The Best Broccoli Salad

I love my vegetables but sadly, broccoli is not high up on my list of veggie favorites.

I don’t like the way it smells when you cook it and I don’t like the soggy texture when it’s cooked.

I LOVE raw broccoli. I love it even more in this tasty broccoli salad.

It’s a super easy way to get in some extra veggies.

Dressing:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

Salad:

  • 2 heads of broccoli (or two bags of frozen broccoli)
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 small red onion
  • 12 slices of bacon (you can skip the meat if you don’t want to include it)

Note: You can add in nuts (peanuts or almonds) but I have a nut allergy so I skip this step.

How to Make It:

  1. Mix mayo, sugar and vinegar. Set aside.
  2. Cook bacon so it’s good and crispy and chop into bits.
  3. Cut broccoli, chop onion, and dressing.
  4. Boil 2 cups of water and quickly “dunk” the broccoli into the water (I do it in the strainer for no more than 30 seconds)… this makes the broccoli a little softer.
  5. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  6. Let sit in fridge overnight so all the goodness mixes and soaks into the broccoli.

My Four Favorite One-Dish Chicken Dinners

Summer is almost over and our weekday routines are back in full force.

Here are five of my favorite one-dish dinners so you can avoid turning on the hot stove, get out of the kitchen and spend the spare time that you do have with your loved ones.

ONE: Crock Pot Rotisserie Chicken Noodle Soup 

This is one of my favorite things to make because it’s so easy and it makes SO much!

I get a rotisserie chicken for dinner. After we are done eating the bulk of the chicken, I take the leftover chicken and bones and toss them into a crock pot and cover it with water. I let this cook down for a few hours so the chicken falls off and it makes a nice broth.

After 3-4 hours I pull out the bones and toss in frozen vegetables, grains and noodles.

Let that cook until the noodles are tender an you’re done!

I really like a lot of seasoning in my soup so I add salt and pepper at the end.

For the picture below I did save some of the chicken breast and cut it up into cubes to dress it up a little.

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TWO: Crock Pot Chicken Tacos

This is SO easy. I like to purchase the Taco “Kit” that comes with the shells and seasoning. I use the amount of chicken listed on the seasoning packet and just put the chicken, seasoning and double the amount of water into the crockpot and let it cook for 8 hours (or a full work day) on low. Then when I get home it’s usually so tender that I can just stir the meat and it pulls apart.

If there is still some extra water in the crock pot I turn it up to high and let it sit for an hour and it usually evaporates.

THREE: Grilled Chicken 

My favorite way to make grilled chicken is to soak it for a few hours in Olive Garden Italian Dressing!

Then just place it on the grill and cook! I like to cook mine until it has some burnt spots (I think they make it taste the best!

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FOUR: Mom’s Chicken Pot Pie 

This recipe is something my mom has made for years! You can use anything you want for the crust – Phyllo Dough, Pie Crust, Crescent Rolls or Crushed up Crackers!

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Diaper Bag Snack Ideas

When you leave the house with a little one and they get hungry 15 minutes into the trip having snacks on hand is a game changer.

Here are a few of my favorites!

  • Goldfish
  • Dehydrated Fruit
  • Cheerios
  • Granola Bars
  • Raisins
  • Pea Crisps
  • Rice Cakes
  • Apple Sauce Cups
  • Almonds
  • Marshmallows
  • Cereal
  • Trail Mix
  • Crackers
  • String Cheese
  • Beef Jerky
  • Yogurt
  • Oranges
  • Bananas

FREE Grocery List Printable

Going grocery shopping always seems like such a chore. I decided that I was going to take the work out of making a list every time and make a master list.

This way I can print it out and leave it on the counter and then each week when I realize I’m out of something I can just highlight it – no need for random reminders in every room of the house!

I hope my list makes your life easier!

P.S. – I left room so you can add your items to the bottom!

Weekly Grocery List

Weekend Meal Prep

The weekends for me are always a little crazy. From dishes and laundry to meeting up with family, there never seems to be enough time. This is why I like to spend my evenings after work at home relaxing (not getting ready for the next day). So I have established what I believe to be a pretty good system.

Saturday is for any errands and cleaning that don’t include groceries or laundry.

On Sunday, I spend the morning getting all of the laundry done and piled nice and high on the bed (the dog loves to snuggle in it). Then put together a grocery list for 2 weeks and head out to the store. I will share more on our monthly meal planning and grocery list next week!!!

I have 5 containers (I used recycled Prego jars here, but you can use anything).

In each container, I combine the following (based on what I want in each salad every day so that it doesn’t get boring).

Note: Put dry and heavy ingredients on the bottom so they don’t smash the lettuce.

Options:

  • Spinach
  • Crunchy Lettuce
  • Other Greens
  • Broccoli Bits
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts (I am allergic so I don’t even go there)
  • Fruit (Apples, Pears, Blueberries, Strawberries)
  • Bean Sprouts

Then I store my chicken, steak, bacon, meat of choice pre-cooked and cut up in a ziplock bag for right before I am going to eat my salad.

We have a big fridge at work so I can take all 5 jars in on Monday, and not have to worry about bringing lunch all week. So easy!

I don’t put on my protein, avocado, dressing or cheese on until I am eating the salad because it gets slimy.

What are your weekend meal prep tips? What other toppings would you add? Let me know!!