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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

With all-natural ingredients like salsa verde, green chiles, and a creamy homemade sauce, this scrumptious stacked Chicken Enchilada Casserole boasts the great flavor of chicken enchiladas without the work of rolling them! Sometimes nothing hits the spot like creamy, cheesy enchiladas! So for Father’s Day a couple weeks ago, I baked up a double recipe for my husband and my father-in-law to enjoy. But since a big batch of enchiladas would take a good bit of time to roll, I {Read More}

Parmesan Meatball Skillet

Tender, juicy baked meatballs are simmered in marinara and smothered with cheese in this easy-to-make, family-pleasing Parmesan Meatball Skillet, delicious over pasta or piled on sub sandwiches! We interrupt your regularly scheduled string of stereotypical summer recipes for a hearty, family-friendly dinner that’s guaranteed to become a regular request, year-round! Parmesan Meatball Skillet is quick and simple to whip up and it’s positively loaded with flavor. And better yet, it’s versatile! Enjoy your meatballs straight from the skillet, scattered over {Read More}

Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce

With their quick assembly and creamy, zesty filling, Baked Chicken Taquitos with Avocado Cilantro Dipping Sauce are guaranteed to be a hit with kids and adults alike! Whether youโ€™re looking for a yummy dinner to ring in the weekend, garner enthusiasm from the kiddos, or change up Taco Tuesday (Taquito Tuesday, anyone?), Baked Chicken Taquitos are sure to fit the bill! These flew โ€” flew! โ€” off the baking sheet, yโ€™all. My boys would have happily polished off the dozen {Read More}

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Tender and juicy Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Nuggets are baked to perfection and served with a lightened-up, Greek yogurt-based Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce for a simple, yummy, family-pleasing dinner! Who doesn’t love the classic chicken nugget? My kids certainly do. In fact, my 3-year-old daughter is turning out to be the pickiest eater of all my offspring, and most nights she refuses to eat anything — and I mean anything — labeled “dinner.” But lo and behold, she will eat “dinner” if {Read More}

30-Minute Skillet Pastitsio {AKA, Greek Lasagna}

30-Minute Skillet Pastitsio turns creamy, flavorful Greek lasagna — loaded with ground beef, tomatoes, pasta, and Greek yogurt — into a quick and easy, family-pleasing, one-pot dinner! Several years back while watching the Food Network one Saturday morning — as future food bloggers apparently do — my old pal Ina was making a comforting, layered dish called pastitsio that totally intrigued me. Perhaps it caught my eye because I had never heard of it before…or maybe it was because Barefoot {Read More}

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes

Tex-Mex Sloppy Joes are jazzed up with salsa, taco seasoning, black beans, and corn in this zesty twist on a classic! There aren’t many meals that can be whipped up more quickly on a busy weeknight than those starting with a pound of ground beef. Brown it, stir in a few other ingredients, and dinner is served! And as a bonus, most kids seem to love this type of supper, whether we’re talking spaghetti or chili or sloppy joes. So {Read More}

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Ham feature thin slices of potatoes drizzled with cream and layered with ham and cheddar for a decadent comfort food recipe that’s also a great way to use up leftover holiday ham! Today’s recipe is a classic, folks — creamy, cheesy, decadent scalloped potatoes — and since ’tis the season for holiday ham, why not toss some of that in as well? It’d be a lot cooler if you did. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Who doesn’t love Cheesy Scalloped {Read More}

Chicken (or Leftover Turkey!) Taco Crescent Ring

A Taco Crescent Ring is a tasty way to use up leftover chicken or holiday turkey, mixed with black beans, corn, & cream cheese, flavored with zesty taco seasoning, and wrapped in flaky crescent roll dough for an easy yet impressive appetizer or main course! This evening marked the first time in several weeks that I didn’t serve a slow cooker meal for dinner…and I have to say, my kids seemed a little excited that I was firing up the {Read More}

25 Amazing Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes…plus BIG, HUGE news!

Comforting crock pot classics, flavorful tacos, hearty sandwiches, and cozy soups, stews, and chilis make up this list of popular real food slow cooker recipes! Happy October, friends! I decided to treat you to two posts for the price of one today…a round-up of my favorite crock pot recipes — just in time for the commencement of fall slow cooker season (yay!) — and the biggest blog-related announcement I’ve made in…ever. Soooo. Which shall it be first? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Okay, we’re {Read More}

Perfect Chicken & Dumplings

Homemade Chicken & Dumplings is a comfort food classic, featuring flavorful broth loaded with tender chunks of chicken, sweet carrots, fresh thyme, and fluffy dumplings. I absolutely can’t wait to share today’s recipe with y’all. In fact, as I type this, my mouth is watering and I wish I had a big bowl of chicken and dumpling goodness in front of me right now…at 11:17 p.m. Consider it a late, late dessert, or an early midnight snack, or maybe just {Read More}

Cheeseburger Macaroni {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

This creamy, flavorful Cheeseburger Macaroni is an all-natural, from-scratch copycat of the Hamburger Helper classic! Not even gonna lie…Hamburger Helper was one of my favorite dinners growing up. And if you had asked me my favorite flavor of Hamburger Helper back then, I would have had a hard time deciding between Lasagna and Cheeseburger Macaroni. I mean, what’s not to love about beef and sauce and noodles? Simple, tasty, and a winner every time. Unfortunately, when I had children of {Read More}

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs

Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs are sticky, smoky, and fall-apart delicious…and nobody will ever believe that they came out of the crock pot! As we near September, I thought I’d share a recipe that magically bridges the gap between summer (barbecued ribs!) and fall (slow cooker comfort food!). Have y’all cooked baby back ribs in the crock pot before? Because you won’t even believe how good they are! It’s as simple as rubbing a spice mixture over a few racks {Read More}

Avocado Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes

Avocado Fettuccine with Roasted Tomatoes is a savory summer dish featuring al dente pasta coated in a creamy avocado sauce and topped with sweet and garlicky oven-roasted tomatoes and ribbons of fresh basil. Alrighty, friends…if you had to pick one, which would it be? Avocados or tomatoes? I’m going to have to pass on casting my vote this time, because I pledge equal allegiance to both, but for totally different reasons. So in my mind, combining the two? Even better! {Read More}

Taco Baked Chicken

Tender and juicy on the inside with a crunchy coating of taco-seasoned tortilla chips, Taco Baked Chicken is a simple and delicious dinner for any night of the week! Oh, how I’ve missed you, taco seasoning! Around the same time that this post went live, I arrived home from two-and-a-half weeks hanging out with family and friends in Germany and traveling the countryside. It was my kids’ first trip to meet their great-grandmother and assorted relatives, and to say that {Read More}

Hawaiian Meatballs

Juicy homemade meatballs are smothered with a sweet and sticky, Polynesian pineapple sauce in this quick and easy recipe for Hawaiian Meatballs. Meatballs are such a quick and easy dinner, but I often forget how simple it is to change them up from the typical ol’ marinara variety. It’s a lot of fun to start with the same base recipe for your meatballs and then experiment with difference sauces. So when I think to go that route, these Hawaiian Meatballs {Read More}

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce features tender chicken stewed in a flavor-infused coconut milk/peanut sauce, served over rice or rice noodles, and garnished with chopped peanuts and cilantro! Okay, y’all…I have to apologize for the dearth of dinner ideas and crock pot recipes on the blog in recent weeks. But I’m going to rectify that today with this Slow Cooker Thai Chicken with Peanut Sauce! And I hope you’ll forgive me for my transgressions, because it’s amaaaazing. The {Read More}

Italian Meatloaf “Cupcakes” with Mashed Potato Frosting

Savory meatloaf is flavored with Parmesan, Italian herbs, and marinara sauce, baked in a muffin pan, and then topped with seasoned mashed potatoes in these easy-to-make, fun-to-eat Italian Meatloaf “Cupcakes”! A big thanks to Ginny’s for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Boy am I excited to share today’s post with y’all! I was recently invited by Ginny’s to participate in their Recipe Challenge, a blog hop and corresponding e-book in collaboration with 10 {Read More}

Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake

Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake is a simple, wholesome, easy-to-make casserole featuring just a handful of ingredients including ground beef, quinoa, Greek yogurt, and cheddar…perfect for picky eaters and busy weeknights! Okay, y’all, I’m going to shoot straight with you for a minute. This Cheesy Beef & Quinoa Bake is a meal that my family enjoys and looks forward to…but I hesitated to share it here. Will people think it’s too plain? It’s not the prettiest thing to photograph, as {Read More}

Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies

Quick and easy Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies feature a savory mixture of diced chicken, cream cheese, taco seasoning, and fresh cilantro folded inside crescent roll dough and topped with crunchy crushed tortilla chips. Comin’ atcha’ today with a quick and easy dinner recipe, friends! My family loves this one. And let’s be honest here…what recipe has ever combined crescent roll dough and cream cheese and turned out anything but delicious? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Creamy Chicken Taco Hand Pies are exactly what {Read More}

Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa {PLUS Food Blogger Mystery Basket Challenge!}

A delicious meal that’s effortless enough for a weeknight yet special enough for company, Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers are glazed with a sweet and tangy homemade BBQ sauce and served atop a bed of flavorful Asian Quinoa, infused with hints of soy sauce, garlic, and fresh ginger. Happy Monday, friends! I am so excited to bring you today’s post, because these gorgeous, glossy Honey-Ginger Shrimp Skewers with Asian Quinoa are part of a fun Mystery Basket Challenge that I’m participating in {Read More}

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin

Rosemary Cider Brined Pork Loin is extra juicy and flavorful thanks to brining…and while it’s easy enough to make for a weeknight dinner, it’s impressive enough to serve for a special occasion! Easter is just one short month away, folks…so who’s already started to think about your menu? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I realize that most people like to cook ham for Easter lunch or dinner, and I shared a super easy, super tasty recipe for a Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham around {Read More}

Salmon Patties

Crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside, Salmon Patties are a flavorful, quick and easy recipe for getting more brain-boosting, heart-healthy omega-3s into your diet! Well, we’re officially immersed in the no meat on Fridays season of Lent at our house…which means that, once a week, I have to remind myself to avoid meat approximately 47 times over the course of the day. Since fish is allowed on Fridays, however, Lent also means that I tend to make {Read More}

The Best Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

This wholesome, easy-to-make Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup is extra flavorful thanks to a few secret ingredients…and it’s the perfect get-well-soon recipe for making it through cold and flu season! Anytime a member of my family gets sick, I get the instant, insatiable to urge to whip up a giant, nourishing pot of homemade chicken soup. However, a couple of weekends ago, when I found myself on the receiving end of a lovely cold that came on overnight and left {Read More}

Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake

Beefy Cheesy Tortellini Bake is loaded with tortellini, marinara sauce, and mozzarella cheese for an effortless pasta dinner that the whole family will love! Does anyone else ever get stuck in a dinner rut? As a food blogger, you may think that’s a problem I would never encounter. After all, I post several new recipes each week. I have a whole archive of favorite family recipes. I have lots of food blogger friends who collectively post exponentially more than that. {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa is flavored with smoked chipotles in adobo, fresh garlic and cilantro, and Mexican spices, resulting in a tender, juicy filling for tacos, burritos, and quesadillas, or a tasty topping for salads and rice bowls! Happy Taco Tuesday, friends! Well, by the time you read this, it will most likely already be Wednesday, but no matter…tacos are a welcome dinner around these parts any day of the week. So are burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, tostadas…and those are exactly {Read More}

Chicken ร  la King

Chicken ร  la King is a classic, healthy dinner recipe featuring tender chicken breasts, garlicky mushrooms, sweet peas, zesty pimentos, and fresh parsley in a flavorful sauce served over warm, fluffy biscuits. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my post the other morning whereby I was cracking open a bottle of white wine at 9:00 a.m. Turns out, food bloggers occasionally engage in some weird practices related to cooking and photographing dinner recipes during the peak {Read More}

Homemade Sloppy Joes

Ditch the store-bought can of sauce for these quick and easy Homemade Sloppy Joes with no additives or preservatives…and they taste better, too! There aren’t many dinners that you can get on the table faster than whipping up a batch of Sloppy Joes. And while the store-bought sauce that rhymes with San-wich might make this meal even quicker, it’s got some less-than-ideal ingredients. After all, I tend to avoid high fructose corn syrup in my sweets, much less my dinner. {Read More}

All-Natural Broccoli Cheese Sauce for Baked Potatoes

Creamy, quick and easy Broccoli Cheese Sauce features real cheddar cheese and makes a delicious topping for baked potatoes! Baked potatoes make a great lunch or dinner when you have leftover meat, but not quite enough for another full meal. Whether leftover taco filling, carnitas, chopped BBQ brisket, or shredded beef, a plain baked potato is an excellent vehicle for a variety of toppings! But what if you’re craving a baked potato for dinner but don’t have leftover meat? Might {Read More}

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup is a smooth and creamy crock pot soup garnished with a variety of tasty toppings, from sour cream and shredded cheese to crispy bacon and green onions. Oh, soup…how I love thee. We flirt in October, when other parts of the country have dropping temps while we Texans are still wearing shorts and flip-flops. You become a part of our regular rotation come November and December, because it just feels like soup season…even when {Read More}

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean & Chicken Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Black Bean and Chicken Soup is a hearty, healthy, effortless crock pot dinner for those cold winter nights! We interrupt this month of holiday recipes to bring you a cozy, slow cooker soup that can be enjoyed all winter long! It’s probably no secret by now that I love cooking with beans. From side dishes to soups to crock pot suppers, beans are nourishing, filling, and inexpensive. It’s easy to infuse them with other flavors and they {Read More}