Saturday, April 30, 2016

MealPlanFamily - Ina's Roast Chicken with Rutabaga

I mean....if you're going to make a roast chicken, you make Ina's roast chicken.
The first time I made this recipe I followed it exactly, using the fennel, but the next time the rutabagas were calling my name and it was delicious. The key is to let the chicken rest the full 20 minutes and while that's happening, put the pan of rutabagas back in the oven to finish roasting. The chicken drippings, butter, etc all make the rutabagas (or probably any root vegetable of your choosing) out of this world. We also never, ever make a roast chicken without making overnight slow cooker chicken stock afterwards with the bones......highly recommend.

As Ina would say..."how easy was that?"

Recipe here: Perfect Roast Chicken

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Meal Plan Family - Fajita Bake

Oh, this is one of my favorites. It can be made literally, make it the night before, throw it in the fridge and throw it in the oven the next day when you get's easy, it's full of flavor and it's super versatile. We have eaten it as tacos, on rice, on salads, etc. Seriously, make this.

Find the recipe here

MealPlanFamily - Chicken Saag

We love Indian food. Our very favorite Indian restaurant in town is Shaan Indian (if you haven't been, go ahead and head on over there.... We always order some kind of saag dish, so I decided I wanted to play with some Indian spices at home and try a saag dish. I will not say this is as good as take out...but I will say it was really really good....and maybe even better the next day? I used all cut up chicken thighs instead of a full chicken. Spinach, garlic, onions, ginger, tomatoes and lots of spices...what could possibly be bad about this?

We served it over basmati rice and had plenty for leftovers the next day.
Find the recipe here

MealPlanFamily - Tacos

No recipe to really post for this. I mix about half a pound ground beef with a can of black beans, letting the black beans "cook" in the fat from the meat and make my own taco seasoning (I'm not a big fan of some of the ingredients in the store bought ones) - the taco seasoning we are currently using can be found here (except I leave out the sugar). I make a big batch in a small glass jar to keep in my spice cabinet.

We top it with sour cream, tomatoes, avocado, red onions, hot sauce and sharp cheddar.
I prefer crunchy while everyone else in my house likes them soft. :)

MealPlanFamily - Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage & Broccoli

This is a staple in our house because it's easy and delicious. I can never really find the chicken sausage in Kroger, so I usually get turkey sausage in casings remove the casings. This week I decided to just get a pack of regular mild pork sausage and it was really really good.. so I might stick with that from now on.

Here is the recipe.


If you are following me on Instagram (mealplanfamily) - you can get the links to all the recipes I am cooking here! I am going by the month it was posted on Instagram/this blog to make them easier to find.

Please leave a comment if you have a recipe I should try!


April 2016
Orecchiette Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Broccoli
Chicken Saag with Basmati Rice
Fajita Bake
Ina's Roast Chicken with Rutabaga
Seared cod with Mediterranean bean and tomato salad
Creamy poblano bolognese with parmesan, thyme and linguine

May 2016
Parmesan-crusted chicken with balsamic potato salad and garlic roasted tomatoes
Herby asparagus and tomato bake with Israeli couscous, thyme and feta
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto
Spiralized Mexican and Sweet Potato Casserole (not our favorite)
Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

June 2016
Shawarma-Spiced Grilled Chicken
Greek Yogurt Cake

July 2016
Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili
Korean Beef Bowls
PF Chang's Copycat Lettuce Wraps
Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

September 2016
Slow Cooker Chicken Curry

January 2017
Chicken Zoodle Lo Mein
Instant Pot Baby Back Ribs
Zoodles & Meat Sauce
Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

February 2017
Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken

March 2017
Instant Pot Beef Stroganoff
Ridiculously Easy Chicken Quesadillas

May 2017
Quinoa Huevos Rancheros Bowls
Instant Pot Pot Roast
Whole Foods Copycat Orzo Greek Salad

July 2017
Chicken Broccoli Fettucini Alfredo

September 2017
Pork Roast with Mushroom Cauliflower Gravy (Instant Pot / Whole 30)
Slow Cooker Cherry Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes (Whole 30 / slow cooker)
Sausage, Potato & Kale Soup (Whole 30)
Chicken & Sweet Potato Curry with Coconut Milk & Spinach (Whole 30)
Instant Pot Chicken Faux Pho (whole 30 / Instant Pot)

October 2017
Boneless Pork Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

November 2017
Buttermilk Waffles
Crock Pot Turkey White Bean and Pumpkin Chili (slow cooker)