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Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal: A super health, easy, freezable breakfast.

Baked Chocolate Steel Cut Oatmeal {Freezer Meal}

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After our first indulgent Thanksgiving feast (my first one to host in 37 years!) at our house and then a second indulgent feast with more family plus leftovers for every meal, we needed this recipe…
Whole Wheat Calzones

Whole Wheat Calzones {Freezer Meal}

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Looking for a meal that everyone will devour? And that you can freeze and pack for school lunches? Whole Wheat Calzones are it! These Whole Wheat Calzones are kind of a result of Two Peas and Their…
These may be healthier than mashed potatoes, but these Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes will have your family coming back for more! #realfood #freezermeal #delicious

Cream Cheesy Mashed Sweet Potatoes {Freezer Meal}

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It's no secret that I like to sneak more nutrition into kid-friendly meals wherever I can. My kids aren't the worst vegetable eaters in the world, but they certainly aren't the best. And, hey, my husband…

The Easiest Baked Mac & Cheese {Freezer Meal}

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Another Mac and Cheese recipe? Really? (Uh-hem, Rachel, you've already got the 5-Ingredient Mac and A Better Mac and Cheese in your Recipe Index.) Really. Here's why this one is worth yet another Mac…
Slow Cooker Steak Chili is a super easy dump and go meal but is full of Tex-mex flavor! Delish! #freezermeal #realfood

Slow Cooker Steak Chili

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Three cheers for the slow cooker! I love this set it and forget it Slow Cooker Steak Chili because I don't have to do anything but dump it in, set the timer, and walk away. Seriously. Several hours…
Stock Up on Summer Produce to Save Time & Money (+50 In-Season Recipes)

Stock Up on Summer Produce to Save Time and Money (+ 50 In-Season Recipes)

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Disclaimer: This post was created in partnership with Frigidaire. But the opinions are all ours! Ripe berries, juicy peaches, zucchini the size of your forearm, more tomatoes than you can shake…
The Best Everyday Smoothie Ever

The Best Everyday Smoothie {Freezer Meal}

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Here it is. Many, many friends over the years have asked me for my husband's secret smoothie recipe. And today is the day we've all a few of us have been waiting for... "Hey Nathan, can…
Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Veggies - An easy and healthy weeknight dinner.

Slow Cooker Whole Chicken and Veggies

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Between baseball games, multiple school drop offs and pick ups, working two part-time jobs, and pretending to keep up with laundry...I am ALL ABOUT my slow cooker these days. For sure the best meals…
Freezable Roasted Corn Salsa Recipe--Freezer Friendly |Thriving Home

Roasted Corn and Black Bean Salsa {Freezer Meal}

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Last week, while our little ones were at preschool together, Polly and I spent the four quick morning hours making, canning, and freezing Roasted Corn Salsa. We actually walked away from the whole…
Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta: Skip the canned junk and make this delicious and nutritious pasta dish for your family instead.

Healthy Homemade Chef Boyardee Pasta

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Skip the canned junk and make this delicious and nutritious pasta dish for your family instead. So much sneaky nutrition in this one-pot wonder!
Double chocolate zucchini bread

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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I love delicious recipes that have sneaky veggies! This Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread recipe is perfect for sneaking vegetables into. The dark chocolate color masks any pops of green that might…

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Breakfast Cookies {Freezer Meal}

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I love this easy healthy breakfast idea: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Breakfast Cookies. These healthy make ahead breakfast cookies are great fresh or also as a freezer meal.  Zucchini for breakfast!? Yep.…
Whole Wheat Waffles

Whole Wheat Waffles--Real Food Version of Eggo! {Freezer Meal}

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If you follow our blog at all, you know our families love them some breakfast. We've got so many pancakes, waffles, French Toast, egg, and oatmeal recipes on our Breakfast Recipe Index page. So why another…
hearty vegetable soup recipe

Hearty Vegetable Soup {Freezer Meal}

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Use any combination of vegetables in your fridge, freezer, and pantry to make this hearty, delicious vegetable soup. Whip up a big batch and your family will eat on this all week long. I call this…
balsamic dressing with herbs

Balsamic Dressing with Herbs

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For Thanksgiving, I worked up this new dressing recipe and it did not disappoint. Several family members commented on the outstanding flavor of this salad/dressing combo. Although I love my mom's Balsamic…
Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

Slow Cooker Whole Wheat Spinach Lasagna

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I tried the great "slow cooker lasagna" experiment last week for my family, thinking that it would be fun to try but not something I would actually do in the future. Scratch that! I'm sold on this Slow…
Make these homemade instant oatmeal packs ahead of time to enjoy a healthy and quick breakfast. Perfect for busy school mornings!

Homemade Instant Oatmeal Packets (Personalized for Everyone!)

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My mom called me one day. "Rachel, I have this great idea for me and your family, and I think you could blog about it!" Friends, it's time to confess. This blog really is a family affair. Here's the…
Cheesy Chicken Casserole

Cheesy Chicken Casserole: Real Food Meets Reality {Freezer Meal}

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This casserole won my husband's heart over when we were dating. Well, I think our relationship was a little more complicated than that...but he did love Cheesy Chicken Casserole then and still asks for…

Light & Easy Penne Rosa Pasta: 15 Minute One-Pot Dinner

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Many nights of the week, I'm looking for a meal that I can pull together in just minutes and that doesn't dirty up the kitchen. Penne Rosa Pasta fits the bill! Plus, this cheesy and filling pasta dish…
Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel

Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel: Another Quick and Healthy Lunch

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This Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain Bagel rivals for first place in my heart when it comes to favorite lunch meals. The other contestants are the Protein Lunch Bowl, Creamy Avocado Dip with carrots and…
Flourless Banana Muffin Recipe

Flourless Banana Muffins (Gluten-Free Recipe) {Freezer Meal}

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Warning: This post may introduce you to some ingredients that you don't recognize. But, let me assure you that it's worth giving these Flourless Banana Muffins a shot because they are absolutely moist…
Whole Grain Pizza Bread

Pizza Bread

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This pizza bread is filled with simple ingredients, requires minimal effort, and is a kid favorite! Oh, and only 20 minutes from start to finish. I feel silly posting this as new, exciting recipe.…

20+ Healthy Lunch Box Ideas

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As a mom of a 2nd grader, Kindergartener, and preschooler, I (Rachel) have been packing lunches every single school day for several years now. And, I've learned a few tricks of the trade to make them…
Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Squash Cake

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Squash Cake

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Sounds weird. I know. But, hang with me a minute...and know that I wouldn't have put this recipe on our blog if it wasn't a huge hit with my entire fam. Look, squash is just a stone's throw away from…