Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Veggies

image of crock pot containing recipe

  This is an easy recipe and is perfect for the slow cooker. 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 1/4 cup melted butter 1 can cream of chicken soup (10 1/2 ounces) (can use reduced sodium) 8 oz. cream cheese, cut into cubes 1/2 cup chicken broth 1 large leek, white part only, sliced 6 […]

Risotto with California Dried Plums and Radicchio

handy snack -sized packages of Calfiornia Dried Plums

  It may seem odd but I actually used dried plums in a lot of my recipes.  They add a nice, sweet flavor which is compatable with a lot of dishes (AND it matches well with red wines).  I have a great meatloaf recipe and also I use dried plums in my stuffing recipe for […]

Maco Dissolvable Oval Labels – My New Favorite Food Storage Stickers!

a jar of lemon curd with a dissolvable label from Maco

I use a lot of labels for canning, homemade dressings and left-overs. One of the things I hate about using stickers is that they are difficult to remove. Additionally, I’m always reluctant to throw them in the dishwasher even after I’ve got most of the sticker off as they might “gum up the works”. I […]

DIY Spice Mixes to Help the Budget and Eliminate Preservatives

bags of bulk spices on an old kitchen scale

With the increased availability of bulk foods and spices at much less than packaged prices, it makes sense to take advantage of as many as possible.  One great way to use the spices is to create your own spice mixes. This way, you can modify the salt and eliminate many preservatives. Here are 3 of […]

28 Healthy Snacks for Caregivers

healthy snacks for caregivers

Recipe of the Week: Quick Chicken Salad

Chicken salad with lettuce on a croissant

  As caregivers, we are always looking for quick meals that can be prepared with items we have on hand. Being budget-friendly is also a consideration. Here’s an easy chicken salad recipe. 2 1/2 cups of cooked chicken – shredded or cubed 1/2 cup celery 1/4 cup chopped onion (I used green onion because I […]

Recipe of the Week: Marinated Tomato Salad

marinated tomato salad in a scalloped bowl

  Here’s a very easy and nutritious salad for those nights when a lettuce salad sounds less than appealing. Dressing:1/2 cup EVOO (olive oil)2 T balsalmic vinegar1 T brown sugarSalt and pepperPut the above in a jar and shake til blended4 Tomatoes – cut up2 green onions – slicedSome black olives – sliced (about a […]

What’s For Dinner?

a crock pot filled with chicken covered with salsa

  Whether you are a caregiver, single person, parent, or married couple, the “What’s for dinner?” question has come up sometime in your household.  We all have to eat and so do our families. Eating out is expensive and time consuming. Fast food is expensive and unhealthy. Preparing food is the best option both financially and health-wise. If […]

Meatless Monday: Slow-Cooker Minestrone

minestrone soup in a red slow cooker

This is a very nutritious and fairly low calorie minestrone that was adapted from the version on Cook’s Country.  It filled my  5.5 qt slow-cooker almost to the very top so be sure that yours is large enough. Ingredients 1 cup dried medium-sized white beans, rinsed and pre-cooked for 20 minutes* (see note below) They […]

Moroccan-Inspired Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup

Dutch oven filled with Moroccan Chicken and Butternut Squash soup

I love comfort food. But comfort food can be filled with calories. This healthy, lower-calorie dish is super tasty and fills that comfort food void. The recipe was adapted from CookingLight.com. Moroccan-Inspired Chicken and Butternut Squash Soup 1 Tablespoon olive oil                                                            2 Tablespoons no-salt-added tomato paste 1 cup chopped onion                                                              4 cups chicken […]

Recipe Of The Week: Berry Joyful Crepes

When the weather starts heating up and summer fruits and berries start to appear in the grocers and at the farmer’s markets, I get excited to create some new dishes with them.  I hadn’t made crepes for a long time so I thought I’d give it a try. Coincidentally, crepes were the first real thing […]

Weekly Recipe – Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Leeks and Apples

Leeks and Apples

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Leeks and Apples This is an easy-to-prepare and very economical meal.  I used a pork loin but a pork shoulder roast could easily be substituted.  The leeks are flavorful and have anti-oxidant properties as well as Vitamin C. I left the apples unpeeled and they do turn out soft but […]