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Simple Dinners = Casserole Dinners

This time of year I am so busy with fitting in all of the kids activities and all of the Holiday preparations that I have nearly all the hours of my day booked. After all, who can work, take care of kids, prep for the holidays, and be sane every day of the week all while having a homemade meal prepared for dinner? If you know someone, let me know, and tell them I need their secrets. 

For those of you driving the struggle bus just like me this holiday season I have a simple dinner that will make it easier to have it all together — or at least look as if you have it all together. Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole. Yes I said casserole. Today most parents are all about the slow cooker and instant pots, but back in the day our parents and grandparents were all about the casserole. Casserole’s are great because they cook all in one dish, which means minimal clean up, and they are usually all tossed together which means minimal prep. 

This Cheeseburger ‘n’ Fries Casserole is very reminiscent of burgers and fries, but it can even fill that chili cheese fry craving. My kids loved this, of course, and so did my husband. It won’t win an award for the healthiest meal you will ever eat, but it tastes good, is warm, filling, and quick on those nights that your main goal is just to avoid the drive-thru. Another bonus is that it is perfect for shelf-cooking. If you are trying to use up things in your pantry and not go shopping. Or if you are planning simple and inexpensive meals on a tight budget week. 

This meal is so simple, you do not have to be a chef, or even enjoy cooking. It is a straight up simple meal that will impress without the extra fuss. It is making this momma’s life a little easier this holiday season, which is the best gift ever. Head on over to Taste of Home for the full recipe. It won’t disappoint. 

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!

Easy Dinners: Creamy Chicken Pot Pie Noodles

Now that September is here we are in full on BUSY mode at our house. Between school, soccer, work, and church activities we are home late more than three weekdays a week. This can make it difficult to create meals, sit down, and eat as a family. I must admit that at least once a week I give up and pick up food. I try to only do it the night we get home the latest. The night we have absolutely no chance of cooking and eating before the kids need to be in bed. I plan my week around that night. I know that is the one night I do not need to have a meal planned. That gives me some peace of mind so that I can make sure I am “on my game” the rest of the week.

How do I stay “on my game?” I PLAN! Wednesday is my no plan night. So I make sure that I have everything else ready. I make a list of the meals for the week, on nights we will be home late I plan meals that require very little prep, and I take advantage of my Instant Pot. I LOVE my Instant Pot. It allows me to cook quickly, and not even be in the kitchen.

On nights when I can be in the kitchen and can enjoy making something special, but I still stick to simple! This fun and delicious recipe from Life Made Simple Bakes is exactly what I need on those nights. It is a delicious pasta dish that tastes like a chicken pot pie. So it tastes like I spent all day baking delicious homemade pot pies for my family, when I really only spent 30 minutes in my kitchen and made pasta. The full recipe and tutorial is available at Life Made Simple Bakes. So check it out!

Remember, fail to plan, plan to fail!