Family Fresh Meals

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Corey is a wife and proud mother of two wonderful children. Her passion for photography and food fueled the creation of her site, Family Fresh Meals. There she enjoys sharing homemade recipes the whole family can enjoy.

Corey is a winner of Top 25 Foodie Moms - 2013

What's one of the first recipes you taught your kids to make?

One of the first recipes I taught my kids to make was homemade pizzas. We love making those weekly as a family!

What's a delicious no cook recipe?

Dips! I LOVE dips! Have you tried my Bacon Ranch Dip? The name says it all. Cheese, bacon and ranch, what's not to love?

What's a great breakfast for a special occasion?

For special occasions, I love to make baked donuts. They taste just as good as the real thing, but are healthier. Once a month I make baked donuts for my family, and they are always a huge hit!

What's an easy, healthy lunchbox menu for kids?

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

I am always a fan of any bright colorful fruit, cheese, crackers & your child's favorite granola bar or nuts. You can make fun shapes out of the cheese using clay or cookie cutters. Kids will love everything about this lunch. It's all finger foods, full of color with the bonus of cute shaped cheese!
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What's your favorite easy casserole?

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Mexican Lasagna Stack-Up in the crock pot!!!! So easy, full of veggies and healthy protein. Takes just minutes to throw into the crockpot and can be done in 1-2 hours on high setting. Love love love this one!
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What's your go-to cooking shortcut?

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I love finger foods! Whenever I need a fast meal for the family, small bites are my go-to-cooking shortcut. Making fun little plates and appetizers from leftovers you have had from the week is a great way to clear out the fridge and have a fun, unique meal. Stick a toothpick in a piece of leftover chicken and a cube of cheese. Plate up small servings of that left over casserole into cupcake liners. I find that my children eat more on these nights. The variety is nice, the fridge is cleaned out, prep is quick and best of all, no mess!
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What is your favorite quick breakfast recipe?

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Savory Breakfast Bites You take refrigerated crescent dough, place scrabbled eggs, cheese and your favorite breakfast meat (bacon, sausage, ham) on the dough, roll up, bake at 375 for about 13 minutes... and BOOM.... a warm flaky breakfast bite is ready to eat. You can see step-by-step photos & instructions on my Family Fresh Meals blog: http://familyfreshmeals.blogspot.com/2011/11/savory-breakfast-bites-taste-of-home.html
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What's your family's favorite easy crock pot recipe?

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My family loves my Crockpot Stuffed Bell Peppers. Super easy and VERY healthy. I also provide a vegetarian version. You can find my recipe here. http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/01/crockpot-stuffed-bell-peppers-w.html For breakfast, we I love to make my Crockpot Breakfast Casserole. It's a hardy breakfast meal you set before you go to bed, and wake up to a beautiful breakfast! You can find the recipe here. http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/01/crockpot-breakfast-casserole.html
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If you had to get dinner for your family at a fast food restaurant tonight, which would you choose and what would you order?

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We would probably get Subway or Chipotle. My girls get so excited at those two place, because they love to go down the line and pick out what is going into their sandwich or taco :) Since my husband is a vegetarian, these are the best fast food places for my family, because they both offer him a couple different options. My go to sub at Subway is the veggie delight, and well all love the burritos and tacos at Chipotle.
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What's your family's favorite recipe for weekend breakfasts?

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I love making my family these cute Mini Baked Donuts.Very easy to make, even more fun to eat! They are baked, so they are MUCH healthier than your average donut, but still taste great! Have fun decorating them with a variety of glazes, powdered sugar or sprinkles!
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What's a great treat for spring or Easter? (Please include a link!)

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With spring and Easter bring tons of fun ideas for colorful FUN lunches. That old bunny cookie cutter sitting in your kitchen drawer can bring a boring lunch to life! Simple cut out your usual sandwich with the cutter, add some cheese eyes, a side of carrots and your favorite fruit, and Ta-Da! You have yourself a fun, spring filled lunch for a special treat! http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2011/01/bento-love-bunny-hop.html
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What's your favorite salad recipe that's perfect for Spring or Summer?

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This pasta salad is perfect for the summer months. You can use your grill to roast the peppers and if you are are lucky and have a garden or a farmer's market nearby, the burst of flavor from the fresh summer peppers is amazing. This is a simple, easy to make salad that brings a WOW factor to pasta salad! http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2010/08/roasted-pepper-pasta-salad-food-network.html
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What's a great recipe using ground beef?

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As a busy mom, I am always looking for ways to save time in the kitchen. Crockpot Stuffed Bell Peppers to the rescue! This easy, healthy and colorful meal was a huge hit with my whole family. You can prep everything the night before, stuff the peppers in the morning, set the crockpot and go about your day. Have a vegetarian in your family? No problem! Check out the recipe to see how you can easily make this recipe vegetarian. http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/01/crockpot-stuffed-bell-peppers-w.html
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What's a great spring or summer recipe that uses corn?

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With summer right around the corner, the smell of fresh corn will soon be in the air.... can you smell it? And what goes well with corn? Scallops! Such a beautiful joining of flavors. The sweetness from both the corn & scallops will bring a bright taste of summer to your table. I also added an adapted option of this recipe so my wonderful vegetarian husband could also enjoy the meal. My entire family really loved this meal. And for those of you out there who don't think your kids will eat scallops or you have not tried them yourself.... give it a try! You will not be disappointed, my 2 & 4 year old asked for seconds :) http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2011/06/sea-scallops-with-creamed-corn-tarragon.html
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Can you share an easy, crowd-pleasing birthday party cake or cupcake recipe? (please include a link to a photo!)

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I am one of those people who would much prefer to eat the cookie dough than the cooked cookie, so these Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cupcakes were a dream come true for me. These cupcakes are quick and easy to whip up and will please any birthday crowd, young or old.
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From peach pies and berry cobbler to lemon shortcake and watermelon popsicles, fruity desserts are perfect for summer. Please share your favorite fruit-based dessert, and include a link to the recipe and photo.

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Creamy Fruit Dip is the perfect dessert for any occasion. There are only 3 ingredients you need to make the dip. Then, just slice up some of your favorite fruit, and serve. This is a great recipe to have the kiddos help with! Creamy Fruit Dip http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2011/11/pineapple-fruit-dip-kraft-foods.html
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What's a family-friendly recipe that would be perfect for a summer or Fourth of July gathering -- whether it's a grilled dish, a simple side or festive treat? (Please share a link to a photo)

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These simple and delicious chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit at our Fourth of July gatherings! The kids have a blast helping make and eating these healthy treats. http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2011/06/red-white-blue-chocolate-covered.html
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What's a great finger food that your kids love? Please include a link.

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This easy Cheesy Pepperoni Bites are always a hit with my kiddos. Not only do the kids love to eat them, but they also have a blast helping make them! http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2012/04/cheesy-pepperoni-bites-with-vegetarian.html
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What's one of your favorite one-pot recipes? (Soup, casseroles, etc.)

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This hardy soup is easy, full of flavor and only takes one pot to make! Chop an onion, open cans and dump it all in your crockpot! I love how easy this is to make. Keep the canned ingredients on hand, a couple chicken breast in the freezer, and whip out this recipe when you can't figure out what to make for dinner. Have leftovers? No worries...this recipe freezes well!
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What's a great school lunch box meal your kids love? Include a link to a photo if you have one!

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My girls love when I pack them a Make Your Own Pizza lunch! These are so easy to make, much healthier and cheaper than comparable store bought lunches!
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Do you have a meatloaf recipe (or, for vegetarians, something similar that's meat-free) your family loves? Please share a picture and a link.

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Want to try a new twist on an old favorite? These mashed potato topped Meatloaf Cupcakes were a hit at our dinner table. I give directions for both meat and vegetarian versions of this fun recipe so everyone can enjoy! Mini Meatloaf Cupcakes (with vegetarian option)
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What's your favorite muffin, scone, or bread recipe? Please share a link to the recipe and a photo if you have one.

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Need a quick breakfast for those rushed mornings? These Power Muffins are easy to make, low calorie, protein packed, filling, AND delicious. Not only do they make a great on-the-go breakfast, but a great snack that will leave you feeling satisfied!
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What's your favorite pie recipe for fall? Please share a link to a photo!

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

Pie for dinner? YES! This savory pie is a fun twist on an old favorite; green bean casserole. Words can't describe how good this is. My Cheesy Green Bean & Bacon Pie can easily be made vegetarian, by substituting in veggie bacon. AMAZING! I urge you all to add this family friendly pie to your Fall menu.
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Nothing says fall like the flavor of cinnamon! What's one of your favoritie recipes that has cinnamon in it? Please share a link with a photo.

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These cookies combine my super soft oatmeal cookie recipe, with the sweet taste of fall. The cinnamon and pumpkin add a beautiful flavor, unlike any other cookie. It's impossible to eat just one!
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What's your family's favorite Thanksgiving treat? Please link to your recipe.

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Pumpkin is always a theme with our Thanksgiving treats. This special snack is fun for the kids to make and will satisfy your sweet and salty tooth all in one. My Pumpkin Hugged Pretzels will surely tide the family over while waiting for dinner to be served.
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What's a delicious meal you can serve to your family when you're trying to lose weight?

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There's NO mystery here folks! 6 REAL ingredients, 1 delicious family favorite. This healthy version is just as easy to prepare, without all the extra calories, fat and mystery ingredients.
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Can you recommend a great hot lunchbox meal for kids for the cold weather months? Please include a link to your recipe.

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

Soup is a great thing to pack for lunch during the cold weather months. But most people don't know how to pack soup for lunch and ensure that it stays warm until lunchtime. Here are great tips on how to pack soup for lunch, so it is still warm for the kiddos by lunchtime.
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What's your favorite food to make or eat on St. Patrick's Day? Do you have a tried and true Irish recipe? Please share a link to your recipe, with a photo.

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

Crockpot Irish Stew is a family favorite in our home. This hearty stew will fill you up, save you time and be loved by the entire family. What else could you ask for?!
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What's your family's favorite Mexican or (Mexican-inspired) dish? Please share a link to your recipe!

Corey @ Family Fresh Meals

Our family favorite Mexican dish is this Cool Ranch Chicken. We use it for tacos, burritos and salads. The possibilities are endless!
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