Life is Simpler When You Meal Prep

Note from Rachel: This is a guest post from Cara of Health Home and Happiness. She has been meal prepping in the form of freezer cooking for years, and has become more intentional with it as her children have gotten older. She’s going to tell you a little more about how a little bit of…

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Easy Homemade Pizza

Having a family pizza night is one tradition that I really enjoy. We’ll all work in the kitchen- rolling the dough, stabbing it with a fork, grating the cheese, spreading the sauce, placing the toppings. We can all visit while we work and all enjoy our hard work afterwards. To make myself feel better of…

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DIY Turkey Deli Meat

Today’s post comes from Libby at eatplaylovemore.com   Have you ever paid attention to the deli counter at your local supermarket? I usually just zip past it without giving it much thought but the other day I curiously stopped and just stared. I was in awe of the rows and rows and rows of preserved meats!…

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Free Menu Planning Printable

Click here to get your FREE printable Having meals planned out for the week is key to serving well rounded and nourishing meals. For many, it means the difference between boxed mac & cheese or a delicious homemade chili. I sit down every Sunday night, write out the menu plan for the week, do my…

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Steak Fajita Kabobs

Summer is my husband’s time to cook. Well, sort of. I still do most of the prep work, but once meat and veggies are chopped and marinating, I leave the rest up to him. He enjoys being a grill master… and I enjoy letting him! This meal is super delicious, all the kids love it…

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Avocado Chicken Salad

Warm summer days means I don’t want to spend a ton of time in the kitchen, especially over a warm stove. We grill up a bunch of chicken breasts, have that for dinner one night and then have extra ready to make a big bowl of this chicken salad. Avocados are such a great source of…

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The Easiest Way to Roast a Chicken

    Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 teaspoon salt Directions: Wash raw (not frozen) whole chicken in cold water. Place chicken in baking pan. Sprikle with salt. Place in 350 degree oven. Bake for 3 hours. Want to add more spice and crispier skin? Check out my other simple recipe for Roasted Chicken…

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Grilled Greek Pork

One of our favorite savory meals! We love garlic, and tzatziki sauce definitely fulfills all garlic desires. My mouth is watering, just remembering it! Grilled Greek Pork Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10-30 minutes Ingredients: 10 pork chopsMarinade: ½ cup lemon juice (about 1-2 lemons) ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 2 cloves of…

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Minimalism and Meal Times

A minimally decorated table is the highlight to the heart of your home. This is where life happens! Keeping the table simple, means that children can take joy setting the table themselves. It also means that you don’t have to continually declutter your tableware, because you aren’t tempted to add to the collection, but are…

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Skillet Rice

This is a stand by for me– it’s so easy and I always have different veggies to throw into it. Skillet Rice Ingredients: 3 cups cooked rice 1 pound sausage, quartered & diced 1-2 cups chopped veggies (zucchini, carrots, bell pepper, onion, broccoli, etc) Directions: In skillet heat sausage, then add the veggies and rice…

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Simple Fruit Salad

Want to be a popular cook with children? Make them fruit salad! This hits the spot perfectly on those calm summer evenings, when no one wants to heat up the kitchen. Simple Fruit Salad Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 0 Ingredients: 3 cups of different types of fruit (Any work) 1/2 lemon, juiced 1…

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Green Chili, Cheese and Rice Bake

This is one of my comfort foods. It is so delicious! I grew up with my mom making this and it has become one of our family favorites as well. This tastes better, in my opinion, if you use white rice. Green Chili, Cheese and Rice Ingredients: 6 cups rice, cooked (2 cups uncooked) 2 cups sour…

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Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

Monday, I posted a recipe for Salmon Patties, but did you know that you can easily make tartar sauce to go with them? Oh yes! And so easy: Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup mayonnaise (click here for a simple recipe) 1 large (or 4 small) dill pickle, finely diced (should equal about 1/2…

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Salmon Patties

Salmon Patties make a great great simple meal and are popular with kids. (Who doesn’t enjoy food that one can dip?) Salmon Patties Ingredients: 3 (12 oz) cans wild caught salmon 3 eggs 1/8 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons coconut oil for frying Directions: Heat frying pan over medium heat, melt oil. Mix ingredients thoroughly, form into…

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10 Spices for the Minimalist Kitchen

If you want to cook minimalistically you don’t need many spices. Really, it is possible to limit this list more, but these are the 10 spices that I find myself using continually. (I did not include salt and pepper, as everyone, typically, has salt and pepper on hand.) 10 Spices for the Minimalist Kitchen Basil, use…

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Eggs Florentine

I have a love affair with eggs. Not just eggs, fresh free range eggs. I make myself 2 or 3 every morning for breakfast, having a savory breakfast makes me feel warm and comfortable all morning! But you don’t have to eat this just for breakfast! Eggs Florentine Ingredients: 10 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed…

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Cream Cheese and Green Onion Chicken

This has got to be one of the most delicious meals ever and it is so easy!! Cream Cheese & Green Onion Chicken Ingredients: 1 1/2 pounds chicken tenders 16 ounces cream cheese, warmed to room tempature 1 bunch green onions, diced 1 tablespoon coconut oil Sea salt Directions: Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat, coat with…

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Roasted Chicken

Our family loves roasted chicken. Our youngest 2 love the legs and after the meat is gone, they ask for us to break the bones so they can eat the marrow. How great is that?! The smoked paprika makes this chicken smell and taste absolutely wonderful! Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 teaspoon smoked…

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Easy Meatballs

Easy Meatballs Ingredients: 4 pounds ground beef, thawed (Click here to find grassfed beef) 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons dried basil (Click here to find basil) 2 teaspoons sea salt (Click here to find celtic sea salt) 4 dashes cayenne pepper (Click here to find cayenne pepper) Directions: Mix seasoning and meat together. (It’s…

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