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Simple Italian Chicken, Green Beans and Potatoes

Nearly every week when I ask my family what they want for dinner, someone inevitably says Italian chicken, green beans and potatoes.  I always happily oblige because this simple, one-pan recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight plus EVERYONE eats it and you know what a big deal that is if you have kids.

My sister-in-law brought us this meal when my youngest daughter was born and it’s been a go-to staple ever since.  I also love to take this meal to others as well.  With only 5 ingredients, it can be tweaked for lots of different flavors too.  Do I have your attention?

Let’s get cooking shall we?

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Simple Italian Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes

 

Italian chicken, green beans, and potatoes recipe

What you will need?

3  thawed chicken breasts 

1 lb small red and yellow potatoes cut into fourths

1 stick of butter (8 T.)

1 bag of frozen green beans 

1 packet dry Italian dressing mix

 

one pan Italian chicken, green beans and potatoes

Italian Chicken, Green Beans, and Potatoes Instructions – 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Then grab a 9×13 pan and all of your ingredients.  Start by trimming the fat off the chicken.  That’s my least favorite part, just me?  If your chicken breasts are thick, I like to cut them in half and butterfly them so they are thinner and cook faster.  

Layer the chicken down the center of the 9×13 pan.  Pour the bag of frozen green beans to one side.  Then, rinse your small potatoes and cut them into fourths.  Place them on the other side of the chicken.

Now, slice the butter into 1 tablespoon chunks or roughly 8 pieces and place evenly on top of the chicken, green beans, and potatoes.

Last, sprinkle the dry Italian dressing mix evenly across the 9×13 pan.

Cover with tin foil and place in the preheated oven for 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Before serving check that the potatoes are soft when you put a fork in them and that the chicken is cooked through.  If not, place covered in the oven for an additional 10-15 minutes.

 

easy Italian chicken, green beans and potatoes recipe

 

What to serve with your Italian Chicken Green Beans and Potatoes –

This dish really hits the protein and sides but you could certainly add a fresh salad, some bread, and fruit to round out the meal.

 

What about all that butter?

While you do put a whole stick of butter in the pan, you can use a slotted spoon to leave most of that butter behind.  If you rather not use butter, you could pour a bottle of Italian dressing over the top.  Try a drizzle of olive oil too.

 

Italian Chicken green beans and potatoes

 

How can you mix this dish up?

Swap Out the Veggies

You can put any vegetable adjacent to the chicken.  Try Brussel sprouts, frozen stir fry vegetables, broccoli or any other vegetable you love.  

You can even double up on the green beans and put it on both sides of the chicken which I do sometimes because my kids love those green beans.  I can’t say that always!

Swap out the Flavor

For a different flavor, mix up this dish with a ranch dressing dry mix.  Just follow the recipe above but switch out the dressing.

Swap out the Chicken

Last, but not least swap out the chicken breast with 8 boneless chicken thighs.  This is my husband’s favorite switch.  

 

Short on time?  Try the Slow Cooker

This dish easily turns into a slow cooker dish too!  Add the chicken, potatoes, green beans, sliced butter and Italian dressing mix to the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 8 hours.

 

Are you ready to try?

Trust me, you won’t regret it.  The chicken stays so moist and juicy with the delicious flavor of the Italian dressing mix.  We rarely have leftovers and the kids ask for seconds. I don’t know a better way to say this recipe is legit than that!  

Not to mention I shared this recipe on social media and every week I get asked for the recipe so it was time for it to have its own post.

 

 

Looking for other simple meals, try these!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake

Simple Turkey Pesto Sandwiches

 

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

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slow cooker Italian chicken, green beans, and potatoes recipe 

Simple Baked Turkey Pesto Sandwich

turkey pesto baked sandwich with fruit and salad

 

Do you want to invite people over for lunch or dinner but have no idea what to serve?  Does the thought just overwhelm you?  Me too until I started making this simple baked turkey pesto sandwich recipe.  

It is so simple.  Did I mention it’s just 4 ingredients?  Plus it’s so delicious no one will ever believe how simple it is.  Stop sweating about what you are serving, your guests will gobble this easy baked turkey pesto sandwich right up and they will be asking you for the recipe.  Trust me!  

Let’s get cooking, shall we?

Simple Baked Turkey Pesto Sandwich Recipe 

 

baked pesto turkey sandwich ingredients

 

What you will need  – 

1 lb turkey lunch meat

1 8 oz container (12 slices) Provolone deli-sliced cheese

Jar of pre-made pesto sauce

1 loaf of bakery french bread

 

Baked Turkey Pesto Sandwich Instructions –

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Then, grab a large cookie sheet and line with a piece of tin foil big enough to wrap the sandwich in when you are finished.  Grab the french bread, cut it in half and lay it on the tin foil-lined pan.

 

 

Brush on a thin layer of pesto sauce onto the bread.  Pesto has a strong flavor so less is more in this case.  A thin layer will still give you a great flavor.  

After, you have brushed a light layer of pesto on your bread, layer evenly 1 pound of turkey lunch meat and provolone cheese slices.

 

add turkey to baked turkey pesto sandwich

 

Place the bread together and wrap in tin foil.  Then, put the turkey pesto sandwich into the 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. 

wrapped turkey pesto sandwich

 

After 30 minutes check that the cheese is melted and the meat is warm.  Pull out and slice to serve to your guests.

 

simple baked turkey pesto sandwich recipe

 

What to serve with your baked turkey pesto sandwich –

To keep it simple, grab a bagged salad mix kit from your local grocery store and assemble while the sandwich is baking.  You can also serve it alongside some soup, chips, a veggie tray and a fruit salad.  The options are endless.

 

turkey pesto sandwich with fruit and salad

 

What do you do with leftovers?

Didn’t eat it all? Don’t worry, the sandwich rewarms well in the microwave or oven for leftovers.  

 

Ready to mix this sandwich up?

Turn this baked sandwich into a panini with some sliced sourdough bread.  Butter both sides of the bread and then brush a thin layer of pesto on and pile on the turkey and provolone. Then,  cook it in an uncovered skillet browning both sides.

 Looking for a little more flavor? Try some added toppings like sliced tomatoes, onions, mayonnaise, more meats like pepperoni or salami, and oil & vinegar.

 

 

Just Remember…

Not entertaining?  No worries this is a perfect weeknight meal for your family.  If your kids are not into pesto, skip the pesto on one side.  This meal packs the flavor punch without you breaking a sweat. This will quickly become an entertaining go-to recipe for when friends come over.

 

 

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

 

Now, what’s for dessert?

Simple Layered Magic Bars

Ice Cream Pie

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

 

Need More Entertaining Recipe Ideas?

Simple Egg Bake Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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4 ingredient turkey pesto sandwich recipe 

Simple Egg Bake

There’s nothing I love more than a warm savory egg dish for breakfast especially when I am hosting guests.  However, I have searched long and wide for a simple egg bake that is also delicious and I finally found it.  Look no further than this simple egg bake made with stuffing and all the other goodness you love about egg bakes piled in.  Let’s get cooking!

 

 

Simple Egg Bake Recipe

 

 

Easy Egg Bake Ingredients – 

1 Box of Stuffing Mix of your choice + required ingredients to make according to box specifications

12 Eggs

1/2 cup milk

1 8 oz package of shredded cheese

8 bacon slices and/or 8 sausage links cooked and cut

 

Easy Egg Bake Directions – 

Cook the stuffing mix according to box directions in the microwave.  While the stuffing is cooking, grease a 9×13 pan.  Fork the stuffing after pulling it out of the microwave and then spoon the stuffing mix into the bottom of the pan.  Spread evenly to make a bottom layer. 

 

 

Cook or thaw your preferred breakfast meat.  For this example, I used 8 slices of bacon I had pre-cooked.  You can buy pre-cooked bacon or sausage links or cook your own. 

Next, mix 12 eggs with 1/2 cup milk in a bowl.  Pour the mixture over the stuffing mix.  

 

 

Sprinkle the breakfast meat into the egg mixture.  Top the simple egg bake with an 8 oz bag of shredded cheese on top.  

Cook uncovered at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until egg casserole has cooked through.

 

 

It’s Time To Dish It Up

The simple egg bake pairs nicely with cinnamon rolls and fresh fruit for a delicious and simple meal.  You can also serve it up with some simple smoothies.  Check out these simple smoothie ideas.

 

Perfect Meal Prep Idea for Week Day Breakfasts

Looking for a hardier morning breakfast?  Make this dish over the weekend and cut up into individual portions for the week.  It warms up nicely in the microwave on high for 1 minute.  

 

Just Remember…

Egg bakes are not just reserved for breakfast time.  Serve this delicious and simple recipe for a weeknight dinner that’s sure to please.  Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner?

 

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Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

 

Looking for More Breakfast Ideas?

Simple Quiche Recipe

Simple Smoothie Recipes

Sweet Marshmallow Rolls

 

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Simple Game Day Food Ideas

It’s almost time for the biggest game of the year (so far).  Who are you rooting for?  We live in the midwest but I am married to a man that grew up in the Joe Montana era so I guess we will cheer for the game day food, commercials, and the halftime show.   I don’t know about you but the game day menu is almost as important as the game itself.  Here are some simple game day food ideas to serve your big game day fans!

 

Sweet BBQ Meatballs

These deliciously sweet and savory bbq meatballs are so simple to make.  Mix up the 3 ingredients and cook in the slow cooker.  No one will believe how easy they are to make.

 

Baked Mexican Dip

Who doesn’t love a Mexican dip?  Make this simple baked Mexican dip ahead and pop it in the oven right before the game.  It also reheats well.  

 

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip is always a fan favorite served with bread or tortilla chips.  This easy spinach artichoke dip is just 6 ingredients so its super simple to whip up before the big game.  

 

Walking Tacos

Recreate a stadium staple at home with a walking taco bar for the big game.  Prepare all the fixings ahead of time and your guests can make their own walking tacos just how they like it.

 

Apple Nachos

Looking for a healthier option?  Try an apple nacho bar.  Slice up some apples and serve it with a few toppings.  Your guests will be raving about this delicious snack.

 

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Speaking of healthy but oh so good, you need to make this simple black bean and corn salsa.  A great way to get some vegetables in your game day spread. 

 

Magic Bars

These magic bars are good they are mouth-wateringly good!  Layer on chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, coconut with a graham cracker crust and you have a game-winning dessert for your next party.

 

Classic Chili

Is there anything that screams game day more than a big pot of chili?  Perfect for a crowd and a cold day.  Try this super simple classic chili.

 

Aldi Appetizer Finds

I went to Aldi the other day and picked up a few more simple foods to add to our spread.  Who doesn’t love some chicken wings, mozzarella sticks, and queso?  Add these items to what you make and you will have a winning spread.

 

Just Remember…

A good rule of thumb when hosting is to cook 30% and buy pre-made the other 70%.  My Grandma always told me a candy bar tastes great on a silver platter so when in doubt, buy something and keep it simple.  That’s the name of my game and I am sticking to it!  

What are you serving for game day?  Do you host a party? 

 

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

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Simple Sweet BBQ Meatballs Recipe + Simple Party Menu

Tis’ the season for lots of holiday hosting which can get really overwhelming in a hurry.  I don’t know about you but when I entertain I want simple recipes I won’t screw up and won’t take me away from my main priority, my guests!  This simple sweet BBQ meatballs recipe is one of my go-to’s when I host!  It will be yours too, I promise.

I even make these delicious meatballs as a meal served alongside rice and steamed veggies for a simple weeknight meal.  They also reheat great for leftovers.  Need I say more, you must try them!  

 

sweet bbq meatball recipe ingredients

Simple Sweet BBQ Meatball Ingredients – 

1 18 oz bottle BBQ Sauce (choose your favorite)

1  32 oz package of frozen meatballs (either homestyle or Italian work great)

1 cup grape jelly (8 oz)

Slowcooker

frozen meatballs in slow cooker sweet BBQ meatball recipe with jelly and bbq sauce

Simple Sweet BBQ Meatball Directions – 

Pour the frozen meatballs in your slow cooker.  Pour over the entire bottle of BBQ sauce and 1 cup grape jelly.  Mix together with a spatula.  Turn the slow cooker on low for 4 hours.  When the meatballs are done, just turn the slow cooker setting to warm until your guests arrive or it’s time for dinner.  Before serving mix well one more time.

Try This Variation –

I use this same sauce recipe for little smokies.  I just use two packages of little smokies and add it to the BBQ sauce and 1 cup grape jelly.  Don’t have grape jelly on hand?  Never fear, you can also mix it up with any jelly or jam you have. 

simple party foods on counter

What Other Appetizers Can You Serve it With?

Are you hosting a party and need some more simple appetizer ideas.  

Simple Full Party Menu – 

6 Ingredient Spinach Artichoke Dip (check out the recipe here)

Baked Mexican Dip (check out the recipe here)

Chips, store-bought guacamole & fresh store-bought salsa

Extra Sharp white cheddar cheese, gouda cheese and sliced summer sausage (all store-bought)

Cut vegetables and ranch dressing dip (store-bought)

Cream puffs (store-bought)

Chocolate peanut clusters (Spanish peanuts & almond bark)

Just Remember…

I love to entertain but years ago my grandma gave me some advice I took to heart.  She said, “heath bars taste great on silver platters.”  What did she mean by that?  It’s okay to buy store-bought, bring it home and dish it up on one of your platters.  So, now when I host gatherings I usually buy 75% of my food store-bought and cook 25% simple and easy dishes.  This simple sweet BBQ meatball recipe is one I always make because it’s just 3 ingredients, a crowd favorite and did I mention SIMPLE?  Enjoy!

 

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

Try These Other Party Favorite Recipes – 

Apple Nacho Bar

Walking Tacos

6-Ingredient Magic Bar Recipe

Make Now Serve Later Simple Quiche Recipe

Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Super Simple Classic Chili

It’s that time of year – it’s soup time.  It snowed the other night so the kids are basically ready to put up the Christmas tree.  I am just ready to indulge in some warm and cozy food.  The only problem is our schedule doesn’t slow down this time of year, it only speeds up!  Anyone else?  Enter this delicious and super simple chili recipe.  It’s perfect for a chilly weeknight and it makes enough for leftovers!

Let’s cook the Simple Classic Chili, shall we?

Ingredients-

I 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes. **Do not drain**

1 15 oz Can Tomato Sauce

1 15.5 oz Can Light Red Kidney Beans. **Drain & Rinse**

1 15.5 oz Can Dark Red Kidney Beans. **Drain & Rinse**

1 White Onion

1 Green Pepper **optional**

1 lb 90% Thawed Lean Ground Beef

3 Tablespoons Chili Powder

1 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp Pepper

2 Cups Water

Preparation & Directions for this Simple Classic Chili Recipe-

Place 1 TBSP of butter in a large stockpot and let melt.  Then, add in the chopped green pepper and let cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add in the chopped white onion until soft and translucent, on average another 3-5 minutes.

Add in the lean ground beef and break apart.  My favorite way to break apart ground beef is with this tool.  Get one for yourself here, you’ll never go back to a fork again.  Stir often until meat is fully cooked through, about 6-7 minutes.

While the meat is cooking, drain the 2 cans of beans and rinse.  When the meat is cooked through, dump in the drained and rinsed beans, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes (do not drain), 3 T. chili powder, 1 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper and 2 cups of water.  Stir together and bring the chili to a boil.  Stirring occasionally.

Once the chili starts to boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer uncovered on the stovetop for 20-25 minutes.

It’s Time to Accessorize the Simple Classic Chili Recipe –

This is my kids favorite part.  They can choose their own adventure and add the toppings they like to the top.  We like to top it with shredded cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips or crackers.  You could also add hot sauce or garnish with jalapenos too!

What do you serve with this simple classic chili?

We love to serve our chili with cornbread.  My favorite simple cornbread is the Jiffy brand.  My kids love to mix it up themselves.

Sometimes, if I am feeling extra generous I’ll serve this simple classic chili with cinnamon rolls.  I know cinnamon rolls seem odd but growing up whenever they served chili at school, it was always served with a cinnamon roll so its nostalgic for me.  Did you grow up eating cinnamon rolls with chili?

Now, what’s for dessert?  Try these –

Simple Magic Layer Bars

Simple Apple Nachos

No-Bake Simple Oreo Pie

 

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

 

So Simple, Right?

This dish is perfect for a crowd or a quick night dinner at home.  Just one pot to clean-up so dishes are done in a snap and you are on to your next activity.  Hopefully, it’s snuggling up on the couch with your favorite people.  Happy fall y’all and happy cooking!

Need a few cooking accessories?  These are my favorites for chili!


 

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Simple Apple Chicken Salad Recipe

We are in full on fall mode over here which means I am breaking out all my pumpkin and apple recipes.  Momma loves to bake in the fall!  It also means I am running around like crazy because my kids are in all the activities.  So, I need super simple recipes that we can eat around the table or on the run.  This simple apple chicken salad recipe fits the bill and is a fan favorite.  It’s perfect for a busy weeknight meal or served alongside crackers as a fall-tastic appetizer.

Y’all know by now if you follow me on social media (follow me on Instagram here) that I am a big fan of the apple.  It does not get the attention it deserves.  It’s always over-shadowed by felllow fall vegetation, the pumpkin.  While I love a good pumpkin dish (I am looking at your pumpkin bars), I equally love all things apple.  Give me all the apple nachos (read more about that here), apple pies, apple crisp and of course apple chicken salad!

So let’s get to the kitchen and start cooking, shall we?

Simple Apple Chicken Salad Recipe Ingredients

2 Cups Shredded Chicken (3-4 chicken breasts)

1.5 Cups Chopped Apples (1-2 apples)

1 Cup Chopped Celery (2-3 stalks)

1 Cup Mayonnaise (1 Cup Greek Yogurt can be substituted)

Salt & Pepper to Taste

Simple Apple Chicken Salad Recipe Quick Instructions

Cook and Shred Chicken

Chop Apples & Celery

Fold in mayonnaise to apples, celery, and chicken.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with crackers, on sandwich bread or atop lettuce.

This recipe yields enough for 6 sandwiches.

Simple Apple Chicken Salad Recipe Tips & Tricks

I like to cook up a bunch of chicken at once because dealing with raw chicken is one of my least favorite kitchen chores.  I cook it in the slow cooker on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.  When cooked, shred it with a fork.  I set aside 2 cups for this recipe and then freeze the rest for another dish.  I could use it for two other favorite dishes, the simple chicken enchiladas or chicken pot pie.

Once the chicken is shredded, I grab 1-2 apples.  I like to use either granny smith or honeycrisp apples.  Both have a good strong flavor.  I chop into small edible cubes.  Next, I move on to rinsing and chopping 3 stalks of celery which amounts to about 1 cup of celery.  Now, I know not everyone is a fan of celery so you could totally add in 1/2 cup of cranberries or 1/2 cup of pecans as an alternative.

Last, I fold in 1 cup of mayonnaise.  If you want a more calorie friendly option, you can certainly substitute 8 oz greek yogurt.  Then add salt and pepper to taste.

You can make this dish ahead or serve it on the spot.  It also makes great leftovers for our favorite Sunday tradition, snack tray supper.

It’s Time To Dish It Up

We like to serve our chicken salad on sandwich bread with raw vegetables, fresh fruit and chips or pretzels for a simple weeknight meal.  This dish would also be a perfect appetizer or addition to your charcuterie board.   This recipe makes enough for 6 sandwiches but double the recipe because you will want some for leftovers, it’s so good!

 

chicken salad recipe on meal planning journal

Need help with meal planning?  

I wrote down this recipe along with the rest of my meal ideas for the week in the Simple Purposeful Living 52-week meal planner.  Get yours here.   Join the Meal Plan Simple on Purpose group on Facebook for more meal planning ideas and support.  Join here.

 

 

Need some more recipe inspiration, try these simple dishes –

Simple Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

 

Until next time keep on keeping on with a simple purposeful life!

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Insanely Simple Slow Cooker Chicken Stuffing Bake

If you are looking for a simple recipe, you have come to the right place because today I am dishing up my insanely simple 3-ingredient slow cooker chicken stuffing bake.  Say that 10 times fast.  I pair it with some steamed veggies and some fresh fruit and we have ourselves a simple, yummy dinner for a busy night!

One of the comments I get all the time is that meal planning is so tedious and making meals for your family can feel so cumbersome.  Somehow we got fed the lie that in order to feed your family it must be complicated.  I am here to tell you I serve up SIMPLE dishes every night of the week and if it isn’t simple, I save it for a special occasion because simple floats our boat.

Let’s get cooking, shall we?

What You Will Need for the Chicken Stuffing Bake –

1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup

1 Box of Stuffing Mix (cook to box specifications – 1/4 cup butter & 1 1/2 cup water)

2 chicken breasts

Now, I double this recipe as I am cooking for a family of 6 and this recipe rewarms beautiful for leftovers.  You know I love me some planned-overs!  You know those meals you plan for leftovers, yep we call them planned-overs.

Preparation & Directions for the Chicken Stuffing Bake –

First, prep the chicken breast.  I am weird and cut off every last suspicious part, just me?  Since prepping chicken is one of my least favorte things to do.  I buy fresh chicken breast in bulk and prep a large amout at once.  Then, I use what I need for the recipe and divide the rest into baggies and freeze it for future recipes.  My future self thanks me.

After the chicken breast is trimmed, I lay it in the bottom of my slow cooker. I, then, layer on the can of cream of chicken soup and spread it around to evenly cover the chicken breast.

Go ahead and cook the stuffing mix based on the box’s directions.  I add 1/4 cup of butter per box and 1 1/2 cup water per box.  I place the mix, water, and butter into a microwave-safe bowl and cook it on high for 5 minutes.  When it is cooked,  I fluff it with a fork.  Then, I dump the stuffing over the soup and chicken.   Spread it around for an even layer.

Set the crockpot on high for 4-6 hours.  Voila, you are done!  I told you so easy, right?

You will know it’s done when the chicken is cooked through.  No prep work is needed before you serve it up.  I literally just scoop it right out of the slowcooker like a casserole on to a plate.   Serve with steamed veggies and fresh fruit.  One dish and fix it and forget it.  How about that for an easy weeknight meal?

If You Like Your Stuffing Less Moist –

Try baking this dish in a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Layer the chicken, then the soup with stuffing on top and bake uncovered for  hour at 350 degrees or until chicken is cooked through.

You can also wait to put the stuffing on top until the last 20 minutes.

This Chicken Stuffing Bake is Insanely Simple, Right??

This meal is so savory and delicious, no one will believe it takes you less than 10 minutes to prepare.  See, who says meal planning for your family has to be complicated.  Add this to your weekly rotation and serve leftovers another night, you got yourself 2 dinners out of 7 taken care of!  You are welcome!

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Easy Quiche Recipe
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Simple Walking Tacos Recipe

Lady holding taco in a bag

Walking tacos are one of my kids favorite foods on the planet.  When I ask them what they want for dinner, they always say “walking tacos.”  The good news is they are so easy to make, perfect for a crowd and simple enough to whip up on a busy week night.

If you are looking for a new spin on tacos, give this walking taco recipe a whirl.  You won’t be disappointed and my guess is it will soon be a staple in your meal plan rotation like it is ours!

What is a walking taco and how did it get it’s name?

Walking tacos are also referred to as a frito pie, traveling tacos, and tacos in a bag.  Essentially, you grab all your favorite taco ingredients and pile them into a bag of doritos or fritos.  Since your whole taco is in a bag, you can walk with them which is where the name came from.  In the midwest, you can find them at most sporting events, fairs and our house a few times a month!

So, how do you make a walking taco?

The other night I asked my family to help me show you how to make a walking taco so you can try it for your family or next party.  Let’s stop “taco-ing” about it and show you already!

Walking Taco Ingredients

Mini bags of Doritos or Fritos (1-3 bags per person)

Taco Meat (make 1/4-1/2 pound of meat per person)

Shredded Cheese

Shredded Lettuce

Optional toppings include:  salsa, sour cream, black olives, queso, guacamole and jalepenos.

Walking Taco Instructions

First, brown your ground meat.  Usually, I make about 1/4-1/2 pound meat per person.  My kids like leftovers so I try to remember that.  To stretch the meat, I will add a can of black beans per pound of ground beef.  I add the beans once I have browned and rinsed the ground beef.

 

 

Add in the taco seasoning and cook according to seasoning instructions.

While the meat is simmering, prepare all the toppings for the taco including chopping the lettuce and lining up the toppings in a bar-style setup starting with the chips.

 

Once, the meat and toppings are ready you can invite your guests to grab a bag and before opening, have them crunch up the chips.  Then, have them open the bag and add in the ground beef and whatever toppings they would like.

CRUNCH!

CUT!

FILL!

My kids like to eat right out of the bag while my husband likes to dump his onto a plate.  Either way, they taste great!   Be forewarned, people will want seconds so make sure you plan for a couple of bags of chips per person!

Ready to Give Walking Tacos a Try?

So, now that I have introduced you to this midwest tradition, are you going to try it?  Everytime, I mention making them for dinner on Instagram (follow me here) I get so many questions so I thought it was about time I shared all the details on the blog!

Create a walking taco bar for your next party or whip them up for a quick dinner during the week, either way you will have a new fan favorite on your hands.  Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.

 

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Simple & Healthy Lavender Lemonade

**Thank you to Tshanina Peterson for guest posting today & sharing this delicious recipe**

Summer is the perfect time for a glass of homemade lemonade. Whether you’re hosting a party and need the best recipe for a crowd or need a new twist for your family get-together, this easy and healthy lavender lemonade is perfect. Instead of squeezing a ton of lemons we’re keeping it simple with lemon juice. So get your favorite pitcher ready and let me show you how to make a glass of this refreshing lavender lemonade.

 

 

The first time I was offered a glass of this lavender lemonade I honestly wasn’t quite sure what to think. Lavender in lemonade? But being an adventurous kind of girl, I just had to try it for myself. After all, lavender lemonade sounds like something that’s offered in a fancy restaurant or tea room.

I’m here to tell you that it was fabulous! After just one sip I was hooked and my tastebuds were thanking me.

Some lemonades leave you with a sour punch at the end but the lemon and lavender in this recipe are the perfect combination that leaves you with a refreshing after taste. But don’t just take my word for it. I want you to try it for yourself!

 

 

Why the lemon juice instead of squeezing lemons? Well, friend, I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible because I know you’re a busy girl that has a lot on her plate. By all means, if you want to squeeze lemons, I encourage you to go for it!

Fun Facts About Lavender and Lemons

Lavender is best known for reducing anxiety and promoting calm and relaxation.

Lemons naturally cleanse the body, aid in digestion and support healthy respiratory function.

 

 

Easy and Healthy Lavender Lemonade

13 cups Water (a little over 3/4 gallon)

1 cup + 3 tablespoons Lemon Juice (or 6 juiced lemons)

1 cup Honey

1 drop Lavender Essential Oil

1 drop Lemon Essential Oil

  • Mix all ingredients together and chill.
  • Taste to see if more water or honey is needed.
  • Before serving, give it a good stir.
  • Garnish glasses with fresh lemons and mint, if desired.


 

Serve your Easy and Healthy Lavender Lemonade in one of these beautiful dispensers!


 

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