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Monday, March 5, 2018

Healthy Family Go-To Meals

By far the biggest question I get asked is for family friendly recipes that will help mama stay on track with her goals. I'll be honest. I LOVE cooking and trying new recipes but I definitely tend to keep things fairly basic. I've tried elaborate recipes with lots of ingredients that I have to buy specifically for that one meal and they've turned out to just be ok or a total flop. Over quite a few fails, I've found that typically the recipes that turn out the best are the ones that don't require too much work. My go-to meals are the ones I'll always try to make sure I have ingredients on hand for, that way if I'm ever unsure of what I want to make, I can easily get everything out that I need. I'll also list a few favorite meals that just don't get made as often as my easy go-tos.

1. Chicken and Steak Fajitas

This is my absolute FAVORITE recipe. This marinade is perfect for chicken and steak, and a little goes a long way. When I make this I'll keep half of the marinade in a mason jar in the fridge for the next time I need it (just take out of the fridge about an hour before you need it so the olive oil gets back to room temp). The only thing I do not add is the red pepper flakes because  of the littles in our house. 

When I make this for dinner, I typically use the meat and topping for the fajitas and put it over spinach and romaine lettuce for a taco salad. The next day for lunch I use it in a low carb high fiber wrap. YUM! 


Caramalized onions
lime slices
diced tomatoes
mexican cheese (for the boys)


I don't really do sides with this because of carbs from the tortillas and all the toppings, but you could do Cilantro Lime Rice which is always a crowd pleaser. Just make your rice as normal and toss in a handful of minced cilantro and squeeze about a half lime in (or to taste) 

2. Chicken and/or Steak Kabobs

Using the same marinade I use for the fajitas, (I'm telling y'all the flavor of this marinade is my favorite! So So good!!) I cut bite sized chunks of chicken and skirt steak pieces and put in a ziplock (one for chicken and one for steak) with the marinade for a few hours before grilling. 

We love making these and I have found the easiest way to make sure everything properly cooks or doesn't over cook is to layer the shish kabob with similar time frame items. I put meats on one, onions and peppers on one, and pineapple and cherry tomatoes on another. It makes it easier to separate them instead of trying to have everything on one to make sure everything cooks right.


Brown rice is really all I make since all the other veggies I want are grilled 

3.  Roasted Garlic Broccoli and Red Potatoes

This is a go-to side for me. Usually when I just grill or bake chicken this is what I make with it. 


Preheat oven to 400. After washing and cutting the broccoli florets into bite sized pieces, I place them on a foil lined baking sheet and spray with olive oil. (Drizziling olive oil can easily be too much and make the pieces soggy). I use a spray version by Crisco or Pam (Whichever is cheaper). Then  lightly sprinkle with either using Garlic powder or fresh diced garlic, and mix around with a fork. Bake for about 15 min. This is great reheated the next day or even thrown in with your salad. So yummy!

Red Potatoes:

With oven still at 400, in a baking dish lightly drizzle olive oil over potatoes (about 1/8 cup) just enough to coat. Then pour one packet of the Lipton Onion soup mix over the potatoes and toss with a fork. Cover with foil and bake for 30-35 min or until potatoes are soft.

I would definitely say that if I'm in a rush, those are my go-to dishes that are easy and family favorites. Below are a few other healthy recipes I do fairly often (Just not as frequently as my go-tos) 

My meal prep tips for moms below: 


Before I really started trying to be intentional about our meals, I found myself making enchiladas, pastas, or casserole type dishes almost every night. These are delicious and usually easy to make which is why they  used to be my go-tos. Unfortunately the calories and nutrition just weren't what we needed. If this is you, try cutting these type of meals back to once a week. This way you can still enjoy some of your favorite dishes (love me some enchiladas!), you can look forward to your selected day, AND now you're making healthier meals on the regular for your family!


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