Soup of the Day: Leftover Hamburger Soup Recipe

   
   Leftover Hamburger Soup Recipe

Guess where I am today? Delia’s!!!!!! I’m sharing a soup recipe here that I put together after having a million hamburgers leftover after a cookout. Okay, well a million is a little exaggerated, but it was a lot none the less. She has 14 guest bloggers sharing during this series, so head on over and find some great soup recipes to try :)
Ps…the girls are on the mend from a stomach bug that they couldn’t seem to shake. You will probably see me a lot this week catching up. I have some project growth spurt stuff that needs some sharing!
Have a fabulous day!
-Jess


In the Kitchen with Miss J: Granola Bars

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We love food in this house. My J also loves to make food. So we are going to start sharing some of the recipes we try out together. Today’s recipe is from here and it’s for healthy granola bars.

Granola Bars

I have a goal this year to send her off with very healthy lunches, so we have started making foods that will be good for her to carry in a lunch box. Granola bars are one of the first things we made. She got to help in many ways.

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She helped smash up the peanuts as well as pour and mix all of the ingredients. We made ours super simple and just added some chocolate chips in addition to the base ingredients. Miss J and I aren’t big into dried fruit and all.

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It was a really easy recipe and would recommend it. My husband and I really liked it, but she wasn’t too keen on all the peanuts so I plan on trying this recipe again with some adjustments to that.

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Please share any recipes you use to make for school lunch :) I would love to check them out.

-Jess

Week 3 in the Kitchen

 {beef and potato salad}

It was another successful week in the kitchen. Thank you to all who shared leftover turkey recipes last week. I actually didn’t have to use them this time as we ate all the turkey up! But, I did have some left over ham which I used to make this ham and potato soup. It was yum! You make it in a crock pot and it comes out delicious. I do love that it is starting to get chilly making it the perfect time for soup. Then, my sister in law turned me on to this site, Eating Well. I tried out this beef and potato salad recipe and it was pretty good. Very light and filling.

{Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes}

Then the last new recipe I tried was this Philly Cheesesteak sloppy joes. Um, yum. Totally hit the spot!  What new recipe have you tried this week?

Continuing On in the Kitchen

I am pleased to say that I totally surpassed my goal of a new recipe a week last week! I tried out 5 new ones :) And……..they were all good! Whoo hoo! They were also super easy to make. 
My own version of Chimichangas  (mixture of a few different recipes)
Now I need to find some good recipes for leftover Turkey/Ham with Thanksgiving coming up. Anyone have any?

Pad Thai for 2 Please

The past few weeks I set a cooking goal for myself: try one new recipe a week. I choose to do this for a few reasons. One: I’m not really that into cooking. I don’t think it’s the actual cooking but thinking of all the cleanup afterwards that turns me off. Two: Hubby really enjoys cooking but can’t really at this point. So I wanted to step up my game and create some more yummy options to present my hard working man with :) Three: I just need to learn more. It’s always fun to learn new things. and it always makes me feel good when I accomplish something new.

With that being said, last week’s recipe was for Pad Thai. There is an AMAZING recipe here on Use Real Butter. Now, I have tried to make Asian dishes before, but they just never come out quite like how I experience them at a restaurant. Well, let me tell you, this one tastes just like the pad thai I have had at Thai restaurants! And I wasn’t even able to use every single ingredient stated! So, I wanted to share the few little things I did different since some of the ingredients weren’t found in case you were in the same boat.

First off, I just didn’t even try to find the pickled turnips. I don’t think I even would have tried them if I had found them. Just didn’t appeal to me. It’s one thing to eat something and not know there’s a certain ingredient in it, but to know it’s in there…….. different. I also didn’t use the green onions. I decided against them because any time I have eaten food with any type of onion it really does not sit well with the baby (I’m nursing). So, I just didn’t go there this time. I also use precooked chicken, which made it faster. I always cook up a ton of chicken each week to have ready to throw into different dishes, so I wanted to use that up. I simply used a handful of chicken for each batch I made. (I did 2 all together).

 I also couldn’t find any rice noodles except what is in the above pic. Now, I could have gone to another grocery store or something, but with two little ones with short attention spans, it isn’t happening! lol. These noodles were precooked as well and I just had to throw them in. Well, more like squoosh them apart in my hand then throw them in. It comes with two little pouches in a package, so one whole package (both pouches) made enough for about 2-3 servings. That’s all I used because I did the two servings at a time thing the recipe states to do. After the first two batches I decided it was plenty for our little family.

Then the last thing I did was use a pre-made pad thai sauce I found at the store (see above pic/can be found here). I had found fish sauce but not tamarind paste, but I read the ingredients for this pre-made sauce and it had all of that in there. So, I didn’t even need to make the sauce! It was really quick to make and tasted oh so good. Have you tried a new recipe lately that came out amazing? Or not so amazing?