Hello all! I’m here to explain myself. I have another relationship. Yes, it’s true! I have a second relationship and it’s with food! I know you’re laughing!
I’m not gonna lie to you, food is a big deal to me. I need convenience, I need healthy, I need kid friendly and I need cheap. Yet, to find all of these in one recipe is no easy task. I am here to share the recipes that are tried and true in my household. Before we begin, please note that I also have a love affair with the Instant Pot. The Instant Pot gets almost daily use, especially on the days I work. I know many people also love air fryers, I do not have an air fryer but, gosh darn-it I want one! Let’s get started!
On any given school day, the girls typically run out the door with cereal in bellies or in hand. It never ceases to amaze me the love kids have for cereal. They would have cereal for morning, noon and night if they could. Alas, I do not let them do this..every day. Typically breakfast is cooked on Saturday and Sunday mornings. More so Sundays as I have extra hands to help with babies. Here are three recipes we’ve given a shot and actually love! PS – I use Pinterest for all my food recipes.
One family favorite, easy for me and great for the kids is Dutch Babies! A Dutch Baby is a take on German pancakes. It takes minimal effort and maximum YUM effect. For the best results, I do recommend cast iron, a whole lot of butter and a working oven..which we currently do not have. We use this recipe! You can top the Dutch Baby with different things such as syrup, fruit or powdered sugar. It’s a light and airy take on the typical thick pancakes.
The second family favorite is Kodiak Cakes. If you are anything like me, I try to pay attention to what I eat. It’s not easy when we stock snacks and what not for the kids. However, Kodiak Cakes is simple enough to be the right macros for me while still being delicious for my kiddos. With three flavors, all being able to be made into pancakes or waffle they’re sure to be a hit in your home too! I typically pair these with a breakfast meat, Mm-mm bacon! *
Gordon Ramsey Eggs are the final recommendation for breakfast. I’m going to need you to listen closely, I don’t care for eggs (unless we’re talking about cheesy eggs from Waffle House). I tolerate them, I force myself to eat them. My kids on the other hand, eggs are ALWAYS a hit. Whether their topped with ketchup or hot sauce, they adore eggs. I came across a video last year on Facebook of Gordon Ramsey making eggs. No, I am not a chef but it looked so easy. Ya’ll… these eggs are to die for. Soft, fluffy, often cheesy goodness in a matter of minutes. Slap these eggs on a toast and you have a complete breakfast. You can watch that same video here.
Ah dinner, this is wear recipes often get elaborate. Instead, I like to get down to the nitty gritty. I work till 7 PM so the nights I work, Zoram is on his own with the kids. I’m not gonna lie, they eat a lot of Mac’n’Cheese and Hamburger Helper. I typically eat at work on the days I work so I can be ready to work out and hit the hay when I get home. On the days I don’t work, I still look for easy recipes. I try to have dinner on the table when Zoram walks in the door that way we have time to spend as a family before kids have to go to bed. This is why the Instant Pot is my friend and why an air fryer would be amazing! Feel free to donate to my air fryer cause, HA! Here are a few tried and true recipes my family could eat over and over again.
Want your kids coming back for seconds? Look no further than this Chili Mac. Chili Mac is one of the easiest and cheapest things to make! All you need is elbow macaroni, hamburger or in our case ground elk, a can of tomato sauce and a can of Rotel, you can even add in a “chili” packet if you don’t have the spices at home. This requires almost no true “cooking”. All you do is brown the meat, dump the rest of the ingredients in and a mere four minutes later (after pressurizing) you have a complete meal.
The next hit is a double whammy. In our family, we’ve always had stuffed peppers. This meal required boiling the peppers, cooking the rice and then baking the final product. While it was delicious it was truly time consuming. In comes the Instant Pot to save the day! We found two recipes that are hits in our household regarding stuffed peppers. The first is a traditional Stuffed Pepper, while the second is a Stuffed Pepper Soup. Only the actual stuffed pepper requires cooked rice. If you don’t already have a rice cooker, may I suggest a Micro Cooker from Pampered Chef.** The link for the Stuffed Peppers is here, and the link to the Stuffed Pepper Soup is here.
The final recipe that is a huge hit in our household is Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll Ups. Now, this recipe as is. However, I do a few tweaks to make it our own. The first thing I do when I know I’m going to be making this is buy a rotisserie chicken. Yeah, yeah I know it’s “lazy”. Again, most of the things I cook are in regards to convenience not perfection. Using rotisserie chicken is simple, you shred the already cooked chicken and add it to the recipe. Additionally, we do not use plain alfredo sauce.instead we use a Creamy Basil Alfredo from Bertolli. It is so good! Otherwise this recipe is delicious and filling! The link to the recipe is here.
If you couldn’t tell, in our household we really love food. Making food is half the task but enjoying it with family is always rewarding. I cannot wait to have my traditions passed down to my kids in regards of our kitchen table. Additionally, you can view all of these recipes and many more by following our Pinterest page here.
What’s your favorite recipe? What’s your dinner routine? Give us a shout below!
*I am not affiliated with Kodiak Cakes, I simply love the product and enjoy sharing it with my readers.
**This link goes to my cousin’s Pampered Chef page, any purchases made will benefit her.