New Meals for the New Year: Bacon Pepper Burgers + Better-for-You Dessert

Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year?

Maybe you want to hit the gym more. Read more books. Try a new hobby or two.

Quite frankly, we all have good intentions … which, um, typically last until mid-to-late January. (Please tell me that I'm not the only one. Even if it's just to make me feel better.) But here's the thing: bringing your family together around the dinner table is one of the easiest resolutions you can actually keep.

In fact, meal planning is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your family – not to mention, your sanity.

The Family Faves 10 Meals & More Collection makes it really easy, and here's why:

  • You'll know exactly what's for dinner, before anyone even asks.
  • You can feel good about making home-cooked dinners (with a little help)!
  • Every meal is ready in 30 minutes or less.
  • And you get to try something fun and new every week, which might just mean checking another New Year's resolution off your list. (Woohoo!)

Our family is making two meals from the collection per week. First up: Bacon Pepper Burgers!

The verdict? Super quick and super delicious. Smoky and spicy with a sizzle of sweetness, these juicy cheeseburgers are so easy to make – and they taste even better than burgers from your neighborhood bar-and-grill. Serve them with fries, onion rings or fresh fruit (ahem, depending on the rest of your resolutions).

Oh, and speaking of resolutions, be sure to check out this bonus recipe, too!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cups

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cups prep

Top these little quinoa cups with melted dark chocolate and a pinch of sea salt. And voila!

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cups prep

These protein-packed goodies are perfect for grab-and-go breakfast bars all week long (just keep a bag of them in your fridge or freezer). Or enjoy them with your family after dinner for a little something sweet – with a lot less guilt.

Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cups

Here's to living well, treating yourself right, and taking away a little day-to-day stress.

Because, whatever you resolutions may be, that's definitely good for you.

- Jen


Tips & Hints

  • Try making these sweet and smoky burgers with pretzel buns or sweet onion buns, like we did. Yum!
  • While my kiddos chose American cheese, my husband and I topped our burgers with provolone slices. Brie or Havarti would be delicious, too.
  • Want to experiment with other toppings? Crispy onion straws or bacon slices would be fantastic.
  • If you're counting calories, swap the bun for a lettuce wrap and substitute mashed avocado in place of mayo for your burger spread. You can make these burgers into sliders for portion control, too! (Just reduce your cook time by a couple minutes.)

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