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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!

Slow Cooker French Dip

Fall is the perfect time to bust out that crock pot and create tasty and simple slow-cooker meals. One of  my favorites is this French Dip recipe.

We make it often in our home on nights that I know soccer will run late. Its warm, filling, simple, and it makes the whole house smell delicious. It is almost completely fool proof, and for busy parents that is the BEST! It is also a fun meal that allows the kids to pick up their food, dip it, dunk it, and pick it apart. I love how it also seems to make my family feel like talking. Suddenly my normally tired and quiet kids want to spill their secrets about their school day, practice, and tell me all about their friends. Because of that this is one of my go-to meals in the fall and I hope it will be in your house too!

Slow cooker french dip

What You Will Need:
  • 3 lb beef chuck roast trimmed of excess fat*
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 French rolls or hoagie buns
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup Coke NOT diet
  • 2 cans beef consommé 10.5 oz. cans**
  • 1/4 cup dry minced onions
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
What You Will Do:
  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Using two forks or tongs to hold roast, sear the roast on all sides until lightly browned. Add to slow cooker and top with all remaining Slow Cooker ingredients.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours then remove roast to a cutting board and thinly slice roast across the grain. Place sliced meat back in slow cooker and continue to cook on low for 1-2 additional hours.
  3. When ready to serve, remove roast and strain fat from broth for dipping.
  4. Split rolls and line the bottoms on a baking tray. Top each half with beef followed by 2 slices cheese and bake at 350 degrees F or until cheese is melted. Serve with reserved au jus.

Don’t wait and try this slow cooker french dip recipe today! We are sure that you will love this recipe as much as we do and please don’t hesitate to comment below on how much your family enjoyed it. We would love to hear from you.

Summer Meals: Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps

Are you looking for something new for dinner this summer? Summer meals can be fun, but they are sometimes rushed when everyone has something fun they have to rush off to do. This can leave meals boring, or bland. Or is that just at my house? Between swim lessons, soccer camp, Vacation Bible School, and day camp this momma is busy. Well not this week. This week we have found a meal that will taste good, be easy to make, and replicate again, whenever we want.

Lauren at Tastes Better From Scratch has cultivate a delicious, and simple recipe that will wow the entire family, and won’t break the bank or take all day to create. Lauren has cultivated many recipes form scratch that not only are delicious they are also so simple to make. So be sure to check out her various recipes for all occasions!

What You Will Need:

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2/3 cup chopped pineapple, fresh or canned
  • 1/4 of a red onion, chopped
  • 1 romaine heart, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • 4-5 large wheat or white tortillas

Make sure you follow Lauren’s instructions at Tastes Better From Scratch and enjoy a fabulous meal, I know we will!