Recipe: Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

I love getting Chinese takeout, but sometimes it's nice to simply make Chinese food at home. This recipe from TipBuzz shows just how easy it is to make General Tso's Chicken in the slow cooker. So easy and so delicious! Time to get cooking!

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The Perfect Party Food: Gigantic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

If you're looking for a super easy recipe that tastes good and will feed a lot of people (or hungry kids/teenagers), you'll want to watch this video from Food & Wine on how to make a gigantic grilled cheese sandwich. You only need Hawaiian rolls, cheese, melted butter, and a couple of large baking sheets. It's a great party recipe, or good for those times when you need to throw something together quickly. I mean, who doesn't love grilled cheese?


Recipe: Avocado Caprese Salad

Eating healthier is so much easier to do when what you're eating is both delicious and nutritious, and this Chicken Avocado Caprese' Salad is definitely both. My mouth is watering after watching this easy how-to video. Time to get cooking!

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Recipe: Watermelon and Feta Salad

This Watermelon and Feta Salad is the perfect side dish for all your summer evening cookouts. It's cool, crisp, and refreshing, not to mention, delicious!

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[Recipe] Gourmet Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomatoes

Look, you love bacon. We all do. You also love grilled cheese sandwiches. What if, and hang with me here, you combined the two into a healthy grown up grilled cheese with robust flavor? Your lunch just got upgraded.

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[Recipe] Jalapeno-Bacon Chicken and Waffles

There's controversy on whether fried chicken and waffles are a "true" southern food. We're not here to say they are or aren't, but we can say that they are delicious! Try this Jalapeno-Bacon Chicken 'n' Waffle recipe to spice up dinner, breakfast, or any time you get the craving. And trust us, you will crave this recipe!

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4 Yummy Meals for Your Next Meatless Monday

Yes, you read that right. Meatless. I know, it can sound intimidating at first. And if you haven't already jumped on the meatless Monday bandwagon, then you may be imagining salads, salads, and more salads.

But there are so many other creative and easy recipes that don't involve meat! In fact, some are so good that you may not even realize they're vegetarian. And no matter your dietary preferences, these recipes will have meat eaters and vegetarians alike cleaning their plates and asking for seconds!

Here are 4 dinners to get you through your next Monday, or any other day for that matter:

Garlic and Potato Soup


For soup:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 head garlic, minced
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 (32-ounce) carton + ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

For garnish:

  • 1 ½ tablespoons walnuts, chopped
  • ½ sweet bell pepper, diced
  • Fried onions
  • Sour cream


  • In a large pot, add olive oil and heat to medium.
  • Once oil is hot, add onion and cook, stirring occasionally until translucent, or a few minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in potatoes and vegetable broth, and bring to a boil.
  • Once it reaches a boil, turn the heat to low and let simmer until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pan over medium-low heat, add walnuts, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, then set aside.
  • Once potatoes are tender, use an immersion blender, or food processor if you don't have one, to puree soup until thick and creamy.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately, topped with toasted walnuts, bell pepper, fried onions, and a dollop of sour cream.

One Pot Spinach and Artichoke Pasta


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 16 ounces dry pasta (any type will do)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, roughly chopped
  • 1 (10-ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, defrosted
  • ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese


  • In a large pan over high heat, add water, 1 cup of chicken broth, and pasta, making sure pasta is submerged, and cook for 10 minutes until most of the liquid has been cooked away.
  • Stir in butter and garlic and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Stir in mushrooms and thyme, and cook until mushrooms start to brown and shrink.
  • Then add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Slowly stir in flour, then add in heavy cream and remaining vegetable broth.
  • Let simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add in artichoke hearts and spinach, stirring until combined.
  • At this point, give it a taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
  • Remove from heat, stir in cheese, and enjoy!

Black Bean Tacos with Avocado Sauce


For sauce:

  • ½ avocado
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • Juice from 1 large lime
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon honey
  • Pinch or 2 of salt

For filling:

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup chunky salsa
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • Flour tortillas
  • For toppings (optional):
  • Lettuce, chopped
  • Tomato, diced
  • Onion, diced
  • Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Sour cream


  • In a blender, or food processor if you have one, add in all 7 sauce ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy, then set aside.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, add black beans and salsa, stirring occasionally.
  • After 2 minutes, stir in cumin and continue to cook for 3-5 minutes.
  • In the meantime, prepare your toppings and warm the tortillas.
  • Once bean mixture is heated throughout, use a fork, or potato masher if you're feeling fancy, to mash up the black beans until they reach your desired texture.
  • Spoon bean mixture into tortillas, then top each with avocado sauce and toppings, and serve. These go great with rice!

Philly Cheese "Steak" Sandwiches


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, gills and stems removed, sliced
  • 1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 slices provolone or American cheese (both taste great)
  • 2 sub rolls, sliced lengthwise


  • In a large pan over medium heat, add oil, onion, mushroom, and bell pepper, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in oregano and black pepper, and continue to cook until veggies are soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Slowly sprinkle flour over veggies, stirring until evenly coated, and continue to cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat up to high, add in vegetable broth and soy sauce, and stir to remove any flour clumps.
  • Continue to cook until sauce has thickened, about 2 minutes.
  • Line sub rolls with cheese, spoon in veggie filling, and let your taste buds enjoy!

Avocado Mac And Cheese Recipe Is The Stuff Of Dreams

If you're looking for a way to enjoy macaroni and cheese in a more healthy way, or just looking for an excuse to eat more avocados, this might be the recipe for you. For those of you watching your cheese intake, this recipe swaps out most of the cheese for an avocado sauce substitute, making it great for people with lactose intolerance.

This recipe is filled with creamy goodness, and you can feel a bit less guilty about eating it. Avocados aren't a whole lot better for you than cheese, other than the lower calories, but you can still feel virtuous about eating something green, even if it isn't kale infused.

Check it out and see if this is a mac and cheese recipe you'll keep using.


Warm Up With These 3 Winter Soup Recipes

When it's cold outside, nothing hits the spot quite as well as a perfectly prepared soup. Easy to warm up with, and hard to put down, these soups will take some of the chill off of the cool weather.

We've got three recipes here, which means there's something for everyone, even if you don't like the ingredients involved. If you're crunched for time, never fear. These recipes take no time at all to throw together, meaning you'll have something warm to serve the family in no time. Check it out and warm up with these soups.