This week I'm taking us all back to our childhoods with (mostly) kid friendly, copycat meals like corn dogs, Hamburger Helper, and crispy chicken strips.
Plus there's plenty of time-saving tips that will get you in and out of the kitchen fast!
🫑 What's in Season?
A better question might be, "what isn't in season?"
Everything is ripening and coming into the Farmers' Markets now. It's fresh, in season, and at it's best. Make the most of these fresh flavors.
- Bell pepper
- Berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries)
- Green beans & Wax beans
- Zucchini and yellow squash
- bok choy
- brussels sprouts
- collard greens
- sweet potatoes
💭 Tips for success
- Check the recipes and brown all of the ground beef for March 5, 8, and 10 ahead of time.
- When you cook rice to go with the enchiladas cook extra to use in the stuffed peppers.
- You can actually assemble the stuffed peppers while the enchiladas are baking and store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to bake on the 10th.
- Make corn dogs extra easy by pouring the batter into a quart jar and dipping the hot dog in it. It's much easier to get good coverage.
- Make extra chicken on the 7th to use in the chicken Alfredo later in the week.
- Leftovers? These main dishes all freeze well. Freeze in single serving portions for a quick meal when someone is getting home late.
- The batter for those beer batter onion rings is delicious for fried zucchini and other vegetables!
- The muesli bread is my favorite for chicken salad sandwiches!
- You can sneak extra veggies into the Bacon Cheeseburger skillet! Add in cooked diced carrots and other easy to overlook vegetables if your kids are not fans.
Creamy, homemade Hamburger Helper! This easy bacon cheeseburger skillet is done quickly and kids love it! Be sure to check the notes above. You can brown all the ground beef for the week when you are making this meal.
Kale Superfood Salad Recipe (link opens in a new tab) from Bowl-Me-Over.com is just loaded with flavor. It's the perfect combination of antioxidant-rich foods like berries, nuts & seeds and adds crunch and texture to this meal!
Copycat Twinkie Cupcakes
You'll love the soft, spongy cake filled with creamy whipped filling in these Twinkie cupcakes! Tastes SO good - and you won't believe how easy they are.
Homemade Corn Dogs
Why make your own? Well, for one you can choose the quality of the hot dog that goes inside! Plus these homemade corn dogs are SO good - and easier than you think!
Light and crispy beer battered onion rings are one of my favorites. They're so easy to make, too! As long as we've got the fryer going let's make the most of it!
Deep Fried Oreos
Today is National Oreo Day - what better way to celebrate than with a batch of these Texas State Fair worthy Fried Oreos? So easy!
Crispy Baked Chicken Strips
The secret to the super crunchy coating on these chicken strips is Cornflakes! Make enough to have leftovers to use March 10.
Yellow Squash Casserole
So easy! Yellow squash casserole creamy and cheesy - and topped with crunch Ritz crackers.
Chocolate Sheet Cake
This thick, chocolate sheet cake has a whipped chocolate frosting that is out of this world!
Serve these easy beef enchiladas with rice. Brown extra beef and make extra rice to use on March 10th. You can assemble the stuffed peppers today and refrigerate them until the 10th, too. Look at you being all productive and saving time!
Mexican Cole Slaw
Spicy, crunchy cole slaw from Bowl Me Over is the perfect accompaniment to the enchiladas! (Link opens in a new tab.)
Grilled Dessert Nachos
Salty, crunchy, gooey... These chocolaty dessert nachos are just as good made in the oven as on the grill. Just bake until everything is melty - watch carefully!
You'll use the leftover crispy chicken from Saturday (instead of the grilled chicken called for in the recipe) to make this creamy chicken Alfredo. Since the chicken is added to the top just before serving it stays crispy!
Roll this quick baguette dough out in thin bread sticks, brush with melted butter, and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Let rise 10 minutes or so then bake at 425F for 10-12 minutes.
Crispy edges and chewy middles - to me that makes the perfect cookie! Soft snickerdoodles are one of our favorites.
Old Fashioned Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed bell peppers couldn't be quicker or easier when you use the ground beef and rice you've already cooked!
Serve this muesli bread toasted alongside the bell peppers. It's so good and filled with dried apricots, sunflower seeds and all kinds of goodness. You can also form it into dinner rolls.
Hoosier Peanut Bars
These old fashioned peanut bars are gooey with a chewy bottom layer, chocolate layer, and a crispy meringue topped with peanuts.
Slow Cooker Pork and Red Cabbage
This is simple, stick to your ribs goodness! Crockpot pork and red cabbage is succulent, tangy and perfect for chilly nights.
Lemon Lavender Irish Soda Bread
Lemon lavender Irish soda bread is buttery and delicious - perfect served warm with butter melting into each slice.
No Bake German Chocolate Pie
No baking! You can even make this German chocolate pie ahead of time. All the flavors of your favorite cake in a rich, creamy pie.