Menu Plans

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (4.14.21)

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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 (4.7.21)

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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 (3.31.21)

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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 (3.24.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (3.17.21)

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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 the meal ideas.
collage image of Easter Brunch recipes that you can make ahead

Make Ahead Easter Lunch Ideas (Menu Plan + Shopping List)

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Try these simple and delicious make ahead recipes for Easter Brunch. This free menu plan is complete with printable recipes and a shopping list.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (3.10.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (3.3.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (2.24.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (2.17.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (2.10.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (2.3.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (1.27.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (1.20.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (1.13.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (1.6.21)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (12.30.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (12.23.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (12.16.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (12.9.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (12.2.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (11.25.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (11.18.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (11.11.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (11.4.20)

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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 the meal ideas.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (10.28.20)

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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 (10.21.20)

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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 (10.14.20)

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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 (10.5.20)

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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…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (9.30.20)

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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 (9.23.20)

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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 (9.16.20)

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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 (9.9.20)

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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 (9.2.20)

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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 (8.26.20)

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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 (8.19.20)

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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…

Free Printable: Weekly Menu Planner

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Here it is. Thriving Home's very first original printable: A Weekly Meal Planner! It's fitting that our first printable would be a weekly meal planner since it's pretty obvious we love menu planning…

Recipe

English Muffin Pizzas

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These freezer-friendly English Muffin Pizzas are something all ages enjoy, and you can easily double and freeze extras for later.
roasted chicken and vegetables

Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

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Simple, fresh ingredients yield a moist, flavorful one-pot chicken meal that your whole family is sure to love.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Honey Balsamic Reduction

Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

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Oven roasted Brussels sprouts drizzled in a balsamic honey reduction. It sounds gourmet but it's easy to make at home! Use this Honey Balsamic Brussels Sprouts recipe anytime you need a delicious side…

Healthy Strawberry Shortcake

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This healthier take on Strawberry Shortcake uses 100% whole wheat and real food ingredients, but turns out moist and delicious! Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We…

15+ Best Chicken Freezer Meals on the Internet

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The ultimate list of chicken freezer meals handpicked by freezer meal experts.
On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

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These simple, individual chicken burritos make for a filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner anywhere and anytime. Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later using our instructions.

Mediterranean Shrimp

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Freezer Friendly Mediterranean Shrimp. Even the most reluctant seafood eaters will enjoy this succulent lemony shrimp that can be cooked in just minutes under the broiler, on the grill, or on the stovetop. I…

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta

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Baked Penne Pasta has it all. Delicious dinner recipe? Check. Freezer friendly? Check. Makes a lot of leftovers? Check. Approved by all ages in the family? Check. Feeds a large group of people? Check.…

The 70+ Best Healthy Freezer Meals on the Planet

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The ultimate list of healthy freezer meals handpicked by freezer meal experts. Organized by category, you will find any type of freezer meal that you are looking for. After writing two freezer meal…
two white bowls of lemon chicken orzo soup with spoons in them and crusty bread on the side

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup (For Crockpot or Instant Pot!)

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Featured in People Magazine! This colorful, healthy lemon chicken orzo soup can be made in the either the slow cooker or Instant Pot.

Smash Burgers (with a Secret Sauce)

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These Smash Burgers rival any fast food chain. When grilled correctly, the edges are perfectly crispy and the middle is still juicy and flavorful. The addition of our secret sauce truly takes them to…
seasoned cooked steak that is sliced on a wooden cutting board

The Perfect Grilled Steak

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Follow these 6 easy steps from a chef on how to grill the perfect steak. It's easier than you think! My carnivorous, farm-boy husband has been waiting our whole marriage for me to write this…

Top 10 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

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Making healthy homemade salad dressing is easier than you think. It's cheaper, healthier, and tastier. Why would you not!? Here are 10 easy recipes to start with when making your own salad dressing…

Taco Seasoning Mix

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Once you start making your own taco seasoning mix, you won't go back. Not only is it cheaper AND healthier (no artificial ingredients or preservatives), but it also tastes better! This taco seasoning…

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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Our BBQ Chicken Drumsticks are sticky, sweet, and just a little spicy. Drumsticks made in the slow cooker are economical, kid-friendly, and tasty. The secret to making these crispy is giving them a few minutes under the broiler at the end.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Our easy Baked Chicken Parmesan is a classic recipe that every member of the family will enjoy. Be sure to read through our pro-tips and freezer meal methods to save yourself time and money! Not…

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This slightly sweet, slightly tangy balsamic dressing is incredibly easy to make. Keep Honey Balsamic Dressing on hand for quick and healthy salads any day of the week. Works great as a marinade for chicken,…
collage image of Easter Brunch recipes that you can make ahead

Make Ahead Easter Lunch Ideas (Menu Plan + Shopping List)

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Try these simple and delicious make ahead recipes for Easter Brunch. This free menu plan is complete with printable recipes and a shopping list.
Wilted Lettuce Salad in a bowl with a fork

Wilted Lettuce Salad

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Ever heard of hot lettuce or wilted lettuce? Seriously, it's awesome! This simple wilted lettuce recipe and our homemade dressing makes for a quick, healthy, and simply GOOD addition to your favorite…

Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs

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Imagine making fall-off-the-bone ribs in under an hour! It's possible with this amazing Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs recipe. Get ready to make tender, sticky, caramelized ribs in less than 60 minutes.

20+ Freezer Meals to Take on Vacation

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Ready to save money and time in the kitchen while on vacation? Freezer meals are the answer! I've rounded up the best freezer meals to take on vacation, as well as expert tips for prepping and transporting…

Smoked Pork Shoulder

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My husband loves his smoker. One of the BEST things he makes on it is a Smoked Pork Shoulder, which he has fine-tuned through a lot of trial and error. So, I followed his steps, asked a gazillion question…

Oreo Fluff

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Oreo Fluff still stands as one of my all time favorite desserts. It is incredibly easy to make and a total crowd pleasing recipe. It's also one of those great make-ahead recipes that you can whip up…

Grilled Honey Garlic Chicken Kabobs

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This 5 ingredient chicken kabob marinade is sweet, savory and incredibly easy! With just a few simple pantry ingredients, you can take your kabob game to the next level.

Spinach and Bacon Quiche

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Filled with only a few flavorful ingredients, this Spinach Bacon Quiche comes together quickly but won't stick around for long. Make ahead and freeze directions included.

How to Grill A Pork Tenderloin: The 7-6-5 Method

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When you grill a pork tenderloin instead of bake it, you still get the flavor and moistness but the bonus is the extra char-crispiness that coats the outside of the tenderloin. Below you'll see how long…

Crispy Baked Drumsticks

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These Crispy Baked Drumsticks have the texture and taste of fried chicken without all the fat and mess of frying. What a great fake out! I've also included a simple and delicious recipe for a Honey-Mustard…

THE Cuban Panini

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Oh boy, this is it! THE Cuban Panini I've always wanted. It's got the perfect balance of complex flavor, texture, and gooey goodness. Trust us when we say, the interesting combo of ingredients results in one amazing hot sandwich. Plus, you can make the fall-apart pulled pork in either the slow cooker or the Instant Pot.

How Long to Cook Frozen Chicken Thighs in the Instant Pot + More Pro Tips!

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Looking for how long to cook frozen chicken thighs in the Instant Pot? You're in the right place. THIS IS WHAT WE DO! After all, we did write an Instant Pot cookbook. There is a lot of misinformation about cooking frozen food in the Instant Pot, so we are glad you've come to the right place.

Italian Baked Chicken Thighs

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The most amazing, flavorful, oven baked chicken thighs you'll find! With just a handful of simple seasonings, these chicken thighs turn out crispy on the outside and amazingly tender and juicy on the inside. Baked chicken thighs are so easy to make, and we show you how to turn them into a make ahead freezer meal too!

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup

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This is the only Mexican Soup recipe you'll ever need. I've been making a variation of this soup for my family and guests for years. Affiliate links are used this this post. One of the things…

How Long to Boil Baby Potatoes (+ Delicious Recipe)

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Looking for an incredibly simple side dish for a weeknight meal or a special occasion? Boiled red potatoes (also known as boiled baby potatoes) take very little time to cook and only a few ingredients…

The Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich

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A flavor-packed marinade and the best toppings make this the Ultimate Grilled Chicken Sandwich recipe. After marinating for a few hours, your chicken breasts will pick up loads of flavor. Serve it on a toasted bun with your favorite toppings for a quick weeknight dinner. This is also a great recipe to serve to groups of people!

Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches will become your new best friend on a busy night. Pressure cook your roast to perfection in our flavorful sauce. You’ll end up with fall-apart, shredded beef and an au jus you may just want to drink in about an hour.

Chocolate Banana Muffins

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These Chocolate Banana Muffins are not only moist and delicious, but they are packed with sneaky nutrition. They are a kid-favorite and freeze beautifully. Serve as an easy, make-ahead healthy breakfast.

The 10 Best Make Ahead Meals on the Internet

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After writing two freezer meal cookbooks and testing hundreds and hundreds of recipes over 10 years, we’ve narrowed down the best of the best make ahead meals out there. Not only are these make…

Simple Homemade Granola

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This simple granola recipe is one of the easiest and tastiest you will find on the Internet. I've been making this exact recipe before Thriving Home even started. It's got 5 main ingredients but you can easily add more if you want to jazz it up. Such a simple, healthy snack!
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Crockpot Drumsticks

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Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks couldn't be easier or tastier with this 4 ingredient recipe. Make them fresh or from frozen. All ages love them.

Chocolate Covered Oreos

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Chocolate Covered Oreos make for a great, last-minute dessert idea for ANY holiday! Simply dress them up with seasonal sprinkles for a fun treat anyone will love Step 1: Melt Your White Chocolate I…

4-Ingredient Instant Pot Spaghetti

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Only 4 ingredients make up this nutritious Instant Pot Spaghetti recipe that your family will love. You'll have Pot Whole Wheat Spaghetti done in about 15 minutes and will only dirty up one pot! Now,…
Zucchini Pizza Crust: Seriously, it's good! What a great way to sneak in veggies to your dinner too.

Zucchini Pizza Crust

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I was skeptical. I know you are too. "Zucchini pizza crust? Seriously, Polly? You've gone too far." My sister sent me this recipe a while back and since I still have frozen zucchini stocked…
slow cooked ribs on a cutting board with extra sauce on the side

Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs

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You don't need a smoker to make amazing ribs. This easy Crock Pot Baby Back Ribs recipe results in perfect fall-off-the-bone BBQ ribs!
gluten-free Honey Bourbon Chicken and Stir Fry Vegetables on a large white platter

Slow Cooker Honey Bourbon Chicken

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A little sweet and a little spicy, this chicken dish is BIG on flavor and takes just minutes to throw in the slow cooker.

How Long to 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…

20+ "Best of the Best" Crockpot Freezer Meals

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Best of the best Crockpot freezer meals! Cookbook authors have hand-picked their top freezer friendly recipes made for the slow cooker.

30+ Healthy On-the-Go Snacks (and How I Get My Family to Eat Them)

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Each summer I love to take advantage of the time my kids have off school to fill their little minds and hearts with fun, adventure, and learning. As my three children have gotten older and out…

How to Cook Brown Rice in the Instant Pot

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I only cook brown rice in the Instant Pot these days. Once I nailed down the perfect cooking time, I didn't look back. Making brown rice in the Instant Pot is easy, fluffy, and perfect every time. Once…

101 Easy Freezer Meals for New Moms

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Looking for freezer meal ideas for new moms? We've created the ultimate list of meal ideas for new parents! You'll want to bookmark this one, friends! Gosh. I look back at these pictures and I…

Slow Cooker Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup

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When the air turns crisp and the leaves start to change, making a comforting batch of Cheddar and Bacon Potato Soup is mandatory. Using the slow cooker means your home will smell cozy and delicious, too!
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How to Thaw Chicken (or Really ANY Freezer Meal!)

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As freezer cooking experts, cookbook authors, and self-proclaimed freezer meal evangelists, we've learned all the tricks when it comes to safely thawing your frozen food. In this post, we are sharing…

Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce

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With a few simple ingredients, this hearty Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce couldn't be easier or tastier! Serve over pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash for a delicious and healthy dinner. It's dairy-free, gluten-free, and freezer-friendly.

Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps

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Marinated chicken, crispy bacon, and a creamy southwest ranch sauce all wrapped up in a warm tortilla make for a delicious Southwest Chicken Wrap. These grilled chicken wraps are a great meal for groups…

Beefy Baked Ravioli: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna

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This Beef Ravioli is a dinnertime favorite in my home. This fake out lasagna is very easy to make too! It's super filling and makes a great beef freezer meal. My kids love it. Some affiliate links…

Baked Italian Meatballs

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Look no further for a delicious baked meatball recipe. Our Baked Italian Meatballs are a 30 minute meal staple in our house! The ingredients are simple but they are still packed with flavor. They make…

20+ "Best of the Best" Freezer Meals for the Instant Pot

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Instant Pot freezer meals. This is what we do! Not only have we written an entire cookbook on freezer meals for the Instant Pot, but we have tested and re-tested hundreds of recipes over the years. We…
green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
Jambalaya with chicken and andouille sausage over rice in a bowl

Easy Instant Pot Jambalaya

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Our 3 step Instant Pot Jambalaya recipe is incredibly flavorful and so easy! Serve over brown rice for a healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free dinner. Freezing instructions included.

7 Delicious Frozen Smoothie Pack Recipes (+ Free Printable with Shopping Lists)

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Learn how to save time and money and eat healthier by prepping Freezer Smoothie Packs ahead of time. Use our 7 different delicious smoothie recipes to start filling your freezer today. Free printable recipes and shopping lists included.

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos

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Our Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot. We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot meal from fresh or straight from frozen. The best part about the recipe…
Pan-Fried Catfish is cheap, kid-friendly, and so tasty.

Pan-Fried Catfish Fillets or Nuggets

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Pan-Fried Catfish fillets or Fried Catfish nuggets are an easy dinner that the whole family will love. The cornmeal and whole wheat flour mix create a delicious (and fiber-rich!) crust that is kicked…

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Sliders

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With only 5 main ingredients, you'll have these Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Sliders on the table in less than 20 minutes! They are the perfect, healthy weeknight meal for adults and kids alike. Freezing instructions included.

How to Turn Pancake Mix Into Waffle Mix

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One of the most common recipes that I use from our recipe index is our Oatmeal Pancake Mix recipe. Ever since I stumbled on this recipe a few years ago, I haven't used any other pancake mix. My family…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumpling Stew

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Chicken and Dumplings in the slow cooker? Yes! It can be done! This classic comfort food will fill your home with delicious smells and is a total crowd pleaser. To make Chicken and Dumplings even…
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Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce

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With only 6 main ingredients, this Instant Pot Spaghetti Sauce couldn't be easier or tastier! Serve over pasta, zoodles, or spaghetti squash for a delicious and healthy dinner. Freezing instructions included.

Sweet & Savory Oven Baked Boneless Pork Chops

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These Sweet & Savory Oven Baked Boneless Pork Chops not only come together in a flash but can also be prepped as a make ahead freezer meal. Make sure to reduce the marinade into a delectable, sticky sauce to drizzle over the top just before eating.
freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

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Can you freeze wraps? You bet!! Freezer-friendly lunch wraps are nutritious, hearty, and completely adaptable to whatever your family might like in them! Right now during this time of quarantine,…

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas (From Fresh or From Frozen!)

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Seasoned, marinaded pork roast gets cooked in the Instant Pot and then broiled until crispy in this easy, freezer friendly, and delicious recipe for a crowd.
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Panini Sandwich Bread: A Bread Machine Recipe

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I use my bread machine to make so much more than just bread. In fact, one of our most popular recipes on this site is for our Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls! My kids love these Ham and Cheese Crescent…

Instant Pot Bourbon Chicken

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A little sweet and a little spicy, this EASY Instant Pot Honey Bourbon Chicken recipe is BIG on flavor and takes just minutes. It's a fan favorite and also freezer friendly!

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (with Sweet Potato and Black Beans!)

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This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. It's also gluten-free & dairy-free! This crockpot chili is delicious…

25+ Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas for Christmas

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Don't spend Christmas morning working in the kitchen! Instead, prepare a few of these "best of the best" make ahead breakfast ideas in advance, so you can relax the morning of.

Instant Pot Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

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This dump-and-go Instant Pot Tortilla Soup is one of the easiest you'll ever make. Almost every ingredient comes straight from your pantry!
seasoned chicken drumsticks in instant pot

Instant Pot 4-Ingredient Chicken Drumsticks

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Instant Pot Chicken Drumsticks couldn't be easier or tastier with this 4 ingredient recipe. Make them fresh or from frozen. All ages love these!

The BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

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If you are looking for a GREAT Snickerdoodle Cookie recipe, go no further. Stop searching. Don't try anything else. You have arrived. These Snickerdoodles are easy to make, so soft & chewy, and…

Turkey Stuffing Casserole

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Use up that leftover turkey and prepared stuffing from the holidays in this delicious 4 Layer Turkey and Stuffing Casserole. Freezing instructions included!
The BEST healthy whole wheat banana pumpkin bread recipe ever!

Banana Pumpkin Bread

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This Banana Pumpkin Bread is moist, nutritious, and delicious! Learn how to freeze it for later or make it into muffins, too.

Turkey Pesto Paninis

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These Turkey Pesto Paninis have been a fan-favorite for YEARS. They come together quickly, make a great lunch, dinner, or last-minute weeknight meal. You can even make them in bulk and freeze them! The…
meatloaf muffins

Meatloaf Muffins

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Did you know you can make meatloaf in a muffin tin? This Meatloaf Muffins recipe is packed with flavor and nutrition, plus it's easy to freeze in individual portions. Kids and adults love it!

Mason Jar Mini Pies

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Making pie in a jar is a fun and easy dessert idea the whole family will love. These personal-sized pies are made in little mason jars that can go straight from your freezer to your oven to your mouth.…

Potato Corn Chowder ( Autumn Chowder)

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Thanks to the cheddar cheese and bacon, this veggie-loaded potato chowder tastes so rich. This soup is easy to assemble and the leftovers can be easily frozen. A one pot comfort food that you'll be making…

20 Delicious Crockpot Meals for a Crowd

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One of my secrets to low-stress hosting of a crowd is to utilize my slow cooker. Why? It allows me to work ahead and then relax as my guests arrive, knowing that a warm, comforting dish is ready to go when we are.

Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas

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This is the type of recipe our readers go ga-ga over. Slow Cooker Crispy Carnitas are a dump-and-go crock pot meal that's easy to make, freezes well before or after cooking, and everyone loves them!

Oven Roasted Broccoli

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This simple side dish will turn your broccoli-hater into a broccoli-lover! Our 3 ingredients Oven Roasted Broccoli is DELISH! Friends, take me seriously when I tell you that cooking broccoli this…
cranberry sauce

Make Ahead 10-Minute Cranberry Sauce

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Wow your guests at your next holiday meal with this deceptively simple Make Ahead Cranberry Sauce. The best part is that you can work ahead and freeze it, so you can spend more time with loved ones at…

Simple Homemade Stuffing

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This homemade stuffing recipe couldn't be simpler. It includes mostly pantry items and only takes about 30 minutes! You'll never go back to store-bought after this. The result is moist and perfectly…
hash brown casserole on table

Gluten Free Hash Brown Casserole

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Our make-ahead Easy Hash Brown Casserole makes this traditional holiday side dish a little bit healthier by making it from scratch and leaving out the canned cream of soup. It comes together quickly but is creamy and comforting as always!

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Yum yum yum. Theses Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches are super easy to make and my whole family loves them. These bad boys were a crowd-pleaser the other night. And trust me, with the…

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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This Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken recipe is easy, tasty, freezer-friendly, and made in the crock pot. Shred up those tender chicken thighs and serve it over rice for a delicious, filling dinner. For a…

Chicken Burrito Bowl

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Chicken Burrito Bowls are a healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! Delicious marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings. They can easily be meal…
grilled chicken, rice, zucchini, and peaches on a gray plate with fork

Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

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Balsamic Herb Grilled Chicken is moist, tender, and packed with flavor through and through. This easy grilling recipe can be turned into a freezer meal and is a great recipe for groups of people. What more can you ask for in a chicken recipe!?

Spinach Lasagna Rolls

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Spinach Lasagna Rolls are so EASY one of our favorite vegetarian freezer meal recipes. You can put cooked chicken in the spinach lasagna roll ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make…

Southwest Chicken Tenders

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This southwest chicken recipe is sure to please all the eaters in your house. It's easy, healthy, freezer-friendly, and full of flavor but not spicy. You can bake it or--even better--grill it! These…

Homemade Chex Mix

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This Homemade Chex Mix recipe is easy to whip up, makes your home smell ah-maze-ing as it bakes in the oven, and is an addictive snack food that has proven to be a crowd favorite for decades. The recipe…
cobb salad on a white plate with yellow napkin

My Favorite Cobb Salad

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This salad is hands-down my favorite Cobb salad ever. With a variety of vegetables, perfectly cooked proteins, and Gorgonzola cheese, this colorful salad is complex in flavor and texture. The savory dressing is to die for, too!
chopped salad in a white bowl with serving spoons

Fiesta Chopped Salad (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

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This fresh, delicious, and super healthy Fiesta Chopped Salad works as a light lunch, side dish, appetizer, or snack anytime. Eat on it throughout the week on its own or scoop it with tortilla chips or crackers.

Make Ahead Banana Breakfast Cake

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Banana Breakfast Cake is my dream breakfast. My whole family likes it, it's full of nutritious yet simple ingredients, and it works perfectly to double the batch to make a breakfast freezer meal.  I've…
make ahead breakfast sandwiches on a cutting board

Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches

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These simple Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches rival their fast food equivalent any day! They make a wholesome, delicious breakfast possible even on the busiest mornings. This post was created in…
marinades for chicken breasts in freezer bags

7 BEST Chicken Marinades (+ Printable Recipe Cheat Sheet)

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These 7 easy marinades for chicken breasts will transform this boring cut into several tasty and healthy meals! Learn how to prep and freeze for later OR how to make them for dinner tonight. Plus, snag…

Top 10 Ground Beef Freezer Meals

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Listen. You're busy. We're busy. We aren't here to waste anyone's time. You need to know what ground beef freezer meals are the BEST and you need them pronto for your busy, hungry, growing family.…
savory chicken marinade in a mason jar and in a freezer bag with chicken breasts

The Best Savory Chicken Marinade

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This Savory Chicken Marinade packs a punch! In fact, I think it's the BEST you'll find. With just a few pantry staple ingredients, boring chicken is taken to a whole new flavor level! Enjoy your marinated,…

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…
How to Freeze Fresh Pesto

How to Freeze Fresh Pesto

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Note: Some of the links in this post may be affiliate links. Read our full disclosure policy here.  Thriving Home loves pesto. Rachel and I laugh because as we were developing healthy,…

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,…
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…
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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Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Sandwiches These bad boys cook in the slow cooker which is great in the summer because you're keeping your kitchen cool! The magic to this easy freezer meal is in the homemade…

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…

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…
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…

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…
6 mason jars with various overnight oats in them

7 Overnight Oats Recipes

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Learn how to save time and money and eat healthier by prepping Overnight Oats ahead of time for the week. Use our 7 different delicious overnight oats recipes to start filling your fridge today.

Instant Pot BBQ Pulled Pork

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It's hard to mess up a pork shoulder recipe in the Instant Pot. In fact, it's one of my favorite cuts of meat to cook in electric pressure cookers! Coming from someone who has tested hundreds (yes,…
oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and bananas in mason jar on a counter

Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

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Peanut butter and chocolate star in this delicious, make-ahead Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats recipe that takes minutes to put together. You'll think it's dessert but it's really a hearty, healthy breakfast! We…
Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats in a mason jar

Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats

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Raspberries and lemon zest star in this delicious, make-ahead Raspberry Overnight Oats recipe that takes just minutes to put together. Whip up a few batches when fresh raspberries are in season or make…

Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork

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Who doesn’t love a simple BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich with moist shredded meat? After a day in the slow cooker, this shredded pork is a total crowd pleaser. Not only is it an easy dump and go meal for…

Asian Slaw

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This light, flavorful Asian slaw is a delicious, healthy side dish that is perfect for the spring and summer months. Serve it with some grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and watermelon and you have…

30+ Gluten-Free Dinner Recipes

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Whether you're avoiding gluten for health reasons or want to cut back on carbs, these amazing gluten-free dinner recipes are sure to please everyone. Bonus: Most of our recipes include freezing instructions,…
A great little trick that will help you grill flawless corn on the cob. In fact, we will grill corn no other way after using this method. While you could easily boil corn on the cob, grilling corn brings out a different, richer flavor and adds that yummy char to the outside of the corn.

How to Grill Corn on the Cob

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Grilling corn on the cob in foil is one of my best tricks! It keeps the corn moist but also adds a nice light char if done right. Use this method on how to grill corn in foil at your next BBQ! I…

Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

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A little tangy, a little sweet, and a little heat. This Homemade BBQ Sauce has it all and only requires a few ingredients. A few years ago, I remember we put drumsticks on the grill and realized…
BBQ shredded beef sandwich on a plate with corn and grapes

Instant Pot BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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This well-seasoned, fall-apart shredded BBQ Beef takes under an hour in the Instant Pot or pressure cooker. Instructions for how to make ahead and freeze included! Find our recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ…

Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches

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A delicious dinner doesn't get much easier than our Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Sandwiches. This recipe has it all. It's a dump and go recipe, it feeds a lot of people, it's freezer friendly, and it's so-dang-good.…
I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

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Oatmeal pancakes are hearty, flavorful, and full of grains that won't leave you hungry hours later. You'll never go back to boxed pancake mix after seeing how easy it is to make to make your own oatmeal…

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

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These salmon and sweet potato cakes are packed with nutrition and flavor! Enjoy them as a sandwich or a la carte. Freezing instructions included!

15+ Amazing Grilling Recipes

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This round-up is full of easy, family-friendly, and mostly real food recipes that you can throw on the grill in no time. There are so many grilling recipes on the web, but it's hard to find real…

Monster Cookies

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This Monster Cookie recipe has been tucked away in my recipe stash for years. You'll find that this cookie is easy to make and your people will gobble them up. My memory is a little fuzzy on where…

Super Sloppy Joes

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This homemade veggie-rich sloppy joes recipe with a tangy-sweet tomato sauce is a family favorite. Double and freeze extras for later!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

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Ever since I posted this Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll picture on my Instagram and Facebook, I've gotten NUMEROUS requests that I share this mouthwatering recipe. You'll be surprised at how easy homemade…

How to Freeze Green Onions or Scallions

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Can you freeze green onions? So, this is one of those posts that many of you will chuckle at and think, "You didn't know that?" I am here to tell you that, no, I did not know that you can freeze…

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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Gourmet pizza at home has never been so easy or tasty! In about 45 minutes, you can make this incredibly easy homemade whole wheat pizza dough from scratch to use tonight or later. Freezing instructions included.

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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With just a few pantry ingredients, you can have a large batch of marinara sauce cooking in your slow cooker in no time. You can also use this homemade marinara recipe to stock your freezer. Instant Pot…
homemade wheat sandwich bread

Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

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A step-by-step tutorial to make the tastiest homemade sandwich bread you've ever had! Anyone can make it using this guide and recipe. I've always been afraid of the fickle beast. That's what…

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

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Why I love Eggs-in-a-Hole There are quite a few reasons this mama loves a good 'ol egg-in-a-hole for breakfast. It's quick and easy to make. It's one of my go-to weekday breakfasts. It's cheap.…

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup

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This pantry staple Vegetarian Tortilla Soup recipe is a meatless “one pot wonder” that I've been making and freezing for years for my family. Filled with beans, tomatoes, chilis, corn, and more, it…

Powerball Cookies

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Powerball cookies have been a longtime favorite in my home. Look no further for a great make-ahead, freezer-friendly snack.    What's in these no-bake Powerball Cookies? With a few…

10 Make Ahead Freezer Meals for Emergency Preparedness (+ Shopping List)

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After writing not one but TWO cookbooks on make ahead freezer meals, we can quickly identify easy recipes to quickly stock the freezer. Since there are a lot of unknowns and fears right now, we figured…
steak fries dipped in ketchup

Oven Baked Steak Fries

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This steak fries recipe turns out perfectly crispy and seasoned, thanks to a few tricks including a secret ingredient. Plus, this oven baked method is healthier and less messy than frying!
Breakfast Casserole in a Crockpot on a wooden cutting board

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere

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This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with bacon and Gruyere cheese is the perfect make-ahead breakfast casserole to impress a crowd!
chicken burger on a bun with cheese on a plate

Mini Chicken Burgers with Herbs

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This chicken burger recipe is a kid and adult fave! Make ahead and freeze a batch for later or make them tonight for a delicious and healthy dinner. Why Are These the BEST? I've been making…

Freezer Friendly Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken spaghetti is an easy, cheesy, make-it-again-soon-please, casserole that your whole family will love. We teach you how to make it fresh AND how to prep it to be a freezer meal. A great meal for…

30+ Kid Friendly Freezer Meals

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Look no further for kid friendly freezer meals that you can stock up on. These 30+ recipes are well-tested on our own families and many of our readers' families, as well. A must have resource for the…

Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

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Everyone loves grilled cheese, so why not make it even more irresistible by turning it into a French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwich?! The best part? It's made in the slow cooker! French Dip Grilled…

3-Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Did you know you can make homemade hot chocolate with only THREE ingredients? Skip the generic brand (made with highly processed, sugary ingredients) and make your own hot chocolate at home! Tip: Use…
seasoned cooked steak that is sliced on a plate

The Perfect Pan-Seared, Oven-Finished Steak (Tips from a Chef)

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Try these 6 simple steps for how to make a steak on the stove and in the oven. This pan-seared, oven-finished recipe makes the perfect steak!

Fruit Pizza Cookies with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Fruit Pizza Cookies are a great dessert idea for groups of people. Each person has a blast customizing their sugar cookie topped with their pick of fresh fruit. Use our cream cheese frosting to make it…

Freezer-Friendly Pizza Sauce

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Once you've made homemade pizza sauce, you'll never go back. Once you've realized you can make LOTS of pizza sauce and learn how to freeze it, you'll for SURE never go back! Here is a delicious freezer-friendly…
Chicken and Cheese Taquitos piled on a serving platter with avocado lime salsa on top. Other toppings are nearby, like avocado, tomatoes, and salsa.

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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This kid-friendly Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos recipe goes from frozen chicken breasts to a delicious dinner on the table in 45 minutes with very minimal hands-on work. You can easily double and freeze these for later.
whole wheat mac and cheese in bowls on white plates with steamed broccoli on the side

Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese in the Instant Pot

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This Instant Pot Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese recipe takes just 18 minutes from start to finish, dirties only one pot, and tastes creamy and delicious! Plus, it's made with all real food ingredients. It…

10+ Freezable & Healthy Recipes for Babies and Toddlers

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When my kids were babies, I really prioritized making homemade food for them. After much trial and error, I have narrowed down the perfect recipes for 1 year olds (or really any little eater!) that were…

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef

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Slow Cooker Shredded Beef is an easy, healthy, dump-and-go, delicious dinner. This freezer friendly recipe is a win for my family and is a great recipe for large groups. So simple!   Slow Cooker…
Large pot of vegetable soup with three bowls of vegetable soup. Spoons and napkins and fresh herbs on the side.

Cancer-Fighting Soup

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Cancer-Fighting Soup (aka Immune-Boosting Soup) is chock full of vegetables, lentils, and black beans that science has shown helps fight inflammation in the body. Whether you're wanting to help someone with a diagnosis or just eat as healthy as possible yourself, this comforting soup fits the bill.
Finished easy beef stew cooked in a casserole dish

Easy No-Peek Beef Stew

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Friends, making stew gets NO EASIER than this recipe. My mother-in-law taught me this one when I first got married, and I've been serving it up to big crowds ever since. Make ahead and freeze to have on hand for busy nights or when hosting a big group.
chicken parmesan sliders on a cutting board

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders

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One of our easiest freezer meals: Chicken Parmesan Sliders. Just put a few ingredients into the crockpot and you'll have one of your favorite meals for a busy night. Great meal idea for large groups too! "I…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos {Freezer Meal}

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Slow cooker chicken and cheese taquitos is a delicious meal that the whole family will love! Be sure to make a double batch for the freezer. Then, you can pull out however many you want and throw them…

Ham and Cheese Sliders

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These easy Ham and Cheese Sliders are a family staple. They are super easy to make, budget friendly, great for a group of people, and even freezer friendly. I've been making these for YEARS and constantly…
Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese on a plate

Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

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With just 3 ingredients, few appetizers are simpler and will be gone faster than Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese. Sure to be a hit at your next party!

Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

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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…