Slow Cooker Italian Meatball Soup: A healthy, hearty family meal with hardly any effort.

What do you get when you combine delicious meatballs, healthy greens, hearty beans, and your slow cooker? A dinner-worthy soup that practically cooks itself.

Classic Italian Meatballs

Mouthwatering Italian Meatballs that taste like they were made by an Italian grandma, but come together in a fraction of the time that real Italian grandmas put into theirs.

Bacon Wrapped Dates: The genius holiday appetizer you didn’t know you needed (but do).

Meet your new obsession. These Bacon Wrapped Dates are, hands down, the best, easiest, and most popular party appetizer you'll ever make—or eat.

Top 5 Father’s Day recipes—and then even more: Tons and tons of recipes ideas for dad.

The countdown to Father's Day is on: Do you know what you're going to make for the big guy?! These easy recipes are the perfect way to treat dad on Father's Day. And the recipes are so delicious, you'll enjoy them, too—even beyond the holiday. From a decadent breakfast (a la Elvis!) to several lunch ideas, a dessert that every dad, including vegans, can enjoy, and a delicious make-ahead dinner that you can serve after spending the day with Dad instead of in the kitchen, there's something here for everyone. (more after the jump)

Bacon Fluffernutter Sandwich: The ultimate Father’s Day recipe

This is it. This is what you should make your favorite dad on Father's Day. I mean, assuming he's a carnivore, of course. If he is, this Bacon Fluffernutter Sandwich is the ultimate sweet-and-salty Father's Day treat. And then you'll all be hooked and it'll be any anytime-you-need-it treat. Sorry, that's going to happen and I'm not sorry that I made it so. This is so worth it. (more after the jump)

School lunch recipe: Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls

It's no secret that I keep a package of all-natural, ready-made crescent roll dough in the back of my fridge as back up. Using it is far from an everyday thing—I call on it a couple of times a year to make these half-homemade Strawberry and Cream Breakfast Rolls and these Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls for school lunch—but when I crave that pop-n-fresh taste and am short on time, it's the perfect solution. Well, at least if it's dough from Immaculate Bakery. The ingredients list is not perfect and far from homemade, but it's natural and that matters. Not to belabor the point, but I'm going to belabor the point... If you can't find Immaculate Bakery, I really do encourage you to find another all-natural brand (and if you find one, share it with us!). Most conventional brands are packed with crazy ingredients that are not worth it. If you can't find all-natural crescent roll dough, make my ham and cheese muffins instead. Okay, now back to business. (more after the jump)

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Most people get excited about their slow cooker as soon as the weather gets cold. They turn to it when they're excited to start making winter stews and warming soups. Me? I direct my initial excitement for cozy winter food at the stove, braises on the fire and baked casseroles in the oven. The slow cooker comes out in my house around mid-January, when I've had it with winter and tire of tending to slow cooked meals. My cue is when I start dreaming of bright green salads, fresh produce, and vibrant flavors. That's when I let the slow cooker do the dirty work of churning out the final weeks of hearty winter dinners including this Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin. (more after the jump)

Apple Butter-Balsamic Glazed Pork Loin

Sweet apple and tangy balsamic flavors combine to make a perfect glaze for pork loin.

Make ahead recipe: Baked Ziti with Italian Sausage

This simple, elegant baked ziti works for an everyday dinner or a special occasion. Plus, you can make it ahead of time.

School Lunch Recipe: Make-Ahead Ham and Cheese Muffins

Someone one the One Hungry Mama YouTube channel recently asked me for more make-ahead school lunch recipes. You know I'll never refuse you ideas when you ask for them (speak up and ask away!), so I whipped up these easy Ham and Cheese Muffins. This savory muffin recipe is a fresh take on the classic ham and cheese sandwich. Not only is it tastier than a plain old sandwich, it can also be made ahead of time. How many sandwiches can you say that about? (more after the jump)

{video} Maple Glazed Bacon

This Maple Glazed Bacon is the recipe you've been waiting for, hungry mamas. And not just to make yourself, but also to hand over to your hungry partner or kids so that they can make it for you. This totally decadent and ridiculously delicious recipe is exactly what you want on Mother's Day and it's easy enough for them to make on their own. Trust me. Not only is this Maple Glazed Bacon easy to make (seriously, anyone can do this), but it also comes together in the oven. That means no stove splatter or kitchen mess. Because—I don't know about you—but in my house I end up cleaning even when others cook. All you need for this is maple syrup and thick-cut bacon. The rest is a snap. And if you don't believe me, just watch. (more after the jump)

All the Cinco de Mayo recipes you could ever want… and then some.

Monday is Cinco de Mayo and, if you've been following for a while, you know that means I'll be celebrating this weekend. It's one of my favorite holidays though, I have to admit, for no other reason than I love Mexican culture, food, and drink. Any excuse to celebrate the three is a treat for me. With these Cinco de Mayo recipes and family activities, it can be a treat for you, too. Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that gifts us an opportunity to use food and drink to explore culture with our kids. Yes, our my interest in the holiday started with guacamole and my favorite drink—rocks, no salt—but all's not lost in margaritaville. Give the holiday meaning by using delicious Mexican food and drink to learn more about Mexico and Mexican culture with your kids. Read up on Cinco de Mayo, doll up your digs, whip up a festive meal, and do a fun project (ideas for all of this below!). Eat, celebrate and learn. It's a beautiful combination. (so much more after the jump)

Easy weeknight fish recipe: Cod with Chorizo and Leeks

Many years ago, on a trip to Portugal, I got turned on to the sublime combination of chorizo sausage and clams. I was obsessed for a while, but eventually shifted my attention to some other food discovery and forgot about my Portuguese flavor obsession. In fact, until a recent dinner at a local restaurant, I hadn't enjoyed the two together in years. But just like the first time, it only took a single bite of chorizo and clams, this time tangled with linguine, to get hooked. I've been jonesing to eat the two together ever since. No problem. I cook all the time. I'll just grab some clams and chorizo and it's on, right? Uh, not so much. Here's the catch: Though cooking clams is not difficult (at all), I just can't wrap my head around cooking clams for a quick weeknight family meal. (Can you?) So, for now, I'll be making this Cod with Chorizo and Leeks. Though not exactly the same, cod and chorizo go beautifully together; this dish is ridiculously delicious. More importantly, this recipe totally suits my weekday cooking mode: it's low maintenance, easy, and quick. It's also easy to serve to everyone in the family, no matter what their tastes. At my house, the picky one eats cod with rice and veggies; the big one adds chorizo, but leaves out the leeks; and the grownups eat this all together, in all its Portuguese inspired glory. (more after the jump)

The mighty Muffuletta sandwich—and what it teaches us about sandwich making

Mardi Gras is coming up and what better excuse to celebrate the food of New Orleans. The muffuletta sandwich might be the mightiest of all foods that hail from New Orleans and, well, even if you're discovering this not around Mardi Gras time, it's worth a watch. Because the muffuletta is no ordinary sandwich. Oh no, the muffuletta is the quintessential sandwich. A specimen that speaks to how all sandwiches be made. (more—including the video!—after the jump)

{giveaway closed} Miso & Sweet Chili Glazed Pork Loin, plus a Cook for the Cure GIVEAWAY

One in eight women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While I know (and welcome!) that men read One Hungry Mama, I also know that most of you are women. Many in the U.S. This is our statistic. And the research shows: breast cancer doesn't discriminate. This statistic belongs to all of us, moms and soon-to-be moms, aunts and grandmothers, regardless of race, social or economic status. I usually reserve this space for talk about food and the family kitchen—I'm pretty adamant about it—but, through the Cook for the Cure program, my friends at KitchenAid have given me the opportunity to talk about breast cancer awareness and I couldn't pass it up. Because as long as breast cancer is the second-leading cause of death among women, it's something that we need to talk about. Find out more about how you can cook for the cure and also WIN a limited edition platter designed by Jaques Pepin after the jump.

{video} Halloween Dinner Playdate Party Recipes!

Halloween is in full swing at chez One Hungry Mama. In fact, we've already done some celebrating! Check out this Halloween video to see my kids' favorite Halloween dinner party playdate recipes in action. I'm a SUCKER for Halloween. It's one of my favorite holidays. I'm not into blood and gore, but I do love me a spooky vibe. With little ones, though, I've had to choose benevolent ghosts and smiling pumpkins over tombstones and skeletons. Bo-ring! Now that my boys are getting older, it's time to start introducing them to Halloween hungry mama style. (lots more—and a serious laugh—after the jump)