Our Eleven Favorite Dinner Recipes

Friday, August 21, 2015

I cook almost every night.  I think we go out to eat once every other month (not kidding), so home cooking definitely happens around here.  This is a non-comprehensive list of our favorite dinners.  These all appear regularly on our menu, and I love each and every one.  Hopefully some of them will become favorites of your family as well!  Some have been adjusted from the original source, and I rewrote them with my revisions on the blog (and in one case in the description), and some I love in their original form from the blog that is cited.

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Clockwise from upper left: Chipotle Chicken Tacos; Black Bean SoupQuichePizza
(All the photos were taken and the food was made by me)

1.  Black Bean Soup:  I talk about this one a lot, because it is a favorite.  Especially accompanied by tortilla chips.  It is creamy, thick and flavorful.

2. Tuscan Pasta (Mel's Kitchen Cafe):  Mel never fails.  Almost every recipe I have ever tried from her has been amazing, and this one didn't disappoint.  It is SO easy and incredibly good.  Great for a quick weeknight meal.

3. Chickpea Salad (Perry's Plate):  I used to be very wary of chickpeas... They kind of freaked me out (probably because of the smell), but now I love them.  This is one of my favorite ways to use them.  I substitute peanuts in for the walnuts, and almost always leave out the cilantro.  It still tastes delicious anyway. I made this when I was pregnant one time, and I think I ate 7 bowls of this for dinner... It was so good.

4. Gourmet Green Salad (Mel's Kitchen Cafe):  The dressing makes this salad, but the bacon and pear don't hurt.  This one is a home run every time.  I would half the dressing.  One time Adam made the whole thing and we were eating it for every meal for 2 weeks, and still had to throw some of it away.

5. All the Pizza:  There is so much love in my heart for pizza.  We make it about once a week with whatever is in the fridge.  It is one of my favorite nights of the week.

6. Vegetable Pot Pie: My mom made this all the time when I was growing up.  It has become a favorite in our home, too.  I almost always leave out the chicken, and have subbed in all kinds of other fillings.

7.  Bacon, Apple, Cheddar Panini:  So I may have posted them with the worst photos of all time, but this is still one of my very favorite dinners.  For a lot of people, a panini press would go to waste, but ours is a workhorse.  We use it several times a month.

8. Hoisin Vegetable Noodle Bowl (Budget Bytes): I stumbled on this accidentally, but it is my go-to stir fry.  Hoisin sauce has become a very favorite of mine, and honestly, if something has peanut butter in it, you can almost guarantee I will like it.

9. Quiche:  Another dish that my mom made a lot when I was a kid.  I always make it with a crust, because Adam says it is just an omelet in a pie pan if it doesn't have a crust.  This was a recent one that I made, but I make them a lot and throw in all kinds of veggies and meat.

10. Creamy Tomato Soup (Our Best Bites):  My mom recommended this recipe a few years ago, and I have made it at least a dozen times since then.  It is a total crowd pleaser and absolutely delicious!

11.  Chipotle Chicken Tacos: These tacos are a real win!  Every time I make them I wonder why we don't eat them every week.  They are SO delicious!


  1. This might be my favorite post of yours to date. Love seeing a list of real favorites that continue to be good enough to stick around!

  2. Your pizza recipes always look incredibly delicious! I need to get better about making my own crust instead of buying it and then adding our own toppings!

    1. I loooooove homemade pizza! The crust doesn't take too long to make and we always double it so the next time we make pizza we just pull the second half out of the freezer and it takes about 15 minutes to make! It is the best!

  3. This post arrived just in the nick of time for me!! Making the tomato soup tonight. I'd forgotten about it :)

  4. This post is great! Thank you! It just be me, but when I click on the link for Vegetable Pot Pie it takes me to the Gourmet Green Salad recipe.

    1. You are right, Grace! Thank you for letting me know! You really should try both... they are delicious!

  5. Love this post! Always up for a new recipe to try ... and this post had a few yummy ones! Thanks!


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