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Freezer Lasagna Recipe

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Jamie here, If you’re looking for an easy make-ahead meal for busy nights, you absolutely can’t lose with this Freezer Lasagna Recipe!

This is SO SO GOOD – it’s the ultimate thick, layered comfort lasagna.  If you like cheesy recipes, get ready!  This is chock full of cheese and meat and lovely starches – make this in advance and you’ll always be just an hour away from homemade lasagna heaven :)

The great thing about this this freezer lasagna version, os you can prep all the ingredients on a lazy Sunday afternoon and pull it out on a crazy Thursday to give yourself a break.

This is my basic recipe, but it’s extremely versatile in that you can add veggies, leave out the meat, and change it up all kinds of ways!

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Easy Cheesy Enchiladas Recipe to Warm Your Tummy!

Jamie here!  Kasey’s family is embracing clean eating (she’s been posting some killer low-carb recipes lately!) – and while this is totally NOT clean eating, it is totally DELICIOUS anyway ;)

I don’t know about you – but lately I’m in the mood for warm comfort food.   I thought I’d re-post the recipe my family’s all-time FAVORITE Mexican meal – Easy Cheesy Enchiladas!  This is a great basic Mexican recipe – you can always change up the meat in the filling or add extra toppings :)

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Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe! (And Slow-Cooker Version)

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I don’t know about you guys, but around Tennessee lately it’s been REALLY cold.  The kind of cold that makes you want to fill your tummy with something warm… something cheesy… something loaded with delicious carbs…  Well this is it!

I wanted to repost my favorite cheesy potato soup recipe – but also I’d like add that I made it recently in the my crockpot and it was DELICIOUS!  So here’s the original recipe – and the new update for the slowcooker is under that.

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup

This simple but amazing easy cheesy potato soup recipe made enough to feed my family of 6 two bowls each, with leftovers for lunch tomorrow!  My family told me it was the BEST soup I’d ever made – which I will chalk up to the fact that Velveeta was present. (Credit where credit is due)

The recipe below is the most basic – but I’ve added some optional extras you can use to make it even BETTER.  (Like shredded carrots to give it a little vitamin kick)

Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy and EASY!)

Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy and EASY!)

Ingredients

  • 32 oz Frozen Hashbrown Potatoes (OR 4 LARGE baking potatoes, cubed)
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth (You can use Chicken boullion)
  • 8 oz Velveeta, Cubed
  • 1/2 Onion, Diced
  • 1/2 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken
  • 1 Can Cream of Mushroom or Celery
  • 1 1/2 Cups Milk
  • 3 - 5 Shredded Carrots
  • Optional: Pepper
  • Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Bacon bits, Sour Cream, Ritz Crackers

Instructions

  1. Place all solid ingredients in the crock pot
  2. Pour milk and cream soups over top
  3. Cook on high 4 hours, or low for 6-8 hours,
  4. To serve – Top with shredded cheese, bacon bits, and sour cream if you like. Serve with Ritz crackers for extra crunch :)
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For the crock-pot version I made – just dump all the solid ingredients, including boullion cubes, into your crockpot.  Pour in the water and the cream soups, and set it on High for 4 Hours, or Low for 6-8. SO EASY!!

Things I would change about the crock-pot version:

1) I put my Velveeta in at the beginning, but I almost think it would’ve been wiser to melt it in the microwave and add it at the end (It stuck to the sides of the crockpot a little)

2) I would take out the stupid celery.  I hate celery.  I don’t know why I added it.  I think I was in chicken noodle soup mode when I had that brainstorm.  UGH!  Anyway – it does make the picture look prettier :)

For a full honest-to-goodness post on the slow-cooker potato soup recipe – stay tuned because I’m putting it up tomorrow for our first edition of Slow Cooker Sunday!

And – like I said before – if potato soup is just not floating your boat – make sure to get 38 Soup & Stew recipes for FREE right here!

Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls Recipe (Makes Cute Pinwheels!)

Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls

With the kids back in school this week – I thought I’d remind you guys about a fun lunch you can pack them!  It’s sure to bring a smile :)

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Grilled Cheese Rolls Recipe

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Grilled Cheese Rolls Recipe

Jamie here!  While Kasey’s family has been doing a great job keeping processed foods out of their diet – mine hasn’t gone that route quite yet. In fact, my kids have been begging me this week to make them something they saw on Facebook called “Grilled Cheese Rolls” – and when I finally caved in and let them explain it to me, I admit I got a little excited.

SO, grilled cheese rolls are basically a carb + cheese dream team that roll around in a skilletful of sizzling butter until they resemble an egg roll.  But there’s nothing healthy inside like cabbage – just good ole’ American Cheese.  You even cut the crusts off – just to make good and certain nothing remotely healthy snuck in there.   And it’s delicious.  So. Cheesing. Delicious.

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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Wondering which Cinco de Mayo Recipes to make for your fiesta?  Here’s a roundup of our family favorites!

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Homemade Cheez-Its: Only 6 Ingredients {healthier version}

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Homemade Cheez-its {pin it} for Later!

During our recent 24-day healthy eating challenge,I was surprised to discover that my biggest craving was Cheez-Its.  I knew however, with our new determination to eat healthier we were not going back to snacking on processed foods after we completed our 24 days.  I was determined to figure out a way to make Homemade Cheez-Its healthier than the original version.   I replaced white flour with whole wheat flour and regular cheese with reduced fat cheese. I thought they would be much harder to make, without the seasoning there are only 4 ingredients!  Although you can use a mixer, a food processor makes this recipe even more simple, easy peasy.  You can vary the final taste by experimenting with different spices.  Next time I’m going to see if I can duplicate the taste of the Chili Con Queso Cheez-Its that were discontinued several years ago.  I will warn you ahead of time that these are very addicting!  Both my husband and my kids loved them. [Read more...]

Mexican Recipe: Cheesy Tortilla Soup

Cheesy Tortilla Soup

Here’s another recipe a friend of mine posted on facebook this week, Cheesy Tortilla Soup.  I can’t wait to try this, it looks fantastic.  Nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a chilly winter day.  I would pair this with tortilla chips, or possibly Mexican Cornbread.  If you have a recipe you’d like to share with us, we might feature it on the blog.  Send an email to time2save@hotmail.com with “recipe” in the subject line.  Include detailed instructions along with photos.

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