Meal Planning – Favorite Recipes

I love that my meal planning post really resonated with a lot of you! I have gotten a few requests to follow up with some favorite recipes. This is the post for that! These recipes are ones that were (in my opinion) easy to moderate for cooking difficulty, time, and likeability by all members of the family. I am not a very good cook. I am decent at following a recipe, but I have been known to accidentally misread an ingredient by either grabbing the wrong thing or putting too much or too little (baking soda, baking powder, NOT the same).

Most nights I am cooking with a kid or two swarming my ankles, touching everything, begging for snacks and/or having a tantrum about denial of said snacks. Add in two yellow labs and its generally a classic side-show come dinner time. Which is why I judge recipes on difficulty, and I take this very seriously. So while most of these recipes may have been tougher the first time, I chose to repeat them again and again, because they were just that good. Depending on your cooking ability, you may laugh at how easy some of these are, or you may cry because you didn’t realize you were such a bad cook. If you scoff at how easy these are because you are a master chef, don’t tell me. I don’t need to feel more bad about my inability to cook. If you cry, solidarity sister. You can do this.

Side note for breakfasts and lunches: We usually always make enough for saving left overs for the next days lunch. For breakfast, we make a batch of egg muffins to last us throughout the week. Weekends are usually reserved for more hearty family breakfasts (which I love) of pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, the works!

This isn’t going to be the prettiest list, but these are all the links to my favorite recipes! Thanks to all these awesome bloggers and cooks for sharing their skills. And thank you Pinterest.


Meal Planning Recipes

Halibut Tacos with Cilantro Lime Sauce

*Notes: We use small flour tortillas, and the cilantro lime sauce makes quite a bit! We always have a lot of leftovers of the sauce.

Creamy Tuscan Garlic Chicken

*Notes: A big favorite over here. I usually repeat this every week! Since we’ve been eating Keto friendly foods, we make zoodles (zucchini noodles) to put this chicken and sauce over.

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

*Notes: I always overstuff the tortillas, so if you like a nice clean enchilada, make sure you stick to the recipes recommendations. (I don’t always measure things…)

Chicken Piccata

*Notes: I always use angel hair pasta with this one.

Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Honey Lime Chicken Tacos

*Notes: Crowd favorite!! I have made this for so many dinner parties and events, and people ask for the recipe every time. This is a super easy “throw it all in the crock pot” type of recipe. We do not use the tortillas she recommends. We just use the smaller flour tortillas. The key to making this recipe the biggest hit is that when you take the chicken out to shred, before you put it back in the juice, take each shell and dip them fully into the juice. Then lay each one over a wire in your wire rack in the oven, so that it folds like a hard taco shell. Cook those on 350°F for about 8-12 minutes, depending on how crispy you want them (we prefer them with just a little crunch). I hope that makes sense!!

Easy BBQ Chicken Bake

*Notes: Perfect for those “I only have 15 minutes to prepare dinner” nights. So simple, yet surprisingly pretty tasty!

Fiesta Chicken Crock Pot

*Notes: This is another great, super easy, throw it all in, crock pot recipes for fiesta chicken tacos. We through these in small flour tortillas for super easy, yummy burritos. It freezes pretty good too. I love that I can throw the chicken in frozen (I seem to always forget to de-thaw the meats until, you know, 20 minutes before I’m trying to make something).

Crock Pot Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork

*Notes: These were surprisingly (to me) delicious!

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

*Notes: Instead of using flank steak, we use 8oz of freshly thin sliced (from the deli) roast beef.

Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wraps

*Notes: Always messy, no matter what lettuce we use, its always a mess. A delicious mess. The kids LOVE this one, but we just load it up on their plate. They don’t really care for the lettuce wrap. Go figure.


There it is my friends! These are the recipes that we have on repeat, and repeat, and repeat. I will add more if I think of any. Please let me know if you have any questions! Happy meal planning!



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