Chicken and Bean Enchilada Casserole

Chicken and Bean Enchilada Casserole | 5DollarDinners.com

Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with a quick meal idea for a loved one who is sick, recently had a baby or maybe had surgery. The easiest and simplest way to handle these situations is to have something ready in your freezer—a meal you didn’t have to spend any extra time preparing, because you just doubled up a simple recipe like an enchilada casserole. This chicken … [Read more...]

Baking Holiday Cookies on a Budget

Chocolate Caramel Thumbprint Cookies

It’s in the mess that memories are made. Right? At least that’s how it seems to be work at our house. Be it in the kitchen or outside in a pile of leaves or with bubbles in the bathtub. It’s the fun and messy activities that make the best memories. My oldest elf Ryan helping scoop dough for Jif® Irresistible Peanut Butter Cookies onto the cookie sheets. I love … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Freezer Tip: Mini Pizzas

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This is a fun, different lunch box idea. Make your own "Lunchable-style" pizza kits! I first make a big batch of pizza crusts using my bread machine. Then freeze them on a cookie sheet. Then store the crusts on a cookie sheet. I pull as many pizza crusts as I need the morning of. They thaw in my daughter's lunchbox before lunch! I pack a little cheese (and/or vegetables, … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Freezer Cooking Trick: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

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You may be thinking "Really, freezing peanut butter and jelly sandwiches? How long does it take to make a pb&j?" But having a freezer full of already made sandwiches is a huge lifesaver for me on those crazy mornings. I typically make a whole loaf of sandwiches at a time. The key to a good freezer pb&j is to spread the peanut butter on both sides of the bread. Then … [Read more...]

Lunchbox Freezer Cooking: Homemade Frozen Fruit Cups

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It's only been two weeks into our school year and I am already finding myself in a lunchbox rut. Freezer cooking to the rescue! Every month, I plan to try a lunch box friendly recipe and share my results. This month I choose Frozen Fruit Cups to try. These healthy cups are full of fresh fruit with a little orange juice. Verdict: They are delicious! However, they melted … [Read more...]