Quick Chicken Family Dinner Recipes

 I have been working on making sure my recipes are in video form for you all to more easily enjoy and gradually uploading them on my Instagram and YouTube. Our go to dinner recipes usually includes chicken. These aren't necessarily recipes on how to cook chicken or different ways to cook chicken, but recipes that include chicken as an ingredient.

Quick Chicken Family Dinner Recipes

When I was going through my chicken recipes, I realized that there were a few that I hadn't made in a while. So, recreating them for videos was super fun because we got to eat the results! What are your go to dinner recipes? What are your favorite recipes that you like to make with chicken? Please tell me in the comments below and don't forget to follow me on social media for more.


Turkey Zucchini Boats {Low Calorie & Low Carb Recipe}

I have been sharing my weightloss journey randomly over on Instagram. I have lost 70 pounds through calorie deficit and a regular exercise routine. But I get bored with my recipes and want to try different things. I am always on the hunt for low carb, low calorie, high protein recipes that are easy to make. What's crazy about this recipe is that I made a similar version before but didn't care for it. This time, I have made the right adjustments because it was so delicious. The kiddos weren't fans, but they liked the filling, so I paired it with some protein pasta, and they were big fans.


Turkey Zucchini Boats {Low Calorie & Low Carb Recipe}


How to Make Turkey Zucchini Boats:

Easy Air Fryer Donuts

I love baking with my kids. I know I have mentioned how much I love cooking with my kids more than a time or two, but it can be such a fun activity to do together for them to learn not only a helpful life skill, but it can be a fun science project as well to learn about changing properties. But sometimes I want to just create something easy with them. And these Easy Air Fryer Donuts are only two ingredients, but a huge hit the whole house enjoyed.

Easy Air Fryer Donuts


Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

This post was originally written 5/8/2015.

Diabetes is part of my family history. My dad had it and my mom recently was diagnosed. If you have been following me, then you know I have been trying to work on my eating habits and then work in exercise. We have been meal planning which has been a huge help. I know what we are making every night, I get to try different recipes, and it has been cheaper on our wallets. My aunt was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago and shared this "Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe" with me. We didn't know what to call it, so I named it. She said she found it on a diabetes forum where recipes were shared, but that she has since tweaked it. She said she makes it in large batches for her family and they have it to munch on all week.


Chicken Salad Recipe

Turkey Pinwheels {Easy Crowd-Pleasing Appetizer}

The first time I made these turkey pinwheels or easy sandwich roll ups was at my son's birthday party right before everything shut down. Looking back, I was so glad we had that party even though I was starting to get burned out from get togethers because it was the last event we hosted for a LONG time. Now we are back hosting events again and so I decided to make these refreshing appetizers for our Easter get together. These are so easy to make and were devoured.


Turkey Pinwheels {Easy Crowd-Pleasing Appetizer}


There are multiple to ways to make the filling. I think the next time I make it, I am going to add a Ranch dressing mix, but this time I kept it simple with mayo and cream cheese.

Easy Strawberry Brownies Recipe

Have you taken the family strawberry picking yet? We love to go to our local agrotourism farm and pick some fresh strawberries. It was makes for some super cute pictures and fun memories. Did you know May 20 is National Pick Strawberries Day

Easy Strawberry Brownies Recipe


And I am so excited to share this super easy and very yummy recipe that I have decided to call Strawberry Brownies. They taste and have a texture like brownies, but I put them in cupcake liners to make them easier to serve when I made them for Easter. I saw a version of this recipe floating around for Valetine's Day and I thought I would take a shot at recreating them for a family get together. They were a definite crowd pleaser!

Easy Strawberry Brownies Recipe


Creamy Pasta Salad with Southside Market & Barbeque Sausage

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Southside Market. All opinions are my own.

This Creamy Pasta Salad made with Southside Original Beef Sausage is the perfect recipe for summer and so easy to make. The combined flavors make it a delicious refreshing dish and that gives comfort food vibes all at once.


Creamy Pasta Salad with Southside Market & Barbeque Sausage Perfect Easy Recipe for Summer



I was sent some packages of Southside Market Original Beef Sausage to share this original recipe, all opinions are my own. I shared about Southside Market's Smoked Turkey Breast back in November as the perfect main dish at your holiday gatherings, but today I am sharing a summer recipe for your pool or lake side get-togethers. Southside Market has other flavors to choose from including Garlic Smoked Sausage, Jalapeno Cheddar Smoked Sausage, and Summer Sausage.

Mini Meatball Subs {Quick Dinner Idea or Fun Party Appetizer}

I worked at Subway back in the day and fell in love with their meatball subs, but they were so large and too filling that even a 6-inch sub was too much. But on the hunt for more recipes, I thought I could make something that fit the craving without overindulging. Insert these Mini Meatball Subs that make a great quick dinner idea or even a fun party appetizer. 


Mini Meatball Subs {Quick Dinner Idea or Fun Party Appetizer}


 I used Hawaiian rolls for the base, but you could also use Aunt Millie's Carb Smart rolls, place in baking sheet. Tear an opening in each roll. Spray with butter or pour melted butter over the top. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning and put a tablespoon of marinara in each hole. I use pre-made meatballs (I cook them first), then put one in each slot. Top with a little more marinara and some parmesan cheese. Heat in the oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 10 minutes.

Easy Egg Muffins {Meal Prep Breakfast On-The-Go Idea}

I wrote a post back in 2019 about Homemade Meal Prepping Breakfast Ideas for Kids. With everything becoming more go, go, go again and our calendars filling up so quickly, I thought I would share this recipe for my easy egg cups. They are my husband's and kiddo's favorite protein packed breakfast for those super busy mornings. I have seen these called egg muffins as well.


Easy Egg Muffins {Meal Prep Breakfast On-The-Go Idea}


So, here's how to make Easy Egg Muffins:

2-Ingredient Pizza Dough {Healthy, Low Calorie Pizza Hack}

If you have been following me for the past few years, then you know that I have lost 70 pounds through diet changes and exercise. The number one diet change that I made was taking food that I loved and making a healthier version. Family Night Pizza night is a tradition in our home, and we love a make your own pizza bar style that has actually encouraged my kiddos to eat more of their veggies. We love pizza because there is so much you can do. But the crust is where I had some issues. Toppings I could control, but I wanted a low-calorie option for my crust so I could still enjoy pizza night with the family and stay within my weight loss goals.


2-Ingredient Pizza Dough {Healthy, Low Calorie Pizza Hack}


Crock Pot Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Recipe


Chicken Alfredo is a staple recipe in our house. We use dinner time as our time to reconnect and with an easy meal like this, that's delicious we have a no fuss meal all around. The kids are happy, and mom is happy. I hope you enjoy! What I love about this recipe is that you can prep it in advance and freeze or freeze your leftovers for another meal night.

This post was originally posted on 6/24/2015 and I have updated it to make it current.

Crock Pot Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo Recipe

Pretzel Hugs & Kisses {Easiest Sweet & Salty Valentine Treat}

 The easiest dessert to make. These Pretzel Hugs are the perfect Valentine's Day treat to share with someone you love. I loved this the most because it is the best of both sweet and salty, plus you can make so much at once to share with the ones you love!


Pretzel Hugs & Kisses {Easiest Sweet & Salty Valentine Treat}


We made these homemade cake pops back in October that are super easy to make as well and you could surprise your love you with some of those as well. They are for sure a crowd pleaser, but with 2022 going the way it is going, I am more for going the easier route.

5 No Effort Weeknight Recipes For A Delicious Beef Dinner

Quality ingredients can completely transform the taste of even the simplest dish. You don't need to add sauces or flavoring; it will be delicious as it is! So, when you've got quality beef, what you need is a simple enough recipe that will enhance the flavor and texture of the meat.


5 No Effort Weeknight Recipes For A Delicious Beef Dinner


Beef is often a staple in our kitchen, whether you keep it in the fridge or the freezer. Some of the favorite beef recipes in American households include homemade lasagna and the iconic All-American beef stew. You can't go wrong with these! But if you haven't got hours to spend in the kitchen, you want something quick and easy to prepare for a weeknight. We've got you sorted with these practical beef dishes that will take no time at all to make.

Taco nights in the slow cooker If you've got a slow cooker, you can get this copycat chipotle barbacoa recipe started in the morning, and it'll be ready for your Tuesday Tacos night in the evening. It is a favorite with kids as you can control the heat to make sure the dish will not be too spicy for little ones. You'll only need to shred the beef at the end of the day, and it's ready to serve with salsa Verde, avocado, lime in tacos.

Freezer Ready for the Holidays with Snake River Farms

This post is sponsored by Snake River Farms and contains affiliate links.

Keeping my freezer stocked with high quality beef is an essential for me especially around the holidays when I have more get togethers. Snake River Farms is helping me accomplish my goal as well as my health and wellness goals by delivering straight to my door. The older I get the more I am learning and care about where my food comes from. I also care more about spending my money and consuming higher quality products.


Snake River Farms Gourmet Beef Delivered to your door


Recently my family was sent a package from Snake River Farms of their award-winning American Wagyu beef. The first thing that I love about Snake River Farms is that everything is delivered straight to my doorstep which means that I no longer have to worry about the grocery store counter. Another aspect that I love is Snake River Farms controls their entire supply chain from the ranches where the cattle are raised to the humane processing facility to their in-house customer care team.


Their Pioneering Story: Snake River Farms first bred Wagyu with high quality cattle in the late 1980s and loved its deep flavor and sublime marbling. So they have been mastering that prized combination ever since. It's work that takes precision, genetic mastery, and a dedication to unending refinement and innovation.

Chicken Fajita Mac and Cheese Recipe

 So I thought I was so original when I came up with this idea. I had a box of Velveeta shells with cheese and half the stuff to make burrito bowls, then thought, "I bet I could whip something up both of those". So here is my version of Fajita Mac and Cheese. I have also included the recipe to make your taco seasoning as well as your cheese sauce, so you don't have to worry about so many preservatives. But there is nothing wrong with making dinner easy on yourself and using boxed. Also please ignore this terrible picture. I didn't take one and only realized it after the fact, so this is a screen shot from a video that you can find HERE.


Fajita Mac and Cheese Recipe


So Here is what you need for Homemade Chicken Fajita Mac and Cheese:

Lazy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

With the season changing and things getting cooler outside, I have been on the lookout for more hearty filling meals. I have been trying to switch up our meal plan because it fills like we are eating the same things over and over again, which is fine, but can get boring after a while. So I found a recipe called Chicken Pot Pie Bubble Up and altered it to make what I now like to call Lazy Chicken Pot Pie. My entire family loves it and any meal that can get my kiddos to eat their veggies is a mom win in my book!


Lazy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe


For this recipe, we add more chicken because protein really bulks up a meal and fills you up for longer, but you don't have to. You can also use canned chicken to make this even easier. You could use canned veggies as well, but we didn't enjoy the taste at all. We don't normally eat canned vegetables so that could be why. It could definitely make this meal even cheaper than it already is. I love how easy this Lazy Chicken Pot Pie Recipe is to make as well as inexpensive it is. Some have called it chicken pot pit bubble up, but that requires you to make the dough from scratch. I will include those directions below, but I like taking the easy way out whenever I can.

Homemade Cake Pops - What to Do with Leftover Birthday Cake

I hate wasting food. You can ask anyone I know. There are people starving all over the world. So when it comes to what to do with leftover food from events, I am always thinking outside the box. Searching for what to do with leftover birthday cake, I found that you actually make cake pops with cake. You basically make a cake and frosting then it easy peasy from there. PLUS cake pops are freezable! So you could make a bunch of cake pops out of the leftover cake, pop them in your freezer, and save them for a later event or a sweet random surprise treat.


Homemade Cake Pops - What to Do with Leftover Birthday Cake


To make the cake pops, you will need left over cake or you can make a sheet cake plus enough frosting to cover just the cake. I had a bunch of little bites that were about to expire. There was no way we were going to go through them in time and I definitely didn't want to waste them so I decided to turn them into Vampire Cake Bites for a Halloween charcuterie board. I also already had some candy coating on hand from when I worked with Chocolate Pen so this basically a no brainer recipe for me to create.

Turkey & Sweet Potato One Pan Hash Recipe

 I don't know what to call this recipe. Turkey and Sweet Potato Casserole, Turkey Potato Hash? I know it is super delicious and there is so much you can deal with. Once everything is chopped this is a one pan meal. You can switch up the meat options like lean beef or venison. Or you can also use regular potatoes instead of sweet potatoes. The calories and macros just change a little bit.


Turkey & Sweet Potato One Pan Hash Recipe


As always, I use the MyFitnessPal app to find out the calorie count and you can find a video on how to add recipes that I made HERE. Eating foods I enjoy was how I lost 65 pounds and kept the weight off. YES, you can eat potatoes AND lose weight. I calorie counted and worked out. You can find more about my fitness journey on TikTok, Instagram, or follow me on Facebook.


Homemade Gummy Bears

My daughter has really been into baking because she loves science and she calls each recipe creation a science experiment. And she really isn't wrong. This homemade gummy bear recipe is such a fun one to re-create because it looks like you're creating science too. This is a super fun homeschool activity to teach your children the science of gelatin. When we homeschooled, the part I loved was teaching my children how what they were learning could be used in real life.


Homemade Gummy Bears


Gelatin is a mild-tasting protein derived from the collagen in animal tissue and it's the only protein with the power to thicken liquids. Easy to use, easy to find, and able to assume the flavor and color of whatever liquid it's dissolved in, gelatin is a versatile thickener for both sweet and savory cooking. There are also vegetarian substitutes for gelatin available that are made from carbohydrates.

Homemade Waffle Mix Recipe

Today is National Waffle Day! And to celebrate, here is a great and easy recipe to make waffle/pancake mix in bulk! Making pancakes in bulk and freezing them is one of my favorite homemade meal prep breakfast ideas for kids.


Homemade Waffle Mix Recipe



Making food from home is a great way to save money. And I have found that pre-making options ahead of time is a great way to save time as well. I love making breakfast for my family on the weekends and although homemade can be the way to go, it's so time consuming! PLUS pre-making the homemade mix makes breakfast for dinner nights run so much smoother too.

This is also a fun recipe to get the kids involved in the kitchen. And if they are a picky eaters then it can be a great tip to get them to try different foods.