Veggie Rice Salad

My friend Cheryl shared this recipe with me this week and I just loved it it. Like most of the recipes I use, it can be adjusted based on what you have on hand. You could change the seasonings or the vegetables used or make it vegetarian by omitting the meat to make a completely […]

How To Cook Dried Beans for the Freezer

Using dried beans instead of canned beans is an easy way to save money. Cooking dried beans takes several hours but only requires checking on them a couple of times, so using a slow cooker is the easiest way to cook them without being physically present. For our menus, you can cook a bag (or […]

Tomato Tortellini Florentine Soup

Looking for a dressed up version of tomato soup? This delicious and satisfying version is perfect. You can serve it alone or add grilled cheese for more hearty appetites. Try a grilled cheese with a different kind of bread and a fancy cheese for a real treat.

Baked Potato Soup

It is starting to cool off with pleasant days and chilly nights – the perfect time for hearty soups and stews. Baked Potato Soup is one of our most requested recipes – it’s creamy and rich with the perfect balance of flavors. It’s a good way to use planned leftovers as well; have baked potatoes during the week and simmer a pot of this satisfying soup on the weekend. Start with 4 large baked potatoes, cooled. The recipe calls for scooping out the insides and discarding the peels, but I have long since abandoned peeling potatoes for anything. The peels are healthy so I include them in mashed potatoes, soups, potato salads, and just about everything else. Feel free to use only the white insides if you wish.

Spinach Ravioli with Sun-Dried Tomatoes in Cream Sauce

I love the unusual taste of sun-dried tomatoes, and paired with ravioli in cream sauce they are exceptional. I used spinach and cheese ravioli, but cheese or meat ravioli would also work in this dish. You will also need cream, pine nuts, bacon, Parmesan cheese, crushed red pepper, and salt.

Tomato Squash Bake

With our squash harvest starting to come in, I wanted to try some new veggie dishes. This delicious tomato and squash dish with an Italian flavor is adapted from a recipe that I saw in the Costco Connection magazine. I’ll be glad when our Roma tomatoes start producing – the Romas we bought to use in this recipe were over a dollar each! Later in the summer when we can get all of the vegetables and herbs from our garden, I will definitely be making this again.

Apple Cheddar Melt

A restaurant in my town serves this wonderful open-face sandwich and every time I order it, I realize that I’ve forgotten how much I love it. It is delightful anytime, but it would be a perfect fall lunch with fresh-picked apples. Since I couldn’t wait until fall, I’m enjoying it for lunch today.

Mediterranean Salad

I made this salad for the first time today, making it up as I went along. A friend told me about making a dressing with oil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper. We love garlic so I used over half of a bulb in my dressing, but feel free to adjust how many cloves you used based on your preference. By rinsing the lentils with cold water, it’s easy to prepare this salad a half hour before serving, but if you prefer it to be really cold you could make it several hours ahead and chill before serving. Not only is it healthy (although not low fat), it was delicious.

Primavera Pasta Pie

This easy and colorful dish is a hit every time I make it. Since my teenager is choosing to eat a vegetarian diet right now, I’ve been using more vegetarian dishes in our personal menus. Since the whole family is not eating vegetarian, I try to accommodate my daughter without forcing the rest of the family to adopt a vegetarian diet.

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