While meal planning can take a good chunk of time on Sundays, without it I feel like I’d be frazzled everyday around 3 trying to figure out what to heat up for my family.
I’m kind of a terrible cook.
In fact, if I was honest, even when I do plan our meals in advance, 2 out of 4 are really good. The other 2 I always end up using too much salt, cooking the meat a little too long, you get the picture.
But we all survive. And most times, my family is thankful we have a meal on the table.
When I’m feeling super domestic and really want to knock the socks off of Clint, I usually pick one of the meals in this blog post. This is my go-to list of meals that are really tough to mess up. Shhh … don’t tell my secret.
The other great part about most of these meals is that they make enough servings that you don’t have to cook again the next day. Now that we are on the brink of summer, there’s nothing I want more than an extra hour or two back where we can head outside, go for walks or even head to a playground instead of being cooped in the kitchen.
Share links to your favorite recipes in the comments – I’m always looking for more!
- Baked Spaghetti (The Girl Who Ate Everything)
I love making this one for friends and family – it’s easy to make multiple pans and it’s good for a several meals. Pair with some garlic bread and salad and you’re good to go!
- Chicken Zucchini Casserole (Six Sisters Stuff)
This casserole surprised me and Clint said it was definitely a winner. It’s really flavorful and filling and also saves well for later in the week.
- Taco Pizza Rolls (The Girl Who Ate Everything)
If you are looking for a new way to make tacos, this is a hit. It’s also fun for toddlers to help top their own pizzas with toppings! Just don’t be afraid if your pizza roll looks messy as you cut them – they bake and turn out delicious!
- One Skillet Sausage & White Bean Gnocchi (Chelsea’s Messy Apron)
This is a heavier skillet meal, but easy and filling. I love adding beans to a casserole alongside gnocchi – the flavors are amazing!
- One Pan Tortellini Primavera (Happy-Go-Lucky)
For a meat-free dish, this one is an easy way to hide veggies in yummy pasta. It’s also light enough that it’s good for lunches the next day.
- Sheet Pan Thai Peanut Coconut Chicken with Pineapple (Carlsbad Cravings)
This one may be my favorite on this page. But don’t let the one pan title fool you – I did find the recipe took quite awhile with the marinade and topping part of the chicken. Yet – it was so worth it! This recipe is packed with flavor and really light and fresh for summertime.
- Korean Style Short Ribs (Food.com)
I was so surprised how easy this recipe was – the ribs fall apart in the marinade and then the sticky sauce is easy to make with the help of some cornstarch. Definitely a favorite of ours!
- Sheet Pan Steak and Fries (Damn Delicious)
You can’t go wrong with this easy way to make homemade fries and steak. The flavors on the steak and the fry seasoning are really delicious.
- One Pot Lemon Orzo Shrimp (Damn Delicious)
We aren’t big seafood fans, but this casserole is a light and delicious way to use something besides beef and chicken. Definitely recommend this casserole for summertime with it’s light flavors and orzo pasta.
- One Pan Cheesy Smoked Sausage Skillet (Yellow Bliss Road)
This skillet dish is SO easy and the boys love it too, so it’s on heavy rotation over here. I lighten it up a little with a side salad and smaller portions.
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice (Six Sisters Stuff)
I’ve been making this recipe for years. When I’m stuck I go to this one and it’s so delicious! Green peppers and corn are snuck into the cheesy rice goodness, and it saves well throughout the week.
- Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken (Carlsbad Cravings)
The chicken from this recipe is great to use again in tacos or to make burrito bowls like pictured below. There is something so delicious about chicken with pineapple.
- Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Six Sisters Stuff)
This is the only way I make pulled pork anymore – root beer keeps the meat tender and a little sweet. Finish at the end with your favorite BBQ sauce and you’re done!
- Baked Ravioli (Damn Delicious)
Another easy and different way to prepare pasta – this is especially a good recipe for Beau since the pasta is easy to grab (and harder to throw!)
- Sweet Chili Chicken Enchiladas (Carlsbad Cravings)
I’m a big fan of enchiladas, and the flavors in this recipe are amazing. Try this one if you are looking for a new enchilada recipe with some surprising flavors.
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