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Recipes – Staples to our Menu

It’s been almost a whole year since I shared our favorite recipes with you. Last time I shared them it was because we had all been in COVID lock down for a couple of months and everyone was cooking more.

For us, we love to cook. We also love easy meals though.

I’d say these are kid friendly BUT I’d be lying to you. We plate it for our son and give it a shot, but more than likely he doesn’t want it, so we go to the standard toddler meals.

Those include frozen homemade meatballs, frozen chicken nuggets, a Danimal with a side of fruit or mac & cheese. I am no super mom. I provide a meal and hope for the best.

On that note, let’s start with the homemade meatballs!

Links for the recipes are in the title of each recipe!


Homemade Meatballs

I use Alex Guarnaschelli’s recipe for my meatballs. She’s one of our favorite Food Network chefs if you don’t know who she is. She has a sauce to make too to go with it, but I haven’t made that. These meatballs are SO tasty! They freeze well too. I make a double batch and typically freeze most of them in our Stasher bags so they’re ready to go for any meal or quick meals for our son! When making them I use the 2 tablespoon cookie scoop to portion them out. It’s perfect.

For the kids, pop them into a bowl with a touch of water to keep them moist and microwave them til warm throughout and top with your favorite sauce. The other night our son crushed 5 of them for dinner. He approves for sure!


Best Beer Chili

This is a new favorite of ours because my husband is a hunter and I recently discovered Miss Allie’s Kitchen, Venison Everyday cookbook! She makes venison more versatile to use and has lots of tasty recipes than our usual. The best part is it’s not gamey like a lot of recipes you find for venison, also it’s a family favorite! I know we’re sneaking into spring and some days it feels like summer but it’s a solid go-to for your menu options!

Our son actually loves beans, so this is a recipe he has had and picked every bean out of to enjoy! 😊 The rest is left for the dog to enjoy. I guess he figures that’s his way of sharing.


Coconut Shrimp with Spicy Honey

This one is my husband’s favorite request. It’s a bit more work than some of the recipes I’ve shared. However, it is worth it especially with the Spicy Honey! Personally, I cut the cayenne pepper in half because it packs a punch.

Even the little man of ours has tried this because he likes the sauce, of course, with his sweet tooth!


Coconut Lime White Chicken Chili

I know, it’s a 2nd chili recipe! It’s not even close to the other one shared. It’s a refreshing chili for spring if that makes sense. It’s light and bright in flavors and can be done in 1 pot, which is a mom need some nights! A friend of mine shared it with me this past week and it was THAT good that it was immediately added to our list of keeper recipes.

My favorite tip for this recipe is how to shred your chicken. Once it’s cooked and you take it out to shred it, put the chicken in a large bowl and grab your electric hand mixer or Kitchenaid Mixer and go to town! Screw the two-fork method that takes forever. This is one of those hacks that makes you go, “WHOA! Why didn’t I know this sooner?!”


Burgers & Fries

I have no link because here’s the thing, we buy frozen burgers and frozen French fries from the store. It is a staple for us and delicious! I said before, I’m no super mom. 😉

We cook the fries in our oven so they’re crispy and not fried. Mainly because I don’t have fryer or air fryer big enough for all that we need because my son lives on fries. Then we toss a slice of Kraft American cheese on the burgers with our favorite buns and voila! Dinner is served.

We all enjoy them and it’s something quick when needed. Now that spring is here, it’s great to get to fire up that grill and eat outside in the yard or on the porch together.


I know I’m not a food blogger, but I am a mom and wife just trying to get through each day. I hope these few meals help you add to your weekly menu and make life a touch easier!

We all need to eat and feed the families around us. Enjoy them and I hope the littles may like one or two of these as well so you don’t have to grab another thing to make them!