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.
berry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
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…
egg muffins in a muffin tin

Cheddar Chive Egg Bites

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

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!
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 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

chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread {Freezer-Friendly}

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

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

Healthy Whole Wheat Zucchini Bread with Chocolate Chips {Freezer-Friendly}

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Three zucchini--that were dirt cheap at the store this month--sat and sat in my fridge...just staring at me. Do I make Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies out of you? How about Zucchini…

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…
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 {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…
Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast

Apple Cinnamon Baked French Toast Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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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 this recipe, if you have time to flip French…

Pumpkin Spiced Scone Recipe

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This pumpkin spice scone recipe is a keeper. It's been sitting in my recipe book for a while and I honestly have no idea where it came from. I'm glad I gave it a whirl because it turned out to be super…
These Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins are packed full of nutrition and flavor. Feel good about feeding your family these for a quick breakfast!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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Want a muffin recipe that you can feel good about feeding your family for a quick breakfast? Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins it is! These chocolatey muffins are packed full of real food nutrition--whole…
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…
bread machine pita bread

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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I'm excited to share this recipe with you for a lot of reasons. First of all, I've been on a hummus and pita bread kick. One of my favorite lunches putting a little olive oil and sea salt on pita bread,…
healthy strawberry shortcake

Healthy Take On Strawberry Shortcake

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Updated and reposted from June 2012 As with most recipes I post here, our family devoured this healthy take on Strawberry Shortcake. The key to this dish is two fold: a) good strawberries macerated with…

Beverages

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

How to Make Freezer Smoothie Packs (+7 Printable Recipes & Shopping Lists)

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

Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

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

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Sing with me, everybody (to the tune of "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen), "Now here's my recipe, so Kale Me Maybe!". I am not an impulse spender and am actually quite frugal. But there is one…

Easy-Peasy Iced Coffee

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Summer of 2016 will forever be remembered in my life as, "The Summer of Iced Coffee." I'm serious. Anywhere from around 1:00-3:00 pm, I start to feel sorry for my tired self. I'm tempted to throw a…
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…
Quick Fix Vanilla Latte

Quick Fix Vanilla Latte or How to Redeem a Bad Cup of Coffee

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I never thought I'd stoop so low. You see I used to be a bit of a coffee snob. I spent about 10 minutes each morning carefully grinding my beans from a local coffee shop. I then used filtered water…
Banana Split Power Smoothie

Banana Split Power Smoothie

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Want a healthy snack to power you through the morning or afternoon? Oh my. Please give this smoothie a try (or this one or this one or this one.) My entire family can vouch for the "strawberry milkshake"-flavored…

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 taste:…

The Green Pineapple Smoothie

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If you love super-bright, refreshing, tropical flavors, this one is absolutely made with you in mind. With juicy pineapple, tart lime, and a few sprigs of fresh mint, there’s far more summer sunshine…

Summer Peach Smoothie

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Instead of making pie of those leftover peaches—the ones so soft and ripe they make your kitchen smell like an orchard as they go about collapsing under their own weight—try this spiced late-summer…
Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe

Strawberry Pina Colada Smoothie Recipe: A Taste of Summer

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After a beautiful week with tons of snow, I've had my fill of winter. Our family is officially ready for summer. But since we have to wait a few more months, I thought, "Why not bring a little summer to…

3-Ingredient Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Yesterday was our first day of snow here in our neck of the woods. After about 5 minutes of playing in the windy, freezing cold, wet snow, they headed back inside and started their petitions for hot…
healthy peanut butter cup smoothie

Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Peanut butter and chocolate are two of my great loves in life. Is it possible that this combo can actually be good for you? The good news is peanut butter and chocolate can be nutritious if eaten in…
Green Smoothie Recipe

"Even Your Husband Will Love It" Green Smoothie Recipe

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My husband is originally a small town farm boy who would never think, "I'd love a green smoothie for breakfast." But, after years of shoving a smoothie in his hand as he heads out the door, he's come around. …
sangria recipe

Meet My Mom and Her Sangria Recipe

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Meet my mom.  She's a cross between the Pioneer Woman and Alton Brown.  With a garden and yard full of about 35 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and nuts and a "nothing goes to waste" mentality,…

Dressings, Condiments, Mixes

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…

Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Easy Homemade Croutons (Freezer Friendly)

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

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…

Killer Homemade BBQ Sauce

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

Honey Dijon Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

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I love homemade salad dressings. They are just so easy to make and you can adjust them to taste JUST how you want them to. You not only save money by making them at home but you also save yourself from…
All-Natural Basic Cheese Sauce

Homemade Basic Cheese Sauce (with NO Velveeta!)

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

How to Make Butternut Squash Puree (+ 20 Ways To Use It In Recipes)

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One of my favorite inexpensive ways to incorporate more vegetables into our diet is by adding them into all kinds of my kids' favorite foods. Think muffins, marinara sauce, and crockpot meals, to name…
homemade pesto recipe

Homemade Pesto Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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This was the first year I have grown my own herbs. Not sure why it took me so long. I tend to avoid things that are unfamiliar and growing my own herbs was foreign territory for me. That was until my…

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…

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…
How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

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By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn't eat right…

Pizza Sauce Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Just like marinara sauce, pizza sauce is faily easy to make at home. I have used this pizza sauce recipe every time that we have made our homemade pizza. (You could also use it for Pizza Stromboli or…

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…
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 Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Confession: Up until a few months ago, I have always made my pancakes out of Bisquick. I was raised on good 'ol Bisquick pancakes and was on a route to raise my little ones on the same thing. That was…
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 that…
homemade balsamic salad dressing

Balsamic Parmesan Salad Dressing

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Have you ever picked up and read the back of the salad dressing bottles in the grocery story? Let me tell you. It's just weird. Would you ever want to dump soybean oil, potassium sorbate (?) or calcium…

Desserts

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…

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

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

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

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

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…

Monster Cookies

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This Monster Cookie recipe has been tucked away in my recipe stash for years. You'll find that this cookie is easy to make and your people will gobble them up. My memory is a little fuzzy on where I…
The Very Berry Crumble lets your summer berries shine, while adding a little crispy, sweet topping that pairs perfectly with some vanilla ice cream. 

Very Berry Crumble {Freezer-Friendly}

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

Puppy Chow

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Puppy Chow (also known as Muddy Buddies) is one of my go-to large group treats. This batch was made for a Super Bowl party we attended but I've also found it to be a great treat for birthday parties,…
Imagine a cross between brownies and chocolate chip cookies. With basic ingredients in any pantry and a recipe that's easy enough for kids to make, Chocolate Chip Blondies make the perfect afternoon snack to enjoy and then share with others.

Chocolate Chip Blondies

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

Last Minute Holiday Cookies

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

Hello Peaches! Make This Pecan Peach Crisp Now.

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.5 Heaven help me, this was good. I'm already a sucker for any fruity dessert so add a crispy-pecan crust to the top of fresh-seasonal peaches and I about fall over thinking about it. I stumbled on…
A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! These are the best soft batch ones ever.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies: BEST EVER Soft Batch Version

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

Cranberry-Orange Shortbread Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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This Cranberry-Orange Shortbread cookie recipe is nothing short of delicious. After a few tweaks to the original recipe, I'm seriously obsessed. I made them as a holiday treat but I could also see them…

Delicious Lemon Bars

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I can't say when, but at some point, lemon bars got in my head this summer. I've been looking for an excuse to make them, so when my husband asked his interns to come over for dinner, I found my excuse.…

How to Freeze Cookie Dough

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This is a little cookie dough freezing trick has served us well over the years. Or maybe not served us so well because we end up having cookies available all the time. Dangerous in a house with…

Pretzel Rolo Bites

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Lets go ahead and state the obvious. These are not healthy. In any way. If you're looking for a healthy, all-natural treat for your child's birthday party, look away. I said LOOK AWAY! OK, you're still…

Mocha Chip Cookie Recipe

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I've got another dangerous cookie recipe to share with you. These mocha chip cookies are moist, chewy and a delicious combination of chocolate with a hint of coffee. Not only are the cookies amazing…

The BEST Snickerdoodle Cookie Recipe

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Tomorrow I am contributing to a cookie exchange at my small group's Christmas party. I found it only reasonable that I try a few recipes out before I chose which one to make for the masses. For some…

Apple Fig Walnut Tiny Tart {Pie in a Jar Recipe}

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author If eating pie during the holidays is wrong, then I don't wanna be right. Jessica here, and I, for one, love pie...but don't like the over-richness…

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

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  I LOVE recipes that make your house smell good - especially in the fall and winter time. There is just something so comforting about your home being filled with the wonderful smells of home cooking.…

Blueberry Oat Bars {Freezer Meal}

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After making a batch of these Blueberry Oat Bars for some friends and family over the Fourth of July, my family declared that this recipe is "blogworthy." So while Rachel was busy putting together a…

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…

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Snack Bars {Freezer Meal}

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I stumbled on this snack bar recipe from How Sweet It Is a few days ago and knew I had to give these a shot. I had all the ingredients on hand so in the oven they went. Oh. My. Goodness. I love these.…
healthy strawberry shortcake

Healthy Take On Strawberry Shortcake

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Updated and reposted from June 2012 As with most recipes I post here, our family devoured this healthy take on Strawberry Shortcake. The key to this dish is two fold: a) good strawberries macerated with…
Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappacino)

Snow Ice Cream Recipe (or Snow Frappuccino!)

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Who doesn't love those sugar-filled icy cups of frappy goodness at Starbucks, really? But, at nearly $4 a pop and a whopping 50 grams of sugar and 240 calories in each one (that's the plain coffee ones--I'm…

Sides & Salads

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…

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…

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,…

Strawberry Avocado Salad with Honey Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Oven Roasted Asparagus

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

How to Grill Asparagus

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

Easy Hash Brown Casserole (Gluten Free)

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

Strawberry Fields Spinach Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

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

Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

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

Autumn Chopped Salad with Apple Cider Vinaigrette

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

The BEST Way to Make Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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

Roasted Vegetable Hash

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This twist on roasted vegetables will have you coming back for more... and more... and more.... I'm obsessed. Truly obsessed. And apparently you are, too. When I shared on Instagram about making this…

Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad

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Looking for a salad recipe that is great for a large group? Our Chopped Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad has proven to be a crowd pleaser. My friend Carolyn served up this Bacon and Brussels Sprout Salad…

Mini Broccoli Cheddar Bites

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

Super Stuffed Baked Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

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

Cilantro Chicken Chopped Salad

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

Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette

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

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…

Garlic Bread (Done RIGHT!)

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

Garlicky Green Beans

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I grew up thinking that canned green beans were better than fresh. To be honest, I still have a hard time with fresh green beans unless they are seasoned up or cooked in a delicious way. (Probably…
100% real food ingredients! These 5-ingredient Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits are absolutely delicious!

Whole Wheat Buttermilk Biscuits {Freezer Meal}

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

33 Homemade Salad Dressings

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Confession: I'm a half-hearted gardener. I want the fruits of a great home vegetable garden but don't want to put in the work. I simply want to plant the seeds, walk away, and have a thriving garden in…
A foil pack makes for easy cooking and clean up and perfectly grilled or baked Roasted Root Vegetables!

Roasted Root Vegetables in a Foil Pack

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Want to pretend you're camping one night, without all the bugs and hassle? A super fun recipe from our cookbook, From Freezer to Table (release date: Sept 12, 2017), is a one-pot chicken meal wonder…

Slow Cooker Recipes

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…

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…

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!

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…

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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

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…

How Long Should I Cook Chicken in the Slow Cooker?

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How long should you be cooking chicken in the slow cooker? You'll be surprised at the answer! Hi. My name is Polly. All my life I have had a problem with drying out my chicken in the slow cooker.…

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?…

From Freezer to Table: Killer Carnitas

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

Polly's Signature Taco Soup

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

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot…
Great pulled pork recipe that is made in the dutch oven. Packed with flavor and makes a ton!

Pulled Pork with a Mexican Flair {Freezer Meal}

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Try this unique Mexican spin on pulled pork. Made in the Dutch oven OR the slow cooker, it will feed a massive crowd and will become one of your next favorite dump and go meals. Makes a GREAT freezer meal…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours!  Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

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I made this Slow Cooker Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo pasta tonight and it was a huge WIN. Pair it with a little garlic bread and your people will be itching for more. This slow cooker meal would be…
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies

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Between baseball games, multiple school drop offs and pick ups, working two part-time jobs, and pretending to keep up with laundry...I am ALL ABOUT my slow cooker these days. For sure the best meals…
Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

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I tried the great "slow cooker lasagna" experiment last week for my family, thinking that it would be fun to try but not something I would actually do in the future. Scratch that! I'm sold on this Slow…

Cooking Potatoes in the Crock Pot

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Guess what. Well you probably already know what I'm going to tell you considering you had to scroll over my picture of potatoes cooking in the crock pot. But in case you are moving a little slow today,…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork {Freezer Meal}

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This freezer friendly slow cooker pulled pork recipe is a cinch to make when you whip it up in the crockpot. Great dump and go freezer meal. Also a great meal for a crowd.   Why We Love…

Incredibly Easy Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples {Freezer Meal}

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I came home with a bag of peeled and chopped up apples from Apple Butter Weekend and was trying to figure out what to do with them. After poking around on a few recipes I figured I could cook them…

Slow Cooker Baked Apples

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  I LOVE recipes that make your house smell good - especially in the fall and winter time. There is just something so comforting about your home being filled with the wonderful smells of home cooking.…

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…
crock pot cran-apple sauce recipe

Crock Pot Cran-Apple Sauce Recipe

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Hi everyone! I'm Sarah and I blog at The Pajama Chef. I am so excited to be guest posting today at Thriving Home. When Rachel contacted me to ask if I would share my Crock Pot Cran-Apple Sauce, I was…

Snacks

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

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

Very Berry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Green Machine Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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This easy, healthy green smoothie is a tasty way to eat more veggies and fruit, like avocado, mango, and kale. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.
strawberry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Orangesicle Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

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

Cinnamon Sugar Roll-Ups: Easy After School Snack

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

Banana Boat: The Perfect After School Snack

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It began many, many years ago. About 35 in fact. My mom used to make these for me as a kid, sans the chocolate chips. She was a better mom than me, I guess. But, here I am three decades later making…

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…

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.…

Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Banana Bites

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I've got a perfect fix for that afternoon sweet tooth! Try out these peanut butter, dark chocolate, banana bites. They are YUMMO and super easy to make. Simply slice up some banana, slab a little peanut…
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…

Incredibly Easy Crock Pot Cinnamon Apples {Freezer Meal}

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I came home with a bag of peeled and chopped up apples from Apple Butter Weekend and was trying to figure out what to do with them. After poking around on a few recipes I figured I could cook them…

Coconutty Granola with Dried Fruit

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If you've been around here for a while, you know that Polly already has a Homemade Granola recipe that she claims is the best. Now, I haven't personally made it yet, but I'm going to claim that Mark…

Homemade Chex Mix Recipe

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I'm almost a little hesitant to share this recipe. No, not because of its addictive nature and unmatchable flavor. Not because it makes a HUGE batch and is easy to store, give away, or bring to a large…
crock pot cran-apple sauce recipe

Crock Pot Cran-Apple Sauce Recipe

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Hi everyone! I'm Sarah and I blog at The Pajama Chef. I am so excited to be guest posting today at Thriving Home. When Rachel contacted me to ask if I would share my Crock Pot Cran-Apple Sauce, I was…

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.
A easy homemade granola recipe

Homemade Granola Recipe

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For the past few months, my husband has kindly reminded me that I haven't made my granola recipe in a while. I had good intentions to make it but just added it to the very long to-do list and it never…

Healthy Kid Snack: Chocolate Nut Butter Pretzels

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First off, thanks to my friend, Nikki, for this idea!  Today, I received another "you're the best mommy in the world!" cheer during snack time thanks to her simple kid-friendly snack idea. If you…
homemade popcorn with coconut oil

Homemade Popcorn

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A few years ago my sister turned me on to making my own popcorn on the stove vs. the microwave.  It's unbelievably cheaper for one thing.  For another, it's safe and healthy, unlike microwave popcorn…

Healthy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins {Freezer Meal}

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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.

Soups

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…
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 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!
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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

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

Hearty Vegetable Lentil Soup (Freezer Meal)

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What better way to clean out your fridge and freezer than to make a satisfying pot of vegetable soup? This healthy freezer meal is a win for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. I love to make a bit pot…

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

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Am I the only one who is a bit skeptical of slow cooker recipes? While we do have some fabulous, healthy slow cooker recipes in our recipe index, I for sure have tried MANY others that have turned out…
Cheap, rich and savory, and good for you too! This Ham and Bean Soup is a perfect winter comfort food. #freezermeal #realfood

Leftover Ham and Nine Bean Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Cooking within a tight grocery budget? Let me tell ya, this soup is the bomb. It's not only cheap thanks to the beans, but it's also very filling and boasts a rich savory flavor thanks to the ham. (Want…
Healthy Turkey Chili with Sweet Potatoes and Black Beans

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Sweet Potato and Black Beans {Freezer Meal}

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Look no further for a comforting slow cooker freezer meal. This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. This crock pot…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili {Freezer Meal}

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Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours!  Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because…

20 Minute Pumpkin Chili {Freezer Meal}

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Want a super nutritious, flavorful recipe that can feed a crowd, won't break the bank, or doesn't take much time? This 20 Minute Freezable Pumpkin Chili gets the job done. It makes a HUGE amount of…
hearty vegetable soup recipe

Hearty Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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I call this soup my "post holiday cleanse" soup. It's pretty much all I desire after a few weeks of overly indulgent foods. Every few weeks in the winter (especially right after the holidays), I like to…

Autumn Chowder: Comfort in a Bowl {Freezer Meal}

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Done. I will be making Autumn Chowder every fall from here on out. My friend Jeannette has been singing the praises of this soup for quite some time, but I didn't believe her until I tried it for myself…
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…
Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup recipe

Garden Vegetable and Lentil Soup {Freezer Meal}

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I can't wait to share this recipe with you. If you're looking for a low calorie, nutritionally-dense, and tasty soup....this is it! It's simply perfect for a summer day, especially when your fridge is…
Tomato Bisque from "From Freezer to Table" Cookbook. Order at FromFreezerToTable.com today.

Tomato Bisque Recipe {Freezer Meal}

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Anyone a big fan of Panera's Tomato Bisque? I may have found a recipe as good or better. That's a bold claim, I know. It began with this recipe from Food & Wine. But, then I added a few healthy spins…
chicken stock recipe

Homemade Chicken Stock Recipe (Chicken Necks Can Actually Be Useful!)

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What would YOU do with 3 pounds of chicken necks? A common household dilemma, right? (I hope you are picking up on my thick sarcasm) I've never had to ponder the fate of a bag of chicken necks until…

Italian Sausage & Tortellini Soup {Freezer Meal}

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My husband begs me to make this soup in the fall.  It's got depth of flavor and interesting textures and is even better as leftovers. This soup freezes well. Just follow the Freezer Meal directions…
Ham and Bean Soup Recipe

Ham and Bean Soup--Cheap, Hearty and Healthy!

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Although it's hot and humid in these parts, I decided to make ham and bean soup tonight.  How could I refuse my 4-year-old who requested beans for dinner? Plus, did you know beans are considered a "superfood"…

Chicken Noodle Soup {Freezer Meal}

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The kids and I wanted to make a meal and cards for a friend who was feeling under the weather today.  By the way, I'm learning (thanks to some amazing friends I have who do this) that serving others…
Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Vegetable Minestrone Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Update on 8/4/14: I tested this soup again and made a few tweaks. It's incredible! Who knew this many veggies in one bowl could be so scrumptious? Serve with some crusty bread, and you're good to go. Need…
Vegetarian Tortilla Soup - A 10 minute one pot wonder!

Tortilla Soup: A Healthy Freezer Meal

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Vegetarian Tortilla Soup is a meatless “one pot wonder” This easy dinner idea takes about 10 minutes to make, feeds a crowd, and only gets better the longer it sits. Make it ahead and freeze for later.…

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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…

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!

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

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When you grill a pork tenderloin instead of bake it, you still get the flavor and moistness but the bonus is the extra char-crispiness that coats the outside of the tenderloin. Using the 7-6-5 method…

Gourmet BLTs with Avocado Aioli

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

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.…

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.
spiral-sliced ham

Holiday Ham with Cranberry-Orange Glaze

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

Ultimate Bacon and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes

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