As we all know, I am no chef. I have burnt water several times just in the past few months.
I am a writer. A dreamer. An idea girl. The harsh reality of chemistry that is cooking just eludes me.
That being said, I love a good, yummy recipe.
That’s probably my favorite part of Pinterest. The food. When I was pregnant, I used to spend hours looking at the food, and then I wasn’t even hungry at the end. It was like I got my meal without any calories, fat, or sugar. Yay me! It was wonderful.
But, here I am and I have this family full of children that have the audacity to enjoy being fed on a regular basis.
It’s brutal, I tell you. Sometimes, things turn out well and the kids yell,
“It’s a keeper!”
So, here are the “keepers” that we have tried over the past year or so that are easy to make and palatable to all ages. (At least from 0-16):
Yummy beefy Korean goodness that is super easy to make. You can either serve it with cooked rice or serve it with lettuce cups or both. Even little children love this beef.
This is six ingredients, my friends. Delicious and it can be in the crockpot. Yummy. How easy is that?
Sly Rooster used Lemon Shrimp (which most of my children would not enjoy), but some nice grilled chicken, steak or salmon would also be delicious. Grilled, roasted veggies would also be great on top of this, if you were avoiding meat.
Mostly Homemade Mom has these delicious cheeseburger wraps for a meal in 20 minutes. We use grass fed ground beef, and sometimes, after grilling them, we wrap them up in lettuce to eat them (that way we still get our lettuce without it getting wilty).
I will be honest, there are two of my children who don’t like this a lot, but they will eat it. I don’t buy prepackaged meatballs, we make our own, or we just leave out the meat entirely and make homemade sauce and add it after the squash is cooked (yes, you can put the squash in the crockpot plain with nothing else in there). It is really, really tasty! And easy.
Grilled Hawaiian Chicken (with coconut cilantro rice)
Okay, I put the rice in parentheses because my children did not like it. But I loved it. We just usually use plain rice. Or sweet potatoes. The hardest part is the marinade, but it’s so worth it.
This cheesy casserole is vegan and also a keeper. Quinoa and a nutritional yeast based cheese sauce (Detoxinista has the best non-dairy cheesy recipes!) mixed with veggies and baked–true comfort food.
Where are the desserts, you ask? Well, to be honest, we don’t usually eat a lot of desserts in our family, but I figure everyone has plenty of those recipes. The hardest ones are easy, quick and healthy dinners or lunches, right?
So, next time you are desperate (and I mean really desperate) for ideas, look to J&M Ranch, and hopefully it will all work out. If not, please don’t think any less of me. I was just trying to help.