7 Family Friendly Recipes for Busy Parents

In a world where we are rushing from one activity to the next making homemade/healthy meals seems next to impossible! Finding recipes isn’t the problem. We love pinning those yummy looking recipes on Pinterest but the problem is finding time to try them in the middle of our chaotic schedules! I decided to compile a list of some of my favorite go to meals. These are tried and true and are consistently made at our house. I hope you and your family enjoy them!

A lot of these recipes make a pretty good bit. I love to freeze the extras so on those crazy nights when I don’t have time to cook, all I have to do is set it out to thaw in the morning and then heat it up that night. Remember to always store extras in an air tight container!

Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/slow-cooker-hearty-beef-chili-111270.aspx

Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

Slow-Cooker Beef Chili

How We Roll: We use 1 can of light and 1 can of dark Kidney beans. (Look for low sodium or no salt

added). We aren’t onion people so I only chop ½ an onion. Add a can of Diced Tomatoes (no-salt added). Add 2 cloves minced garlic for additional taste. Use whatever cheese you have on hand. This goes great with Fritos! You can easily double this recipe for a crowd or for freeze ahead meals.

Sloppy Joes

http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2010/04/sloppy-joes/

How We Roll: We add an entire “small” can of no salt added Tomato Paste and only ½ cup Ketchup. Omit Red Pepper Flakes. Add about ¼ tsp of salt and pepper. Add a can of diced tomatoes (no salt added). Sounds weird I know but it adds flavor plus tomatoes are healthy for you! This recipe makes a ton so we divide what we won’t eat within 2-3 meals and freeze the rest in air tight containers.

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

Chicken Tortilla Soup

http://www.bakedbyrachel.com/slow-cooker-chicken-tortilla-soup/

Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Crock-Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup

We LOVE this recipe. Although it’s a soup, it’s not as heavy as chili or Taco Soup so we sometimes make this in the summer.

How We Roll: Use a 16 oz bag of frozen corn (thawed or unthawed – doesn’t matter), 2 cans of no salt added basil and oregano diced Tomatos. I omit serrano pepper and use closer to 3 cloves of minced garlic. Shred whatever cheese you have on hand and we just use regular tortilla chips and crush them over the top. This makes a lot so we freeze the extra for a later meal.

Buffalo Pork Chops

http://www.allisonskinnyjeans.com/2013/08/buffalo-pork-chops.html

How We Roll: Season both sides with salt, pepper, Garlic Powder, and

Onion Powder. Let them sit there for about 10 minutes like that. I completely cover my chops with thick slices of mozzarella! These are also good reheated! Just cover with Aluminum Foil and reheat in the oven!

Buffalo Pork Chops

Buffalo Pork Chops

Crockpot Jambalaya

http://redbeansanderic.com/?p=2791

Crockpot Jambalaya

Crockpot Jambalaya

How We Roll: We have made this with or without chicken and a separate time without shrimp. If you are

adding chicken and you have a stand mixer, use the mixer to shred your chicken! We add a can of diced tomatoes and okra to it. I love that this is made in the crockpot! It makes a ton and can easily be frozen for future meals!

Chicken Nacho Bake

This is probably an all-time favorite in my household and one that we probably cook at least once sometimes twice a month!

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/chicken-nacho-bake-108694.aspx

How We Roll: I usually cut the chicken breasts in ½ because they are

Chicken Nacho Bake

Chicken Nacho Bake

large. We always buy enough chicken to have leftovers. If you ½ the chicken then just cut one strip down the center. We use ¾ cup salsa and a HEAPPING 1/4 cup sour cream. Mix the two together and sprinkle in some minced garlic or garlic powder and pepper. Pour over the top of the chicken. Follow the rest of the original recipe.

Homemade Krystal Burgers

http://www.betterrecipes.com/blogs/daily-dish/2013/05/29/easy-cheeseburger-sliders/

How We Roll: Add garlic powder to the mixture. A little tip – the level of fat % will determine how much the meat will shrink. Example: 75% meat will be A LOT smaller than 85% meat once it has cooked. The hardest part of this meal is getting the giant meat patty out without breaking it and draining the grease. I also use paper towels to squish the remaining grease from the giant patty. Wrap leftover meat patty in foil for easy reheating!

Homemade Krystal Burgers

Homemade Krystal Burgers

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