Posts Tagged: “vegetables”

  • 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 thriving all summer long. Now …Read More

  • Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach)

    Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach) {Freezer Meal}

    You caught us. Yes, it’s slightly ridiculous how much we eat oatmeal around here, whether it’s Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs or another baked oatmeal recipe from our breakfast recipe index. We love them all! But, I know, I know. You’re thinking, “Rachel’s gone off the deep end on this one. Spinach in your oatmeal?” Look, my baked oatmeal …Read More

  • Cheap, rich and savory, and good for you too! This Ham and Bean Soup is a perfect winter comfort food. #freezermeal #realfood

    Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup {Freezer Meal}

    Cooking within a tight grocery budget? Let me tell ya, this soup is the bomb. It’s not only cheap thanks to the beans, but it’s also very filling and boasts a rich savory flavor thanks to the ham. (Want to save even more? Try my equally delicious Ham and Bean Soup that’s even more budget-friendly due to only …Read More

  • Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole {Freezer Meal}

    Since I was in charge of bringing some type of broccoli casserole to Thanksgiving this year, I searched high and low for a recipe that could be made in advance (since we had to drive 2 hours that day) and that most people would like. I came across Pioneer Woman’s Broccoli and Wild Rice Casserole …Read More

  • Freezable Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe--Freezer Friendly |Thriving Home

    Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa {Freezer Meal}

    Last week, while our little ones were at preschool together, Polly and I spent the four quick morning hours making, canning, and freezing Roasted Corn Salsa. We actually walked away from the whole project with two versions of corn salsa recipe. This particular one is for freezing for later or eating fresh now. We’ll link to …Read More

  • Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta: Skip the canned junk and make this delicious and nutritious pasta dish for your family instead.

    Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta

    Quick vote: What was your canned Chef Boyardee pasta of choice as a kid? a. Spaghetti and Meatballs b. Beefaroni c. Beef or Cheese Ravioli Me? I was a Beef Ravioli kid all the way. But, alas, I know too much these days about what goes into a canned product like that to enjoy it, …Read More

  • mini meatloaf muffins

    Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}

    These Mini Meatloaf Muffins are a newer recipe that has already made its way into the regular rotation of family meals in our house. Everyone loved them! Plus, they have some sneaky nutrition in them with some added fresh herbs and veggies. I serve these with a combination of mashed Yukon Gold potatoes, sweet potatoes, and …Read More

  • Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes {Freezer Meal}

    I love cooking shows. And there’s one Food Network star who will always have a special place in my heart. Can you guess who? Rach, of course! I’ve been watching 30 Minute Meals pretty consistently for 10 years now. Honestly, a large majority of what I know in the kitchen, from tips to ingredients to …Read More

  • Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

    Do you have a green bean hater? I dare you to try this bacon wrapped green bean recipe. I dare you. I took the dare and I now have a transformed husband who looks forward to his green beans. Not to mention my 1 and 3 year olds who eat them up as fast as …Read More

  • Crispy Parmesan Potatoes

      I love potato side dishes because they are cheap, filling, and almost everyone likes them. When I saw this potato recipe on the Rachael Ray show, I knew I had to give them a try. She calls them “Butter and Parm Squished Potatoes” but I renamed them since I didn’t really squish mine like …Read More

  • Crowd Pleaser Green Beans

    For some reason I have always preferred canned green beans versus fresh. Maybe it’s just what I grew up on, but I have never been able to LOVE fresh green beans. However, when I saw the Pioneer Woman make this recipe on her show, I knew I had to give them a try. I have …Read More

  • creamy avocado dip

    Creamy Avocado Dip: For One or For a Crowd

    As afternoon snacks go, dark chocolate chips and peanuts rank #1 in my book. But, Creamy Avocado Dip might come in at #2. This healthy and filling dip is a great love of mine for lunch or for snacking. You can also whip up this Creamy Avocado Dip for an appetizer for a crowd. Pinky …Read More

  • Protein Lunch Bowl

    Protein Lunch Bowl (Gluten-Free)

    Looking for a quick and healthy lunch option? As moms, our lunch doesn’t have to consist of leftover sandwich triangles from our kids’ plates and a rogue baby carrot or two we find left in the vegetable drawer. With a few simple ingredients in the pantry and fridge, you can whip up a Protein Lunch …Read More

  • Oven Roasted Broccoli Recipe

    Friends, take me seriously when I tell you that cooking broccoli this way will convert your family into broccoli eaters. Want proof? My husband who has turned his nose up at broccoli his entire life now scoops a generous portion of this onto his plate. My two-year-old repeated the phrase, “Mo brockwy” at least five …Read More

  • Meatballs with Sneaky Veggies {Freezer Meal}

    These meatballs are full of flavor and packed with sneaky nutrition thanks to the finely chopped carrot, onion, garlic, and parsley. Our entire family loves them! When I make these, I usually double the recipe and freeze half of them for future lunches or dinners. They make such a great freezer meal! Meatballs with Sneaky …Read More

  • garden greek salad

    Garden Greek Salad Recipe

    It’s not often I get addicted to a salad and can’t stop eating it. But, I did with this Garden Greek Salad. (Oh, and this one, too.) Who doesn’t want to be addicted to veggies?!? You can make this simple salad almost any way you like it. Here’s another version I made this week when I …Read More

  • Roasted Potatoes and Carrots Recipe

    Roasted Purple Potatoes and Carrots

    Have you ever had purple potatoes? My son picked them out at Natural Grocer a few weeks ago (that’s one of my keys to getting the kids to try new foods) and they were delightful. The bluish-purple hue popped against the carrots when I served them. And, since you eat with your eyes as well …Read More

  • Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe

    Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup {Freezer Meal}

    I can’t wait to share this recipe with you. If you’re looking for a low calorie, nutritionally-dense, and tasty soup….this is it! It’s simply perfect for a summer day, especially when your fridge is overflowing with garden produce to use up. Here’s a bowl full of veggies my green-thumb friend, Nicole, sent me home with …Read More