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5 Super Simple Crockpot Dinners

Not sure what to make for dinner on those nights when you know you’ll be getting home late and won’t have time to cook? Here are 5 super simple and budget-friendly crockpot dinners that I think you and your family will love! I adore my crockpot! With just a little prep in the morning, I can come into my kitchen after a long day’s work and smell a delicious meal just waiting to be eaten. What could be better! I am a vegetarian. So for years after I stopped eating meat I thought my crockpot recipes were limited to some variation of chili. I love chili as much as the next gal, (and I make a mean vegetarian chili that gets raves from even my meat loving friends), but hey – you don’t want chili every night! Turns out there are…

35 Quick Kitchen Hacks to Make Your Life Easier!

I love to cook BUT…only when I feel like cooking, which as it turns out isn’t necessarily every night after a long day at work. I bet you can relate. So any tips that can make food prep and clean up easier are always appreciated. Here are 35 quick kitchen hacks to simplify your life and make the time you spend in the kitchen more of a breeze and less of a chore. 1. Defrost foods 30% faster by putting them on an aluminum pan. Aluminum conducts heat/cold quickly so will allow the defrosting to take place faster than if you placed the item on the on a glass,  ceramic or other surface.  2. Read the recipe all the way through before you start cooking. You don’t want to get halfway through and realize you don’t have an ingredient or you used all the…

4 Scrumptious Sheet Pan Meals to Make Your Own!

I love cookbooks and I have a bunch of them. But I find that my go-to meal “templates” are the recipes I fall back on time and time again because they are reliably delicious and I can use what I have on hand or what I’m hungry for. That’s the case with these 4 yummy sheet pan suppers. Sheet pan meals have been pretty popular for a while now and it’s easy to see why. If you have the right recipe “template” you can just toss your veggies and protein with some oil and spices, spread them out on a sheet pan and roast them for 20-30 minutes and you’ve got a wonderful meal. What’s not to love?   I’ve got 4 basic templates for sheet pan recipes that we’ve found…

4 Easy One-Pot Dinners to Try this Month!

When it comes to dinner time who isn’t all about healthy eating, saving money and making as little work as possible for yourself. As you probably know from experience, it’s really tough to get healthy, cheap and easy all at once. Easy “fast” food isn’t always healthy and if you want to save money a lot of times that means adding in your own time and effort to end up with a good result. I’m always in search of delicious healthy recipes that can be made in 1 pan and don’t take a lot of work. I like to cook, but only when I have time and energy (and am not already HUNGRY).  So that’s a combination that doesn’t happen too often on weekdays.   BONUS! Need help with meal planning? Click here for my…

3 Steps to Conquering the “What’s for dinner?” Blues

It’s one of the most dreaded questions at our house and it used to happen every night. You’ve probably dreaded it, too…What’s for dinner? I’ve found an easy way to always have an answer. It’s the 3 step “What’s for Dinner?” Solution.  This little process saves me money, time, wasted produce and bad fast food decisions that kill my healthy eating goals and my budget.   What’s the solution? Ya gotta have a plan. Spending a little time up front to plan will pay off big time in the long run. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. I mean, come on, every family has different schedules, different food needs (allergies, gluten-free, dieting, low carb, paleo, meat, no meat). But this plan will work for you because it works…