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Busy Family Community Recipe Bank

One of the topics that I am frequently asked to cover is quick and easy family recipes. For many of us, getting dinner on the table at the end of the day is no easy feat. Some of you are juggling sports practices, events and activities. Some of you may tackle evenings solo so your partner can work late. Some of you may be in the cranky witching hour toddler phase. Regardless of what your evenings look like, I think we all struggle to find meals that are fast, easy and approved by most family members.

We all have that one family favorite recipe that is rotated constantly, right? Maybe it’s a super simple sheet pan meal, or a 2 ingredient crock pot dinner or a recipe you can cook once and turn into several meals throughout the week…

This new page is for us to share our favorite family recipes with one another in hopes we can each discover new meal ideas from our community recipe bank!

Just drop your recipe in the comments below! I will try and pick a recipe to make and feature from time to time so make sure to leave your name so I can give you credit!

Alright, here is our family go to dinner…

Greek Chicken Bowls

All you need to do is pour one bottle of Greek dressing into a crockpot with 2 lbs of chicken and cook on low for 8 hours. Then shred! From there you can get as creative as you want — top your chicken with your favorite toppings. We love tomatoes, feta cheese, cucumber (quickly marinated in olive oil, red wine vinegar and squeeze of lemon juice),  hummus and tzatziki sauce!

The best part about this recipe is that you can make it in a large batch and use the leftovers for lunches! I like to add a base layer of lettuce in my to-go containers and use the leftover cucumber marinade for our salad dressing.

Kelly E.

Friday 12th of June 2020

Easy! Tomato Alfredo and Spinach Pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain when done & set aside.

3-4 cloves garlic, minced 1/2 yellow or white onion, minced 1 jar Bertolli Alfredo Sauce 1 can diced tomatoes 1-2 c spinach chopped 2 baked chicken breasts (optional) Fresh parmesan cheese

In lg skillet, saute garlic & onion for 2-3 min then add Alfredo sauce and can of tomatoes. Heat to simmering. Add spinach and cook 1-2 min. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat. Top with parmesan cheese & chicken.

My 1 yo eats 2-3 servings every time! :)


Wednesday 4th of March 2020

Trader Joe's Orange Chicken and broccoli with frozen fried rice!


Friday 31st of January 2020

These Whole30 Burger Bowls are so fun and totally customizable! My whole family loves these since we can each make our own and add our personal favorite toppings!

Susan Brooke

Friday 31st of January 2020

Salsa Chicken 1lb chicken breaks or chicken tenders 1 green pepper cut in chunks 1 jar salsa 1/4 cup brown sugar 2T. Dijon mustard Combine all ingredients and pour over the chicken in a baking dish. Cook at 375 for 20 minutes or until bubbly. I usually use chicken tenders, so if you have larger breast, it might take a little longer to back. Serve with tortillas, or over rice or pasta.


Friday 31st of January 2020

I just made this last night and it was so easy and a huge hit!

Olive Garden Copy Cat 5 Cheese Marinara

2 Jars of Marinara sauce (I used Bertoli) 1 Jar of Alfredo sauce 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion 1 teaspoon of garlic 2 cups of Italian cheese blend 1/2 cup of ricotta (I used cottage cheese) 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning

Saute garlic and onions in the oil. Add the sauce and seasoning, simmer about 30 minutes. Add cheese and simmer another 10 minutes or until melted. Serve over noodles (I used bowtie).

PS: I added shredded chicken to this