Category Archives: Food & Recipes

Easy Meals: One Pot Chili Mac

Baseball season has me running here, there, and everywhere. We are at practice 3 days a week with two games weekly. I try not to pick up fast food, but I will admit that at least one game a week we run out to get food since the game lasts from 4-7pm including warm-ups. This leaves me scheduling my meals for the week. I make sure to have meals prepped on practice days so that when we come home we can just warm and eat. I usually pick foods that still taste good when they are reheated. Or that can sit in the crock-pot or instant pot.

This week I am excited to try this twist on chili. Everyone in my family loves Mac N Cheese, and everyone loves Chili. So, why not combine the two? Thank you to BellyFull for this fun and simple recipe. Bonus points for making it in a dutch oven because I can adapt it to cook in the instant pot. In order to cook it in the instant pot, I just made sure to brown the meat before I placed the ingredients in the Instant Pot.

one pot chili mac

I am sure this one-pot chili mac will become a hit with my family since it is so simple to create and enjoy. Thank you to BellyFull for the idea. Be sure to head over to BellyFull for the full tutorial, and to see their other great recipes!

Fun Spring Inspired Snacks

We love spring. We finally have the chance to play outside again, and we stay there as long as we can. With longer days, and shorter nights we spend so much time in the bright sunshine that we may as well take up residency in the backyard. I have a hard time getting the kids to come inside for snacks when they are enjoying the great outdoors so much. One way I can get them to come in is if I offer them something fun and exciting for snack. Since I do not like to offer treats on a regular basis I choose to spice up and impress with my healthy snacks.

I recently found this fun caterpillar snack that will impress almost any kid. It features some of my kids favorite fruits, and it comes in a fun little caterpillar inspired image. All you need are some grapes, oranges, carrots, cheese, and spinach. We use cheese to make the legs, eyes, and antennae. But you could use whatever item will cut well for those pieces. Simply place the pieces of food and create your own little masterpiece.

Sprint inspired snacks

I have found that by creating these fun food art pieces I can entice my little outdoor lovers back in the house long enough to eat, rest from the sun and heat, and then I can send them back out to play refreshed and ready to burn more energy. If you have any other fun food art ideas we would love to see them!

Simple dinners: Sliders!

Baseball season is in full swing here at my house. This means late nights and long days. We rush home three nights a week in an attempt to feed and get kids ready for bed and ready for school the next day. I like to try and keep dinners simple and fast on those nights, and if possible I prep them the day before. That way we can come home, toss them in the oven or microwave and eat.

I try to keep a list of great meals on hand that the kids love. This one fell into my lap a couple of weeks ago, and it was a HUGE hit. We love burgers, but the kids are young and can’t always eat a whole one alone, and I hate to go out and grill on these already busy nights. This recipe allows me to bake everything fairly quickly, and it freezes well.

Simple dinners sliders

Check out this simple and delicious recipe for sliders from Slick Housewives.  It really is a great way to make things fast that will undoubtedly please everyone. And my family said they were way better than store bought and restaurant sliders.