It took me a good 5-6 years probably of being married/a stay-at-home mom to feel like I had a good handle on this meal-planning, low-budget-ing, whole-food-eating, semi-vegetarian-ing (because I just don’t really like meat, and it’s too expensive), WIC-centered, making-from-scratch-ing thing. Both by necessity and by what I feel is healthiest and a good example/atmosphere for our family. Pinterest has been a HUGE help in finding recipes we like and work for us, since I’m just starting to feel more able to throw decent crap together out of what we have without a plan (with ADD, this is not the way I like to function)!
Here are some of my favorite regulars:
Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie – Who would’ve thought you could make mashed sweet potatoes with cream cheese instead of cinnamon and brown sugar? But it’s soooo good.
Veggie Enchilada Casserole – I don’t normally use this sauce recipe though. Instead, I use the one in the next recipe:
Brown Rice Vegetable Casserole – I’ll totally make this two days in a row because it’s so tasty. And easy! I just use a bag of frozen veggies (the cauliflower/carrot/broccoli? whatever ones).
One Pot Cheeseburger Casserole – Just made this last night. So good with pickles on it. Oh, and also I don’t use ground beef, I use ground turkey. All the time, instead of beef. Ever since I was pg with Michael I haven’t been able to do ground beef!
Quinoa Black Bean Burgers – We top them with miracle whip, lettuce, tomato, and sometimes avocado. YUM. Also I generally make sweet potato fries with them. YUM again.
Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with Fried Rice – It takes a little work, but it’s worth the effort!
Red Curry Lentils – For when I’m alone for dinner because N isn’t a big Indian food fan. Pssh. I eat it with rice and naan and I don’t use red curry, just regular. Or red lentils… never seen anything but green lentils!
Artichoke Spinach Alfredo Pizza – Sometimes I make my own pizza crust, which is way easy, but sometimes I buy the frozen dough because I feel $1-$2 is worth it to not make my own that day.
Spanish Rice – B LOVES when I make this and refried beans and stick them in a shell with some cheese.
Roasted Acorn Squash with Wild Rice Stuffing – This is a “fancy” dinner, cost a little more to make. But GOOD.