Meal Plan Monday ~ Chili

Chili is a meal my family always welcomes.  There are so many different flavors of chili I think we could eat a different one every week for a year and never duplicate.  However this week I’m going to share my classic “goto” chili recipe!

Classic Chili (ground beef and beans)

Chili (ground beef and beans)

My chili recipe has Mole in it. Mole gives this chili a sweet spicy richness. If you can’t find mole in your grocery store. You can substitute cocoa powder and it will give you a similar flavor.


Pork Tenderloin (two ways)

Pork Tenderloin - two ways

I love making this pork loin recipe in my slow cooker because what ever is left over I put back in the slow cooker the next day with a few new ingredients and we get to have delicious pulled pork tacos!  It’s a two meal deal!

Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie

Tamale Pie another one of my goto quick throw it together meals, from start to finish I can have this dish on my table in 30 minutes!

Well Ken and are back from our 20th anniversary celebration in Puerto Rico.  I hope I can find time to share our vacation with you.  Where we went, what we ate, where we stayed, what we wished we’d have done blah blah blah!  But now it’s back to reality, and I’ve got a few projects, like redoing Cece’s bedroom, that I have been putting off so that Puerto Rican adventure post might not be up for a little while….plus I still need to tell you all about my taco tour adventure from summer, before it’s winter!!!

I hope you have time to get around the table with your family this week!  I’d love to hear from you! 

A few more recipes from around the web to help get your families together around the table!

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

Baked Potato Soup

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Crock Pot Stew (vegan and gluten free)

Mwah! Have a great week!


Rosemary Apple and Cheddar Flatbread with Walnuts

Rosemary Apple and Cheddar Flatbread with Walnuts

Rosemary Apple and Cheddar Flatbread is like a perfect bite of autumn!  Buttery flatbread topped with caramelized onions, tart but sweet apples, sharp cheddar cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and a smattering of sea salt and rosemary.  You won’t be able to stop at one piece! One of my favorite things is a slice […]

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Meal Plan Monday – Flatbread Pizza

Flatbread Pizza

If you follow Eat2gather at all on social media, you’ve probably noticed this cat is not in Michigan.  This cat is in PUERTO RICO BABY!!! Ken and I are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a little romantic getaway.  I can’t wait to share all the details with you!  Well not ALL the details, but most […]

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Italian Pot Pie

Italian Pot Pie

Comforting Italian Pot Pie is a one pan meal that is so easy you’ll keep checking your ingredient list to make sure you didn’t forget something. You didn’t! Trust me! It’s so easy. Bonus it’s mouth waveringly scrumptious too! I have some catching up to do here regarding book club.  It has been too long […]

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Meal Plan Monday – Tex-Mex Orecchietta Pasta

Tex-Mex Orecchietta Pasta

Welcome to October!!  Pumpkin this, pumpkin that!  Apples, donuts, Halloween candy, OH MY!  I actually love October in Michigan.  If you happen to live in the south, and you don’t get a true Fall, you MUST head north and experience it!  It’s magical!  I have nothing pumpkin, or apple on this weeks meal plan, but […]

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Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup with dairy toppings

Spicy Chicken Tortilla Soup with Dairy Toppings

There’s nothing like a big bowl of soup to warm you up on a chilly Fall day. This soup fits the bill! Top it with plenty of cheese and sour cream or yogurt and you’ve got yourself a hearty good for you meal! I’m partnering with the United Dairy Association of Michigan to help bring […]

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Meal Plan Monday – Pepper Steak

Pepper Steak

This easy, throw it together in 15 minute slow cooker meal will for sure become a regular menu item in your meal rotation! Pepper Steak  Wooo!  Is it Monday yet?  It has been a busy 10 days with a visit from my Mom last week and 3 extra kiddos staying with us for the weekend; […]

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Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple Pie

As sad as I am to see summer go, I am just as happy to see fall arrive, because with fall comes Apple Pie!!  Dutch Apple Pie is a family favorite. A smidge of nutmeg and a buttery crumble top this pie is soon to be a family favorite for you too!! Now, if you […]

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Beef & Bean Enchiladas ~ Meal Plan Mondays

Easy Beef and Bean Enchiladas

  What makes this meal perfect is that as good as it is the first day the leftovers are twice as good! Layers of corn tortillas, beef and beans, cheese, and red enchilada sauce, this meal comes together in less than 30 minutes! Beef and Bean Enchilada’s are a crowd pleaser! Easy Beef and Bean […]

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Frosted Sugar Cookies

OXO Cookies for Kids Cancer

Nothing gets eaten up faster than a frosted cookie at a tailgate party!  It’s a fact.  Proven by me.  Kids love frosted sugar cookies!!  Put them out at a football tailgate party and you’ll be the hit of the tailgate! I have a confession.  I hate making decorated cookies.  I don’t have the patience to […]

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