Maximize Meal Planning with this Healthy, Real-Food Recipe Roundup

Most moms hate that feeling that comes around every day at five o’clock or sooner where they panic and wonder who is going to cook dinner and what recipes they will make. Then we remember that WE are the ones that have to make food for your hungry brood and we are at a loss at what to make.

Over the years I have found it helpful to have a good list of our favorite recipes on hand so that when dinner time creeps up on me and I am at a loss, I at least have some options to choose from.

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I have found that when I take the time to plan some meals, it’s easiest on me if I can think of as many meals as possible. Then I don’t have to meal plan as often and life is a little easier for me.

Hopefully this list will give you some good ideas to help you know what to make for dinner tonight or what to add to your list. These are some of our favorite recipes that I have collected here to share with you.

Mealtime doesn’t have to be a drag every day. With a little bit of thinking and a little using of resources, we can have a nice healthy real-food dinner on the table each night without too much stress.

Our Favorite Family Friendly Healthy Recipes:

Pizza is a staple in most homes. Some people even have pizza once a week or more. This is our favorite pizza crust recipe that can be made once or made in batches to make life easier in the future. To batch this meal, I just open up a bunch of quart bags. While I’m making tonights crust, I add the same amount to each bag in front of me. Then I put the bags into the refrigerator to use on another busy night when all I will have to do is add warm water to my mix.

Oven Baked Fries – My family loves these fries better than any fast food option. Having a Veg-O-Matic or fry cutter is handy. Then all you have to do is add your spices to the bag, shake, and bake!

Beef and Chicken

Tacos and Burritos also fall into our “favorites” category. With a teenage son, this recipe has been used almost every week in our house lately. It’s so easy to brown some ground beef and add some taco seasoning and water and call it dinner. It’s almost a 5 minute meal. Our favorite taco/burrito recipe

Skillet Cutlets are such a versatile meal option. You can use almost any type of meat and season your cutlets in a million different ways. This makes for a unique taste every meal if you want variety.

Oriental Beef is another family favorite at our house. Although these take a while to cook, once you have them in the pan, they cook themselves for a couple hours. This is a yummy option for a day you will be home doing other projects. Dinner can be cooking away and then when you are ready, it is ready for you to eat.

Maximize Meal Planning with this Healthy, Real-Food Recipe Roundup 1

Spanish Rice is a tasty one dish meal where all the flavors mesh together and please the palate. It doesn’t take a long time to cook this meal. Sometimes, if you have extra time, cook it a little longer to add flavor.

Stir Fry – This is another family favorite that is incredibly versatile using different meats and vegetables. Use up all those leftovers of vegetables in the refrigerator here. Also, cook this meal when your garden is in high-production mode. This will help you use a lot of vegetables with less meat.

Here are some more healthy eating posts that might help you when preparing meals and snacks for your family:

Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas – For those needing to eat gluten-free, here are a bunch of ideas I have collected for you.

Important Healthy Eating Habits 

Cooking Effectively with Essential Oils

Healthy Snacks for Kids 


Posted by Heidi
February 18, 2017

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