How to Make Onion Dip [Easy Homemade Onion Dip]

How to Make Onion Dip! Everyone loves chips and dip as a snack or appetizer at a party, but there is nothing quite like having your own homemade Easy French Onion Dip.  Not only is it way better homemade than the kind you can buy in the store, it actually ends up being cheaper most of the time too!  You can keep the ingredients for this on hand all the time, so it’s an easy snack with chips, or a great go to with fresh vegetables, pita chips, and even a dollop on the bun when you grill burgers!  There is nothing as tasty as a bit of this on your baked potato either!

How to Make Onion Dip: Easy French Onion Dip

EASY FRENCH ONION DIP


Ingredients:
16 Ounce Sour Cream

2 Tablespoons Dried Minced Onion

1 Teaspoon Beef Bouillon Powder

1 Teaspoon Onion Powder

1/8 Teaspoon Celery Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/8 Teaspoon Sugar

1/8 Teaspoon Paprika

 

Directions:

  • In a bowl mix all ingredients together until well blended
  • Refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving

Easy French Onion Dip Recipe

This is such a simple recipe to make, and so much tastier than your typical brand dips.  We also love how cost effective it is.  We keep some whipped up in the fridge all the time!

Our Favorite Ways To Use this Easy French Onion Dip:

  • In place of mayonnaise on a sandwich
  • In baked potatoes or twice baked potatoes
  • On meatloaf or hamburgers as a condiment instead of ketchup
  • In place of ranch dip for vegetables
  • Dip for Swedish Meatballs or Little Smokies
  • In potato salad

If your family likes a milder flavor, simply cut the bouillon and dried minced onion in half for a lighter but still flavorful version of this dip.  Place a large batch into a bread bowl and take to your next game day party, holiday event or after game mixer with the family!

Want to keep the powdered mix on hand at all times?  Check out our recipe for Copycat Lipton Onion Soup Mix!

And there you have it, How to Make Onion Dip in a few easy steps! Enjoy!

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

These delicious 2 ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites are perfect for a snack, make a batch or two to bring into the office, or fill up a basket and set it out for brunch. Easy and simply delicious, these brownie bites are moist and loaded up with yummy pumpkin and chocolate flavors! And the best part is that it doesn’t take more effort or ingredients to make them! They look just as pretty as they taste, so they make a wonderful presentation on a buffet or on the table.

 

2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites

 

Ingredients:

1 can (16oz) Pumpkin

1 box Chocolate Brownie Mix

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the pumpkin and brownie mix until the 2 ingredients are well mixed (no dry mix left). Grease a mini muffin pan and scoop the brownie mix by the tablespoonful into each cup.

Bake the brownies at 350 for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of one of the brownie bites comes out clean. Enjoy warm or cool or even drizzled in caramel!

 

After they have cooled completely you can put some in a freezer safe zippered bag and place in the freezer for later, a little thaw and a  quick heat in the microwave will have you a warm, sweet treat in no time. Enjoy these delicious 2 Ingredient Pumpkin Brownie Bites!

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Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe

One of those classic comfort foods my mom used to make us was meatloaf.  She would always serve it with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans.  This Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe reminds me of my mom’s, but is so much simpler to make.  I literally throw everything together in under 5 minutes, toss in the oven and my family raves over it.  If you are looking for a tasty and inexpensive entree to make, this is definitely the meal for you.

Quick Easy Meatloaf Recipe

QUICK EASY MEATLOAF RECIPE

Ingredients

1 Pound Lean Ground Beef

1 Tablespoon Minced Dried Onion

2 Teaspoons Garlic Powder

1 Teaspoon Oregano

1 Teaspoon Salt

1 Teaspoon Paprika

1 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 Cup Tomato Paste

1/4 Cup Barbecue Sauce

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In large bowl mix together all ingredients except tomato past and barbecue sauce.
  • Form into loaf and place in center of casserole dish (I prefer this method over loaf pans so grease drains off easier)
  • Mix together tomato paste and barbecue sauce
  • Cover meatloaf with tomato/barbecue mix
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes

Easy Meatloaf Recipe

This classic quick easy meatloaf recipe is a perfect weeknight meal.  It is so easy to assemble, and you don’t need any special ingredients.  It goes great with mashed, roasted or baked potatoes and your preferred veggie.  And if you make a double batch, you cna easily have leftovers the next day for lunch, or slice a piece and put on toasted bread with some melted cheese for a fun meatloaf sandwich!

 

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5 Great Restaurants In San Diego

5 Great Restaurants in San DiegoHeading to San Diego for vacation? You are thrilled to be in this beautiful Southern California city full of culture, music, museums, kids activities and of course the best food around.  Only a few hours from the Happiest Place on Earth, San Diego is a popular vacation destination and is known for it’s incredible cuisine.  Here are 5 Great Restaurants in San Diego to fit into any budget.  Don’t forget to take a few minutes out of your activities to soak up some local culture and flavor at one of these great venues.

5 Great Restaurants in San Diego

CORVETTE DINER:  Old school diner atmosphere with great music and great food this is perfect for a fun and fanciful date night, evening out with the kids or to hang with old friends.  Although their location has changed over the last 15 years the quality has not.  Food prices typical of a classic diner atmosphere with most appetizers under $8 and most entrees under $13 you can easily feed a crowd on a budget.  Check out their Garbage Plate piled high with samplings of the hottest appetizers on the menu.  Great food at reasonable prices this is an atmosphere infused joint you will go home excited to reminisce about for years to come.  Corvette Diner hours of operation and location can be found at their website here.

RUBIO’S:  This original home of the Fish Taco is based in San Diego and a must visit for anyone who loves fresh, clean and delicious Tacos.  Their Fish Taco is the original and dare I say, the best in many opinions, but their entire menu is full of great taco, enchilada and nacho varieties.  Home of a multiple variety salsa bar and some of the best rice you will try it is an inexpensive lunch or light meal that includes kid friendly items at great prices.

THE PRADO AT BALBOA PARK: Located in Historic Balboa Park this restaurant is an excellent choice for finer dining and the classic date night meal.  With prices typical of a steakhouse you will find quality appetizers, entrees and desserts that are sure to please the food critique in your party.  Calamari, Steak and Blue Crab are specialties that deserve mention for those with a hearty appetite for rich cuisine.  If you want the ambiance but lack the budget check out their lower priced lunch menu with just as great quality.  Dinner reservations are recommended.  Hours or operation and further information can be found here.

NICOLOSI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT:  If you enjoy great traditional Italian fare this is definitely the place for you to go.  Romantic ambiance perfect for a candlelit dinner with the one you love their Chicken Penne Pasta is incredible.  A full range of classic Italian dishes available makes this menu one of the best in the area.  Although it is a family friendly restaurant it is definitely traditionally a “date night” location so it may be more suitable to take the kids for a great lunch there and leave the evening meal for just the happy couple dining out. For locations and hours of operation check their website here.

GIANT PIZZA KING:  Every vacation in Southern California needs to include great pizza.  Giant Pizza King has traditional pizza with every choice of topping you can imagine.  Mushrooms, Pepperoni and Black Olive are always popular but their basic cheese pizza is unlike any other you will experience.  Reasonable prices, family friendly atmosphere and incredible quality you will go home wishing you had a location down the street to pick up pizza for your game night events.  Multiple locations across the San Diego County Region can be found here.

San Diego is a great area for quality authentic foods of all kinds.  Southern California is rich in ethnic cuisine that thrives on the generations of families continuing to make their livings providing the food their grandmothers brought to the table.  Don’t miss out on these 5 Great Restaurants In San Diego on your next trip to the area.

 

 

 

 

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Crockpot Fajita Chicken

There is nothing tastier on a weekend than having a big plate of fajita’s for dinner.  Our family loves anything Mexican or Tex-mex inspired, but some dishes take more time than I would like to spend.  Traditional fajita’s are grilled and tend to take a bit of time over the stove.  Instead of that method, check out this awesome Crockpot Fajita Chicken recipe that leaves you with tender juicy chicken, great tender vegetables and the rich flavors you’ll love!  While it doesn’t give the char marks a grill would, all the other flavors are there making this a favorite easy weekend meals.  Just simply toss ingredients into your Crockpot or Slow Cooker, and grab tortillas and a few fresh veggies to top them!

Crockpot Fajita Chicken

CROCKPOT FAJITA CHICKEN

Ingredients

1 Pound Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, Sliced

1 Bell Pepper Sliced Thin (We use 1/2 green & 1/2 red usually)

1 Small Onion Sliced Thin

1 Clove Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Chili Powder

1 Teaspoon Salt

 

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to Crockpot
  • Mix together making sure seasonings coat all meat and veggies
  • Add in 1/4-1/2 Cup Water
  • Cook on medium to high heat setting for 3-4 hours
  • Serve with favorite tortilla and toppings.

Crockpot Chicken Fajita Prep

The best thing about this is how easy it is to double or triple the batch of Crockpot Fajita Chicken and bag up to freezer for future quick and easy freezer meals.  If you prepare in advance, all you have to do is grab from the freezer and defrost in the microwave!  You can even toss the fajita mix into your Crockpot frozen and let it reheat on low while you work!  Don’t forget to add a dollop of sour cream, a bit of lettuce, salsa or guacamole to your fajita’s to enhance the flavors!

Don’t miss out on all of our Easy Meals, Crockpot Meals and Freezer Meal friendly Recipes!

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Carrot Strawberries [Fun Kids’ Treat]

I love treats that are both easy to make and have an adorable final result- these carrot strawberries fit the bill! While they look like a fancy store bought goody they are simple enough that the kids can help put them together.  They would make a fun Spring treat for child’s class (or teacher), a yummy addition to brunch, or for no reason at all.

carrot strawberry final

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 lb Strawberries

8 oz Orange Candy Melting Chips

Orange Sparkling Sugar (optional)

carrot strawberry ingredients

 

 

DIRECTIONS

Gently fluff stems upward on strawberries.

Place strawberries in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

Melt chocolate by microwaving for 30 seconds, stirring and repeating until melted and smooth.

Get a piece of wax or parchment paper large enough to hold all strawberries.

Use a spoon to spread chocolate near the stem around the top.

carrot dip

Holding by the stem either dip or spoon chocolate over the berry.

Optionally you can sprinkle with sparkling sugar.

Place on paper.

By chilling in the freezer, the chocolate will set up immediately.

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Quick and Easy Fudge Recipe with only 2 Ingredients

Everyone loves fudge. The gooey confection is one that is sought after as a special homemade candy treat that everyone will clamor to grab when it appears on the table. This Quick & Easy Fudge Recipe with only 2 ingredients takes away all of the fear of making fudge. For years, I watched my mom stand over the stove with a candy thermometer slaving over how to make perfectly smooth and soft fudge. Now I present this easy recipe that has her fooled into thinking I too have slaved for hours in my kitchen.

 Quick and Easy Fudge RecipeQUICK & EASY FUDGE RECIPE WITH ONLY 2 INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

1 12oz Jar Peanut Butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 16oz Jar Chocolate Frosting

Directions:

  • Put ingredients together in microwave safe bowl

  • Microwave on high for 45 seconds

  • Stir well

  • Microwave for additional 45 seconds

  • Stir making sure well combined

  • Pour into pre-lined pan (we use 8×8 pan)

  • Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

  • Remove from refrigerator and cut into squares.

Quck & Easy Fudge Recipe

This simple two ingredient fudge is perfect for creating this luscious chocolate peanut butter flavor everyone will love. It is definitely the preferred version in our family, but if you like something different here are some other great combinations you can try.

Crunchy peanut butter with white frosting

Peanut Butter and cream cheese frosting

Peanut Butter and caramel icing

If you or your family have peanut allergies, there is one other great alternative to this method.

Icing flavor of choice with 12 ounces of baking chocolate, or chocolate chips.

White icing with butterscotch chips

Strawberry icing with white chocolate chips

Orange icing with white chocolate chips

Chocolate icing with chocolate chips

Chocolate icing with mint chocolate chips

The combinations are endless when you are making quick and easy fudge recipe. When using chocolate chips or baking chips, you only need to make sure that the chips are melted well when mixing together. These are great fun treats to whip up with your kids!

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Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes

Crock pot mashed potatoes are an easy way to put a creamy and delicious side on the dinner table. Bring these as your contribution to a pot luck, pair them with your main dish for Sunday Supper, or any quick week night main dish.  Slow cooking creates a smooth and tasty mashed potato recipe while you work on the rest of dinner and other things. This may be your new favorite “go-to” side dish! 🙂

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes

Let me tell you how to put them together!

Ingredients for Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes:

5 lbs of potatoes

1 cup water

8 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon garlic powder (optional)
Directions for Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes:
Wash and peel potatoes and cut up into 1 to 2 inch pieces.
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Place pieces of potatoes in crock pot with 1 cup water.
Cook on high for 4 hours or until potatoes are soft.
Use a potato masher to mash up the potatoes and add in the cream cheese and optional garlic powder.
Cook for an additional 1 to 2 hours on low until mixture is warm.
Mash again or remove from crockpot and whip with an electric hand mixer until smooth.
Top with butter, gravy, or sour cream.
crockpot mashed potatoes done
There you have it! Delicious mash potatoes, made in your slow cooker! Check out our other tasty recipes here: Recipes
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