Posts Tagged: “real food”

  • This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

    10-Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata: Easy Weeknight Meal

    Sometimes it’s 5 p.m., and you have few groceries in the fridge and no plan for dinner. That was me one night last week. Thankfully, I had eggs, cheese, milk, and some fresh spinach to work with. And this super easy, cheap 10 Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata was born. All the

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

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

    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

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  • Pecan Peach Crisp

    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 peaches 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

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 22-28

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) With soccer and baseball practices already in full swing for fall, I’m whipping up quick week night meals like Baked Nachos, Ham and Cheese Sliders, and make-ahead Bacon and Spinach Quiche. And, then, I’m taking it somewhat easy this weekend by utilizing the grill, some leftovers,

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 15-21

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) It’s the start of school for us next week. So, I’m planning to make several batches of the Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches (below) and freeze them for easy, on-the-go breakfasts. Looking for more grab and go breakfast ideas? Check out my Pinterest Board called Easy School Morning Breakfasts with

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 8-14

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) For our last week before school starts, I wanted to hit some home runs at home around the dinner table. Each night represents a family member’s favorite meal. It’s a hard call, but if you try just one, I’d say give the Baked Oatmeal a try.

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  • Caprese Salad - A quick and easy summer side to help use up all those delicious garden tomatoes.

    Caprese Salad: A Quick & Easy Summer Side

    People think I’m a gardener because I have a garden and somehow miraculously have enough produce to give away to my neighbors. But, the truth is: My mom is the gardener who set me up for success, and my 9-year-old son is the gardener who has kept our little plot

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  • Sweet and Savory Roasted Carrots

    Little fun factoid of the day: In the book, Salt Sugar Fat, I learned that the man responsible for popularizing baby carrots was a top executive for Coca-Cola. After years of using his genius marketing strategies towards promoting a sugary beverage, he realized he was a major contributor to the health crisis in

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 1-7

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) I apologize for saying this a lot, but my kids are going to love this line-up of meals for next week. If you haven’t tried our healthier mac and cheese, the peanut butter banana baked oatmeal, mini chicken burgers, or the baked meatballs, test them out on

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  • Avocado Lime Salsa

    Holy moly. This avocado lime salsa was delicious! To be honest, I didn’t create this recipe to go on the blog. I originally whipped it up to go on top of a cilantro lime chicken wrap recipe that I was testing out for our upcoming cookbook. When I realized that

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: July 25-31

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My favs on the menu this week? It has to be Chicken Piccata and the Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas. Here comes the broken record part: These are both totally freezable! So, be wise with your time, double the batch, and eat a delicious pre-made meal another

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  • Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

    Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  My kids are totally on a quesadilla kick. No matter what we put in it, if we put something between two tortillas and call it a quesadilla, it’s a win.  In light of the

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  • These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

    Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}

    Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  I could eat these super healthy Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves hot or cold, I tell ya. They really aren’t just for kids, although my three children gobbled them up with a side of

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  • How to Select and Grill the Perfect Steak

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My carnivorous, farm-boy husband has been waiting our whole marriage for me to write this post I think. Can anybody say “wife bonus points”? So, I shared earlier this year how I finally learned (at the ripe ole age of 37 for crying out loud!) how

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: June 20-26

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) I LOVE this time of year when it comes to eating delicious produce. Wow, there are some hot deals at Hy-Vee right now on potatoes, avocados, sweet corn, chicken breasts, and more. So, my menu is loaded with fruits and veggies this week. Enjoy! P.S. Did

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  • For juicy, tender bite-sized chicken that will please a crowd try these Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

    Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs {Freezer Meal}

    You want a killer marinade that everyone will like? Give this baby a try. This Southwest-inspired marinade packs a little smokiness, just a hint of heat, and a salty punch. We love it, especially on these fast-cooking kabobs. Just chop up your chicken, throw it in a bag with the marinade,

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food” Menu Plan: June 13-19

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week, my kids helped me plan out some of their favorite and simple meals. And, then, we’ve got a great and easy Father’s Day meal planned for next Sunday! Check it out for ideas and sale items that will save you money. P.S. Did you

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  • Egg-in-a-Hole: A Classic Breakfast Idea

    There are quite a few reasons this mama loves a good ‘ol egg-in-a-hole for breakfast. First of all, it’s quick and easy to make. A must for weekday mornings. It’s cheap. All you need is eggs, butter and bread. It’s got protein. I find it hard to get healthy protein in

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: June 6-12

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Want to eat healthier, save time and money, and spend more time around the dinner table together? Yeah, me too. That’s why we’re such big fans of menu planning each week. It doesn’t take much time and it’s SO worth it in the end. Read more about

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