Italian Spinach, Orzo, and Meatball Soup

When you are walking around Trader Joe’s, and someone hands you a party sized mini meatball with barbecue sauce, and it’s delicious, and the bags of meatballs are literally RIGHT THERE…. you’re going to buy them. You cannot possibly resist.

I was a victim of this same mini meatball attack one year ago. The meatballs have been in our freezer ever since. (Let the record show that I also make a mean from-scratch meatball, which is why I haven’t used said frozen meatballs). I wasn’t about to let them go to waste.

I had orzo leftover from making manestra a gazillion years ago, and a big bag of vegetable scraps in my freezer with which to make stock. This, coupled with the fact that I had a ton of Olivia’s Organic spinach about to bite the dust, prompted the birth of this soup.

Italian Spinach Orzo and Meatball Soup 1

I love making meals out of leftover things I have around the house. They are usually a risk, since they are unplanned and very frequently completely made up on the spot. I’ve had a few go terribly. This soup, however, came out DELICIOUS! And, the fact that I made it out of leftover ingredients made it seem like it was completely free (even though I know it’s not)! It’s like getting a tax return. Not exactly “free” per se… but you get the idea.

Plus, it’s a one-pot meal. Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to make. PLUS, you can make it ahead of time!!! AND, you can freeze the leftovers. Boom….

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Moroccan Spice Roasted Butternut Squash

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Here is a poem. I call it, An Ode to Moroccan Spice Roasted Butternut Squash: Goodness Gracious, This is delicious. I may not be the best poet, but this squash is um, delicious. In fact, it’s just as delicious as that poem is terrible (which is saying a lot!). I’d like to go on the record and…

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Slow Cooker Carnitas (pulled pork) Tacos

Slow Cooker Carnitas Tacos

You know the feeling. You’re in the car on the way home from work and you start thinking about dinner… and how the thought of cooking a meal from scratch sounds like too much work. And there’s the Chipotle you are just about to pass by and wouldn’t that be so much easier than cooking…

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Baked Eggs with Potatoes, Spinach, and Marinara

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From this moment on, I vow to make more baked egg dishes. Why? Because all you do is crack eggs into some stuff. And bake. It’s SO easy, and it makes an impressive brunch (or dinner)! In this meal, potatoes are roasted with olive oil and rosemary (one of my all-time favorite combos). Then, in the same…

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Cranberry Orange Biscotti

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Has anyone else noticed it’s NOVEMBER? Already?! This means that we have finally caved and turned on the heat in our house. It means that fall is over and winter is upon us (at least up here in New England). It also means the holidays are fast approaching. Where does the time go? As much as I prefer summer any season…

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