Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (8.19.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

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An easy step-by-step guide on how to cook bacon in the oven. Less mess and better bacon! This post is created in partnership with Burgers' Smokehouse Bacon. For years I tried to cook bacon either…

Candy Corn Halloween Craft

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This Candy Corn Craft for preschoolers and toddlers couldn't be easier. Either use scrap paper or scrap fabric, our FREE PRINTABLE template, and some glue and let your child get to work. Note: We…

Top 70+ Healthy Freezer Meals (Best of the Best by Category!)

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You've come to the right place if you're looking for healthy freezer meals. As freezer meal experts (and self-proclaimed "freezer cooking evangelists"), we've published TWO freezer meal cookbooks,…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (8.12.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (8.5.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

Creamy Southwest Ranch Sauce

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Use this tasty sauce on Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps, for a veggie dip, or on top of your favorite salad as a dressing. Bonus: Making it yourself means you'll avoid all the additives, preservatives,…

Best Lunch Boxes and Bento Boxes on Amazon (2020 Edition)

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We've vetted the best lunch boxes and bento boxes for kids of all ages on Amazon for 2019. Free shipping on all. Perfect for back to school season.
southwest chicken marinade in a freezer bag with chicken breasts

Southwest Chicken Marinade

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Of all the marinades in the world, THIS Southwest Chicken Marinade is the one I make the most. Hands down. My kids love it. All adults love it. And it can be served any way you dream up--a la carte, in…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (7.29.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

Cooking Times Chart for Slow Cooker

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After years of testing slow cooker recipes for our website and cookbooks, we've developed a reliable cooking times chart for all different types of recipes. Never overcook or undercook a recipe in…
chicken breasts in marinade in a gallon sized freezer bag

Asian Sesame Chicken Marinade

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With just a few key Asian-inspired ingredients, you can create an easy, delicious marinade for your favorite cut of chicken. After cooking the chicken, serve it in wraps, on salads, or over rice. Ingredients…

10 Summertime Freezer Meals

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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…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (7.22.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

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Crispy Smashed Potatoes are an easy side dish sure to please even the pickiest eater. They are easy to customize and will make you feel like a pro in the kitchen (even though they require very little…
chicken breasts in freezer bag with balsamic marinade

Balsamic Herb Chicken Marinade

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Fresh herbs and pantry staples combine to create this complex Balsamic Herb Chicken Marinade. Grill or bake the chicken, then enjoy on its own or atop a salad. Ingredients in Balsamic Herb Chicken…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (7.15.20)

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Our free Weekly Menu Plan is here to help you save time and money, eat healthier, and bring your family together around the table. Even if you don’t live near a Hy-Vee, you can still use our plan for…

10 Easy Recipes for the Beginner Cook

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These 10 beginner recipes are a perfect place to start for any new cook! We all had to start somewhere. When young gals tell me they have no idea how to cook, my advice to them is, "Take one…

How Long Should I Cook Chicken in the Crockpot?

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How long should you be cooking chicken in the crockpot, specifically chicken breasts? You'll be surprised at the answer! Hi. My name is Polly. All my life I have had a problem with drying out my…
cilantro lime marinade and chicken breasts in a sealed freezer bag

Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade

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Cilantro, lime, garlic and more marry together to create this fresh, citrusy Cilantro Lime Chicken Marinade. According to Epicurious (and our readers' comments over the years), "cilantro's flavor…

Our Favorite Family Games

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Between our two families, we have gone through A LOT of board games and yard games over the years. Here is a quick round-up of some of our personal favorites! Disclaimer: Some of the links in this…

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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With only 5 simple ingredients, you can have this tangy, sweet honey dijon salad dressing ready to go! I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them…
chicken breasts in freezer bag with lemon garlic marinade

Lemon Garlic Chicken Marinade

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Thanks to fresh lemon, garlic, thyme, and more, this bright and flavorful marinade completely transforms any cut of chicken. Disclaimer: We are an affiliate of ButcherBox and have included…

80+ Easy Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

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A common question we get about freezer cooking is, "What are some easy freezer meals for 1 or 2 people?" We've compiled over 80 make ahead recipe ideas from our website and first cookbooks that work to…