When I asked what you guys wanted to see for January, I got several requests for easy meals, meals for kids, and meals without a lot of prep. You guys must know I love cooking, and the I have a picky eater.
Dex, not Gus. Gus ate olives, vegan cheese, hummus, shredded chicken, and tomato for lunch the other day. That boy will eat any texture and any flavor profile. Dex on the other hand is so picky. He has some sensory stuff going on with food, so it’s often trial and error with him. Bryan and I joke that he will eat anything that is crunchy.
Here are 5 meals that our whole family loves, that require little prep! Let me know if you try any of them!
1- Chicken Kale Burgers from Costco and roasted potatoes. We always have these burgers in our freezer, ready to pop into a pan. Grab some buns, and burger toppings and you are set. We also roast potatoes instead of frying fries. Just chop, coat with olive oil, salt and pepper and put them on a sheet pan in a 425 degree oven for about 20 minutes and you have a whole family friendly dinner.
2- My Memaw’s chicken and rice- I love making this because it makes me remember eating it at my Memaw and Pawpaw’s kitchen table so many times. This is our favorite comfort food, and it is super easy and everyone will eat it- even though it isn’t crunchy! Just boil 3 chicken breasts in salted water. Once they are done, add in one cup of long grain rice and cook until it is done. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the chicken from the pot, and shred it. Put it back in the rice, and dinner is ready. Told you it was easy. Add a salad or a side of fruit and you have a yummy, warm, comforting meal.
3- My Mama’s shepherd’s pie- Another family favorite. Boil and mash some red potatoes. Brown 1 lb. of ground beef. Drain the beef and add one can of tomato soup and one can of drained, cut green beans (I use organic soup and beans). Mix together and put in a casserole dish. Top with the mashed potatoes and bake in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the potatoes are browned. Add a salad or fruit and you are good to go!
4- Panko Chicken and Roasted Veggies- this is one of Dex’s favorites. I buy chicken cutlets since they are already sliced thin, or you can slice chicken breasts into about 3 thin slices. Dip in one egg that has been beaten, then dip into panko breadcrumbs that have been salted and peppered. Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook the chicken on both sides until crispy. It doesn’t take long since the chicken is thinly sliced. I usually serve it with roasted veggies. We love the frozen roasted root veggies from Trader Joes, or I will roast butternut squash, carrots, and zucchini since those are the ones Dex likes.
5- Chicken tacos with rice. We love rice, and Dex especially loves Mexican rice. My best friend shared her mom’s rice recipe with me, and I make it almost weekly. It is so good. I make it with crockpot chicken tacos. I use boneless skinless thighs because they make a better taco and are more budget friendly in my opinion. I put a package of chicken thighs, a packet of taco seasoning (or if I don’t have one, I throw in chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper) along with a jar of salsa. We like green salsa. I just make sure it’s not spicy for the boys. Put it on low and let it cook all day. Shred the chicken and serve with tortillas, lettuce, tomato, and hot sauce (or your favorite toppings) Serve with a side of rice.
Spanish Rice- recipe adapted from mama Warren
1 cup of long grain rice
2 TBL olive oil
½ white onion chopped
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Garlic salt
8 oz. tomato sauce
2 cups chicken or veggie stock
Heat the olive oil in a deep saute pan. Add the rice and cook until the rice is golden and puffy. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the seasonings and continue to cook for another minute. Add the tomato sauce and stock. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook until the rice is tender, and enjoy!
I hope these recipes are helpful! These are some of my favorites that get Dex approval. I feel as though it is worth mentioning again that it is a HUGE accomplishment! We are always looking to add to our quick and easy and kid-friendly meals.
What are some of your favorites?