Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese

I made a nice pork tenderloin the other night for dinner. I had some leftovers but not enough for another meal. I didn’t know what I was going to do with it… then I remembered seeing a Pulled Pork Mac & Cheese somewhere awhile back and decided this was what I was going to make.

With a nice creamy cheese sauce, BBQ sauce and the pulled pork itself, it was a delicious dinner that “the boys” loved! And it used up my leftovers!

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Mexican Lasagna Rolls

I didn’t know what to actually call these.  I started thinking about them after I made Lasagna Rolls and finally made them last week. Between using enchilada sauce, taco seasoning, salsa, refried beans etc., I couldn’t decide on which ingredient to base the name on so I settled on just calling them Mexican Lasagna Rolls lol!

This recipe makes quite a few of these, but they freeze and reheat great and were a big hit with “the boys,” even Chris who isn’t a big fan of refried beans!

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Instapot Taco Casserole

The other night I took out some ground beef to thaw with the intention of making meatloaf for dinner.  I obviously didn’t take it out in time because it was still partially frozen when it came time to make dinner.

Luckily I was able to cut off a chunk/pound of the ground beef to make this casserole and let the rest continue to thaw.

This recipe is a very flavourful casserole that was quick to make using my Instapot!

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Tuscan Garlic Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Spinach

A very long title for what is really a simple recipe to make… and one that not only passes the “chocolate milk test” with Chris, but also brings up the danger of both Chris and Dillon actually licking their empty plates lol!

I prepped my veggies, the flour mixture and cut the chicken breasts while they were still partially frozen (because they cut easier) in the morning to make dinner time just that little bit faster and easier!

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Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni & Cheese

Last time we were at the grocery store Dillon saw a magazine cover picture for a bacon ranch macaroni…. I’m not sure he saw much after the word “bacon,” but he asked me if I could make it lol.  I made it on Wednesday for dinner. You can’t have enough comfort food recipes in my books, especially based on macaroni and cheese lol!  So here is the recipe for the Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese I made that day!

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Make Ahead Meals/Freezer Meals

Wednesday I got a start on my make ahead/freezer meals for the coming season/holiday season.  I made 2 x lasagna, 2 x chili and when I was making my Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells, I was able to make 2 pans so I would have one to freeze.

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This is the time of year I like to start getting a bunch of make ahead meals stocked up in my freezer.  I don’t do it for any particular reason, mostly because it’s nice to know that if there is a day I don’t feel like cooking, dinner is only a matter of defrosting something from the freezer and popping it in the oven. Make ahead or Freezer meals are also great to have on hand for the coming holiday season.  We all know how busy we get, especially come December and it’s nice knowing that dinner isn’t one of the things that can add stress to the holidays.  Or even knowing that having unexpected company show up and wondering what to feed them. Freezer meals can be cooked straight from the freezer in cases such as these but it obviously will take longer to reheat.

No matter what happens in a day, I like knowing I have the option of not cooking on any given day because I have a freezer full of precooked meals on hand to save the day.

Below I will share the recipes I like to use to make meals ahead of time to freeze. And here is the post Kim wrote about Make ahead meals when she was getting ready for my granddaughter to be born! Freezer Meals – Prepping for baby time!  and  Freezer Meals – Prepping for Baby Time! – PT. 2

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Taco Stuffed Pasta Shells

Here is a very easy, very flavourful recipe using the wonderful taste of taco meat and pasta. I love those jumbo pasta shells because the only thing stopping you from filling them with any variety of fillings is your imagination.  Not much imagination on my part because well… it’s taco meat…. what doesn’t that taste good in lol?  We love pretty much all types of “Mexican” food and this is just another one of those go to recipes!

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French Onion Beef Casserole

I completely forgot about dinner the other night. It was about 2 hours before and I still had no clue what I was going to make.  I had a look in the freezer and on the pantry shelf and came out with ground beef, macaroni noodles and French onion soup mix and decided to combine them with some green onion, minced garlic, broth and grated parmesan for a casserole that had both Chris and Dillon cleaning their plates!

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Alfredo Chicken Stuffed Shells

I made this the other night for a change of pace.  I normally make stuffed shells with a filling not unlike manicotti.  I knew I had lots of cheese, a few chicken breasts I had cooked earlier in the week with the intention to make something with, a jar of alfredo sauce and the list goes on.  It just seemed meant to be lol! The combination of the alfredo and tomato sauces is amazing!  So here they are…. Alfredo Chicken Stuffed Shells! (I made enough that I was able to freeze one pan of them for a quick dinner another night!)

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The Best Macaroni Salad Dressing

This makes for the best tasting macaroni salad around! Great to take to your next BBQ or on your next picnic!

You can add whatever you want to your macaroni salad…. boiled egg, onion, radish, tuna, celery…..that’s personal preference but this dressing is the best to finish off your salad!

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