Food

How I Manage to Only Cook 2-3 Meals a Week

posted by Andrea | 02/3/2016 | 42 comments
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Although I do enjoy being in the kitchen, there is no way I want to be in the kitchen for hours every single afternoon just to make dinner for my family each night. However, I’m also not willing to order takeout or eat sandwiches every night either.

Instead, over the past 3+ years, I’ve settled into a rough routine that allows us to eat homemade meals almost every night of the week — while I only need to fully prepare 2-3 of those meals.

Split Pea Soup With Ham

posted by Andrea | 01/27/2016 | 11 comments
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Pea soup was never one of my favorite meals growing up; but over the past few years, I have grown to love this hearty soup — especially once I realized how ridiculously simple it was to make!

Another Small Healthier Habit

posted by Andrea | 01/20/2016 | 29 comments
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Although I am the farthest thing from a “health food nut” or a nutritionist, I am always striving for “better” in every area of my life. So for the past few years, I’ve been making really small changes to implement a few healthier habits into our diet.

This year, I’m making one more…

My Favorite “Fancy” Green Beans

posted by Andrea | 01/13/2016 | 7 comments
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Green beans are my most favorite vegetable… and even though Dave doesn’t necessarily share my intense love of green beans, he has really enjoyed the beans I’ve been making lately (I’m sure the bacon doesn’t hurt my efforts!)

If you’re looking for a new (but extremely simple) way to cook green beans, give this recipe a try!

Black Bottom Pie

posted by Andrea | 01/6/2016 | 2 comments
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One of my favorite refrigerator pies is Black Bottom Pie — and today, I’m sharing the delicious from-scratch recipe my mom and grandma have been making for years.

And if you’re not up for a completely from-scratch recipe, I’m also sharing a much simpler pudding pie recipe that tastes almost the same!

My New Favorite Catfish Recipe + 2 Free Meals From Blue Apron

posted by Andrea | 12/16/2015 | 10 comments
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Today I’m sharing my new favorite catfish recipe (that even Simon devoured)!

I’m also offering an opportunity to get 2 free meals from Blue Apron — and yes, this might just make the perfect last-minute, clutter-free gift for someone on your list this year!

Tasty Turkey Tortilla Bake

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2015 | 8 comments
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Today’s recipe is a fabulously simple meal for busy weeknights! It’s also a great dish to bring to a potluck, give to a new mom, or just stockpile in your own freezer.

Now you have no excuse to let any of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey go to waste!

Cranberry Pork (or Chicken)

posted by Andrea | 12/2/2015 | 17 comments
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Today’s recipe is another one of those ridiculously simple “non recipes” that I almost feel silly posting here on my blog.

If you love a good slow-cooker pork or chicken recipe, and have a little extra cranberry sauce to use up after the holidays, you’ll definitely want to give this Cranberry Pork (or Chicken) recipe a try!

Baked Puff Pancakes

posted by Andrea | 11/17/2015 | 26 comments
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As much as I’d love our children to be satisfied with cereal and milk for breakfast, I just can’t get them to eat it. Instead, they request daily hot breakfasts.

Thankfully, I have an arsenal of hot breakfast recipes, like these fabulously simple Baked Puff Pancakes, that can bake while I get everyone ready for the day!

Why I Roast My Turkeys Breast DOWN

posted by Andrea | 11/11/2015 | 15 comments
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While I would never consider myself a “master chef” or even a “really amazing cook”, I do enjoy being in the kitchen and trying new recipes and ideas.

I also like finding simple solutions to improve the taste of my food… and since Dave and I are hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner this year, I figured it was the perfect time to share one of my super simple tips to assure my turkey meat comes out extra juicy every time!

3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

posted by Andrea | 11/4/2015 | 19 comments
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Today’s recipe is so ridiculously simple I almost don’t even consider it a “recipe”.

Not only does it taste great, it requires virtually no prep work of any kind, and there is almost no clean up!

How I Salvage Produce That’s Past Its Prime

posted by Andrea | 10/27/2015 | 41 comments
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I save SO much money buying discounted produce (either in the store or at farmer’s markest) and none of it ever goes to waste. We eat as much as we can fresh, and then I “salvage” the rest.

Today, I’m sharing a few ways I salvage produce that’s a little past its prime…

Mini Breakfast Pies

posted by Andrea | 10/21/2015 | 10 comments
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These mini breakfast pies are a quick, filling, protein-packed meal that would work any time of the day (in my opinion).

You can customize the ingredients to fit your family’s tastebuds and I’m certain you could easily make a double batch for a larger group… or just for more leftovers the next day!

How Cinnamon Rolls and Frozen Pizza Prevent Meal Planning Burnout

posted by Andrea | 10/16/2015 | 30 comments
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Have you experienced meal planning burnout?

Today, I’m sharing a super simple strategy I’ve been using for many years to give me just enough time away from the kitchen that I don’t get totally burnt out!

Dutch Apple Pie {Kids in the Kitchen}

posted by Andrea | 10/8/2015 | 23 comments
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As I’ve mentioned before, apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember… and since Nora recently got a new book about Apple Pie, I decided to do another Kids in the Kitchen post and share our yummy recipe for Dutch Apple Pie!

Preparing Your Freezer For Fall

posted by Andrea | 09/30/2015 | 20 comments
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In my opinion, Fall is one of the best times to fill your freezer — the cooler weather and shorter days allow me to spend more time in the kitchen, and Nora and I have been enjoying cooking together during the boys’ naps!

However, before I start stashing food away in our freezer for another year, there are a few things I always do first to prepare my freezer for Fall…

10-Minute Homemade Lasagna

posted by Andrea | 09/22/2015 | 27 comments
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I’m excited to share today’s recipe for 10-minute lasagna (yes, I really did time myself!)

It’s so simple and quick to throw together — perfect for rushed school nights!

Apple-less Apple Crisp

posted by Andrea | 09/15/2015 | 14 comments
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Apples have been my favorite fruit for as long as I can remember, and I’ve acquired plenty of yummy apple recipes over the years. Today, however, I’m sharing a recipe that tastes (and smells) exactly like a yummy apple crisp, but… there’s not a single apple in the entire dish!

You won’t believe what I used instead!

Chicken Quesadillas

posted by Andrea | 09/9/2015 | 12 comments
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With Dave back in school again, I’ve resurrected several of my most simplified weeknight meal ideas in attempts to get dinner on the table with all 3 kids scrambling around the kitchen!

These chicken quesadillas are definitely a family favorite — especially for me as I can get them on the table in 10-15 minutes flat!

Creamy Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2015 | 22 comments
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Although I realize it’s not exactly a “cake”, if you ask me what my favorite cake is, I will always choose cheesecake!

Today, I’m sharing the relatively simple recipe for our family-favorite chocolate chip cheesecake. My favorite part is that it’s almost impossible to mess up the baking time, thanks to a new “trick” I recently learned!