Food

READER QUESTION: What Are Your Thoughts on The Whole 30

posted by Andrea | 09/12/2019 | 17 comments

Surprisingly (to me) I get quite a few questions about the Whole30 diet — many from readers who assume I’ve already completed a Whole30 challenge (nope!)

I have read and learned quite a bit about the Whole30 way of eating over the past few years… but I am far from an expert. So instead of me sharing what I don’t know, I thought this might be a great “Reader Question” — I’d love to hear from those of you who HAVE completed one or more Whole30 challenges, as well as from those of you who tried but didn’t finish!

Tater Tot Casserole From Scratch (with Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup)

posted by Andrea | 09/4/2019 | 11 comments

Tater Tot Casserole is one meal Dave and I both grew up enjoying… and it’s definitely one of our kids’ most favorite meals ever! I make it roughly once a month, all year round — but my recipe looks a little different than it did when I originally shared it back in 2014.

I have added more veggies and fiber, reduced the fat, calories, and sodium, and used a REALLY simple recipe for homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup. The prep time is still quite minimal, and my kids still LOVE this meal!

What I Buy At Costco

posted by Andrea | 08/23/2019 | 50 comments

We’ve had a Costco membership for almost 4 years now and although we regularly talk about NOT renewing it, we always decide it’s worth the cost for our family at this point in life. 

One of the requests I get ALLLLLL the time is to share the things I regularly buy at Costco — so that’s what I’m doing today!

Zucchini Banana Sheet Cake (with cinnamon cream cheese frosting)

posted by Andrea | 08/14/2019 | 10 comments

Today’s recipes is a sweet one — literally! 

It’s one of our family’s favorite sweet treats when zucchini are plentiful; and since it makes a fairly large batch, it’s something I regularly bring to potlucks, reunions, BBQ’s, or other parties this time of year!

5 Ways I Simplify School Snacks and Lunches

posted by Andrea | 08/12/2019 | 35 comments

As I’m sure many of you can relate with, packing snacks and lunches was something I hated doing — I even had Dave do it for a while. However, this task has grown on me over the years and I’m now to the point where I actually enjoy it! 

What made the difference for me? A simplified routine, some fantastic lunch boxes, and a few more tips that I’m sharing in today’s post!

Homemade Croutons

posted by Andrea | 07/23/2019 | 7 comments

Homemade croutons are one of those things that SOUNDS really intimidating… until you actually make them and realize they are SOOOOOOO ridiculously simple to make.

If you’re looking for a way to use up stale bread, homemade croutons are a really yummy option!

Easy Cookie Bars (With Any Cookie Dough)

posted by Andrea | 07/18/2019 | 8 comments

Our family loves cookies so I bake very regularly. Whenever I’m short on time, or when we’re feeding a crowd, I almost always make “cookie bars” instead of traditional cookies. They are SO yummy!

Run to the kitchen, make or buy your favorite cookie dough, grab whatever baking pans you have in the house, and I’ll show you how to whip up a batch of these super simple Cookie Bars!

How To Quickly Slice a Watermelon

posted by Andrea | 07/9/2019 | 23 comments

Today I’m sharing a new-to-me, SUPER simple, extremely quick way to slice up a watermelon… and it’s so much easier for my kids to eat!

Tell me I’m not the only one who had never thought to cut a watermelon this way before!?!?

Kids in the Kitchen: Homemade Ice Cream in 5 Minutes!

posted by Andrea | 06/26/2019 | 12 comments

Want to do something REALLY fun and SUPER simple with your kids or grandkids this summer? Make homemade ice cream! 

It only takes a few minutes (plus freeze time), it requires no special equipment, and our kids say it tastes like Culver’s Custard — which is a HUUUUGE compliment! 

5 Tips to Make the Most of Your Freezer Space

posted by Andrea | 06/20/2019 | 10 comments

When it comes to feeding my family, I consider my freezer to be as valuable as my oven since at least some part of almost every single meal we eat comes from the freezer!

No matter what size freezer you have, there are definitely ways you can maximize and make the most of your freezer space. I’m sharing 5 tips in today’s post!

Homemade Slow Cooker Refried Beans

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2019 | 27 comments

Although I was originally intimidated by the seemingly long process of soaking, draining, rinsing, and slow cooking dried beans, I quickly realized it only requires a few minutes of hands-on work for a HUGE amount of homemade refried beans!

In my opinion, they taste significantly better than canned beans, and they freeze really well!

My 100% Whole Grain Dough Recipe + Printable!

posted by Andrea | 06/14/2019 | 35 comments

After months of experimenting, tweaking, testing, baking, and eating SO MUCH whole grain bread, I’m FINALLY ready to share my recipe on the blog!

I’ve successfully made this exact recipe week after week for several months now… and my family gives it 2 thumbs up! I’ve also created a FREE printable recipe (with or without photos) that you may save, download, or print — consider it my birthday gift to you!!!

Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole

posted by Andrea | 06/11/2019 | 11 comments

Today’s recipe for Southwest Spaghetti Squash Casserole is one of our favorites. Since I almost always have a container of roasted, shredded spaghetti squash in the fridge, and several containers of cooked black beans and meats in the freezer, it only takes me a few minutes to have this casserole ready for the oven.

It’s perfect for busy afternoons and evenings because it doesn’t require any side dishes — just some chips, salsa, and guacamole! 

Delicious (Make-Ahead) Layered Lettuce Salad

posted by Andrea | 06/5/2019 | 30 comments

Today I’m sharing the revamped (and healthified) recipe for our family’s Favorite Make-Ahead Layered Lettuce Salad (yes, our kids will actually eat small amounts of this salad!)

Not only can this salad be made ahead and enjoyed for days (without getting soggy), it can also be made from pretty much any salad-type ingredients you have in the house — oh, and it tastes amazing too!

Our Favorite Easy At-Home Lunches

posted by Andrea | 05/30/2019 | 33 comments

Since summer is just around the corner (YAY!) and kids will be home for lunches again, I thought it might be good timing to share some of our favorite EASY at-home lunches.

Our lunch options are much more limited than our dinner options, but we still have enough variety ready to go each day that we don’t get bored or feel like we’re eating the same things day after day.

10 Of Our Recent Meals From the Freezer

posted by Andrea | 05/28/2019 | 10 comments

I recently shared some of our freezer meals creations on Facebook, and many of you asked me to share a list of the meals we were ACTUALLY eating (with links to the recipes). So that’s what I’m doing today! 

These 10 meals are all ones I’ve made for our family in the last 2 weeks, pulling most (if not all) of the ingredients directly from our freezer for fairly quick and easy week night meals — perfect for this busy time of year! 

Our Updated Pantry + How I Store Our Bulk Food

posted by Andrea | 05/23/2019 | 21 comments

Over the past 18 months, my cooking style has drastically changed and as a result, we’re buying most of our pantry staples in bulk.

I feel like I finally have a really good storage solution for all our bulk pantry staples — which is what I’m sharing today, complete with my first-ever chalkboard label project!

Rhubarb Crisp

posted by Andrea | 05/21/2019 | 12 comments

Looking for a new rhubarb recipe?

The tart, tangy rhubarb and sweet crunchy (whole grain) topping in my Rhubarb Crisp pair perfectly with creamy vanilla ice cream as the ultimate springtime dessert!