscana

What You Will Need:

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage (casings removed if necessary)
  • 4 oz bacon (about 4 slices), diced into small pieces*
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion (about 1 small onion)
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 lbs Russet potatoes, scrubbed and rinsed then sliced into halves, halves diced into 1/6-inch slices
  • 1 1/2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds, slightly crushed**
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 1/2 cups packed chopped kale
  • Finely shredded Romano cheese for serving, optional

What You Will Do:

  • Heat olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat. Crumble sausage into 1-inch pieces and add to saucepan. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain sausage onto a plate or baking dish lined with paper towels, set sausage aside. Add diced bacon to saucepan, return to heat and saute 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add diced onions to bacon in saucepan and saute mixture until bacon is cooked through and onions are translucent, about 3 – 5 minutes longer.
  • Add chicken broth, water, sliced potatoes, sugar, fennel seeds, salt and pepper. Bring soup just to a boil then reduce heat to medium-low and stir in cooked sausage. Cover saucepan and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are nearly tender, about 10 – 15 minutes. Add in kale then simmer until potatoes are soft and kale is tender, about 5 – 10 minutes longer. Stir in half and half and warm through. Use a spoon or ladle to remove excess fat from top of soup if desired. Serve warm topped with Romano cheese.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Wings: Fast Fall Food

Fall is a busy time in this household, so we can only imagine it must be the same in your household. Between soccer practice, soccer games, school, work, and after school activities. Add to that our normal errands and routines we get bogged down rather quickly in our house. It also happens to be football season, and my family loves to sit on Sunday and eat great food while watching the games. Unfortunately I like to watch the games too, which means I don’t like to be stuck in the kitchen. That is why I was so excited to find this fast and easy fall recipe from The Shabby Creek Cottage.

The Shabby Creek Cottage features some incredibly cool recipes and ideas. The one that caught my eye this month was the slow cooker recipe for buffalo wings. Buffalo wings are a huge favorite at my house this time of year. I love this recipe because I can do it and leave it while I spend time with my family. The Shabby Creek Cottage has all of the easy to follow instructions, including easy to follow pictures. All you need is the ingredients and to head on over to The Shabby Creek Cottage for the full recipe! Then just like me you can spend the rest of your day doing something more interesting than cooking in a hot kitchen.

Slow cooker buffalo wings

What You Will Need:

3-4 lbs of chicken wings

1 cup of hot sauce

2 tablespoons of honey

1 tablespoon of A-1 Steak sauce

Chives for garnish