Balsamic Roasted Carrots

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I adore fresh veggies. And carrots are just about the easiest of fresh veggies to come by. The grocery always has them, and they are a pretty cheap and flavorful side dish with most any meal. And for just a tad bit of effort, you can have Balsamic Roasted Carrots on your family’s plate.

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You can use whatever kind of carrots your family likes, but I just use a bag of regular old carrots. Wash them, chop the ends off, and peel them. Then cut them into 3″-ish lengths. If they are too fat, cut them in half lengthwise, or even quarter them.

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Throw the carrots into a plastic sealable bag with about two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of good, high-quality balsamic vinegar (I use Trader Joe’s), a half teaspoon of sea salt or himalayan pink salt, and about a tablespoon of dried chopped parsley. Shake well to coat carrots.

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Pour carrots out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
Roast on 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, watching well so as not to burn.

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Balsamic Roasted Carrots are terrific with salmon, chicken, pork tenderloin, beef roast, or just about anything!

Balsamic Roasted Carrots
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Ingredients
  1. One bag of carrots
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 2 tablespoons good, high-quality balsamic vinegar
  4. 1 teaspoon dried chopped parsley
  5. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Instructions
  1. You can use whatever kind of carrots your family likes, but I just use a bag of regular old carrots. Wash them, chop the ends off, and peel them. Then cut them into 3"-ish lengths. If they are too fat, cut them in half lengthwise, or even quarter them.
  2. Throw the carrots into a plastic sealable bag with about two tablespoons of olive oil, two tablespoons of good, high-quality balsamic vinegar (I use Trader Joe's), a half teaspoon of sea salt or himalayan pink salt, and about a tablespoon of dried chopped parsley. Shake well to coat carrots.
  3. Pour carrots out onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil sprayed with cooking spray.
  4. Roast on 425 degrees for about 10 minutes, watching well so as not to burn.
Notes
  1. Balsamic Roasted Carrots are terrific with salmon, chicken, pork tenderloin, beef roast, or just about anything!
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Healthy-ish Fried Rice

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Our family LOVES dinner out at a Japanese steak house. And I have to admit, I love watching the hibachi cook. One of these days I’m goig to install a hibachi grill in my kitchen. One of these days. The fried rice is one of my favorite parts of the meal. I’ve tried to make it at home, and mine just doesn’t turn out like theirs does, and it is super unhealthy with the amount of butter and starches and salt. However, I have been able to perfect a lighter version that I refer to as Healthy-ish Fried Rice.

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One of the ways I cut out a lot of simple carbs is to use half brown rice and half cauliflower rice. I buy the packaged frozen brown rice and the organic riced cauliflower at Trader Joe’s. Another fat-cutting trick is to use coconut oil instead of butter. To cut salt, I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos instead of straight soy sauce. Same taste, but a lot less salt.

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Until the day comes that a hibachi grill is installed in my kitchen, I use my cast iron skillet to make Healthy-ish Fried Rice. I can get it super hot, and the coconut oil melts like a dream in it.

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You can serve this dish in place of most any starch. I sometimes add chicken or shrimp to make it a one-dish meal. It is also good with a piece of grilled chicken. Most of the time, though, we eat it as a side dish to salmon. Super healthy meal that is also super delicious! If you, like me, can’t stand the thought of giving up the yum-yum sauce, don’t fret. I have that recipe for you, too.

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Healthy-ish Fried Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups cooked brown rice (I use one package of frozen Trader Joe's brown rice.)
  2. 1 package Trader Joe's organic riced cauliflower (frozen)
  3. 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  4. 1 red bell pepper, diced
  5. 3 green onions, diced
  6. 1-2 tablespoons Braggs liquid aminos
  7. Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil in wok, electric skillet, or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add red bell pepper and green onion. Saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add brown rice and cauliflower, stirring well to coat in coconut oil. Continue stirring for about 3-5 minutes while rice and cauliflower cook through.
  4. Add Braggs liquid aminos and stir to coat rice mixture.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite fish or chicken.
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Breakfast Tacos

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One of the things we love to do when we travel is to eat all of the local food that we can. It really doesn’t matter to us if it’s a super fancy place or a hole in the wall, we just like to eat whatever the people who live there eat. A few months ago I had the opportunity to travel to Houston, which is a culinary delight. Houston has some FINE food! And the fact that they have many nationalities and ethnicities represented in their population lends to a wonderful variety of restaurants and styles of eating. And of course, their Tex-Mex is like no other! We ate at every Mexican joint we could find, and boy, was it ever incredible. One of the dishes we had that I came home wanting to try was Breakfast Tacos.

I’d heard about breakfast tacos before, but couldn’t really imagine that they would be good. I mean, Mexican food for breakfast just didn’t sound appetizing. But once I tried good, authentic breakfast tacos, I was hooked. Once I returned home, I couldn’t wait to make them for my family. But you know we couldn’t just make plain breakfast tacos, we had to make them ALABAMA STYLE.

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The first step is to lay out your tortillas on individual pieces of aluminum foil because you will later wrap them to let them steam. This recipe is enough for 6-8- breakfast tacos.

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For Alabama Style Breakfast Tacos, put about three tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium heat.

Dice a half pound of Conecuh sausage, hot or mild, and throw in a half of a diced onion. Let them cook until the potatoes are tender – about 20-25 minutes.

In a separate bowl, scramble five eggs. Pour over skillet and season with house seasoning. Scramble it all together until eggs are cooked – about three minutes.

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Spoon enough egg mixture on tortilla to cover half. Top with grated cheese if desired. Fold tortilla in half.

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Wrap breakfast tacos in foil and let sit about two minutes to steam.

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Open foil and add fresh pico de gallo or salsa to tacos. I usually make my own, but this time I tried out a new brand we found at Cosco. It was delicious!

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You are ready to devour!

Breakfast Tacos are very versatile, and you can use any combo of your favorite breakfast meats, veggies, and cheeses. You can also add sour cream or a favorite sauce like jalapeno dip. I give you permission to make the recipe your own! 🙂

Breakfast Tacos: Alabama Style
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Ingredients
  1. 6-8 Flour Tortillas
  2. 1/2 lb Conecuh or other smoked sausage, diced
  3. 1 medium potato, diced into 1/2" pieces
  4. 1 small onion, diced
  5. 3 tablespoons butter
  6. 5 eggs
  7. 1 teaspoon House Seasoning (garlic, salt, pepper)
  8. 8 oz block of cheddar cheese, grated
  9. Pico de gallo or salsa
Instructions
  1. The first step is to lay out your tortillas on individual pieces of aluminum foil because you will later wrap them to let them steam. This recipe is enough for 6-8- breakfast tacos.
  2. For Alabama Style Breakfast Tacos, put about three tablespoons of butter in a skillet on medium heat.
  3. Dice a half pound of Conecuh sausage, hot or mild, and throw in a half of a diced onion. Let them cook until the potatoes are tender - about 20-25 minutes.
  4. In a separate bowl, scramble five eggs. Pour over skillet and season with house seasoning. Scramble it all together until eggs are cooked - about three minutes.
  5. Spoon enough egg mixture on tortilla to cover half. Top with grated cheese if desired. Fold tortilla in half.
  6. Wrap breakfast tacos in foil and let sit about two minutes to steam.
  7. Open foil and add fresh pico de gallo or salsa to tacos. I usually make my own, but this time I tried out a new brand we found at Cosco. It was delicious!
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Chicken and Broccoli Casserole

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When I was a little girl, one of my favorite dishes my mom made was Chicken and Broccoli Casserole. I’m sure that at the time I picked out all the broccoli, but even so I loved this casserole almost better than anything she cooked. It’s still one of my favorite dishes, though I’d kind of forgotten about it. I had some leftover boiled chicken and just bought a big bag of broccoli at Cosco this wek, so now seemed like a good time to revive this family favorite.

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To make Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, you’ll need:

  • 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced or shredded
  • 4 cups chopped broccoli
  • 8oz block of cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon house seasoning (or 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together chicken soup, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
  3. Add house seasoning and lemon and mix well.
  4. Stir in diced or shredded chicken and mic well.
  5. Add broccoli and stir to incorporate.
  6. Pour into 9″x13″ baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and top with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, and return to oven.
  9. Bake another 30 minutes or until bubbly.

Serve and enjoy!

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To make Chicken and Broccoli Casserole, you'll need
    • 5-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and diced or shredded
    • 4 cups chopped broccoli
    • 8oz block of cheddar cheese, grated
    • 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
    • 1 can cream of chicken soup
    • 1 cup sour cream
    • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon house seasoning (or 1 teaspoon each of salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir together chicken soup, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
  3. Add house seasoning and lemon and mix well.
  4. Stir in diced or shredded chicken and mic well.
  5. Add broccoli and stir to incorporate.
  6. Pour into 9"x13" baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and top with parmesan cheese and bread crumbs, and return to oven.
  9. Bake another 30 minutes or until bubbly.
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House Seasoning

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I came across Paula Deen’s recipe for house seasoning a few years ago, and I thought it looked like a mighty handy mixture to have on hand. While I have modified her original recipe to make it more to our liking, house seasoning has become a staple in my spice cabinet.

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I use house seasoning on everything, and I do mean EVERYTHING. I use it on pan-fried chicken, oven roasted turkey breast, garlic bread, spicy drip beef, chili, hamburgers, and just about anything we throw on the grill. We use it so much that I finally broke down and bought a large shaker since I kept running out!

I have no doubt that when you mix up a batch of house seasoning and keep it in your cabinet, you will find all sorts of things to use it on.

House Seasoning
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Ingredients
  1. 6 Tablespoons Garlic Powder
  2. 6 Tablespoons Pink Himalayan Sea Salt or Your Favorite Salt
  3. 4 Tablespoons Ground Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix together well and store in air tight container.
Notes
  1. House seasoning is very versatile. Use it on grilled or pan-fried chicken, pork chops, steaks, in stir-fry, or in soups.
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Best Posts of 2016

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

A new year has come, and we have lots of new things planned for The Hill Hangout in 2017. However, before we say goodbye to 2016, let’s take one more look at your favorite posts from last year. Thank you for reading, sharing, cooking, praying, and everything else you do for our little community here at The Hill Hangout. You are a blessing to me. And now, I give you the Best Posts of 2016…

10. I’ve been writing about homeschooling for a long time, but you don’t have to homeschool to be interested in our Journal Prompts.

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

9. We use Creole Seasoning in lots of dishes, and you all do too!

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

8. This is one of my favorite resources I’ve ever posted. Each year when school time rolls around, it is an honor to join you in Back-to-School Prayers.

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

7. My readers are a spicy bunch (you can take that however you want!), so I’m not surprised to see Creole Pinto Beans and Sausage make the list.

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

6. This one cracks me up! I did a post about 5 years ago about taking my daughter to camp. Someone pinned it onto Pinterest because they liked the games we played, and it went viral. So if you need game ideas for groups of kids, check out Camp Worldsong.

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

5. You guys sure do love homemade seasonings! Greek Seasoning is one my faves, and apparently you all love it as well!

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

4. There is not a better combo than precious kids and God’s Word! I’m not surprised that y’all made Memory Verses for Little Hearts a spot in the top ten!

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

3. What would a southern food blog be without a cornbread recipe in the top 10? Y’all love some Loaded Cornbread!

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

2. I love people that love a good sauce, and I love you all for loving my Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce!

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

1. Always my #1 post – Our Miracle Treatment for Eczema

Best Posts of 2016 from TheHillHangout.com

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup

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We recently became friends with a young lady from India. She came to the US just a few months ago to attend graduate school, and we have really enjoyed introducing her to many American traditions, sites, and foods for the first time. Our cultures are vastly different, and yet we have been able to find many commonalities as well. Isn’t that the way when you open yourself up to people who are different than you? She is from a family very similar to ours, she loves adventure, and is very studious. She fits in well with our crew. One of the biggest differences we have found, however, is in our diets. While we love classic southern food, our friend is a vegetarian who likes everything maxed out on spice. In an attempt to have her over for dinner, I have tried my hand at a few Indian dishes. The adventure has been fun, and we have found a couple of new dishes we will be adding in to our rotation. One of our favorites is Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup.

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup is thick and creamy, yet it is also quite spicy and full of flavor. You can definitely adjust the spiciness to your level of preference, but to have an authentic Indian flavor, it’s traditional to turn up the heat. There is no hint of meat or animal fat, so our vegetarian friends will be able to enjoy this one.

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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup uses an immersion blender, but if you don’t have one you can use a good stand blender.

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3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 small onion, diced
2 tablespoons diced garlic
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 5-6 cups)
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground sweet curry (I bought mine at Penzey’s Spices.)
Salt and pepper
2 cans coconut milk
1 tablespoon sriracha (This amount is for a nice, spicy soup. Adjust to suit your preference.)

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Heat coconut oil over medium heat in dutch oven. Saute onions and garlic until tender (about 5 minutes). Add diced sweet potatoes and cook another 5 minutes. Add ginger, curry, salt, and pepper. Mix to coat sweet potatoes well. Add coconut milk and sriracha. Lower heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. When sweet potatoes are tender, blend with immersion blender until smooth. Serve warm.

Do you have neighbors you need to invite over so that you can get to know them better? Do it before this year is over! You might be pleasantly surprised at how much you have in common!

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Soup
Traditional Indian flavor abounds in this creamy, spicy soup!
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Ingredients
  1. 3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 2 tablespoons diced garlic
  4. 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced (about 5-6 cups)
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  6. 1 teaspoon ground sweet curry (I bought mine at Penzey's Spices.)
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 2 cans coconut milk
  9. 1 tablespoon sriracha (This amount is for a nice, spicy soup. Adjust to suit your preference.)
Instructions
  1. Heat coconut oil over medium heat in dutch oven. Saute onions and garlic until tender (about 5 minutes). Add diced sweet potatoes and cook another 5 minutes. Add ginger, curry, salt, and pepper. Mix to coat sweet potatoes well. Add coconut milk and sriracha. Lower heat to medium low and cover. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to keep from sticking. When sweet potatoes are tender, blend with immersion blender until smooth. Serve warm.
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The Importance of Active Play Time

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Fall and Spring are busy times of the year around the Hill Hangout. Our homeschool year kicks off, and so do all of our extra-curricular activities. I don’t know about you, but it is easy for me during those super busy times to focus on what “needs” to be done and neglect active play time for my kids.The importance of active play time really can’t be minimized. Kids need to get moving in order to stay healthy. One of my favorite Mr. Rogers quotes is, “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” Children need time to play. They need time to create and imagine and move their bodies. They need time with friends to run and kick a ball and talk about silly things. We would all do well to remember the importance of active play time.

Why is it so important to build in active play time? Take a look at this from LetsMove.gov: “Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don’t solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. Many others will face chronic obesity-related health problems like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and asthma.”

Yikes! Those stats are startling!

How did we get here? Read on: “Thirty years ago, most people led lives that kept them at a healthy weight. Kids walked to and from school every day, ran around at recess, participated in gym class, and played for hours after school before dinner. Meals were home-cooked with reasonable portion sizes and there was always a vegetable on the plate. Eating fast food was rare and snacking between meals was an occasional treat.” Play is disappearing at home, in school, and in communities.  70% of moms played outside when they were kids; 31% of their kids play outside today.

I’m convinced. We gotta get our kiddos moving.

The Importance of Active Play

Your family may have its own favorite play activity, but ours is soccer. My girls LOVE some soccer! And I’m happy for them to play because it gets their activity level up (way up!!), teaches them to work with a team, helps with critical thinking and strategy, and gives them a terrific community of girls. Soccer certainly isn’t the only sport that gets kids moving. Maybe your kids are into basketball, volleyball, football, lacrosse, gymnastics, or cheerleading. All excellent options. Not a sports lover? Try one of these:

  • Walking around the neighborhood after dinner.
  • Have a family dance party.
  • Play a game of freeze tag.
  • Go on a nature hike.
  • Find a new workout video on Youtube.
  • Get the neighborhood kids together for a game of kickball.
  • Go on a bike ride.
  • Learn yoga.

Need a little motivation? Why not make it a family competition? Give each family member a pedometer or Fitbit and compete for the highest number of steps daily. Instead of video games or movies, give gifts that encourage physical activity like balls, jump ropes, or gymnastics mats.

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And while you’re encouraging your kiddos to move, don’t forget to properly fuel them up. As my girls get more active, they really do prefer healthier meals that give them the energy to play hard. They DESPISE being sluggish from too much sugar and starch. So we eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies and try to stay away from too many fried or sugary foods. And they require lots of healthy snacks between meals to keep their energy level up. My girls love CLIF Kid® snacks, especially a CLIF Kid Zbar®. CLIF Kid® makes nutritious snacks from organic ingredients that are specially-crafted for kids’ developing taste buds and active lives. Whether on the run from soccer practice, or in between homework sessions, CLIF Kid Zbars are perfect for growing kids (and busy parents!).

The Importance of Active Play

It’s difficult to fit playtime in around all the other activities back-to-school brings, but by getting creative and establishing a routine, you’ll be sure your kids are healthy and thriving all year long.

The Importance Of Active Play

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Vidalia Onion Dip

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A couple of weeks ago, my team played my husband’s team in our annual college rivalry. It’s always a fun game because he and I celebrate our “house divided” with great food and great friends. When we are watching our favorite game of the year, the last thing we want is to be sidelined with heartburn from the rich and spicy food. Thankfully, I have Nexium 24HR so I’m always ready for Tailgreatness! Nexium 24HR is for the treatment of frequent heartburn. Since it can take 1-4 days for full effect, I take just one pill a day and I’m covered for whatever kind of spiciness I get into. For this week’s game, that spiciness included my Vidalia Onion Dip.

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Vidalia Onion Dip super simple to make, and it only includes five ingredients. You’ll need two vidalia onions, an 8 oz block of cream cheese softened to room temperature, half a cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of grated parmesan cheese, and 3 cups of shredded cheddar.

The first step in making Vidalia Onion Dip is to chop the onions in a food processor or blender.

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Pour the onions into a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese, parmesan cheese, cheddar, and mayonnaise. Mix until well blended.

Vidalia Onion Dip from TheHillHangout.com

Pour into a greased baking dish.

Vidalia Onion Dip from TheHillHangout.com

Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly around the edges.

Vidalia Onion Dip from TheHillHangout.com

Serve with Fritos Scoops, pita chips, toast rounds, or your favorite cracker.

If you need to stock up on Nexium® 24HR Capsules 42 count before your next tailgate, head on over to Walmart and look for the antacid and heartburn aisle in the pharmacy.

Vidalia Onion Dip

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Vidalia Onion Dip
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Ingredients
  1. Two vidalia onions
  2. 8 oz block of cream cheese softened to room temperature
  3. 1/2 cup of mayonnaise
  4. 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  5. 3 cups of shredded cheddar.
Instructions
  1. The first step in making Vidalia Onion Dip is to chop the onions in a food processor or blender.
  2. Pour the onions into a mixing bowl. Add the cream cheese, parmesan cheese, cheddar, and mayonnaise. Mix until well blended.
  3. Pour into a greased baking dish.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly around the edges.
Notes
  1. Serve with Fritos Scoops, pita chips, toast rounds, or your favorite cracker.
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Easy Weeknight Dinners

Easy Weeknight Dinners

It’s back-to-school time around the Hill Hangout, and we are getting back into the busy fall routine. Soccer has started, as well as dance and church activities, which doesn’t leave us a whole lot of time to cook elaborate meals during the week. If you’re like me, you can benefit from some new recipes for easy weeknight dinners. I polled my favorite food blogger friends who graciously shared their most popular quick and easy meals with me so that I can pass them on to you.

First up is Chicken Fajita Casserole from my friend Stacey at Southern Bite. If you keep cooked, shredded chicken in the freezer (LIKE I’VE BEEN TELLIN’ Y’ALL!), then you can have this mouth-watering meal on the table in 30 minutes.

Easy Weeknight Diners

My friend Cris at Recipes That Crock brings our first slow cooker recipe – her Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup. Simple ingredients you will love!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

One of our family favorites is my Greek Chicken Pot. Throw it all in a bag in the morning, and bake it when you come home in the evening. Super simple and quite healthy!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Another of our family favorites (as in, we have it at least once a week!) is Spicy Drip Beef. You can eat it on a bun as a sandwich, or as an entree with whatever starch and veggies your family loves. We love it cooked in the oven, but you can also use your slow cooker on low for eight hours.

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Paula at Call Me PMc has a fantastic Cheesy Chicken Pasta that only requires, drum roll please… ONE POT! Goodness, I do love a one pot meal. Don’t you?

Easy Weeknight Dinners from TheHillHangout.com

Mmmmm! Leah at Beyer Beware has a fabulous Crock Pot Sloppy Joe recipe. I think the sloppy joe is the unsung hero of the sandwich kingdom.

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Stephanie at Plain Chicken is known for her “Cracked Out” recipes, and for good reason. People LOVE them. Here’s her Cracked Out Chicken Tater Tot Casserole.

Easy Weeknight Dinners

Donya at A Southern Soul is one of the sweetest food bloggers I know, and you’ll love her Pasta Carbonara!

Easy Weeknight Dinners

If you’re a seafood lover like we are, you know that a weeknight seafood dinner is hard to come by. My Crawfish Stew is a super simple dump and cook recipe that our entire family devours.

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Why go out for BBQ when you can have it ready when you walk in the door? Melissa at Served Up With Love shows us how with her Crock Pot Pork BBQ!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Another favorite from Served Up With Love is Melissa’s Pizza Casserole. This one is definitely going on my menu soon!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Spice up your weeknight meal with Tamale Pie from Brandy at Aunt Bee’s Recipes. Doesn’t this look heavenly?

Easy Weeknight Recipes from TheHillHangout.com

One of my favorite dinners is oven roasted chicken with veggies, and this one from Donya at A Southern Soul looks right up our alley!

Easy Weeknight Dinners from TheHillHangout.com

Have y’all ever used an Instant Pot? I have heard a lot about them, but have never bought one. I might change that since seeing this Cheesy Chili Mac from Mary at Chattavore!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

Yum! Take a look at Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Teriyaki from Christy at Southern Plate!

Easy Weeknight Meals from TheHillHangout.com

I hope your fall is off to a good start. I know it’s a busy time of the year for us all. It’s definitely the time of year I lean hard into Jesus and ask Him to order our days. My time with Him is more important to me during the busy seasons than ever if I’m going to keep in step with Him!

Happy cooking, friends!