30-Minute Tomato Soup Au Gratin


An easy, 30-minute homemade tomato soup topped with crusty bread and cheddar, then broiled until the cheese is melted and golden. Healthy comfort food!

30-Minute-Cheesy-Tomato-Soup-Au Gratin

Who doesn’t love a piping hot bowl of homemade tomato soup on cold, dreary days?

I definitely do.


Classic tomato soup always feels incomplete to me.

Like there has to be a tasty grilled cheese served alongside it to make the soup everything it can be. View Post

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Dumpling Soup


This chicken dumpling soup is easy to make in your crock pot. The lemon-egg mixture in this recipe makes this healthy soup extra rich, creamy and flavorful!


Does anyone else have that desperate searching thing start up in late March?

Where you look for any sign – any glimpse of potential – that spring might be soon approaching?

A patch of green grass.

A sun that’s strong enough to warm your face.

A weather forecast that has at least a “5” as the first digit.

Any sign.

I just returned from a long walk with Calvin.

And sorry to say, there weren’t any glimpses yet.

Just me bundled in a hat and mittens and a winter coat to fend off a sleet/snow mixture and a bitterly cold wind.

Let me tell you, lemon chicken dumpling soup is the perfect remedy for any cold and dreary day! View Post

Avocado-Lime Slow Cooker White Chili


This slow cooker white chili is easy to make, slightly spicy, and richly flavored with lime, avocado, veggies, and white beans. Vegetarian and healthy too!


There’s a certain type of recipe that consistently – every single day – receives the majority of views on The Scrumptious Pumpkin.

Throughout the winter months, hands down, the most popular recipes are the slow cooker dishes.

I completely understand the appeal.

The slow cooker makes elaborate-tasting dishes easy.

With a mix of veggies (like zucchini and bell pepper), spices, and white beans (cannellini and garbanzo beans), this slow cooker white chili really benefits from low-heat, all-day cooking.

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30-Minute Cheesy Broccoli Pasta Bake


This cheesy broccoli pasta bake is easy and ready in under 30 minutes. Rich, comforting, and flavorful, you’d never guess it’s also healthy and nutritious.


I know January is peak “Healthy Eating” season (who doesn’t add “eat healthier” to their list of resolutions every single New Year?)


Isn’t it a cruel coincidence that this month is also the height of cold, windy, slushy days?

All the chilly dreariness always leaves me wanting only one thing:

Comfort food.

More specifically, a plate of warm pasta.

Even more specifically, a plate of warm, gooey, cheesy pasta.

But instead of drowning my gray-sky blahs in a big bowl of mac and cheese, I wanted to hang on to my resolution and cook up something that felt like a complete and nutritious meal.

So I came up with this rich and delicious (yet healthy) cheesy broccoli pasta bake.

Being Mom to a baby, I’ve also made this broccoli pasta bake really easy –  it’s ready in about 30 minutes. View Post

Easy 30-Minute Pumpkin Lasagna


This pumpkin lasagna is easy to make in a skillet in about 30 minutes! It’s a richly flavorful vegetarian pumpkin lasagna with onions, carrots & white wine.  


Baby Trevor has me in a desperate race against time these days. His attention span for any activity is just under 10 minutes – after which time, crying commences. So just under 10 minutes are what I’ve got to complete any task.

Countdown’s always on.

Check and respond to email? I’ve got under 10 minutes.

Fold and put away clean laundry? Clock’s ticking.

You think an exercise routine ought to take more than 10 minutes? Trevor thinks differently.

Sometimes I manage to accomplish a lot in these 10-minute increments, and I feel victorious. More often, I feel tired and defeated.

But here’s one thing I’ve learned:

Did you know you can make a delicious, richly flavorful pumpkin lasagna in a skillet in about 30 minutes?

My hat’s off to Trevor for helping me figure that one out.

Here’s how I make it work:

Chop the veggies, then attend to baby.

Boil the noodles and saute the veggies, then it’s back to Trevy-Tru.

Mix it all up in the same skillet I used to saute the veggies and toss it in the oven, and then it’s Trevor’s time.

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