Menu Plans

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…

Recipe

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…

Simple and Delicious Boiled Baby Potatoes

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Looking for a incredibly simple side dish for the holidays, or an easy side dish for a weeknight meal? Although these boiled baby (or new) potatoes take very little work and ingredients, they look stunning…

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…

Main Dish

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…

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…
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…
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…

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!

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?…

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!

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.
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!

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.

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…
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…
meals for a crowd

20+ Easy Meals Ideas for a Group of People

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With a husband in full time college ministry, we find ourselves hosting meals at our home quite a bit. I love it. I love hosting people. I love feeding people. I especially love feeding college students…

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. By Alyssa Nitz, Contributing Author I was first introduced to…
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.
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…

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…

Popular Recipes

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…

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…

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…

Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

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With 8 years worth of content, it can be easy to forget about some amazing pumpkin recipes that we have shared over the years. Since fall is in full swing, we thought it would be great to resurface some…

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…

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…

10 Fall Recipes You Need to Try--Stat!

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Despite the 90 degree temperature days in mid-MO this past week, the leaves are starting to turn and my yard has the beginnings of an epic leaf pile. Fall is officially here. While I'm admittedly…

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.…
mini meatloaf muffins

The Best Review of a Recipe I've Ever Gotten

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Last week I got THE single best (and most hilarious) review of a recipe I've ever gotten in my entire life. Listen to the end of this audio clip from my two neighbor girls (there's a slight pause in the…
25+ Delicious Slow Cooker Recipes That Feed a Crowd

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…
Top 10 Freezer Meals to Take to Others

Top 10 Freezer Meals to Take to Others

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There are seasons in life when a home cooked meal delivered to the door of a friend, neighbor, or church member speaks volumes of love. Our family has certainly benefited from many meals from friends over…

Power Breakfast Smoothies for Summer

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I am excited to have my friend, Lindsey, guest posting for us today. We were friends in college and thanks to our husbands being best-buddies we have kept in touch since then as well. When my husband…

Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls {Freezer Meal}

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Little hands can't get enough of these ham and cheese crescent rolls. Don't believe me? Here's what happened when I was trying to get a picture of these bad boys. Who can blame her? Between the sweet,…
easy mexican soup recipe

Crowd Pleaser Mexican Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Updated and republished from January 2012 This Mexican soup recipe never fails to please a crowd. It is one of my favorite recipes for a lot of reasons: 1) It tastes awesome! 2) It is primarily…
Baked Oatmeal with Fruit can be a hearty, healthy breakfast or dinner. It's warm and comforting with a little milk over the top.

Baked Oatmeal: Updated and Healthier {Freezer Meal}

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A while back I posted about a favorite recipe of mine, Baked Oatmeal. I can't even begin to count the number of times we've made this in the past few years. We almost always have the ingredients on hand…

Taco Seasoning Mix

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This house LOVES mexican food. Even my two year old will scarf down a whole bowl of spicy mexican soup without any protest. When I sit down to menu plan for the week, it seems like there is almost…
homemade wheat sandwich bread

Homemade Wheat Sandwich Bread: A Complete Guide

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I've always been afraid of the fickle beast. That's what my friend, Carla, and I call yeast. Good homemade bread without a bread maker has eluded me for years, because I could never get the yeast or recipe…

Mini Fruit Pizzas with Cream Cheese Frosting

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I LOVE fruit. Love it. When I was pregnant with my first kid I went through a stage where all I wanted to eat was fruit salad. After a few months of that I moved into an orange-colored fruit kick. I…

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce {Freezer Meal}

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People. If I would have known how easy and cheap it is to make your own marinara sauce in the crock pot, I would have started doing this years ago! Instead I've been spending money on expensive jars…
healthy meatball recipe

Healthy Meatball Sandwich Recipe

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This healthier version of a Meatball Sub is hands down one of my favorite sandwiches of all time. And, more importantly, my whole family from ages 1 to 40 loves it! That's a rare treat at this stage of…

Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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I've made these Zucchini Flaxseed Muffins more times than I can count. Not only are they moist and totally yummy, but they are a great way to include some sneaky nutrition into a kid-favorite. I almost…

Jane's Grilled Peaches Recipe

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This grilled peach recipe is an explosion of flavors. It's a perfect side dish for your next cookout! Grilled peaches are also a great recipe for large groups. Ever had grilled peaches? I hadn't until…
Garlic honey chicken kabob marinade

Honey-Garlic Chicken Kabob Marinade {Freezer Meal}

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Like I mentioned before, we are a kabob-lovin' family. If it were up to me, I'd have them every week. For the sake of variety, we don't. But I love them that much. What's funny is I only have two recipes…

Roundup

Thanksgiving Guide: Make-Ahead Recipes, Family Activities & More

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we want to make the holiday as easy as possible for you! Here are some ideas you might find helpful. In this post you'll find family activities, a menu…

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…
healthy recipes kids like

50+ Ways to Sneak Vegetables and Fruits into Kid Favorites

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I'm a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you…
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…
meals for a crowd

20+ Easy Meals Ideas for a Group of People

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With a husband in full time college ministry, we find ourselves hosting meals at our home quite a bit. I love it. I love hosting people. I love feeding people. I especially love feeding college students…

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.…

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?…
Chocolate Zu-Nana Waffles from From Freezer to Table cookbook. Order today at www.fromfreezertotable.com.

10 Healthy, Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

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Is a healthy breakfast possible on those chaotic weekday mornings? We've got you covered with 10 healthy, freezable breakfast ideas to make ahead and have on hand. We started school again yesterday.…
These 10 products are my go-to health food buys on Amazon Prime. So much cheaper than buying at the store.

Top 10 "Health Food" Amazon Prime Favorites (and How I Use Them)

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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 sites.…
20 Easy and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids - Delicious mostly "real food" lunch box ideas that your kids will actually eat!

20 Easy and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas That Kids Will Love

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee Columbia As a big proponent of feeding my family mostly "real food", making kid lunches for all three of my kids on school nights is just part of our routine. But,…

30+ Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals

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20 Healthy Snack Ideas for the First Trimester

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At only 5 weeks pregnant, I had hardly even noticed any pregnancy symptoms. Life was going on as normal for the most part. On one particular morning, I served up some oatmeal pancakes and fruit and my…
Kids and adults alike love these 30+ healthy on-the-go snacks.

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

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Disclaimer: This article was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! Each summer I love to take advantage of the time my kids have off school to fill their little minds…
meals for a crowd

20+ Meals that Feed Large Groups

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With a husband in full time college ministry, we find ourselves hosting meals at our home quite a bit. I love it. I love hosting people. I love feeding people. I especially love feeding college students…

Canning

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…

How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

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When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It's a battle of…

A Beginner's Guide to Canning Food

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I never would have entered into the canning food world if it weren't for my dad. Every year, my dad plants a garden that could feed a small village. When it's time to harvest a vegetable, my dad--much…

Kitchen Tips

Kitchen Favorites: Utensils

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Welcome to day four of our weeklong series: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted…

Kitchen Favorites: Cookware

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Welcome to day three of our weeklong series: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted…

Kitchen Favorites: Bakeware

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Welcome to day three of our weeklong series: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted…

Kitchen Favorites: Small Appliances

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We are in our second day of a weeklong series called: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed…

Kitchen Favorites: Freezer Cooking

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We are kicking off a weeklong series called: Kitchen Favorites. Each day we will feature a category of kitchen items that we either use and personally recommend or that come highly reviewed from a trusted…

Can I Cook a Frozen Meal in the Slow Cooker?

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"Is it safe to put a freezer meal in the crock pot?" "Can I put frozen chicken breasts in the slow cooker?" When it comes to freezer meals, this is a very common question we get from readers…
Don't let these 3 myths stop you from saving time and money, eating healthier, and having delicious meals on the table regularly! Here are the top 3 freezer cooking myths debunked!

Top 3 Myths About Freezer Cooking Debunked!

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As self-proclaimed "freezer cooking evangelists", we're on a mission to convert friends, family, and readers to the freezer cooking lifestyle. That's because we've been convinced over our 15+ combined…

10 Ways to Use Ripe Bananas

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Bananas getting spotty and overripe? Time to throw them away? Stop, I tell you. Stop! While you may see a banana decomposing right before your eyes, I see a banana that is in perfect condition to…

Video: Best Way to Cut Corn from a Cob

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This kitchen tip concludes our week of dorky, life-changing videos, including How to Chop an Onion and Tips for Juicing a Lime, that were taken while making this delicious Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa…
How to juice a lime

Video: Tips & Tricks for Juicing a Lime

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We're back again (remember the onion chopping trick from yesterday?) to share another kitchen tip I showed Polly while we were making yummy Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa last week. This short video…
A short video tutorial on the easiest way to chop an onion

Video: How to Chop an Onion Like a Pro

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Polly and I had a lot of fun one morning last week developing a freezable Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa and also making a version that can be canned, as well. Life as a food blogger is rough,…

Recipe Round-Up

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…
healthy recipes kids like

50+ Ways to Sneak Vegetables and Fruits into Kid Favorites

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I'm a big believer in offering my kids fruits and vegetables at every meal. Research has definitively shown that if you keep offering and keep offering, children will eventually try the produce you…
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…

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,…
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20+ Easy Meals Ideas for a Group of People

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With a husband in full time college ministry, we find ourselves hosting meals at our home quite a bit. I love it. I love hosting people. I love feeding people. I especially love feeding college students…

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?…

10 Fall Recipes You Need to Try--Stat!

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Despite the 90 degree temperature days in mid-MO this past week, the leaves are starting to turn and my yard has the beginnings of an epic leaf pile. Fall is officially here. While I'm admittedly…
Chocolate Zu-Nana Waffles from From Freezer to Table cookbook. Order today at www.fromfreezertotable.com.

10 Healthy, Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

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Is a healthy breakfast possible on those chaotic weekday mornings? We've got you covered with 10 healthy, freezable breakfast ideas to make ahead and have on hand. We started school again yesterday.…

30+ Real Food Grilling Ideas

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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 food…
20 Easy and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Kids - Delicious mostly "real food" lunch box ideas that your kids will actually eat!

20 Easy and Healthy Lunch Box Ideas That Kids Will Love

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee Columbia As a big proponent of feeding my family mostly "real food", making kid lunches for all three of my kids on school nights is just part of our routine. But,…

30+ Kid-Friendly Freezer Meals

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50+ Healthy Soup Recipes

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Last Saturday around lunch time, my family was driving home from a birthday party. When I mentioned I wasn’t sure what we had at home to eat, my husband quickly suggested we swing by a fast food restaurant…
Top 20 Favorite Freezer Meals: These healthy and delicious freezer meals will save you time, money, and make eating healthy meals at home possible!

Top 20 Favorite Freezer Meals

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With the start of school just around the corner, it's the perfect time to stock our freezers with healthy pre-made breakfast options and easy weeknight dinners. Whether or not you throw a Freezer Party…
Stock Up on Summer Produce to Save Time & Money (+50 In-Season Recipes)

Stock Up on Summer Produce to Save Time and Money (+ 50 In-Season Recipes)

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! Ripe berries, juicy peaches, zucchini the size of your forearm, more tomatoes than you can shake…

Freezer Cooking

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…

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…
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The 5 Best Ways to Package and Store Freezer Meals

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Freezer meal experts and cookbook authors, Polly Conner and Rachel Tiemeyer, share their best secrets to packaging and storing freezer meals the right way.

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.

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…

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…

Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart: Fresh Meals & Freezer Meals

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While our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, doesn't come out until January 2020, we wanted to give you some tracks to run on with how to cook your own fresh recipes or freezer meal recipes in the Instant…

Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart: Fresh Meals & Freezer Meals

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While our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, doesn't come out until January 2020, we wanted to give you some tracks to run on with how to cook your own fresh recipes or freezer meal recipes in the Instant…

How to Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

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Prepping meals in bulk and cooking them from frozen in the Instant Pot is the ultimate time-saver. If you can master the art (and yes, it is an art!) of Instant Pot freezer meals, your dinnertime hour…

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…

Freezer Meal Party Plans (+ Our Segment on Show Me St. Louis)

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Thinking about hosting a freezer meal cooking party soon? We've got you covered. These freezer meal recipes for cooking parties or freezer clubs are tried and true. They come together fast, they are made…

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…

Three Reasons Freezer Cooking in the Summer is AWESOME

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While most people may not consider summer an ideal time to make freezer meals, I've found that there are some great benefits to freezer cooking in the summertime! We've been at the pool the last 5 out…
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…

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 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…

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. By Alyssa Nitz, Contributing Author I was first introduced to…

Whole30 Freezer Party Makes Meal Prep a Cinch

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Hi friends. I’m Natalie, a mama, paleo food enthusiast, and blogger over at Lovely Inside Out. I’ve been making freezer meals for a while now to help take the load off our mid-week dinnertime dash.…
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…
Chocolate Zu-Nana Waffles from From Freezer to Table cookbook. Order today at www.fromfreezertotable.com.

10 Healthy, Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

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Is a healthy breakfast possible on those chaotic weekday mornings? We've got you covered with 10 healthy, freezable breakfast ideas to make ahead and have on hand. We started school again yesterday.…

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.…
Throwing a Freezer Party with friends is a simple way to stock your freezer with healthy, homemade meals and enjoy a night out with friends. Here's how to pull it off.

A Super Simple Summer Freezer Party: The Answer to Our Junk-Eating Slump

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I'm gonna be straight up honest with you all. My family hasn't been eating all that well this summer. I've been swamped with work, my son has baseball games and practices many nights a week, we've…
Real Food Menu Plan for March 13-19: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up & Save" Deals

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Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Two recipes I'm excited to throw back into our dinner rotation this week are the Chicken Apple Bites and Pizza Stromboli. They take kid favorites and add a little…
Don't let these 3 myths stop you from saving time and money, eating healthier, and having delicious meals on the table regularly! Here are the top 3 freezer cooking myths debunked!

Top 3 Myths About Freezer Cooking Debunked!

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As self-proclaimed "freezer cooking evangelists", we're on a mission to convert friends, family, and readers to the freezer cooking lifestyle. That's because we've been convinced over our 15+ combined…

Instant Pot

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…

How Long Do I Cook Chicken Breasts in the Instant Pot? (Fresh or Frozen)

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After testing 100s of recipes for the past 1 1/2 years for our forthcoming cookbook, we have narrowed down the Instant Pot cooking times for all sorts of recipes. Here is a rundown on how long to cook…

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.
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.
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.

Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart: Fresh Meals & Freezer Meals

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While our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, doesn't come out until January 2020, we wanted to give you some tracks to run on with how to cook your own fresh recipes or freezer meal recipes in the Instant…

Instant Pot Cooking Times Chart: Fresh Meals & Freezer Meals

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While our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker, doesn't come out until January 2020, we wanted to give you some tracks to run on with how to cook your own fresh recipes or freezer meal recipes in the Instant…

How to Make Instant Pot Freezer Meals

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Prepping meals in bulk and cooking them from frozen in the Instant Pot is the ultimate time-saver. If you can master the art (and yes, it is an art!) of Instant Pot freezer meals, your dinnertime hour…

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…

"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…
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…

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…

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…

Instant Pot 101

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In an effort to answer the increasing amount of questions we are getting about Instant Pots, we thought we'd create a resource page. Hope this can help answer some of those burning questions about the…

Breakfast

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…

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.

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…

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…

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!

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!

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.

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.
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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.
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.
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!

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…

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…
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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 Oatmeal…
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…

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…

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.…

Appetizers

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!
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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…

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…

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…
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.…

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…

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…

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…
Freezable Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe--Freezer Friendly |Thriving Home

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa {Freezer Meal}

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Last week, while our little ones were at preschool together, Polly and I spent the four quick morning hours making, canning, and freezing Roasted Corn Salsa. We actually walked away from the whole project…

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes {Freezer Meal}

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I love cooking shows. And there's one Food Network star who will always have a special place in my heart. Can you guess who? Rach, of course! I've been watching 30 Minute Meals pretty consistently for…
Whole Grain Pizza Bread

Whole Grain Pizza Bread {Freezer Meal}

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I feel silly posting this as new, exciting recipe. Because many of you already make this, right? But, Whole Grain Pizza Bread actually is kind of a new, exciting thing recently discovered in our house! Like…
Small Bites Board

Small Bites Board

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Summer lunches need to accomplish two goals around here: 1) Feed a small army of kids something quick and healthy and 2) use up garden produce or what I have around the kitchen. The Small Bites Board does…
creamy avocado dip

Creamy Avocado Dip: For One or For a Crowd

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As afternoon snacks go, dark chocolate chips and peanuts rank #1 in my book. But, Creamy Avocado Dip might come in at #2. This healthy and filling dip is a great love of mine for lunch or for snacking. You…
Seven Layer Taco Dip Recipe

7 Layer Taco Dip Recipe (Healthified!)

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I'll give you 3 reasons why you need to make this dip soon: 1 - It's an easy, no-cook and healthy meal. I left this in the fridge, and we ate on it for lunch, snacks, and dinner throughout the week.…

Mediterranean Layered 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.

Jane's Grilled Peaches Recipe

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This grilled peach recipe is an explosion of flavors. It's a perfect side dish for your next cookout! Grilled peaches are also a great recipe for large groups. Ever had grilled peaches? I hadn't until…

Mini Crab Cakes Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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If I had to pinpoint one favorite food, it might well be crab legs. A few years ago, when I was on staff with my church, my best friend and I took several high school girls to Charleston for Spring Break. …
Guacamole

Guacamole for the Masses

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We meet twice a month with several other couples for our small group Bible study night.  Great friends, sharing our lives with one another, and substantive discussions are the best parts.  But, the…
Asian Lettuce Wraps

Asian Lettuce Wraps

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My inspiration for this recipe came years ago after having P.F. Chang's Lettuce Wraps which are di-vine! Although I don't cook regularly with ingredients loaded with sodium and MSG (i.e. the soy and…

Baked Goods

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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!

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.

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…

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…
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…

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…
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…

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…
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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…

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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I love making muffins. Maybe it's because my figure somewhat represents one at the current time (i.e. 7.5 months pregnant) but for some reason I've been wanting muffins in the morning--and afternoon.…
Double chocolate zucchini bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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There is something about snow that makes me want to bake. This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe was the result of just that. We were cooped up on a snowy morning so baking something delicious…

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!? Yep.…

(Healthy and Delicious!) Pumpkin Muffins With a Crumble Topping {Freezer Meal}

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I have a new addition to my favorite fall recipes. These pumpkin muffins are soooo good. I wish I would have doubled the recipe to have some to freeze and eat later. They are going fast around these…
Flourless Banana Muffin Recipe

Flourless Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free Recipe) {Freezer Meal}

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Warning: This post may introduce you to some ingredients that you don't recognize. But, let me assure you that it's worth giving these Flourless Banana Muffins a shot because they are absolutely moist…
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Squash Cake

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Squash Cake

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Sounds weird. I know. But, hang with me a minute...and know that I wouldn't have put this recipe on our blog if it wasn't a huge hit with my entire fam. Look, squash is just a stone's throw away from…

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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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. The mini chocolate chips will take care…

Homemade Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls {Freezer Meal}

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Little hands can't get enough of these ham and cheese crescent rolls. Don't believe me? Here's what happened when I was trying to get a picture of these bad boys. Who can blame her? Between the sweet,…
Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins (GF)

Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins Recipe (GF) {Freezer Meal}

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Republished and updated from September 2012 You may be wondering what the heck coconut flour is and why I would bother baking muffins with it. First off, these Coconut Flour Pumpkin Muffins are worth…