Make Ahead

Soups, Salads and Sides

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Antipasto Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

Looking for a substantial salad for a group that you can make ahead of time and is easy to customize? This Antipasto Salad is packed with meat and veggies and fits the bill perfectly! Antipasto Salad With Red Wine Vinaigrette  A person can never have too many...

Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup

This rich, velvety Slow Cooker Thai Curried Butternut Squash Soup recipe is packed with flavor and conveniently made in the slow cooker. Perfect for busy weeknight meals!  Nothing is more satisfying on a chilly fall or winter day than a bowl of homemade...

Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Day Before Mashed Potatoes

Hosting a big dinner? Free up your oven space and reheat these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes in your slow cooker!  Day Before Mashed Potatoes Recipe The biggest lifesaver of Thanksgiving (and many events and holidays since) are these Make-Ahead Mashed Potatoes....

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

Tomato Feta Pasta Salad

No summer picnic is complete without a pasta salad. This crowd-pleasing Tomato Feta Pasta Salad is packed with sun-dried tomatoes, feta cheese and kalamata olives in every spoonful. This make-ahead, Tomato Feta Pasta Salad recipe is perfect for summer barbecues....

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

Tomato, Feta and Vidalia Onion Salad

This 5-ingredient Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion recipe is one of my go-to BBQ side dishes - quick, easy and perfect for potlucks. I found this recipe for Tomato Feta Salad with Sweet Onion in Cooking Light (RIP, old friend) a number of years ago. It was one of...

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

Shrimp Salad with Avocado

This light and tasty Shrimp Salad with Avocado comes together quickly and will quickly become one of your go-to summer salad recipes. It's May and the sun is going to shine this weekend.  That means it's time for all of the spring things. Yard work, spring...

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes are a tasty addition to any summer BBQ. BBQ season has arrived in full force and our deck is open and (kind of) ready for guests to come over. Yes, the paint is peeling and we need to replace some boards. We will get to that eventually, but...

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Craving homemade soup? This fix-it-and-forget-it Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham recipe is an easy way to enjoy a bowl of warm comfort food on a chilly day. Let’s be honest; split pea soup will never win any beauty contests. Fortunately what this soup lacks in...

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup

Fight the cold weather with a bowl of this simple, flavorful Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup! It’s February in Minnesota which can only mean one thing: it’s freezing. Fortunately I’ve lived here long enough to know that the best way to fight the cold is to bring the...

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Spinach Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe

Our simple Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Craisins and a Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette Recipe is our go-to side dish for entertaining!  Spinach Salad With Balsalmic Vinaigrette Recipe  Need an easy way to add greens to your entertaining menu? This Spinach...

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

Need a weeknight meal that is hearty, filling and easy? Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup is the answer! It's a family favorite made with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.  Do you have the one meal that you can make your whole family happy?...

Cheesy Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

Cheesy Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes 

Change up your fall side dishes and serve these make-ahead Cheesy Chipotle Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes! Are you a stickler for tradition and always have the same side dishes on your Thanksgiving table or are you adventurous and like to change things up?   If you...

Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili

Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili

This savory and smoky Creamy Turkey Pumpkin Chili is a seasonal twist on a fall favorite. Perfect for an easy weeknight meal!  Have you broken out the pumpkin yet? Fall is here, so if you haven’t already, it’s time to jump on the pumpkin train! Now I’m not talking...

Apple, Blue Cheese and Candied Walnut Salad

Apple, Blue Cheese and Candied Walnut Salad

Salads don't have to be boring. The simple addition of sliced apples, crumbled cheese, and candied walnuts make this Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad our go-to favorite! Salads are often an overlooked part of the menu. This Apple, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad...

Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Arugula

Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Arugula

Lighter than most potato soup recipes, this Roasted Potato Leek Soup with Arugula bridges the gap between winter and spring effortlessly. As the weather teases us with hints of warm temps to come, our thoughts turn to spring foods. But since our growing season isn’t...

Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes and Feta Cheese

Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes and Feta Cheese

 Kick boring salads to the curb with this Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes and Feta Cheese.   I hosted book club at my house a few weeks ago and when I was planning the menu, I knew that an Arugula Salad with Roasted Grapes and Feta...

5 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes to feed a Crowd

5 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes to feed a Crowd

Warm up your friends and family from the inside out with these 5 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes to feed a crowd! Keep your entertaining efforts low key this time of year with a make-ahead slow cooker soup buffet! This collection of 5 Easy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes is a...

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Feeding a crowd? Keep it easy - and flavorful - with our Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe. Don’t stress about the food the next time you have guests for dinner. This savory Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe almost makes itself and is loaded with...

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