This post is a round-up of 7 family favorite meals that were found online. Once you try them, you’re sure to want to add them to your meal rotation too!
Links to all the recipes are at the bottom of the post.
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Weeknight meals can be tough. There’s typically a lot going on and by the end of the day everyone wants to eat right away. It’s hard to find the motivation to try new recipes. Especially if you don’t know if they’ll be any good.
The below recipes are favorites that have stood the test of time and are worth trying, even on those tired nights. None of these are American School of Charm recipes.
Olive garden copycat – minestrone soup
This is an absolute must try if you’re a soup lover. It’s technically very easy although does take a little time. To make the preparation go faster, be sure to use a food processor or chopper.
An addition that you might want to try is a tablespoon of red pepper flakes. Add them as you mix in the rest of the spices.
crock pot – pulled pork
This recipe was discovered when looking for a graduation party protein that would feed A LOT of hungry high school seniors. Breaking all rules, the first time it was made was the day before the big event. No worries, it was fantastic!
After the party, several people came up asking for the recipe. This does take a little time but it’s worth it especially if you’re having a large crew over for dinner.
Broccoli pesto pasta
This is super easy and can be made well with gluten-free pasta. It can be used as a side dish or the main course.
If you don’t have a food processor to make the broccoli pesto, just chop up the broccoli with a knife into small bits and pieces. Be sure to use an extra large cutting board so the mess doesn’t go all over your counter and floor. It still tastes great although it takes a little longer.
There may be a trend going on BUT this recipe also benefits from a few additions. The first is RED PEPPER FLAKES. Yes, it adds a nice little kick. While it’s cooking you can also add diced petit tomatoes and fresh spinach too.
If you want to have this as your main dish, Toss’ables Tofu cubes in Herb & Garlic or diced shrimp work really well. Add them in prior to returning the pasta to the main pot.
Top the finished dish off with pinenuts, parmesan or feta cheese. Delicious!
This recipe can NOT be any easier. It’s light enough for the summer but still gives a bit of the comfort food vibe we all crave.
Gluten-free linguine works really well in this recipe. Top it off with freshly shaved parmesan cheese and your good. A salad adds a nice bit of color to this dish as well, although you can just add fresh spinach as you’re cooking to get a little green going.
chicken avacado caprese salad
This is a fabulous twist on a traditionally simple Caprese salad. It’s quick to make and very flexible if you’re not a chicken lover. Try shrimp or salmon with a light
Take note, if you’re using this as a main entree, the recipe really makes only enough for two adults.
crock pot black bean soup
This is the newest addition to the favorite recipes list. It’s great when you know you have a long day away from the house BUT still want to have a yummy meal when you get home. Preferably, right when you get home.
This is the recipe for YOU! It’s also a fabulous side to NACHOS if you’re feeling a little naughty!
It’s spicy but not too spicy and is amazing with fresh Italian bread. If you’re gluten-free the give it a try with corn tortilla shells.
No alterations to recommend on this baby. Make it EXACTLY as the instructions direct!
white chicken chili
Warning: Do NOT add the optional chopped jalapeño peppers!
You need to know this right up front. The first batch of this ended up right in the garbage because it was TOO HOT for anyone to eat. In fact, another reviewer had the same outcome!
That said, if you omit the jalapeño peppers then you’ll find that this is a spicy dish that is a fantastic alternative to regular beef chili.
Try serving this with corn bread either on the side or right in the bowl with the chili on top.
Note: This can be made on the stove top to brown the chicken and then transferred to a crock pot if that fits your schedule better!
A full week of recipes you’ll love
Have you tried posting your meal calendar? Adding little personal notes along with “Tonight’s Menu” is a great way to add presence to all the work you do to make great and healthy meals.
All of the links to the recipes are below! Enjoy ❤️