3 Ingredient Crock Pot Ribs Recipe

Is there anything better than fall of the bones ribs? How about a crock pot recipe with just 3 ingredients that tastes amazing.

It's a keeper. Made this crock pot BBQ ribs recipe and it was so easy and delicious. Great dinner and perfect for entertaining.

This low maintenance easy peasy slow cooker recipe is one of my all time favorites. You pretty much throw everything in the crock pot and and you get some of the best ribs you have ever tastes.

New favorite way to make ribs. So easy and delicious in the slow cooker crock pot. Great recipe

It’s also super versatile since you can easily change up the flavor by changing your sauce at the very last step.

This is so good. Made this crock pot slow cooker ribs recipe last night for dinner and can't wait to make it again.

World’s Best Crock Pot BBQ Ribs Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 1/2 lbs Ribs
  • 1/2 C Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 2/3 C BBQ Sauce (plus more for serving if desired)

Directions

  1. Cut the ribs into 2 or 3 rib portions.
  2. Place ribs into crock pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper and top with the water.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  4. Drain any excess liquid.
  5. Cover with your favorite BBQ sauce and cook for an additional hour. I gently stir or spread the sauce onto the ribs to fully to get the sauce evenly distributed.
  6. Serve with extra sauce if desired

We love this recipe. SO easy so delicious now we can have BBQ ribs for dinner even on a weeknight.

I usually use a sugar based cheap grocery store BBQ sauce and this turns out fantastic. But I have been doing Whole 30 and I’m planning on making these later this week with a cherry BBQ sauce that doesn’t any any added sugar. If it turns out good I’ll definitely share the recipe for that!

Hand's down the best rib recipe I've tried and this is so so easy. World's Best crock pot BBQ ribs. So delicious and easy with the slow cooker great for weeknight dinners or entertaining.

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This buttermilk waffle recipe is the best. Easy to have breakfast ready in less than 15 minutes.

No need to ever buy waffle mix this buttermilk waffle recipe is so easy and so good.

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Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix Recipe

My family begs me to make Chex Mix all the time so I decided to make a festive Easter version because the only way to make this recipe better is to add in the yummiest candy of all Cadbury Mini Eggs!

It's a keeper we love this chex snack mix recipe. Great for any holiday just swap out the cadbury mini eggs for seasonal candies!

Even though the appearance of those first purple packages of Cadbury Mini Eggs don’t seem quite as magical with you know them now having Christmas colored ones and putting Easter out right after the new  year you can’t deny the deliciousness is still just as strong.

Made this last week SO good. Love the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as good as an any time snack mix recipe without.

Today I’m sharing an easy and fast Easter Cadbury Egg Snack Mix recipe. The base of the recipe is from my family’s favorite chex mix recipe but I’ve changed a few things and added some Easter flair including those delicious mini eggs to make things a little more festive!

Hands down the best Chex crispex snack mix recipe I've tried. Will be making it again

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Corn Chex or Crispix
  • 2 cups Pretzels
  • 3 cups Honey Teddy Grahams
  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces (optional)
  • Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 6 TBS light corn syrup (Karos)
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1C Cadbury Mini Eggs
  • Easter Sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 F
  2. Combine first 4 ingredient on a jelly roll pan (I like these because the lip keeps the stuff from falling off when you stir). I found it was easier too leave it mounded (not spread out) for the next step.
  3. Combine brown sugar, corn syrup, and butter in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes or until sugar and butter melt, stirring constantly. You don’t want to cook it so long that it thickens because then it’s harder to coat all the pieces. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and salt. Immediately pour syrup mixture evenly over cereal mixture, tossing quickly to coat well.
  4. Bake at 250F for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.
  5. Have your sprinkles open and ready when you pull the cookie sheet out as the mix cools fast. Sprinkle generously then spread warm snack mix in a single layer on wax paper to cool.
  6. Break cooled snack mix apart.
  7. When ready to serve or gift add in remaining ingredients.
  8. Store in an airtight container.

We're obsessed with this snack mix recipe. SO yummy make a double recipe to be safe.

Be warned this mix will go fast. If I’m making it for a party or road trip I usually double the recipe because people goggle it up.

Can't stop making this snack mix recipe. So good with the Cadbury mini eggs but would be just as yummy as an every day chex or crispix mix

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Corned Beef Hash and Egg Breakfast Squares Recipe

corned beef hash disclosure

My love affair with corned beef hash has started a long time ago when I was just a little girl. #HowDoYouHash #CollectiveBias

It's a keeper. Made these this weekend a great easy brunch recipe. Love the combo of corned beef hash and eggs.

On days off school my mom would take us to this awesome dinner for breakfast. It was my favorite. A bunch of old grumpy guys, metal stools and a real counter like in the moves. We were allowed to order ANYTHING we wanted and I always ordered the corned beef hash. I’ve never been a sweet breakfast girl. I’ll take savory, flavorful, fill you up hash over sugar drenched waffles any day.

Super good. Can't stop making these super easy corned beef hash breakfast squares. Easy brunch recipe

On one trip to the dinner the hash was a little different. The waitress mentioned that they had started making their own recipe instead of the can. All this time I thought my “dream breakfast” was some fancy kitchen concoction. But it ended up being even better in a way since now I was able to buy the one I loved and have it whenever I wanted. I kid you not, to this day you will always find a can of HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash in my cupboard. Told you love affair!20 Minute Corned Beef Hash breakfast squares recipe

My favorite way to eat it is cooked on a griddle with a couple of fried eggs so the yolks are all nice and runny in the corned beef but I thought I’d fancy things up a bit today with a super easy entertaining friendly Corned Beef Hash and Eggs Breakfast Squares recipe. These have all the same flavor but bump it up a bit in presentation.

new family favorite recipe. 20 minute corned beef hash breakfast squares. filling yummy and easy

Ingredients

  • Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough (2 tubes)
  • 1 Can HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash
  • 8 Eggs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Green Onions and Parsley (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F
  2. Unroll the dough and separate into two squares. Roll up the edges of each square.
  3. Scoop about 1/4 of the can of HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash onto each square.
  4. Top each square with 2 eggs and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake at 400F for 12-15 minutes until the dough is browned and eggs are cooked to your liking. Note that the eggs might still look very wet but will be cooked just pull them out and touch them the first time you make it. Also they may keep cooking a bit while they sit on the pan. These pictured were cooked for 17 minutes and I wish I had taken them out a bit sooner since the whites and yolks were totally set. Still delicious but I you should just know the eggs will seem really wiggly due to the baked nature but they will be cooked.
  6. Sprinkle with green onions and parsley if desired. These can be served fresh and hot or room temp.

We're obsessed with these 20 minute corned beef hash and eggs breakfast square. Very yummy, filly and easyWe're obsessed with these 20 minute corned beef hash and eggs breakfast square. A very yummy filling and easy recipe.

This makes 4 hearty servings. You could even split them up to get 8 smaller servings for a lighter breakfast or if you are serving it with other items. A fun way to do that would be just to make one long sheet and cut them after they are baked or just make smaller rectangles!

corned beef hash in store

Just in case you are a HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Corned Beef Hash newbie *gasp* it’s very small soft corned beef and potatoes. It truly is one of my favorite foods you can ask my family. I got mine at Winco Foods but really you can get it at pretty much any grocery store by the tuna fish and other canned meats. And right now through 3/17/2016 you can use this coupon to SAVE $1.00 on the purchase of any two (2) HORMEL® MARY KITCHEN® Hash products.

Do you have a fun food memory like my corned beef hash story? I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Will make again. Everyone loved this recipe and was so easy. 20 minute corned beef hash and egg breakfast squares. Would be great for brunch entertaining.

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Bacon and Cheese Croquettes Recipe

sour dough disclosure

These potato, bacon and cheese croquettes I’m sharing today are SO yummy and as a bonus they are baked instead of fried. #Switch2Sourdough #collectivebias

It's a keeper. Super good potato cheese and bacon croquettes recipe. Freezes great and a great tutorial on how to make your own bread crumbs.

I’m a big fan of croquettes for every day food as well as entertaining because they are easy to make ahead of time and either finish cooking last minute or just reheat.

Breakfast potato bacon and cheese croquettes recipe

These ones are filled with potato bacon and cheese would be a tasty addition to any Easter or Mother’s Day brunch although I have to admit eating them because it was Monday as a good enough reason for us ;) I like using homemade breadcrumbs (directions for those below) since I can use California Goldminer Sourdough Bread which I usually have on hand for sandwiches. Also they get bonus points for their yummy flavor but also since sourdough doesn’t spike your blood sugar as much as other breads it’s one of those little swaps I like to do in my recipes these days.

Easter-Croquettes- ingredients and how to make home made bread crumbs

Ingredients

  • 1/2 C Coarse Bread Crumbs
  • 1/2 C Flour
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 1/2 C Shredded Cheese
  • 1/4 lbs Bacon
  • 1-2 TBS Green Onions chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Love these croquettes they are a great snack or addition to brunch.

Directions

  1. Peel and boil your potatoes until tender.
  2. Cook and crumble your bacon.
  3. Combine potatoes, cheese, bacon, and green onions and mash together with a fork. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Form into patties. I usually do ovals that are more flat so that they will cook faster but I have also done small balls.
  5. Prepare coating station with a bowl with the beaten egg and a separate bowl with the bread crumbs.
  6. Coat the potato forms with flour and then roll in the egg and then the bread crumbs. Repeat for all pieces.
  7. Spray generously with spray oil on both sizes and bake in a preheated oven at 450 F until golden brown about 15 minutes. Flip around the 10 minute mark.

One of our new favorite brunch recipes. Bacon and cheese potato croquettes

They are so good and easy. The recipe makes about 10 small (2x3x1 inch) croquettes. They are very filling and hearty. If serving as a side you only need 1-2 pieces. The recipe can easily be increased or decreased too and they freeze great.

How to make panko bread crumbs. Great homemade breadcrumb recipe

If you don’t already know how to make homemade bread crumbs they are super easy. I think it gives it that little extra something (plus you know exactly what goes into it). I like using California Goldminer Sourdough Bread that’s baked fresh daily at Smith’s and other Kroger stores. It is a sandwich loaf that you can find in their bakery section not the bread aisle.

California Goldmine Sourdough bread

To make the bread crumbs lay your bread onto a cookie sheet and dry it out by baking it at 300 F for about 15 minutes. Then just pulse it in your blender or food processor until you have coarse crumbs. This is a great way to use up extra bread that you might have left over from sandwiches or recipes. I keep a bag full of bread crumbs in the freezer for easy access.

delicious and adorable homemade croutons

And speaking of other uses for extra bread, this weekend we had a birthday party for my star and moon obsessed little boy and my mom made the cutest (and most delicious) homemade croutons by cutting the sourdough into stars, brushing with olive olive, sprinkling with garlic salt and Italian seasoning and then baking. I just had to share since they were so stinking cute. Learn more about the history of sourdough bread at the California Goldminer’s website, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest and let me know what some of your favorite uses for the rest of the loaf are in the comments.

Our new go to brunch recipe potato cheese and bacon croquettes. Freeze great too

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EASY Marbled Lollipop Cookies Recipe

Have you ever made cookie pops with lollipops? They are so easy and fun and I thought I’d take them up a notch by making them with easy marbled sugar cookie dough.

Made these this weekend. So easy and the sugar cookie recipe is DELICIOUS. Easy flower cookie pops

I’m excited to be sharing this as  part of a National Craft Month celebration hosted by 100 Directions. I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

National Craft Month Series with 100Directions.com

I really can’t resist Fun Food I think it’s because it happily combines my cooking and crafty sides.

These are the cutest and so easy. Great lollipop cookies perfect for parties and more. Great recipe and tutorial.

This cookie dough recipe is one of my favorites it tastes great and cuts out shapes wonderfully. When you add the suckers they give the cookies a fun little stained glass window effect and of course you have the built in handle!

Works great! Super fun sugar cookie lollipops. Made these for a birthday party and they were great

World’s Best Sugar Cookie Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • Food Coloring (I like this gel kind)
  • Lollipops (I’ve used Trader Joe’s suckers as well as these mini ones)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow.
  2. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together with a mixer in a separate bowl.
  3. Add dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. If wanting to dye the dough separate out into groups. Add a food coloring until you reach your desired color. I do it in the mixer starting with the lighter color but if you’re doing very different colors it might be worth wiping down or even washing the bowl and paddle in between since sometimes small bits of food coloring isn’t obvious.
  5. Divide into at least 2 balls. If you’re coloring them you’re probably good this is just so you can work with a smaller amount of dough at a time.
  6. Refrigerate at least 2-3 hours.
  7. Roll out dough as thin as you can and layer the second color on top. It’s okay if it doesn’t come up in a nice sheet it will still look fun. Roll into a long tube. Cut arosss to make discs. Press down with a rolling pin and roll a until it’s barely bigger than your cookie cutter. My discs were about 1 inch thick. And then you want to make it about 1/4 an inch thick before you are ready to cut.
  8. Cut in desired shapes.
  9. To make the pops lay a lollipop on top of your cookie, no need to press just lay it where you want.
  10. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes.

It's a keeper these are so yummy and easy. DIY flower cookie lollipop recipe and tutorial

I love how the hard candy melts and makes kind of a glass center in the cookie. The kids think these are the coolest too!

Made these lollipop cookies for the kiddo's class and they all loved them. The cookie recipe is delicious and really easy to make

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World’s BEST Meat Lasagna Recipe

I make a super good lasagna. It’s a fact. It’s rich and flavorful and cheesy and a mouthful of comfort food in every bite.

Made this last night SO good. Definitely the best meat lasagna recipe. Really good dinner comfort meal and also freezer friendly

A few weeks ago when I made it last my sister announced that she just going to stop ordering lasagna and just make me make it whenever she feels the pull. So this is for her. “I’m not your kitchen slave make your own lasagna ;)”

Wow this is amazing. Made this meat lasagna recipe twice now. Great family dinner and freezes well too

Okay I’ll probably keep making her lasagna because like with all of her food luring the second she says “you know what sounds good” my brain is like “yes we NEEEEED that…NOW.” So this is for the rest of you that can’t psychologically manipulate me into making you lasagna.

Oh man this is good. Can't wait to make this meat lasagna recipe again. Best dinner ever and freezes for an easy weeknight meal

Best Meat Lasagna Recipe

Makes enough to fill a 9×13 inch pan.

Ingredients

  • 8-10 Lasagna noodles cooked (or not if you use no boil noodles)
  • 6 C Marinara Sauce (your favorite homemade or store bought about 1 C per layer)
  • 1 lbs Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 C Mozzarella
  • 4 C Bachemel Sauce (recipe below)
    • 4 TBS Butter
    • 5 TBS Flour
    • 4 C Milk
    • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese
    • onion powder (about 1/2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • nutmeg (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • garlic salt (1-2 tsp) adjust to taste
    • pepper (about 1/8 tsp) adjust to taste
    • Italian seasoning (about 1 TBS) adjust to taste
  • 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese (this is in addition to the bachemel)

Hands down the best lasagna recipe I've tried. Turns out perfect every time and freezes great for an easy weeknight meal

Directions

  1. Cook pasta if needed.
  2. Brown sausage and drown excess drippings.
  3. Make Bachemel sauce by melting butter in a large pan over medium high heat.
  4. Mix in flour and cook for a minute stirring.
  5. Turn heat down to medium low and whisk in milk slowly making sure to incorporate and minimize any flour lumps.
  6. Add in cheese and seasoning. Start conservatively with the seasonings and add until it suits your taste.
  7. Cook until thick enough that it will hold it’s shape when you swipe some off a spoon dipped into the sauce.
  8. Set aside.
  9. Assemble the lasagna as pictured above.
  10. Bake at 450 F for 30-45 minutes.
  11. Broil to brown the top if desired.
  12. Let rest for at least 10 minutes before serving if you want it to set. We’re always too impatience and just eat it right away.

Finally a meat lasagna recipe that the whole family loves. Great recipe and freezes great.

Aww shoot just writing this up has given me the “I need lasagna” bug again. Luckily I have a small dish of it in the freezer from last time I made this. A half of this recipe is perfect for a small family. If you want use two 8×8 pans and freeze one for later. I love those aluminum pans that you can bake in and toss when you’re done.

It's a keeper. This is super good and freeze great. Probably the best meat lasagna recipe I've tried. Will be making it again.

I hope you give it try it is one of our family’s all time favorite recipes. It really is so good.

Hands down the best lasagna recipe. Already made it twice and it freezes nicely for an easy weeknight dinner of meat lasagna.

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16 Delicious GREEN Recipes and Block Party

It’s time to start thinking about green recipes. Whether it’s green eggs and ham or green like a shamrock I’ve got 16 delicious green recipes to share today.

Tons of great recipes for Green Food perfect for St. Patrick's Day. Many are dye free and family friendly.

BEST Easy Guacamole | Thin Mint Truffles | Healthier Fettuccine Alfredo | Skinny Shamrock Shake | St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn | Clover Cut Sandwich | St. Patrick’s Day Muddy Buddies | Apple Snickers Delight | Grasshopper Dessert | Green Eggs and Ham Fritattas | Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Mint Popcorn | Avocado Pesto Zoodles | Mint Chocolate Lofthouse Copycats | Pea Soup | St. Patrick’s Day Oreos

St. Patrick’s Day was has always been a big holiday in our house. Even before pinterest had all moms feeling like they had to make every random holiday an event with special food and treats, we always knew that on St. Patrick’s day we would wear green (often a new garment or accessory), we’d have Corned Beef and Cabbage (my dad’s all time favorite meal), and we’d be drinking green lemonade. I could not resit but share some of my favorite green food ideas that you guys have shared in the last few link parties they all look SO tasty!

Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings as today’s hosts. And can you tell I’ve been craving chocolate?

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Here are a few of my favorite posts I’ve shared in the last month.

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20 Scrumptious Dessert Recipes and Block Party

Happy Valentine’s Day!!!  I hope that you had a great day filled with loved ones!!  There were so many wonderfull dessert linked up that I thought that we all could use a new, yummy recipes.  Check out these 20 dessert that will have your mouth watering!
20 scrumptious dessert recipes
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10 Tips for Meal Planning Success + Parmesan Zoodles Recipe

chicken parm disclosure

Whether to it’s reign in the budget or to keep the calories in check I’ve found meal planning to be key to helping us eat at home. #MangiaTonight #CollectiveBias 

Great tips and tricks for family meal planning to save money and eat healthier. Reclaim family dinner.Since both of us work from home it’s a real struggle not to want to eat out every night. We want to “do” something, to make it an event but eating out daily is just too expensive. Plus I don’t know about you but I always over eat and order way more unhealthy foods than what we eat at home. And the thing is, we enjoy the food I cook and with a little thought it’s easy to make even meals at home something to look forward to. For me if I have a meal plan for the week that I have shopped for I’m WAY more likely to eat at home and stick to the plan. So today I’m sharing 10 tips for meal planning success.

1. Pay attention to the family schedule (and special events).

Each week look and think about what this week has in store for you. Are there weekly activities like the soccer or piano that will occupy your time? What time will you be getting home? How much time do you really have that day to prep dinner? Factor all of that in when you are selecting your meal for that day. Also think about if you have any special events that will change your normal schedule or that might have you eating out (whether this is grabbing a bite after being out for the evening or eating at the home of relatives).

How to meal plan. 10 awesome tips and a great recipe for zoodles everyone will love.

2. Make a list or pinterest board of recipes.

I highly suggest making yourself a few pinterest boards. One for tried and true recipes that you would happily make again. You can even upload your own picture to represent a family favorite that isn’t somewhere on the internet. For example if you guys enjoy taco night, next time you have tacos snap a picture and upload it to your board so when you’re planning it’s right there in front of you. Also make at least one for recipes you want to try. I have a few including yummy savory ideas, seafood recipes, and crock pot recipes.  You can also just make yourself lists but I find pinterest is so easy since it’s visual and I’m always finding stuff I want to try throughout the week and I just pin them as I see them.

Free meal planning printables and 10 tips for meal planning and family dinner

3.Take advantage of pre-made and convenience foods.

Whether you are using something like this new Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes or even a my freezer friendly enchilada recipe that you had in your freezer, I recommend using some just heat up type of options. I found the Chicken Parmigiani Bake as well as lot of other yummy looking Bertolli frozen family dinners for a great price at Smiths.  There are so many great convenience foods these days that are just as simple as popping in the oven or heating in a skillet. I use a few every week. I like to pair them with a little something extra so for this meal I used frozen chicken parmesan that just needed to be baked as well as frozen bread dough that I let rise and I sprayed with oil and sprinkled with seasoning. Then I paired them with some basic zoodles for me and a comb of zoodles and traditional pasta for my husband and we had a delightful complete meal.

Delicious and healthy zucchini noodle recipes. Zoodles are so easy, super healthy, low calorie and fast to make. Great recipe.

Basic Zoodles (2 serving)

  • 3-4 medium zucchini cut into noodles (see this post for how I do that)
  • Garlic Salt to taste (I do a couple good shakes)
  • Pepper to taste
  • Spray oil
  • 1 tsp butter (optional)
  • 2 tsp grated Parmesan

In a nonstick skillet (nonstick is VERY important) over medium high heat spray with oil and saute the zucchini noodles until cooked through. I like mine softer but it’s totally a matter of preference.If it’s your first time making zoodles just taste it often to see when you like it. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to your plate. Top each serving with 1 tsp grated Parmesan. Feel free to eat as is or mix with pasta noodles for more traditional pallets.

I'm obsessed these 10 minute parmesan zucchini noodles are soooo easy and delicious. I've made them once a week since I discovered this recipe.

4. Try to shop once for everything you need for the week.

I found the frozen chicken Parmesan and the zucchini for this meal all at my local Smiths and tried to grab everything else I needed for the week while I was there. I know that for me if I have the ingredients, especially produce or fresh meat I’m more likely not to decide to eat out since I’m worried about them going bad. Likewise if you’re using any frozen items that will need to thaw, take them out and put them in the refrigerator the night before so you limit your excuses for the next day.

Bertolli Chicken Parm Bakes

5. Be willing to be flexible

I think it’s important to assign specific meals to days since this helps me think in concrete terms about our schedule and if anything needs to be thawed or thrown in the crock pot. BUT if you get home at the end of the day and just don’t feel like what’s on the menu by all means switch for one of the other days’ meals. After all you did all your shopping already so you can easily make that swap.

6. Plan on an “eat out” or “leftovers” day.

We love eating out so I always plan in an eat out day. Sometimes it’s connected to an event and sometimes it’s just there for when we feel like we have to get out of the house or I just don’t feel like cooking that night. Likewise I know lots of people account for eating leftovers for a day or two. If you are leftover eaters (we aren’t, leftovers die a slow death in our fridge) then by all means factor that in.

Delicious but light low calorie chicken parmesan. Great Parmesan zoodle zucchini noodle recipe

7. Try to plan some double duty meals.

I like to plan means that work overtime. I think the easiest way of doing this is by making some crock pot meat early in the week and then repurposing it into a meal later in the week. It’s simple to turn a roast (or really any kind of meat) into tacos, Stroganof, enchiladas, or even soup. Another easy idea is to make a double batch of your favorite freezer friendly meals (like my Stuffed Shells or Knock off Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana) and then freeze a batch for a later week.

8. Build in diversity and make it an event.

I think one of the biggest reasons people fall off of meal planning is that they get into a rut. Make sure to try new things. This is where those pinterest boards come in handy. Just allow yourself more time when trying a recipe for the first time and I always like to serve it along size something tried and true just in case. We are huge foodies. The baby is a GREAT eater and I think a big part of that is that we make dinner an event. We look forward to it, we all eat the same thing, we talk about the food, and of course we try to make everything we eat and serve our little one delicious. When you’re busy it’s easy to just forget to value meal time so that is a perfect oppertunity to use the pre-made stuff like the chicken Parmesan in these pictures or a previously homemade dish. That way you can really focus on a whole meal and time together and enjoy the food!

Chicken parmesan and zucchini noodles. Great parmesan zoodle recipe in just 10 minutes

9. Keep your eyes on the goal.

Remember how much you will save. By eating at home even if you’re very spendy with ingredient you’ll save tons of money over eating out even if eating out is just fast food. You will also be saving your health. Whether you are content with your weight or trying to cut some calories, when you do the cooking you know exactly what goes into it and you can make sure that you feed your family veggies and a balance of nutrients. Also with the crazy serving sizes at restaurants these days is SO hard not to over eat even if you’re sure the particular foods are good options.

must read tips for family meal planning and free meal planning printables

10. Write it down.

Last but most importantly write it down. Every week I sit down at the computer and write out my weekly menu. I actually send it out in my newsletters with links to the recipes on Thursdays this helps me to stay accountable and it’s just fun to share. When I’m at the store I pull it up on my phone. A lot of times I write my list on good old paper since I’m totally a paper and pen girl. I even made these meal planning printable that you can use as well. Sometimes I’ll snap a photo of my plan and share it on Instagram. People love it. Whether you want to be public or not you should definitely write down your meal plan. Personally I highly recommend sharing it with someone even if that is just someone in your household, but really I bet your friends would love to see it on social media typed up or as a pic!

I hope those ideas were helpful. For even more help I’ve made a printable meal planning sheet. This is available to my newsletter subscribers. Just go ahead and subscribe below in the teal box and once you confirm your email you will receive code to access the printable!

Love these awesome meal planning tips and free printable. bonus easy healthy recipe

Tell me how you are ready to get your meal planning under control will you start with a few convenience foods, new pinterest boards, let me know! And remember you can find Bertolli items at some of the lowest prices of the year in a Kroger or Kroger banner store near you. Kroger banners include Fred Meyer, Smiths, Frys, Dillions, King Soopers, City Market, and QFC. Find a store near you.

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World’s Best Guacamole Recipe

This my friends is hands down The BEST Guacamole recipe. In fact it may even be the best guac you’ll ever eat even including fancy (or fantastically divvy) restaurants!

This guacamole recipe is so good I've made it the last 3 weekends! Perfect party food or game day dip.

Since before I was married my hubby has raved about Jana’s guacamole. He reported times where she’d make the boys a batch and he’d eat it all up. Every guac was compared to hers and nothing was good enough. Well a couple years ago when she was extremely pregnant he called her up and asked her to teach me the secrets of the guac. Yup he’s THAT guy ha!

This guacamole recipes is so delicious and easy. i get asked for the recipe every time I make it.

We went over with all the ingredients and now I can say with confidence that I too can make the best guacamole I have ever tasted. I’m not a chunky veggie girl but I love this. Now I will share the recipe with you. It sounds basic but it’s delicious. You do need to taste as you go to see if you want more of anything but here is the base recipe adjust it to your liking.

Hands down the best guacamole I've ever had. Everyone asks for the recipe whenever I bring it to parties or game nights. Best appetizer ever.

  • 2 small roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 3 avocados
  • 1/4 tsp garlic
  • 1 TBS lime juice (adjust this to your taste)
  • 1-2 tsp veganaise (I’m linking it on amazon so you can see what it looks like but they only have cases most grocery stores carry it nowadays or you can use sour cream or plain yogurt but I do think the veganaise flavor is special)
  1. Roast the tomatoes and jalapeno. To do that just stick them on a skillet and burn them on all sides, set aside to cool
  2. Chop onion, tomatoes, jalapeno and garlic very fine. (you can do bigger pieces if you like it chunky). Set aside.
  3. Mash avocados and 1 tsp veganaise into whatever bowl you want to use.
  4. Add tomatoes, onions, garlic and 1/2 of the jalapeno to the avocado mixture.
  5. Mix it all up. Salt to taste. Add more of the jalapeno if you want more kick (after you taste it). Add more veganaise if you want it creamier.

This guacamole is so easy and delicious you won't believe the secret ingredient

Some times I add hot sauce, cilantro, and some onion powder. But this is one of those things where I add the ingredients in increments and taste and adjust. Do roast the veggies it makes all the difference.

Best guacamole recipe ever. I've made it every weekend since I discovered it.

Enjoy. I know it looks like regular old guac but everywhere I’ve taken it people have gobbled it up fast, I think the roasting and creamy stuff make all the difference.

Holy moley this is SO delicious. Best guacamole recipe ever. Took it to a party and everyone wanted the recipe.

I originally shared this recipe 9/10/2008 but it’s soo good I thought all you newer readers needed to experience the joys of this guacamole recipe. Oh and of course improve on those hideous pictures!

I've tried A LOT of guacamole and this recipe is hands down THE BEST guac I've ever had (including restaurants). I have made it every weekend this month. Would be perfect for cinco de mayo, game day, or anytime you need a tasty and healthy appetizer.

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Everyone loves these chocolate covered strawberries and with this trick they are SO easy.

The best cauliflower mash recipe. A delicious and healthier alternative to mashed potatoes. So so yummy and delicious - Rae Gun Ramblings

If you want some more veggies or just to save some calories this cauliflower mash is a great swap for traditional mashed potatoes!

Hands down the best oven fried chicken recipe. I make this for family dinner all the time and it turns out great.

One of my go to weeknight favorites. This Oven Fried Chicken recipe is SO good.

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