School has started and life has never been busier. As we find ourselves driving between practices, social commitments, errands, and work we realized we were craving nourishing, easy meals for our busy families. Recipes that we know would work time and time again (even when we’re exhausted!). Ones that would feed a busy family. Recipes that would bring everyone to the table!
Here’s a list of our current favorites:
Our Garden Vegetable Soup Recipe is halfway homemade and a staple when anyone in our house is feeling sick. We developed this recipe a few years ago when we found a delicious soup base at The Fresh Market and just doctored it up with some healthy, seasonal vegetables.
Crock Pot Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos is Jenna’s go-to recipe. Her family has it almost every week (it’s Cohban’s favorite!) and it’s become her go-to recipe for bringing dinner to friends. This is the perfect recipe to make ahead.
Easy Weeknight Chili is a favorite dinner recipe, but it also leaves wonderful leftovers to be enjoyed for lunch the next day! We love a multi-tasking meal any time we can get it.
Nana’s Eeggplant Parmesan only needs 30 minutes to cook, making it a great choice for a quick weeknight dinner! A nice option for Meatless Mondays, this recipe has the rare combination of being healthy AND delicious.
Aunt Tricia’s Shrimp Scampi can be made in about 25 minutes and requires many ingredients you’ll already find in your own home. And don’t worry about finding fresh shrimp! Frozen (and thawed) shrimp is just as good in this recipe so we always have a bag of frozen shrimp in our freezers.
Our Quinoa and Kale Salad recipe is packed with healthy nutrients to feed your whole family. We make ours with cranberries and walnuts, but there are so many possibilities for making the toppings your own. This is a meal that works well for lunch or dinner!
Since Jenna’s family tries to eat egg-free, breakfast is one of their toughest meals of the day. Here are two eggless options Jenna’s from Jenna’s repertoire:
Annie’s Pancake Mix is gluten-free and vegan. Jenna recommends following the instructions on the back about egg replacements. Jenna substitutes ⅓ cup of applesauce for every egg in the recipe. If you’re looking for vegan options, the Annie’s box has several suggestions including substituting almond milk for whole milk.
Simple Mills Pumpkin Muffin and Bread will make your house smell SO GOOD while it bakes! Jenna uses another substitution for egg (this time ¼ applesauce per egg). The substitution might add some time onto the suggested cooking time, so keep an eye on things while it bakes.
Keep it Easy
With our families spread out and so busy, it’s important to take the time to sit down, eat, and connect with one another. These family meals feed and fill more than just your stomachs–-they’re good for your soul too.