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cheese sauce being spooned over steamed broccoli

Cheese Sauce for Broccoli

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

Quinoa Tabbouleh

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Quinoa Tabbouleh is one of my favorite light summer lunches or side dishes for dinner. Meal prep this Mediterranean-inspired salad on the weekend and eat on it all week long. A delicious way to use up…
chicken parmesan sliders on a cutting board

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

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Say hello to one of our easiest recipes: Chicken Parmesan Sliders. Throw a few ingredients into the crockpot (or Instant Pot), and you'll have a family-favorite dinner for a busy night. Bonus: Freezing…

Parmesan Balsamic Vinaigrette

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

Chips and Guacamole

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

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

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A perfect Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip cookie does exist! These cookies are made with real food ingredients and came out soft and delicious. Husband and kid approved! Why Make a Whole Wheat Chocolate…

Pizza Bread

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

Asian Salmon (aka Sweet & Savory Salmon)

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With the perfect marriage of sweet and savory marinade ingredients, this baked Asian Salmon recipe turns out moist and full of complex flavors. Just 5 minutes of prep, 30 minutes of marinating, and 15…
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 with a diagnosis or just eat as healthy as possible yourself, this comforting soup fits the bill.

Greek Dip

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Here's a healthy and super EASY lunch, appetizer, or snack idea for you. Try out this tasty Mediterranean Layered Dip and make it your way.
whole wheat mac and cheese in the instant pot

Easy Stovetop Mac and Cheese {Only 5 Ingredients}

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A one pot wonder full of 100% real food ingredients. This easy stovetop mac and cheese is creamy, comforting, & much healthier than boxed mac!

Pumpkin Spice Muffins With Crumble Topping

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This tried and true Pumpkin Spice Muffins recipe will quickly become part of your fall baking rotation. Imagine all the delicious flavors of autumn packed into a fluffy, moist, nutritious muffin. The…

Pumpkin Chili

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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 Pumpkin Chili recipe gets the job done. Even better, it only takes 20 minutes to make AND is a great make-ahead freezer meal!

Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

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With 10+ 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…

Slow Cooker Chicken and Cheese Taquitos

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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…

Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

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

Chocolate Waffles with Banana

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These healthy Chocolate Waffles are a great way to start the morning. The banana adds a touch of sweetness and some added nutrition and kids will love the idea of eating "chocolate" for breakfast. Feel…

Oven Baked Chicken Tenders

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Skip the messy dredging and breading process of most chicken tender recipes with this easy shake-and-bake one. These Oven Baked Chicken Tenders produce a crispy, yet healthy version that rivals any deep-fried…

Zucchini Muffins with Flaxseed

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chopped cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, basil, garlic and crumbled feta in a white bowl

Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad

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Use up all that summer garden produce in this delicious, chopped Cucumber Tomato Feta Salad that can be made in just a few minutes.

How to Make and Freeze Butternut Squash Puree (+ 20 Ways To Use It)

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Learn how to make butternut squash puree, how to freeze butternut squash AND browse through 20 ways to use it. Such a great way to sneak in nutrition. One of my favorite inexpensive ways to…
On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

On-the-Go Chicken Burritos

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These simple, individual chicken burritos make for a filling, healthy, and satisfying lunch or dinner anywhere and anytime. Be sure to double the batch and freeze some for later using our instructions.
seasoned cooked steak that is sliced on a wooden cutting board

The Perfect Grilled Steak

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Follow these 6 easy steps from a chef on how to grill the perfect steak. It's easier than you think! My carnivorous, farm-boy husband has been waiting our whole marriage for me to write this…

Baked Chicken Parmesan

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Our easy Baked Chicken Parmesan is a classic recipe that every member of the family will enjoy. Be sure to read through our pro-tips and freezer meal methods to save yourself time and money! Not…