Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup

Hamburger Soup?! My kids get excited when they hear it’s for dinner. Because I buy ground beef in bulk, and cook it all at once with chopped peppers and onions, then freeze it–I have several bags in the freezer at any given time. That makes this Hamburger Soup an easy load-the-slow-cooker-and-walk-away meal, rather than having to thaw and brown the ground beef the same night. It can also be made on the stovetop, see below for instructions.

Hamburger Soup | easy frugal crockpot slow cooker meal | MoneywiseMoms

If you’re not a fan of these vegetables, put in whatever your family likes (corn, a can of diced tomatoes, zucchini, etc.) I use mushrooms, carrots and red potatoes to go along with the onion and peppers that I put in my freezer-bagged ground meat mix.

Hamburger Soup
Serves: 8 servings
  • 1 lb ground beef, browned and drained
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 4-5 red potatoes, cubed
  • 8oz white mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  1. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir to combine.
  2. Cook on low for 7-10 hours.

I made mine in the slow cooker so I could leave it and walk away. But this recipe also works fine on the stovetop: Using the same pre-cooked beef, let simmer for 45-60 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.

Need a yummy bread to serve on the side? Try 10 Sensational Sides for Soups & Stews. I’ve also shared my favorite Fall Slow Cooker Soups.


Hamburger Soup is linked up to Real Food Recipe Roundup at JoLynne Shane, Talented Tuesday Link Party at Cook Craft Love, Inspire Us Tuesdays at Two Little Cavaliers, On Display Link Party at Average But Inspired, Pin Junkie Pin Party at The Pin Junkie and Tasty Tuesdays at CreativeKKids.

Moneywise Menu Plan – 2/1

Welcome to February!  As part of my passion about feeding my family and helping you feed yours (with a focus on healthy and frugal), I’m posting our weekly menu plan. Everything I cook is easy, or I wouldn’t make it! Check out the menu plan resources below; they’re full of VERY easy meals to make your family dinners successful.

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Moneywise Menu Plan – 2/1

Sunday: Slow Cooker Hamburger Soup (recipe posts tomorrow) and 30-minute Dinner Rolls
Monday: Mushroom & Cheese Omelets and Rosemary Potatoes with fruit
Tuesday: Ground beef tacos, black beans, brown rice, and toppings
Wednesday: One Pot Chicken Lo Mein
Thursday: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork, broccoli and brown rice
Friday: Make-your-own Pita Pizzas and salad (it’s family movie night)
Saturday: Slow Cooker Pork Ragu & Fettuccine and green beans

You can tell that I rely on my slow cooker (affiliate link) to make sure we eat home-cooked meals. I take a little time on a weekend once a month to prep some freezer meals, which means I can pull a bag of frozen meat and veggies out and start dinner as the kids are off to school. Doesn’t get any easier than that!

Menu Plan Resources

Moneywise Menu Plan – 1/25

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As I mentioned at the end of the year, I wanted to spend more time reflecting going into the new year. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’m passionate about, and one thing I always come back to is FOOD. More specifically, I’m passionate about feeding my family and helping you feed yours (with a focus on healthy and frugal). I’ve taught classes locally on meal planning over the past two years and really enjoyed helping moms figure out a system that works for them. Here on the blog, I stopped posting my weekly meal plan because I felt like I was posting the same recipes over and over (that’s part of the system–we eat the same things pretty often). But I’m bringing it back! It helps me stay accountable and helps readers, both old and new, stay motivated with their own meal planning.

Moneywise Menu Plan – 1/25

Sunday: Mac & Cheese Casserole (I put a bag of broccoli cuts in, too)
Monday: Crispy Honey Chicken Drumsticks and salad
Tuesday: Sausage Lentil Soup and I’m trying a new bread recipe
Wednesday: Pork Tacos with tortillas, black beans, brown rice & toppings
Thursday: Spaghetti with veggies & marinara, Caesar salad
Friday: Taco Cornbread Casserole and salad
Saturday: Leftovers night
If you’ve set a goal to eat healthier this year, or eat at home more (and out less), meal planning is key. It takes some practice, but it’s worth it. What do you find challenging? I’d like to help!

Other Menu Planning Resources

Chicken Chili Rice Bowls & Food Lion Giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I am a Food Lion blogger, and I joined their blogger program because we share the same mission–to help you feed your family for less. 

Food Lion wants to help you get dinner on the table quick & easy. Their latest Dish it Up! promotion is fantastic–through January 20th, when you buy $10 of fresh chicken, you get corn, tomatoes, rice and tomato sauce for FREE, to help you make an easy meal. We tried these Chicken Chili Rice Bowls, and it took less than 30 minutes to cook.

Chicken Chili Rice Bowls | MoneywiseMoms

You can head over to Food Lion and get the recipe, but I’ve also posted it below. While you’re there, you’ll find other Dish it Up! weeknight dinners to help you get dinner done fast.

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Chicken Chili Rice Bowls
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Serves: 6 servings
  • 1 1/2 uncooked long grain white rice
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 (28oz) can Tomato Sauce
  • zest of 1 lime
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 2-3 tsp chili powder, to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, to taste
  • 1 (15.25oz) can Whole Kernel Corn, drained
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  1. Cook rice according to package directions, using chicken broth instead of water, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven, over medium-high heat. Brown chicken 3 minutes on each side. Add diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, lime zest, lime juice, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne; stir.
  3. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  4. Remove chicken breasts to a cutting board, letting sauce simmer another 10 minutes. Meanwhile, chop or shred chicken, then return to saucepan and add corn and beans.
  5. Cook until heated through and chili is slightly thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired. Serve chili over rice.

Serve with extra toppings like sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped green onions, diced avocado or lime wedges. The leftovers (if you have any) taste great the next day for lunch!

Giveaway Time

Food Lion wants to help you Dish it Up! and get dinner on the table for your family. Two lucky MoneywiseMoms readers will each win a $50 Food Lion Gift Card. If you’re reading in an email subscription or feed, please click over to the post so you can use the Rafflecopter entry form. Good luck!

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Italian Pesto Rice {with Minute® Rice}

Thank you to Minute® Rice for sponsoring this recipe post.
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Oh, the holiday parties and sweets! It’s so hard to eat healthy during this festive season. For a holiday party we’re attending next week, we’re bringing this delicious Italian Pesto Rice. This healthy, savory dish is a nice contrast to all the indulgences we’re eating right now.

Italian Pesto Rice | #MinuteHoliday | MoneywiseMoms

I was happy to work with Minute® Rice because I’m passionate about helping moms get healthy dinners on the table, and this shortcut makes it faster and easier. One of the biggest hassles of “eating brown” is how darn long it takes to make brown rice! Who has 45-60 minutes to wait? Give Minute® Rice Brown Rice a try. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and has the same nutritional value as regular long-cooking brown rice. My kids love the fluffy texture.

Italian Pesto Rice | #MinuteHoliday | MoneywiseMoms

With Minute® Rice on hand, you can have a whole-grain side ready in just 10 minutes. Or, use Minute® Rice Brown Rice as the base for any number of great recipes. Find over 400 easy recipe ideas at the Minute® Rice website. This Italian Pesto Rice comes together so quickly! While the rice is cooking–for 5 minutes, then sitting for 5 minutes–prep the other ingredients. Then, stir it all together for a flavorful, robust rice dish that’s great on its own or a heartier meal when you add chicken or Italian sausage on top.

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Italian Pesto Rice
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 cups Minute® Rice Brown Rice, uncooked
  • 3/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cubed
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil, chopped (optional)
  1. Prepare rice according to box directions.
  2. While rice is cooking, slice tomatoes and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Add basil pesto to cooked rice, stir well to combine.
  4. Add tomatoes and cheese to rice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  5. Add chopped basil leaves for a stronger flavor (we like this but the kids don't).

I like to serve Italian Pesto Rice warm with some extra protein, but we’ve also enjoyed it as a vegetarian lunch served cold. Either way, it’s yummy!

Italian Pesto Rice | #MinuteHoliday | MoneywiseMoms

There are so many ways to include Minute® Rice in your busy weeknight meals. I’m going to see how the kids like the new Minute® Rice Multi-Grain Medley, which includes brown, Thai red, and wild rice along with quinoa for a completely gluten-free whole grain side.

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Linked up to Real Food Recipe Roundup at JoLynneShane, Tis the Season at Krystal’s Kitsch, On Display Thursday at Average But Inspired, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts, SITS Girls linky and Wow Me Wednesday at Ginger Snap Crafts.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.

Ridiculously Easy Holiday Appetizers

We have a family tradition that started when my husband was a kid, and we’ve continued it with our own children. All day on December 24th, we spend the day cooking and enjoying appetizers and desserts (instead of a planned meal). Each family member gets to pick a new recipe to try, and along with our usual favorites (my kids love pigs-in-a-blanket), we have a very relaxed day of playing board games, watching movies and eating finger foods and treats. It’s super fun!

Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Whether you’re heading to a holiday party this week or are looking for some fun recipes for Christmas Eve like we are, these Ridiculously Easy Holiday Appetizers will hit the spot. Each recipe is made with only 3 ingredients, saving you time and stress so you can enjoy the holidays with your guests and family or bring an amazing dish to a party or potluck.


Easy Sausage Balls from My Blessed Life | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

These Easy Sausage Balls from My Blessed Life are quick to prep with Bisquick, bulk sausage and shredded cheddar. These are on our to-make list this year. My kids will just love them!


Blue Cheese Appetizer from Half Baked Harvest | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Just three ingredients–a tube of biscuits, blue cheese, and butter–makes this amazing Blue Cheese Appetizer from Half Baked Harvest. Even if you’re not a home cook, you can show up at any holiday party and amaze!


Raspberry Brie Bites from The Sweets Life | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Raspberry Brie Bites from The Sweets Life are an amazing combo of tangy and sweet. Just set out frozen fillo dough shells with bites of brie and a dollop of raspberry jam. Easy peasy, but they look so elegant.


Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Frugal Fanatic | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Sweet and Sour Meatballs from Frugal Fanatic cook for just a few hours in the crockpot, with just frozen meatballs, ketchup and grape jelly.


Chili Cheese Dip from Raining Hot Coupons | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

A hearty, gooey dip is perfect for tortilla chips. This Chili Cheese Dip from Raining Hot Coupons is just three layers of cream cheese, canned chili and shredded cheese.

Black Bean Dip from Major Hoff Takes a Wife | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

If you’d prefer a non-cheese dip, try the Black Bean Dip from Major Hoff Takes a Wife. Just warm your favorite salsa combined with black refried beans and serve with a dollop of sour cream.


Baked Ham and Cheese Rollups from The Comfort of Cooking | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

Celebrate the lack of school lunches with Baked Ham and Cheese Roll-ups from The Comfort of Cooking. Layer pre-made pizza dough with your favorite type of ham and sliced cheese, then bake.


Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks from The Frugal Girls | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms
Who likes wings? These Crockpot Buffalo Ranch Chicken Drumsticks from The Frugal Girls are even better because you get more meat! Slow cook them along with a bottle of hot sauce and a packet of ranch seasoning for a crowd-pleaser.


Stuffed Mushrooms from A Nutritionist Eats | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

My family loves stuffed mushrooms, but they take a lot of work. That’s why this recipe for Stuffed Mushrooms from A Nutritionist Eats is so great–just three ingredients!


Pickle Rollups from Pip & Ebby | Easy Holiday Appetizers | MoneywiseMoms

My kids love these Pickle Rollups from Pip & Ebby, though we use spicy salami instead of corned beef. The cream cheese glues them together.


What are your favorite easy holiday appetizers?

10 Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Do you go traditional with your Thanksgiving meal? Whether we are hosting a crowd or are alone for the holiday, we tend to stick with the usual turkey and mashed potatoes and then try something new by way of side dishes. I’ve found a bunch of sides over the years that are easy to make and super flavorful. Enjoy these 10 easy Thanksgiving side dishes:

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Damn Delicious | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
It only takes 15 minutes to make these Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Damn Delicious, and they’re the perfect side to brighten up your Thanksgiving table.
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots | Easy Thanksgiving Sides | MonewyiseMoms

Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Shallots
If you’ve never tried Brusssels Sprouts before, why not try them with bacon! My kids ask for this dish year round, and it’s become a regular at our Thankgiving table.


Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms from My Kitchen Escapades | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms
These Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms from My Kitchen Escapades are so quick to prep, then you can put them into the oven to roast for 20 minutes while you’re letting the turkey rest. Easy peasy!


Crock Pot Cauliflower and Cheese from What's Cooking, Love? | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Crockpot Cauliflower & Cheese
This easy, 4-ingredient Crockpot Cauliflower & Cheese recipe from What’s Cooking, Love? can be made in the slow cooker, which frees up space in the oven for other foods.


Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans from #5 Dinners | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans
With only 8 minutes oven time, you can make these Oven Roasted Garlic Green Beans from $5 Dinners right before serving the meal. They have an unusually delicious caramelized sweetness.


Asparagus Tater Toss from Lil Luna | Easy Thanksgiving Side DIshes | MoneywiseMoms

Asparagus and Tater Toss
If you’re looking for lighter fare than traditional mashed potatoes and stuffing, this Asparagus and Tater Toss from Lil Luna is just right! It’s quick to make with tiny fingerling potatoes.


Zucchini Gratin from Cooking ala Mel | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Zucchini Gratin
Since cheese makes everything better (according to my family), this Zucchini Gratin from Cooking ala Mel would make a great side. It’s a healthified version that uses Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese, which means extra tang. Yum!


Autumn Chopped Salad from Iowa Girl Eats | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Autumn Chopped Salad
For years now, we’ve enjoyed having a salad at Thanksgiving to contrast the heavy turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes. This Autumn Chopped Salad from Iowa Girl Eats has a great combination of flavors–apple, pear, cranberry, feta and bacon (we skip the peanuts because of allergies).


Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce from Cooking on the Side | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce
I’m the only one of the five of us who likes cranberry sauce, and it’s a MUST for my Thanksgiving dinner, so each year I try a new recipe. This Gingered Orange Cranberry Sauce from Cooking on the Side has my favorite combination of flavors–ginger and orange to cut the bitterness of the cranberries.


Broccoli Casserole from Brown Eyed Baker | Easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes | MoneywiseMoms

Broccoli Casserole

Many years ago (before kids), a delicious broccoli casserole was brought to Thanksgiving dinner by our friend Joe, and became a tradition ever since. I like this revised version (with no cream soup) of Broccoli Casserole by Brown Eyed Baker.

What are your favorite easy Thanksgiving Side Dishes?


Linked up to Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids, SITS Girls Linky PartyMade By You Monday at Skip to my Lou, In and Out of the Kitchen at Feeding Big, and Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now.

Pork, White Bean & Kale Soup {Smithfield Marinated Pork}

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #PutPorkontheMenu

Pork White Bean Kale Soup with Smithfield Marinated Pork | MoneywiseMoms

When you want to put an easy, home-cooked meal on the table for your family, wholesome shortcuts can be a big help. Instead of remembering to defrost a roast and planning to marinate for hours, just pick up Smithfield Marinated Pork. All seven varieties–like Mesquite Pork Loin, Portobello Mushroom Flavor Filet, and Peppercorn & Garlic Tenderloin–are so easy. You can WOW your family (or guests) and just grilling or baking via the directions on the package. It’s ready to go, as a timesaver and with no stress!

Pork White Bean Kale Soup with Smithfield Marinated Pork | MoneywiseMoms

I picked up the Garlic & Herb Pork Loin Filet at Walmart. Since each package is about 3 lbs., I cut the roast in half and will cook the rest another night (easy dinner!).

With the pork already marinated, I wanted to try this Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup recipe, adapted from Eating Well. Confession time! With all my healthy and “real food” eating, I have never tried kale, and I have never given it to the family. I’d heard that kale could be bitter, so I figured it would be great to introduce it to the family soaked in a delicious broth (and I was right!).

Pork White Bean Kale Soup with Smithfield Marinated Pork | MoneywiseMoms

The combination of textures in this soup is fantastic! The beans are smooth, soaking up the fragrant broth. The kale is lightly crunchy, which everyone enjoyed. The pork and onions have a little chew to them; I just love soups with lots of layers like this. As an added bonus, my house smelled amazing while this was cooking. Yum!

The cooking time is short on this soup–so be sure and prep all your ingredients ahead of time. I had them lined up next to me at the stove, so I could keep stirring and just add them as needed.

Pork White Bean Kale Soup with Smithfield Marinated Pork | MoneywiseMoms

Whether you try this Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup or just want an easy pork roast dinner, print yourself a coupon for .75 off one Smithfield Marinated Pork product, while supplies last. You can also find more easy recipes and inspiration at the Smithfield website.

Pork, White Bean and Kale Soup

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound Smithfield Garlic & Herb Pork Loin (half of package)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bunch kale, ribs removed, chopped (about 8 cups lightly packed)
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  1. Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add pork and cook until no longer pink on the outside, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a plate with tongs, leaving juices in the pot.
  2. Add onion to the pot and cook, stirring often, until just beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, paprika and crushed red pepper and cook, stirring constantly, about 30 seconds. Add wine and tomatoes, increase heat to high and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add broth and bring to a boil.
  3. Add kale and stir just until it wilts. Reduce heat to maintain a strong simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the kale is just tender, about 4 minutes. Stir in the beans and the reserved pork with its juices. Simmer until the beans and pork are heated through, about 2 minutes.

See what other fabulous recipes you can make with Smithfield Marinated Pork. Look for #PutPorkonthe Menu on Twitter and Facebook.


Recipe linked up to The SITS GirlsWeekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Whatever Goes Wednesday at seven thirty three, Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids and Real Food Recipe Roundup at Jo Lynne Shane.

7 Easy Casserole Recipes

I think the casserole has a bad rap. For years, it’s been “uncool.” I get it. Over history, casseroles have been comfort food, often fat-laden and filled with cream-of-whatever soups. But we’re in a new era, baby! Now there are plenty of healthified casseroles out there made with whole foods, veggies and quality ingredients. These Easy Casserole Recipes have been culled from all the great stuff out there (I have a whole Captivating Casseroles Pinterest Board if 7 isn’t enough for you).

Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Casseroles may never be cool, but they sure are handy. I love them because:

  • Casseroles can be made ahead of time and frozen, making a dinner down to the road oh-so-easy.
  • Serving a casserole gets dinner on the table–healthier and less expensive than fast food, a restaurant meal or takeout.
  • Casseroles are great to feed a big family or to have leftovers for lunches, which is another way to save money!

Take a look at these amazing casseroles, then let us know in the Comments what your favorite easy casserole recipes are:

Chicken Parmesan Casserole from MB's Kitchen | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This reinvention of time-consuming Chicken Parm is easy prep with layers of pre-cooked chicken, sauce and crunchy croutons. Either cook some extra chicken on a previous night, or use a rotisserie chicken. Check out the Chicken Parmesan Casserole recipe at MB’s Kitchen.

Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from My Turn for Us | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti
Baked Ziti is a favorite with families everywhere, so it’s great to have an alternative that’s just as easy. This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti from My Turn for Us has a homemade Alfredo sauce that you prepare while the ziti is boiling.

Easy Breakfast Casserole from The Wholesome Dish | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Easy Breakfast Casserole
I love having an Easy Breakfast Casserole baking on mornings when we are hosting company or a holiday morning when I’d rather be hanging with the family than in the kitchen prepping to feed a crowd. This recipe from The Wholesome Dish is so easy to pull together with frozen hashbrowns and cubed ham.

Zucchini Bacon Rice Casserole from Roxana's Home Baking | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Zucchini, Bacon & Rice Casserole
This amazing meld of flavors from Roxana’s Home Baking has the addition of protein from cottage cheese. If you don’t have summer zucchini from the garden (say, it’s winter), a frozen bag of zucchini would do in a pinch. Try Zucchini, Bacon & Rice Casserole.

Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole at One Good Thing by Jillee | Easy Casserole Recipes | MoneywiseMoms
Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole
This fabulous Rotisserie Chicken Enchilada Casserole at One Good Thing by Jillee has all the goodness of enchiladas but with no rolling (and tortillas falling apart!). Just layer in the ingredients, and bake!

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Casserole from The 36th Avenue | Easy Casserole Recipes
Spinach Artichoke Chicken
Now that it’s football season, you want Spinach Artichoke dip, right? Add some chicken, and now you have dinner. POW. This Spinach Artichoke Chicken recipe from The 36th Avenue is easy to pull together tastes amazing. My kids asked if we could have it again the very next night!

Mac and Cheese Casserole from MoneywiseMoms | Easy Casserole Recipes
Mac & Cheese Casserole
Next time you’re craving comfort food, this Mac & Cheese Casserole with protein from cottage cheese along with the tang of sour cream and sharp cheddar, will feed your craving. I wrote this up as a gluten-free recipe (just use GF pasta and skip the breadcrumb topping), but if you can have gluten, just substitute regular elbow pasta.


What are some of your favorite easy casserole recipes?