Lentil Chili {A Hearty, Budget-Friendly Meal!}

Lentil Chili with bread

Homemade Lentil Chili is a hearty, budget-friendly meal that is ready in under an hour! 

Lentils, canned tomatoes and beans, fresh bell pepper and a handful of spices are simmered on the stovetop to create this delicious chili dish.

Lentil Chili in white bowls garnished with shredded cheese and cilantro.

Simple Pantry Ingredients

This homemade lentil chili recipe is foolproof. It uses simple, inexpensive ingredients that are most likely in the pantry already, and can be on the table in less than an hour to feed that hungry crowd!

Just toss ingredients in a pot on the stove, and simmer until flavors blend together!

Ingredients to make Lentil Chili

Ingredients/Variations

This lentil chili recipe uses ingredients that are probably already in the pantry!

LENTILS Brown lentils are added to this chili, but yellow, red or green will work perfectly too. You can also add canned lentils!

If using canned lentils, double the quantity of lentils and reduce the broth in this recipe. You will also want reduce the simmering time just until the vegetables are soft.

VEGGIES Onion and fresh bell peppers are chili must-haves. Stretch this dish even further by adding corn, celery, sweet potatoes, carrots or whatever you have on hand!

CANNED GOODS Diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and tomato sauce all add to the flavor of this chili. Try using canned tomatoes that are already seasoned for an extra kick!

SPICES Keep the chili mild if preferred, or take it to the next level by adding even more homemade chili powder or red chili flakes!

VARIATIONS Add meat to this Lentil Chili for a super hearty version! Use ground beef, ground chicken or Italian sausage!

Ingredients for Lentil Chili in a pot.

How to Make Lentil Chili

It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to make this delicious one-pot wonder!

  1. Saute the onion then add garlic and spices.
  2. Add lentils and tomatoes with juices and broth. Simmer until mixture is thickened.
  3. Serve immediately with desired toppings.

Top chili with shredded cheese, sour cream or jalapenos. Serve with chile cheddar cornbread or homemade french bread to sop up all that sauce!

For lentil chili with beef, just cook ground beef with the onion and garlic.

For turkey lentil chili, add cooked, shredded turkey to the chili when the lentils are added. Great for using up leftover turkey!

Cooked Lentil Chili in a pot garnished with shredded cheese, tomatoes and cilantro.

Tips for Perfect Lentil Chili

  • To thicken chili, simmer uncovered until excess liquid is cooked off. Alternatively, blend or mash approximately half a cup of lentils and add back into the chili.
  • For slow cooker lentil chili, cook on low for 8 to 10 hours (perfect for overnight or a workday) or 4 to 5 hours on high.
  • For an Instant Pot, cook 30 minutes on high and then slow release for 13 minutes (or follow user guide directions).
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.

Leftovers

  • To reheat, put back in pot on medium heat until heated through. Or, put in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 30-second intervals until heated through!
  • Freeze for up to 1 month in an airtight container.

More Meatless Mains

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Lentil Chili being served in bowls
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Lentil Chili

This Lentil Chili is a fun twist on a classic comfort food!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 348
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper chopped red or green
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 1/4 cups brown lentils
  • 19 ounce kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 28 ounce canned diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 4 cups low sodium beef broth or vegetable or chicken broth

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat.
  • Cook onion and bell peppers until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, and cumin. Cook 1 minute more.
  • Add lentils, beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, and broth.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer cook covered 25 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 15 minutes or until chili reaches desired thickness.

Notes

  • 1 lb lean ground beef can be cooked and added to the chili along with the onion.
  • To thicken chili, simmer uncovered until excess liquid is cooked off.
  • To use canned Lentils, double the lentils listed in the recipe and do not add the broth. Also reduce the cook time to simmer for 15 minute uncovered as the lentils are already cooked. 
  • For Slow Cooker Lentil Chili, combine all ingredients and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10 hours. 
  • For Instant Pot Lentil Chili, combine all ingredients in the Instant Pot and cook on high for 30 minutes. Slow release the pressure for 13 minutes (or follow user guide directions). 

Nutrition

Calories: 348 | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 1603mg | Fiber: 23g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1915IU | Vitamin C: 52mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 8mg
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Weekly Menu Plan {Number 5}

This weekly menu plan is a weeks worth of good, comfort meals the whole family will love. Enjoy homemade meals with simple ingredients that are family friendly and tried and true favorites! 

Enjoy this weeks menu plan with my favorites like baked cod, Korean ground beef rice bowls and my very favorite cookie bar dessert, Carmelites. You can see all of the (weekly menu plans here).

 

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Weekly Menu Plan {Number Five}

Number five weekly menu plan is all about comfort, pantry style ingredients and simple recipes to help make the busy week nights less stressful. Each recipe is tested by my family and loved by all. They are kid friendly and make for delicous homemade meals at home. 

Perfect your homemade meals with this easy to read grocery list and menu plan that will help get you through the week. No more worrying about meals each night and what to make. These recipe are ready for you and going to make life a little less stressful. 

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8 Can Chicken Taco Soup Recipe

Only 8 cans needed to make the MOST delicious chicken taco soup. It is just what you need to make a simple weeknight meal that the whole family will love!

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Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls

Korean Ground Beef and Rice Bowls are so incredibly easy to make and will become a family favorite! This makes the perfect weeknight meal.

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Baked Cod

Baked Cajun Garlic Butter Cod is a tender and juicy cod filet baked in a buttery cajun seasoning with garlic cloves and olive oil making this cod a flavorful and delicious dinner. 

Thursday weekly menu plan photo of easy pasta primavera recipe.

Easy Pasta Primavera Recipe

Pasta Primavera is a classic Italian American recipe that’s loaded with spring vegetables. It has a light and fresh sauce and is the perfect break from heavier winter foods!

Saturday morning breakfast photo of breakfast burritos for the weekly menu plan.

Breakfast Burritos that are Freezer Friendly

Breakfast Burritos are a great way to plan breakfast ahead. These are packed with ham, eggs, cheese and a lot of add-ins like pico de gallo, hash browns etc.

Weekly menu plan photo for Sunday with crazy tender baked roast photo.

Crazy Tender Baked Roast

Fall apart juicy, tender roast with hardly any hands-on prep time is easy enough for everyday, delicious enough for company!

Dessert photo with Carmelitas stacked on top of each other.

Carmelitas Cookie Bar Recipe

Carmelitas are the best cookies known to man that are baked with caramel and chocolate in the middle of an oat cookie crust, these will change your life. This is known as the best cookie ever!

Printable Shopping List:

I made this as easy as possible by even providing a FREE shopping list that is easy to print and makes your grocery shopping days much easier.

I am excited to continue with these weekly menu plans! Plan five was so fun to put together and plan out pantry staple items that can all be made at home in less than an hour. Each recipe will smell the home with the perfect aroma making your mouth water each night for dinner. Breakfast is served on Saturday morning with a freezer meal kind of breakfast to have now and later for next week. Making things easy and less work is just what we all need right now! Enjoy these delicious dishes from my home to yours!

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Post Updated on April 2, 2020

Originally Posted on July 18, 2015

Crockpot Philly Cheesesteak {Great for a Crowd!}

Three Slow Cooker Cheesesteaks in a tray

Crockpot Philly Cheesesteaks make a great meal perfect for busy weeknights or when the big game is on!

Tender beef and onions, and with melted provolone cheese (bell peppers are optional) all come together in the slow cooker.

With all the flavors of our favorite Cheesesteak sandwich everyone raves about this recipe!

Three prepared Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches.

What is a Philly Cheesesteak?

We’ve all seen a version of this recipe, with Whiz, with peppers (or without). According to Philadelphia’s official tourism site, the Philly cheesesteak was invented in 1930.

The combination of thinly sliced steak, melted cheese, and onions in a hoagie roll is just too irresistible.

Bell Peppers?

Not traditional but still delicious! A cheesesteak is sometimes served with bell peppers and more often served without.  We love the flavor so we add them in.

Not a fan? Leave them out!

Beef roast cooked in a slow cooker with onions.

Ingredients & Variations

BEEF The best beef for the crock pot is a cut that becomes perfectly tender when slow slow-cooked in the crockpot.

A beef roast or a chuck or pot roast is just right (and the same cut I use in French dip sandwiches). It makes savory and extra tender slices of meat for Philly cheesesteaks with minimal effort.

CHEESE Traditionally, a Philly cheesesteak is topped with provolone, Cheez Whiz, or American cheese but nowadays you can use almost any cheese you wish! Try melting on mozzarella, cheddar, or havarti for a change.

BUNS Hoagie or sub buns are the best options for this sandwich! They are hearty and hold up well under the weight of this hearty sandwich.

Don’t have time to grab those buns? You could serve mini cheesesteak sliders on dinner rolls or even make a sandwich with a classic loaf of bread in a pinch.

Philly Cheesesteak ingredients in a slow cooker.

How To Make Philly Cheesesteaks in the Slow Cooker

The best cheesesteak sandwich is easy to prepare. Just pop in the slow cooker and let it cook away!

  1. Season, brown the beef, and place in the crockpot (per recipe below).
  2. Add remaining ingredients and cook on low, adding bell peppers in the last 45 minutes if desired.
  3. Remove the beef and slice thinly against the grain and return to the crockpot (or shred if you prefer).
  4. Assemble sandwiches and bake until the cheese is melted.

Serve immediately for the best results and the most delicious flavor!

Prepared Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches in a tray.

Perfect Sides

Philly cheesesteaks are great with oven-baked french fries, or this broccoli pasta salad is fit for a crowd, give it a try here!

Make ahead sides:

Sandwiches Best Served Hot

Did you enjoy this Slow Cooker Cheesesteak Recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below!

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Slow Cooker Cheesesteak Recipe

Tender beef and onions snuggled in a roll make the perfect easy meal.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 rolls
Calories 350
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 2 lb beef roast chuck or pot roast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 10.5 oz beef broth low sodium
  • 2 onions sliced
  • 10.5 oz onion soup
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 2 bell peppers sliced (yellow, red or green), optional
  • 8 oz sliced provolone or American cheese
  • 8 hoagie or sub rolls

Instructions

  • Season beef with salt & pepper. Heat olive oil over medium high heat and brown beef on all sides. Place in the slow cooker.
  • Add broth to the pan scraping up any brown bits. Add to the slow cooker with onions, onion soup, soy sauce, and garlic.
  • Cook on low 8 hours adding peppers during last 45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Open sub rolls top with cheese on each side. Bake about 5 minutes or just until cheese is melted. Top with beef and peppers.

Notes

Note: If you prefer softer onions, add them along with the beef. If you prefer your onions to be slightly firmer, add them during the last 45 minutes of cook time.
Browning the beef before placing in the slow cooker is optional but adds extra flavor.
Beef can be sliced or pulled.

Nutrition

Calories: 350 | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 2186mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 931IU | Vitamin C: 91mg | Calcium: 334mg | Iron: 13mg
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Three prepared cheesesteaks in a tray with writing
Cheesesteak ingredients in a crockpot with writing
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Baked Rice and Peas

This simple Baked Rice and Peas dish uses pantry and freezer staples, a great side dish to go along with shrimp or chicken.

This simple Baked Rice and Peas dish uses pantry and freezer staples, a great side dish to go along with grilled shrimp or chicken.
Baked Rice and Peas

Easy peas-y and only 5 ingredients! Why bake rice? There is something nice about being able to put something in the oven, setting the timer and forgetting about it. While the rice bakes you can throw some chicken or shrimp in the air fryer, skillet or grill.

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Buttery Beer Bread

No yeast, No problem! This recipe is a light and fluffy buttery bread that is filled with a special ingredient that substitutes for yeast. You guessed it, beer! With this six ingredient recipe you will be sure to please your family with this homemade buttery beer bread recipe!

Forget about yeast for this recipe. But if you are one of the lucky ones that has found yeast here are a few of my favorite recipe like grandma’s perfect homemade bread recipe, focaccia bread recipe or this miracle no knead bread.

Buttery beer bread loaf in a photo.

Buttery Beer Bread

I am so excited to share this irresistible buttery beer bread with you! It is so easy to make and no need to have yeast. Yep! That’s the best part! Yeast is a hot item right now and I knew that we all needed some carbs at this point. Buttery beer bread is delicious and flavorful. Once you make your first loaf you will wonder why you haven’t made this yet. It is one of the best homemade bread ever!

Let me tell you, it is all pantry staple ingredients that is simple to mix together and bake all in one day. It is that fun and easy! Homemade bread is one of my very favorite things to eat. Pair it with your favorite soup, slow cooker meal or just enjoy it warm and fresh out of the oven. Enjoy it anyway you want it!

Beer can be a scary word for some people. I know we don’t drink it or promote it but with this combination it creates a homemade bread skipping the yeast. If you are not a beer fan in general you don’t have to worry about the taste either. There is no beer taste, no alcohol in the bread and no way to get a little tipsy with this bread recipe. It is family friendly, kid friendly and full of flavor without the beer taste. Give it a try and see how amazed you will be!

What is Beer Bread?

Beer bread is a quick and simple bread recipe that has a special flavoring added to it. Can you guess? It is a bottle of beer. I know I don’t encourage alcohol and don’t drink it myself but this bread recipe is all about it. The crazy part is, the beer actually bakes right out of the bread as it is baking at a high temperature.

Since there is a limit on yeast, this beer bread sounded perfect to me since there is no yeast in this bread. The beer is acting in place of the yeast for this bread recipe. With the help of baking powder this combination creates one amazingly delicious bread that is over the top delicious. Don’t let the beer scare you away. It is even safe for kids of all ages. As the beer bread is baking the beer in the ingredients does and will bake out of the bread living it totally kid and adult alcohol free.

Recipe Ingredients:

You would say this recipe is pretty easy! All the ingredients are staple pantry items plus only 6 ingredients. It is crazy to think that these ingredients are going to make such a soft and moist bread recipe. Within a few minutes this homemade bread recipe will be ready to bake and smell all throughout your home. Enjoy a warm slice of bread soon enough!

  • Flour: This helps thicken and stick all the ingredients together.
  • Baking Powder: Has a special power by creating a yeast with the beer can.
  • Salt: Fine sea salt works really well.
  • Brown Sugar: Sweeten the bread a bit with some brown sugar.
  • White Sugar: Adds that sweet and sugary taste to the beer bread.
  • Beer Can: Go with your favorite or try something new. The main reason for the beer is not for flavoring but for creating a years with the baking powder.
  • Butter: The butter helps give it that soft butter taste and look on the inside as well as a thick and crispy crust on the outside.

How to Make Beer Bread:

No need to worry about the beer. The alcohol will bake right out of the bread. Its purpose is focused on creating a simple combination of yeast to help make this homemade bread. The new way of making bread at home!

  1. Mix ingredients together: Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.  Add the brown sugar and white sugar.  Add the beer and mix together until it forms a dough.
  2. Spread the dough in a pan: In a 9×5 inch greased loaf pan spread the dough evenly.  Pour melted butter on top.  Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes clean.

The Recipe Critic Pro Tip:

It is best to use a darker beer for the flavoring but a lighter beer will also work. 

The process of making butter beer bread by combining all ingredients together then letting it sit then adding it to a loaf pan with parchment paper underneath.

Beer Bread Variations:

Let’s customize your bread! These variations are always fun suggestions on how to create more than just one recipe.

  • Honey: A touch of honey creates a sweeter bread that is comforting and will melt in your mouth, it is that good!
  • Herbs and seasonings: Mix in your favorite fresh or dried herbs to have more flavors. Rosemary or thyme are some of my favorites!
  • Garlic: Garlic seems to be in everything and loved by most. Add in a clove or two to the batter and smell it while it is baking!
  • Cheese: Sprinkle shredded cheese in the batter or over top and make a cheesy beer bread.
  • Spicy: I do love a little heat. Add in jalapeños or green chilies for some spicy bread variations.

Tips For the Best Beer Bread:

These tips are helpful and can make this beer bread even better!

  • Beer: I do not drink beer so I am not an expert but I have found as I am cooking and baking that a darker beer is best. It adds more flavor. I have tried a few different beers in my bread recipe and so far the darker seems to have the most flavor. Not to worry though, it is a buttery, moist and delicious flavor that doesn’t taste like beer at all.
  • Substitute: If you are worried about too much sugar, substitute the sugar with the same amount of honey.
  • Slicing the bread: It is best to use a serrated sharp knife when slicing the bread. This will give it a clean and crisp cut every time.

Serving Ideas:

Serve this buttery beer bread with your favorite topping or as a side dish! Just beware, this bread is the best and won’t last long!

  • Spread honey and butter over top
  • Butter and jam is always a classic
  • Add it as a side dish to soup like chili, vegetable or a thick bean soup.
  • Have a side dish to your favorite stew or slow cooker meal.

Beer bread sliced a piece off to see the thick and soft inside of the bread.

Best Way to Store:

It is best to store this bread at room temperature in a sealed bag. It will stay fresh for about 3 to 5 days long. This beer bread recipe does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. It will actually dry out the bread as well as go stale more quickly.

More Delicious Bread Recipes:

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Buttery Beer Bread

No yeast, No problem!  This recipe is a light and fluffy buttery bread that is filled with a special ingredient that substitutes for yeast. You guessed it, beer! With this six ingredient recipe you will be sure to please your family with this homemade bread recipe! 
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword beer bread, beer bread recipe, butter bread, buttery beer bread, buttery beer bread reipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 slices
Calories 229kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 12 ounce can beer
  • 1/2 cup butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add the brown sugar and white sugar. Add the beer and mix together until it forms a dough.
  • In a 9x5 inch greased loaf pan spread the dough evenly. Pour melted butter on top. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes clean.

Notes

The alcohol in beer bread evaporated as it bakes. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 265mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 236IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg

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BLT Sandwich {Easy to Make!}

Everything is better with bacon including our favorite ever BLT sandwich.

Made with bacon, lettuce, and tomatoes between two thick slices of toasted bread this sandwich is a hearty lunch option, a simple dinner and an all around favorite!

Close up of BLT on a cutting board

Why We Love this Sandwich

When running short on time or short on ideas this classic BLT sandwich is always a family favorite.

Made with layers of fresh and tasty ingredients, including lots of bacon, it is a go-to sandwich recipe in my house!

With just 15 minutes to make, it is the perfect last-minute lunch or dinner idea.

Overview of ingredients for BLT

BLT Ingredients

Part of what makes this sandwich so special is that there are really only a handful of ingredients: bread, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo! No wonder it’s so popular!

BACON Thick cut crispy bacon is the perfect bacon for this recipe. Cook bacon in the oven is an easy no-mess way to make crispy bacon!

If you don’t have bacon, you can use sliced ham, Canadian bacon, pancetta, or turkey bacon. Each provides their own delicious flavor for this recipe!

LETTUCE Iceberg, bibb, romaine…whatever lettuce you have on hand will work great in this recipe. For the perfect amount in every bite, I love to thinly shred the lettuce before adding it to my sandwich.

TOMATOES It goes without saying that you must add tomatoes to have a true BLT, but any tomatoes will do! Tomatoes provide a lot of great flavor in this recipe, so choose nice juicy ripe ones!

Beefsteaks are great because you only need a few slices for a hearty sandwich. Roma tomatoes are firm and full of flavor.

BREAD Almost any bread is perfect for BLT’s but thick, dense bread like sourdough and rye add extra flavor. Just be sure to toast until golden brown!

Overhead of open BLT with lettuce & tomato on the side.

Other Delicious Additions

There’s a lot of variations to the BLT. Make a BALT by adding avocado or a BELT by serving with an egg in the middle! Or try these yummy variations.

Of course a thick slice of cheddar is favorite!

  • Spicy: Turn these into a great twist on jalapeno poppers and add in some cream cheese and sliced jalapenos, green chiles, horseradish, or spicy mustard.
  • Veggies: Slices of roasted veggies like eggplant and zucchini, coleslaw, onion, or sauerkraut.
  • Protein: Thin slices of ham, prosciutto, chicken (turn it into a club sandwich), or sliced cheese!

Chop up extra ingredients and set them aside! The flavors of a classic BLT and turn it into a BLT grilled cheese or a BLT pasta salad for a fun and delicious twist!

Close up of BLT cut in half, stacked on top of one another.

How to Make a Perfect BLT

This recipe is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Prep: Shred lettuce, slice tomatoes, and fry or bake bacon.
  2. Toast: Toast bread and top with mayonnaise.
  3. Assemble: Top one slice of bread with bacon, shredded lettuce, and tomatoes. Top with the other slice of toasted bread.

Cut on the diagonal and serve immediately.

What to Serve With It

For side dishes, I recommend the following equally amazing dishes that are perfect to round out your BLT extravaganza!

Fresh Tomato Soup pairs perfectly with any recipe!

Try serving with a veggie plate and this delicious spicy dill dip! Or, how about some tasty, crispy zucchinni fries with chipotle mayo? Or this caesar pasta salad is the perfect complement to a BLT!

Delicious Sandwich Recipes

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How to Make the Perfect BLT

This BLT recipe is quick, easy and full of flavor. Add avocado or egg for a fun twist!
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 816
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 4 slices bread your favorite variety
  • 6 slices thick cut bacon
  • 2 tomatoes large, ripe
  • 4 leaves lettuce iceberg, bibb or romaine
  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  • Wash lettuce, dry and cut into thin shreds. Slice tomatoes into thick slices.
  • Cook bacon until crisp, drain on paper towel and set aside.
  • Toast bread until lightly browned, butter if desired and set aside.
  • Spread each slice of bread with 1 tablespoon mayonnaise.
  • Top with bacon, tomatoes and lettuce. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cut in half and serve.

Notes

To cook bacon in the oven, preheat oven to 400°F. Place a rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Put bacon the rack and bake 18-20 minutes or until crisp.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 816 | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 1191mg | Potassium: 630mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1145IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 3mg
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Top image - BLT ingredients. Bottom image - close up of a BLT sandwich cut in half and stacked.
Close up of a homemade BLT Sandwich.

Banana Bread Muffin in a Mug

This easy Banana Bread Muffin in a Mug recipe is perfect when you want a quick breakfast for one in minutes! A great way to use up those brown bananas!

This easy Banana Bread Muffin in a Mug recipe is perfect to whip up when you want a quick breakfast for one! It’s also a great way to use up those brown bananas on your counter!
Banana Bread Muffin in a Mug

This easy banana bread muffin recipe is so easy, made with only 5 ingredients, and ready in under 5 minutes! No oil, egg or sugar needed. The ingredients are simple, ripe bananas, flour, baking powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt. They are mini and perfect if you’re baking for one or don’t have much time. Of course, if you want to whip up a batch you can make these banana bread muffins or my favorite banana nut bread recipe.

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Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast is full of cinnamon sugar goodness and baked in an easy custard that leaves the sweet brioche bread soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Breakfast heaven!

French toast is a breakfast classic! Don’t miss this Secret Ingredient French Toast, this Blueberry Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast, and this Almond Crusted French Toast.

French toast in a white pan baked and syrup is drizzled over.

Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast is one of my favorite brunch items to make on the weekend for many reasons. First, it’s insanely easy to throw together. Second, it can be make ahead of time. And lastly, EVERYONE loves it.

Our version of baked French toast takes layers of rich brioche bread that’s saturated in a super simple cinnamon sugar custard. Right before baking the bread and custard get dusted with more cinnamon and sugar and baked until the inside is soft and rich, and the outside is irresistibly crispy and brown.

Most people serve their French toast with maple syrup AFTER they serve it up, but I like to pour the maple syrup all over the baked French toast immediately after it gets out of the oven so it soaks into the hot bread and custard before it hits anyone’s plate. It’s HEAVEN.

Thick toast layered together in a white baking pan.

Ingredients in French Toast:

  • Brioche bread. This is my favorite kind of bread to use for French Toast. It’s dense and made with eggs and butter so it’s rich, delicious, and perfect for French toast. Because it is sightly soft right out of the package, it’s really important for it to be a day-old and slightly stale so it doesn’t get soggy when the bread soaks.
  • I like to leave the bread out on a sheet pan overnight, but if you don’t have time for that, you can also put the bread pieces on a sheet pan and  bake at 275 degrees for 20-45 minutes until it resembles stale bread.
  • Eggs. Eggs add richness to our Baked French Toast, and you’ll need about four large ones.
  • Milk. You could use any kind of milk you want, from skim milk to heavy creamy, but the higher the fat content, the richer the baked French toast will be. I like to use a sort of middle-of-the-ground choice which is whole milk. It’s not as rich and fattening as heavy cream, but still results in a rich custard.
  • Sugar. Sugar isn’t exactly traditional in classic French toast, but I like to add just a little bit to the custard to sweetened it up. We also sprinkle on a little extra sugar on top right before baking to help crisp up the top of the baked French toast as well.
  • Cinnamon. For me, French toast isn’t complete without a little bit of ground cinnamon. In this recipe, we use it both in the custard and also sprinkle it on top just before baking along with the sugar.
  • Vanilla. The last pertinent ingredient in French toast. Use 100% pure vanilla extract and no the imitation brand.

How to Make Baked French Toast:

  1. Dry out the bread. If you can remember, or have time, leave the bread out overnight on a sheet pan to dry out. If you forget, no big deal, just place the bread on a large sheet pan and place in a 250-degree oven for 25-35 minutes until the texture resembled stale bread.
  2. Make the custard. Whisk the eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and pinch of salt together in a medium bowl.
  3. Layer the bread. Layer the bread in a 9×9 greased baking dish. They should overlap a little bit. Pour the custard on top. Lift up the pieces of bread to make sure each piece gets saturate in the custard. Sprinkle more cinnamon and sugar on top.
  4. Bake. Bake in a 375-degree oven for about 25-30 minutes until the baked French toast is puffed and brown. Immediately pour maple syrup on top. Cut into pieces and serve with extra maple syrup and softened, salted butter.

Egg wash with milk and vanilla in a white bowl next to the layers of toast in a white baking pan.

Can I make these in Advance?

Yes! We recommend making it three hours in advance anyways, but if you need to make it in advance even more than that, go ahead.

On the opposite end, do I have to make these in advance?

While it’s best to make Baked French Toast at least an hour in advance, a workaround would be to individually soak the stale pieces of bread in the custard for a few minutes until the bread is completely saturated, then layer it into the baking dish. Pour any extra custard on top and bake as instructed.

French toast baked in a white baking pan with maple syrup being poured out of a glass bottle over top of the French toast.

Substitutions and Tips and Tricks for Recipe Success:

  • Be sure the bread is stale. If the bread is fresh, you risk the baked French toast becoming super soggy.
  • If you can’t find brioche, you can also use challah, Italian bread, ciabatta, or French bread.
  • For extra crunch, sprinkle the baked French toast with chopped walnuts or pecans.
  • Make sure your bread slices are at least 1 1/2 inches thick.
  • Add in one teaspoon of almond extract for a nice flavor in addition to the vanilla.

What to serve with Baked French Toast:

Baked French toast in a white baking pan with powdered sugar over top.

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Baked French Toast

Baked French Toast is full of cinnamon sugar goodness and baked in an easy custard that leaves the sweet brioche bread soft on the inside and crisp on the outside. Breakfast heaven!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword baked french toast, easy french toast, custard french toast, french toast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 605kcal
Author Nicole Leggio
Cost $12

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Baking dish

Ingredients

  • 8 slices day old thick-sliced brioche bread (ciabatta, challah or italian bread will work as well) I use Trader Joe's
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, plus more for dusting
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions

  • Make sure your bread is stale and at least one day old. If it's not, let it sit in a 250 degree oven for about 30 minutes until it's stale.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Coat a 9x9 baking dish with the softened butter. Layer the bread in two rows. Each piece of bread should halfway cover the next.
  • Add eggs, milk, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 tablespoons sugar, and salt to a medium bowl. Whisk to combine. Pour the mixture over the bread slowly, lifting the layers of bread up so each pieces is coated in the custard. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
  • When you're ready to bake, sprinkle with the remaining two teaspoons of sugar and dust with a little bit of cinnamon. Bake in the oven until puffed and the tops of the bread slices are crisp and brown. Pull out from the oven and drizzle with maple syrup. Cut into 4-6 pieces and serve with butter and more maple syrup if desired.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 324mg | Sodium: 611mg | Potassium: 300mg | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 1130IU | Calcium: 232mg | Iron: 2mg

Pizza Rolls (easy to make)

Pizza Rolls on parchment

Pizza Rolls are a handheld bites filled with cheese and all of your favorite pizza toppings!

A simple pizza dough roll with loads of pepperoni and cheese are to bubbly perfection in about 30 minutes.

Pizza Rolls on parchment paper, with a bite taken out of one.

Bite Sized Pizzas

Prepacked or made ahead pizza dough makes this easy recipe not only fun to make, but great for kids to learn basic cooking skills and have fun at the same time!

Choose your favorite pizza toppings or let the kids add their own!

These Pizza Rolls make for a yummy snack, appetizer, lunch or dinner! They’re a great freeze-ahead meal, perfect for busy weeknights.

Pizza dough rolled out and spread with pizza sauce.

Ingredients/Variations

DOUGH For this recipe, I use pizza dough but any kind of dough will work. If you have a can of crescent rolls, use those!

SAUCE Top your dough with pizza sauce, tomato sauce, marinara sauce or try making a homemade pizza sauce!

TOPPINGS Anything that goes on a regular pizza can go into a pizza roll! If using veggies that contain a lot of water (like mushrooms) be sure to cook them first and drain well.

Meat: I love pepperoni as a topping, but bacon, Italian sausage or shredded chicken will taste great too.

Veggies: While I didn’t add any veggies, fresh peppers, mushrooms or jalapenos would taste delicious!

Cheese: Mozza and Parmesan are my favorites, but try cheddar, Monterey jack or pepper jack for a fun twist.

How to Roll Out Pizza Dough

  • For pizza dough: gently remove from the container and roll it out flat. Use a little flour to keep the dough from sticking to the work surface or hands.
  • For crescent rolls: squeeze together the perforated edges to make one large square, and roll out to about a 16” by 14” inch square.

Pizza dough rolled out & spread with sauce, topped with mozza cheese and pepperoni.

How to Make Pizza Rolls

For delicious, homemade pizza roll perfection:

  1. Roll out dough, spread with sauce, and add toppings.
  2. Roll up from one end to the other, then slice into 12 rolls.
  3. Place in greased muffin tins and sprinkle with cheese then bake per recipe below.

Serve with remaining pizza sauce for dipping!

Pizza Rolls in a muffin tin topped with mozza cheese.

How to Store Pizza Rolls

Keep cooled pizza rolls in a zippered bag in the refrigerator until they are ready to be reheated again. Reheat in the microwave with a fresh sprinkle of cheese. Don’t forget to heat up the pizza sauce!

Or freeze (like pizza pockets) in an airtight container, and take for lunches or a quick snack!

Pizza Rolls on parchment paper, with a side of pizza sauce in a white bowl.

Yummy Pizza-Inspired Recipes

Did you love these homemade Pizza Rolls? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! 

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Pizza Rolls

These Pizza Rolls are filled with your favorite pizza toppings.
Course Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Cool Time 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 12 rolls
Calories 193
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pizza dogh or 1 can refrigerated pizza dough
  • 1 cup pizza sauce divided
  • 2 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 cups mozzarella cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 2/3 cup mini pepperoni or chopped pepperoni

Toppings

  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Roll pizza dough out to approximately a 16" x 14" square
  • Combine garlic powder and parsley with 1/2 cup of pizza sauce and spread over the dough. Top with mozzarella, parmesan cheese, and mini pepperoni. Roll dough cinnamon roll style.
  • Cut into 12 slices and place in greased muffin tins.
  • Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and bake for 12-14 minutes.
  • Cool 5 minutes and serve with remaining pizza sauce for dipping!

Notes

  • Use premade pizza dough, crescent rolls or homemade pizza dough.
  • Pizza sauce, tomato sauce or even marinara sauce work great.
  • Toppings: Try bacon, fresh peppers or even pineapple and don't forget your favorite cheese. If your toppings have a lot of moisture (like mushrooms) be sure to cook them first.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 193 | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 599mg | Potassium: 96mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 211IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1mg
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Pizza rolls with tomatoes sauce and writing
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Pizza Rolls no parchment paper with writing

7-UP Biscuits

These 7 UP biscuits are tender and flakey layers of soft baked bread that melts in your mouth with every bite. These biscuits won’t last long at your dinner table!

If you are loving biscuits try this homemade biscuits and gravy recipe with these 7 UP biscuits recipe. These buttermilk biscuits are also another great biscuit recipe that are simple to make.

7 up biscuits stacked on a wooden plate.

7-UP Biscuits

These will be the best biscuits you will ever make. I wanted to try this recipe because it sounded weird. 7-UP in biscuits? But they are so good! They are soft and buttery and they didn’t even make it to the table before they were gone!

What are 7-Up biscuits?

These are the type of biscuits that seem to just melt in your mouth. This taste is so delicious and easily achieved with this recipe. These biscuits are just the perfect amount of butter and softness that compliment so many dishes. 

What do you need to make 7-Up biscuits?

The 7-Up biscuits are perfect for your weekly meals because they are simple enough to whip up at a moment’s notice. Only dilemma is they seem to disappear just as quickly as they are made! 

Good thing these require your basic ingredients that are not too hard to get a hold of. 

  • 2 cups Bisquick- can not forget the main ingredient that gives these biscuits life
  • 1/2 cup sour creamhelps create that fluffy texture that melts in your mouth
  • 1/2 cup 7-uphelps create a very soft dough that can rise easily 
  • 1/4 cup melted butterprovides that buttery sensation that we all love

How do you make 7-Up biscuits?

This is by far one of the most straightforward recipes you can find. It is perfect for pairing with meals at the last minute if you are needing an extra side because it is simple, quick to make, and worth every bite!

  1. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
  3. Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan. Place cut biscuits in the pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

The process of making 7 Up biscuits in a glass bowl, cutting out the circular then placed on a pan ready to bake.

 

What do 7-Up Biscuits Pair Well With:

When it comes to bread and rolls, they can honestly go with just about anything. They are versatile enough to be a great filler for almost all of your meals. And with these 7-Up biscuits, you will WANT them to be at all of your meals.

Popular dishes you normally see bread paired with would be pastas, casseroles, seafood and meat dishes and so much more. A couple of my favorite recipes that go well when served with 7-Up biscuits would have to be Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon, this is a warm beef stew that pairs perfectly with biscuits that just melt in your mouth. There is also Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup that is complete with 7-Up biscuits. Stews and soups are definitely great meals to pair with this recipe because there is nothing better than having a warm meal with bread to boot! 

Can you Make 7-Up biscuits ahead and store them

Absolutely. If you are trying to plan ahead or know that you’ll have minimal time when it comes to your meal you are able to make these biscuits beforehand. The tricky part may be storing or packaging them correctly because you do not want them to get stale. Here are a couple of tips and reminders when it comes to storing these biscuits.

  • Make sure to let biscuits cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before storing
  • Once cooled, store biscuits in an airtight container, resealable bags work as well just make sure to squeeze out as much as possible when sealing them.
  • You can refrigerate biscuits with perishable items up to 1 week
  • If you are just keeping them at room temperature they can be stored for 1-2 days
  • If you decide to freeze them, wrap tightly in heavy duty aluminum foil or freeze wrap  to prevent biscuits from drying out or losing flavor
  • Properly wrapped biscuits that are frozen can last up to 2-3 months.

7 up biscuits baked on a pan.

How Do you Reheat Frozen Biscuits?

Frozen biscuits are an easy solution when you are trying to plan meals out ahead or are delivering meals to those in need. Just because they were frozen does not mean they need to lose their fresh out of the oven taste. Here are steps to follow when it comes time to reheat your biscuits.

  • Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and arrange the biscuits on top
  • Then bake the biscuits until they are hot, normally this will take about 12-15 minutes.
  • Top the biscuits with butter.
  • Serve and enjoy!

You can also choose to add honey, jam, or any other spread you like on your bread as well. These biscuits go with just about anything. 

Can you Make 7-Up Biscuits Without Bisquick:

Say it is later in the evening you have your main dish all put together and it is almost done cooking and you realize that biscuits would go perfectly with it. You have this recipe all ready to go and then see that you are all out of Bisquick. Not a problem! There is a simple substitution you can do so that you can still make delicious 7-Up biscuits. 

All you need is :

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon of salt
  • 1 cup of vegetable shortening, cubed

This will make a total of 7 cups of Bisquick, so plenty to use if you need to make multiple batches!   

7 up biscuits stacked on top of each other with flour on a wooden spoon and butter on a wooden plate.

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7 UP Biscuits

These 7 UP biscuits are tender and flakey layers of soft baked bread that melts in your mouth with every bite. These biscuits won't last long at your dinner table! 
Course Bread, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword 7 up biscuits, biscuits, biscuits recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 9 Biscuits
Calories 189kcal
Author Alyssa Rivers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup 7-up
  • 1/4 cup melted butter

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
  • Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan. Place cut biscuits in pan and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Updated on March 31, 2020
Originally Posted on August 2, 2012

Nutrition

Calories: 189kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 397mg | Potassium: 61mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 237IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg