yummy recipes that i didn’t invent

yummy recipes that i didn’t invent

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):

Beef Bulgogi With Lettuce

Beef Bulgogi from Sneaky Spoons

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.

Caramelized Baked Chicken

Caramelized Baked Chicken:  IN THE CROCKPOT

This is six ingredients, my friends. Delicious and it can be in the crockpot. Yummy. How easy is that?

Mashed Cauliflower

Anything Over Roasted Cauliflower Mash

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.

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

Grilled Cheeseburger Wraps

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).

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

Crockpot Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs

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

Grilled Hawaiian Chicken

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.

"Cheesy" Broccoli Casserole

“Cheesy” Broccoli Casserole

Cheesy Broccoli and Quinoa Casserole

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.


  1. Earlier today I was wondering what y’all are eating these days. Thanks for answering my question!

  2. Those look yummy! I’m interested in the quinoa one. Does the nutritional yeast make it taste cheesy or something? I’ve never used that stuff.
    I have to admit, I was hoping for a whole pile of meatless dishes that were family friendly. Waaah! I really struggle to fix anything people will eat that doesn’t have meat in it. What is it with all these carnivores at my house?!!
    If you have any awesome dishes that are meatless that your family enjoys I’d love to get the recipes or be directed to links. I guess I could be smart and go check out your pinterest board….
    Thanks for sharing Misty!

    • Yes, the nutritional yeast makes it taste cheesy-ish. I love the flavor in the sauce. It is also chock full of Vitamin B12. We rarely include meat with our spaghetti sauce dish, and I DO have a great recipe pinned for meatless meatballs. I will have to do a completely meat free post soon!

  3. So glad you liked the Beef Bulgogi! I’ve had some epic disasters in the kitchen too, especially with bread.

    • Sara, you now have a huge fanbase ay my house! Thank you for saving dinner for me the other night with this recipe. And many nights in the future! It is way less expensive than takeout and much easier for my littles to eat because the beef is ground. You are a lifesaver!


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