Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup


Takes 10 minutes to brown the beef. In that 10 minutes, you can get everything else ready for the soup. And then 6.5 hours later, your meal is ready! So simple, so quick, so delicious!!! (For when you're tired of turkey and you need some beef!) Slow Cooker Beef and Vegetable Soup Ingredients 1.25 lb. ground chuck ($2.23) On sale for $1.79/lb 1/2 onion, … [Read more...]

Simple Sunday Beef Roast


A simple Sunday Beef Roast. I bought a chuck roast last week. I cut part of it into cubes for Beef, Mushroom and Barley Soup. And I seasoned the rest with lemon pepper and lemon juice, to roast in the oven.  I was a bit anxious about the lemon flavor with the beef roast and vegetables, but it totally worked.  Gave it some flavor flare, but not so lemony that it was a … [Read more...]

Chunky Bolognese Sauce ($5 Dinner Challenge)

Homemade Bolognese Sauce |

I have been itching to make a Bolognese Sauce ever since Jamie emailed me her recipe during the Pantry Staples contest.  I dug out the last of the bacon from the freezer, grabbed a few cans from the pantry, and pulled out the ground beef and veggies from this past week's grocery trip. I decided to double up and make 2 batches, as I found I had plenty to do so.  And thought this … [Read more...]

Alea’s One Pot Chicken Dinner

Sunday Dinner

Perhaps this should be called the lazy cook’s chicken dinner. I love the convenience of one pot dinners. I could happily eat soup or chili every night, just to avoid washing extra dishes. However, my kids prefer meals with a main course and separate side dishes. This recipe  has the convenience of being prepared in one pot while allowing my kids to feel like they are eating a … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken Spinach Pesto Pasta


I've been waiting. And waiting. And try this pasta!  I l-o-n-g time ago, I made some Spinach Pesto from the garden.  And it's been patiently waiting in the freezer for me.  To eat it! *I wish I had not waited until now!* The  reason I've been waiting...I didn't think the boys would go for "green pasta" for dinner.  They like green foods. Broccoli, peas, … [Read more...]