Our Favorite Family Dinner Recipes These Days

Think about this wild state of affairs: you make one thing scrumptious, and life-giving (and straightforward) for dinner…. and everybody at your desk ACTUALLY EATS IT, your children included.  They may adore it, even. Ask for it once more. Or no less than, eat it with out lots of complaints ????

Now, did I simply title your 6pm fantasy land? Look ahead to it: this isn't a dream!

That is not unattainable to do. The truth is, I feel lots of it may well begin to occur once you’re prepared to SIMPLIFY some issues in your own home:

SIMPLIFY your meals (aka, to real-food).  Bonus tip: once you get the chemical substances, components, emulsifiers and processed stuff out of your meals, your (and your children) style buds open up (and real-food tastes wonderful.) You gotta give it 2 weeks of clearing the opposite stuff out earlier than you’ll see this shift, however when you do, every part else will get simpler. 

SIMPLIFY the execution (aka, know what issues work properly for your loved ones: the quickest cooking veggies, having a pantry stocked with real-food provides, and concepts of what sound good for the week). 

and SIMPLIFY the stress you’re placing on your self in your meals to be 5 star, journal worthy meals. Bonus tip: it is a *prime* instance of an all-or-nothing mentality at play: it leads us to not even strive cooking something, as a result of we all know we don’t have the time or power to do it “completely”.  

Let me let you know what IS true, although:

So long as it’s SIMPLE & REAL, your physique will thanks.

So long as it’s SIMPLE & REAL, it’s time properly spent.

It does NOT need to be fancy. Or advanced. Or something loopy.

So at present, I need to simplify the method for anybody who’s feeling overwhelmed within the kitchen nowadays– whether or not you may have children or not. With 5 meals which might be my go-to’s even once I solely have 10-20 minutes to get dinner on the desk…which looks like most nights nowadays?! Ha.

They’re easy, straightforward to make, and don’t require a ton of elements. And most of all? Don’t require separate meal-making :).

Grass-Fed Burgers & Candy Potato Fries (With A Facet Veggie)

Even earlier than summer season grilling days get right here, burgers are the fast dinner we are able to’t get sufficient of. I like to search for grass-fed lamb, beef, or turkey on the retailer ( I normally get ours at PCC in the event you’re native to Seattle). If you happen to’re in search of an amazing vegetarian possibility, Hilary’s veggie burgers are scrumptious (and an amazing pantry staple once you’re quick on time). I pair them with candy potato fries, that are really easy to make, and one thing inexperienced. My latest go-tos? Sauteed inexperienced beans, roasted broccoli or cauliflower, or a contemporary salad.

Chili and GF Cornbread

Is there something higher than strolling into the kitchen to odor a scrumptious chili simmering on the range? I don’t find out about you, nevertheless it’s one in all my all-time favourite on a regular basis moments. You can also make turkey, beef, or veggie chili– my candy potato model (recipe right here) debuted within the Merely Actual Consuming cookbook, and it’s been a favourite in our household ever since. I normally pair it with gluten free cornbread, utilizing my corn muffin recipe (additionally within the Merely Actual Consuming cookbook), and simply baking it in a sq. dish as a substitute. Elective so as to add some arugula on high for some further veggies in the event you’d like. 

Veggie-Packed Hen Enchiladas

This one is straight from my Cooking Membership, the place I’ve been sharing tons of family-friendly dinner concepts recently (as in, a brand new one each single week). AND, guess what?  This household pleasant recipe submit impressed me to do one thing enjoyable, for this week solely! Via this Sunday solely, I’m providing a 7-day free trial, so you'll be able to try this recipe and LOTS of others! You possibly can stick round after your trial for simply $9.99/month (or $97/12 months), each on flash sale till this Sunday 3/19. Come on in, strive some wholesome household recipes, and see if it’s match for you! 

For this recipe, you’ll simply want hen (if you need), peppers, zucchini, inexperienced or pink salsa, corn tortillas and mozzarella cheese (additionally elective– depart it out if you wish to go dairy free). It’s sooooo good and makes sufficient to have leftovers the following day!  Additionally try my Delicate Verde Salsa model too. 

Asparagus and Pea Risotto

This one’s additionally from the Cooking Membership– test it out right here to see how the recipes are laid out. I attempt to make every meal straightforward to observe, regulate and easy for everybody (you'll be able to regulate the serving sizes, search by elements you have already got in your fridge, save your favorites, and print coordinating purchasing lists too!). 

That is a type of meals that feels fancy however is definitely sooo easy to drag collectively shortly! Simply add your favourite protein (we love roasted hen, salmon, and halibut). It’s at all times successful with your complete household, and I take advantage of no matter veggies on are on sale/in season that week. 

Lentil Pasta with Meatballs & Tomato Sauce (& A Facet Veggie)

I like to simplify the place I can, and for this recipe, it means reaching for Rao’s, my favourite store-bought tomato sauce. Then, I whip up some greek meatballs or turkey meatballs (each out there in my first cookbook (which celebrates 8 years outdated this week!) and yup, additionally out there within the Cooking Membership too). Quick on time? Swap them out for natural hen sausage out of your freezer as a substitute. 

I normally serve with broccoli, sea salt, pepper & butter– on the facet or blended in– and I add arugula on high for the adults, or combine up a fast facet salad. Lentil pasta has a large amount of protein and fiber, and when it’s topped with sauce, you’ll by no means inform the distinction. I really like the TJ’s model finest. 


Need extra easy, scrumptious, nutritious dinner concepts for the household? Be a part of the Cooking Membership free of charge this week, or go to the entire SRH store. You’ll discover tons of recipe sources, together with seasonal meal plans, my cookbooks, and the child meals recordsdata. 

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