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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. 

Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage & Spinach

Fall is the perfect time to get some soup on! We love soup for its simplicity, its taste, and its super filling qualities. Soup is so much fun because you can do so much with it. Pair it with salad, serve it with bread, serve it as a main dish, or serve it as a prelude to a bigger meal. Fall weather just makes em want to plan soups and stews all week long. I like them because they are so simple to make, I can “beef” them up and make them really hearty or lighten them for something not so filling. Mostly I love them because the cooler weather makes me yearn for something warm and comforting, but also because we are so darn busy in the fall that I can leave the soup cooking in the crockpot while we are out running around, or cook a lot ahead of time and reheat it when we are home. There are so many different soups you can try this fall, but I wanted to try something a little different. I love Italian food. We eat a lot of pasta, but sometimes you want something that isn’t just pasta. I love Italian soups that incorporate Italian pasta and that soup quality that I love. This soup from Yellow Bliss Road does exactly that. Thank you to Kristin  for this fabulous and simple recipe. Kristin is a mom that loves to bake, cook, and share all things kitchen with her readers at Yellow Bliss Road. Her recipes and crafts are so simple to follow and she always shares incredible photos. Her Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage and Spinach is a simple recipe to follow and it helps sneak in a few good for you things that your kids won’t really notice once mixed all together. Win, win! For the complete recipe head on over to Yellow Bliss Road and get the full scoop! Don’t forget to check out more of Kristin’s crafts, recipes, and blogs when you are there. Tortellini soup

What You Will Need:

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • ½ cup diced onion (about ½ medium sized onion)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1-28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1-32. oz. box of vegetable broth (chicken works too)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 package tortellini
  • 1 cup packed fresh spinach