Menu Plans

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (4.3.20)

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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…
collage image of Easter Brunch recipes that you can make ahead

Make Ahead Easter Brunch (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 (3.27.20)

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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 (3.20.20)

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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 (3.13.20)

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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 (3.6.20)

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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 (2.28.20)

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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 (2.21.20)

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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 (2.7.20)

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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 (1.31.20)

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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 (1.24.20)

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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 (1.17.20)

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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 (1.10.20)

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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 (1.3.20)

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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 (12.27.19)

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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 (12.20.19)

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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 (12.13.19)

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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 (12.6.19)

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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 (11.29.19)

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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 (11.22.19)

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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 (11.15.19)

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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 (11.8.19)

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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 (11.1.19)

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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 (10.25.19)

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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 (10.18.19)

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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…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (10.11.19)

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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 (10.4.19)

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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 (9.27.19)

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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 (9.20.19)

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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 (9.13.19)

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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 (9.6.19)

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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 (8.30.19)

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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…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (8.23.19)

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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 5 Hy-Vee Sales (8.16.19)

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The theme of this week's menu plan is, "Stock your freezer for back to school." Every recipe we've selected can easily be doubled and frozen for a meal down the road. Make sure to follow our Facebook…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (8.9.19)

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The theme of this week's menu plan is, "Stock your freezer for back to school." Every recipe we've selected can easily be doubled and frozen for a meal down the road. Make sure to follow our Facebook…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (8.2.19)

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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…
Easter lunch on table with salad, ham, hash brown casserole, and wine

Easter Menu Plan Made Easy

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An impressive, yet simple Easter meal for a crowd. Just follow our easy 4 step Easter Menu Plan!

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 Hy-Vee Sales (4.5.19)

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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.
Healthy Living Step #5: Create a Weekly Meal Plan

Healthy Living Small Step #5: Create a Weekly Menu Plan

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series HERE. Last Monday, we talked about the small healthy step of moving toward a diet of more homemade, real food. Have you…

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…
"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

My Vacation Menu Plan: Make-Ahead Meals To Go

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We're going on vacation in a few weeks. Although we'll eat out some, I plan to take much of our own food to save money on meals. So, I'm working ahead on meals that my family loves and that I can just…

Healthy (and Delicious!) Christmas Morning Breakfast Ideas

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One of my favorite Christmas traditions that was passed down from my family is making a big ole breakfast after we open presents on Christmas morning. Here are a few of our healthier breakfast favorites…

A "Taking It Easy" Christmas Menu: Cook Ahead and Freeze

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I love to cook. I also love to play with and hang out my family. But, it's hard to do both at the same time, as you probably know...especially when younger kids are involved. That's why this year for…

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freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

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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, I know many of you are right…

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!

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…

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.

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

Make Ahead Easter Brunch (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.

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 over the CoVid-19…
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!
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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…

25 Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes That Feed 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…

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

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Simple steps to make the perfect steak that starts on the stove and finishes in the oven. Some affiliate links included. I struggled for a long time to cook a steak the right way on the stovetop.…

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…

101 Meals to Take to New Moms

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Looking for 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 remember.…

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 {Freezer Meal}

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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.

Baked Italian Meatballs {Freezer Meal}

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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…
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…

11 Healthy Make-Ahead Meals for Little Eaters

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Why Make-Ahead Meals for Babies and Toddlers? Making freezer meals for babies will save time, money, and stress over the long run. It's a beautiful thing to have a stash of healthy meals for your…

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef {Freezer Meal}

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Slow Cooker Balsamic 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…

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…
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.
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…

Beefy Baked Ravioli: An Easy Fake-Out Lasagna

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

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}

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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…

Easy Ham and Cheese Sliders {Freezer Friendly!)

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These easy Ham & 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…
charcuterie board

5 Pillars of the Perfect Charcuterie Board

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A holiday appetizer or simple meal doesn't get easier than a Charcuterie Board! Anyone can pull this amazing spread together with our tips and tricks, including advice for pairing the perfect wine. Created…

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 baby (or small) potatoes take very little time to cook and only a few ingredients to look stunning and please…

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!

Hearty Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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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. Easy to make? Check! I've…

Almond Joy Overnight Oats

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Love that candy bar with chocolate, coconut, and almonds? Well, now you can have everything that's delicious about Almond Joy in one make-ahead, nutritious overnight oats recipe.

How to Cook Corn on the Cob in the Microwave

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Thank you to my mother-in-law for this quick trick on how to cook corn on the cob in the microwave! Did you know that cooking corn on the cob doesn't require dirtying up a pot, heating up the kitchen,…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes are a part of our family's regular breakfast rotation for good reason. As with so many of our real food recipes, they have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this…

Pumpkin Dump Cake

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Pumpkin Dump Cake is an easy to make, crowd-pleaser recipe goes a long away (serves 9-12 people). It is a delicious twist on classic pumpkin pie that almost any age will like. It's also a great make-ahead…

Peach Pie Overnight Oats

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This make-ahead Peach Pie Overnight Oats recipe takes just minutes to put together and provides a super nutritious and quick breakfast. Think late summer, ripe peaches, and a delicious slice of…

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. Pulling…

Chicken Parmesan Casserole {Freezer Meal}

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Chicken parmesan casserole is a family-favorite freezer meal that is super easy to make. This real food, healthy dinner recipe is a staple in our home. (Looking for healthy freezer meal recipes?…

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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This homemade Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte is EASY to make and is my go-to drink when entertaining in the fall or winter. It's made with REAL ingredients from your pantry and everyone loves it and is…

How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs (+7 Printable Recipes & 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.

Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for an easy breakfast idea? We love this easy Breakfast Casserole Muffin recipe. It's made with simple ingredients that you likely have in your kitchen. These make a fabulous, freezer-friendly…

Freezer Breakfast Burritos

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Kids and adults alike love these simple breakfast burritos filled with all good things including BACON. Make these in mass and freeze them to have on hand for busy school and work mornings as a grab-and-go option. What a nutritious, protein-rich, and delicious breakfast to start your day!

How to Grill A Pork Tenderloin: Using the 7-6-5 Method {Freezer Meal}

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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. Using the 7-6-5 method…

Gourmet BLTs with Avocado Aioli

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A BLT sandwich is as good as the ingredients that make it up. Here's how to take your average BLT to the next level!

Avocado Aioli

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Avocado Aioli is a super flavorful dip or spread that jazzes up all types of recipes from Oven Fries to raw veggie sticks to sandwiches. Try our short-cut method to make your own homemade avocado aioli! What…

The No-Fail Way to Cook Bacon

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An easy step-by-step guide on how to cook bacon in the oven. Less mess and better bacon! Skip the Mess: Bake Your Bacon! For years I tried to cook bacon either in a frying pan or the microwave.…

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs

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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp and Pineapple Kabobs are every bit as tasty as they sound. The sweetness of grilled fresh pineapple pairs perfectly with the smoky saltiness of the bacon. Serve with St. James Winery's newest Strawberry Rosé and a light salad for a delightful summer meal.

Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats

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This super nutritious make-ahead Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oats takes just minutes to put together and tastes surprisingly like the dessert. A perfect breakfast recipe to have on hand when strawberries are in season!

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Prepare to be transported to a warm summer day as you enjoy our Strawberry Avocado Salad. Tangy feta cheese, toasted sliced almonds, sweet strawberries, fresh pineapple, and creamy avocado pair well with the sweet and tangy balsamic dressing.

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This slightly sweet, slightly tangy balsamic dressing is incredibly easy to make. Keep Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette on hand for quick and healthy salads any day of the week. Works great as a marinade for…
chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread {Freezer-Friendly}

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Ah, sweet breads. Forgiver of all added-in leftovers and hidden fruits and veggies. Your family is going to love this pretty darn healthy Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

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Make-ahead Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats takes just minutes to put together and provides a super nutritious and quick breakfast.

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…

Blueberry Muffin Overnight Oats

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Make-ahead blueberry muffin overnight oats take just minutes to put together and provide a super nutritious and quick breakfast.

Oven Roasted Asparagus

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Learn how you can easily roast asparagus in the oven and enjoy a crisp, bright, tender stalk in all its glory. With a few simple ingredients and 8 quick minutes in the oven, you can be serving up one…

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These healthy, whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffins are YUMMO. Seriously. Don't let the whole wheat factor make you think they are going to be compromised. Plus, they are freezer-friendly and an easy breakfast for busy mornings.

How to Grill Asparagus

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The flavor of this simple, grilled asparagus recipe will amaze you. The crispy, slightly charred ends are a perfect contrast to the tender fresh asparagus stalks. In 5-7 minutes, you can serve up one…

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Energy Bites {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free}

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These no-bake oatmeal cookie bites come together in minutes and are full of all real food ingredients. I don't feel quite so bad grabbing a few of these delicious, chocolatey treats! Great for after-school snacks too!

Mini Wild Salmon Patties with Lemony Avocado Sauce {Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Freezer Meal}

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These kid-friendly salmon patties are not only some of the healthiest burgers out there, but every bite is a burst of citrusy, fresh deliciousness. They are gluten-free, dairy-free, and make a great freezer…

Simple Blender Hummus

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Making homemade hummus in the blender (or food processor) is easier than you think. The hummus ingredients come together quickly leaving you with a healthier and tastier appetizer than you could find…
Easter lunch on table with salad, ham, hash brown casserole, and wine

Easter Menu Plan Made Easy

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An impressive, yet simple Easter meal for a crowd. Just follow our easy 4 step Easter Menu Plan!
hash brown casserole on table

Easy Hash Brown Casserole (Gluten Free)

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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!
spinach salad on table

Strawberry Fields Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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Perfect for an Easter holiday table or weeknight meal, this colorful spring-inspired salad packs a flavor punch with every bite! Spinach, strawberries, bacon, feta, red onion, and more are topped with a mild, lemony, sweet dressing that's sure to please all ages.
bowl of stew in white bowl with napkin

Instant Pot Beef Stew {Freezer Meal}

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This Instant Pot Beef Stew recipe is easy enough to be a mid-week dinner or fancy enough for dinner guests. What would typically take all day in the slow cooker, only takes about an hour from start to finish in the Instant Pot. You'll take a short cut by using stew meat (no chopping!) and Yukon gold baby potatoes (no peeling!).

4 Ingredient Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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Take your grilled cheese game to the next level with our Gourmet Grilled Cheese recipe that has only 4 ingredients. Stuffed with shredded Gruyère and caramelized onions, this melty, flavor-packed, one-of-a-kind grilled cheese will be your new go-to sandwich.
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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The Very Berry Smoothie starts your day with a super food punch! This easy, healthy smoothie includes strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, plus some hidden spinach. Make some freezer smoothie packs ahead of time to have these on hand for a quick, nutritious breakfast.
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.
strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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Frozen strawberries, pineapple, and banana combine with coconut milk and almonds to create the most luxurious, healthy smoothie you've ever had! We teach you how to prep ahead by making freezer smoothie packs to have on hand, too. This easy Strawberry Piña Colada fruit smoothie has party time written all over it.
Orange smoothie in mason jar with straw

Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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Sweet potato, clementines, carrots, and bananas create the base of this easy smoothie that's a healthier version of the orange sherbet push-up pops from childhood. Yum! Freezer smoothie pack instructions included so you can prep these smoothies ahead of time.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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This Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookie recipe comes from our friend, Lauren Smith, author of Taste of Amercia: 50 States, 50 Cookies. We're thankful she's sharing this delightful cookie recipe with us today.…
blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This beautiful, nutritious, and easy purple smoothie really does taste like a Blueberry Muffin. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included!
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie only requires 4 simple ingredients. A delicious low calorie way to pack Vitamin C, fiber, and protein into your diet. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
cherry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy Chocolate Covered Cherry smoothie recipe tastes like a chocolate shake but is chock full of nutrition thanks to spinach, dark cherries, almond butter, cocoa powder.

Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas

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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.

Easy Homemade Croutons (Freezer Friendly)

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Once you've made these Easy Homemade Croutons, you'll never go back to buying them at the store. Not only do they taste better, but they're healthier too!
Instant Pot tomato soup in a white bowl

Instant Pot Tomato Soup {Freezer Meal}

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This freezer friendly Instant Pot Tomato Soup has it all. Since it makes a great freezer meal, I've written the recipe to be very large. It could be a great meal idea for groups of people or simply freeze the leftovers in small portions for lunches down the road.

70+ Healthy Freezer Meals

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Freezer meal cooking can be the key to eating healthier for the whole family. Here are 70+ of our favorite healthy freezer meals that all ages will love. Some of the links in this post are affiliate…
The Best Instant Pot Vegetable Soup

The BEST Instant Pot Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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This Instant Pot Vegetable Soup is filled to the brim with hearty vegetables, black beans, and barley. It provides the nutrition you need this winter to boost your immune system and fight off sickness plus amazing taste that will make you want to lick the bowl clean.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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This delicious, slow cooker chicken soup is not only gluten free and dairy free (if you don't add cheese at the end), but it freezes beautifully either before cooking or after. Packed with fresh flavor,…

Instant Pot Chicken Nachos {Freezer Meal}

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Our freezer friendly Instant Pot Chicken Nachos are a great starter meal for the Instant Pot. We teach you how to make this easy Instant Pot freezer meal from fresh or from frozen. The best part about…

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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This easy dump and go freezer meal will become a regular family dinner in your home. This freezer friendly dinner is so versatile too. Eat it straight from the slow cooker, put it in wraps, or turn it…
spiral-sliced ham

Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

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Our make ahead Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze might just be the easiest main dish you’ve ever prepared for a crowd. Serve it up with some Cranberry Wine (yum!) and our go-to holiday side dishes,…

Slow Cooker Apple Butter

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An 80 year old family apple butter recipe adapted for the slow cooker. With just a few simple ingredients, this crock pot apple butter recipe will have your home smelling like a slice of autumn heaven! Growing…
twice-baked potatoes

Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

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These make ahead Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes are the quintessential side dish for almost any holiday meal. They are a bit healthier than other twice-baked potatoes yet just as rich-tasting.  This…
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)

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You won't find an easier green smoothie than the 4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie. This super healthy, dairy-free smoothie tastes like a tropical island treat. Sooo tasty! Four ingredients. That's…

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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Here's an easy breakfast idea that your family will love: freezer friendly Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles. They are a great way to sneak some nutrition into your breakfast. Make lots and freeze some for later! These…

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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This delicious fall-inspired Autumn Chopped Salad will quickly become your go-to holiday salad. It's great for large group gatherings or compliments a weeknight meal at home. This post is sponsored…

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?" In this post, we will walk you through a great list of make ahead recipe ideas from our blog and…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.  Zucchini for breakfast!?…

Easy Zucchini Pancakes: A Freezer Meal!

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Here's an easy breakfast idea for ya. Our freezer friendly whole grain zucchini pancakes pack a yummy punch! Enjoy using up some fresh zucchini and serving your family a wholesome breakfast. Double the…

The BEST Way to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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When I say this is the best way to make roasted Brussels sprouts, I mean it. Use this method for future Brussels sprout success in your oven. This super simple way to cook Brussels sprouts…
egg muffins in a muffin tin

Cheddar Chive Egg Bites

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Want a high protein, low carb, on-the-go breakfast option that will keep you satisfied all morning? These Cheddar Chive Egg Bites are the perfect solution for a healthy breakfast on busy weekdays. Make…
chicken parmesan sliders sandwiches

20 Easy, Make Ahead Dinners For All Ages

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These are our favorite 20 most well-tested, freezable dinner recipes when it comes to getting a good meal on the table. Not only are these make ahead meals family-friendly, but they are also made with…

Mom Hack: Turn Smoothies into Popsicles

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Don't let your leftover smoothie go to waste. Turn it into popsicles! Smoothies are a regular thing in our house. They are a great way to get some fruit, vegetables, protein, and other sneaky nutrition…

Make Ahead Blueberry Crumble Breakfast Cake

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Blueberry Crumble Breakfast Cake is a great weekend breakfast idea. It's got some sneaky nutrition and the cake-crumble ratio is perfect. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this easy breakfast recipe.  If…

Freezer-Friendly Grilled Balsamic Herb Chicken

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Freezer Friendly 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…
Freezer friendly pesto burgers

Pesto Burgers

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Pesto Burgers are the bomb. They are an incredibly easy grilling recipe, a great recipe for a crowd, AND a fabulous freezer meal. As we were developing a Pesto Meatball Sub recipe for our forthcoming…

Instant Pot Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Marinara

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Only 4 ingredients make up this nutritious dinner recipe that your family will love. You'll have Instant Pot Whole Wheat Spaghetti done in about 15 minutes and will only dirty up one pot! Now, that's my…

SmoothieBox: A Breakfast Solution for the Crazy Schedule

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A few months ago, I found out my two year old was iron deficient. Whoops. Since then, I have been on a mission to find ways to sneak iron into my toddler's diet. A toddler who just happens to hate…

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 summertime,…

Herbalicious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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These Herb-a-licious Chicken Bites with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are a crispy, healthy, flavor-filled dinner that your whole family will love. I'm a huge fan of cooking with fresh herbs. So every…

Roasted Vegetable Hash

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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…

"Cheeseburger" Instant Pot Pasta

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Cheeseburger Instant Pot Pasta is an easy, one pot meal is full of flavor and sure to please little ones and grow ups alike. Around my house any kind of spaghetti dish is sure to be a hit. If it involves…

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

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Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups is one of our favorite vegetarian freezer meal recipes. You can put cooked chicken in these kid-friendly roll-ups if you want to add in more protein. Either way, they make a nutritious…

How Long Should I Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

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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.…

Blueberry Avocado Muffins with Lemon Streusel Topping

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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…
Breakfast Cereal Parfait

Breakfast Cereal Parfait

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This easy breakfast idea packs in fruits, whole grains, and yogurt for a healthy and delicious start to the day. Not to mention, it's fun! My children regularly ask for a breakfast parfait using cereal…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Chimichangas

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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…

Instant Pot Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Steel Cut Oatmeal

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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…
bowl of loaded potato soup

Instant Pot Loaded Potato Soup

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This freezer-friendly Loaded Potato Soup is rich, delicious, and can be thrown together in your Instant Pot right before dinnertime. By Alyssa Nitz of Always Overdressed, Contributing Author Like…

Mini Meatloaf Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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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…

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Sliders {Freezer Meal}

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You may have tried our Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders and loved them. All ages do! But, now we've converted this super simple, kid-friendly recipe to work in the Instant Pot both from fresh…
Freezer bags with freezer meals

3 Safe Ways to Thaw Freezer Meals

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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…

Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

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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…

Mini Broccoli Cheddar Bites

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Here's a yummy way to eat your veggies. Mini Broccoli Cheddar Bites were inspired from a recipe in the lovely cookbook called Scratch. They remind me of mini quiches--perfectly cooked broccoli meets…
Freezer Friendly Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes. This surprising freezer meal can make a great healthy dinner or even a side dish for a large group. Made with real food ingredients too!

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

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We're so excited to be able to share one of the healthiest, most delicious, and freezable recipes in our cookbook, From Freezer to Table, today--Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes! Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes…

Cinnamon Sugar Roll-Ups: Easy After School Snack

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This is one of those snacks that we--both the kids themselves and I--have been making for years. You can thank my 1st grader son, Ben, for making sure this ended up on the blog finally. "Mom, tell…

Cilantro Chicken Chopped Salad

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This Cilantro Chicken Chopped Salad is fresh, vibrant, and makes a great lunch. I'm on a mission. A mission to collect an arsenal of awesome salads. And today, you are meeting one of them. In full…

Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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This freezer-friendly Cranberry Balsamic Baked Chicken recipe is healthy and simple, with a blow-your-mind-delicious balsamic marinade.
Fiesta Chopped Salad

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

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This fresh, delicious, and super healthy Fiesta Chopped Salad (or is it salsa?) works as a light lunch, side dish, appetizer, or snack anytime. Make this on the weekend and eat on it throughout the week.…
Healthy, freezer-friendly mini meatballs soup

Mini Meatball Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Freezer-friendly Mini Meatball Soup is the perfect for warming up your family on a cold winter night. Well, there’s no avoiding it now. Winter is on it’s way. Soon it will be time for puffy coats,…

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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The sweet and vibrant flavor of this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette homemade salad dressing will bring life and flavor to any salad.  As much as I love cooking from scratch, I still feel a little out of my…

101 Real Food Slow Cooker Freezer Meals

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Between sports practices, school drop off and pick up, working two part-time jobs, and pretending to keep up with laundry...I am all about slow cooker freezer meals these days. What's not to love?…
English Muffin Pizzas are easy, kid-friendly, and freezable.

English Muffin Pizzas {Freezer Meal}

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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.

Four Ingredient Seasoned Pork Chops {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for a simple and easy freezer meal? What about a dump and go meal that you can make ahead of time and freeze? Our seasoned pork chops come together in minutes. Double or triple the batch when pork…

Whole Wheat Cinnamon Applesauce Bread {Freeezer-Friendly}

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Cinnamon and apples get me every time. Whether it's Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal or Cinnamon Apple French Toast, I find it hard to resist this classically delicious combo in the fall. Although this…

Creamy Mashed Potatoes (Made in the Instant Pot!)

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Not all mashed potatoes are created equally. Growing up, my parents would always mashed potatoes that were chunky and with the skin mixed in. (This provided more nutrition. Thanks, Dad). While I am not…

Straight From Alaska Salmon Burgers (Freezer Meal)

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Our freezer friendly Salmon Burgers were born straight out of my trips to Alaska. These burgers don’t have an overpowering fishy taste, making it a great recipe for introducing salmon to kids or…

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup (Freezer Meal)

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What better way to clean out your fridge and freezer than to make a satisfying pot of vegetable soup? This healthy freezer meal is a win for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I love to make a bit pot…
Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls - A healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone!

Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls {Freezer Meal}

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Here's a healthy and filling dinner idea for everyone! Delicious marinated grilled chicken is served over brown rice and with your favorite southwest toppings in Southwest Chicken Burrito Bowls. We…

From Freezer to Table: Killer Carnitas

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These slow cooker carnitas are one of my all-time favorite freezer meals. As one of my go-to recipes for large groups, our Killer Carnitas are a no-fail dump and go freezer meal. “Woman, what…

Texas Caviar Dip

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I stumbled upon this Texas Caviar Dip while on vacation this summer. It is an easy, tasty, budget friendly appetizer that is great for large groups. You're going to love it! At a Fourth of July…
It's like magic! These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs really are cooked perfectly and peel easily. I can't believe it!

Easy-To-Peel Hard Boiled Eggs in the Instant Pot

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These easy-to-peel hard boiled eggs in the Instant Pot just might change your life. This recipe is MAGIC, I tell you. In all of my years of trying every hard boiled egg trick in the book, I've never…

Grilled Sirloin Steak Kebabs

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Grilled Sirloin Steak Kebabs are not only a great meal idea for large groups but they can also be a freezer meal! The magic of this easy dinner idea is in the marinade. I'm writing this post on an empty…
The Very Berry Crumble lets your summer berries shine, while adding a little crispy, sweet topping that pairs perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. 

Very Berry Crumble {Freezer-Friendly}

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The Very Berry Crumble lets your summer berries shine, while adding a little crispy, sweet topping that pairs perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. Great recipe for a group of people! Back to school…

My #1 Time Saving Recipe!

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We hear you loud and clear: you don't have enough TIME! Time to cook. Time to clean. Time to read. Time to parent. Time to travel. Time to volunteer. Time to exercise. Time to sleep. Time for friends.…
Zucchini Bread on a plate

Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips

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This Healthy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips is made with all whole food ingredients and is moist and delicious! Three zucchini--that were dirt cheap at the store this month--sat…

One Sheet Roasted Brussels, Brats, & Sweet Potatoes

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Roasted veggies, WHY? WHY are you so dang good?! You have transformed the vegetables that I have snubbed for at least half of my life, and turned them into something I crave. CRAVE, I tell you. Roasted…

Garlic Bread (Done RIGHT!)

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It feels a bit silly to be sharing a post about how to make garlic bread. I mean, isn't it kind of a no-brainer? Well, maybe. BUT, we want to help you take your garlic bread game to the next level. This…

Garlicky Green Beans

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I grew up thinking that canned green beans were better than fresh. To be honest, I still have a hard time with fresh green beans unless they are seasoned up or cooked in a delicious way. (Probably…

Slow Cooker Shredded BBQ Beef Sandwiches {Freezer Meal}

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It was a very bad day when my husband left the shredded BBQ beef leftovers out overnight. I knew it was an accident but I REALLY liked these sandwiches and was REALLY looking forward to having them for…
Pan-Fried Catfish is cheap, kid-friendly, and so tasty.

Pan-Fried Catfish

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Believe it or not, this main dish cost me just under $5 to put together and my whole family loved it. Let's just say that catfish in mid-Missouri is not hard to come by. I don't fry foods very often,…

Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

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I could have really used this recipe the other day when we put drumsticks on the grill and realized we were out of BBQ sauce. Luckily one of our neighbors had about 1/2 cup left that they graciously…
Kale Me Maybe Smoothie

"Kale Me Maybe" Smoothie Recipe {Dairy-Free}

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Sing with me, everybody (to the tune of "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen), "Now here's my recipe, so Kale Me Maybe!". I am not an impulse spender and am actually quite frugal. But there is one…
100% real food ingredients! These 5-ingredient Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits are absolutely delicious!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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There's nothin' like a homemade biscuit straight from the oven. Are you with me? On holidays, I pull out the Crisco and white flour and make my mother-in-law's killer recipe. And my husband and kids…

33 Homemade Salad Dressings

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Confession: I'm a half-hearted gardener. I want the fruits of a great home vegetable garden but don't want to put in the work. I simply want to plant the seeds, walk away, and have a thriving garden in…

Fluffy Eggs and Bacon {Freezer Meal}

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This Fluffy Eggs and Bacon is an easy breakfast idea that is great for feeding a crowd or large family. Even better, it's a freezer meal! I recently inherited a huge box of recipe cards from my grandmother…

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…

Mini Bacon, Spinach, and Egg Quiches {Freezer Meal}

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Yum-yum in my tum-tum. These mini quiches were a certified crowd pleaser. The ingredients are as simple as the recipe is. I must admit though. This is one of those, "real food meets reality," recipes.…
Use up leftovers to create this delicious make-ahead Banana Pecan Baked French Toast.

Banana Pecan Baked French Toast {Freezer Meal}

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What do you do with a freezer bag full of leftover bread heels in the freezer, overripe bananas, and even some butternut squash puree? (Don't cast a skeptical eye at the squash...just look at all the…

Puppy Chow

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Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies) is one of my go-to large group treats. This batch was made for a Super Bowl party we attended but I've also found it to be a great treat for birthday parties,…
4 Cheese Penne Pasta with whole wheat pasta is a healthier baked pasta that comes together quickly.

4 Cheese Baked Penne Pasta {Freezer Meal}

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You can never go wrong with a baked pasta in my humble opinion. It feeds a crowd and typically pleases even the pickiest of eaters. Polly makes a phenomenal Hearty Baked Penne Pasta, but…
A foil pack makes for easy cooking and clean up and perfectly grilled or baked Roasted Root Vegetables!

Roasted Root Vegetables in a Foil Pack

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Want to pretend you're camping one night, without all the bugs and hassle? A super fun recipe from our cookbook, From Freezer to Table (release date: Sept 12, 2017), is a one-pot chicken meal wonder…
Mini Turkey Cheese Patties or Burgers: A kid-friendly, healthy freezer meal!

Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers {Freezer Meal}

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It had been an uneventful dinner so far. Everyone...yes, picky eaters and all...munched away on these easy Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers, which I served alongside some Simple Roasted Veggies that night.…

Blueberry Power Muffins

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It's no secret that I am a muffin lover. I love that they are easy to make, easy to eat anytime of the day, and easy to freeze. When these Blueberry Power Muffins were suggested by my friend Noelle…
Sour Cream and Cheese Biscuits-4

Cheddar and Sour Cream Biscuits

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Cheddar and sour cream biscuits. Need I say more? OK, I will. They were great and a super easy side dish. If I would have had green onions on hand I would have tossed a few in there as well but they…

Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Salad

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My family won't go for Brussel Sprouts. I've tried multiple times but they simply turn their noses up at the idea of them before they even try them. Husband included. Since I'm the only one who will…
The Banana Boat: The perfect after school snack!

Banana Boat: The Perfect After School Snack

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It began many, many years ago. About 35 in fact. My mom used to make these for me as a kid, sans the chocolate chips. She was a better mom than me, I guess. But, here I am three decades later making…
Imagine a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. With basic ingredients in any pantry and a recipe that's easy enough for kids to make, Chocolate Chip Blondies make the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy and then share with others.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

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School's out for a giant ice storm that never hit. So what do you do? Make a treat, of course! My 9-year-old flipped through one of my staple recipe books, The New Best Recipe (Cook's Illustrated) and…

Last Minute Holiday Cookies

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Last night, I was running short on time. I needed an easy holiday dessert for a small Christmas party pronto! When I scanned our pantry and saw our off brand Oreos in there, this little idea dawned…
Freezer friendly ground beef philly cheesesteak sandwiches

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

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Yum yum yum. Theses Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteaks are super easy to make and my whole family loves them. Affiliate links included. See full disclosure here. These bad boys were a crowd pleaser…
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal is an easy and healthy breakfast or snack. It is a great family recipe and ideal for large groups!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal (For a Crowd)

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We are baked oatmeal fanatics around here, as you may know. Both my kids and Polly's kids eat the stuff by bushels. I find myself making the Brownie Baked Oatmeal repeatedly, while Polly probably…

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them to taste JUST how you want them to. You not only save money by making them at home but you also save yourself from…
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken {Freezer Meal}

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Oh man, was this Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki good. Yes, I do repeat. This is a GREAT SLOW COOKER RECIPE. I have tried one too many slow cooker recipes that have failed to impress me, but this one…

Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges

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Here's an easy-peasy side dish idea that almost everyone will love. These Crispy Parmesan Potato Wedges are not only easy to make but a super filling and an inexpensive side dish. I love that they…

Simple Garlic-Lemon Buttered Shrimp

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What I love about this garlic-lemon shrimp recipe is that it is super versatile. It only takes a few minutes to make and can be great to eat just plain or to toss into a recipe that needs some protein. Just…
This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

10-Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata: Easy Weeknight Meal

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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…

Garlic Herb Butter

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I'm always looking for ways to jazz up side dishes. This is one of the many reasons I love this garlic herb butter. It can be made ahead of time, frozen or refrigerated and then plopped on any kind of…

Honey Garlic Skillet Shrimp {Freezer Meal}

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Through all the recipe testing for our cookbook, I'm learning that I instantly gravitate towards any sweet-savory flavored recipe. Any combination of a honey-soy-garlic marinade is pretty much going…

Polly's Signature Taco Soup

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I’ve been making a variation of this freezer friendly, taco soup for my family for years. It’s my go-to large group meal because crowds love it, too. It can be made in the slow cooker or on the…

Hello Peaches! Make This Pecan Peach Crisp Now.

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.5 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…
A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! These are the best soft batch ones ever.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies: BEST EVER Soft Batch Version

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A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! Yes, it is true. A real food, whole wheat version of a soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie does exist! I've searched high and low and baked many…
How to Freeze Fresh Pesto

How to Make and 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, freezable…

Sweet and Savory Roasted Carrots

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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…

Avocado Lime Salsa

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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…

Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

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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…
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}

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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.…

The Perfect Grilled Steak

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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…

Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee

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Summer of 2016 will forever be remembered in my life as, "The Summer of Iced Coffee." I'm serious. Anywhere from around 1:00-3:00 pm, I start to feel sorry for my tired self. I'm tempted to throw a…
For juicy, tender bite-sized chicken that will please a crowd try these Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs.

Southwest Grilled Chicken Kabobs {Freezer Meal}

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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…

Spinach and Bacon Quiche {Freezer Meal}

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This freezer friendly spinach and bacon quiche recipe has been circulating in my home for quite a while now. You guys, it is SO good. I wish I could say it was healthy but I can assure you it wouldn't…
All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

Homemade Basic Cheese Sauce (with NO Velveeta!)

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This all-natural basic cheese sauce transforms vegetables, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious sauce over pasta, meat, or rice. Best of all, NO VELVEETA! Wow.…

Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps {Freezer Meal}

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Freezer Friendly Asian Chicken Tortilla Wraps Confession: there are a handful of recipes in our Recipe Index that I have yet to try. Don't worry-- every recipe in there has been tested by either…

Yummy Chicken and Dumplings

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Today's yummy Chicken and Dumpling recipe is brought to you by Christina from Martha Martha. Being someone who grew up on chicken and dumplings, I'm excited to finally have a recipe on Thriving Home to…

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

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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…

Slow Cooker Sausage & Tortellini Soup--Simple Creamy Goodness!

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Am I the only one who is a bit skeptical of slow cooker recipes? While we do have some fabulous, healthy slow cooker recipes in our recipe index, I for sure have tried MANY others that have turned out…