Recipes

I love being in the kitchen, so I will share on this page all my favorite recipes! Enjoy!

Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
This recipe was something different than our usual meals. It was even tasty the next day cold! The guys snacked on it all hours of the day when I put the leftovers in the garage fridge for them! Find the recipe here https://www.soulfullymade.com/oven-baked-bbq-chicken-drumsticks/

No Flour Monster Cookie Bars
These are always a hit where ever I take them. I even like these better than the actual monster cookies! Give them a try! Find the recipe here https://togetherasfamily.com/no-flour-monster-cookie-bars-2/

Chocolate Crinkle Cookie
One of my favorite cookies to have during the holidays. Super easy and your kitchen will smell amazing. Find the recipe here https://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chocolate_crinkles/

The Best Crockpot BBQ Pulled Chicken
The name speaks the truth here. This was a very easy meal to prepare and it tasted delicious! I made it for the guys to take to the field and I still am getting raves about how good it was from one of them! Fine the recipe here https://princesspinkygirl.com/slow-cooker-pulled-bbq-chicken/

Garlic Butter Oven Baked Tilapia
We don’t usually eat much for fish, so this recipe is a treat for us when I do make it. Again a very easy recipe but the flavor it puts off is incredible. Find the recipe here https://diethood.com/garlic-butter-oven-baked-tilapia/

Stuffed Bell Peppers
My husband isn’t a fan off vegetables unless it’s corn or potatoes, so I wasn’t sure how he would react when I told him we were having these for supper for the first time. Well surprise, he loves them! These are a regular around our house! Find the recipe here https://www.pennypinchinmom.com/easy-stuffed-peppers-recipe/

Taco Seasoning
I have officially stopped buying taco seasoning for over a year now and will never go back to store bought. I love this taco seasoning and the family does too! Find the recipe here http://selfreliancebyjamie.blogspot.com/2011/08/tis-seasonings.html

Tator-Tot Casserole
How many just gagged? This recipe is so delicious, my husband doesn’t care for tator tot casserole, but when I made it this way he devoured way too much of it! I substitute the cheese soup for the fiesta cheese to give it a little kick! Find the recipe here http://lilflowerslynne1.blogspot.com/2011/07/tater-tot-casserole-recipe-share.html?m=1

Garlic Butter Chicken
I came across this recipe and thought hey I will give it a try! It is one of our favorite ways to eat chicken now! Find the recipe here https://www.averiecooks.com/garlic-butter-chicken/

Crisp Cucumber Salsa
Just have breath mint in hand when you are finished with this salsa. It’s delicious and now I need to add these to my grocery list so I can make it this week! Find the recipe here https://www.justapinch.com/recipes/crisp-cucumber-salsa.html

Creamy Beef Noodle Bake
One of our households favorites! Find the recipe here https://togetherasfamily.com/creamy-beef-noodle-bake/

Hot Beef Sandwiches
Made these last night and I forgot how good they are! Find the recipe here https://www.365daysofcrockpot.com/instant-pot-hot-beef-sandwich-and-mashed-potatoes/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest&utm_campaign=tailwind_tribes&utm_content=tribes&utm_term=1065291174_50229848_409312

Cheeseburger Soup
Where are all my soup lovers at?! I can eat this one for every meal and I am not even kidding! I have totally accomplished that one! Find the recipe here https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/crock-pot-cheeseburger-soup/

Taco Pasta
This recipe I got from Rachel Granstra, which you can find her farm wife recipe book here https://rachelgranstra.com/pages/search-results-page?q=recipe+book There are a lot of good recipes in this book and super easy ones too! I will type this one up really quick for you! I made this and took it to the guys tonight for supper in the field. 1 box small shell pasta, 2lbs ground beef, 4 Tbsp taco seasoning, 1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce, 2.5 cups jarred salsa, 1 can dices tomatoes with juice, 1 can corn (drained), 1.5 cups cheddar cheese shredded, salt and pepper to taste. Cook pasta and ground beef then mix all ingredients together! It’s that easy and it has a yummy bold flavor! Done within 20-30 minutes.

Mediterranean Bean Salad
I made this for Thanksgiving, and I will be honest it was okay, but this salad is one that the longer it sits in the fridge the better/bolder the flavor is! The next day and the day after it really was delicious! Find the recipe here https://www.theharvestkitchen.com/mediterranean-bean-salad/

Holiday Moscow Mule
I always love a good holiday drink, and let’s be honest I am fan of the mules. Add these ingredients to your next grocery list, put on home holiday music, and rock around the Christmas tree 😉 fill the cup with ice, 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz cranberry juice, 1 oz lime juice, fill the remainder up with Ginger beer, and top it with some cranberries to be even more festive!

Golden Grahams S’mores Bars
I just made this delicious dessert and it really hit the spot! The perfect combo and a super easy dessert to make WITHOUT baking! Find the recipe here https://www.justsotasty.com/golden-grahams-smores-bars/

Beer Cheese Dip
I made this for New Year’s Eve day/night and it was a hit! Don’t forget to drink the rest of the beer that you don’t use….even if it’s before 10:00 am I won’t judge you! 😉 Find the recipe here https://www.foodtalkdaily.com/recipes/dips–sauces-dressings/dip/beer-cheese-dip-44325253

Spicy Tomato Shrimp Pasta

I forgot how good this recipe is and I made it the other night. It got devoured. Another good thing with this recipe is it’s delicious and maybe even better cold the next day! I always double it! Find the recipe here https://www.budgetbytes.com/spicy-shrimp-tomato-pasta/

One Pot Chicken Bacon Alfredo
A new recipe I will be trying tonight! Find the recipe here https://www.goodcook.com/recipes/one-pot-chicken-bacon-alfredo-pasta

Taco Macaroni and Cheese
This is another recipe that is on my menu for the week! It’s a new one, but I without a doubt know that it will be a hit! Super easy and quick for a busy night! Find the recipe here https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/easy-recipe/taco-macaroni-and-cheese?fbclid=IwAR0dJRflzDO9eArgcTiRxm_0mzG9InU47AH67GkoUSIVsT4D0bKzoUwbx7Y

Crockpot Teriyaki Pork Chops

Ingredients:
4 Pork chops, about 1 inch thick
2 garlic cloves
2 T brown sugar
1/4 C soy sauce
1/3 C chicken broth
Salt/pepper

Instructions:
Sprinkle salt and pepper on pork chops if desired, place in a gallon sized freezer bag. In a small bow mix garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, and chicken broth together, add to bag, then empty all in the crock-pot. Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 6-7 hours. You can also lay the freezer bag flat in the freezer and take out to thaw in fridge overnight before making.

Crunchy Onion Chicken

Ingredients:
1 1/3 C French fried onions
1lb. boneless skinless chicken breast
1 egg beaten

Instructions:
Crush fried onions in plastic bag. Dip chicken into egg, then coat in crumbs. Bake @ 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until cooked through. Add extra fried onions on top of the chicken.

Italian Chicken, Potatoes, Green Beans
This recipe is literally just what it says, throw it all in a pan, throw some butter on it and sprinkle the dressing! Find the recipe here: https://www.graceandgoodeats.com/italian-chicken-green-beans-and-potatoes/

French Dip Crescents
This is a new recipe, but an easy one! I plan easy supper ideas on my busy mid-week day! Find the recipe here: https://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/french-dip-crescents/

Meatballs
I have never made meatballs before in my life until last year. I made them and this meal can easily be turned into a freezer meal. This was a hit for the field and at home! I am the only one who loves onions, so I don’t use them in the recipe, and with little ones I don’t add in the pepper flakes. Find the recipe here: https://happymoneysaver.com/easy-freezer-meatballs-recipe/

Enchilada Stuffed Shells
Ingredients:
2lbs ground beef browned and drained (taco seasoning – optional)
1 can refried beans
8oz. shredded colby jack cheese
8oz. shredded pepper jack cheese
2 cans enchilada sauce
Scallions, chopped
Box of pasta shells, cooked and cooled
Instructions:
Spoon some enchilada sauce on bottom of 9×13 pan. Mix beans and cooked hamburger and 3/4 of shredded cheese. Spoon beans, cheese, meat filling into the boiled shells and place into dish. Cover Shells with remaining enchilada sauce and cheese. Cook at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly. Top with scallions and serve.

Chicken and Noodles
This is another highly requested meal around here! I make it in the Instant pot, and honestly cannot find the link where I got it from originally so here is a screen shot I took of it a long time ago.


Hamloaf
Seriously the easiest thing ever. I love Fareway’s hamloaf. I normally do 2lbs. All you do is put the hamloaf in a glass bread pan pretty much, and layer the top with your favorite BBQ sauce. Place in the oven at 325 degrees for 1 hour per pound. That’s it! Slice it up and serve it.

Chicken and Rice casserole
Ingredients:
1 can of Cream of Mushroom soup
1 c. water
3/4 c uncooked rice (not minute rice)
1/4 t. pepper
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

Instructions:
In a 2qt. shallow baking dish, mix soup, water, rice and pepper. Place chicken on rice mixture. Sprinkle with additional pepper. Cover and bake at 375 for 45 minutes or until done.



Baked Ziti
A really simple recipe and a favorite one at our house! Find recipe here https://www.thecountrycook.net/easy-baked-ziti/

Roast
Grab your favorite cut of roast add potatoes, carrots, and any other veggies you want into a crock-pot. Cover it all with water and set crock-pot on low for 6-8 hours.

One Pan Cheeseburger Macaroni

I had to make a change of plans on one of my meals this week. I didn’t have the correct noodles. Swapped the baked ziti out for this and it was delicious! Find the recipe here: https://heatherlikesfood.com/one-pan-cheeseburger-macaroni/

Ravioli Bake

I haven’t made this one in awhile, but we always like it! Find the recipe here: https://www.instrupix.com/3-ingredient-ravioli-bake-lazy-lasagna/

Slow cooker buttery ranch chicken

New recipe here for us, but I am guessing it will be very similar to the one in the oven! Find the recipe here: https://www.crockpotsandflipflops.com/slow-cooker-ranch-chicken/

5 Minute Coleslaw
I made this recipe for the first time when I made the BBQ Shredded Chicken sandwiches. I have never had coleslaw on my sandwich, but everything was saying to do it. I did it and it was seriously the best decision ever! Find the recipe here: https://hoosierhomemade.com/coleslaw-recipe/

Corn Casserole
Ingredients:
1 can corn (drained)
1 can cream corn
1 stick of butter
1 cup of elbow noodles
1 cup Velveeta cheese

Instructions:

Cook noodles a little over halfway, then add everything into a crock-pot on high for a hour. Stirring occasionally. I always double mine because it’s a family favorite!

“Mac & Cheese with Meat in it”
It’s as simple as it sounds. Literally a pound of ground beef cooked, and then 2-3 boxes of Mac & Cheese made per box instructions. Mix it all together and you have yourself Mac & Cheese with meat in it. Literally the MOST requested meal and I am not even kidding. It’s one of those meals I make when it’s late and need something quick! Hands down so yummy!

Chocolate Chip Cookies
I am not sure why, but this is the only recipe that I can follow and actually make a cookie that looks like one! Find the recipe here: https://thedashleyskitchen.com/old-fashioned-chocolate-chip-cookie/

Mediterranean Vegan Meal Prep
I am nowhere close to being a vegan whatsoever, but I do love my veggies! Check out the recipe here: https://www.saltandlavender.com/mediterranean-vegan-meal-prep-bowls/

Baked Tortellini
New to us recipe, but my family loves pasta! Check out the recipe here: https://www.passionforsavings.com/easy-baked-tortellini-recipe/

Hot Ham & Cheese
The simplest, and I probably don’t even need instructions on this but I will anyways! These were always my favorite when growing up! Hamburger buns, your choice of ham, shredded mozzarella cheese, butter. Butter your buns, place your ham on one side, put shredded cheese on both sides of the buns, and nuke it in the microwave at 30 second intervals until cheese is melted. Enjoy!

Grilled Shrimp
We love shrimp around here, so I thought let’s try it grilled! This will be a first, I will let you know how it turns out but it sounds amazing! Check out the recipe here: https://www.recipesthatcrock.com/easy-grilled-shrimp-ninja-foodi-grill/

Homemade Taco Pizza
This is a new recipe for me, but it looks super easy and really good! You can’t go wrong with taco pizza! Checkout the recipe here: https://livingwellmom.com/taco-pizza-recipe/


Pull Apart Pizza
This was a new recipe I tried and WOW, it was absolutely delicious! You can easily doctor it up if you would like, but honestly I didn’t think it really needed it. Just remember your pepperoni! I had it all made put it in the oven, and looked at my counter at the pepperoni I never touched. I pulled it out and just placed them on top. Still delicious but having them throughout would have made it even better! It was a huge hit at our house and so easy to make! Find the recipe here: https://spaceshipsandlaserbeams.com/pull-apart-pizza-bread/

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This is another new recipe that I am trying. When I cleaned out my pantries I found an abundance of bread crumbs, so I found this recipe that uses them. It looks fairly easy and I cannot wait to try it Wednesday! Find the recipe here: https://thrivinghomeblog.com/chicken-parmesan-casserole-recipe-an-easy-freezer-meal/?epik=dj0yJnU9UXAxTTVBMmpfNGtfTW02Z2pTbXY0MDA1TENkWDRMY0MmcD0wJm49NlRyTTl6Nnc1RWhxTEtLeFFXV091ZyZ0PUFBQUFBR0puNkRB (Sorry for the long url, I can’t get it smaller)

Homemade Nacho Cheese
I have been always trying to find the perfect Nacho cheese dip. We have Taco John’s where I am from and they have the best cheese for oleys. I am hoping this easy recipe is close enough to it! Perfect for taco night, nachos, and dipping those copycat Taco John’s Oleys in! Check out the recipe here: https://bakingmischief.com/nacho-cheese-recipe/

KFC Famous Bowl
Another super fast and easy meal to make! Not much prep work in it at all! You need Popcorn Chicken, canned corn, mashed potatoes, shredded cheese, and gravy! Prepare chicken and mashed potatoes per usual. Then you mix everything into your bowl and enjoy! Not all our kiddos are a fan of mixing it all together, so we usually just leave theirs separate and they love that! So easy!

Baked Goulash
Ingredients
1lb ground beef
2/3 Cup chopped onion
Pepper to taste
2 t minced garlic
1 C dry elbow pasta
1 15oz. can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 t soy sauce
1 t sugar
1 t dried oregano
2 t dried basil
1 t dried parsley
1 C shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 C shredded mozzarella

Directions
Preheat oven to 350, cook pasta, and brown ground beef with the onions if using and pepper to taste. When there is a minute left to the ground beef add your minced garlic to the beef. Drain extra grease if needed. Boil your noodles half way and they will cook more in the oven. While noodles are cooking, add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, soy sauce, sugar, dried oregano, basil, parsley, and shredded cheddar cheese together until well mixed and cheese is melted. Once combined add the noodles to the mixture. Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by spraying it with non-stick spray. Dump mixture into the pan, and add the mozzarella cheese on top. Place in the oven for 30 minutes and once it’s done let it rest for five minutes before eating.

Taco Meatballs
Ingredients
2lbs ground beef
1 Egg
1 onion to taste (my family doesn’t like so I don’t use)
1/4 t Salt
1/4 t Pepper
1 C Minute rice
1 Can Cheddar Cheese Soup

Sauce
1 pkg Taco Seasoning
1 15 oz. Can Tomato Sauce
1/2 Can Water

Instructions
Beat the egg, then add the hamburger, rice, onion, salt and pepper. Make into meatballs. Put into 9×13 pan. Mix sauce, then pour over meatballs. Top with 1 can of cheddar cheese soup. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Lemon Pepper Air Fried Chicken
This is a new recipe actually, and it looks super easy! Anything easy enough for me on a somewhat busy night is a win in my book! I wasn’t sure how my kiddos would like this, but believe it or not they all asked for seconds! That’s another win! Check out the recipe here https://www.lowcarbnomad.com/air-fryer-lemon-pepper-chicken/

Air Fryer Fish Tacos
This meal might be more for me haha! I LOVE fish tacos, and I am hoping my family will find a special love for them too! I am really hoping big time that they love them. I might try pretending it’s not fish…think they will believe me!? Find the recipe here https://lemonsandzest.com/air-fryer-fish-tacos-with-cilantro-lime-slaw/

Strawberry Popsicles
Who knew popsicles were the easiest thing ever to make! This is our family’s newest addiction is making our own popsicles! These are the first ones we made and they were a hit! Check out the recipe here https://www.chocolatemoosey.com/strawberry-popsicles-small-batch/

Pineapple Lemonade Popsicles
Be ready to make your mouth pucker! Not as sour as it sounds but these were very good! Perfect on a hot summer day! Find the recipe here https://www.courtneyssweets.com/pineapple-lemonade-ice-pops/

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Breast-2 to 3 large cans (It is by the tuna cans at the store) You could also buy chicken breast from the meat counter and boil/shred your own.  Cans are faster…

1 package shredded cheddar cheese

1 8 oz. container of sour cream

1 can of cream of chicken soup

1 can of green chiles (They are in small cans near the Mexican food)

1 pkg. of medium flour tortillas…I like the extra soft ones.

Any additional toppings for when done baking:  tomatoes, onions, olives, cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Drain your chicken.  In a bowl, mix together your chicken, 1 container of sour cream, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, and can of green chiles.  Add some cheese (I just guess)…Maybe half of a bag or less…It’s up to you.  I sprinkle in a LITTLE bit of chili powder and pepper to taste.

Next spray a 9 x 13 Pyrex dish with cooking spray.  Warm up your flour tortillas in the microwave so they are warm and bend easily.  Use a paper plate to lay your tortillas on and spoon in the chicken filling (from above) You can kind of guess how much filling to put in each one.  You’ll want to save some to put over top when done rolling.  Roll them up and put the seam side DOWN in your Pyrex dish.  They should be touching and you may need to squish them together in order to make them all fit.

If you have leftover chicken filling, I like to pour it over top of the enchiladas.  Cover with aluminum foil and put them in the oven for about 30 minutes.  You can take them out a few minutes before/after and add more shredded cheese on top.  Put them back in the oven until the cheese has melted.  You’ll be able to tell when they are done, because the filling kind of “melts.”

Crispy Shrimp Bake
This is a new recipe for us and I am very excited to try it out! It looks super easy and sounds delicious! https://12tomatoes.com/magic-crispy-baked-shrimp/?utm_source=glp-12t&utm_medium=social-pin&utm_term=20200423&utm_content=photo&utm_campaign=magic-crispy-baked-shrimp

Fiesta Ranch Dip
This dip is super easy and addicting! Check out the recipe here https://sweetlittlebluebird.com/fiesta-ranch-dip/

Creamy Sausage and Potatoes
I took two pounds of sausage on vacation and didn’t get them used. They had thawed so I had to find some recipes to use them in. This one is super simple and really good. It would even be good over biscuits or toast. My husband who doesn’t even like sausage loved this! Check out the recipe here: https://www.thriftyfrugalmom.com/sausage-and-creamed-potatoes-a-simple-stove-top-dinner-a-giveaway/

Easy Breakfast Casserole
The second recipe I used the sausage up in. Again, a very easy recipe and delicious. Check out the recipe here: https://www.allthingsmamma.com/easy-breakfast-casserole/

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Shredded Sandwiches
I made this recipe at the cabin for everyone and it was a huge hit! Pretty sure I heard a couple of times “That’s a really good roast” this can easily be put on buns or just eaten by itself. So good! Check out the simple recipe here: https://www.thediaryofarealhousewife.com/slow-cooker-shredded-beef-sandwiches/

Reece’s Puffs Cereal Balls
I made these for the guys awhile ago, and it was a huge hit! The kiddos even got lucky enough to try them. I am getting ready to make them now to put in the fridge for the guys. Here is the recipe: https://joyfulhomemaking.com/2016/11/reeses-puffs-peanut-butter-balls.html

Air Fryer Hamburgers
Form your patties and place them in the basket of the air fryer. Set temperature to 370 degrees, and cook for 11 minutes, flipping patties half way through cooking time. If cheese is desired add cheese onto pattiese and cook for an additional minute.

Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil
I am really anxious to try this! I am adding some yummy sweet corn to it instead of the store bought. I will let you know how it tastes! Check out the recipe here https://damndelicious.net/2019/06/21/slow-cooker-shrimp-boil/

Creamy Garlic Shells
This is a pretty easy recipe and a new one for us, but I am 100% sure that it will be a huge hit for us! How delicious does this sound? Check out the recipe here https://iowagirleats.com/creamy-garlic-shells/

Mexican Rice Casserole
In this recipe it calls for chicken but I swapped that out for a pound of ground beef! It was a hit and it would even be good wrapped into a burrito! Check out the recipe here https://www.smartschoolhouse.com/easy-recipe/mexican-chicken-and-rice

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
These were absolutely DELICIOUS!! Even good warmed up the next day for lunch! Check out the recipe here https://dinnerthendessert.com/philly-cheese-steak-sloppy-joes/

Cabbage Roll Skillet
This was another yummy meal and super easy to make! I love cabbage, and it always makes it that much better with some hot sauce on it! Check out the recipe here https://www.instrupix.com/cabbage-roll-skillet-easy-keto-ground-beef-dinner-recipe/?low-carb-meals-with-ground-beef

Crockpot Melt in Your Mouth Chicken

This is a new recipe for us, but looks pretty simple and something that we will all eat! Find the recipe here https://www.recipesthatcrock.com/crock-pot-melt-in-your-mouth-chicken/

One Pot Chili Mac and Cheese

This is a favorite, but I haven’t made it in a while! Check out the full recipe here https://damndelicious.net/2014/03/15/one-pot-chili-mac-cheese/#recipe

Baked 3 Cheese Tortellini

I made this super easy meal last night, and it was a hit with the kiddos. It wasn’t one of my favorite meals, but it was tasty! Next time I think I would add some meat in there somehow. Check out the recipe here https://dishesanddustbunnies.com/baked-3-cheese-tortellini-so-easy-and-perfect-for-busy-days/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=Michelle+Varga+%28Dishes+and+Dust+Bunnies%29&utm_content=Baked+3+Cheese+Tortellini+-+So+Easy+and+Perfect+for+Busy+Days%21

Creamy Ranch, Chicken and Potatoes

I am really excited about this one! The recipe sounds and looks delicious! I will share my thoughts on it after I make it! Here is the recipe!

Ranch Chicken W/ Veggies Crockpot Meal 2 Carrots; cut into coins about 15 mini potatoes; quartered 3 chicken breasts 1 family sized can of cream of chicken (1 lb, 6.6 oz) 1/2 c milk 1 ranch seasoning packet 2 TBSP butter spray with crockpot nonstick cooking spray cut up veggies and place in bottom of crockpot whisk together cream of chicken soup, milk & the ranch seasoning add the mixed to the crockpot, on top of the chicken cook on high, 4 hours shred chicken and mix Enjoy!

Crock-pot Goulash
I haven’t made goulash in the crock-pot, but this week I am needing something that I can forget about. Thursday is our busy day and we won’t be home until late evening. I want to be able to come home feed the kids quickly and get them to bed. Check out the full recipe here https://funhappyhome.com/crock-pot-goulash-recipe/

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