Posts

cherry smoothie in mason jar with straw

Chocolate Covered Cherry Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)

/
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.

Slow Cooker Chicken Fiesta Soup

/
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,…
Freezer bags with freezer meals

3 Safe Ways to Thaw Freezer Meals

/
Can you thaw food in a crock pot? How long does it take to thaw a freezer meal in the fridge? Can I just leave it on the counter for a few hours? Ever since the release of our cookbook, From Freezer…
Throwing a Freezer Party with friends is a simple way to stock your freezer with healthy, homemade meals and enjoy a night out with friends. Here's how to pull it off.

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

/
I'm gonna be straight up honest with you all. My family hasn't been eating all that well this summer. I've been swamped with work, my son has baseball games and practices many nights a week, we've…
With just a few simple ingredients, this kid-friendly, healthy chicken dinner is so easy to whip up. Freeze an extra batch and take them from freezer to table in just minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken and Cheese Taquitos {Freezer Meal}

/
Find the slow cooker version of this recipe here. Note: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn…

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week, again, you will find a menu packed with fruits and veggies.  Literally, everyday has servings of fruits and vegetables.  From Mini Bacon, Spinach, and…
Real Food Menu Plan for May 1-7: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 “Stock Up and Save” Deals

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Each week we plan real food weekly menus.  Our goal is three-fold:  To save you time. To save you money. To get your family to the table together. Wait...did…
Real Food Menu Plan for April 24-30: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Spring has finally sprung. We've been in our kitchens making smoothies (thank you Hy-Vee for the frozen fruit sale) and at our grills grilling up some real food.…
Real Food Menu Plan for April 17-23: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Weekly Menu Plan + "Stock Up and Save" Deals

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Easter is around the corner.  When most people think of the grocery store around Easter they think of candy and Easter baskets, but did you know Hy-Vee still has…
Real Food Menu Plan for April 10-16: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Spring is upon us, which means grilling season.  Grilling season is the perfect opportunity for real food.  Don't believe me? Check out this post on 30+ Real Food…
Real Food Menu Plan for April 3-9: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My friend, Kelley, gave me a great idea for this week--Make-Your-Own Oatmeal Bar! She made a big pot of oatmeal and then let everyone choose from a variety of toppings…
Real Food Menu Plan for March 27-April 2: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week I'm going easy with recipes like Baked Potato Bar (in the slow cooker!), taco night, and some of our favorite paninis. With 77¢ pasta at Hy-Vee this week,…
Real Food Menu Plan for March 20-26: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week frozen veggies are only $.99 at our Hy-Vee grocery store, so I'm using those in three different dishes: Hearty Vegetable Soup, On-the-Go Chicken Burritos,…
Real Food Menu Plan for March 6-12: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). Home cooked meals with your family most nights of the week are doable. But, only if you have a menu plan that's simple, that includes some leftovers (or freezer…

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia). This week I'm trying out Pioneer Woman's Hamburger Soup recipe, which looks surprisingly healthy with all the veggies included. I think my kids will be most stoked…
Mini Turkey Cheese Patties or Burgers: A kid-friendly, healthy freezer meal!

Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers {Freezer Meal}

/
It had been an uneventful dinner so far. Everyone...yes, picky eaters and all...munched away on these easy Mini Turkey Cheeseburgers, which I served alongside some Simple Roasted Veggies that night.…
Real Food Menu Plan for February 21-27: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

Weekly Menu Plan + Top 5 "Stock and Save" Deals

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Easy Breakfast Casserole Muffins are showing up on the menu plan this week, because they recently made MSN's Top 50 Insanely Easy Breakfast Casseroles list. AS. THEY.…
Real Food Menu Plan for February 14-20: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

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

/
Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) This week we're teaming up with some of our favorite blogger friends and sites to create a mouth-watering menu full of a variety of wholesome meals. Plus, we've…
Real Food Menu Plan for January 31-February 6: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: January 30-February 5

/
This week's menu is packed with fast meals. From a 10 Minute Frittata to Whole Grain Pizza Bread to Honey Garlic Shrimp, you'll have a variety of healthy and delicious dinners on the table in no time…
Real Food Menu Plan for January 23-29: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: January 23-29

/
One of the tricks that helps me make menu planning simpler each week is to think in terms of a theme for most nights. You may notice that we use these categories to add variety to each day of the week and…
Real Food Menu Plan for January 9-15: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"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…
Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 26-Jan 1: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: December 26-January 1

/
I hope you're enjoying the holiday break. For my post-Christmas plan, I'm focusing on some warm, cozy family favorites to keep the everyone happy over break. One surprisingly simple yet delicious…
A Simple Make-Ahead Christmas Menu

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: Dec. 19-25 (My Make-Ahead Christmas Menu!)

/
You guys know me, right? My menu plans aren't fancy, even when it comes to the holidays. The thing is, I want to enjoy my family and not wear myself out. That doesn't mean these Christmas dinner plans…
Real Food Menu Plan for Dec. 12-18: Easy and delicious meal ideas that the whole family will love. Posted every Friday at Thriving Home.

"Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan: December 12-18

/
Meatballs are a win every time in our house, so this week I'm doubling the recipe and creating two meals out of them. Do my kids need to know they are loaded with sneaky spinach and other vegetables?…