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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!

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!