real food

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…

How to Grill A Pork Tenderloin: The 7-6-5 Method

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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. Below you'll see how long…

Chocolate Banana Muffins

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These Chocolate Banana Muffins are not only moist and delicious, but they are packed with sneaky nutrition. They are a kid-favorite and freeze beautifully. Serve as an easy, make-ahead healthy breakfast.

Southwest Chicken and Bacon Wraps

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Marinated chicken, crispy bacon, and a creamy southwest ranch sauce all wrapped up in a warm tortilla make for a delicious Southwest Chicken Wrap. These grilled chicken wraps are a great meal for groups…

Baked Italian Meatballs

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Look no further for a delicious baked meatball recipe. Our Baked Italian Meatballs are a 30 minute meal staple in our house! The ingredients are simple but they are still packed with flavor. They make…
freezer-friendly lunch wraps on a wooden cutting board

Make Ahead Lunch Wraps

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Can you freeze wraps? You bet!! Freezer-friendly lunch wraps are nutritious, hearty, and completely adaptable to whatever your family might like in them! Right now during this time of quarantine,…

Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Chili (with Sweet Potato and Black Beans!)

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This lean turkey chili is not only hearty and absolutely delicious, but it’s also chock full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. It's also gluten-free & dairy-free! This crockpot chili is delicious…

Potato Corn Chowder ( Autumn Chowder)

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Thanks to the cheddar cheese and bacon, this veggie-loaded potato chowder tastes so rich. This soup is easy to assemble and the leftovers can be easily frozen. A one pot comfort food that you'll be making…

Southwest Chicken Tenders

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This southwest chicken recipe is sure to please all the eaters in your house. It's easy, healthy, freezer-friendly, and full of flavor but not spicy. You can bake it or--even better--grill it! These…

Make Ahead Banana Breakfast Cake

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Banana Breakfast Cake is my dream breakfast. My whole family likes it, it's full of nutritious yet simple ingredients, and it works perfectly to double the batch to make a breakfast freezer meal.  I've…

10 Easy Recipes for the Beginner Cook

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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…

Asian Slaw

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This light, flavorful Asian slaw is a delicious, healthy side dish that is perfect for the spring and summer months. Serve it with some grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and watermelon and you have…

Salmon and Sweet Potato Cakes

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These salmon and sweet potato cakes are packed with nutrition and flavor! Enjoy them as a sandwich or a la carte. Freezing instructions included!

Egg-in-a-Hole: A Classic Breakfast Idea

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Why I love Eggs-in-a-Hole There are quite a few reasons this mama loves a good 'ol egg-in-a-hole for breakfast. It's quick and easy to make. It's one of my go-to weekday breakfasts. It's cheap.…

Freezer Friendly Chicken Spaghetti

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Chicken spaghetti is an easy, cheesy, make-it-again-soon-please, casserole that your whole family will love. We teach you how to make it fresh AND how to prep it to be a freezer meal. A great meal for…
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.
chicken parmesan sliders on a cutting board

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders

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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…

Top 10 Must-Try Pumpkin Recipes on Thriving Home

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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…

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…
chocolate banana bread slices on white plate

Chocolate Sweet Potato Banana Bread

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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 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…