Over the years, our family has acquired some meals that are enjoyed over and over again. I did a quick video about some of our favorites, but I wanted to expound on it a bit more in this post and share some of those recipes with all of you!
Back when I only had a couple of kids, two meals we enjoyed regularly were Pepperoni Hopple Popple and Chicken & Stuffing Casserole. These were very simple one-dish meals I had found in magazines. They weren’t super healthy, but they got the job of feeding my family accomplished without a ton of effort.
I probably ought to take a second here to tell you that I don’t particularly enjoy cooking. All of my married life I have looked for ways to simplify cooking and clean up. These two recipes fit the bill, and while we rarely have these anymore due to diet changes, I still look for ways to ease the cooking and clean up load when it comes to feeding my family – especially now that there are so many of us! So, that is why you won’t find extravagant recipes here on Raising Arrows. They are simple and sane because I don’t really need my life any more chaotic! Look here for some of our favorite recipes!
Now, I mentioned diet changes…
In 2013, Ty and I lost a lot of weight together. Our meals became healthier and more along the low-carb lines. We still had some favorites like these Quick Rise Cinnamon Rolls:
but, they were a treat, rather than our usual fare.
By the way, I had two more babies after I lost weight in 2013, and struggled to keep the weight off. This past summer, I joined an online Christian weight loss coaching group called Grace and Strength and have lost 30 pounds (I have 10-20 more I’d like to lose) while addressing the reasons I eat, rather than just making the food behave. You can find out more about GNS here – I am on the Exchange Journey. You can see my progress on my Fit Mom of Many page!
I know I’ve done a lot of digressing in this post, but allow me one more since we were just talking about Cinnamon Rolls…
In my video, I mentioned having cinnamon rolls with chili. That might be a Kansas thing (I’m a Kansas gal – although I’m a bit misplaced right now), so everyone I know thinks that is a totally normal combination. However, some people informed me they had never heard of that. If you fall into that category, my admonition to you is TRY IT! Trust me, they DO go together!
OK, back to the go to meals I can’t seem to actually go to…
Something that has really helped me to streamline my menu planning and meals is to create a master list of 20 meals plus sides that my family really likes. I don’t like to repeat meals very often, so I’m hoping to add another 20 to my list soon. Some of the meals on that list include the ones above as well as Taco Salad, Chicken Pot Pie Casserole, and Homemade Pizza.
I’d love to hear what’s on your list of go to meals! Please share your favorites in the comments section!
If you are interested in more of our eating and shopping habits, here are a few posts you should look at: