A Cozy Chicken Noodle Meal

chicken noodle meal

With colder nights upon us, it was time to bring out one of my favorite dinners. It is super simple to make, is very warm and filling, and there are almost always leftovers! It is a perfect meal for a cold winter’s evening. Oh, and it is delicious!

This Cozy Chicken Noodle Meal includes 3 simple ingredients:

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Biscuits

For the chicken noodle soup:

First, cut up and cook some chicken. Then make the noodle soup. I use Mrs. Grass Homestyle Chicken Noodle mix. It is simple and delicious. Mix the cooked chicken in with the soup mix.

Mrs. Grass Noodle Mix

For the mashed potatoes:

You can use the instant potatoes if you are short on time and like those, or peel and boil 4-6 potatoes, depending on your family size. If I make about 4-5 potatoes, it is enough for 4 people, but with no leftovers. Once the potatoes are soft, mash the potatoes using butter and milk, or as desired.

For the biscuits:

Simply make a package of Pillsbury Homestyle Original Biscuits, or your favorite biscuits!

Put it all together:

Cut a biscuit in half and place both sides, inside up on the plate. Put some mashed potatoes on top of the biscuit halves. Spoon chicken noodle soup over top. Enjoy!

What cozy, cold winter meals do you enjoy?

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Simple. Delicious. Homemade. Hamburgers

You can buy some ground beef or turkey in the grocery store, cook up some patties, grab some rolls and toppings, and hamburgers are served.

But those are just plain old hamburgers. Or maybe you throw in your “secret” seasoning to jazz them up a bit.

Well this week I found my “secret” ingredient for making the best hamburgers I have ever had.

The recipe is so simple, and the burgers are so delicious!

Homemade Hamburgers

The Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon packet is the secret ingredient.

Kraft is not sponsoring this post. I honestly love these Fresh Take packets! 

Fresh Take Cheddar Jack and Bacon Packet

Inside the packet, you will find four recipes, one of them is for Sliders. You simply combine the Fresh Take packet with some ground beef or turkey (I used beef for mine), cook them and you have some mighty delicious burgers on your hands!

Recipe on inside of Fresh Take package

Here is a close-up of the recipe so you can see how simple it is!

Sliders recipe from Fresh Take packet

Click on the image to enlarge it. 

What is your secret ingredient for homemade hamburgers?


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10 solutions for the what’s for dinner dilemma

Dinnertime comes around every night along with that dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?”

It is always a challenge to come up with ideas for dinner, to keep dinner interesting and to still make it simple, easy and not stressful.

Plate with question mark

Here are 10 possible solutions for the “what’s for dinner” dilemma.

Find dinner ideas:

1. Look through the coupons in the Sunday’s paper or gather coupons online. Not only could you find some coupons for meals you typically make, but you could also find new dinner ideas.

2. Grab a cup of tea, dust off your cookbooks and take a look at them! Also check Facebook and ask family and friends.

3. For 40 quick and easy recipes, you can download The Confident Mom Got Dinner? e-book for $4 (affiliate link).

Got Dinner? Quick & Easy Recipes

4. Look at various sauces or marinades while at the store or online. If you find an interesting topping for meat, you can just add some complementary side dishes (potatoes, rice, noodles, vegetables, etc.) and you’ll have a new dinner idea.

One of my favorite brands is Stonewall Kitchen. They have several different sauces, seasonings, chutneys and more. Look under Specialty Foods on their site (affiliate link).

Stonewall Kitchen, LLC

5. Check the back of boxes, cans and other packages for recipes you can use. See my post on 5 simple back-of-the-box recipes for some of my favorites.

6. Use sites and apps to find recipes based on ingredients. Here are a few you can try:

Free version:

Pro version:

7. When people ask you what you want for your birthday and you are not sure, suggest restaurant gift cards. That way you can have a night off from making dinner, guilt-free!

Get Organized:

8. Take a few minutes to write a meal plan for each week. Grab a piece of paper and write down each day of the week. Then next to each day write a dinner idea. Start with some meals you typically make to get you started. Try to add one new recipe every week.

When creating your meal plan, consider the ingredients. If one recipe requires carrots and celery, or example, think about something else you could make that would use those same ingredients. This will make sure no food gets wasted, will reduce costs, and will shorten your grocery list.

Try to make at least one or two of the meals on your weekly plan ones that usually have leftovers. This will give you a night off from cooking. Pasta meals typically work well for this, but you can always double a recipe to make extra as well.

9. Make a shopping list based on your meal plan so you buy everything you need to make dinner each week. Remember to also add items you buy regularly to your shopping list so you don’t forget them (milk, yogurt, juice, bread, etc.).

Organize the items on your list the way your grocery store is laid out. This will get you in and out of the grocery store faster.

10. Organize your recipes. This may seem like an overwhelming task but if you work on it 10 minutes at a time, you will be amazed at how quickly you can get them organized. This will make it easy to find recipes, and to get a sense of what recipes you already have to work with.

When you find a recipe you like either in a magazine or online, make sure you save it and/or print it, if you want a paper copy. You will need something to store and organize your paper recipes. You can buy the Collected Recipes organizer from my Clever Container website in the Kitchen category. This recipe solution has 8 pocketed tab dividers and 36 two-sided magnetic pages to hold your recipe clippings.

Bonus: If you collect and organize a book of recipes, you can share this treasure with family members. My husband’s family gave me a “collected family recipes” binder as a wedding gift! 🙂

Collected Recipes Book

If you like to store your recipes electronically, create a Recipes folder on your computer or a folder in your browser bookmarks so when you find a recipe you like, you have a place to store it.

 How do you solve the “what’s for dinner” dilemma? 


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5 simple back-of-the-box recipes

I am always on the lookout for new and simple recipes that I can use for dinner. I have some recipes that we eat regularly, but I like to throw in new ones when I find them. But the recipes need to be simple, easy and use common ingredients.

A great source of recipes: the back-of-the-box (or the back of the bottle or jar, or inside the packaging, etc.). To keep it simple, I’ll just call them back-of-the-box recipes even though they may not always be technically on the back, and on a box.

Here are 5 of my favorite back-of-the-box recipes.

Simple Bolognese

I had never made Bolognese before, and I am not even sure I had ever had it besides in a microwave meal. Now, this is one of my favorite meals. The recipe is simple, and the result is absolutely delicious. It makes a beautiful and delightful meal.

You can find the recipe on the back of the Giada de Laurentiis Fusilli Col Buco pasta box, which you can buy at Target.

Fusilli Col Buco NoodlesSimple Bolognese

Oven-Baked Meatballs

The Kraft Fresh Take packets are great. I have used the Italian Parmesan one to make chicken parmesan and the Cheddar Jack and Bacon one on pork chops and both were delicious. Plus, they are simple to use.

But the best use for the Italian Parmesan packet can be found inside – a recipe for Oven-Baked Meatballs. They are so good. The recipe is so simple and easy that you can make them every night, and they taste so good, you might just want to.

Fresh Take Parmesan PackageMeatballs Recipe

We recently had these yummy meatballs with some pasta so I quickly grabbed a picture. They are very filling; one box of pasta, one jar of sauce and the meatballs make three meals for two people easily.

Meatballs with Pasta

Peachy Chicken

The name says it – this chicken is down right peachy. It is sweet and savory – with just the right amounts of both.  You may be surprised where this recipe comes from – a bottle of Malt Vinegar. If you enjoy peaches, this is definitely a recipe to try.

Malt VinegarPeachy Chicken Recipe

No-Bake Rotini, Ham and Cheese

When I cook pasta, I usually use Ronzoni Garden Delight because it includes vegetables! This is a great way to get vegetables into the mouths of picky non-vegetable eaters. They offer several different types of pasta with recipes on the back. The recipe I tried is on the back of the Rotini box (not pictured). Again, it is simple and easy and pretty good for an evening meal.

Garden Delight PastaGarden Light No Bake Ham Pasta Meal

Seasoned Chicken and Rice

Here is a super simple meal that I started making on my own before they either put the recipe on the back of the box, or I noticed it. With two simple ingredients – a box of rice and some cooked chicken, this meal is super easy and very delicious. You can find the same recipe, but for the beef version, on the beef flavor box.

Rice a Roni ChickenChicken and Rice recipe

What are some of your favorite “back-of-the-box” recipes? 



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