Thursday, February 13, 2014

Family Meal Ideas

While preparing a list of our favorite family meals for a menu to have for my husband and kids to pick from, I decided it would be a great idea to share it with my online friends. I'll link to the recipes the best I can, or as soon as their posted! Some recipes are older or family favorites that may need some tweaking to make it healthy or gluten free.


*Our Healthy Pantry*



Apple & Onion Chops with Loaded Baked Potatoes

Apple Cinnamon Rice Cakes with PB and Bananas (or raisins)

Asian Pork Salad (cabbage)

Baby Tree-o Bake *Broccoli, Cauliflower, Turkey Bacon and Cheddar

Bacon Radish Kohlrabi Sautee

Basil Pesto Tortellini

Beef Chili with Spaghetti Squash

Beef Stew or Hobo Pockets

Brats and Asparagus w/ onion in Slowcooker

Burgers with Veggies

Cheesy Pork Chops with potatoes or steamed veggies

Chicken Bacon Wrap (use lettuce or GF wraps)

Chicken Burgers with Apples & Red Peppers

Chicken Chow Mein

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Nuggets with grapes and salad or Sweet Potato Fries

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Chicken with Broccoli Bacon Raisin Salad

Chicken with Broccoli Lettuce Salad

Chicken with Sautéed peppers, zucchini and onion

Coconut Shrimp w/ steamed broccoli or spinach salad w/ vinaigrette

Cranberry Chicken Salad

Cran-raspberry chicken salad with light raspberry vinaigrette

Gyro meat and Cucumber Salad

Gyro Salad with red onion, green pepper, olives and Italian Dressing

Ham, diced with Cucumbers and Honey Mustard Spring Greens

Ham (glazed) with Wild Rice Quinoa Stuffing and veggies

Herbed/Grilled Chicken with Broccoli/Carrot/Onion

Homemade Pizza

Hot Dogs/Brats with pickled veggies and fruit

Lettuce Wraps and Fruit

Lunch in the Forest

Meat Kabobs on the Grill

Meatloaf with Mashed or Cheesy Potatoes and Veggies

Oatmeal with Berries

Onion Roast with sautéed veggies

Oriental Casserole

Overnight Floret Salad with chicken

Pancakes and Sausage/Eggs

Polish Sausage with Green beans and baby red potatoes

Polish Success (baked cheesy sage beef and onions over cauliflower) [Polish Mistakes]

Pork Tenderloin with sweet potatoes, carrots in slowcooker

Pulled Pork with Cheddar Broccoli


Roasted Turkey with Baked Sweet Potatoes (coconut butter & cinnamon, Cranberry Relished Sweet Potatoes) with French green beans

Sage Turkey with Sautéed Red Cabbage (apples & onions)

Salmon Cucumber Bites

Salmon Patties with Asparagus and Quinoa/Rice

Sausage & Egg Bake *GF Bread instead of Foccacia

Sloppy Joes with Rainbow Cabbage Salad

Spaghetti and Meatball Marinara

Spinach & Berry Smoothies

Steak and Broccoli Stirfry with Rice

Stew, Beef or Venison

Strawberry Chicken Spinach Salad

String Cheese & Deli Turkey

Stuffed Pepper Casserole

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Rice

Sweet & Sour Pork Chops with Cinnamon Quinoa

Taco Hot Dish (use corn or rice noodles)

Taco Salad or Tacos/Lettuce Wraps

Tatertot Casserole

Tilapia Tacos with Corn

Tuna Cucumber Salad (Cucumber Canoes)

Tuna Melts on GF Bread with carrots

Turkey Lettuce Wraps with Fruit Salad

Venison Stroganoff

Yogurt with sausage or turkey

Zesty Orange Chops with Cinnamon Quinoa or Baked Apples



Campfire Veggies (sweet peppers)

Chocolate Chip Pumpkins

Edible Mud (not healthy, but fun)

First Communion Chalice Gelatin

Hot Cocoa Pudding with Krispy Trees

Pop-iflower (cauliflower popcorn)

Poppyseed Rolls, easy version (family tradition)

Rainbow Ribbon Gelatin Salad

Raspberry Pretzel Salad (family recipe)

Red, White and Blue Berry Dessert

Rice Cake Snowmen

Strawberry Santas

Turkey Bacon Pineapple Wraps


Recipes at

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Winter Fruit Salad

Winter Fruit Salad

Fruit in the winter can be a good or bad experience. If you time it right, you can find all these fresh fruits at once in December around the midwest. Otherwise these are easy to find come June!


Cut and mix together these fresh or canned fruits (not frozen):




Clementine or Mandarin Oranges

Pomegranate Seeds

and if for a slightly bitter bite, a small amount of grapefruit


Opt to add some sweetner or orange juice, but not necessary.

Tuna Melts

Tuna Melts with Carrot

Lent is fast approaching, and instead of grabbing a high fat grease fish patty from McDs, make a tuna melt in minutes!


Mix in a bowl (makes 8 servings):

3 Cans Tuna

1 c shredded cheese

1/4 c diced onions (or dried flakes)

1/2 c Mayonnaise

Salt & Pepper to taste

Opt: diced celery, sweet peppers


Toast your favorite bread, ours here is Gluten Free Udi's bread (now avail at Costco!)

Add layer of tuna mix onto bread.

Butter fry in skillet until crisp and melting, or microwave for 45 seconds.


*Toasting makes certain your bread stays crisp. I ask my kids if they want the fast or gourmet version to determine if I fry or nuke it.


Serve with grapes or carrots. Add a carrot in the middle for a "butterfly shape." If I make it look like something, the kids are most likely to eat it.


Tuna Melts with Carrot

Cheddar Broccoli with Pulled Pork

Cheddar Broccoli with Pulled Pork

We're cheese people, so if you add cheese to it, it's as good as eaten. Instead of the typical cheese melted over broccoli with bacon, we replaced the bacon with Jack Daniel's pulled pork (plain or add bbq sauce). Feels more like a meal with these thicker meat pieces.


Simple and quick. No complaints from my kiddos about eating broccoli. :)

Hot Cocoa Pudding with Krispy Trees

A new winter favorite!

Hot Cocoa Pudding and Rice Krispie Tree

Put Jell-O Cook'n Serve chocolate pudding (sf) into mugs and serve warm with Rice Krispy treats made with green food coloring and peppermint marshmallows! mmmm


This can be a low carb, gluten free treat depending on how you make it.


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