recipes

Herb Roasted Chicken Breast

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The price of meat just keeps going up.  This often means that in order to keep our meal plans budget friendly, we have to be more creative about using less expensive cuts of meat.  Of course we still want whatever we make to taste amazing!  This simple herb roasted chicken breast recipe is a perfect fit–easy, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 2

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A few months ago I shared my first 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour plan, which included 5 great recipes that could be prepared together in about sixty minutes to make TEN separate meals.  It was a huge hit, not only with my own family, but with many of your families as well! At this point I [...]

Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

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Does your family have any famous recipes that have been passed down through the years?  These oh-so-easy Sloppy Joes were my grandmother's specialty, and although she has been gone for ten years, I still can't make this recipe without thinking of her and our Sunday afternoon family gatherings.  I love that they have now become a favorite [...]

Easy Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars

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Growing up, I used to always look at my friends' lunches with envy over their freshly baked treats.  The brownies, the cookies, the homemade bars.....My own mom was never much of a cook, which meant that my own lunches were usually just a random assortment of pre-packaged convenience foods.  And I swore to myself that [...]

Freezer Breakfast Cupcakes

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 School will be starting again soon, and I don't know about you but I'm already starting to dread our hectic mornings.  My kids are not early risers, so getting them out the door and off to school with a hearty, protein-filled breakfast in their bellies can be a challenge. Luckily these yummy freezer breakfast cupcakes [...]

Hawaiian Chicken

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Aloha!  This delicious Hawaiian chicken literally comes together in just minutes with just a few easy ingredients.  Better yet, it is freezer AND grill friendly.  What more do you need for a perfectly effortless summertime meal? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it [...]

Easy Freezer Pulled Pork

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Pulled pork is one of those recipes that always intimidated me.  Until, that is, I actually tried it and discovered not just how ridiculously easy it is to make, but how inexpensive it is to make a delicious, hearty meal for a crowd that even the pickiest eaters in the bunch will RAVE about! The [...]

Summer Cheese Ball with Mixed Berries

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When it comes to entertaining, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible.  I discovered long ago that few appetizers beat the simplicity, versatility, and sheer deliciousness of a simple cheese ball paired with Triscuits.  Thus, when the folks over at Martha Stewart asked if I'd be interested in entering a little summer recipe challenge they were [...]

Best Ever Homemade Potato Salad

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 Everyone needs a go-to potato salad recipe, and this one is mine!  The dressing is the perfect combination of tangy vinegar and creamy mayonnaise, with the zip of coarse ground Dijon mustard thrown in for good measure.  The peas add great flavor and color, and the red potatoes have a great firm texture with no [...]

Easy Honey Dijon Chicken

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Ready for another amazing grilled chicken recipe?  This scrumptiously delicious honey dijon chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + grill friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the [...]

Five Minute Ice Cream Cake

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Everybody needs a go-to dessert and I'm pretty sure I just found mine!  This oh-so-easy ice cream cake comes together so fast it can hardly even be called a recipe, and yet the pretty stripes make it an impressive showstopper.  Because the only thing better than a delicious dessert that only takes minutes to throw [...]

Easy Slow-Cooked Ribs

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It only took me ten years to discover that the fastest way to my husband's heart is simply to cook more MEAT!  Over the past few months, as I've been working on developing more quick & easy freezer friendly recipes for my family, I've never seen him quite so enthusiastic about dinnertime  While it was a [...]

Coconut Lime Chicken

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Nothing says summer like dinner on the grill!  This easy-peasy coconut lime chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--it is almost like taking a trip to the Caribbean without a passport!  Not only is it almost ridiculously easy and practically mess-free, it also involves the grill, which makes my husband extra happy. To make it as part of [...]

Kid Friendly Pizza Muffins

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After spending this past weekend with my friend Edie, the world's most amazing hostess who literally makes every meal an EVENT, one simple truth was abundantly clear:  I am not a foodie. While Edie truly enjoys spending hours in the kitchen creating culinary masterpieces for her family to savor each evening, my goal is usually to [...]

Easy Asian Chop Salad

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  I don't know about you, but when the weather starts heating up I would do almost anything to avoid having to actually cook!  I want foods that are fresh and easy and can come together in less than ten minutes.  This yummy asian chop salad is the perfect solution to my lazy summer cooking [...]