While brainstorming with my friend Allison on what I should next blog about, she said I have been neglecting recipe posts and those are her favorite in all of her blogs! Instead of just focusing on one recipe (which I will do in the future when I remember to document all of the steps!), I am going to highlight my go-to recipes! These were all found on pinterest and are my absolute favorites! I am a big fan of easy and lots of flavor, so these might not be the most beautiful dinners in the world but they are delicious! I will provide the original links as well as my tips. Please share your favorites in the comments!
Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken/Turkey Burgers – These are probably the most frequent single recipe on our meal plan. Adam and I both love them, always use ground (happy) turkey, and probably more jalapeno than we need. We prefer a pretzel bun but any type of bun will work and depending on the time of year, you can have any variety of side dish. We have had chips and dip, fries, asparagus. kale chips, etc. I do recommend using a little higher fat content. I typically buy 99% or 93% lean but the burgers tend to be more dry and crumbly with the lower fat. We made it with 85% this week and they were wonderful!
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos – I realized after making this list that half of the recipes are using a slow cooker… spoiler alert: I LOVE CROCKPOTS. Really. I don’t care that they are old-school and boring, they make life so much easier. This recipe is actually new to my list but we made it again last weekend and loved it. With a crockpot on high with 4 chicken breasts, it only took 2 hours. I used the concept of this recipe more than the recipe instructions themselves. I did not use a taco seasoning packet but rather made my own. I also used some of our new, homemade salsa instead of store bought. We made the tacos in a skillet to crisp up the sides. YUM.
One Pot Chili Mac N Cheese – This is a fall recipe for me, so I haven’t had it in awhile but it is like home in a bowl. Delicious and comforting, not necessarily healthy but if you use ground turkey, it isn’t as bad. Wheat pasta is an option too but those noodles might fall apart more easily. A perfect October meal, this could also be used as meal prep for heavier lunches.
Baked Shrimp in Italian Dressing – One of my family’s favorite recipes, I have brought it into my home in Iowa too and introduced it to Adam’s parents. It is delicious, not healthy but so so good! We also add veggies to the pan, such as corn on the cob (cut into two or three sections), quarters of potatoes, etc. Things that can hold up in the liquid. I also have put fish in the bottom before for people who don’t like shrimp. It is amazing! Make sure you use crusty bread. The crunch is necessary. You can either pour the shrimp and sauce on top of the bread or use it to soak everything up!
Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken – Another crockpot dish, I add this meat to pasta, rice, cauliflower rice, and even tortillas for an asian taco! It is really good, I usually add a little more kick either with more crushed red pepper or cayenne. (We like it hot in our house!)
Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa – This recipe is packed with flavor and an approachable quinoa recipe if you are hesitant to cook with quinoa (like I am!). The consistency is a little different, Adam is not used to quinoa and it took him a few bites to adjust, but it is healthy and hearty and very flavorful!
Spaghetti Squash and Bacon, Spinach & Goat Cheese – Spaghetti squash is my go-to when I want to eat a lot AND meet my calorie goals! It really is a fantastic replacement for… any carbs. With very little taste and a satisfying brunch, it is easy to use and fun to stuff! This recipe is a more indulgent one. I use turkey bacon (because I don’t eat red meat) and I added some spice to it but any recipe where I can have goat cheese and turkey bacon is a win!
Slow Cooker Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili -Another one of my favorite fall meals, this crockpot recipe is easy, healthy, and hearty. I have been known to make it less healthy by putting it on top of pasta… but it really is intended to eat on its own (I am just a pasta addict!). I use ground turkey because a “happy” version is more readily available than a “happy” ground chicken at my local grocery store. I’m sure if you followed the recipe perfectly, the flavors would be great but I am always blown away by the flavor and bite of this dish. Two jalapenos is a lot, even in a big crockpot, I usually de-seed one and keep the other whole. It is really good and just thinking about it make me want to put it on our menu next week!
Those are my go-to recipes! Let me know if you have success with them!
- What is your go-to dinner recipe?
- Have you tried any of these and how did you adapt them to your house?