Quick and Easy Harvest Meals and Snacks
While I'm still relatively new at being a farm wife and managing the busy seasons, I wanted to share a few of my favorite harvest meals and snacks. Every family is different and has their own unique ways of conquering harvest, especially when it comes to meals. Some families stop and eat at least one meal a day together. Some families eat on the go. Some eat when they get home. There are many different ways of doing things, and there is no one right answer! The right answer is simply what works for your family and that may change overtime or even every night!
Our family tends to stick with the method: keep going, don't stop. We keep moving and don't stop for meals. I am so thankful my mother-in-law provides a cooler full of snacks, sides and sandwiches every day for my husband, so I know he at least has food for the day and can manage on just that all day if he needs to. I really enjoy bringing out hot meals to my husband and love that little time together! I know that might change as I am pregnant and expecting our first baby this February. The other option for food, if I don't bring it out to him, is to make sure I make something that warms up well or can stay warm. I also enjoy having a variety of new snacks or baked goods available as well!
Here are a few of my go-to meals and snacks:
Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Potatoes
Cheesy Pasta Pie
http://www.gooseberrypatch.com/gooseberry/recipe.nsf/55e548eeef8c89b9852568d4004c5ffe/4AC4461036DBD1BF85257997005CF17D (Can add chicken or ground beef.)
Crockpot Italian Chicken
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 strip of Club or Ritz crackers, crushed
1/2 stick of melted butter
1/2 cup sour cream, added to the top
Crush crackers, melt butter in pan on the stove, add butter to crackers. Mix well. Cut up chicken, place in greased casserole baking pan. Cover with soup and buttered crackers. Add sour cream if desired. Bake at 350 or 375 for 45 minutes.
Tyson crispy chicken strips, tortillas, Mexican shredded cheese, any fillings you would like, ranch, bacon, lettuce, rice, etc.
https://makeitformenow.wordpress.com/2015/08/08/quaker-oats-corn-bread/ (Can also be baked in muffin tins.)
Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
No Bake Monster Cookie Oatmeal Energy Balls
1 2/3 cup sugar
1-16oz. can pumpkin
1 cup cooking oil
2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
Beat together eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until light and fluffy. Mix together dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Then add slowly to pumpkin mixture. Mix well. Grease 15x10x1 pan with butter. Pour mixture in pan, spread with spatula. Bake at 350 for 25 to 30 minutes. Cool and frost with frosting recipe below.
4 oz. cream cheese 3 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) 1 tsp. vanilla
Cream together cream cheese and butter. Stir in vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time and beat well until mixture is smooth. Spread over cooled pumpkin bars.
Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins
Let me if you try any of these recipes and any of your harvest favorites below!