“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 25-May 1

April 25-May 1, 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)

Here’s a fun promotion this month if you shop at Hy-VeePerk of the Month: Swipe your Fuel Saver+Perks card during April for a chance to win a $5, $10, or $20 Hy-Vee Gift Card. In fact, the cashier told me this morning as I was checking out that she gave one away just yesterday.

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.

Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps

A delicious twist on Asian lettuce wraps. Add a tortilla for a whole different, healthy dinner. Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps are also freezer friendly and would make a great meal to take to others. | Thriving Home

Freezer Friendly Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps

Confession: there are a handful of recipes in our Recipe Index that I have yet to try. Don’t worry– every recipe in there has been tested by either Rachel or myself. (We wouldn’t share a recipe if we hadn’t tried it and given our stamp of approval on it.) BUT, with two bloggers in the mix, it just so happens that there a few gems in there that I have yet to tackle.

A recipe that Rachel has been yapping about for a while was the Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Every time it has been brought up, she reminds me how good it is.

Since my blogging buddy is usually pretty spot on with her recipe recommendations, I threw it on the menu plan and gave it a whirl.

I shouldn’t be surprised by this but I liked it! So did my husband. To be honest, my kids weren’t big fans but I think that was primarily because it looked suspicious through their eyes.

A delicious twist on Asian lettuce wraps. Add a tortilla for a whole different, healthy dinner. Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps are also freezer friendly and would make a great meal to take to others. | Thriving Home

Prim Goods: A Thoughtful Mother’s Day Gift! {+ Giveaway}

A Mother's Day gift idea made by and that benefits women recovering from addiction. Love these all-natural soaps and lotions! Check out Prim Goods.Anyone out there trying to figure out a thoughtful way to share a little love with their mom for Mother’s Day?

Probably like you, I love giving (and receiving) gifts that have a story behind them. This is why I’m excited to share with you about Prim Goods. You probably haven’t heard of them because Prim Goods is smaller micro-enterprise business that supports it’s larger ministry, Primrose Hill. Even though it may be a small business, it is doing HUGE things in the lives of those who work for it.

Basically Prim Goods are a line of handmade, natural soaps and lotions all hand crafted by the women of Primrose Hill. Primrose Hill is a 12-month, residential recovery center for women and women with young children who have drug and alcohol addictions. (It is one of only a few centers where children can stay with their mother during recovery.)

A Mother's Day gift idea made by and that benefits women recovering from addiction. Love these all-natural soaps and lotions! Check out Prim Goods.Their business not only helps contribute towards the program expenses, but it gives the women a sense of purpose and accomplishment as they make their products (soaps, lotions, scrubs, and lip balm) and gain business and work skills that will be tremendously valuable to them after they graduate from the program. The products are all natural, smell absolutely wonderful. 

I personally love supporting businesses like these. I feel good about not only putting my dollars towards something that will have a lasting impact but I also love the homemade aspect of it all. In fact, I plan to stock up on a bunch of these soaps to give away to new moms or someone who might need a little extra love in a tough season.

Now here’s the good news…

You have the chance to WIN some Prim Goods products. One lucky reader will win their Beauty Bundle (a $38.00 value). It’s super easy to enter–in fact there are lots of different ways to enter. Good luck!

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“Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: April 18-24

April 18-24, 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)

Enjoy this week’s delicious and freezer-friendly meals. Remember, simply double the ones that have the (FF) symbol by them and freeze for later! By cooking at home most nights (and strategically using Freezer Cooking), you’ll be eating healthier and saving money. Snaps for that!

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.

Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

Today’s yummy Chicken and Dumpling recipe is brought to you by Christina from Martha Martha. Being someone who grew up on chicken and dumplings, I’m excited to finally have a recipe on Thriving Home to use and share. Thanks for sharing, Christina!

Full of natural goodness, this time-honored recipe is sure to be a family favorite! A great budget stretcher and crowd pleaser! Chicken and Dumplings is a filling, comforting, easy recipe.

It’s also a great way to stretch your dollar! Meat is generally the most expensive portion of any meal, but you can feed the entire family with just two large chicken breasts.

My friend shared this recipe with me recently, and it’s quickly become a favorite at our house! Her name is Mrs. Good which means she has Good daughters, a Good house, Good food and even Good habits! Thus, this is the Good Chicken and Dumplings recipe… but it really is A good chicken and dumplings recipe too!

Chicken and Dumplings can be bland. Not these!

Mrs. Good’s recipe is flavorful with rich chicken-y goodness and stick-to-your ribs heartiness. And so simple! Let’s get started!