Meal Prepping Tips

Meal prepping has become a huge trend over the past few years. Although it can help save time throughout the week, many people have difficulties keeping up with their meal prepping efforts. To help avoid this, we compiled a list of meal prepping tips to help you stay motivated and happy when meal prepping.

  1. Allocate time 

Usually when people think about meal prepping, they think about cooking meals for the entire week on a Sunday. This isn’t always an option for some people, not everyone wants to spend their entire day off meal prepping. To avoid this, try meal prepping twice a week instead of allocating all your meal prepping time to one day. Just make sure that the time you’re allocating to meal prepping will work with your schedule!

  1. Vary your meals 

It’s easy to get stuck in a routine with your meals, especially when meal prepping. This can make your meals feel boring, leading to a loss of motivation to continue meal prepping. To avoid this, plan on making a few dishes for the week that you can alternate between or piece together. In addition, make sure to vary what you make on a weekly basis. Use your creativity with this! 

  1. Be versatile with ingredients 

When meal prepping, think about the different meals you can make with the ingredients you prepare. If you plan on making a batch of rice, you can use it for a grain bowl one day and for fried rice another day. If you cook some vegetables for the week, you can put them over that rice or you can add it to a dish of pasta. The options are endless if you find multiple uses for your ingredients!

  1. Pre-chop your vegetables 

Most people are more likely to eat the vegetables they buy if they are already chopped, washed, and prepared ahead of time. Even if you plan on keeping your vegetables raw, you will find it useful to put them in their own storage containers. Once it’s time to start cooking, all you have to do is get them out and begin making your meal. Not to mention that pre-cut vegetables are a great snack to have on hand! Just be aware that some vegetables are best when cut freshly.

  1. Utilize your freezer

Freezing your food is a great asset when meal prepping. It saves time, decreases your food waste, and increases your food’s lifespan! If you plan on having smoothies throughout the week, you can pre-portion your fruits and put them in the freezer. Now all you have to do in the morning is put them in the blender! You can also freeze soups, burritos, vegetables, and many other meals that can easily be heated up.

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

We all know that the essential part of a Thanksgiving meal is the main dish, but the side dishes are what make the meal complete. Everyone has their go-to side dish that they make every Thanksgiving, but this year you can add another dish that might become a fan favorite! The side dishes we’re mentioning here today are not only delicious, but are also easy to make! 

  1. Garlic Smashed Potatoes 

There’s always going to be mashed potatoes at a Thanksgiving dinner, but these garlic smashed potatoes will make you forget that you already have a potato side dish. They have the crispy aspect that you can’t get from mashed potatoes or german potatoes, and you don’t even need a fork to eat them! 

  1. Loaded Cauliflower Bake

This loaded cauliflower bake is the crossover of food categories that no one expected. It has the flavors of a loaded baked potato, the lightness of cauliflower, and the texture of a casserole. What more could you ask for! 

  1. Cast-Iron Skillet Creamed Corn

Now this creamed corn requires one special tool, a cast-iron skillet. This will help to bring out so many flavors in your creamed corn. If you don’t have a cast-iron skillet to use for this Thanksgiving, make sure to get one for next year’s Thanksgiving!

  1. Maple Bacon Carrots

Take your carrots to the next level with just two ingredients: bacon and maple. The maple brings out the sweet aspects while the bacon brings out the savory aspects of the carrots. After you try this, you might never make your carrots any other way. 

  1. Honey Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts 

Some people don’t like brussels sprouts, but after you bring these honey balsamic brussels sprouts this Thanksgiving, you’re going to change everyone’s opinion. The balsamic and honey help to bring out the flavors that everyone misses when eating brussels sprouts, and similar to the garlic smashed potatoes, you don’t even need a fork to each them!

Halloween Treats

Halloween is only two weeks away, so it’s almost time to start making some fun halloween themed treats! If you’re looking to try something new this season, then this list is for you. These treats will make perfect snacks and appetizers to hold you over until Halloween!

  1. Halloween Snack Mix

Want to make your snack mix “ghoulishly good” this year? Then this recipe should be first on your list for halloween snacks! The main ingredient to make your snack mix spooky are some candy eyes. So if you already have a snack mix recipe, all you have to do is add this ingredient. If you don’t have a recipe already, then check out the recipe linked below!

Ghoulishly Good Halloween Snack Mix

  1. Taco Graveyard Dip

Give your taco dip some Halloween spirit this year. All you need for this recipe is your normal taco dip and some creativity! With some cream cheese and a piping bag, you can pipe some short Halloween phrases onto your homemade tortilla chips and place these chips into your taco dip. The Food Network has some more detailed instructions on how to do this in the link below!

Taco Graveyard Dip  

  1. Jack O’Lantern Onion Dip

If taco dip isn’t down your alley, then this onion dip might be more your style! This is also a little more simple than the previous recipe in terms of giving it a Halloween spin. To make the Jack O’Lanterns face, all you need to do is add two blue tortilla chips as eyes, a tiny blue tortilla chip as a nose, and make a smile using olives. The full recipe for the onion dip is in the link below. 

Jack O’Lantern Onion Dip 

  1. Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds

A sweet and spicy twist on a classic. If you have pumpkin seeds left over from pumpkin carving, then use those seeds to create a fun snack! The seasonings for these sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds include: sugar, salt, ground cumin, ground cinnamon, ground ginger, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. For more information on this recipe, the full recipe is linked below. 

Sweet and Spicy Pumpkin Seeds 

  1. Strawberry Ghosts

Once you hear about this recipe, you’ll want to make it immediately. Everyone loves chocolate strawberries and halloween, and these strawberry ghosts mix those two worlds together. Take the same steps you would take while making chocolate strawberries, but with white chocolate. Then, make these strawberry ghosts come to life using a piping bag and some dark chocolate to make the little ghost’s face. The link below has the full recipe and some pictures of the final product!

Strawberry Ghosts

Snacks to Bring to any St. Patrick’s Day Party

Irish Coffee Cake

With St. Patrick’s day quickly approaching, the perfect themed snack would be a way to show off your cooking skills at any event. Whether your cooking is superb or could use a bit of the luck of the Irish, we’ve gathered a few recipes that any cook can find a way to perfect for any occasion. Check out the following recipes and find something that you feel up to the challenge to try out!

  1. Irish Coffee Cake

Try out this chocolatey dessert and add a cream liqueur to it for an extra surprising touch!

  1. Cheddar-Beer Fondue

This gooey creation can be a tasty treat for any group to share or for a one-on-one date.

  1. Grasshopper Bars

These bars add a splash of color and can cure a chocolate craving for any event! This dessert is easy to make and can be a great treat for any occasion.

St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow
  1. St. Patrick’s Day Puppy Chow

This four ingredient snack is easy to make and can leave a minty taste for anyone who snacks on it!

  1. Leprechaun Fudge Popcorn

This green candied popcorn treat can be a tasty addition to any party whether for kids or a work event. Customize this recipe to your liking and pick your choice of what product brands to use.

  1. Fluffy Key Lime Pie

Looking for an easy pie recipe? This recipe takes two minutes to make, has to refrigerator for two hours, and can serve eight people for any get together. 

  1. Chocolate Mint Dream Cookies

These easy to make cookies add a chocolatey mint twist to the basic cookie recipe. This recipe makes roughly four dozen cookies when finished.

Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow
  1. Pot of Gold Fruit Rainbow

This recipe is fairly easy and can use your choice of fruit for certain colors. Add a bowl at the end with either chopped bananas or rolos to be your “pot-of-gold.” Follow the graphic to see how you would display your festive fruit arrangement.

Try one or multiple recipes and bring them to your next St. Patrick’s day event. These festive snacks will be sure to share a little luck with all those who eat them.

Snacks to Make for Any Valentine’s Event

Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes

Whether you are a mom trying to come up with a last minute snack to send to school with your child for their Valentine’s party or you were simply asked to bring a snack to a Valentine’s themed event and you are struggling to come up with an idea, these easy to prep ideas will be a solution for you. All these ideas are creative and can even be given out to a few friends or coworkers you want to show appreciation to.  Each treat has a festive twist that will be sure to woo any crowd.

1. Cupid Kabobs: These fruity treats are easy to make and add a healthy twist to an already sugar filled holiday. Pick from a variety of fruits to customize them to your liking.

2. Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie Treat Cupcakes: Kids always love rice krispie treats and this treat adds a little extra love to them. Top of this treat with white or colored icing and a candy piece of your choice.

Peppermint Candy Pops

3. Peppermint Candy Pops: Using candy canes, you can make these cute little hearts really pop at any event. Add ribbon to the sticks to add a cute decoration to this candy.

4. Valentine’s Popcorn: This mix is sure to add a splash of color to any array of treats at a party. This treat allows you to also be creative by taking out any of the ingredients and adding whatever else you want to snack on.

5. Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies: These sweet treats pop with their marbled color at any event. This recipe includes a step by step video to show you how to make these showstoppers.

All these treats will impress at any event and can be an easy snack to bring to any occasion. Comment below if you try any of these recipes on your own and let us know what you think!

Healthy Easy Snacks to Curb Those Cravings

Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries #SundaySupper
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Looking for new snack ideas for the new year? Trying to spice up some of you new kitchen creations? Here are some unique healthy recipes to tryout this year that are sure to crave those late night cravings and midday munchies!

  1. Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries

Try this healthy snack that is easy to prepare and even better for you to indulge in!

Healthy Baked Carrot Fries - 2Teaspoons
Baked Carrot Fries
  1. Baked Carrot Fries

Looking for a healthy alternative to swap for your love of fries? This recipe is definitely one to help curb those cravings.

  1. Apple Nachos

This recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth, while also being a healthy treat for all ages.

  1. Crackers and Chocolate Hazelnut Spread with Banana

A salty yet sweet combination that is easy to prepare and enjoy.

  1. Banana, Kale, and Almond Milk Smoothie

Wanting to try a new smoothie recipe? This simple creation is sure to give you a healthy does to start any morning.

  1. Roasted Garbanzo Beans

If you are pinched for time to make a snack to bring to an event, try making this snack that can be thrown together in a pinch!

  1. Almond Butter, Yogurt, and Fruit Parfait
Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters
Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

This mouth-watering treat is sure to be the perfect substitute for that late night ice cream craving and also allows you to customize it to your liking! 

  1. Dark Chocolate and Nut Clusters

Here is a recipe that includes healthy fats and protein to fill anyone up.

  1. Rosemary Roasted Nuts

Going to that family gathering or party still and don’t know what to make? Try this easy to prep recipe that definitely leaves a savory taste.

  1. Crunch Coated Bananas

Try this recipe that is easy to bring on the go and easy to make.

These easy to make snacks will be sure to help you change up your snacking habits this year and can be a great dish to pass at any event!

Halloween Party Treats

It’s that time of the year again, Halloween! Whether you are hosting or attending a Halloween themed party, these treats are sure to make everyone want the recipe. Are you looking for something cute and simple? Make some Reese’s Bats. Interested in a pumpkin-flavored dessert? Try the Pumpkin Fudge! Here are some treats that your friends and family are sure to love!

Candy Corn Ghost Cupcakes

These cute cupcakes are the perfect traditional treat for a party. If you want something that is cute that everyone will enjoy, these cupcakes are the perfect treat for you!

Halloween Candy Bark

Candy Bark is a common treat during the holidays and this Halloween version adds a colorful twist! This recipe is a simple, unique, and delicious option to impress your friends.

Ghost S’mores Dip

S’mores are a campfire staple that kids and adults will enjoy. This spooky dip is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for parties with all ages!

Reese’s Bats

These cute bats are a fun treat for any Halloween party! Chocolate and peanut butter is a crowd favorite at any occasion. These cute bats are sure to go fast!

Pumpkin Spice Blondies

These delicious treats require a little more time to make, but it is definitely worth it! Blondies are a classic party treat and these Pumpkin Spice Blondies add a yummy fall twist.

Pumpkin Fudge

If you want to go the extra mile with your fall treats, this Pumpkin Fudge is the perfect dessert for you! It may seem like extra work, but the prep time is only 10 minutes before it chills in the refrigerator until it is set. 

This wide variety of Halloween treats are sure to impress your guests. Whether you are looking for something cute and simple or a divine dessert these treats are perfect for your party!
For more Halloween Treats click here!

Fun Easter Treats

Easter is an exciting holiday with egg hunts, candy, and family time that everyone looks forward too. This year, bring a treat that the whole family will love! Here are a few suggestions:

Easter Chick Cupcakes

These cupcakes are bright, fun, and topped off with Peeps. Not only are they cute, but these delicious vanilla and buttercream frosted cupcakes are sure to be loved by even picky eaters.

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Dirt Cups

Dirt cups are a classic treat that kids love. Put a fun Easter twist on them this year with candy eggs and Peeps instead of gummy worms!

Find the recipe here!

Bunny Butt Pretzels – Peanut Butter Easter Treats

These treats are the perfect mix of salty and sweet! Try these Bunny Butt Pretzels this holiday and give your family a treat they will love.

Find the recipe here!

Easter Egg Popcorn Bars

These festive bars are cute, yummy, and easy to make. With marshmallows, kettle corn, and mini Cadbury eggs as the main three ingredients, your kids will be asking you to make this delicious treat again next Easter!

Find the recipe here!

Easter Oreo Bark

This recipe is simple, quick, and requires almost no prep time. Made with vanilla candy coating, crushed Oreos, and sprinkles, it can not get much tastier than that!

Find the recipe here!

Sugar Cookie Easter Egg Nests

This fun twist on sugar cookies brings the Easter egg hunt inside. Made with cookies and mini Cadbury eggs, everyone will love them. Check out the recipe site to see how they can even double as place settings!

Find the recipe here!

Which recipe will you try this Easter?

St. Patty’s Day in Lake Geneva

St. Patrick’s Day Sunday Brunch

Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast or lunch at The Ridge Hotel this St. Patty’s Day! They are offering classics like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and green beer!

Where? The Ridge Hotel

When? March 17th from 9am-2pm

For more information follow this link!

 

Jamie & Shanna’s St. Patty’s Day Social

Hogs & Kisses will open at 3pm on St. Patty’s Day for all kinds of fun, snacks, and more!

Where? Hogs & Kisses

When? March 17th at 3pm

For more information follow this link!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Sampling

Stop by the Hunt Club Steakhouse to try their St. Patty’s Day specials!

Where? Hunt Club Steakhouse

When? March 17th from 5pm-8pm

For more information follow this link!

5 Easy Slow Cooker Meals For Busy Families

Are you looking for an easy dinner to feed your family after a long day at work? These slow cooker recipes are perfect for you! No more hassle to make dinner when you come home because it will already be cooked and ready to serve!

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Soup is perfect for a snow day, sick day, or busy day! After all, what is more comforting than a nice hot bowl of homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Honey Garlic Chicken & Veggies

  • Having your main dish and veggies all cooked and ready to go? It doesn’t get easier than that! Throw everything together in the morning and let your slow cooker do the rest!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Easy Chili Mac

  • This recipe requires only ten minutes of prep time, and it’s gluten free! This Easy Chili Mac is a dish your kids will love!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Orange Chicken

  • Change things up and make this exciting Chinese Orange Chicken slow cooker dish! It only takes ten minutes of prep time!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Chicken & Dumplings

  • Chicken and dumplings are another great comfort food for those cold, windy, or snowy days! Treat yourself to some delicious dumplings!
  • Full recipe and directions here!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy an easy home cooked meal with your family!

For more ideas, follow this link!

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