EASY Back-to-School Meals for the Entire Family

 With back to school on the horizon, who has time to cook? These quick and easy recipes will get food on the table in no time. I have included everything from breakfast to supper and everything in-between! Don’t forget that you can also find free bi-weekly healthy meal plans here on TheBetterMom.com.

 Easy Slow Cooker Recipes


Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa

Slow Cooker Potato Chowder

Slow Cooker Pizza Rigatoni

Freezer to Crock Pot Chicken Taco Soup

Red Beans and Rice

3 Ingredient Chicken Taco’s 

Split Pea Soup

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Ham and Hash-browns

slow cooker recipes

Summer in the Slow Cooker: 25+ Amazing Slow Cooker Recipes

Tuna and Spaghetti

Chicken Taco Soup

Taco Soup, French Stew, and Chicken Noodle Soup for the Crock Pot

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Chicken

Crock Pot Pizza Casserole

EASY Back-to-School Meals for the Entire Family

Slow Cooker Recipes:  50+ Appetizers, Breads, Entrees, and More!  

Gluten Free Garlic Beef Stew

From Freezer to Crock Pot (and Gluten Free!)

Crockpot Potato Bake

Crockpot Recipe: Super Tender BBQ Roast

Quick Slow Cooker to Freezer Meals

Easy Main Dishes

Taco Chicken Pie with Avocado Salad

35 Frugal Meal Ideas with Recipes 

Ham Tettrizini with Angel Hair Pasta

Mom’s Old Fashioned Taco Salad

Cowboy Casserole

Quick and Easy Cheesy Chicken Monterey with Beans and Rice

Pizza Casserole Recipe


10 Super Easy Family Meals

15 Minute Chicken Dinner Ideas 

Sloppy Joes

Homemade Taco Pizza


10 Quick and Easy Family Meals

 easy pizza boats

Pizza Boats

Homemade Beefaroni

Cornbread Chili One Skillet Meal

Sausage and Pepper Pot Pie

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Homemade Baked Chicken Nuggets

Easy Homemade Chicken Nugget Recipe

Honey Lemon Pork Chops

pepperoni pasta is an easy dinner idea. You can have dinner ready in under 20 minutes

Pepperoni Pasta- 20 minute meal!

Bubble Up Pizza - quick and easy

Nacho Cheese Chip Meatloaf

Squash Casserole Recipe

Garlic and Herb Roasted Chicken

Sweet and Sour Stir Fry

Sausage and Potato Skillet

Healthy Hearty Chicken Pot Pie

Creamy Vegetable Chicken

Skinny Soup Recipe and Printable

Apple Pepper Jack Chicken

Mexican Lasagna

Bean, Chicken, and Rice Burritos

Dairy Free Lasagna

Healthy No Sugar Wheat Crust Pizza Dough (In 10 Minutes!)

Easy Homestyle Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

baked spaghetti pizza

Pizza Spaghetti Bake — Quick and Easy Meal!

Bacon Cheeseburger Pockets

Hearty Cheeseburger Soup

Ham Fried Rice

Easy Baked Taco Pie

Toasted Chicken Philly Cheesesteak

Daddy Mac Recipe

Hamburger Noodle Casserole

Butter Ranch Chicken

Hasselback Chicken with Spinach and Pepper Jack 

Side Dishes

Dairy Free Mac and Cheese

Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce Recipe

Mexican Alphabet Soup


Homemade Yogurt and Easy Crock-pot Yogurt

Cinnamon and Honey Breakfast Rice

DIY Breakfast Station Easy Bi-monthly Cooking For Busy Moms

Sausage and French Toast Kabobs 

Veggie Lover Egg Scramble

Chocolate Banana Baked Oatmeal Muffins


8 Healthy Breakfast Recipes

Coconut Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

Breakfast Biscuit Surprise

Cookies for Breakfast

Banana Walnut Muffins

13 Favorite Pancake Recipes

Amaretto Coffee Creamer 

Simple Sweet Muffins


Homemade Coconut Granola

Fluffy Biscuit Recipe

Baked Apple Pecan Pancakes

Baked Ham and Egg Casserole Recipe


Sandwich Sticks

School Lunches and Snacks for the Freezer

Simple Real Food Lunches

Easy Pepperoni Muffins


25 Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes

Granola in the Crock Pot

Watermelon Popsicles

Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars


10 Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Freezer Granola

Lego Yogurt Snacks

Gluten Free Snack Mix

Quick Healthy Face Plate Ideas

Pumpkin recipes for any meal or snack


50+ S’mores Recipes

No Bake Oatmeal Drop Cookies


Summertime Lemon Bars

Oatmeal Drop Cookies

Dutch Babies

Butter Cookies and Butter Cream Icing with Printables

2 Ingredient Nutella Banana Ice Cream 

Meal Planning Printables and Tips


FREE Meal and Freezer Planning Pages

FREE Winter Themed Meal Planner Pages

Streamlining Mealtime for the Homeschool Family

Once a Month Cooking with a Freezer Meal Planning List Printable

What are some of your family favorite meals?

This post is by Jamerrill Stewart of FreeHomeschoolDeals.com and JamerrillStewart.TV.

How to Make the Perfect Buttercream Frosting {with a modern twist}

Recently I was asked to take a look at a few classes from an amazing website called Craftsy. I am excited to share those classes with you here over the next year. It wasn’t until a few months ago that I heard of Craftsy. I didn’t expect to find such an extraordinary resource. But it is really an invaluable wealth of information.

Click here to take this class with Craftsy for FREE!

Modern Buttercream

Craftsy’s, Modern Buttercream class is such a great tool to use as you expand your knowledge of cooking. As moms, we cook every.single.day (or at least almost every day)!  Maybe you are the “chef” of your child’s birthday party, or volunteer “gourmet baker” for your child’s class or sports team. Regardless of the occasion, you know as well as I do, we need all the cooking tips we can get our hands on!

Joshua John Russell put together this class in such a simple way that it is easy to follow and learn how to make the perfect and delicious modern buttercream frosting. Who doesn’t love frosting?! He also gives great tips on how to prepare the cake for decorating (crumbs in the frosting anyone?!) and he shows a few fun ways to decorate the cake after it is frosted. If you have ever dreamed of being able to make a layered cake, this is the class for you. In practical fashion, this class will walk you step by step toward your next tasty treat!

One of the best things about taking the class online, besides the valuable information, was the ability to start the class and pause the class whenever I needed to. When the kids were in bed, or when I had a few minutes during the day to spare, I would sit down and watch a bit of the course in the comfort of my own home. It was so convenient! Craftsy is the perfect solution for us busy moms who want to learn, but don’t have time to leave the house and attend a class.

Here is a little more info about Craftsy:

Craftsy offers online crafting classes, taught by world renowned instructors who love the craft as much as you do. Craftsy classes are online, so they are available to you anytime you want for as long as you want, there are no scheduled class times, so you can enjoy them entirely on your own schedule. Each class is taught by an acclaimed instructor and consists of several hours of HD-quality video content… but Craftsy classes are much more than just a video!

While taking a Craftsy class, you can:

Ask your instructor questions, upload photos, and get personalized responses

Participate in discussions with your classmates

Access supporting class materials – including recipes and helpful tips & tricks

Bookmark your favorite moments in the video so that you can easily re-watch them and take notes that you can refer back to anytime

The great thing about Craftsy is that there is a class for everyone! You can learn knitting, photography, cake decorating, sewing, cooking and more!

Today you can take Craftsy’s Modern Buttercream class for FREE! I encourage you to include your older child/children in on this activity. It will definitely be valuable instruction that they will surely use time and time again.

If you are ready to check out Craftsy you can click here to take Modern Buttercream for FREE!!


Ruth Schwenk

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Craftsy. The opinions and text are all mine.

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for July 20–August 2

Summer is the perfect time to get your grill on and invite your family and friends over for a fun and flavorful cookout.

Summer is the perfect time to get your grill on! That’s why we’re featuring lots of great grilling recipes in this week’s meal plan. Plus, be sure to check out these Top 10 Best Grilling Tips!

Welcome to the new Whole Food Meal Plan format that makes it easier than ever to click-over to the recipes featured. That’s because, our new meal plan graphic opens into a convenient pdf that includes hyperlinks to each of the recipes.

Once opened, you can easily save this menu to your desktop for easy access anytime you need it. Then, simply click on the links within the meal planning pdf to gain instant access to the recipes featured.

In addition to our free weekly whole food meal plans, if you opt in as a subscriber to The Nourishing Home you’ll receive The Nourishing Home Weekly Newsletter which includes a  …

  • New Weekly Shopping List outlining all of the ingredients needed to make each dinner featured; as well as an awesome new
  • Prep Day Chart featuring helpful tips and recommendations for prep-ahead tasks that make putting meals together a snap during busy weeknights.

For details about the free meal plan extras for subscribers only, please visit The Nourishing Home.

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for July 20–26:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
July 20-26 Meal Plan TNH

Bi-Weekly Whole Food Meal Plan for July 27–August 2:
(To print the meal plan provided below, simply click on the graphic or click here and it will open a pdf into a new window for easier saving and printing. Remember, once you download the pdf, simply click on the links to gain instant access to the recipes featured.)
July 27-Aug 2 Meal Plan TNH

In addition to the two meal plans above, we’re pleased to provide you with a free meal planning template perfect for creating your own custom meal plans. Select from the following two options:
• Meal plan template PDF

• Meal plan template EXCEL

To learn more about meal planning, please check out my FREE Video Course: Mastering Meal PlanningMy hope is that this will be a great resource
 and encouragement for you whether you’re just getting started with meal planning, or are a seasoned expert.

Always a treat to share healthy meals with you! Let’s give thanks to the Lord for providing us the opportunity to nourish our families in this way!

Joyfully Serving HIM, Kelly at The Nourishing Home

Plan to Eat… The Easy Way {giveaway}


There is a phenomenon that exists in this world: the person who loves to plan weekly meals.

It is a marvel, really, the pleasure that some find in the drawing up of menus for breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks; the delight they encounter when scouring cookbooks for culinary ideas that might please each family member; the gratification they experience when crafting shopping lists that include all the necessary and sometimes exotic ingredients.

While I can claim to know on one hand the number of people who epitomize this mystery, I must confess that I in no way, shape or form understand or exhibit it in any way.

However, there is a glimmer of hope for people like me — people who dread and avoid and procrastinate the meal planning process — and it will add even more sparkle to our friends who already love meal planning.

This hope and sparkle is a Web service entitled Plan to Eat.

I have been using this service for a little over six months, now, and I have recommended it to everyone I know.  Why?  Because it has transformed my negativity toward all things menu-related in my household, and – dare I say – even made me kind of enjoy it (* gasp *)!

So what is Plan to Eat?  The simplest way to describe it is that it is an online “drag and drop” monthly meal planner.

But it is that and so. much. more…  Plan to Eat is…

A Personalized Cookbook:

It is a place where you can upload (or cut & paste, or type in), save, and categorize all of your recipes.  So you know all those fun recipes you pin to your boards on Pinterest?  With Plan to Eat, you can use their customized “Save the Recipe” button that works exactly like a pinning button, except instead of saving the recipe to an unused board, you will save it to your working recipe book.

A “Drag & Drop” Meal Planner:

Once you have a good number of recipes entered into your account, planning meals takes seconds.  I’m not kidding!  All you do is “click” on a recipe title, “drag” it to either a slot on your calendar, and ¡voila! — your meals are planned. You can plan a day, a week, a month and more in advance!

An Automated Shopping List Maker:

This is my favorite feature because it saves tons of time… I’m not talking minutes, I’m talking hours of time saved!  After you have dragged and dropped your recipes into your calendar, you click on the “SHOPPING LIST” button, and in less than one second, you have a shopping list that corresponds to every item in the meal plan you created. And the list is categorized (i.e. dairy, meat, produce, etc.).  Furthermore, you can customize the shopping list by clicking the “Add Items to List” button.  Seriously.  I. Love. This. Feature.

A Handy Phone App:

Included in your membership is the Plan to Eat phone app which has a “phone-ready” shopping list where you can check items off as you go. Brilliant! Also, you can access your recipe book ANYWHERE which means you can pull up your individual recipes right on your phone… in the kitchen, at the grocery store… wherever!

A Social Community:

You can find friends within the Plan to Eat community with whom you can swap recipes.  It’s as easy as clicking on the “Friends” button to find foodies who share your interests such as gluten-free eating, Paleo diets or vegan foods.

The best part is this… you do not need to take my word for it that the service is worth every penny of it’s $4.95 per month or $39 per year subscription because they offer a FREE 30-day no-strings-attached trial to anyone who wants to give it a try.

—>>>>Click here to try out Plan to Eat FREE for 30 days!!! 



Disclosure: This post is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. See full disclosure here.

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