FREE Instant Pot Meal Plan + Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I am so grateful for each of you and your commitment to building stronger families by gathering around your dinner table!

You all know how much I love my electric pressure cookers and let me tell you, they were both vital to yesterday’s calm at our house. We’ve gathered a few resources for Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss.

FREE Download Instant Pot Meal Plan and Grocery List!

We’ve put together this free Instant Pot Dinners Meal Plan  for you!

Click here to download your one week of Instant Pot Dinners, complete with a color-coded grocery list just like our weekly meal plans.

Instant Pot Deals you won’t want to miss!

Instant Pot deals you won't want to miss

While you’re at it, check out my affiliate link for the 6-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal on Amazon today. They also have this 8-quart Instant Pot Black Friday Deal with a yogurt function too. You’ll want to snag one right away as Amazon prices can change quickly and we’re not really sure how long this sale will last.

 

Free Eat at Home Instant Pot Resources

If you still have a few questions about the Instant Pot then you can watch the Facebook Live that I did on Wednesday for all the basics and answers to some of the most common questions.

You can also find my honest review of the Instant Pot vs. the Cuisinart Pressure Cookers. And then there’s this entire series on Cooking Meats and Proteins for the Freezer in your Instant Pot.

Do you have an Instant Pot or is it on your wish list this year? We would love to hear about your favorite way to use yours in the comments below!

 

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18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

I’m curious, do you find it easier to swing your feet out of bed when a cool crisp day awaits, or does it just make you want to curl up under the covers for a few more minutes? If you’re like me, then it feels like an invitation to start fresh and new with a crisp clean slate. And there’s no better way to start than with a delicious and satisfying breakfast, especially one of these 18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts! From there you can move on to enjoy the beauty of the season, complete with a classic autumn dinner, some seasonal side dishes and all wrapped up with a scrumptious fall dessert.

18 Sweet Fall Breakfasts

Pancakes & Baked Goods

There are so many baked goods options for a delicious breakfast. You can always add a breakfast meat, or eggs or yogurt if you want to up your protein intake to get the day started. And most of these already take full advantage of seasonal fruits.

When you take a whole wheat pancake and dress it up for fall you end up with Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes. And just so you know, we eat these for dinner with a meat and fruit, probably more than we would like to admit.

These Gingerbread Pancakes with Sweet Cider Syrup are sweetened with molasses and spiced with ginger, cinnamon and allspice.  But it’s the Sweet Cider Syrup that steals the show. Try them and you’ll see.

If you’re not as crazy about sweets, then these Cinnamon Chip Scones are for you because they’re not overly sweet. You can always add a little more sugar to your coffee or tea if you must!

1-Minute Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Apples literally take one minute to cook in the microwave. Add some yogurt and your favorite granola and you’ve hit most of the food groups first thing in the morning.

Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing takes a roll of crescent rolls to a whole new level. It makes a sweet breakfast treat, but it would make a nice little dessert too!

These Pumpkin Pecan Sticky Rolls are so easy because they begin with frozen dinner roll dough. Simply mix up a few ingredients to pour over the top and you have a company-worthy fall breakfast!

 Muffins

Muffins are such a quick way to enjoy baked goods. If your weekday mornings are a bit hectic, try mixing up the dry ingredients the night before and set your muffin tin and a mixing bowl on the counter and you’re ready to go. Mix them up and let them bake while you continue getting ready for your day. You may even sneak a few extra minutes to linger over your favorite coffee or tea.

Apple Butter just smells like home to me! You can whip up a batch in your slow cooker in no time at all using this Easy Apple Butter Recipe. Then you can whip up these Apple Butter Muffins too.

If you’ve never made baked goods with Butternut Squash, then this Butternut Squash Muffin recipe is perfect for you. It’s milder and creamier than it’s pumpkin counterpart and really should not be overlooked as a tasty fall treat!

These Cinnamon Streusel Muffins are super easy and the combination of warm cinnamon with some butter spread on top will be all the encouragement your reluctant morning people need to throw off the covers and greet the day.

Gingerbread Muffins pair wonderfully with orange marmalade and the combination tastes like fall. Go ahead and make a double batch because these are a wonderful mid-morning snack, or mid-afternoon, or anytime really!

Cranberry Muffins with Orange Marmalade Glaze are sweet, but the tart taste of the cranberries along with the citrus make them taste bright, like sunshine sparkling over a pile of crunchy leaves on a crisp fall morning.

Pumpkin and Pumpkin Spice and Pumpkin Butter makes these Pumpkin Butter Muffins amazingly moist and flavorful. And technically pumpkin is in the vegetable family, so it’s like having veggies for breakfast, right?

Spiced Chai Tea has such a wonderful flavor profile that you just know you’ll love these Spiced Chai Tea Muffin. They’re kind of like a coffee cake but packed with even more flavor!

 

Oatmeal

Do you remember hearing stories about your parents or grandparents having oatmeal for breakfast? Every. Single. Day? It’s a pretty healthy, hearty way to start the day, but I’m thinking theirs may not have been quite as tasty as these Autumn versions. And all of them are made in a slow cooker.

You could call this Apple Oatmeal “Apple Pie Oatmeal”. Go ahead and make up an entire batch of it and just heat it up the next day with a little milk for another breakfast, if it lasts that long that is!

The citrus flavor with the sweet-tart cranberries in Cranberry Orange Oatmeal is a great way to start the day. It just sounds like fall and holidays, doesn’t it?!

This Gingerbread Oatmeal is a flavorful combination of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, cloves and vanilla. Be prepared for lots of thank you texts, comments, hugs and things of that sort.

A hot bowl of oatmeal is a comfort food for fall and winter both, especially if the ground is covered in leaves or snow. I can’t think of anything more comforting than waking up to a world wrapped in the colors of fall or the soft white of winter and having a bowl of this Hot Spiced Apple Cider Oatmeal to go with the view.

Forget the Pumpkin Spice Latte, and try this Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal for some wonderful fall flavor. And then you can grab your latte on the way home from the day later if you must.

Which ones are your favorite fall breakfasts?

So, what’s your breakfast preference? Do you even have it? If not, these ideas are a perfect place to start! Which one will you start with?

 

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9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes

Autumn is just one of those seasons that involves special foods and dishes that we don’t necessarily enjoy other times of the year. And you know we could never just pass up the opportunity for a culinary celebration of all the fall foods! Two weeks ago we shared 17 Autumn Desserts that are sure to delight, and last week it was 14 Flavorful Fall Sides. As much as we might like to just have sides and desserts, main dishes are pretty important when it comes to dinner, so today we give you 9 Savory Autumn Main Dishes.

Chicken and Poultry for Fall

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14 Flavorful Fall Sides

I hope you are getting to enjoy a taste of fall in your part of the world. Between cooler temperatures and leaves on the brink of turning from the greens of summer to the vibrant brights of autumn, we’re ready to welcome all that is fall around here! Last week I shared 17 Autumn Desserts with you and today let’s talk sides. These 14 Flavorful Fall Sides to be exact …

14 Flavorful Fall Sides

Autumn Appetizers to whet your appetite

7-Layer Dip End Zone

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17 Autumn Desserts to Welcome the Season!

I just love fall. The cool crisp air. The gorgeous vibrant colors. And of course, most of all, the wonderful, aromatic flavors of autumn ingredients. Pumpkins, winter squash apples, cinnamon, caramel and spice! There’s nothing better than that. This collection of 17 Autumn Desserts is proof of my love for baking treats with these ingredients.

17 Autumn Desserts

 

 

Pumpkins are for more than Decorating!

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Easy Summer BBQ & Grilling Recipes Your Family will Love

When it comes to favorite foods, barbecue seems to be the answer to a variety of dinner menu dilemmas. Needing a quick dinner? BBQ! Hankerin’ for comfort foods? BBQ! Feeding a crowd without breaking the budget? BBQ! Perfect meal for a grill or even the slow cooker that won’t heat up the kitchen? BBQ! You get the idea! Not only is it the answer to #AllTheQuestions, there are as many recipes for BBQ as there are occasions to enjoy it. And that’s precisely why I’ve gathered up the quintessential list of BBQ & Grilling recipes that your family is sure to love!

BBQ & Grilling Recipes for the Perfect Backyard Gatherings

For the Surf Lovers…

And the Turf Lovers…

And we can’t forget Chicken …

  • A few years ago, Kim shared this recipe for Chicken and Veggies Foil Packets on the Grill. Simple, tasty and virtually no cleanup!
  • For those of you who prefer a little kick, this BBQ Pepper Jack Chicken uses Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, our family favorite, and pepper jack for a quick 4-ingredient grilled dinner.
  • These BBQ Chicken Fajitas start with a great idea like Chicken Fajitas and take it up a few notches with grilling and BBQ. Yum!

  • If you’re looking for the secret to the perfect grilled chicken legs, you’ll find it in my BBQ Chicken Legs recipe. Shhh!

And then there’s Pork … and Pizza …

  • The flavor of this Easy Grilled Pizza is hard to beat, and it’s a perfect assemble-yourself dinner for each family member or guest while enjoying some together time outdoors.

No Grill? No problem! How about some awesome BBQ flavors in your slow cooker or instant pot?

  • For all you coffee lovers, these Red Eye BBQ Ribs will absolutely make your day!
  • My Chili Sauce Chicken Legs are a wonderful blend of sweet and spicy.
  • Zingy BBQ Chicken packs a powerful flavor punch by combining two classic marinades in one recipe. Check it out!
  • Peach Pulled Pork Sliders are a delicious combination of pulled pork, peach salsa and Hawaiian rolls, and it includes a perfect side recipe of Apple Cole Slaw.I’m not really sure why I decided to combine the ingredients I did for these

 And a little more Grilling and Barbecue goodness

Did you know that you can make these EASY Freezer Marinades, pour them over frozen meat and pop them back in the freezer until you’re ready to pull them out and toss them on the grill? It’s true. Simple. Tasty. Everybody wins!

  • And while your meat is marinating and grilling, here are a few perfect Barbeque sides to add to the table.
  • Before you shut the grill down, toss some pineapple slices on for this wonderfully sweet and light Grilled Pineapple Dessert.

Granted, June is designated as National Barbecue Month and that’s a good enough reason to bust out your favorite barbecue sauce and try some of the recipes above. But let’s be honest, BBQ & grilling isn’t just for June or even summer for that matter. Is there a better way to brighten up a cold winter day than a slow cooker barbecue dinner? Let’s hear it for menus that are tasty problem-solvers all year round!

Happy grilling!

Over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts

The past few weeks I’ve shared some great picnic ideas to keep your outside dining more interesting than the usual stand-by items. We’ve enjoyed Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food and 40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that this collection could never be complete without a round-up of picnic dessert recipes! So today I’m sharing over 30 Tasty Picnic Desserts, from those that are lighter and almost snack-like to the more decadent treats.

Muffins – they aren’t just for breakfast!

Muffins aren’t just for breakfast anymore! They make a nice sweet treat after a meal without being too sweet and heavy to toss a frisbee or hike or enjoy whatever adventure you have planned as part of your picnic. Try some of these on your next picnic, and if somehow you have a few leftover, then you have breakfast started for the next day!

Snickerdoodle Muffins

 Bars and Brownies for quick treats that travel way

Bars and brownies are perfect picnic treat because they can be made fairly quickly, spread into a pan, baked and you’re ready for your adventure!

Cookies are always a hit – picnic or no picnic!

Personally, cookies are one of my favorite desserts to pack for a picnic, trip or even a lunch. Many cookies can even be baked ahead of time and frozen so you could grab a dozen of several different types and bring a nice variety on your picnic!

Snacks and Mixes to please every crowd

And a few other treats just because they’re that good!

And just because they’re always favorites, why not whip up some cupcakes? Or bring a small cooler with some fudge in it for a decadent finale to your picnic!

With almost 100 picnic recipes including a nice collection of main dishes, sides and desserts, you should be more than ready to head outdoors and enjoy some great food and time with your family and friends. Why not start a picnic tradition? It may be weekly or the first Friday of each month or the 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Which time or specific location isn’t as important as taking the time to gather with your people and enjoying dinner in a slightly new and different way. Somehow a change of venue and a new menu can create memories that last a lifetime.

And let us know what your favorite picnic dishes are in the comments below. Even with all the recipes included in this little series it never hurts to have a few more new ideas. Happy picnicking!

40 Perfect Side Dishes for Summer Picnics

A few weeks ago I shared a collection of Over 30 Delicious Recipes for Easy Picnic Food with you, just in time for National Picnic Day.

With summer warming up, we’re already in summer picnic mode and couldn’t be happier about that! Not only are picnics a great way to enjoy the outdoors, they are a fun way to enjoy family time most months out of the year. Which means the more picnic food options we have, the better! So today I figured you could use 40 Perfect Picnic Sides to add to your picnic menu options. Enjoy!

 Quick Dips and Spreads for Crackers and Fruits and Veggies, Oh my!

  1. Pesto Bruschetta Spread
  2. Sun Dried Tomato Artichoke Hummus
  3. White Bean and Garlic Hummus
  4. Roasted Garlic Hummus
  5. 7 Layer Dip (In little jars)
  6. Guacamole for Chips
  7. Homemade Salsa
  8. Fusion Dip for Veggies
  9. Tomato Basil Dip for Crackers
  10. Honey Peanut Butter dip
  11. Cream Cheese Trio Appetizers for crackers

Appetizers & Snacks & Tasty Little Treats

  1. Hard Boiled Eggs
  2. Huli Huli Bacon Chicken Bites
  3. Almost Homemade Pickles
  4. Kale Chips
  5. Sweet Heat Slow Cooker Chex Mix
  6. Country Bob’s Tangy Chex Mix

A few More Traditional Picnic Favorites

  1. Chicken Salad
  2. Potato Salad
  3. Baked Beans

Pasta & Grain Salads for Light Summer Dining

  1. Perfect Pasta Salad + Tips and Tricks
  2. Another version of Pasta Salad
  3. Broccoli Tomato Tortellini Salad
  4. Bacon Tomato Ranch Pasta Salad
  5. Wild Rice Salad

Veggies Salads for those who prefer Healthy Picnicking

  1. Asian Broccoli Salad
  2. Ranch Veggie Salad
  3. Tomato Artichoke Heart Salad
  4. Summer Corn Salad
  5. Orange Red Onion Salad
  6. Cucumbers and Onions
  7. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  8. Green bean and Tomato Salad
  9. Creamy Italian Herb Cucumbers & Tomatoes

Slaws for Days

  1. Hawaiian Coleslaw
  2. Quick Coleslaw
  3. Tomato Jalapeno Slaw

Fruit Salads as sweet as dessert

  1. Easy Apple Salad
  2. Easy Fruit Salad
  3. Sliced Apples (with a no-browning trick!)
  4. Wild Watermelon

So how about you? Do you have a favorite side dish that you always have to make for picnics? I would love to hear what it is in the comments below. And in the meantime … Happy Picnicking!

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Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

I’m not sure about you, but we’re really looking forward to Easter this weekend! As you’re considering your final menu and shopping list for Easter, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes. Some have been shared here at Eat at Home Cooks and others are from other blogs. You’ll find a mixture of traditional dishes as well as a few twists on your usual Easter Dinner fare. Whatever your final menu and shopping list includes, I hope your Easter includes a celebration of this holiday and all that it means with your family and friends. And in the meantime, here is pretty much everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Everything you need for an amazing and easy Easter Dinner!

Main Course Recipes

Honey Glazed Ham is always a favorite, and with this recipe, you don’t have to buy the prepackaged glaze mix.

This Mustard Orange Glazed Ham is from Laura at Real Mom Kitchen, who adapted an existing recipe to complement the tanginess of mustard with the sweetness of a fresh squeezed orange.

Herb and Olive Oil Roasted Chicken makes a great option for those who prefer a meat other than ham.

Salad Recipes

Shaina at Food for My Family created this Spring Orzo Pasta Salad with asparagus and artichokes that can be prepared up and chilled for several hours while you tend to your other dishes.

Hungarian Cucumber Salad  Tara at Unsophisticook shared her recipe for this refreshing cucumber salad that can also be prepared ahead of time and chilled until the rest of your dinner is ready to be served.

This Spring Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette if perfect for spring with the flavorful mix of berries, nuts and strong cheese. And the dressing recipe mixes up quickly and would be a nice addition to lots of different salads.

Side Dish Recipes

I found this recipe for Black Angus Au Gratin Potatoes years ago while preparing one of our first Easter dinners as newlyweds. It was a big hit then with it’s potatoes and loads of cheeses, and it has continued to be a family favorite ever since.

Aimee of Simple Bites has a recipe for Rosemary Potato Strudel with an ingredient list that includes potatoes, rosemary, sour cream and puff pastry. How can it not be tasty with that list of ingredients?

I know the Balsamic Strawberries recipe sounds a bit crazy, but trust me, you really should try this one.

Honey Glazed Carrots are always a favorite with a touch of butter and honey and they free up some oven space since it’s a slow cooker recipe.

Bread Recipes

Hot Cross Buns have been a long-standing Easter tradition that started centuries ago with the Saxons, and it’s always fun to bake a recipe that has stood the test of time.

This  Sunny Blueberry Orange Bread would make a great sweet appetizer to munch on if you’re serving dinner a little later than usual, or even a dessert for those who want some sweetness without an overload of sugar.

This Goat Cheese Biscuit recipe is an adaptation of a biscuit served at Table Fifty Two restaurant in Chicago and Oh my! That’s all I can say about these yummy little things!

Dessert Recipes

There were so many yummy dessert recipes to choose from that they had their very own post earlier this week. You’ll want to check those out before you make that last trip shopping trip. But be warned, you don’t want to check out these recipes if you’re the least bit hungry! Your mouth will definitely be watering.  And if you need even more inspiration, check out this post with 22 more ways to expand your Easter Menu.

Wishing you and yours the happiest of Easter weekends!