Posts Tagged: “real food”

  • Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

    With 8 years worth of content, it can be easy to forget about some amazing pumpkin recipes that we have shared over the years. Since fall is in full swing, we thought it would be great to resurface some of these gems and get them back in the spotlight. Here

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  • Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

    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 amazed that it’s made in a slow cooker. Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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  • 10 Easy Recipes for the Beginner Cook

    These 10 beginner recipes are a perfect place to start for any new cook! We all had to start somewhere. When young gals tell me they have no idea how to cook, my advice to them is, “Take one recipe at a time.” Aside from a few basics I learned

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  • Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Waffles {Freezer Meal}

    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 are hands down my kids’ favorite waffles, aside from the very similar Double Chocolate Zucchini

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

    10-Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata: Easy Weeknight Meal

    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 this super easy, cheap 10 Minute Spinach Cheddar Frittata was born. All the

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  • Real Food Menu Plan: September 12-18--Easy, delicious, and healthy recipes for the whole week!

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: September 12-18

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) Fall is here, and Football Sundays have started around this house. The Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes for Sunday’s menu may sound a little off the beaten path but I assure you it is awesome–a definite family favorite! In other news, if you want

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  • Hello Peaches! Make This Pecan Peach Crisp Now.

    .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 this recipe over at Cooking Classy, made a few tweaks along the way,

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 22-28

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) With soccer and baseball practices already in full swing for fall, I’m whipping up quick week night meals like Baked Nachos, Ham and Cheese Sliders, and make-ahead Bacon and Spinach Quiche. And, then, I’m taking it somewhat easy this weekend by utilizing the grill, some leftovers,

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 15-21

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) It’s the start of school for us next week. So, I’m planning to make several batches of the Make Ahead Breakfast Sandwiches (below) and freeze them for easy, on-the-go breakfasts. Looking for more grab and go breakfast ideas? Check out my Pinterest Board called Easy School Morning Breakfasts with

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 8-14

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) For our last week before school starts, I wanted to hit some home runs at home around the dinner table. Each night represents a family member’s favorite meal. It’s a hard call, but if you try just one, I’d say give the Baked Oatmeal a try.

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  • Caprese Salad - A quick and easy summer side to help use up all those delicious garden tomatoes.

    Caprese Salad: A Quick & Easy Summer Side

    People think I’m a gardener because I have a garden and somehow miraculously have enough produce to give away to my neighbors. But, the truth is: My mom is the gardener who set me up for success, and my 9-year-old son is the gardener who has kept our little plot

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  • Sweet and Savory Roasted Carrots

    Little fun factoid of the day: In the book, Salt Sugar Fat, I learned that the man responsible for popularizing baby carrots was a top executive for Coca-Cola. After years of using his genius marketing strategies towards promoting a sugary beverage, he realized he was a major contributor to the health crisis in

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: August 1-7

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) I apologize for saying this a lot, but my kids are going to love this line-up of meals for next week. If you haven’t tried our healthier mac and cheese, the peanut butter banana baked oatmeal, mini chicken burgers, or the baked meatballs, test them out on

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  • Avocado Lime Salsa

    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 I was testing out for our upcoming cookbook. When I realized that

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  • "Real Food Meets Reality" Menu Plan

    “Real Food Meets Reality” Menu Plan: July 25-31

    Sponsored by Hy-Vee (Columbia) My favs on the menu this week? It has to be Chicken Piccata and the Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas. Here comes the broken record part: These are both totally freezable! So, be wise with your time, double the batch, and eat a delicious pre-made meal another

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  • Farm Fresh Breakfast Quesadillas {Freezer Meal}

    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 we put something between two tortillas and call it a quesadilla, it’s a win.  In light of the

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  • These Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves are a kid-favorite and a great way to sneak in extra nutrition!

    Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves {Freezer Meal}

    Disclaimer: This recipe was created in partnership with Frigidaire Gallery®. But the opinions are all ours!  I could eat these super healthy Mini Turkey and Veggie Meatloaves hot or cold, I tell ya. They really aren’t just for kids, although my three children gobbled them up with a side of

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