Author Archive: Polly

  • Kitchen Favorites: Freezer Cooking

    We are kicking off a weeklong series called: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted source. You can find all of these recommendations in one place on our Kitchen Resources

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  • 10 Summertime Freezer Meals

    Last week I wrote a post about Three Reasons Freezer Cooking in the Summer is Awesome.  Since I make the oh-so-convincing case as to why you should be whipping up some freezer meals in the summertime, I’m here to equip you with some recipe ideas. Ready, set, go! 10 Summertime Freezer

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  • Three Reasons Freezer Cooking in the Summer is AWESOME

    While most people may not consider summer an ideal time to make freezer meals, I’ve found that there are some great benefits to freezer cooking in the summertime! We’ve been at the pool the last 5 out of 5 days. Summer is here and we are all in. On top

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  • 8 Things I’m Loving

    I have a recipe that I need to share. But to be honest, I just didn’t have the energy to go there. I’m in a writing mood and combing through ingredient formatting and editing Pesto Burger photos just wasn’t blowing my skirt up this morning. So, I’m giving myself the

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  • Roasted Vegetable Hash

    This twist on roasted vegetables will have you coming back for more… and more… and more…. I’m obsessed. Truly obsessed. And apparently you are, too. When I shared on Instagram about making this in my home, my feed lit up with requests for the recipe. While some recipes take a

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  • Gift Ideas for a 5 Year Old Boy

    My Ty-Guy turned five a few weeks ago. Looking back at his birth story, I am flooded memories from that day and totally sound cliche when I say that it went so fast. Long days, short years. Another cliche but oh-so-true statement. As with every birthday that comes, I find

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    6 No-Fail Steps to Making Delicious Freezer Meals

    Your freezer meals can and should taste like fresh meals if you follow these 6 simple, no-fail steps. This post has been adapted from our cookbook called From Freezer to Table: 75+ Simple, Whole Foods Recipes for Gathering, Cooking, and Sharing. Polly and I have both been freezer cooking for our

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  • Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups: A Delicious Vegetarian Freezer Meal!

    Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups are one of my favorite vegetarian freezer meals. Although, I have been known to put cooked chicken there on occasion. Either way, they make a great family dinner. (This post has been updated and reposted from 2011) Listen, peeps.  Some of you may think my kids eat

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  • Can I Cook a Frozen Meal in the Slow Cooker?

    “Is it safe to put a freezer meal in the crock pot?” “Can I put frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker?” When it comes to freezer meals, this is a very common question we get from readers and at speaking events. I think it’s a common question because there

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  • Life Lessons From a Broken Fridge

    For the past 40 days, we have essentially been living without a fridge. While I’ve shared tidbits about this in Instagram stories and in our weekly email, I haven’t take the time write about the appliance drama unfolding in our home. I will say, I’ve learned some very adulting-type-lessons that

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  • How Long Should I Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

    How long should you be cooking chicken in the slow cooker? You’ll be surprised at the answer! Hi. My name is Polly. All my life I have had a problem with drying out my chicken in the slow cooker. I followed the recipes I found and was SO frustrated because

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  • Thriving Home Was On the News!

    Hey friends! Just wanted to share something fun that we got to be part of. We were recently on the news! Last week a story about Thriving Home and our cookbook writing aired on KOMU. It was a fun segment to be part of and to see come to life.

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  • Blueberry Avocado Muffins with Lemon Streusel Topping

    Our freezer friendly Blueberry Avocado Muffins are a popular recipe in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table. This easy breakfast idea packs some serious nutritional punch to your morning. And that tasty crumble topping takes these muffins to a whole different level. I know what you’re thinking. “Avocado? In a

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  • Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas

    Freezer-friendly homemade chimichangas? From the slow cooker? Why yes! It’s possible! We’ve tweaked the classic deep-fried Tex-Mex favorite, making it quite a bit simpler (and a little less fried). You’ll be wowed by this crowd pleaser freezer meal! Our chimichangas seem too good to be true. They are easy, made in

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  • Table Talk Conversation Cards for Dinnertime

    Table Talk Cards: Use Dinnertime Wisely

    Time together as a family is precious. Maybe like us, you want to use these years of having kids under your roof wisely. We want to build life-long relationships with our children and influence them to be successful, compassionate, loving adults. Sometimes that feels like the most overwhelming task. Where

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  • Instant Pot Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

    Making steel cut oatmeal in the Instant Pot is a breeze. This easy breakfast idea will quickly make its way into your healthy breakfast rotation! Thanks to this Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe, my Instant Pot horizons have been expanded. I’m not the only one who liked

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  • Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}

    Here’s a twist on your average meatloaf recipe: Meatloaf Muffins! This easy dinner idea is not only freezer friendly but one that will find itself in your dinner rotation over and over again. This makes a great weeknight dinner or freezer meal for any family. These Mini Meatloaf Muffins are

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  • 3 Safe Ways to Thaw Freezer Meals

    Can you thaw food in a crock pot? How long does it take to thaw a freezer meal in the fridge? Can I just leave it on the counter for a few hours? Ever since the release of our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, Rachel and I have had the

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  • Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

    Looking for a salad recipe that is great for a large group? Our Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad has proven to be a crowd pleaser. My friend Carolyn served up this Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad at our small group a few weeks ago. Our large group devoured it

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