Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

Slow Cooker Chicken dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread.

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious family dinner, this Slow Cooker Chicken recipe is definitely worth trying! I love easy chicken recipes and this Crockpot Barbecue Chicken is certainly one of our family’s favorite dishes.

As a busy mom, I enjoy using my free weekly meal plans for quick dinner ideas. I’m definitely loving the slow cooker recipes on the list. This simple chicken recipe is adapted from week 7 in the meal plans. I’m always looking for a new idea for my Crockpot and this chicken hits the spot!

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken dinner - Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe

 

CrockPot Barbecue Chicken is a simple weeknight meal!

I’m not a big barbecue chicken fan, but this blend of vegetables and chicken with the cornbread is rather addicting. Because it’s such an easy recipe, that makes me like it even more!

Serve this simple Crockpot barbecue chicken and cornbread with a salad for a fast and easy comforting meal. The chicken turns out very moist and it’s hard to stop eating. Even my kids like it! That’s kind of a miracle these days. ha!

Delicious Sweet Potatoes

I’m always looking for ways to hide healthy sweet potatoes into my meals for the kids. They are full of vitamins, but if I told my kids I was cooking them, there is no way they would eat them. Well, this recipe certainly does the trick if you mash the potatoes. Your kids will never know!

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Speaking of easy chicken recipes, here are some of my favorites that you might like to try as well.

Delicious Slow Cooker Chicken

Get out your slow cooker and enjoy making this easy Crockpot barbecue chicken recipe!

Originally published January 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken is a delicious family dinner. Crockpot Barbecue Chicken recipe with corn, sweet potatoes, barbecue sauce and cornbread make a flavorful combination!

  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 2 cups frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 small red onion (diced)
  • 1 small sweet potato (peeled and diced)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 boxes Jiffy cornbread mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • parsley
  • salt and pepper
  1. Cut chicken into bite size pieces and place in the slow cooker.

  2. Top with the corn, diced onion, sweet potato and barbecue sauce. Toss together until chicken is coated.
  3. Add the water, a dash of salt and pepper then stir.
  4. Prepare Jiffy cornbread mix as directed on box and spread over the top of the chicken mixture.
  5. Cook for 6 hours on low.
  6. When cooked, remove the cornbread in sections and serve on top of the chicken mixture. Sprinkle with parsley.

You can also use 1 box of cornbread if you like less bread.

Recipe adapted from $5 Dinners.

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Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

Last updated on November 5th, 2018 at 05:48 pm

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious southern Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

 

Easy Southern Cornbread Dressing Recipe

Whether you call it dressing or stuffing, it’s all delicious! I made up a new recipe for Sausage Apple Cornbread Dressing to try this Thanksgiving and it turned out so amazing! This dressing recipe is a fun twist on southern cornbread dressing.

I’m very picky about cornbread dressing since it’s both my husband and mine’s favorite Thanksgiving side dish. I’m happy to share this dressing (or stuffing) recipe with you because it turned out to be so tasty! I will be making it a lot more often for an everyday dinner, not just on special holiday dinners.

Originally published November 25, 2013

This cornbread dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or dinner recipe! Apples and sausage gives you sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

A Twist on Cornbread Dressing

I have seen savory recipes that called for apples, but never eaten them in my cornbread dressing, so it was the perfect reason to do some test cooking before the big day.

This dressing recipe is not all cornbread. I mixed in some sour dough bread and used spicy turkey sausage, but you could use any kind of sausage you like. My son said I need to use “real” sausage next time. So I will do as he says. Ha! Personally, I thought the turkey sausage was fantastic and like that it has a lot less fat than regular pork sausage.

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Adding something sweet to your savory dressing is perfect!

For the sweet to my savory dish, I used a small amount of apples cooked in white wine. The wine cooked apples gave the apples a nice tart and tangy sweet flavoring which complimented the spicy sausage.

When you’re done, this easy cornbread dressing is ready to be eaten right out of the oven. It goes perfect with your left over white wine!

Apple Sausage Cornbread Dressing ~ A delicious side dish recipe for Thanksgiving or everyday dinner! Recipe at LivingLocurto.com

Try this Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing for dinner sometime. It’s crunchy, sweet and savory all rolled into one dish… delicious!

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Do you call it dressing or stuffing?

We had a fun conversation about this on my Facebook page! Come see what people said. I hope you enjoy this recipe. If you make it, let me know if you liked it in the comments below.

This Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors in one bite.

Apple and Sausage Cornbread Dressing

This Southern Cornbread Dressing is a delicious Thanksgiving side dish or everyday dinner recipe! The combination of apples and sausage lets you enjoy sweet and savory flavors all in one bite.

  • 4 links spicy Italian turkeysausage
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 loaf sour dough bread, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 3/4 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 granny smith apples, peeled a chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 1 tablespoon sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Mix cornbread, milk and eggs and bake according to the package.
  3. Cook sausage in a skillet. Remove from pan and slice.
  4. Remove cornbread from oven and cut into small squares and arrange on a baking sheet.
  5. Cut sour dough bread into cubes and arrange on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake bread for 8 minutes or until toasted.
  7. Reduce oven to 350 degrees
  8. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  9. Add celery, onions, apples and brown sugar. Cook for 2-3 minutes until brown.
  10. Add wine and cook 2-3 more minutes.
  11. Add thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary, salt, pepper and chicken broth. Stir until fully heated.
  12. Add bread and sausage to a large bowl and pour the skillet mixture over it all.
  13. Gently toss and add more broth if it seems too dry.
  14. Transfer your dressing mix into a baking dish.
  15. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the top is crispy.

To skip toasting the bread, you can bake and cube your bread the night before, then leave it out to dry.

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50 Father’s Day Free Printables

Last updated on June 4th, 2018 at 04:39 pm

50 of the best Father’s Day Free Printables! Find great DIY gift ideas, cards and tags for dad.

50 of the best Father's Day Free Printables! Find great DIY gift ideas, cards and tags for dad. Fun designs and homemade gift ideas for men. #fathersday #dad #gifts #father #printables #freeprintables #livinglocurto #giftideas

Enjoy these Adorable Father’s Day Free Printables!

Here at Living Locurto we take Father’s Day seriously! Sure, it’s about spending time with your dad and giving your husband that special “me” time he deserves, but it’s also about finding the perfect Father’s Day gift and FREE Printables to make Father’s Day extra special.

Don’t worry, we’ve done all the legwork for you. We scoured the internet to find fifty of the cutest Father’s Day Free Printables around.

You’re bound to find something awesome for any of the men in your life with these 50 Father’s Day Free Printables. A BIG shout out to all of the wonderful Dads out there!

Happy Father’s Day!

50 of the best Father's Day Free Printables! Find great DIY gift ideas, cards and tags for dad.

50 Father’s Day Free Printables

  1. Enjoy a Dessert in a Jar Recipe with Free Printable “We would go nuts without you!” & Happy Father’s Day Tags  here at Living Locurto.
  2. Here at Living Locurto you can find free printable Happy Father’s Day cards and tags in brown and blue stripes.
  3. Alpha Mom has a printable Super Hero Kit to make your Dad’s Day extra super.
  4. Lifestyle Crafts made a cute little shirt and tie card as well as mustaches on a stick!
  5. Is the Dad in your life a Real Man? The Mombot has the perfect card for him.
  6. We have a free printable Father’s Day Coupon Book right here at Living Locurto.
  7. For the dad that never passes up a puzzle, this free printable word search card by Paper and Pigtails will leave him searching for more.
  8. Some dads can’t get enough fishing. This adorable angler card from Sissyprint will make their day extra special.
  9. This free printable Babe Ruth baseball quote by Less Cake More Frosting is perfect for framing and hanging in Dad’s office.
  10. Is your dad a suit and tie kind of guy? Check out these free printable bunting and cupcake toppers from Amanda’s Parties to Go.
  11. If dad is more geek than jock, then this Star Wars father’s day kit from The Popsicle Blog is just what he needs.
  12. Surprise dad with a six pack of {root} beer personalized with these A&Wesome tags by Nothing But Country.
  13. Is Dad a Super Hero without a cape? Then check out That’s What Che Said’s free printable Super Hero Card.
  14. Botanical Paper Works has a really great free inspirational quote you can print and frame for Dad.
  15. Paper Crave has the most adorable DIY Free Printable Template for making your own shirt and tie bag.
  16. Homespun with Love has a cool Free Subway art Father’s Day Printable.
  17. And if you really love Subway Art (like I do) then you should check out Today’s Fabulous Finds Free Dad Subway Art in 17 Different colors and 2 Different Designs.
  18. If your Dad is #1, then this Free Printable Card and Cupcake Topper from One Charming Party is what you’re looking for.
  19. One Charming Party also has a free printable mustache and bow tie card for your dashing dad.
  20. The Martha Stewart Blog has these adorable Retro Father’s Day Clip Art Food Labels for you to print.
  21. The Popsicle Blog has a great free printable for Daddy’s Treat jar. Just fill with treats and you’ve got a cute gift!
  22. Kinzie’s Creations has a Mad Libs Style printable to use for younger kids.
  23. Planning Father’s Day breakfast in bed? Check out this free Room Service printable from seven-thirty-three.
  24. Nothing But Country makes your Father’s Day Pop with these cute tags.
  25. Milk and Honey has a free quote for you to frame.
  26. Coton Colors has free Father’s Day printables for the chef, the sports nut, and even the sailor dad!
  27. Sweet Scarlet Designs has a free printable Father’s Day alphabet card.
  28. Tater Tots and Jello has a free printable golf themed gift for Dad.
  29. Need a mustache card you can wear? Cut and Create has the perfect one for dad.
  30. Looking for a good last minute Father’s Day Printable? Check out this one from Creative Homemakers.
  31. Beauty and Bedlam has a cute Father’s Day printable coupon book.
  32. Lil’ Luna has a cute free printable pop box set perfect for Fahter’s Day.
  33. Make it Perfect has a free printable card for the Dad that rocks.
  34. These Dad Bucks from Print Your Party are adorable.
  35. Giving Socks to Dad? Use these cute labels from Hello Lucky to dress them up!
  36. Pumpkins and Posies has four free Father’s Day printable cards— including a monster one!
  37. Holiday Creations has a free printable template for a Father’s Day gift card holder.
  38. Lara Macchia has an elegant Father’s Day free printable card.
  39. These free printables from cupcakes and lemonade will help you put together a super hero box.
  40. Is your dad the best dad ever? Then give him this free printable card from Funky Time.
  41. Sarah Hearts has tool themed free printable Father’s Day Cards for you.
  42. Paisley Wallpaper even lets you customize their free printable Father’s Day Tie card. Check it out!
  43. You can build your own dad with this free printable card from Papercraft Inspirations.
  44. Design Dazzle has a free printable with a bonus tutorial for a scratch off Father’s Day Card.
  45. Creative Mamma has a really neat free printable Father’s Day card with a funky design.
  46. A Proffitable life has a free printable Father’s Day poster for dads and stepdads.
  47. I Should Be Mopping The Floor has a wow-worthy free Father’s Day ombre printable.
  48. 1+1+1=1 has the cutest printable Father’s Day Coloring Page Card.
  49. Over at Eighteen25 there’s a free printable for a Father’s Day All About Dad book.
  50. I love this superhero coupon book from Kiki and Company because kids can write in their own stuff!

Wow! Hope this list of awesome Father’s Day Free Printables helps you this year!

What do you plan to make this Father’s Day?

Celebrate Dad with these easy Father’s Day Gifts! Get printables, recipes and simple homemade last minute gift ideas.

Celebrate Dad with these easy Father's Day Gifts! Get free printables, recipes, crafts and simple homemade last minute gift ideas for men.

 

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Crockpot White Hot Chocolate 3 Ways

How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate three ways. Easy drink recipe topped with OREO cookies, Peppermint, marshmallow and candy sprinkles.

How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways. Easy homemade recipe with peppermint, OREO cookies and candy sprinkles. Easy party drink recipe idea.

How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate 3 ways!

Get out your slow cooker this winter to make some fabulous Crockpot White Hot Chocolate. With the freakish cold weather hitting us here in Texas, this recipe is coming at the perfect time! When it comes to hot drinks, I’m usually a coffee girl, but the kids love hot chocolate and homemade recipes are the very best! We’ve not only got a fabulous Crockpot White Hot Chocolate recipe you can easily whip up for an after school treat or party drink, but three different ways to serve it. Whether you like it plain or loaded with OREO cookies, today’s recipe is lots of fun!

How to Make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate

Creamy white chocolate with a hint of vanilla makes the best Crockpot White Hot Chocolate. Using a slow cooker is an easy way to serve hot chocolate at a party. Make a big batch and have a self serve toppings station to make your guests hot chocolate complete. Kids will love piling on the marshmallows and drizzling with chocolate syrup! There are dozens of toppings you could use. Today we are sharing three fun ideas for the most decadent hot chocolate.

This Crockpot white hot chocolate recipe only calls for a few ingredients, whole milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and white chocolate chips. Print the recipe below.

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How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways.

 

3 Decadent Ways to Serve White Hot Chocolate

OREO White Hot Chocolate

OREO cookies with white hot chocolate might be my favorite thing ever! Fill your cup with the creamy hot chocolate then top with jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup and crumbed OREO cookies. Talk about chocolate HEAVEN!

How to make OREO Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways.

 

Peppermint White Hot Chocolate

Peppermint white hot chocolate is good all year round! Fill your cup with white hot chocolate, top with jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips and crushed candy canes or peppermint candy. For an adult version add a splash of peppermint schnapps!

How to make Peppermint Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways.

 

Candy Sprinkle White Hot Chocolate

White hot chocolate can be turned into a colorful treat with your favorite candy sprinkles. This is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday or holiday. Fill your cup with white hot chocolate, top with jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup and candy sprinkles. Make some for your loved ones this Valentine’s Day!

How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways. Valentines Day Drink Recipe.

Yum! Don’t these look great all together?

How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate made three ways. Easy Homemade Hot Drink Recipe.

I hope you enjoy this delicious Crockpot white hot chocolate! Which topping would you like the best?

 

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How to make Crockpot White Hot Chocolate! Delicious slow cooker hot chocolate three ways. Easy drink recipe topped with OREO cookies, Peppermint, marshmallow and candy sprinkles.
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 cups of whole milk
  • ¾ cup of heavy whipping cream
  • ½ tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups white chocolate chips

  • TOPPINGS
  • Jumbo Marshmallows
  • Mini Marshmallows
  • OREO cookies
  • Peppermint Candy
  • Chocolate Syrup
  • Colorful Candy Sprinkles
  • White Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Mix milk, heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and white chocolate chips together in a Crockpot slow cooker.
  2. Keep on high and stir every 15-20 minutes for 1 hour or until white chocolate chips are completely melted.
  3. Turn Crockpot to lowest setting and serve with your favorite toppings.

  4. TOPPINGS
  5. OREO: Jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup and crushed OREO cookies.
  6. Peppermint: Jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, white chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candy.
  7. Candy: Jumbo marshmallows, mini marshmallows, chocolate syrup, colorful candy sprinkles.
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What You Need to Know Before Buying an Instant Pot

I managed to make it through last Christmas season without buying myself an Instant Pot. That’s when I first heard of the Instant Pot and everyone was raving about it. It’s a pressure cooker! It makes yogurt! It’s a rice cooker! It’s a slow cooker! And then a dozen other exciting features all in one. I resisted though. And I pushed it back to the bottom of my needs list. After all, I can easily cook rice on the stove top and I have two slow cookers already.

But then my large, 6 qt. slow cooker pooped out on me. I was left with my small slow cooker. Me, with my first world problems, thought the timing was ideal. The Instant Pot shall come forth to replace the lost small appliance. With Prime Day deals, I gave in and did it. I bought the damn thing. Not at half price but as good as it was going to get until next Black Friday. When the thing showed up, it was a thing of beauty. And it was just like Christmas in July.

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The thing was huge. It’s a 6 quart so I knew it was going to be a good substitute for my broken slow cooker but it was substantial. It was then that I just wanted to jump right in. After all, I’d seen a billion recipes using your Instant Pot. You  know, dinner cooked in 5 minutes and all. And this leads me to my point. There are a few things I’d like to share with you before you buy an Instant Pot.

In case you weren’t aware, it’s a pressure cooker. A PRESSURE COOKER. You know the thing we heard about when we were young – scary stories of blowing up kitchens. Yeah, that kind of pressure cooker. Of course, I knew this but I didn’t KNOW it. Let me elaborate a bit. So, there I am scrambling to put together my 5 minute dinner. Because that’s what the recipe promised. 5 minutes people. Of course I’m going to fall for it. Just like I fell for that article about cleaning your entire fridge in 10 minutes. Back to the pressure issue. This is when I discover my husband is legit afraid of the Instant Pot. Like, he’s going to have to leave the room. First of all, I botched the recipe because I didn’t realize that the five minutes that the recipe promised does not account for the actual time it takes your Instant Pot to heat up.

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Lesson 1: If cooking using the pressure cooker function, your Instant Pot needs time to warm up and reach the desired pressure/temperature. This may sound really elementary and is quite clear in the owner’s manual but for the love…all of those tempting, quick Instant Pot recipes on Instagram and Pinterest are proclaiming the cook time, not the entire process. Just know it takes a few minutes. Don’t be confused by all those recipes telling you that you can have a meal ready in 5 minutes. It’s not READY in 5 minutes. It may take 5 minutes to cook (once your Instant Pot is ready) but dinner is not ready in 5. Read that manual, friends. And this leads me to…

Lesson 2: Not only do you have to give yourself an allowance of time to let the Instant Pot heat up if you are pressure cooking, you’re gonna have to do one of two things to bring release that pressure so you can safely open the lid (remember the exploding kitchen thing). One option is the “quick release” method. Here’s an example of what it looks and sounds like:

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Okay so that’s the quick release method. And if you have small children, pets or a husband who has fears of pressure cookers, you’re going to want to announce before hand that you are doing it so that they may cover their ears or leave the room. It’s a safe appliance, don’t be scared off. And, there’s also the natural release method. And that can take an additional 10 minutes or so. So again, more time people. I’m not saying the Instant Pot isn’t magical because it is. Just know there’s a little before and after that you need to account for.

Pro tip – don’t set your Instant Pot on a counter where your lid vent can shoot straight up into cupboards above. When I went to attempt the quick release, I realized all the shooting steam would go straight up into my cupboards so I had to do the natural release which takes much longer. Sure, I could have unplugged it and moved it but I was too scared what with all those childhood stories of shooting lids.

Lesson 3: I learned quickly that some of these Instant Pot recipes have not been properly vetted. Maybe stick with the recipe bloggers that you know and trust. For instance, I just tried to find a quick paella recipe. I just searched and found one that I could make in…you guessed it…5 minutes. Now let me sing the virtues of the saute function on the Instant Pot. It’s amazing. Truly. That is one huge advantage over a slow cooker. I always hated using the stove top to brown or saute something and dump it into the Instant Pot. But back to the paella recipe. Basically, it instructed me to saute onions and spices before putting the water, broth and rice in. And then I could throw in frozen shrimp on top. Done. Like over done. If I had taken a moment to think, I would have realized that the Instant Pot was cooking rice and although it took only 5 minutes in pressure cook mode, that there shrimp was also going to be in there that long. Shrimp basically takes 3-5 minutes to cook in boiling water or in a pan on the stove top. And Instant pot recommends 3 minutes to cook frozen shrimp. So, the recipe wasn’t accurate with the cook time for the shrimp. The result – pretty perfect rice and super over cooked shrimp. Now, going back, I’d just saute the shrimp first, remove and then pressure cook the rest of the ingredients separately. Just know that not all the Instant Pot recipes are going to be spot on.

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Lesson 4: One of the great advantages of the Instant Pot is how quickly you can cook using the pressure cooker function. So, it’s super awesome that you can cook spaghetti squash in 7 minutes versus 60 minutes in the oven. I thought it would be fun to try hard-boiled eggs too. It only takes…say it with me…5 minutes! Here’s the thing, by the time it warmed up and pressure had built up, cooked the eggs and then waited for it to release, it wasn’t 5 minutes. And boiling those eggs would have taken about the same time. The exception on that would be if I needed to cook a dozen or so eggs. If that were the case, I’d probably opt for the Instant Pot. Sometimes, we (meaning me) get so excited about a shiny, new appliance and all the cool things it can do, I don’t realize it was easier and quicker doing it the old way.

Sooo…now you’re wondering if you should buy one. Truth be told, I’ve had more failures than triumphs at this point. But I shall persevere. If you choose to jump on the Instant Pot bandwagon just know there’s a bit of a learning curve. Maybe don’t invite the neighbors over for dinner to test out a brand new Instant Pot recipe. Give yourself a little room to learn and it’ll all be good. You’ll like it a lot.

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Favorite Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes | Easy One Pan Meals

Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes are quick and easy meals for the family! Enjoy some of my favorite one pan recipes that you can pop into your oven for a fuss-free, delicious week night meal!

Best Sheet Pan Dinner Recipes for quick family meals! One pan chicken, seafood, meat and vegetable recipe ideas to pop into your oven for an easy meal.

I love making dinner for my family, but let’s face it, with our crazy schedule of basketball, robotics and cheer practices, my kids are often just lucky to get a grilled cheese sandwich!  To make life easier, I’m always searching for super fast and simple weeknight dinner ideas.

Sheet pan dinners have become my favorite thing lately! Now I’m addicted to putting the entire dish on a baking sheet and popping into the oven to bake all at once. With a sheet pan dinner, you just line your baking sheet pan with foil or parchment paper and your clean up is a piece of cake!

I’m excited to start sharing more dinner recipes here on Living Locurto along with our usual party food and drinks. Here are some of my go-to sheet pan dinner recipes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
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Meal Plan for the Week!

If you are a new reader to Living Locurto, you might not know about my delicious Free Weekly Meal Plans from the past. I have six months of weekly meal plans with free printable grocery lists. They are a life saver when you need some meal ideas fast!

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This week, I’m happy to be a special guest sharing a dessert with some of my favorite bloggers who also share great weekly dinner ideas! I’m sharing an easy Strawberry Pie Recipe with only 4 ingredients. It’s so good and perfect for parties! Be sure to scroll down to get some meal planning ideas for the week.

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The Grinch Christmas Treats

The Grinch Christmas Treats! Adorable fun food ideas for your next Holiday party. Grinch cakes, popcorn, cocktails and school snacks.

One of our favorite Christmas movies is The Grinch. We watch it every year and it still reminds me of when I was a kid waiting for it come on T.V. each year!

If you’re planning a holiday party, be sure to add a few of these fantastic Grinch Christmas Treats to your recipe list! Play the DVD and serve up some green Grinch cocktails, Grinch cake or make some healthy Grinch treats for school parties. This list is for The Grinch fans out there. Enjoy these adorable party recipes!

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10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

A successful Thanksgiving is all about the small touches. OH SURE, we all talk turkey leading up to the big day, but this glorious meal is made extra special by serving and showcasing ALL the elements of this feast.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

The good news is, those extra special recipes don’t have to be extra hard. Here are ten dishes that your guests will surely cause your guests to pat their bellies and wish they had room for just one more bite…and possibly their stretchy pants.

Sherbet Church Punch
This punch is a HUGE hit at our family gatherings. Sweet and tart, it’s a great drink for kids and kids-at-heart!

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Fruit Infused Water
Serving a crisp fruit-infused water is a nice way to serve something refreshing and healthy to your guests, and it cuts down on the need to buy a half-dozen varieties of soda. Everyone like water.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Appetizer: Cheese Plate
A cheese plate is the perfect appetizer for a big affair like Thanksgiving because it requires no cooking, guests can pick and choose their favorites, and it looks impressive.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Avocado Greek Yogurt Ranch Dressing
Dip your fresh veggie sticks into something fresh, unexpected, and full of healthy fats. No one will know you bought those veggies pre-cut if you serve them on a fancy chilled divided serving tray.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
A hearty salad full of seasonal flavors? Sign us up. A big green salad looks even more impressive on a platter tucked amongst the often muted potato, stuffing, and bread offerings at the table.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Apple Cider and Citrus Turkey Brine with Herbs
A good brine makes all the difference when it comes to cooking a moist and delicious turkey. We’ve cooked turkeys in the oven, in an electric roaster, and in a smoker and regardless of the cooking method, the brine is the key!

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Turkey Gravy Made from Pan Drippings
Does making gravy intimidate you? Follow along as Alton Brown shows you how to make gravy from the liquid gold leftover from roasting your turkey. You’re going to need a gravy boat to show off your newfound gravy-making skills.

Flavored Butters
Your kitchen is packed with extra ingredients like cranberries, garlic, and fresh herbs. Whip up a little flavored butter to slather on your dinner rolls and your guests will think you’ve slaved for days…which, if you’re hosting, is very likely true.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache
Say that five-times-fast. Not everyone goes nuts for pie. Surprise your cake-loving guests with a seasonal treat just for them. Bonus points for showing it off under the dome of a glistening cake stand!

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Chocolate Pumpkin Pie
Perhaps you’re sensing a theme. We like our pumpkin paired with chocolate and this recipe is one we look forward to all year long.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up

Thanksgiving Coloring Placemats
Okay, so while this isn’t technically a recipe, we’ll tell you that a table set with crayons is guaranteed recipe for FUN. No one (not even your cranky uncle) can resist doodling these placemats.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Guests Will Gobble Up