Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What’s Cooking–6 Fast Meals To Fuel You And Your Picky Family

Let’s do something different today (while I am on vacation). One of my many challenges in life (beyond these First World Problems) is what the hell to make for dinner. This is further complicated by the fact that I want all family members to actually eat what I cook and not bitch about. I also need it to be somewhat fueling/substantial for me as a person training for an Ironman. Further, it needs to be inexpensive and easy (like me-hahaha). I don’t want much, do I?

So, here you go. A few recent recipes that have fit the bill for me and the family. I am not pretending I created or invented these in any way, shape or form. I don’t see a reason to do that when I have Google and Pinterest. Just click on the recipe name to take you to the recipe (or the photo).

1. White Chicken Enchiladas – I’m not a big fan of the Cream of Mushroom soup version of these, so I really like this recipe. It’s pretty easy to throw together and turned out delish. Four out of four family members ate it and liked it. It actually comes out looking just like the picture (minus the pretty blue plate).


2. Vegetable Curry with Chick Peas – Okay, I am not going to pretend my family would eat this, because they wouldn’t. Sam was my best hope, but his response was “Well, it would be okay, but where is the meat?” I like to make a huge vat of something at the beginning of the week that I can eat for my lunches. This was perfect, especially because you can just throw it all in the crockpot. I eat it over couscous with some plain yogurt on top.

Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

3. Baked Tacos – Basically your average taco with a twist. Four out of four ate it. Easy and quick.

4. Easy Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese Croutons – This was a nice deviation from the typical grilled cheese and canned Campbell’s soup. It got slurped up around here.

Easy Tomato Soup & Grilled Cheese Croutons

5. Easy Meatless Manicotti. I have made this 40 million times. It is a huge hit and pretty healthy. I love that you don’t have to bake the pasta ahead of time.

Easy Meatless Manicotti Recipe

6. Greek Pasta with Meatballs. I happen to love lamb and these meatballs are made with ground lamb (I don’t like to think too much about a lamb being ground up, but let’s move on). Regular lamb is pricey and it’s much cheaper to buy a pound of the ground stuff. I love the undertone of cinnamon in this recipe and my family happens to think orzo is a fun pasta to eat, so we are all set!

Healthy Dinner Recipe: Greek Pasta with Meatballs

So, there you go. Some of my favorites. Enjoy!

Do you do most of the cooking in your home? Yes. I like to cook and Ken doesn’t. I cook, he cleans.

Made anything good lately? Share the link to a recipe if you want!



  1. OMG grilled cheese croutons! That is brilliant :D

  2. Wow, these all sound really good and I'm dying to try the enchiladas and tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons. Thanks!!

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  3. The grilled cheese and tomato soup looks awesome!

  4. The baked tacos and manicotto are probably the only two I would eat. And believe it or not I'm a lot less picky than I used to be. My daughter wouldn't eat any of those.
    Both my husband and I love to cook. We both hate cleaning but do it together, most of the time. We bought a new fancy grill for Christmas and love cooking on that.
    We made a prime rib two weekends ago. All I heard out of my husband and friends was mmmmm, yummm, omg. lol

  5. I thought I must be on the wrong blog you never talk food!! David cooks frozen meals :) so yup I do most of the cooking

  6. I am a lucky duck because my husband does most of the cooking. Dinners anyway. I supply the ideas/recipes and he whips them up. We just added this recipe into our normal rotation. It is so good! Not so much if you don't like mustard though. http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/holy-yum-chicken/

  7. Thank you for these. I am forever looking for, and failing at, easy dinner recipes that everyone will eat. My family calls me a hippie, even though I like meat (and Fruity Pebbles). These all look amazing!

  8. I made this swedish meatball dumpling thing that was yummy! - http://sarahstone-365norepeats.blogspot.com/2011/05/may-4-swedish-meat-dumpling-stoup.html ReneeW

  9. All of this looks so delicious, I almost licked my screen.

  10. I do all the cooking. I've been on an Indian food kick lately, but I cheat and use Target's sauces - their Masala sauce made the best Chicken Tikka Masala. I also used their coconut curry sauce for Aloo Mutter. I let them sit in the crock-pot for several hours, which makes everything taste better.

    Last night I tried a recipe from Pioneer Woman - Tortellini Primavera (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2014/03/tortellini-primavera/) - substituted bell peppers for the cauliflower and it was great.

  11. Those dinners all look wonderful. My favorite meal lately has been red sockeye salmon with caramelized onions and baked sweet potato slices over a huge pile of spinach or greens with a simple vinaigrette. Amazing. But I'm usually working on a healthier version of something for dessert like: http://flexitarianfilly.wordpress.com/2014/03/30/chocolate-covered-coffee-bean-brownies/

    Love your blog. Thanks for sharing. ~Susie

  12. Those all look great, and I'm wishing that I had a bowl of that tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons right about now!

    Cooking in our house can be quite tricky...I have one daughter who hardly eats any meat, and another who doesn't eat anything tomato based at all. One thing we can usually all agree on is breakfast for dinner, and I make this tasty (and easy!) frittata more often then I care do admit (the only change I make is to use turkey breakfast sausage instead of the pork sausage....otherwise I follow the recipe exactly):


  13. Awesome recommendations! I love Mexican food.

  14. I do all the cooking because I love it.
    Two recipes I tried recently that were easy and inexpensive 3 star recipes:
    One Pot Spaghetti Puttanesca - made this for a meatless Friday in lent.
    Asian Turkey Noodle - made it with chicken

  15. Those all look SO good! Into the kitchen with me....

  16. Yep - I do the bulk of the planning, shopping and cooking here and I'm the same as you - I want it to be quick and easy, fairly healthy and something that everyone will eat!!! Some great recipes here!!!
    Have fun on vacation!

  17. These look awesome! Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try a few!

  18. When I lived at home, if I didn't eat what mom cooked, I went hungry. Once we were old enough, if we wanted to cook for ourselves, we had to buy our own supplies. If we were cooking for the family, that was ok.

    Now at home I eat what Linda puts in front of me, and its all good, though I'm still dubious about some vegetables. There's this bison elk chili she made a little while ago with this huge chipolte bean or whoever it was. Not hot, but smoky rich and wonderful.

  19. Thank you so much for posting the white chicken enchilada dish. I made that once a long time ago, we all loved it and then I couldn't find it again. :-)

  20. This week I tried TWO new recipes, which is unheard of, and my 2 kids liked them both, which is even MORE unheard of.

    They came from the March Cooking Light - Stacked Chicken Enchiladas (made of chicken thighs, which makes them really moist and flavorful) and Chorizo Mexican Hash.


    I'll definitely be trying the manicotti and the baked tacos!

  21. I LOVE making a huge vat of something for the week. All the work up front, easy the rest of the week.
    And yes, I do all of the cooking unless I prompt Hubz to cook when I'm coming home late.
    My fave dish is roasted spaghetti squash topped with some kind of ground meat, garlic and tons of green veggies sauteed together and mixed with Rao's tomato sauce. Yum!

  22. I do all the cooking. The grilled cheese croutons look AWESOME!!!

    Here are 2 of my "go to" recipes.
    Creamy White Chicken Chili
    Minestrone (that you can eat with a fork!)

  23. I'm in the exact same boat as you, thanks so much for such a useful post! I'll try these next week!

  24. All those recipes look very yummy! I'll have to try them. I have a hard time making meals, because I hate cooking for one, but you know you will always have leftovers:) I just put a pork loin in my crockpot before heading out for my morning run!

  25. Yes, I do most of the cooking (and with 4 kids and a super picky husband I cook at least 2 meals for dinner. Sometimes 3).

    My current favorite (although not entirely in the "healthy" category): Oven fried chicken from Makin it Mo Betta http://kim-thislittlelifeofmine.blogspot.com/2013/08/oven-fried-chicken.html

  26. Have you looked at the cookbook The Feed Zone by Allen Lim, founder of Skratch Labs, local Boulderite? Simple, easy, delicious recipes for active people. The Buffalo Tacos are a fave around here.

  27. I do most of the cooking and our dinners desperately need a kick in the tush! Not that I'm a bad cook or anything, just gets boring after a while choosing from the same handful of meals. These recipes look really good. Inspires me to go gourmet this weekend. : )

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