Make Ahead

1 Easy Tip to Start the New Year Off Right

With the holiday season over, it’s time to focus on healthy habits. One of the best habits to start (or recommit to) is packing a lunch instead of eating out. Even if you’re at home during the day, planning your lunchtime foods will ensure you eat a smart, well-portioned meal that tastes great. Finding some easy recipes and setting aside a little preparation time is all it takes to plan out those better choices. Continue reading

Dump Dinners: 4 Essential Slow-Cooker Recipes

We’ve all been there: You’ve got a million tasks to tackle and errands to run all before it’s time for dinner. Everyone will be gathering around the table with expectant eyes and bellies, so you don’t want to disappoint them. How do you even find time to cook with everything else going on in your life? The answer is simple: You do (almost) nothing.

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How to Cook for a Week without Even Thinking About It

Here are a few things that give me a serious case of the sads: daily grocery store trips, half-empty boxes of pasta in my freezer, beautiful veggies aging before my eyes. I’m always trying to cut back on waste, especially as the holiday season picks up and time and funds become more limited. That’s why it’s so important to me to take a little bit of time on Sundays to plan meals for the week ahead. Luckily for you, dear reader, I’m a generous person. So today, I’m sharing our plan for a week of easy dinner ideas. Think: a chicken casserole, a lasagna recipe, a slow-cooker recipe, a Mexican casserole and cheesy broccoli soup. As a bonus, I’ve also created a super-handy printable shopping list (find it at the very bottom of this post) that covers everything you need.

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Make-Ahead Chicken Casserole + How to Plan Recipes for Fall

We’re back to a busy fall schedule. Whether your work days seem fuller or the kids have more activities, it’s always a challenge to get food on the table. You can avoid expensive takeout and unhealthy fast food by focusing on simple recipe-planning this fall. It’s actually not too hard to get organized and work off of a weekly plan. After doing it for more than eight years for my family of five, fall has come to mean easy-to-prep and delicious-to-eat casseroles. They are perfect to prep ahead. Here is how to get started: Continue reading

Tomato Overload!

There is almost no more intoxicating a smell than freshly picked tomatoes off of our backyard vine, and my family waits anxiously all summer for the opportunity to dig into juicy, sun-ripened tomatoes. Finally, they arrive in our garden…and then they just keep coming! And we love it. Almost all of our dinnertimes between late July and September include ripe tomatoes. Continue reading