Tater Tot Casserole (Pantry Meal)

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Layer flavorful ground beef, veggies, cheese, cream of chicken soup, and tater tots until hot and bubbly for tater tot casserole the whole family will love!

Depending on where you live, Tater Tot Casserole may also be called Tater Tot Hotdish. No matter what you call it, it’s a family favorite, kid-friendly, weeknight meal that comes together simply and quickly for dinner. It’s easy, creamy and and oh so yummy!

The best part is, this tater tot casserole is so versatile depending on what is in your fridge or pantry! Although, our family loves it with ground beef, canned veggies, cheddar cheese, and tater tots!

Because tater tots are used, preparation is so much faster than if you use homemade mashed potatoes. It’s just pure comfort food at it’s finest.

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7UP Pound Cake Recipe

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7Up Pound Cake

In this elevated classic recipe for 7UP Pound Cake, the lemon and lime flavors really shine through! Includes a moist, crumbly cake and yummy citrus glaze.

The first time my mom brought home a 7UP cake from the grocery store, she was hooked. Because my mom loved it so much, our family continued eating this cake for weeks! Of course, it wasn’t the same cake. Rather, my mom kept bringing them home!

7UP Pound Cake is a classic recipe that’s been around for years. When making the cake, 7UP soda is added directly to the batter. Adding the soda really gives this cake a great texture and flavor.

When Cook’s Country came out with a recipe for an elevating the classic 7UP Pound cake, I knew I had to make it for my mom. In fact, I made it for her for Mother’s day this year. She loved it!

So, my recipe is slightly adapted from the version from Cook’s Country. It’s packed with bright lime and lemon citrus flavors. Plus, it’s not too dense or heavy. It’s the perfect refreshing dessert!

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Healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe

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A budget-friendly and healthy Pumpkin Spice Frappe bursting with the fall flavors you love, like real pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, that’s only 75 calories!

In case you’ve never had it, a pumpkin spice frappe is made by blending coffee ice cubes, milk, and sweetener with classic fall flavors like pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. To make it even more special, top it with whipped cream and extra pumpkin pie spice.

There’s a reason there’a cult following around this combination. It’s absolutely delicious and addicting. Plus, it feels like fall is giving you a warm hug! Thankfully, with this recipe, you won’t have to wait until fall to have this drink. Now, you can make it whenever the craving hits. With a little prep work, it only takes 5 minutes to make.

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dumplings

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Stuff and bake crescent rolls with pumpkin, spices, sugar, butter, and cream cheese for the easiest and most delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dumplings!

When I first heard of making dumplings with prepared crescent dough, it sounded disgusting. Soggy and flavorless dumplings? No, thank you! Thankfully, that’s not how these turn out at all.

Instead, something magical happens in the oven. As the crescent rolls bake, the outsides caramelize to create a crispy exterior. In addition, the delicious filling becomes creamy and gooey. It’s the perfect contrast!

Specifically, these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Dumplings are great for breakfast or dessert! For easy entertaining, try making them in advance. Your friends and family will never guess how quick preparation is. It will be our little secret! You can just rake in all the compliments and watch the dumplings disappear.

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Dinner in a Pumpkin (Pumpkin Casserole)

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Dinner In a Pumpkin Baked (Pumpkin Casserole)

Dinner in a Pumpkin is a casserole cooked right inside a pumpkin! As you serve it, scrape out the tender pumpkin to eat along with the delicious filling!

I get SO excited for Halloween! One of the things I always look forward to is Dinner in a Pumpkin, or pumpkin casserole. Since this dish is seasonal, it’s always really special when I get to eat it. So, I make it as often as I can while pumpkins are still available.

To make dinner in a pumpkin, prepare the casserole filling ingredients. Then, stuff the pumpkin, and bake. As you serve the casserole, also scoop out portions of the pumpkin to eat! After dinner, just throw the pumpkin away! Since there are no casserole dishes, clean-up is so easy.

Speaking of which, why are pumpkins not available AFTER Halloween?! You can find so many other seasonal types of squash. Why not pumpkin? Maybe, if more people make this dish, we don’t have to waste all the after-Halloween pumpkins with a pumpkin smash. #savethepumpkins

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Cottage Cheese and Crackers

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Creamy cottage cheese, butter crackers, and Salad Supreme Seasoning combine to make a perfect, quick, easy, inexpensive, kid-friendly, snack or meal.

If you’ve ever wondered what to do to with cottage cheese, you’ve come to the right place! Cottage cheese is so versatile, and it can be used in more ways than hidden inside a lasagna.

In 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, there is about 80-100 calories and 14 grams of protein! It’s a filling and satisfying snack for not a lot of calories. Plus, it’s not expensive.

For as long as I can remember, my family loves eating cottage cheese and crackers as a snack or a full meal. My brother especially loves cottage cheese and crackers, and I think he could subsist solely on them if he had to.

Even though they are easy to prepare, I still want to provide you with a quick and easy recipe (that only dirties one spoon)! Let’s get to it.

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Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake

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Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake in Slow Cooker and Ramekin

This decadent and easy Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake recipe uses only 4 ingredients and can be made in the oven or the slow cooker! Perfect no-fuss dessert!

Dump Cakes are named that way because the ingredients are literally “dumped” into the baking pan. While this Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake recipe adds one extra step, it’s still quick and easy. Plus, it results in a moist and evenly cooked cake! On top of that, it can be made in the oven or the slow cooker.

In addition to being cooked in one pan, this recipe only requires 4-Ingredients! Even better, they are all pantry ingredients. When you are in a pinch, and don’t feel like baking, it’s a perfect last minute dessert.

This Cherry Cheesecake Dump Cake is incredibly rich and decadent. So, I recommend smaller servings. But, that also makes it great for feeding a crowd.

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Peanut Butter Cup Cookies (Mini)

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Combine peanut butter cups and peanut butter cookies to make Peanut Butter Cup Cookies! An easy and delicious bite-sized chocolate peanut butter dessert!

These peanut butter cup cookies are soft, chewy, and irresistibly good! Both the chocolate and peanut butter are such a classic combination that you can’t get enough of. Because they are mini, they are easy to pop in your mouth. Although, that’s also a struggle because it’s hard to stop at eating just one!

As a matter of fact, this recipe has been popular for years. I’m not sure where this recipe originated, but Reese’s has a similar recipe on the back of their packaging.

These cookies are easily shared and taken to potlucks or other gatherings. Perfect for bake sales too!

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Homemade Alfredo Sauce Recipe

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You’re only 15 minutes and 5 pantry ingredients away from homemade Alfredo sauce infused with yummy garlic, butter, heavy cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan.

For as long as I can remember, our family receives laughs and scoffs for keeping a large 3-lb block of cream cheese in our fridge. The reason why: to make this amazing homemade Alfredo sauce whenever we want! Inevitably, once they try this homemade Alfredo sauce recipe, they stop laughing. Because it is so tasty!

It takes just 15 minutes to make, and it’s way better than Olive Garden and the store-bought Alfredo sauces. This sauce was one of the first things I learned to make.

When you don’t know what to make for dinner, this is such an easy recipe to go to. It can be tossed with pasta for fettuccine Alfredo. Or it can be used in a myriad of other ways. See the post below for more ideas!

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Perfect Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

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Perfect Homemade Air Fryer French Fries

Perfect homemade air-fryer french fries are a healthier alternative to the deep fried version, yet they still have crunchy exteriors and soft interiors.

Time after time, I see questions asking how to make homemade french fries well. Thankfully, the folks at America’s Test Kitchen, have perfected the technique. My post and recipe is adapted from their method for Air Fryer French Fries.

While these french fries do take more time and prep, they are some of the best homemade fries I’ve tried (and I’ve tested a LOT)! The outside of the fries are crunchy and golden, but the inside of the fries are soft and tender.

Additionally, they are a healthier alternative to deep frying. Which means you can have them more often, right?

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