“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 12-18

Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 12-18: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Meatballs are a win every time in our house, so this week I’m doubling the recipe and creating two meals out of them. Do my kids need to know they are loaded with sneaky spinach and other vegetables? Nope. Then, I’m looking forward to trying out a new recipe from a food blogger I really trust–Slow Cooker Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes. Mmmm.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Easy dinner idea: Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks! Super easy to make too.

Yum yum yum.

These bad boys were a crowd pleaser the other night. And trust me, with the ever-shifting big feelings about food in my home, a meal that everyone likes is a big win. In fact, my husband was flabbergasted that this wasn’t going into our cookbook. I tried to explain that, “We have to save some good ones for the blog,” but he shook his head in disbelief.

Easy dinner idea: Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks! Super easy to make too.

So, dear reader. This is a cookbook worthy recipe that you I’m sharing today. So. Dang. Good.

Favorite Things Christmas Giveaway (Our BIGGEST Giveaway Yet!)

 

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Allow me to be completely, 100% honest with you guys. Out of all of the giveaways we’ve done on Thriving Home, I am MOST excited about this one. The collection of goodies that one winner will take home is off the charts ah-maz-ing. I just couldn’t be prouder of the business partners in this giveaway.

Before I jump into what is up for grabs in OUR giveaway, you must know about the 14 OTHER giveaways that are all happening right now.  To see each gift up close, and to enter to win, visit each site to fill out the entry forms. It’s possible you could win more than ONE! When you visit each blog take a look around. This is a great list of amazing bloggers and I know you’ll love each one of them.

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1. Thriving Home // 2. Happy Home Fairy // 3. Nourishing Joy // 4. Intoxicated on Life // 5. Chaos to Peace // 6. Mommy Hates Cooking // 7. The Nourishing Home // 8.Young Wife’s Guide // 9. Martha Martha // 10. Heavenly Homemakers // 11. The Realistic Mama // 12. Keeper of the Home // 13. Kitchen Stewardship // 14. Gwen’s Nest // 15. Make Healthy Easy

Without further ado, here is what is up for grabs. (I’m giddy!)

You can enter right now or browse through everything that one lucky winner will take home!

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: December 5-11

Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 5-11: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Happy December! In the midst of pre-holiday chaos, a menu plan can help keep your sanity and keep your family eating well through the holidays. This week I’m going easy on Monday and Tuesday with some 15 minute meals. Then, later in the week, I’m making a super simple, comforting recipe my husband’s mom taught me years ago: No Peek Stew. It really doesn’t get easier than this stew recipe.

P.S. Did you know you can have these menu plans emailed to you to weekly? All you have to do is sign up here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal (For a Crowd)

This Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal makes for a healthy, delicious breakfast for the whole family.

We are baked oatmeal fanatics around here, as you may know. Both my kids and Polly’s kids eat the stuff by bushels. I find myself making the Brownie Baked Oatmeal repeatedly, while Polly probably makes the original Baked Oatmeal with Fruit recipe the most. But, all the baked oatmeal recipes on here are worth trying.

Now Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal may knock the ole brownie one off it’s throne in our house. This baked breakfast treat is sweet but not too sweet, autumnal (I love that word), and packed full of sneaky nutrition with pumpkin, bananas, and whole grains throughout. I feel great about filling my family’s tummies with this first thing in the morning.

I wrote this recipe for a crowd, because my three kids will eat all of this within two days time. I’m just saving you (and me) the trouble of making more soon. 😉