“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: September 19-25

Real Food Menu Plan: September 19-25--Easy, delicious, and healthy recipes for the whole week!

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Killer deals this week at Hy-Vee on That’s Smart! frozen veggies ($.89!), russet potatoes ($.99 for a 5lb bag!), eggs ($.99/dozen!), and red seedless grapes ($.99/lb!). So, I’m playing it smart and planning some meals around these Hy-Vee Fuel Saver + Perks specials. Favorites on the menu this week? It’s tough but I’ve personally got to go with the Hearty Vegetable Soup and Apple Cinnamon French Toast.

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.

Making Baby Food in Bulk: Save Time & Money

Save time and money by making your own homemade baby food. Learn how to safely store and freeze portions for months to come!Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery. But the opinions are all ours!

As a busy mom of 3 under 5, I don’t have much down time.

Scratch that–I have NO down time.

This stage of life is intense, people. Multitasking has been taken to a new level. Just the other day I found myself playing catch, folding laundry, talking on the phone and entertaining a cooing infant all at the same time.

Life right now moves fast and I am in awe that my infant is already eating solids. To save time and money, I prefer to make my own baby food in bulk at home. This may seem like a daunting task for someone who has never cooked this way so I wanted to walk you through what it looks like to cook baby food in bulk and freeze portions for months to come.

Before I dive it, it’s worth mentioning the value of having a big secondary freezer for the busy seasons of life like the one I am in.

Making food in bulk and freezing it has become a lifestyle and I simply couldn’t do it without a quality secondary freezer like the Frigidaire Gallery® 2-in-1 Freezer/Refrigerator. It’s got the space and flexibility for freezer meals, stocking up on fruits and veggies while they are in season and of course, baby food!

Save time and money by making your own homemade baby food. Learn how to safely store and freeze portions for months to come!

Cooking Baby Food in Bulk

Tonight’s menu plan for my family calls for Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits. Since I’m already baking sweet potatoes for this recipe, I’m going to throw a few more in the oven for a baby food recipe that I will eventually freeze. I call this one, Sweet Potato Apple Mash.

Tailgating Made Easy with Hy-Vee

Tailgating made easy with Hy-Vee. In one stop get your hot and cold food, drinks and decor for your next tailgate.

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

It was the first game of the season and the weather was perfect. I mean PERFECT. The idea of tailgating with some friends was now coming to fruition and we needed some good ‘ol delicious tailgate food. Problem is, almost all of us have young families and just don’t have the extra time to cook up delicious sides or prepare meat dishes to share.

However, our food dilemma was solved with one quick stop by Hy-Vee on the way to the tailgate.

Tailgating made easy with Hy-Vee. In one stop get your hot and cold food, drinks and decor for your next tailgate.

Hy-Vee has SO MANY grab and go side dishes that are perfect for tailgating. From a variety of dips, guacamole, salsas, fruit trays, veggie trays, Mizzou themed desserts etc. etc. etc., they make it so easy for the busy person who hasn’t planned well. 

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

Real Food Menu Plan: September 12-18--Easy, delicious, and healthy recipes for the whole week!

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Fall is here, and Football Sundays have started around this house. The Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes for Sunday’s menu may sound a little off the beaten path but I assure you it is awesome–a definite family favorite! In other news, if you want about the quickest meal that will make your kids will lick their bowls and ask for more, try out the Basic Cheese Sauce over pasta and broccoli on Monday night. You can even double it and freeze some for later!

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.

Pecan Peach Crisp

Pecan peach crisp dessert. Heaven help me, this fruit bake was delicious. Super easy to make too!

Heaven help me, this was good.

I’m already a sucker for any fruity dessert so add a crispy-pecan crust to the top of fresh-seasonal peached and I about fall over thinking about it.

I stumbled on this recipe over at Cooking Classy, made a few tweaks along the way and now have a peach crisp recipe I will use for the rest of my life. Pecan peach crisp dessert. Heaven help me, this fruit bake was delicious. Super easy to make too!

(I don’t have big feelings at all, do I?)

Lets get cooking, shall we?