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Five Go-To Meals in the Denfeld House

Maybe there are people out there who love meal planning… I don’t happen to be one of them. With two young kids running around, by the end of the day I honestly wish someone could just feed our family through an IV and call it good.

Because that’s not possible, and because I love hearing what other family’s go-to meals are, I thought I’d do a round-up of some awesome recipes that we’ve had in our dinner rotation (and that our kids inhale, too!) for years. I would LOVE any new recipe ideas from you, so if you have any you love and want to pass along, leave them in the comments!

Braised Coconut Spinach & Chickpeas with Lemon
I realize this one doesn’t sound super kid-friendly, but Elodie and James both enthusiastically eat it all up. I usually double the chickpeas, because both the kids love them so much, and throw this over some frozen quinoa from Trader Joe’s. This also happens to be vegan and gluten-free, in case you have dietary restrictions in your house!

Slow-Cooker Mozarella Stuffed Meatballs
This might be one of my favorite recipes everrrr. First off, I’m obsessed with my slow-cooker. Second, is there anything more comforting and delicious than a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs? Mmmm. I don’t eat beef, so I sub in organic mild Italian chicken sausage and hot Italian chicken sausage (so it’s medium spicy and the kids will still eat it). This makes TONS of leftovers, too, which is great for lunches for the week (and somehow I never get sick of eating it!).Image may contain: foodBroccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet
I’m so glad one pan/pot meals are a thing right now, because that is definitely something I can get behind whole-heartedly. We make this super easy and quick meal once a week. The ingredients are simple, healthy, cheap and this meal comes together super quickly. A win all around!
Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili
That is the actual name of this recipe — “Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili” — and, well, it really is!! The whole fam gobbles this up and there’s always tons leftover. My secret tip, thanks to my sister, is to double the meat. Soooo yum! Incredible, perfectly spiced healthy turkey chili made with lean ground turkey, kidney beans and corn. This version is simply the BEST!Soy Glazed Salmon + Crack Broccoli + Rice
I’m going to get to the salmon in a second… We need to talk about this Crack Broccoli. It really is like crack. I am a sucker for practically any roasted vegetable, but when you add in toasted almonds, garlic, lemon juice and pecorino cheese… I mean…. YESSSS… You have to try this one — and again, the kids really eat their brocolli this way!

For the salmon, I mix my own marinade – it’s really easy: soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh ginger if I have it, if not I use ginger powder, a splash of white wine (you can leave this out if you don’t have any around), and a touch of honey (leave out if you have babies under one eating!). I don’t have measurements because I just eyeball everything and add more of whatever it needs to taste. I pour this over the salmon and let it marinate for 15-30 minutes, then cook the salmon in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 400 degrees. Voila! Crack Brocoli. Roasted broccoli with toasted almonds, lemon, red pepper flakes, and pecorino. This side dish is so addicting!

So there you have it! These are five dishes we eat at least a couple times a month. What are your go-to dinners?!




8 thoughts on “Five Go-To Meals in the Denfeld House”

  1. Taco Soup with Ground Turkey (veryyyyyyyyyy similar to your chili recipe above, but add olives and black beans! My 2 year old loves it.). I struggle with weeknight dinners too with my toddler so this post was helpful. Sausage and roasted veggies over rice is a good one too. We get the chicken/apple sausage at Trader Joe’s which is good for dinner or breakfast.

  2. These are great. Excited to try some of them over the next few weeks. We really like taco stuffed peppers – my daughter (one) gobbles the filling up. It’s just frowned ground turkey, onion, frozen corn, brown rice, can of salsa, sometimes I will throw some of those spicy canned peppers in if I have them, and taco seasoning which I usually just make some version of with what I have on hand (the cumin is the single essential ingredient), throw those in some partially preheated peppers, stick back in the oven with some cheese – once the cheese is melted pull em out and throw lots of cilantro on top and if you want to get real fancy put some guac and sour cream out to load on them.

  3. I can’t wait to try that chili! I am one of those crazy people that enjoy meal planning. I think it’s because my life is so chaotic that it is one thing I feel like I can control. Even though my toddler rarely eats anything. I literally don’t know how she is still alive….her main source of nutrition is from crackers. Anyway, I post weekly meal plans at http://www.milkandmascara.com that include grocery lists. Fire that baby up in ClickList!

  4. Just tried the crack broccoli. SO GOOD. Thanks for sharing this!!

    Here’s a recipe that gets regular rotation in our house:
    Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
    – Cut into wedges (steak fries size) with skin on
    – Coat with olive oil and sea salt
    – Spread onto baking sheet with parchment paper
    – bake @ 425 for 30 min
    – drizzle honey and lime juice
    – let cool before serving


  5. the orzo dish is amazing so i came back and neeeeeeed to try the meatballs next

    what slow cooker do you have? i think i need to take the leap and buy one asap (i had one for a while but it broke)!

    1. Mine is actually on the smaller side — it was super cheap and it’s really simple – just has three settings: low, high and warm. I originally bought it because it was cheap and I wasn’t sure how much we’d use it. I guess now that I know how much I love cooking with it I could upgrade, but it really does everything I need!

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