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Potato Salad

When I think of side dishes for cooking out or BBQ I think of things like baked beans, corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, etc. Since my mother in law and stepson are coming into town today, and we will be out all day tomorrow, I went ahead and made my side dish for tomorrow's dinner. We will be grilling turkey hot dogs so of course my sides of choice are baked beans and potato salad. I know some of you may not like potato salad for many different reasons but I urge you to try this recipe. I have had those who hate potato salad love it. Heck I actually despise everyone else's potato salad especially because it's usually loaded with raw onion. There's just something about biting into a chunk of raw onion that really gets my gag reflexes going. Now don't get me wrong I like the flavor of onions in cooking but I can not eat raw onion, I just can't do it!  This potato salad recipe is simple and while it does take some prepping it is easy enough for a novice c

Italian Style Pasta Salad

Pasta salad is one of those foods that is good year round but is great in the summer time. I talk about summer foods like it's actually summer here and we woke up to snow almost every morning this week! But since it is most likely summer weather where you are I wanted to share my hubby's pasta salad recipe with you. It is so good and the perfect light dinner or you can double the recipe and take it to a potluck. Italian Style Pasta Salad Ingredients 12 oz gluten free rotini noodles  1 to 1 & 1/2 cups zesty Italian dressing 8 oz shredded mozzarella 1 small head broccoli, chopped  1 small head cauliflower, chopped large handful matchstick carrots  2.25 oz can sliced black olives  15 oz can cannellini beans, drained & rinsed grated parmesan cheese Instructions:  Cook pasta according to instructions on the box. Rinse with cold water after cooking to stop the cooking process and cool the noodles off.  In a large bowl or storage container, combine

How To Meal Plan With Your Current Pantry/Freezer Stock

Things have been getting chaotic in our house in the past couple of weeks. We of course all got sick from the ever changing weather so we were stuck in the house during the few days of 70+ degree weather and now that we aren't sick it won't stop snowing. Spring in Wyoming problems...I know I have been posting my meal plans every couple of weeks with a few of my recipes but since my mother in law and stepson will be coming into town next week to visit my meal planning isn't going to be the usual. So I decided to share how to meal plan around what you currently have in your pantry and freezer. Of course you'll have to get a few extra things to complete the meals BUT it's a great way to use up what you already have. If you are new to meal planning this will help you figure out what to do with what you have. Once you've used up your current stock then you can hopefully start better buying habits.  My sister is not a meal planner but has been wanting to start

Freezer Pinto Bean & Rice Burritos

I've been on a major freezer meal prep kick lately. It is just so convenient and also budget friendly. Typically if we didn't have leftovers for the hubby to take with him for lunch to work he would go out and grab lunch. That habit is not only unhealthy but also not very budget friendly. My local grocery store had 8 count flour burrito size tortillas on sale and I had a digital coupon so I scored them for $1.00! I also already had pinto beans, rice and seasonings on hand so really the only other thing I had to buy was the cheese, which I used for another recipe as well, and some salsa to mix with the rice.  The great thing about having these ready to go in your freezer is that you can just grab one and go. Heat them up for a few minutes in a microwave at work and you have a lunch that is much healthier than eating fast food and A LOT cheaper.  You can really make these however you want but my slow cooker seasoned pinto beans are delicious, even my son who isn't a great

Gluten Free Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets-Freezer Friendly!

Well y'all it's day 4 of me going meatless again and I am feeling GREAT! I haven't had any of the stomach issues that I had been experiencing on an almost daily basis. While I am going vegetarian again, my kiddos and the hubby are not. They'll still be eating meat during breakfast and lunch. I just posted my 2 week freezer vegetarian gluten free meal plan which you can find  here . However, just because my kiddos aren't going vegetarian doesn't mean they have to eat poorly. If you've ever bought gluten free chicken nuggets in the freezer section at your local grocery store you know that they are not cheap. Not only are they expensive but seriously why do they never taste like real chicken? So I decided to attempt to make my own batch of chicken nuggets and see if they'd be freezer friendly. They worked beautifully and my son ate more meat than I have seen him eat for months! Hopefully your family will love them too! And stay tuned, I'm working on min

14 Gluten Free Vegetarian Freezer Meals

There have been a couple of times throughout my adult life that I have tried to go vegetarian. I think the longest I have ever gone is a few months and then I was back to eating meat again. My hubby is a pretty big meat eater but lately he has been having a lot more stomach issues and since my kiddos pretty much eat the vegetables and everything else other than meat most meals I decided to do a trial 2 week vegetarian dinner meal plan. The kiddos and my hubby will still be eating some meat at breakfast and lunch time but all of the dinners will be vegetarian or I believe the technical term is lacto-ovo-vegetarian since a lot of the dishes contain eggs and dairy.  My goals for this meal plan, when I was searching for freezer friendly vegetarian meals, is that they have to gluten free, protein dense so we don't feel deprived or starving, kid friendly and around my usual grocery budget. I also tried to find recipes that called for vegetables that I will be growing in my raised beds