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Simple Dinners: Lasagna Soup

It is FINALLY cold here on the west coast, and that means that we are ready for winter meals. I love a hearty soup or stew on a cold winter night. Sometimes soup can feel like it isn’t a hearty enough meal. So I try to choose soups that will have a higher protein count in them. We love Italian soups like Minestrone, Zuppa Toscana, and Sausage Potato and Kale Soup. This year I wanted to add a new soup. A friend of mine told me about a blog she had recently read with a Lasagna Soup. My family loves Lasagna. However, I really don’t like any of the premade ones for sale — and making it from scratch is not feasible on a weeknight. Lasagna Soup might just give me that lasagna taste without the work.

So of course I ahd to check it out. Cooking Classy has a simple and fun recipe that is absolutely heavenly. I was able to make it on a tuesday, and I had enough left over to freeze and use another night. I simply left the noodles out that way when I thaw it the noodles are not soggy. Since noodles cook fairly quickly, they can be placed in the soup as it comes to temperature and boils.

Now I can have my lasagna fix any day of the week, thank you so much Cooking Classy for helping this lazy Italian lover. Be sure to check out the other incredible recipes at Cooking Classy when you are their getting all the details for this wonderful winter soup.

Simple Meals to Please: Taco Ranch Bites

We have a major tournament coming up at our house. Which means that we will leave early on Friday morning and come home late Sunday afternoon. Of course everyone will have school and work early the next day. I love attending these big tournaments for my kids. I take great pride in watching them compete in a sport they love and excel at. We even make it a fun little getaway by finding fun family activities while we are out and we enjoy meals out. That being said, when we come home I try to get us right back in to the normal routine of work and school. That isn’t always easy. One trick I have learned is to have everything prepped for Sunday when we come home. That means everyone has laid out clothes for the next day, book bags are packed, and meals are prepped.

In order to accomplish all of this I plan a meal ahead of time. Sometimes I even have it fully prepped so I can just come home and stick it in to cook. This time I found this fun little recipe that allows for me to freeze the pre-made Taco Ranch Bites and then simply pip them in the oven to warm them. While I do that Sunday the kids can make their school lunches and take their showers and baths. It really makes like easier when you can slide back in to a normal routine after being away. Using the recipe from Plain Chicken will be the perfect way to help me get everyone back on track after a busy weekend away. What are some tips your family uses to get back in to a normal routine after a trip?

Thank you so much Plain Chicken for such a fun and simple recipe that is truly saving my whole weekend! Be sure to check out the other great recipes while you are there getting the full Taco Ranch Bites recipe!

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!