Five Favorite Easy Family Meals: Part 1


I have been working on doing a series of easy family meals for inspirations. I enjoy cooking and have had interest in sharing some of my weekly meal plans. I usually try to plan two weeks of meals at a time but things come up and I make sure its a pretty flexible plan. I try to have at least one fish dish a week and one vegetarian dish a week to create a balanced diet. Here is our meal planning for the past two weeks. (ignore my reflection in my meal calendar…I just took a picture of my actual meal planner hanging in my kitchen)

In addition to sharing my meal planning, I wanted to share five meal recipes along with it. I have quite a few favorite easy go to meals I would like to share but I decided to do it in parts so there isn’t just an over load of information.

  1. Shrimp Tacos: Super quick and easy. Unfortunately not the most toddler friendly meal so it is usually accompanied by chicken nuggets. But since it takes a total of like 15 minutes to make I don’t mind. My oldest son actually like to make his chicken nuggets into a chicken nugget taco. I like to use this recipe but less chili powder and most of the time I just cut up tomatoes and avocado to add to your taco without making the avocado salsa. Super easy and healthier than regular tacos.20180228_18321720180228_183220
  2. Baked Salmon: This meal everyone likes and requires not much time. I don’t really  have a set recipe for this. I usually place the Salmon filet skin side down on an aluminum foil covered cookie sheet. I then drizzle a bit of olive oil on it and season with pre-made seafood seasoning in the spice section of the grocery store. (Sometimes my hubby makes up his own and we keep it in a container in the spice cabinet) I also like to add a bit of parmesan cheese too. Depending on the size of the filet, I usually bake it at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.  To make a healthy side to go along with it, I like to go ahead and just bake some fresh veggies on the same tray with the salmon. Just drizzle the veggies with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper and you can cook them all together. Super simple and easy. Healthy and delicious. Here I made an asparagus side and added mashed potatoes because I love mashed potatoes. My boys really like this meal as well. 20180301_18292820180301_182952
  3. Sour Cream and Noodle Bake: I use this recipe  I found on pinterest a long time ago. I like to make it ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven and bake it. It works very well as a make ahead freezer meal too. I like to mix it up with turkey or bison instead of ground beef as well. My little guys like it too!20180302_18393620180302_183940
  4. Salad Night:  Once a week I like throw together a salad. Sometimes is strictly vegetarian, sometimes I put smoked Salmon on it and sometimes I put chicken or steak on it. It really depends on what we have in the fridge at the time. I always like baby lettuce, carrots, radishes, tomatoes, edememe and avocado on my salad. Again depending on what we have and how I am making it, I also like dried cranberries or other dried fruit, nuts or soft cheese toppings. I cannot expect the boys to eat salad but they will eat parts of it like tomatoes and smoked salmon or chicken or steak so I usually make them a sort of deconstructed salad.20180305_18300320180305_183056
  5. Pesto Tortellini: This is another super easy and way quick but the kids love it meal. I just cook some frozen tortellini on the stove and add some Costco pesto from a jar. Add a bit of parmesan cheese on top and you are done! You can use any kind of tortellini you want. I usually go with just cheese tortellini. This time we had some left over baby tomatoes from salad night that I added into the pesto for a little something extra and no wasting tomatoes by having them go bad. My boys LOVE this so I make it quite often. 20180307_18265120180307_182657

I hope everyone got some easy healthy dinner inspiration from this post. I just posted 5 recipes this time so I don’t have an information overload. I hate super long wordy posts myself. I will continue my meal series as I make dinners for my own family. Let me know if you all like these ideas! Until next week, XOXO.

It’s a Peach Cobbler Type of Day

I was just craving some peach cobbler and decided to find a recipe and cook some up for us. Here is the link for the recipe I used if anyone is interested. It turned out quite good and very delicious.


It got the Jake man “mmm mmm good” seal of approval. Delicious.

Just an fyi… I wrote this post several months ago and just now finally got around to posting it. I def feel like some delicious peach cobbler is in the near future for us. YUM! Now just waiting on little Liam to take his nap! It’s always something.

Hope everyone is having a great week! Until next week, XOXO.

Baby Food Rocks

I have had quite a few people say they are impressed and ask about what I do to make my own baby food, so I thought I would share a few tips I have picked up. Surprisingly, it doesn’t take alot of time to do and is inexpensive. I think it helps encourage more family meals and healthy eating habits. I just make food that we are eating for Jake too, as well as freezing more for later. I personally love cooking so making baby food is fun for me, but even though it is super easy, if you don’t like cooking; I wouldn’t recommend it.

Some food you can just puree without cooking first, like bananas and peaches, while others you need to steam before pureeing.

Here are some foods I made just the other day.

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I love the Sage Spoonfuls baby food cook book. Not because you really need recipes for making baby food, but more for the great comprehensive timeline of when to start certain foods. They have answers to pretty much all the questions I had when starting solid foods.

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I love our steamer. I use it for cooking most all of our vegetables too. Today, I was making Zucchini, one of my family’s favorite vegetables.

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These Ball Jars are super handy for freezing food and great baby sized proportions.

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Bananas are delicious and do not need to be cooked! So easy and one of Jake man’s favorite!

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Delicious peaches. Another no cooking puree!

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Very healthy eating habits start from the beginning!

Just don’t forget the

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And one final starting solids tip I have discovered. Attach a command hook to the back of your high chair to hang your bibs for easy access and out of the way storage.

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Until next week, XOXO!