12 Recipes for Strawberry Season

It is strawberry season here in New Jersey!

Strawberries are one of our family’s favorite fruits and we’re lucky enough to have several amazing farms that offer strawberry picking within an easy drive – so we tend to go overboard.

We eat a ton of them, make jam to last the year, and end up cooking them up in so many different ways. Here are a dozen of our favorite ways to use them!

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Pulled Chicken

I think slow cookers are under appreciated during the summer months. Everyone loves the hearty stews and chilis when the weather is chili – but how often do you break it out when it’s hot outside?

I really is the perfect kitchen tool on hot days because it cooks without heating up the house. The trick is to pick a meal that doesn’t feel like it’s made for fall.

These sandwiches are a perfect example. These are saucy, but not heavy and the slaw makes them feel fresh and perfect for a hot day.

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One-Pot Mediterranean Pasta

This dinner is the ultimate meal for a busy night. With a few pantry staples and less than 30 minutes, you’ll have dinner on the table in no time! And my favorite part? There’s almost no chopping – it’s all just dump-and-go.

This one-pot pasta cooks the spaghetti right in the sauce, so it’s faster and results in fewer dishes. Add in a salad and some bread to complete the meal.

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Classic Spanakopita

Spanakopita is a classic greek dish. A hearty layer that mixes spinach, feta, and egg is sandwiched between two flaky layers of phyllo. It’s something I’ve loved for years – and made different versions of – but I hesitated to dive into a more traditional recipe.

This is a dish that takes a little time and patience – but it’s definitely worth the effort.

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Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast

This comforting meal is perfect for a busy weeknight – with only five minutes of prep, you’ll have a dinner packed with fall flavors thanks to a few simple ingredients and the magic of the slow cooker.

The star of this recipe is the cranberry sauce – which also makes it an ideal use for any cranberry sauce leftover from Thanksgiving dinner!

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Slow Cooker Frito Pie

The slow cooker has been saving me in this season of life. Seriously. It’s the only way I get dinner on the table in any sort of timely fashion on Mondays, and it’s been in heavy rotation on weekends too.

There’s something about kicking back and watching football while the slow cooker does the work that just fills my heart. It truly feels like a break.

This game day dinner is a recent hit here – an all-day-long simmered chili served over corn chips and topped off with cheese and sour cream. It was a hit with everyone

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Apple Bacon BBQ Chicken

This quick-prep dinner uses just a few ingredients to make a dish packed with flavor. In about 5 minutes, you’ll have dinner prepped – the most time-consuming part is shredding an apple.

Let it simmer all day in the slow cooker or make it quickly in the instant pot – it’s perfect for any night!

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10 Recipes to try this Crocktober

Welcome October, welcome Crocktober!

October is all about sharing slow cooker dishes. It makes total sense – the weather is cooling down and schedules are hectic so it’s the perfect time to break out the slow cooker and make cozy, hands-off meals.

Pictures of slow cooker sandwiches and soup, with the words, "10 Recipes to Try this Crocktober".

I’m excited to share some new slow cooker recipes this month – and some updated favorites. Today, I’m kicking things off with 10 previously-blogged recipes you should add to your meal plan this month!

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Hearty Minestrone

I realized last week it’s officially soup season here – we couldn’t leave the house without sweatshirts in the morning! Really can’t say I’m sad about the return of fall weather.

Cooler days mean I’m craving cozy dinners – and this one just hit the spot! It’s an old favorite – and a fresher-tasting version of the soup you get at an Italian chair restaurant. (If you know, you know!)

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Honey Barbecue Chicken Wraps with Broccoli Slaw

The kids are finally back to school.

After a stint of virtual school and then a year of homeschool, having them back in school feels so weird. We’re definitely out of practice of having to leave the house on time every day.

Cross-section view of a wrap stuffed with barbcue sauce-covered chicken tenders and broccoli slaw.

And, I had totally forgot how done everyone is by the time dinner rolls around. They are tired and hungry and our days of leisurely family dinners are officially on sabbatical. “What can I get on the table quickest?” is the current name of the game.

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