Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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There’s something innately comforting in a French Dip sandwich for me.  If it’s cold and dreary, this is the sandwich I want.  And as the days are going to start kicking into “cold and dreary” mode pretty darn soon, I’m really happy that I managed to stumble across this recipe!  These Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are perfect winter weather food, football party food, comforting “My toes are cold” food.  Or, most importantly, “I need something simple to throw together for dinner” food.

I started by sprinkling a beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and browning it on the stove top.

Simple Skillet Lasagna

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I love lasagna, but it’s not something I make often.  It can be time consuming, depending on the recipe, and unless I have a large chunk of time to play around with in the kitchen (which doesn’t happen often), it’s just not on my recipe radar.

This version, however, changed all of that.

This Skillet Lasagna is so good that two days later, I’m still thinking about how good it was.  The more I ate, the more I enjoyed it, and I can safely say that THIS lasagna will be making multiple appearances at our dinner table.  It’s simple, perfect, delicious comfort food, and just the right thing as the air starts to crisp up and the leaves begin to turn.

Brown Sugar Glazed Corned Beef with Cabbage and Horseradish Sour Cream

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Every year at Saint Patrick’s Day, like a lot of you, I make corned beef and cabbage.  It’s a dinner we all really enjoy, and despite all of us enjoying it, I find myself only making it once a year.  I’m not exactly sure why, but that’s usually how it goes. And my family gets pretty excited when that once-a-year day rolls around! I’ve been making it for years, once a year, and after trying numerous variations on the old stand-by, I’ve decided that this version is my favorite…and the rest of my family agrees.

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie with Butternut Squash - Chew Nibble Nosh

Seriously, Winter.  Make up your mind.

Sunny and 65 one day, snowy the next.  We’re in that weird part of the season where Winter just can’t decide if she wants to hang out at the party longer.  She’s lingering in the doorway on her way out, coat in hand, but still chatting up the host.

Thankfully, there are recipes like this that help bridge the gap.  This chicken pot pie is cozy and warm, but filled with bright fresh spring flavor, with a boost from fresh garlic, kale, pearl onions, butternut squash, and shredded rotisserie chicken.  It’s lighter than a traditional pot pie, but still warms your soul when winter hangs on for dear life.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut & Apples AND a Hamilton Beach Stay-or-Go Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Slow Cooker Kielbasa with Sauerkraut and Apples - Chew Nibble Nosh

If you’re an avid reader of this blog, you know that I love a good meal that I can make in my slow cooker.  In fact, Fall is my favorite time of year to put one to good use.  Days are shorter, kids are busier, and the convenience of having dinner ready to go when we walk in the door after all of our running around makes life just a little bit easier. So, when Hamilton Beach contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their new Programmable Stay or Go 6 Quart Slow Cooker, of course I said yes!

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings

Chicken & Gnocchi Dumplings - Chew Nibble Nosh

Sometimes, even though the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and you break a sweat when you walk outside, you just need some good, old-fashioned comfort food.  This was the case for me this past week, as my allergies have been giving me a serious run for my money.  I heard on the news that they are calling this year’s pollen forecast a “POLLEN TSUNAMI”.  It’s official, everything is way too dramatic.

That said, I have been awfully sniffly lately, and feeling kind of crummy, so when I ran across this recipe from Eating Well, I knew it would hit the spot.

Irish Colcannon Mac & Cheese

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Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta

Roasted Chicken with Artichoke Hearts and Pancetta - Chew Nibble Nosh

Roasted chicken is quintessential comfort food on a chilly night, and it also happens to be something my kids will eat without complaining.  So, it’s a win-win.  Usually, though, roasting a chicken takes a little more time than I usually have to spend on dinner during the week, so we don’t have it as often as my kids would like.

I was so excited when I ran across this recipe.  Not only did it involve a quick-roast method that I was interested in trying, it also features a delicious, quick side dish of sautéed artichoke hearts and pancetta, mixed with fresh thyme, garlic and lemon.  How could that possibly be bad, right?

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Chew Nibble Nosh

Out of nowhere the other day, I was suddenly craving stuffed cabbage.  I don’t know why.  Nobody had mentioned it, I hadn’t seen it anywhere, it had been completely and totally off my radar so far this winter.   That said, I was just about to go to the grocery store, when inspiration struck, and I had to change up my list to accommodate my craving.

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Italian Style Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Yep.  We have officially reached what I like to refer to as the “Pot Roast Weather” time of year.  When there’s a chill in the air, and my toes are cold, there’s nothing better than a cozy, warm plate of comfort food to make the world right again.

This is an Italian inspired spin on traditional pot roast that my family really enjoyed, and the fact that it is a simple slow cooker meal helped me to enjoy it even more.