Menu Plans

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (10.20.21)

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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…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top Hy-Vee Sales (10.13.21)

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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…

WEEKLY MENU PLAN + TOP HY-VEE SALES (10.6.21)

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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…

WEEKLY MENU PLAN + TOP HY-VEE SALES (9.29.21)

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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 (9.22.21)

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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 (9.15.21)

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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 (9.8.21)

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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 (9.1.21)

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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 (8.25.21)

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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 (8.18.21)

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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 (8.11.21)

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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 (8.4.21)

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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 (7.28.21)

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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 (7.21.21)

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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 (7.14.21)

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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 (7.7.21)

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

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

ham and cheese egg cups on a white serving platter with sliced green onions on top

Baked Ham and Egg Cups

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Ham and Egg Cups might just blow your mind. They did mine. With only three main ingredients, this high-protein dish could be one of the easiest breakfast, lunch, or dinner recipes ever.

Instant Pot Chili

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This time-saving, budget-friendly Instant Pot Chili is the perfect blend of ground beef, beans, tomatoes, and spices.

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…

Stovetop Chili

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Need a down-the-pipe, great chili recipe? One that is made with pantry ingredients, is flavorful enough for adults, but not too spicy for kids? Our Stovetop Chili checks all the boxes and more. Not only…

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

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I can't even begin to count the number of times I've made this Bread Machine Cinnamon Roll recipe. My kids cheer when they find out I'm making them. You'll be the one cheering when you realize how easy…

Stovetop Popcorn {with Coconut Oil}

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Stovetop Coconut Oil Popcorn is incredibly easy and serves as a healthy, filling snack that all ages love. The coconut oil brings the perfect hint of sweetness that is balanced with a bit of salt. It's…

Instant Pot Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Instant Pot Tortellini Soup a delightful twist on traditional chicken noodle soup that will bring some serious comfort food to your table without much fuss. It's kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and delicious. Using the Instant Pot to make this tortellini soup is a great shortcut and cuts down on dishes!

15+ Best Chicken Freezer Meals on the Internet

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The ultimate list of chicken freezer meals handpicked by freezer meal experts.

Greek Dip

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Here's a healthy and super EASY lunch, appetizer, or snack idea for you. Try out this tasty Mediterranean Layered Dip and make it your way.

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Maple Glaze

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The combination of maple syrup, soy sauce, and fresh ginger in this slow cooker pork loin recipe creates a delicious sweet-savory combo.

Easy Southwest Ranch Dressing

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A little creamy, a hint of spicy, and 100% delicious, this homemade southwest ranch dressing takes minutes to throw together and is super versatile.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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You only need 2 simple ingredients to make your own homemade vanilla extract: vanilla beans and vodka! After following the easy steps below, let the vanilla beans infuse the vodka for as little…

Top 10 Healthy Homemade Salad Dressings

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

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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These healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins are moist, sweet, and delicious...and easily freezable. We pull them out of the freezer for snacks or for an easy breakfast.
whole wheat mac and cheese in the instant pot

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese {Only 5 Ingredients}

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A one pot wonder full of 100% real food ingredients. This easy stovetop mac and cheese is creamy, comforting, & much healthier than boxed mac!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins With Crumble Topping

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This tried and true Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe will quickly become part of your fall baking rotation. Imagine all the delicious flavors of autumn packed into a fluffy, moist, nutritious muffin. The…

Crockpot Baked Apples

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Crock Pot Baked Apples are a fall favorite! Core your apples, add the crumble filling, and bake until tender. Your home will smell delicious. Use the recipe as a side dish or even a dessert. Enjoy!

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 slow cooker apple butter recipe will have your home smelling like a slice of autumn heaven! About…

Crockpot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

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Homemade apple sauce has never been easier. With a few simple ingredients and your Crockpot, you can easily make cinnamon apple sauce in your home. Follow our easy instructions below! Apple Butter…
a rotisserie chicken from the store in a black pan

15+ Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken

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Rotisserie chicken might be the most economical and healthy store-bought shortcut you can find. Let me show you what to do with rotisserie chicken. I used two from the store to create multiple meals to feed my family and fill my freezer!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

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These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes are a part of our family's regular breakfast rotation for good reason. They have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this time) and 100% whole grain in them but retain their…

Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

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While the recipe for these Instant Pot Sloppy Joes may look familiar to our Super Sloppy Joes recipe, we’ve reworked the cooking method to make it conveniently work in the Instant Pot! With just minutes of high pressure cooking, this vegetable-infused, tangy-sweet meat mixture comes together into something the whole family will enjoy.

Pumpkin Chili

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Want a super nutritious, flavorful recipe that can feed a crowd, won't break the bank, or doesn't take much time? This Pumpkin Chili recipe gets the job done. Even better, it only takes 20 minutes to make AND is a great make-ahead freezer meal!

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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This delicious Autumn-Inspired Chopped Salad will quickly become your go-to fall salad. It's so good that it was featured in this news story. Autumn Chopped Salad is a great recipe for large group gatherings…

Pumpkin French Toast

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Pumpkin French Toast is such a nutritious and hearty way to start your day. Like most of our easy breakfast recipes, we've included instructions for how to make french toast as an easy make ahead freezer…

Pumpkin Dump Cake

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Pumpkin Dump Cake is an easy-to-make, crowd-pleaser recipe that goes a long way (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…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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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…

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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This homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe 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 is amazed that it's…
Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is hearty, healthy, delicious, and fairly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days. Serve it up as a tasty start to your day or as a “breakfast-for-dinner”, along with bacon and a fruit salad.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

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This Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal is hearty, healthy, delicious, and fairly adaptable to whatever ingredients you have on hand. Plus, leftovers keep well in the fridge for several days. Serve it up as…

Cinnamon Applesauce Bread

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Prepare to "fall" in love with Cinnamon Applesauce Bread. Using mostly pantry staples, you can bake up this nutritious, mouth-watering sweet bread in no time.
pan seared pork chop on a white plate with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops

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With only 5 ingredients and in about 20 minutes, you can make easy pan seared pork chops with a perfectly seasoned crust and juicy interior.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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Chicken Tortellini Soup a delightful twist on chicken noodle soup that will bring some serious comfort food to your table without much fuss. It's kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and delicious. Make it on the stove, in the slow cooker, or in the Instant Pot!

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 2 people?" We've compiled over 80 make-ahead recipe ideas from our website and cookbooks that work to individually…
a slice of breakfast casserole with hash browns being served with a spatula

Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns {Only 5 Ingredients}

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With only 5 main ingredients--potatoes, cheese, sausage (or bacon), eggs, and milk, this Breakfast Casserole with Hash Browns is a cinch to throw together. You can even make it ahead of time and store in the fridge, or make this into a freezer meal using our instructions.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal (with Chocolate Chips)

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Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal is a wholesome, warm, comforting breakfast for any day of the week. Kids love the sweetness and chocolate chips; parents love the sneaky pumpkin and other healthy ingredients. I feel great about filling my family's tummies with this first thing in the morning This baked oatmeal recipe is an easy one to double and freeze too!

Mini Italian Burgers

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Moist and packed with Italian flavor, these Mini Italian Burgers will impress anyone from guests to the youngest eaters in your house. Even better, they are freezer-friendly! You'll want to double the…

Chocolate Waffles with Banana

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These healthy Chocolate Waffles are a great way to start the morning. The banana adds a touch of sweetness and some added nutrition and kids will love the idea of eating "chocolate" for breakfast. Feel…

Turkey Pesto Paninis

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The ingredients in our Turkey Panini recipe are simple, but the flavor is BIG. You'll love how quickly they come together and how easily you can turn them into a freezer meal too!

Throw a Freezer Cooking Party: The Ultimate Guide

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Freezer meal prep with friends! Use this step by step guide to plan and host a freezer cooking party.

Easy Pickled Red Onions

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These Easy Pickled Red Onions are one of my favorite new homemade condiments and only take minutes to put together.

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.

Cilantro Lime Aioli

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This Cilantro Lime Aioli is a creamy, lime-infused, dairy-free sauce that will transform any Tex Mex dish, especially tacos!

Dutch Oven Carnitas

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With a few simple seasonings and a zesty marinade, Dutch Oven Carnitas will blow you away. Making pork carnitas in the oven will become a way of life once you try this recipe.

Blueberry Avocado Muffins

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This healthy blueberry avocado muffin packs some serious nutritional punch but is still a treat! It's got sneaky ingredients like avocado, Greek yogurt, and whole wheat flour. Add the crumb topping that's infused with lemon zest for a delicious (yet nutritious) muffin!

Baked Nachos

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Baked Nachos (AKA Sheet Pan Nachos) are a quick, kid-friendly dinner that will please the whole family. Top with a bunch of veggies, and you've got a pan meal! Use our pro-tips below to make them EXTRA delicious!
baked cheese tortellini in glass dish

4-Ingredient Baked Tortellini

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Need a super easy 4-ingredient dish for dinner that everyone will love? Baked Tortellini (with sneaky spinach to up the nutrition) is it! Baked Tortellini comes together fast and is even freezer friendly.…

Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks

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An easy-peasy, flavorful baked chicken drumstick recipe. You can have Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks without grilling or frying. Simply bake, baste, broil and enjoy! We even teach you how to turn this into a make-ahead freezer meal.

Pork Tenderloin with Seasoned Rub

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This Pork Tenderloin Rub recipe is one of our family's top 5 favorites. I've been making it for YEARS, and it turns out perfectly every time. A wide range of seasonings from the pantry makes this simple…
chicken foil packet with broccoli, bacon, and rice

Chicken, Broccoli, and Rice Foil Packets

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Chicken, broccoli, cheddar cheese, and bacon are served over brown rice in this ooey, gooey chicken foil packet. Grill, bake, or cook over the campfire! You can even make them ahead and freeze for later with our instructions.
Blueberry French Toast Casserole {with Vanilla Glaze} in a glass casserole dish

Blueberry French Toast Casserole with Vanilla Glaze

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No need to slave away over the stove flipping French toast. Serve everyone at once with this easy and DELICIOUS Blueberry French Toast Casserole. What's even better is this is a fabulous make-ahead breakfast…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

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The perfect fix for that afternoon sweet tooth: Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Banana Bites! These easy-peasy banana snacks are a kid fave and come together quickly. What's in a Banana…

Totally Tasty Taco Bar

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Everything you need to make your own Taco Bar at home. Delicious ingredients and practical tips on how to serve this easy dinner to your family or even a group of people.

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

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Skip the messy dredging and breading process of most chicken tender recipes with this easy shake-and-bake one. These Oven Baked Chicken Tenders produce a crispy, yet healthy version that rivals any deep-fried…

Zucchini Muffins with Flaxseed

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Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated…

How to Freeze Pesto Sauce

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Can you freeze pesto? Absolutely! Using our 10+ years of freezer cooking experience, we are sharing anything and everything you need to know about freezing pesto. Thriving Home loves pesto. Rachel…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels

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They are as good as they sound. This healthier twist on the typical Chocolate Covered Pretzel has no shortage of flavor. Since the melted dark chocolate is mixed together with the peanut butter before…
chopped cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and crumbled feta in a white bowl

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad

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Use up all that summer garden produce in this delicious, chopped Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad that can be made in just a few minutes.

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…

How to Make and Freeze Butternut Squash Puree (+ 20 Ways To Use It)

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Learn how to make butternut squash puree, how to freeze butternut squash AND browse through 20 ways to use it. Such a great way to sneak in nutrition. One of my favorite inexpensive ways to…
cheeseburger on a whole wheat bun with oven fries on the side

Cheesy Chive Burgers

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There’s nothing quite like a big juicy homemade burger, eh? The fresh herbs and shredded cheese inside these patties take them over the top in taste and texture.

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

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Freezer cooking is a lifestyle for us. We use it to save time, money and sanity on a daily basis. While we specialize in delicious freezer meals, we love teaching about how to freeze basic household ingredients…

Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies

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The perfect afternoon treat to pair with coffee! These Dark Chocolate Coffee Cookies are rich, moist, and have a balance of not-too-sweet-sweetness thanks to the dark chocolate and instant coffee in the…

Honey Dijon Chicken Sandwiches

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In this flavorful honey dijon chicken sandwich, the sweetness of the honey is balanced with the zip of the Dijon mustard in the marinade and sauce. Serve on a pretzel bun with Swiss and bacon for a stellar sandwich!

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.…

10 Summertime Freezer Meals

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Freezer cooking--aka prepping meals ahead and freezing to have on hand for later--is one of the best summer cooking strategies. It allows you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sun…

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…

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.

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…
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…
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…

Homemade Taco Seasoning

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Once you make your own Homemade Taco Seasoning, you won't go back. DIY Taco Seasoning is not only is it cheaper AND healthier (no artificial ingredients or preservatives), but it also tastes better! This…

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!
cooked chicken drumsticks on a plate with broccoli and mashed potatoes

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…

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!
Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

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Ever wonder what to do with the heels of bread or crusts that your kids turn their noses up at? How about apples that are about to go bad? You could make a classic french toast recipe like our…
chicken breasts in freezer bag with lemon garlic marinade

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…
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…
a hand with a fork twirling a bite of spaghetti on a plate

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.
bread machine recipe: paninis

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.
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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 Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches rival their fast food equivalent any day! They make a wholesome, delicious breakfast possible even on the busiest mornings. Kids and adults…
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…
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…
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…

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…

5 Ingredient Pesto

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Making homemade pesto is easier than you think. The flavor of our Homemade Pesto Recipe far outmatches the store bought version. Use our tips to double batch this recipe and freeze pesto for later too!…
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…
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.