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Instant Pot Beef Stew {Freezer Meal}

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

80+ Easy Freezer Meals for 1 or 2 People

A common question we get about freezer cooking is, "What are some easy freezer meals for 1 or 2 people?" In this post, we will walk you through a great list of make ahead recipe ideas from our blog and…
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20 Easy, Make Ahead Dinners For All Ages

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

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (7.27.18)

In the summer I try not to heat up my kitchen too often. It's just too hot. One of the ways I keep from heating up the kitchen is by serving a HUGE salad for dinner. If it has meat on it, I'll try…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (7.20.18)

If you love nachos, raise your hand. Me! Me! Can you see my hand?!? My crew and I L.O.V.E. nachos. The only thing that could make nachos easier would be if it could be made in the slow cooker. Oh wait...they…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (7.13.18)

This week's menu includes man options for freezer meals and those are usually our favorite. Usually. But this week, we've included one of our favorite summer go-to dinners...The Small Bites Board.…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (7.6.18)

How's summer going for you? Good. I'm so glad. If I could sum up our summer in one word it would be, "Hot!". What about you? What would your one word for summer be? Please don't hear me complaining…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (6.29.18)

Happy 4th of July week! This really translates into "there's going to be lots of sales at the grocery on things that can be grilled". Score. You can grab a few recipes from our 30+ Real Food Grilling…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (6.22.18)

Raise your hand if you're planning a road trip this summer! Me!! Me!! Our crew loves a road trip. I mean...LOVES a road trip. Some of our favorite family memories take place in the car or while on…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (6.15.18)

Well, it's summer and it's hot and it's all things wonderful. Just this week I prepared a double batch of Spinach Roll Ups, Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies, and Chicken and Cheese Taquitos.…

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock Up and Save" (6.8.18)

Isn't summer time the best? Even though there are places to be and things to do, there is just such a relaxed vibe. There just seems to be a little extra time to read a book (or a blog post like 8…
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You'll notice that week in and week out, we tag recipes on our menu plan as "FF" or freezer-friendly. We honestly believe that if you just start by doubling one recipe a week, you'll be on the road…
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"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: January 9-15

The New Year means a renewed commitment to eating healthier for many of us. This week I'm sneaking in loads of veggies and fruit into our menu plan with the likes of Cancer Fighting Soup, Apple Cinnamon…

Chicken Spaghetti {Freezer Meal}

When I made this chicken spaghetti recipe for the first time last week, my husband ate it for about 5 meals in a row and proceeded to ask me to make it again the next week. My kids eagerly scarfed…