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Finding a new recipe (that doesn’t involve chicken nuggets or mac & cheese) that the entire family will actually eat without complaint is like finding gold, right? I’ve actually been scouring Pinterest for recipes for some time now, and I always love sharing our go-to dinner ideas with other families because I know just how much of an anomaly this can be. Fingers crossed that you’re not looking to find any super healthy foods here…these are more along the lines of some tasty back home cooking (that my kids love, too!)
- Oven-baked Salmon with a Parmesan Herb Crust — We actually just made this last night, and my 3 year old ate.every.bite. Unbelievable, yes?! I don’t know if it’s the parmesan or the herbs or what, but we probably eat this once a week. I buy the value pack of the individual frozen filets, thaw them in cold water in the sink, cover a baking pan in foil, then pop them in the oven! It is a very non-time-consuming kind of cooking…which is really the best kind of cooking.
- Potato Soup — This is so versatile in my opinion. It can be a side/accent to a main meal, the main meal, a perfect dish to take to parties, and it makes great leftovers. It’s easy enough on my 1 year old’s gums, and my oldest likes that she gets to sprinkle cheese on top of hers. I have made this in the crockpot as well as just on the stovetop. You can speed up the process a little by baking your potatoes in the microwave while you mix the rest of the ingredients in a pot. I actually have a Microwave Potato Cooker, and I use red potatoes so I don’t have to peel them!
- Banana Bread — Breakfast. Snack. Just whenever we don’t eat our bananas fast enough. The recipe says it’s a “copy cat” for the Starbucks recipe, and I believe it! I’ll never look for another recipe again. So moist. So good. (Sidenote: I actually use a 9 x 13 baking pan and cook for about 21 minutes at 325 F. It’s easier to cut it into “skinnier” slices for little fingers.)
- Ribs — I do use a slow cooker for this every time. I haven’t tried using my instant pot for this yet, but I have used the oven, and the just-fall-apart texture was not the same. I have slow cooked them on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours. It really depends on how many ribs you can stuff in your crockpot. My family prefers the boneless, but you can use bone-in just fine, too. I’ve experimented around with this a little, and often, I just use 3 tablespoons of olive oil (healthier!) instead of coke. It gives it a slightly different flavor, but we like it, too!
- Tilapia & Potatoes — Now this is a recipe that I have modified somewhat. It was one of the first pins that I ever ever pinned on Pinterest, and of course that link is now broken, and I cannot for the life of me find that recipe on the internet. The link above is a very close second though. I don’t use cayenne pepper or even garlic though. I usually just use olive oil, paprika, salt, pepper, and parsley. I cut the potatoes pretty thin using a mandolin slicer and cook those first on a baking pan for about 15 minutes. Then, I put the seasoned fish on top of the potatoes and cook the entire pan for another 15 minutes. It kind of turns into a one-pan-recipe. Win-win!
We actually have numerous favorites of Pinterest recipes, and I’ll have to write another post about some of our side dish faves or how many different ways I use ground beef/ground turkey. But there are days that my tiny humans love casserole, then days that they don’t…which I’m still trying to figure out.
The dishes listed above are our no-fails.
They eat these every single time. I don’t have a crystal ball, so I can’t magically tell you if your toddlers will eat these things, too, but it’s worth a shot, right?! So here’s what’s on our plates. May the odds be ever in your favor, mommas.
With spirit & sass,