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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

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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!

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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!

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

 

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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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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.


 

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Simple Snack Tray Supper

 

Snack trays are the family-friendly version of the ever-popular charcuterie boards and I have never met a charcuterie board I didn’t like.  Snack tray suppers are going to be your new best friend.  Try a snack tray for your next family meal and your kids will think you are a genius, you are welcome!

 

 

Snack Tray Supper – A Happy Accident

Our Sunday night snack tray supper tradition started by accident which is usually how all good traditions get started!  We were running low on food since I grocery shop on Monday mornings.  We are on a tight budget at the moment since we are adopting so going out to eat was not an option.

So, I just gathered up all the random leftovers and pantry staples we had on hand and put them on a big tray.  To make it a little more fun, since I wasn’t sure how it would go over, I pulled out a waterproof picnic blanket and we ate our snack tray supper in the living room.

 

 

Love at First Bite

It was love at first bite!  Not only could my kids pick what they wanted to eat off the tray, but we also sat on a picnic cloth in the family room.  From my perspective, I fell short and from their perspective I was genius!  Just goes to show, we can be awfully hard on ourselves as moms!

 

 

A Weekly Tradition

I now write “snack tray supper” for every Sunday on my weekly meal planner (get yours here).   The snack tray is never the same week to week because it’s based on what we have leftover.  Some weeks it’s heavy on the popcorn (because I always have popcorn in the pantry) and other weeks it’s heavy on refrigerated leftovers.    I thought I would share a few ideas to help you get started with your own snack tray supper tradition.

 

 

What to Put on the snack tray?

Nothing is off limits and the options are endless.  Literally, start by pulling out leftovers from your fridge and your pantry.  I try to include lots of different food groups but some weeks the pantry and refrigerator are a little leaner than others.   Here’s a list of popular favorites for our family!

Raw sliced vegetables

Fruit – Dried and fresh cut

Cheeses – string cheese, sliced cheese, block cheese, spreadable cheeses

Cured meats – salami, summer sausage, braunschweiger, jerky

Chips 

Crackers

Pita Chips

Pretzels

Popcorn

Dips – Hummus, Salsa, Guacamole, Queso Aldi’s Frozen Buffalo Chicken Dip, Aldi’s Frozen Spinach Artichoke Dip, Ranch Dressing, layered dips, yogurt dips

Nuts 

Trail mix

Pickles 

Olives

You can even add in desserts and candy or you could make a separate dessert snack tray!  Now that I say that out loud, my kids are going to want that stat.  The options are endless when it comes to snack trays.  You can be as creative and in as many things as you want.  It’s perfect finger-food and kids love the chance to choose their own adventure when it comes to dinner.

 

Snack Trays Are Not Just for Dinner

Snack trays aren’t just perfect for dinner, they are perfect for lunches and get-togethers too!  Summer is coming, save on the dishes and make up a snack tray and eat on the driveway or outside in the grass.  Avoid sweeping and your kids will think it’s the coolest thing ever!  Take it on the road!  The options are endless.

 

Before you know it, your kids will be making snack tray suppers for their dolls!  How cute is that pint-size snack tray supper?

 

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Simple Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

My family’s love language is Mexican food and this easy chicken enchiladas recipe is on heavy rotation in our weekly meal plan (check out how I meal plan here).  You know I like to keep it nice and simple around here and it’s no different when it comes to my cooking.

This insanely easy chicken enchiladas recipe not only gets two thumbs up from my Mexican-food loving family but you can also make it ahead.

Don’t forget to pin this recipe for later!

So, let’s get cooking, shall we?

Ingredients you will need –

8 oz Fiesta Blend Cheese (reserve 1 cup to top enchiladas)

1 10.5 oz Cream of Chicken Soup

1 10 oz Diced Tomatoes with Green Chiles

1 16 oz sour cream

10 Taco Size Flour Tortillas (6-inch tortillas)

4-6 chicken breasts (shredded)

Psst…If you like this, you have to try this EASY crockpot chicken tortilla soup.

It’s Time to Prepare your Chicken Enchiladas

Pro Tip – I always cook large batches of chicken in my crockpot, then shred it and freeze it.  You can always use a rotisserie chicken as well.

When I need to prep my chicken the day of making the enchiladas, I just place 4-6 chicken breasts in my crockpot at breakfast and cook on low for the day.  When I am ready to prep dinner, the chicken is ready to shred.

Once, I shred the chicken breasts, grab a mixing bowl and spatula.  Spoon in the cream of chicken soup, sour cream, diced tomatoes.  Reserve one cup of cheese to top the enchiladas when you are finished and pour the rest into the enchiladas filling.  Then, mix the filling and then fold in the shredded chicken until it is well mixed.

making chicken enchiladas

chicken enchilada tortillas

Prepare your 9×13 baking dish with some cooking spray to prevent sticking.  Then, start to fill your tortillas with the enchilada filling by placing a large spoonful into each tortilla.  Roll each tortilla, then place it in the pan with the edges facing down.

chicken enchilada toppings

chicken enchiladas ready for oven

Make sure to reserve a little of the filling to top the enchiladas when you are finished stuffing the tortillas.  Then, top with the remaining cheese.

You can either top with tin foil and place in the fridge to bake later or you can preheat your oven to 350 degrees and cook uncovered for 35-40 minutes.  It will bubble on the sides when cooked.  Let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

We like to eat these easy chicken enchiladas with a side of refried beans, chips, salsa and guacamole.  Garnish it with whatever you prefer!

Psst…My kids love this easy Mexican baked casserole. Check it out here.

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Simple Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and kicking it off with a fun, Valentine’s day breakfast is a fun way to enjoy the holiday with all your sweethearts. Since breakfast around here usually includes frozen waffles and a variety of boxed cereal with bed-head, it’s fun to do something extra special to celebrate.  Let’s be honest, I don’t want to get up tooooooooo early so these simple Valentine’s Day breakfast ideas are perfect for a weekday breakfast.

easy Valentine's Day breakfast ideas

Heart Shaped Pink Pancakes

We actually whipped these up over the weekend and I froze an extra batch so on Valentine’s Day morning I can just pop them in the microwave and have a festive treat!  Just add some red food coloring to your batter and then use a cookie cutter to pour the batter into your pan.  When you are ready to flip, you can remove the cookie cutter.

Eggs in the Heart Toast

This is a spin on one of our family’s favorite breakfast dishes, eggs in the hole.  Instead of a round circle hole, I simply used a small heart-shaped cookie cutter.  I toasted the little heart cut-out and serve along with the egg in the heart toast.

Heart-Shaped Breakfast Pizza

Grab a pre-made pizza crust and cut into a heart shape.  Smear on cream cheese for the “sauce” portion and then top with scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and cheese.  Bake up just like a regular pizza.  You can make ahead and freeze or make the night before and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it!

Heart-Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

Grab a tube of refrigerated cinnamon rolls and unroll them to resemble a heart.  Bake as usual and top with the frosting.  For an extra special touch, you can add a drop of red food coloring for pink frosting!  You might want to grab an extra tube because my kids gobbled these right up!

Remember to keep it simple + fun –

Each of these easy ideas can be whipped up or made ahead and don’t take much time to prep!  Just remember it doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate to make your kids feel special!  How will you celebrate your big and little Valentines this year?  Do you do a fun dinner or kick off the day with a simple but sweet breakfast?

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Dinnertime at our house is preceded by the busy after-school rush which means I need easy dinner recipes that the family will love or more realistically some will love and everyone will eat ;)!    There are a few tried and true recipes that I make on repeat at our house because they always get a good reception.  I thought I would share them with you today in case you need a little inspiration as you meal plan and add a few new easy dinner recipes to your line-up!

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10 Easy Dinner Recipes

Italian Chicken, Potatoes and Green Beans

This is my go-to for taking a meal to someone.  It’s an easy all-in-one meal to make in a disposable pan.  My kids gobble it up and I love that it can be made ahead.  Find the full recipe here.

Crockpot Pot Roast

My kids love any meat cooked in a crockpot.  This pot roast can be topped with carrots, onions, and potatoes or served shredded on a hoagie roll with a side of au jus. We always love to make this early in the week and enjoy the leftovers.  Find the recipe card in this post.

Breakfast for Dinner

My kids request resurrection rolls all year long.  They are perfect with eggs and breakfast sausage.  Some weeks we do pancakes and bacon.  We also love making a simple quiche and serving it alongside fruit and refrigerated cinnamon rolls.  Check out these simple love-inspired breakfast recipes.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This slow cooker recipe with just 6 ingredients is perfect for a busy weeknight.  Put all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and cook all day.  The soup will be ready to serve with some guacamole, sour cream, tortilla chips, and shredded cheese for dinner.  Find the recipe here.

Mexican Casserole

When we got married, they asked Scott what his favorite meal I made was and he said this recipe.   Funny story, it’s actually his mom’s recipe and I never let him live that down!  Our entire family loves Mexican food.  This makes a great warm appetizer too and we serve it with chips, sour cream, and guacamole.  Check out the recipe here.

Baked Enchiladas

Need a variation to the typical taco dish.  Try this easy baked enchiladas.  You can make ahead and refrigerate or freeze then bake for a yummy weeknight meal.  It’s also perfect for entertaing.  Check out the recipe here.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Some nights just call for a sandwich.  Whether that means we are eating on the sidelines of a game or we need to rush out the door.  Chicken salad is perfect to eat with crackers or made into a sandwich.  I love adding pecans and apples in the fall!  Check out the recipe here.

Walking Tacos & Taco Salads

Cook up some ground beef, season it with taco seasoning and I also add in a can of rinsed black beans and canned carrots to extend the meat and add in some good nutrition.  We buy Doritos chips, crunch them up and layer on the ground beef mixture, shredded lettuce, cheese, and other traditional toppings.  If you never have had a walking taco, you need to try it.  My kids ask for them weekly.   They are great for a crowd too!  Read the full tutorial here.

Pork Tenderloin, Rice & Veggies

Marinated pork tenderloin is so easy and delicious.  In the summer, butterfly cut it and grill it.  In the winter, pop it in the crockpot for the day. Serve it with a side of seasoned rice or quinoa.  If I am in a hurry, I will buy the microwave rice bags and steam up some frozen veggies as well.

Chicken Pot Pie

This delicious and insanely easy recipe is perfect for making ahead and freezing.  It has just 4 ingredients. Serve it up with some bread!  Check out the full recipe here.

Chicken Nugget Parmesean

This is so simple but another fan favorite.  We get the all white meat chicken nuggets and cook them.  Then, we boil some spaghetti and warm up some spaghetti sauce.  I usually add in about a 1/8 cup of sugar to the sauce for a sweeter taste.  I cut up the chicken nuggets and layer on top of the spaghetti and sauce and garnish with parmesan cheese.  We usually serve with garlic breadsticks and a side salad!

Chicken Stuffing Bake

This is another great meal to take to others.  You can serve over rice or alongside some vegetables.  This is another great meal you can make ahead or make in the crockpot (just cook on low for 8 hours with chicken on bottom).  Read the full recipe here.

Simple Meals Make Meal-time Easy

So, there you have it, 10 simple and easy dinner recipes we make on repeat around here.  Do you have any go-to meals that you make repeatedly?  What does your family always request? Hands down we have to have a Mexican dish of some kind every single week!

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6 Simple Summer Desserts

I am always on the hunt for simple and quick desserts to make for an impromptu get together with friends or just to whip up for my own family.  My family loves dessert so we are well-versed in dessert making but sometimes you just need an easy recipe.  So, from chocolate and ice cream to fruit, we have your dessert bases covered with 6 simple dessert recipes sure to please the taste buds.  What are your favorite desserts to make?

6 Simple Dessert Recipes

 

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Simple Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

I was intimidated for years at the thought of making shortcake but this recipe is so easy and is my husband’s favorite dessert.  If he gets to pick dessert and strawberries are in season, he always chooses this!  It’s light, sweet and delicious!

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Simple Ice Cream Pie Recipe

If you are looking for an alternate way to serve an ice cream sundae, you need to try this ice cream pie.  It’s so simple but can be sliced and served right on to a plate for guests.  You can mix and match any ice cream flavor for endless ice cream pie options!

Simple Smoothie Recipe

Although, smoothies are not usually considered a dessert.  They are a great healthy sweet treat.  They are easy to make ahead and all you need to do is blend them right up and you have a delicious sweet treat that’s healthy too!

 

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Simple Pecan Rhubarb Crisp Recipe

Crisps are such an easy but delicious dessert and served a la mode, you have a fan favorite on your hands.  This recipe calls for pecans for a nutty twist on a classic.

 

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Simple Oreo Pie Recipe

I haven’t met a person that doesn’t love Oreos.  They are so delicious and this pie is a great variation of a french silk pie with a chocolate pudding base with the addition of Oreos!  Not only will the kids love it but the adults will too!

Magic Bar Recipe

And a bonus…because this is just too good not to share.  The name says it all – magic bars. It’s like magic in your mouth and these bars are so easy and so good, they won’t have time to melt before they are gone.

 

What are your favorite simple desserts to whip up for guests or your family?  You can never go wrong with brownies too!  A dessert is a food group around here so we are always looking for more simple recipes to add to the rotation!

 

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