I’ve posted a lot of recipes on here. Except for around the holidays or when my babies were born, I’ve posted one every Thursday for the last 3 1/2 years. That’s 150 recipes or so!
If you’re new here, or at least newer than three and a half years ago (which is most of you), you may have missed some of the older recipes. Or, you may simply be curious which of the recipes we like the best and use the most.
Wonder no more! Today I will tell you exactly which we like best, use most, and why.
Obviously, your tastes may vary and so may your dietary requirements and so on and so forth. And this list will look different today than it did a year ago or will a year from now. Things are always changing. That’s okay. Hopefully you’ll discover some new favorites though! Just so you know, they’re in no particular order. These are just 10 we use often!
I first made these because I needed a recipe that used a sourdough starter that wasn’t super active. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I changed it over to a soaked recipe and kept playing until I found these. I never cared for English muffins from the store, really, but I love these. They’re a frugal use of wheat and soured raw milk. They’re quick to cook and they freeze well.
I find myself coming back to them over and over and making large batches to freeze for easy breakfasts. Serve with butter, apple butter, or whatever you like.
These, too, are a freezable favorite. I got it in my head in early August that I had to make them…immediately. Did I mention I was 40 weeks pregnant with my third child? At any rate, I spent a very hot Thursday baking a triple batch of these, and delivered my son the next morning. They proved to be delicious and easy for many meals in the coming weeks.
I make them every couple of months and keep them around. I made another large batch before my fourth was born, although I planned ahead and did it a month in advance. They can be used for a variety of sandwiches, baked into chips, or our favorite, pita pizzas.
If, despite my meal planning, the answer to “What’s for dinner?” is “I don’t know,” this will probably be the selection. It’s simple, it’s fast, and everyone likes it. We vary how we cut up the potatoes (they’re crispier if they’re cubed, which my husband prefers) and what vegetable we serve on the side. Here, it’s garlic green beans.
This is super versatile because it can be used for so many things. We usually use it on ground beef to make taco salad. But, I might cook chicken with it and then shred for chicken taco salad (since we don’t do corn and I don’t make tortillas as often as I’d like, salad is our typical form of tacos). I also use it to easily season taco soup or chicken chili. I make up a big batch at once and keep it in the pantry.
Two family members (including my husband) don’t like this. The boys and I love it, and so do many visitors. I used to eat a canned-soup version of this as a kid, but this one is way better. It was one of my first “reverse engineered” junk food to real food dishes. I like to make a big pan of it and reheat during the week for lunches. It’s even better in the summer time as a popular barbecue accompaniment.
Some of form of fried chicken makes it onto our menu every few weeks. We typically fry in coconut oil, so it’s very healthy. We make chicken nuggets, strips, sandwiches, chicken parmesan, and more. It’s always a family favorite. I also like to do the nuggets and freeze on trays breaded but uncooked. Once frozen, I scoop them into bags and fry as needed for quick meals.
This is often our go-to breakfast on busy mornings. Everyone loves it. I can run to the kitchen, spend five minutes putting it together, and run back upstairs to get a shower and get everyone dressed. When we’re done, breakfast is ready! It’s also a very frugal use of seasonal apples and oats. If we have any, we serve with real whipped cream.
Another answer to “I don’t know what’s for dinner” is this. My grandmother used to make it. It’s a really filling, frugal meal that’s based around mashed potatoes and ground beef with homemade gravy. It uses stock, so it’s rich and nourishing. It’s also really quick to make, coming together in about 20 minutes. And again, everyone likes it!
Yet another “I don’t know what to make” answer! Because of the brown rice, it takes a bit longer to cook, but needs no babysitting. It’s simply rice with taco seasoning and a few other additions, plus beef. People can add salsa, cheese, and other toppings as desired. Sometimes we add lettuce and other veggies to make it part of our salads. Very versatile, cheap, and yummy!
Finally, the seasoned fries. A common side dish for things like burgers (which we have more often in the summer) are these. They’re oven-baked, so they don’t require much work or tending. They are delicious, too. And easy.
What are your favorite meals?
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