Taco Mac Salad

This easy salad is one of our most requested recipes. with cool vegetables and warm seasoned beef, it can be served in summer or winter, and using taco meat from the freezer makes it a quick and easy meal.

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

This soup, inspired by Olive Garden’s chicken and gnocchi soup, was a big hit at our house – I will definitely make it again. I served it with sliced whole grain bread and it was very filling. Ours ended up being a bit spicy and I can only deduce that when we chopped the onions and peppers for the freezer (I used sautéed onions and peppers from the freezer instead of chopping them when I made the soup), that we were also chopping jalapeno peppers with the same knife. Although unexpected, the extra kick was actually a nice addition to the soup.

Cheesy Spirals

Cheesy Spirals is from the Menus4Moms e-book, Bulk Cooking for the Freezer: Ground Beef and is also featured in the Busy Mom Menu. It is a good recipe to prepare when you buy bulk ground beef. You can brown your beef, use 2 lbs. for the Cheesy Spirals and freeze the rest in 1 lb. portions. The Cheesy Spirals recipe makes 2 pans, one for dinner and one for the freezer. If you have a smaller family and prefer to cook in smaller batches, you can probably get 3- 8"x8" pans out of this recipes instead of 1- 9"x12" pan and 1- 8"x8" pan.

Cheeseburger Soup

This delicious and easy soup is featured in our Busy Mom Menu.  

Turkey Calzones

Calzones are easy to make and a nice change from pizza. This particular recipe is from our Busy Mom Menu. The bread dough makes a delicious crust for the calzone and using frozen bread dough saves time. If you’d like a healthier version and have a wheat grinder, you could make your own bread dough from freshly ground whole wheat.

Primavera Pasta Pie

This easy and colorful dish is a hit every time I make it. Since my teenager is choosing to eat a vegetarian diet right now, I’ve been using more vegetarian dishes in our personal menus. Since the whole family is not eating vegetarian, I try to accommodate my daughter without forcing the rest of the family to adopt a vegetarian diet.

White Chicken Chili

This White Chicken Chili is delicious and a great way to use up leftover chicken. We are using cooked chicken from the freezer, but when I buy a rotisserie chicken, I make broth from the carcass (just simmer overnight with water in a crockpot) and use the broth and leftover chicken in soups like this.

Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole

I had to laugh when I started to prepare this post and realized that I served the same green beans with the Pork Scallopini – guess that tells you how much we like them and how often we have them! Here is a little tutorial for one of our favorite casseroles, Poppy Seed Chicken Casserole, along with Acorn Squash and of course the ever-popular Seasoned Green Beans.

Layered One Dish Supper

This one dish meal is perfect for a cold winter night and can be made in a slow cooker if you prefer. Allow at least 3 hours for baking time if cooking in the oven and 7-8 hours if cooking in a slow cooker on high.

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Of all of the dishes that I make, this creamy chicken enchilada dish is the one for which I get the most recipe requests. I have Terri J. to thank for introducing me to the idea of white enchiladas over 15 years ago. I loved hers and I’ve been making them ever since. I made a huge batch (12 pans) for a group of CYT Fredericksburg theater kids over the summer during a long day of shows and they were a huge hit. I’ve tweaked the recipe over the years and this is the way I currently make them.

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