Your family is hungry and tired, and it’s the personal chef’s week off (a girl can dream!). With a *sigh* and slumped shoulders, you find yourself standing in front of the fridge and pantry, seriously considering cereal as a viable option (no judgement!). After attempting to bewitch the ingredients to magically start moving to make some creation worthy of a competition cooking show, you sluggishly grab your “old stand-by” ingredients.
What’s the meal that you serve your family?
More times than I can count, I stare at my calendar, just willing the menu to fill itself in. Even though I know it’s a HUGE timesaver, stress reliever, and easier to stick to a budget with a menu plan, there are times when I just get STUCK.
When my brain is at capacity with a jam packed schedule, having a list of our family’s 25-30 favorite meals saves me from having to expend what few brain cells I have left.
The recipes that make it on our Master Recipe List are usually budget friendly, easy/quick to prepare, freezable, and/or special dishes that we make for those times we just want to say “I love you” with food.
Begin building your list with that “old stand-by” you thought of earlier. Chances are, more favorites will tumble from your brain. Now, write them all down. When you feel stuck, ask your family for suggestions.
Some things to think about when building your Master Recipe List:
- Most of the recipes should be simple, with little to no need for a something written down.
- When you ask your kids “what should we make for dinner?” all of those options should be on your list.
- The ingredients should be readily available, and are often made with staples your family already enjoys.
To give you a head start, I’ve typed up what’s on our Fall Master Recipe List.
- Tuna Melts
- Italian Sausage and Pasta
- Shrimp Quesadillas
- Italian Sausage Sandwiches with Sauteed Peppers and Onions
- Italian Eggs
- Turkey Meatloaf
- Swiss Enchiladas
- Freezer Burritos
- Lima Bean Soup
- Big Salads
- Salmon Cakes
- Stuffed Mexican Shells
- Baked Penne
- Pork Tenderloin
- Shepherd’s Pie
- Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
- Chili Mac
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Split Pea Soup and Crusty Bread
- Minestrone Soup and Crusty Bread
- Stovetop Lasagna
- Build Your Own Pizza
- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Curry
- Biscuits and Gravy (If I am feeling like baking, I use this tried and true Buttermilk Biscuitrecipe.)
- Mediterranean Chicken Pasta
- Roasted Turkey and Pesto Paninis
- Roasted Chicken
- Family Room Picnic
- Fish and Chips
- Chili and Cornbread