How to throw the best (and easiest) Friendsgiving with Tony’s Fresh Market

It’s that time of the year! My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, but Friendsgiving is a close second. I love having my friends in our home, catching up and spending time together before the craziness of the holidays. But in reality, our home isn’t huge, specifically the kitchen. After years of hosting this annual tradition, my husband and I have somewhat gotten this hosting thing kind of figured out. I wanted to share some easy recipes and tips we have learned along the way, with some help with all the ingredients from Tony’s Fresh Market. They have some specials on turkeys, their produce is some of the best and I even got some of the table decor there. Best part of it all? You are just having your friends over, so it doesn’t need to be perfect! Some time spent together is really what it’s about.

I am sharing 10 tips along with our brunch Friendsgiving menu below. Welcome to cooking with the Good Life!

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3 Fall Recipes using Philadelphia Cream Cheese

It’s no secret that I have a love affair with cream cheese. I share it often on my Instagram. One cream cheese brand I like is Philadelphia Cream Cheese because of its creaminess and how many different options there are. Since we are mid fall, there are so many recipes you can use that capture all the fall vibes. They have a pumpkin spread that I have been meaning to try! Over the past month, I have used them to create a breakfast toast, a snack and even pasta. That’s pretty much all the best things right?

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Meal Planning for a Family of 3 with Tony’s Fresh Market

I hate to admit it, but I love grocery shopping and meal planning. I don’t know what it is, maybe it just sets the tone for the week and helps us stay organized? Whatever it is, I do it weekly. Sometimes even on a Saturday night by myself? It’s like a night out right? Hah.

I will make a list of the meals first Monday through Friday and then list out all the ingredients needed for each meal. We have our weekly usual meals, but I try to add in a meatless monday meal, a meat focused one and usually ending with pizza on Friday nights.

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Quick & Easy Meatless Meals

If you have been following me for a little while, one of our New Year’s resolutions was to try to eat a few meatless meals a week. Maybe because we watched the documentary, What the Health, if you haven’t seen it, it’s eye opening. Although we still love a good steak, we just wanted to cut back on how much meat we were eating. We were up to 4-5 nights a week eating meat, so we definitely wanted to switch it up a bit. It’s really been kind of fun experimenting and so far, so good! I have been switching up our weekly meals and found a few that we love. All under 30 minutes, quick and easy.

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Honey nut cream cheese balls

For some reason, fall makes me want to bake and cook more, anyone else? I don’t know what it is. I like to wake up early, light my pumpkin candle, drink coffee and create some fun things in the kitchen. However, with a toddler and a baby one on the way, I don’t have all the time in the world now. I like to make things that are easy, kid-friendly and have some nutrients for my growing family.

We are a big cereal family, my son has a few bowls a week, it’s an easy, fast breakfast. But have you ever looked at the ingredients in some cereals? They are filled with sugar and have very little nutrients. I found Honey Nuts by Grainberry at Jewel Osco that is slowly becoming a favorite in our home. It is actually the first cereal to be made with Onyx Sorghum, which has many antioxidants that helps diabetes, heart problems and more. Honey Nuts have 33% less sugar than the leading brands, whole grain oats with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, which we LOVE! And most importantly, it’s delicious and my son loves it. It’s a win-win. 

I knew I had to create a snack using Honey Nuts, something easy and small for his tiny fingers.

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Turkey Black Bean Sloppy Joe Recipe

I woke up with a serious pregnancy craving last week. I needed Sloppy Joe. It’s a childhood classic and I knew I had to make it for dinner. This recipe is a little lighter than the traditional recipe, but still very kid friendly (Noah devoured it). It’s also made with San Marzano tomatoes, but can easily be swapped out for tomato sauce.

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My Thoughts on Amazon Fresh

 I will admit it, I love grocery shopping. Like, a lot. I plan out our meals for the week in advance and shop based around the menu we have planned. But there are times when life happens and getting groceries delivered is a lifesaver. It’s also one of the best registry gifts for newborns (we registered at Buy, Buy Baby and Amazon. I recommend it to everyone when they ask, “what do I get a mom with a newborn?”. Groceries, Grubhub, really anything delivered is always helpful for new moms.

When Noah was an infant, we got groceries delivered a few times and it helped so much. It was winter and there were weeks we couldn’t leave the house. This past week, it was  busy, I had an Amazon gift card, so I decided to try Amazon Fresh for the first time. Why not?!

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My Mom’s Egg Salad

Summer reminds me of a lot of things: bbqs, the pool, street festivals and my mom’s egg salad. It’s something I grew up eating as a kid and I had a serious craving for it this past weekend (yes, those pregnancy food cravings have hit). I wanted to share the recipe with you guys! It’s got a lot of crunch, which I like and haven’t tasted anything like it. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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5 Healthy Weekday Meals I Love

5 healthy weekday recipes cooking easy meals

I love tacos, pizza and margaritas like no other, but realistically, I can’t eat like that everyday. Too much unhealthy stuff ends up making me feel not the best. Honestly, Monday through Thursday, I really try to cook, meal plan and prepare every meal during the week. It makes our lives so much easier and prevents us from ordering out (and saves us money too). Anyone try to do this? I know our intentions are always good, but life does get in the way sometimes and we just need a burger, you know?!

I am sharing 5 healthy meals that we have often in my house during the week. Plus, they are easy and only require a few ingredients and time. Which are some of the two most important things while cooking during the week, am I right?

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Amazon Prime Day 2018: What I am shopping for this year

Amazon Prime Day deals 2018

Amazon Prime Day is here! For those are that are unfamiliar, it’s like Black Friday shopping, but in July. Amazon has some incredible “lightning deals” that are 20%, 30%, even 60% off of items from fashion, beauty and home. The sale is from July 16th at 3pm est until July 17th at 11:59pm. It’s the first time they have ever had the sale for a day and a half, so there will be plenty of things for everyone. Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, they are also having a deal. Spend $10 in-store, get $10 on Amazon from July 11-17th. For Prime members: Scan your Prime Code or use your mobile number at checkout in-store between 7/11-7/17/18 on a single purchase of $10 or more. See more details here.

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