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Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy

Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy — AKA, mini Salisbury steaks in a rich, savory, gravy loaded with fresh mushrooms — make a classic, comforting dinner! School is in full swing, busy fall schedules have commenced, and at the end of the day, everyone (including me) is tired and hungry. So I’m all about quick and easy, wholesome and filling, kid-approved dinner recipes that the whole family will enjoy. Lucky for me, Easy Beef Patties with Mushroom Gravy fit all {Read More}

Copycat Shake ‘n Bake Chicken Nuggets

Copycat Shake ‘n Bake Chicken Nuggets is a quick and easy recipe for making tasty homemade nuggets that are a hit with kids and adults alike! Well, we are officially back to school ’round these parts! And I have to admit, I’m feeling mighty organized now that we’ve resumed a schedule of day-to-day predictability. Of course, talk to me at the end of the week when I’ll likely be cursing early alarms and lunchbox packing and weekly menu planning. 😉 {Read More}

Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas

Creamy Jalapeño Chicken Enchiladas are cheesy, flavorful, and smothered in copycat Chuy’s Creamy Jalapeño Dip for a dinner that’s sure to become a family favorite! Today’s recipe takes one of my most popular recipes – a copycat of the Creamy Jalapeño Dip from the famed Chuy’s restaurant chain – and turns it into a meal! That dip was my #1 recipe of 2016 and it continues to go CRAZY this summer. So I got to thinking…if so many people love {Read More}

Swedish Meatballs

Swedish Meatballs are baked in the oven and then simmered in a skillet of easy homemade gravy for a delicious, family-pleasing dinner! There’s just something appealing about meatballs. They’re versatile and hearty…easy to make and fun to eat. It didn’t take me long to figure out that my family will eagerly eat pretty much any variation of meatball, so it was just a matter of time before I added Swedish Meatballs to our repertoire. Anyone who has ever strolled through {Read More}

Cheeseburger Pie {without Bisquick!}

Impossible Cheeseburger Pie gets a wholesome, from-scratch twist with seasoned ground beef, grated cheddar cheese, and a topping made with whole wheat flour instead of Bisquick! I know I’ve been posting a lot of seasonal spring and Easter-friendly recipes lately, so today I decided to hit y’all with a classic, quick and easy dinner recipe. Impossible Cheeseburger Pie was a meal that I remember my mom making when I was a kid, and it was actually one of the first {Read More}

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

Juicy on the inside and crispy on the outside, Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders are a simple, delicious dinner recipe that the entire family will love! Any time I want dinner to be a surefire hit with the kids (and, let’s be honest, the adults), I know that I can call upon trusty homemade chicken nuggets. But sometimes I just don’t feel like cutting and dipping all of those little chunks of chicken. So I take a slight shortcut and make {Read More}

Stovetop Tuna Noodle Casserole

Stovetop Tuna Noodle Skillet is a quick and easy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with tuna, egg noodles, peas, and a creamy, cheesy, from-scratch white sauce! When I need to get dinner on the table in a flash but didn’t exactly plan ahead, I often find myself throwing together a one-pot, stovetop recipe based around ground beef. But {gasp}…sometimes there’s nary a pound of ground beef to be found in the fridge or freezer! And on those occasions, it’s nice to {Read More}

One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet

Loaded with ground beef and pasta, flavored with taco seasoning and salsa, and studded with black beans and corn, this cheesy Taco Pasta Skillet quickly comes together in just one pot! Y’all know how much I love getting dinner on the table using a pound of ground beef and just one pot. So today I’ve got another meal to add to that beloved, ever-expanding recipe category…One-Pot Taco Pasta Skillet! Some of you may recall that I shared a One-Pan Cheesy {Read More}

One-Pan Asian Beef & Rice Skillet

Asian Beef & Rice Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe requiring a simple list of all-natural ingredients, only one pan, and under 30 minutes to make from start to finish! I’ve mentioned it before but, like any good child of the 80s, I ate my fair share of Hamburger Helper growing up (and I was actually quite fond of it). Now as a busy (read: tired) mama, I can certainly appreciate the convenience of it: brown some ground {Read More}

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup

A classic comfort food recipe gets a soup lover’s makeover in this warm, hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff Soup, loaded with savory beef, mushrooms, and noodles…and your crock pot does all of the work! (Be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this post, just before the recipe, for an exciting giveaway!) (This post contains affliliate links.)  Y’all. How is Christmas only five days away?! I don’t know where the month went, but I do know that I need {Read More}

Taco Shepherd’s Pie

A comfort food classic gets a Tex-Mex twist in Taco Shepherd’s Pie, with taco-seasoned, salsa-spiced ground beef, studded with black beans and topped with cheesy green chile mashed potatoes! This recipe was developed in partnership with the Texas Beef Council. Today we’re taking a little break from the recent bounty of holiday recipes for some good ol’ comfort food! My family enjoys shepherd’s pie and we’re also big fans of any recipe with Tex-Mex flavors. So I decided to combine {Read More}

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Chicken Drumsticks

Slow Cooker Sweet Chili Drumsticks start with a simple marinade of soy sauce, Thai sweet chili sauce, and ginger, then cook in the crock pot until tender for an effortless, sweet-and-savory, Asian chicken dinner! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If you’re anything like me, you spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen over the past few days putting a lot of effort into a number of holiday dishes. So after all of that hard work {Read More}

One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet {Homemade Hamburger Helper}

For a homemade copycat of Beef Taco Hamburger Helper, this One-Pan Cheesy Beef Taco Skillet is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with five real, all-natural ingredients! In case y’all hadn’t noticed, I’ve been on somewhat of a one-pot/one-pan/one-skillet recipe kick lately. And why not? Who doesn’t love a complete dinner that’s made in about 30 minutes while dirtying only one large cooking receptacle? So a few weeks ago, I’d been running around all day and hadn’t had any {Read More}

One-Pot Pizza Pasta

One-Pot Pizza Pasta is an easy, cheesy, comforting dinner recipe loaded with flavor thanks to all of your favorite pizza toppings…and as a bonus, everything gets cooked in the same pot! Well, hello there, stranger! Whew, it’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks. I’m in the process of wrapping up a behind-the-scenes post for y’all sharing my amazing experience last week at QVC, but before we get to that, I feel like I owe you a long-overdue recipe. How does {Read More}

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole

One-Skillet Sloppy Joe Tater Tot Casserole is a quick, easy, family-pleasing weeknight dinner recipe that’s made in just one pan! I always forget how exhausting the first week of school is, for the kids, the teachers, and yes, even for the parents. It’s hard to believe that three short months of summer vacation can entirely negate the stamina we had built up over the prior school year, but it does. By last Friday afternoon, our entire family was wiped out! {Read More}

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos (or Nachos)

Slow Cooker Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos feature tender, spicy-sweet pork piled on flour tortillas and topped with red cabbage, carrots, avocado, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro for an easy, effortless dinner…and the leftover pork is fantastic on nachos! Hi, friends! I missed y’all during my unexpected hiatus last week. I’ll explain my absence in a moment, but in the meantime, hopefully I can beg your forgiveness with these melt-in-your-mouth pulled pork tacos brimming with the flavors of fresh lime {Read More}

Caprese French Bread Pizza

Bursting-with-flavor Caprese French Bread Pizza is brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, layered with fresh mozzarella and thinly-sliced tomatoes, and baked until bubbly before getting finished off with ribbons of basil and a balsamic reduction! Happy August, y’all! How is school already right around the corner? Eeek! I intended to share this recipe earlier in the week but — speaking of that impending school start date — we decided to squeeze in one last summer hurrah with a quick trip to {Read More}

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 you’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 — flew! — off the baking sheet, y’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. 😉 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? 😉 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}