Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Fall is here and one of my favorite things about this time of year is the FOOD! I love the comfort of having a warm soup on a cool night. It is good for the soul. I love to look on Pinterest for different recipes and I came across this beauty on the Living Life of Riley blog. Some combinations are just meant to be, such as this one that combines the goodness of a cheeseburger with a warm soup!

Ingredients:

1 lb. ground beef

1 container Philadelphia Cooking Creme – original flavor

6 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 bag of hashbrowns

1 block (8 oz) Velveeta cheese, cubed

1 box (32 oz) chicken broth

1 onion, diced

 

After cooking and crumbling up the bacon, begin cooking the ground beef and onion together. Drain. Dump the ground beef mixture in the crock pot. 

Next add the cooking creme, hashbrowns, chicken broth, Velveeta cubes, and the bacon. 

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Looking great already!

You can cook it on high for 4-5 hours. Make sure that you are able to stir it occasionally. 

I apologize for not posting the finished product. I made this for a couple of our friends and was making sure the apartment was nice and neat. Judging by their reactions, I think they really enjoyed this dish. I hope you do too! Enjoy!

 

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Cap’n Crunch French Toast

I am sure the title of this post resulted in one of the following:

A.  skepticism and a raised eyebrow

B.  your curiosity became insatiable

What a combo right? I mean, how could somebody even think of this?!! This cereal is one of life’s greatest blessings. It is also one of the most annoying cereals because it scratches the roof of my mouth like a cat on your face….but I digress.

We don’t get to watch tv much and when we go visit the ‘rents I cannot get enough of Food Network. I could definitely sit and watch that channel alllll day. One night the hubs and I were watching Triple D and came across some restaurant that made Cap’n Crunch French Toast. Joseph’s reaction alone told me that he wanted to make this dish as soon as possible. He told me that the combination was meant to be….like Cinderella and Prince Charming.

Let’s get on with this process before the clock strikes midnight, shall we?

Now, this recipe is a lot of eyeballing so however much you are making depends on the number of mouths you are feeding.

Ingredients:

bread

cinnamon

a little vanilla extract

eggs

Cap’n Crunch cereal (get the kind that doesn’t have the berries)

This is exactly like the normal french toast recipe but with an added step.

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In the first bowl I combined the eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla. The second bowl is the crushed up cereal. Make sure you crush up the cereal as much as possible. The more crushed, the better. Dip the bread into the egg mixture and then into the cereal.

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You can see that we should have crushed it up a bit more. Heat the pan with a little oil and then add the bread. Make sure the pan does not get too hot because the cereal could burn pretty quickly. It almost happened to us!

This was short and sweet because this was a very quick and easy breakfast. We added a little syrup on top and enjoyed a lovely meal :-) I hope all of you enjoy it as well!

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Fire Roasted Tomato Ravioli Bake

I am all about simple recipes, especially when it calls for less than 5 ingredients. This gem from Betty Crocker is a keeper! I am usually pretty skeptical when it comes to recipes with so few ingredients, but this one has all of the flavor you need. Ready? Let’s get started!

Fire Roasted Tomato Ravioli Bake

Ingredients:

1 bag (25 oz) frozen cheese-filled ravioli

1 can (18 oz) Progresso Recipe Starters fire roasted tomato cooking sauce

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cook the ravioli as directed on the package. Drain. 

Spray a 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange the cooked ravioli in the baking dish. 

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In the saucepan that you used to cook the ravioli, heat the cooking sauce until boiling. Pour the sauce over the ravioli. 

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Sprinkle the cheese on top. 

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Bake uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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CHEESY RAVIOLI-Y GOODNESS! Now it’s time for my favorite part of cooking—eating! I still can’t believe this cheesy miracle happened using only 3 ingredients. That is what I call cheap eats! Enjoy!!

You can totally make this go even further with different kinds of toppings (olives, banana peppers, onions, etc.)

Two Timin’ Pasta Bake

First of all, I want to give recipe credit to the “Pearls, Handcuffs, and Happy Hour” blog. This recipe has become a regular in our kitchen, especially on Meatless Monday! It is SO YUMMY and it will make your other recipes jealous! I also love that it is very simple and quick to make. It calls for simple ingredients that some folks may keep on hand. I cannot keep you waiting any longer!

Ingredients:

1 jar alfredo sauce

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 box of your favorite pasta (it’s great with penne!)

1 bag (2 cups) of shredded cheese

1 cup parmesan cheese

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I used these sauces. I usually just get whatever is on sale. You can use whatever brand you like! For you big spenders, you might like the Classico brand of sauces!

 First, preheat the oven to 350. Cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. While that is cooking, combine the two sauces in a large bowl.

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I love how this looks like a heart :-)

After mixing, It should look something like this.

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Next, take the bag of cheese and mix it in.

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When the pasta is done, drain it and add it to the sauce bowl. Be sure that the pasta is coated nicely!

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Ohhh yeah! That’s the stuff!

Now that your dish is ready to go, add it to a 9×13 baking dish.

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I’d like to thank my hubby for helping while I take photos :-)

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Lookin’ good! Now put that sucker into the oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes. After that is done, add the parmesan cheese on top and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

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AWESOME!! Now you are ready to experience heaven straight from your kitchen. It is even better with a good slice of garlic bread and a side salad. It’s like having Olive Garden right in your home without spending a fortune! Happy eating!

Fried Rice

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of fried rice? I love going out and getting a massive plate of that glorious dish. Lately we have been saving money by making this college student staple at home. Maybe it’s just me, but I think homemade tastes so much better! We have tried this recipe a few times and I think that we finally have it perfected to our tastes! Feel free to make any kind of changes you would like!

Homemade Fried Rice

3 cups cooked white (or brown) rice

1 onion, chopped

frozen peas and carrots (I do not have a measurement, I just eyeball it and see how much I want to add)

1 garlic clove, finely chopped

soy sauce

1 packet fried rice seasoning

2 eggs, slightly beaten

Add onion and garlic to a large skillet. Add the olive oil and saute on med. high to high heat until tender.

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 Add the peas and carrots and heat until tender.

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Now we are getting somewhere!!!

Push the mixture to one side of the skillet to make room for the eggs.

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 Pour the eggs on the empty side of the skillet and scramble them.

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 After they are done, mix the whole skillet together. Now add the rice, soy sauce, and fried rice seasoning.

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 Mix it all up and now you have homemade rice! Enjoy!!

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Meet Mr. & Mrs. Hongry and Po

I feel like I am Bob Saget at the beginning of How I Met Your Mother. “Well kids, this is the story of How I Met Your Father.”

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As you can see, I was the head of all band nerds: the drum major. Say what you will, but band is what brought my husband and I together. We will get to the reason soon. Anywho, there I was: a freshy at community college. As drum major I was required to work band camp during the summer for the middle and high school kids.  I met my roommate for that band camp and we became great friends! During the spring semester she invited me to play volleyball at church one Friday night and little did I know she introduced me to the man that I was going to marry. “and that is how I met your father”

We got engaged that same year, December 8th, 2010 to be exact.

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and then got married in May 2011.

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DAWWWW! So there we were, married and both of us in college. Now, my husband and I LOVE to cook together. We are always talking about food. I am pretty sure it is involved in about 90% of our conversations. You may think we sound like a couple of foodies who travel to Europe every year and taste of the finest cheeses in the world while sipping wine that costs as much as a house. Nah, not us. We, like many couples young and old, have limited means. You know what I’m talking about. Greenbacks. Benjamins. Lettuce. Moolah. Nada mucho of that here. As much as I would love to eat fancy queso, we have fun coming up with meals that are easy on the wallet and the thighs. This blog is all about food (and other adventures!) and how easy it is to eat pretty healthy while on a budget.

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