recipes

Easy Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup

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It seriously does not get ANY easier than this delicious, hearty split pea soup.  My family loves it so much that we have started buying whole spiral-cut hams on a regular basis just so we can make it more often!  It actually ends up being a pretty good value, though, since an eight pound ham will provide [...]

Flourless Chocolate Cookies

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A few weeks ago I was at Starbucks and, craving something sweet, I ordered a flourless chocolate cookie.  It was actually my second choice--they were all out of my favorite, Cranberry Bliss Bars--and my expectations were low.  After all, I am a carb-loving girl and flour has always struck me as a pretty key cookie [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

Bloomin’ Olive Bread

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Olives.  Most people either love 'em or hate 'em, and in my family there is definitely nothing but LOVE for the round little green and black treats.  My kids literally cannot get enough of them! During a visit a few months ago, my friend Edie introduced us to the joys of olive bread, something I had never [...]

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken

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My personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  This juicy, flavorful sweet & spicy Chinese chicken was a huge hit with both my husband AND kids; in fact, my five year old, after cleaning her plate in about 2 [...]

Simple Cranberry Chicken

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It is my sincere belief that you can never have too many foolproof chicken recipes up your sleeve.  This flavor-packed simple cranberry chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + crock pot friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the sauce & [...]

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Bars

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I'm not quite sure how to explain how utterly delicious these ridiculously easy gingerbread bars really are.  They are like heaven--or Christmas--on a plate!  Dense and chewy, sweet but not too sweet, with just the perfect amount of spice.  Seriously.  Try them.  Today. You won't regret it. As an aside, the crystallized ginger sprinkled on [...]

Easy Freezer Balsamic Roast Beef

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This may sound a little odd coming from a vegetarian, but pot roast is hands down my favorite meal to make!  Not only is it ridiculously easy and completely foolproof, not to mention a one-pot slow cooker meal that you can set and forget, but it always gets RAVE reviews.  As in not just "oh this [...]

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Chicken & rice casserole is one of our family staples, but in my quest to develop a whole binder full of no-cook freezer meals, I decided to take on the challenge of creating a freezer friendly version.  I'll be honest, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right, but the final [...]

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup

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Nothing warms up a cold winter day faster than a steaming bowl of delicious homemade soup!  Of course there's not always time to put in a full day of cooking to get that homemade soup just right.  I'm always looking for ways to make our family favorites faster and freezer friendly, and this "cheater" version [...]

Best-Ever No-Fuss Mashed Potatoes

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At the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to tell you that every single person who has tried these potatoes has declared them the best they've ever had.  I can only assume that the main reason for this is that they are pretty much a heart attack in a bowl.  Seriously, potatoes don't get any unhealthier than [...]

Easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

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Am I the only one already drooling thinking about Thanksgiving dinner?  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I am SUPER excited that this year my big brother Paul and his family will be joining us all the way from Washington State.  It has been years since we've hosted a big family [...]

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 3: Comfort Foods Edition

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As you all probably know by now, I am pretty much hooked on easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, [...]

Slow Cooked Pork Tenderloin

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I don't know about you but I think at this point I am fully addicted to simple, delicious freezer meals.   Even my husband, who first balked at the idea of freezer cooking and insisted he wouldn't like any of the meals, has whole-heartedly embraced this freezer friendly lifestyle.  It has not only saved us [...]

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