Category Archives: Fooding

Difference between: cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes

Looking for cherry tomatoes at the grocery store and finding grape instead? Wondering what the difference between the two is? Today we’re taking a look at these delectable little members of the tomato family as we find out the difference between cherry tomatoes and grape tomatoes.

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Compelling reasons why you should be trying eMeals

Note: This is not a sponsored post. eMeals is not paying me for this. Thoughts are my own.

Another (more general) note: I try to respect my family’s privacy as I blog even though, obviously, they come up sometimes. But it’s really cumbersome to type “the husband” and “the baby” so going forward they are A and O, respectively. Most of you probably know their names but let’s just not make it more public than it needs to be. Thanks!

If we’re Facebook friends, you’ve probably noticed me posting pictures of awesome dinners through my 100 Happy Days posts. If you think I’m just super clever and am coming up with all of these creative dishes on my own, I’m not.

A couple of years ago A and I tried eMeals and to be honest, I wasn’t super impressed. We did the budget plan and it was very…limiting. But, that’s probably par for the course when you’re spending as little money as possible.

Then, a couple of months ago A suggested we give it another try, going with a different plan. And I’m super glad we did. 

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Roasted cabbage with bacon

This excellent recipe adapted from AllRecipes perfectly compliments sausage, chicken, or nearly any main meat dish!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 head green cabbage, chopped
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch of paprika
  • olive oil (not pictured)

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Slow cooker pork loin with apples

This one was going around the internet for a minute – I tried it so you don’t have to. Except that you should.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple*
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste

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*I used Cortland, because I didn’t want something super-sweet, but definitely didn’t want tart either. Cortland is on the sweeter side, but not too much so.

I halved the amount of meat from the original recipe – and apples, carrots, and potatoes – but kept the same amount of sauce. The sauce is really good and you will want more of it.

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Classic goulash

Goulash! I like to make this on Sundays and use it for lunch during the week.

Thank you MyIncredibleRecipes.com for this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 (15 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (15 oz) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp adobo seasoning
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp salt (or seasoned salt of your choice)
  • 1/2 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

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Three seasoning blends you need in your kitchen right now

Need some more flavor in your kitchen? If you’ve got these three seasoning blends on hand you can’t go wrong.

Taco seasoning

Courtesy of SmashedPeasAndCarrots.com

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Use this for, well, tacos, or anything taco-like. Beef or chicken. 

  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Cajun seasoning

Courtesy of FreshBitesDaily.com.

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Cajun seasoning for chicken, vegetables, or anything where you want a nice kick of flavor.

  • 2 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp thyme

Poultry seasoning

Courtesy of MyFridgeFood.com.

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This is my favorite of the three. The absolute perfect compliment to chicken. 

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

If you have all three of these made and ready to go, you can easily throw together a last minute dinner when you otherwise had nothing prepared.