In a Jam

It’s been a long week and you have neither the time nor the energy to make a fabulous, healthy side to that frozen pizza you whipped out of the oven…

Oh wait, I’m sorry, that was me. Is that a sacrilege?… Frozen pizza I mean. Bad? No?

Well, in any case, we have it from time to time at our house.

I love to have a good salad with my pizza and this one is great as a quick side for you and your family ANYtime…

When I made it this time around it was for our Mother’s Day get-together with my husband’s family. It’s simple and delicious.

You can add toppings to it if you like or just leave it as is!

Here is everything you need:

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Olive oil, balsamic vinegar, strawberry jam, strawberries, and greens. JUST FIVE INGREDIENTS!!

(Okay, seven ingredients with salt and pepper)

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JAMmin’ Cookies

When I started searching through sweet recipes for “J is for Jam”…

I found myself craving… CHOCOLATE!!!

yum

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Pork Tenderloin with Jam Glaze & Habanero “Mojo”

“Mojo” is not a word I use often…

Okay, I never use that word.

But apparently Bobby Flay likes to use it to describe the sauce in this recipe of his…

And let me just say… call it what you like, it’s DELICIOUS!

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Some mashed potatoes and cheesy broccoli on the side and you’ve got a meal!

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A savory take on Jam

At first I dismissed the idea of “J is for Jam” altogether because I thought there would be no “dinner” recipes made with jam…

Only desserts came to mind.

Then I realized that jams would make a FANTASTIC glaze for meats… especially chicken or pork. But more on that in another post.

A “jam” that I definitely did not expect but ended up LOVING is the subject of today’s post: TOMATO Jam!

Throw out any pre-conceived notions that just entered your head… you NEED to try this!

Tomatoes are a fruit after all… why not make jam out of them?

This is amazing on a burger!!! Take a look…

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Grilled Cheese… ???

What? I’m serious. Seriously… grilled cheese.

And yes, there IS in fact JAM in the recipe.

Listen, if you’re a mom, you know there are moments of desperation when you would try anything to get lunch together, right?

Am I wrong?

Okay, so it’s not your typical grilled cheese but there is cheese in it and it is grilled… cheese + grilled = GRILLED CHEESE… at least in my recipe-writing it does. 🙂

Oh yes, and if you’re opposed to the idea of frozen waffles… you might as well just stop reading right now.

Presenting…

Ricotta & Jam Grilled Cheese with Fresh Strawberries!!!

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Just try to tell me that doesn’t look good…

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Jam Time

That’s right… J is for Jam.

While you might enjoy this on toast for breakfast, on a sandwich for lunch, or on a roll at dinner… these recipes will take you OUT of the typical “box” we put jam into.

What’s up first?

PB & J Crepes!

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These are a fun new way to do the run-of-the-mill peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for your kiddos!

It could also be a more sophisticated take on the sandwich for an adult lunch or party. No adult can deny these taste delicious, even if they are a take on an old kid-favorite! 🙂

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Easy Italian Sausage & Broccoli Calzones

Where did this past week go?!?

I haven’t a clue… if you know, let me know…

I’ve been busy working on a final Italian Sausage recipe while moving onto the “J” recipes!

Check out the CALZONE! Quick, easy, make ahead, cheap, and DELICIOUS!… Did I get everything in there…??

This recipe does it all. Except maybe the dishes… you’ll have to do those yourself… or enlist someone to help you.

Just tempt them with these calzones… they’ll have no choice but to grant you a night off from dish-duty!

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These are EASY because I don’t have you make your own dough… I experimented with two store-bought doughs and was happy with both of them. They yielded slightly different results but BOTH were tasty!

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Italian Sausage & Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is fun to make in individual servings, as well, but making the whole pie is a bit quicker and I was definitely short on time for actual cooking on this night for dinner…

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There are some make-ahead tricks that will help you save time and money for this dish!

Due to the craziness of my night when I shot this particular recipe, I unfortunately don’t have a picture of the pie cut into. I’ll admit, it’s not the most beautiful colored dish (topping each slice with a bit of chopped fresh parsley definitely boosts the color and flavor a bit but it’s not necessary).

I will tell you though… no matter what you think of the look of this pie, it is comforting, gratifying, and downright delectable…

Make it on a day you need some extra comfort… it will be delicious no matter when you decide to pop it in the oven!

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I is for Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

I knew I couldn’t get away with doing “Italian Sausage” and not finding or creating at least one ITALIAN recipe…

So here it is…

Italian Sausage & Tomato Rigatoni

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After a fairly involved soft taco recipe, I knew it was time to switch to something simple…

Thus, this sumptuous pasta is much quicker to throw together!

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Italian Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa & Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

Yes, the “I” in our A to Z line up is for ITALIAN SAUSAGE!

I must admit, I’m a bit burned out on sausage for the time being, as we have been eating sausage recipes all week….

But you don’t have to make them all in the same week like I did… If you are a sausage-lovin’-family (as we are) you might be able to do 2-3 meals without hitting burnout! 🙂

First up….. nope, not an Italian dish…

TACO NIGHT!!

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Sausage Soft Tacos with Roasted Veggie Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

My mouth is officially watering…

Maybe I’m not as burned out on sausage as I thought!

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Sweet Words are like Honey

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This is my final honey recipe and it’s DESSERT!

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. ~Proverbs 16:24

I hope you will make this SWEET dessert and serve it up with some SWEET words for your loved ones! Too often we use our words to tear each other down instead of building each other up. We focus on that which is lacking in one another instead of praising each other for our strengths.

We all know how much words can affect us… at least they affect me… they can make or break my day (or my week) and can inspire or discourage alike. So, whether you write a note or bring a verbal word of encouragement along with this crumble, speak gracious words that will be sweet to the souls of those who receive them… sweet like “honeycomb” as Proverbs says. 🙂

This recipe is especially close to my heart…

I grew up visiting the small town of Hendricks in farm-country Minnesota. One of my fondest memories was having my Grandma Caroline’s homemade rhubarb jam and pie… made with rhubarb straight from her garden no less!

While I didn’t harvest my rhubarb from my backyard garden (I’m expecting my green thumb to arrive any day now…), I did pick up some from the grocery store along with some strawberries for this DELICIOUS dessert!

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