Basic Cheese Sauce for Broccoli (with NO Velveeta!) {Freezer-Friendly}

This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA! #realfood

Wow. Just wow. This real cheese sauce is made from all known ingredients (see ya processed cheese block), is absolutely delicious, and even is freezable! My kids beg for this stuff.

So far I’ve served it with broccoli (of course), but also drizzled over wild rice and pasta and even as a dipping sauce for Oven Fried Chicken Tenders. Yep, I just admitted that. My point is that you can use this creamy basic cheese sauce to jazz up everything from nachos to asparagus to leftovers!

Also, it’s true…this does freeze and reheat just fine. I tested it and honestly couldn’t believe it worked. So, don’t toss the leftovers. Just stick them in a glass freezer container for next time. Thaw in the fridge or using the defrost setting in the microwave. You might have to stir in a little milk to thin it back out when you warm it up.

Are you ready for your family to ask for more veggies so they can put some cheese sauce on top? Then get going on this…

“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: May 16-22

May 16-22, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

Easy peasy is my recipe this week. From grilled cheese to grilled chicken, I’m making it easy on myself during a busy month. Enjoy!

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.

Easy DIY Boy’s Birthday Cake

Easy, DIY boy's birthday cake with diggers. Perfect cake idea for a construction party. Super cheap and easy to make too!

My little man turned three a few weeks ago.

Easy, DIY boy's birthday cake with diggers. Perfect cake idea for a construction party. Super cheap and easy to make too!

In light of his deep love for all things trucks-diggers-backhoes-machinery, we had a construction party at our favorite pizza place!

HUGE NEWS (+ A $100 Giveaway to Celebrate!)

huge newsThriving Home readers, we love you.

We love your encouraging comments, your shared enthusiasm for good food, your appreciation for authenticity, and your loyalty to Thriving Home. We love that some of you have been with us since our beginning days, and we love that some of you have just joined the party.

You are the ones who have kept us going for our 4 1/2 years of this “labor of love” blogging journey. That’s why we are so excited to tell you about the newest chapter that we are about to embark on.

Because…

wait for it…

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“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: May 9-15

April 4-10, 2016: A FREE healthy, easy meal plan that the whole family will love every Wednesday at Thriving Home (thrivinghomeblog.com).

Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia)

This past year has been the year of Thai food cravings for me. Apparently this happens at age 37. And, what’s fun is that my 7-year-old daughter (my little foodie in the family) is right there with me. So, this week I’m branching out to try a Slow Cooker Thai Coconut Soup that sounds easy and tasty! Otherwise, it’s all meals that are straight down the pipe and known favorites for my family.

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.