Breakfast

egg bites in a silicone muffin pan

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? Cheddar Chive Egg Bites are the perfect solution for a healthy breakfast on busy weekdays. Make this…

Blueberry Banana Bread

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This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is a classic sweet bread with a healthy twist. It’s the perfect breakfast, snack, or even dessert option and can be frozen for later use! Why This Bread…

Chocolate Baked Oatmeal {aka Brownie Baked Oatmeal}

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Chocolate Baked Oatmeal tastes and looks like dessert...but it's actually a fairly healthy breakfast (or lunch or dinner or snack). This recipe is a fan favorite! My kids and I developed this recipe…

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…

Fluffy Egg Casserole with Bacon

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This delicious fluffy egg casserole with bacon is an easy make ahead breakfast idea that is great for feeding a crowd or large family. It can be turned into a freezer meal and is a total crowd pleaser.…

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

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This Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Recipe with Vanilla Glaze has it all. It's healthy, easy, freezable, and delicious. It's also gluten-free & dairy-free! I feel great about filling my family's tummies…
blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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This beautiful, nutritious, and easy purple smoothie really does taste like a Blueberry Muffin. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included!
green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

Green Machine Smoothie

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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

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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.
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Very Berry Smoothie

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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.
Breakfast Casserole slice on a plate with fruit

Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with Bacon and Gruyere

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

25+ Christmas Breakfast Ideas to Make Ahead

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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.
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.

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…

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.

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…
It's like magic! These Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs really are cooked perfectly and peel easily. I can't believe it!

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

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These easy-to-peel Instant Pot hard boiled eggs. just might change your life. It is the only way I make hard boiled eggs now! With 3 simple steps, you can do it too. This recipe is MAGIC. In…

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…

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…
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.
Zucchini Bread on a plate

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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This Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is made with all whole food ingredients and is moist and delicious! Zucchini grows in abundance around here in the summer time. It's incredibly healthy…
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!

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…

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!
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…

Zucchini Muffins with Flaxseed

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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…

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.

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.

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!
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…
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.

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…
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.
oats, peanut butter, chocolate chips, and bananas in mason jar on a counter

Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

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

Raspberry Lemon Overnight Oats

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Raspberries and lemon zest star in this delicious, make-ahead Raspberry Overnight Oats recipe that takes just minutes to put together. Whip up a few batches when fresh raspberries are in season or make…
I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

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

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

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

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.

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

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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!
chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

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

Peanut Butter and Jelly Overnight Oats

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

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.

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.

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…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies

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

Easy Zucchini Pancakes: A Freezer Meal!

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

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…
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…

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

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

Banana Pecan Baked French Toast {Freezer Meal}

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

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…
This quick, cheap, and protein-rich meal works for breakfast or dinner anytime.

10-Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata: Easy Weeknight Meal

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Sometimes it's 5 p.m., and you have few groceries in the fridge and no plan for dinner. That was me one night last week. Thankfully, I had eggs, cheese, milk, and some fresh spinach to work with. And…

Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  My kids are totally on a quesadilla kick. No matter what we put in it, if…

Dark Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal (with Sneaky Spinach)

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You caught us. Yes, it's slightly ridiculous how much we eat oatmeal around here, whether it's Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packs or another baked oatmeal recipe from our breakfast recipe index. We love…

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

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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.…
Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal: A super health, easy, freezable breakfast.

Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal

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After our first indulgent Thanksgiving feast (my first one to host in 37 years!) at our house and then a second indulgent feast with more family plus leftovers for every meal, we needed this…

By Far, The BEST Way to Make Cinnamon Toast

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Cinnamon toast is pretty hard to screw up. I mean it's just a combination of cinnamon, sugar and butter on bread. Not much skill to it, right? WRONG. You're all wrong. There is a fabulous, beautiful,…
The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever

The Best Everyday Smoothie {Freezer Meal}

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Here it is. Many, many friends over the years have asked me for my husband's secret smoothie recipe. And today is the day we've all a few of us have been waiting for... "Hey Nathan, can…
Double chocolate zucchini bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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I love delicious recipes that have sneaky veggies! This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is perfect for sneaking vegetables into. The dark chocolate color masks any pops of green that might…

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.…
Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles--Real Food Version of Eggo! {Freezer Meal}

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If you follow our blog at all, you know our families love them some breakfast. We've got so many pancakes, waffles, French Toast, egg, and oatmeal recipes on our Breakfast Recipe Index page. So why another…
Flourless Banana Muffin Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

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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 Gluten Free Banana Muffins a shot because they are absolutely…
Delicious and healthy! Make this baked oatmeal ahead of time for a warm and comforting breakfast the whole family will love. Double and freeze an extra one for later, too. #freezermeal #realfood

Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

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  After discovering how life-changing (well, close) Brownie Baked Oatmeal can be, I knew I had to try other forms of this make ahead oatmeal breakfast. Peanut Butter and Banana Baked Oatmeal…
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…
Apple cinnamon french toast recipe

Apple Cinnamon French Toast

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Who doesn't love french toast? It uses up leftovers, is a taste bud favorite, and is an easy way to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family's diet. (Just check out how I used sweet potatoes…

Easy Whole Grain Zucchini Pancakes {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…
Chocolate Waffle recipe with zucchini

Double Chocolate Zucchini Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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I'm on a mission to sneak zucchini into every food I can. Our garden keeps making them and I can't stand to let our own, homegrown zucchinis go to waste! I plan to make more zucchini bread but I can only…
healthy zucchini bread recipe

Zucchini Bread with Some Healthy Substitutions {Freezer Meal}

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It's zucchini season! I've already picked 3 from my garden and I see a few more on the way. I want to make sure I put the zucchinis to good use so I've been trying to find healthy recipes that would help…
healthy sweet potato french toast

Sweet Potato French Toast

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As you may have gleaned by now, my family loves a good breakfast and I love sneaking veggies in my kids' meals any way I can.  Here's a recipe that accomplishes both.  When you use the blender…
This 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.

Baked Oatmeal with Fruit

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Want to know my number one requested recipe? The one that when anyone tries it, they come crawling back for the directions on how to make it? Lucky you, today I'm sharing with you my Baked Oatmeal recipe.   It's…

Pumpkin Protein Waffles {Freezer Meal}

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Pumpkin Protein Waffles are an easy breakfast idea your family will love. They are crispy on the outside yet moist throughout and make a great healthy freezer meal. A delicious way to get more protein…

Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast

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Blueberry Pumpkin Baked French Toast is a healthy breakfast recipe my kids and I go ga-ga over.  The inspiration recipe for this Blueberry Pumpkin French Toast was too white carb and sugar-laden…
Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix {Freezer Meal}

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Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.  But, sometimes I don't have time to make those and I just want a quick dry mix on hand.  Unfortunately,…

DIY Corn Muffin Mix

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I like me a good corn muffin.  Don't you?  But not all corn muffins are created equal. When you buy a boxed mix at the store, for instance, you're getting trans fats, additives, and ingredients…
Savory Breakfast Muffins

Savory Breakfast Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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My husband needs quick, hearty breakfasts that he can take in the car with him on the way to work.  Savory Breakfast Muffins fit the bill and are his absolute favorite. They are a cornbread-type…
Easy oven omelet recipe

Oven Omelet {Freezer Meal}

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My family has a love affair with eggs whether it's for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  No skin off my back, since they are cheap, easy to make, and healthy.  This "omelette" casserole is either breakfast…
healthy breakfast cookies

Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I stayed up late last night making a new recipe called Breakfast Cookies, since I had to go to work early today and needed a quick, healthy breakfast.  They are packed with protein, potassium, fiber,…

Appetizers

25+ Amazing Mexican Recipes

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The ultimate collection of tasty and easy Mexican recipes that will satisfy your cravings without a trip to the restaurant! As long-time food bloggers, cookbook authors, and moms, we've…

Chips and Guacamole

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If you are serving a Mexican recipe, Chips & Guacamole are an essential side dish. The fresh ingredients and seasoning blend in this guacamole will have you coming back for more and more. The recipe…

Layered Taco Dip

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Layered Taco Dip is the ideal party appetizer. The ingredients are simple and cheap, it's easy to make ahead of time, and the flavor is amazing! The layers make it look like a complex recipe when, in…

Pineapple Salsa

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Pineapple Salsa is a fun, fresh, colorful condiment or appetizer that's not only healthy but absolutely delicious! Serve as a dip with chips or on top of recipes like our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin.…

Pizza Bread

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This pizza bread is made with simple ingredients, requires minimal effort, and is a kid favorite! It's an easy, 20 minute meal that is also freezer friendly. Or, cut it in smaller portions for an appetizer!

Garlic Herb Butter

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You'll never regret having a stash of Garlic Herb Butter in the fridge. It's a quick and easy way to jazz up side dishes. It's also known as a compound butter which is just a fancy way to say butter…

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.

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…

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…
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.

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

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

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…

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…

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…

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. …
Asian Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Inspired by P.F. Chang's recipe, these Chicken Lettuce Wraps are a hit with all ages! Easy to make, filled with good-for-you ingredients, and easy to freeze. My inspiration for this recipe came…

Baked Goods

Blueberry Banana Bread

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This recipe for Blueberry Banana Bread is a classic sweet bread with a healthy twist. It’s the perfect breakfast, snack, or even dessert option and can be frozen for later use! Why This Bread…

Panini Bread

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Making Panini Bread at home is much easier than you think, especially if you let a bread machine do most of the work for you. This recipe is absolutely delicious. It's soft, fluffy inside will be a perfect…

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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It's easier than you think to make your own Whole Wheat Pita Bread, especially when you let the bread machine do the work for you! This recipe has the perfect balance of softness, yet structure. Thanks…

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

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

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…

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.

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…

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.
Zucchini Bread on a plate

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

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This Healthy Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread is made with all whole food ingredients and is moist and delicious! Zucchini grows in abundance around here in the summer time. It's incredibly healthy…

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!

Zucchini Muffins with Flaxseed

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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…

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…

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.
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…
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.

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…
homemade wheat sandwich bread

Homemade Sandwich Bread Recipe

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

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

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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.
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…

Blueberry Power Muffins

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

Cheddar and Sour Cream Biscuits

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

Caramelized Banana Oat Muffins

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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

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I love delicious recipes that have sneaky veggies! This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is perfect for sneaking vegetables into. The dark chocolate color masks any pops of green that might…

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.…
Flourless Banana Muffin Recipe

Gluten Free Banana Muffins

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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 Gluten Free Banana Muffins a shot because they are absolutely…

Cheesy Pesto Bread

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My husband gets excited about any meal if it includes his beloved pesto cheese bread. Lets be honest, so do I. It is SO good. It doesn't rank too highly in the healthy department since it is made…

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…
Bread machine honey wheat bread recipe

Honey Wheat Bread

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This bread machine recipe has become a staple in our home. It's simple, yummy, and gets a lot of action. This is my go-to recipe when sandwiches of any type are on the menu. We often use the leftover…
wheat rolls from bread machine

THE BEST Wheat Rolls: A Bread Machine Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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These wheat rolls are THE BEST. When they are fresh out of the oven with a little butter, I can hardly stop myself. Both my husband and toddler agree- they both scarf them down too. I have found that…
Hamburger bun recipe from bread machine

Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns: Bread Machine Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Thanks to the generosity of my parents, we have a continual supply of grass-fed ground beef in our deep freeze. Other than mexican soup, the most common thing we use it for is burgers! We had a stretch…
Cherry Yogurt Bread

Cherry Yogurt Bread: A Bread Machine Recipe with SO Much Potential {Freezer Meal}

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If you follow me on Pinterest you have probably noticed a theme in all of my most recent pins: bread machine recipes! You can probably conclude from my new found interest in bread that I finally got…
healthy zucchini bread recipe

Zucchini Bread with Some Healthy Substitutions {Freezer Meal}

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It's zucchini season! I've already picked 3 from my garden and I see a few more on the way. I want to make sure I put the zucchinis to good use so I've been trying to find healthy recipes that would help…

DIY Corn Muffin Mix

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I like me a good corn muffin.  Don't you?  But not all corn muffins are created equal. When you buy a boxed mix at the store, for instance, you're getting trans fats, additives, and ingredients…
Savory Breakfast Muffins

Savory Breakfast Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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My husband needs quick, hearty breakfasts that he can take in the car with him on the way to work.  Savory Breakfast Muffins fit the bill and are his absolute favorite. They are a cornbread-type…
Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits

Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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As you might know, I love finding ways to sneak more vegetables into food for my kids.  One of our favorite and fast side dishes is Sweet Potato Quick Biscuits. The sweet potato adds moisture and a…

Beverages

7 Frozen Smoothie Packs (+ Printable with Shopping List)

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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.
cherry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie

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

My Honest SmoothieBox Review

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Want to eat more fruits and vegetables each day? We do too. That's why we love smoothies, but they take a lot of time and thought to prepare every day. So my friend, Polly, and I tested out a smoothie…
blueberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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This beautiful, nutritious, and easy purple smoothie really does taste like a Blueberry Muffin. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included!
green smoothie with mango and chia in mason jar with straw

Green Machine Smoothie

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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

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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.
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Very Berry Smoothie

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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.
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4-Ingredient Tropical Smoothie

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

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie

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

Homemade Hot Chocolate {Only 3 Ingredients!}

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Did you know you can make homemade hot chocolate with only THREE ingredients? Skip the generic brand (made with highly processed, sugary ingredients) and make your own hot chocolate at home! Parents.…

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…
pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

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

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

The Best Everyday Smoothie {Freezer Meal}

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Here it is. Many, many friends over the years have asked me for my husband's secret smoothie recipe. And today is the day we've all a few of us have been waiting for... "Hey Nathan, can…

Raspberry Cocoa Smoothie

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This is a truly healthy option for you chocolate lovers out there. As one among you, I adore this smoothie. I love this gorgeous reddish earthy hue, which tells you exactly what you’re about to…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

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This Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie combines two of my great loves in life. Is it possible that this "peanut butter cup" type combo can actually be good for you? Get ready to celebrate, because…

Condiments

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…
cheese sauce being spooned over steamed broccoli

Cheese Sauce for Broccoli

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This fast and easy cheese sauce for broccoli completely transforms this cruciferous veggie, leaving my family always asking for more! It also works as a delicious cheese sauce for baked potatoes, pasta,…

Parmesan Balsamic Vinaigrette

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This Parmesan Balsamic Vinaigrette is my default homemade dressing and has been for years. It's a deeply flavorful yet versatile salad dressing that our entire family loves. Why to Make Your Own…

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.

Honey Balsamic Dressing

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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,…

Honey Dijon 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. Use this Lemon Chicken Marinade recipe the next time you need a zesty, healthy…

Pineapple Salsa

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Pineapple Salsa is a fun, fresh, colorful condiment or appetizer that's not only healthy but absolutely delicious! Serve as a dip with chips or on top of recipes like our Hawaiian Grilled Pork Tenderloin.…

Homemade Pizza Sauce

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Once you've made homemade pizza sauce, you'll never go back. Once you've realized you can make LOTS of pizza sauce and learn how to freeze it, you'll for SURE never go back! Here is a delicious sugar…

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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The sweet and vibrant flavor of this Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette homemade salad dressing will bring life and flavor to any salad. Serve it on any Mexican-inspired salad (like our Mexican Chopped Salad)…

Garlic Herb Butter

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You'll never regret having a stash of Garlic Herb Butter in the fridge. It's a quick and easy way to jazz up side dishes. It's also known as a compound butter which is just a fancy way to say butter…

Easy Tzatziki Sauce

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Our easy Tzatziki sauce is incredibly simple to make at home. Don't worry, we didn't cut corners on flavor either. This Greek-inspired condiment will be a delicious addition to our Greek Pitas, grilled meats, or as a dipping sauce for pita chips or fresh veggies.

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…

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.

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!

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…

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!…

Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

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A little tangy, a little sweet, and a little heat. This Homemade BBQ Sauce has it all and only requires a few ingredients. A few years ago, I remember we put drumsticks on the grill and realized…
I LOVE this oatmeal pancake recipe. After this hearty, flavorful recipe for pancake mix, I will never go back to plain pancakes again. It's also packed with good ingredients that keep you fuller longer.

Oatmeal Pancake Mix

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

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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

Avocado Aioli

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

Easy Homemade Croutons

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Once you've made these Easy Homemade Croutons, you'll never go back to buying them at the store. Not only do they taste better, but they're healthier too!
balsamic dressing with herbs

Balsamic Dressing with Herbs

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For Thanksgiving, I worked up this new dressing recipe and it did not disappoint. Several family members commented on the outstanding flavor of this salad/dressing combo. Although I love my mom's Balsamic…

How to Make Your Own Breadcrumbs

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For those of you who have been cooking with "real foods" (foods that are more of a product of nature than a product of industry), the idea making your own breadcrumbs may seem elementary. Perhaps not…
How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

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Freezer jam is an easy way to use up fresh berries and then enjoy a healthier, delicious spread for toast later! Here's everything you need to know about how to make homemade freezer jam... By…
Whole Grain Pancake Mix

Homemade Whole Grain Pancake Mix {Freezer Meal}

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Our family loves pancakes, like Seriously Sweet Potato Pancakes and Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes.  But, sometimes I don't have time to make those and I just want a quick dry mix on hand.  Unfortunately,…

DIY Corn Muffin Mix

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I like me a good corn muffin.  Don't you?  But not all corn muffins are created equal. When you buy a boxed mix at the store, for instance, you're getting trans fats, additives, and ingredients…

Desserts

Blueberry Crumble Bars

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Heaven help me, these Blueberry Crumble Bars are SO good. With a buttery sweet crust, blueberry filling, and crumble topping, this dessert will rise to the top of your list in the summer months. It can…

Homemade Brownie Mix

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Homemade Brownie Mix is easier, cheaper, tastier and a little bit better for you than the boxed stuff! You likely have the ingredients in your pantry right now. Use this recipe to make ahead, gift to…
Imagine a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. With basic ingredients in any pantry and a recipe that's easy enough for kids to make, Chocolate Chip Blondies make the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy and then share with others.

Blondie Brownies

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Imagine a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. Using basic ingredients in any kitchen and a recipe that's easy enough for kids to make, Blondie Brownies make the perfect afternoon snack…

Raspberry Crumble Cookies

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This easy and delicious raspberry cookie recipe will make you feel like a pro. The raspberry jam brings a fresh, flavorful punch to the soft and mild shortbread. The crumble topping adds in some surprise…