POSTS WITH TAG: comfort food

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    My daughter HATES grocery shopping, so I try to consolidate our trips to the store. And I hate spending too much money on food and too much time preparing our meals. That's why I love finding ways to make what I do buy stretch.

    Recently I shared how to turn one chicken into three meals. You can do the same thing with a beef roast. Here's how! 

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    This recipe is kind of awesome. Completely unhealthy, but kind of awesome. This cheeseburger 'n' fries casserole recipe from Taste of Home only requires four ingredients and takes 10 minutes to put together (though it bakes for 50). Come on, anything titled "cheeseburger 'n' fries" most likely isn't all that good for you, but for a special, easy splurge that everyone will love, this will certainly do the trick.

    Of course, you could use tater tots or perhaps throw in a few vegetables in there to make you feel better about the whole concoction. You could even use some ground turkey to mix things up a little bit. Regardless, it's so versatile and simple, it will quickly become a staple your family will certainly love.

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    Now that spring is here, most of us are trying to eat a little healthier in anticipation of bathing suit season -- but a good dose of comfort food as a treat never hurt anyone, right?

    And if you're looking for something to make you feel all sorts of warm and fuzzy, this Tater Tot Casserole recipe from AllRecipes is sure to do the trick.

    Is there anything better than tater tots, really? One of my favorite meals as a kid (ok, who are we kidding, I still love it) was tater tots and grilled cheese sandwiches -- and this casserole kind of combines those into one.

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    March is supposed to roar in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but let's face it: a great many of us are still stuck dealing with ferocious temperatures. Instead of cursing Mother Nature, we should use the cold as a great excuse to keep whipping up hearty, delicious soups.

    Crock-Pot Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup was inspired by a similar dish served up at Panera Bread -- got to love that. It is dead easy to make and cooks in either 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high heat. Just pop all of the ingredients -- most of which you'll probably have in your fridge or pantry -- into your slow cooker and head off to work or, even better, hightail it to the salon for a pedicure since sandal weather has to be right around the corner.

    Here's how to make this perfect Crock-Pot soup.

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    Not sure if you got the memo, but Mason Jars are totally in. This old-school canning vessel has been having a "moment" for a while now, and something about their unpretentious nature and simplicity makes it a well-deserved trend. One that is also affordable, and we always love affordable.

    I have to admit that I haven't done much with Mason jars beyond storing jams and pickles, but there is SO much more you can make in them -- from delicious desserts to foods to take with you on the road.

    Check out these 6 things you can use Mason jars for besides jam right here:

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    Poor microwave oven. It gets no respect! The stove and the oven get all the credit for doing the real cooking, while this unsung appliance is used mostly just to reheat. But if you sneak into your kitchen late at night, and you're very quiet, you may hear your microwave muttering to itself, "I coulda been a contender!" Turns out you can do so much more with that appliance than nuke your leftovers and frozen entrees. In fact, we found 13 recipes you can make in your microwave -- you'll be surprised at how much you can do with it.

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    With spring just a few days away, it seems like we should be breaking out the barbecue and abandoning our favorite winter comfort foods. But not so fast! There's still a chill in the air, which is a good thing, because it means we have the perfect excuse to try this amazing, sumptuous recipe for Slow Cooker Coconut Hot Chocolate.

    Yes, you heard that right. Your Crock-Pot truly is the magical cooking tool that keeps giving. You probably already know how to whip up a mean beef stew in your slow cooker, but the rich flavors in hot, tasty beverages like this one are only intensified when you let them sit on low for a few hours. Mmmm ... kinda makes you yearn for a longer winter, doesn't it?

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    There are certain things I regularly use my Crock-Pot for: slow-cooked beef, chicken soup, pork loin, and stew. Those are all classic slow-cooker fare, but you know what I'm finding out? My Crock-Pot can do much more -- SO much more.

    I love my slow cooker. It's convenient and easy to use, and any busy mom will sing its praises as an old-school yet totally awesome must-have appliance. But my slow-cooker skills have been limited -- until now! I have recently discovered that there are so many other concoctions that can be created in my humble Crock-Pot.

    Check out these 6 cool things you probably didn't know you could make in your Crock-Pot!

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    Can you believe that it's St. Patrick's Day this Monday? March is truly flying by, and who knew it'd be time to whip out the green outfits and beer so soon? You're already set with some typical St. Patrick's Day recipes, like Irish soda bread, corned beef and cabbage, and Shamrock Shakes. But since the temps still have yet to warm up in most parts of the U.S., why not indulge in one last ultimate comfort food -- traditional Irish shepherd's pie.

    This Irish shepherd's pie recipe from Food.com is super straightforward and versatile. You pretty much cook all the ingredients in a pot, top it off with some mashed potatoes, and brush the potatoes with egg and Parmesan cheese -- and you're done! Hearty, delicious, versatile, filled with beef or lamb, this will surely get you into the Irish spirit in no time. The popular dish, also called cottage pie, originated in the UK and Ireland, so feel free to honor its origin and indulge a little this holiday!

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    Some stars look like they live on water from the fountain of youth and magic golden apples. Actually, I'm pretty sure all of Hollywood is living on green juice and poached salmon these days. But supposedly even celebs indulge in some ordinary mortal food sometimes. In an interview with Self magazine, Jennifer Aniston divulged some of her favorite foods. You'll never believe what crunchy, messy food she loves snacking on -- and she makes it herself, from scratch!

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