Whenever I find a recipe that the whole family likes, I do an internal happy dance. These family approved recipes are from my personal Personal Pinterest board. I have made each one of them multiple times and found them to be crowd pleasers at our house.
Sticky Crockpot Chicken Drumsticks
These chicken drumsticks are the newest addition to my recipe collection. When cooked on low for 6-8 hours, the meat falls off the bone making it easy for the kids to eat. I recommend turning the drumsticks over half way through cooking to ensure that they get coated all over in sauce. The sauce that is left in the bottom of the crockpot is excellent over white or brown rice. We serve this with sauteed veggies and make them when we have guests who are gluten-free because the sauce turns thick and delicious without needing a thickening agent like flour.
The first time I made this meal it was a very hot summer day and my husband called from work asking that I make something cold for dinner. I served everything chilled, even the chicken. I wasn’t sure the kids would be into it, but they loved the flat bread and the Chicken Souvlaki. All but my pickest eater liked the homemade Tzatziki sauce. None of my kids have added feta cheese or red onions to their list of favorite foods. I counted this one as a win in the family favorite category because it included something for everyone to enjoy.
Grilled Cilantro Lime Shrimp Skewers
This comes as a shock to everyone knows I was born on the Gulf Coast, but; I don’t like seafood. I know there is something wrong with the wiring between my tongue and my brain because people practically faint if you even whisper the words “all you can eat crab legs”. Seafood is my husband’s favorite food category and since we want our kids to grow up with varied palates, I do make an effort to cook with oceanic ingredients fairly often. Although not something I would make for myself if I lived alone, I do enjoy these Cilantro Lime Shrimp Skewers in the summertime.
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin can be hard to get right because they have a tendency to dry out. I have to tell you I have never messed this one up. Just follow the recipe and you will get a juicy and tender tenderloin every time. The steak seasoning (I prefer mesquite), is perfect on the pork and the bacon seals in all of the flavor and moisture. I used to make one, but now that my son is officially a “tween”, I have to make two in order to fill up the whole family.
Beef Tips and Noodles
I found this recipe by googling “How to feed a family with only two steaks” because I really didn’t want to drive the 25 minutes to the closest store. I had all of ingredients on hand which was apparently a good omen because this was a hit. My husband especially loves it and requests it from time to time. I spruced it up once by tossing the noodles in chopped parsley and using fresh mushrooms instead of the canned variety. The parsley was well received, but the fresh mushrooms made the sauce very thin and watery. I went back to canned and have not tried fresh again, but if I did, I would use either a corn starch mixture or flour roux at the last stages of cooking to thicken the sauce back up.
Pressure Cooker Kalua Pig
I found this recipe on nomnompaleo.com and since then I have tried several of their recipes, but this is my favorite. I wasn’t looking for a paleo Kalua pig, but was searching for pressure cooker recipes. This Pressure Cooker Kalua Pig wins in both areas. Since I am not cooking strictly paleo I defile this wholesome recipe by adding liquid smoke instead of using bacon. I also have to cook two heads of cabbage because everyone LOVES it so much! I almost fainted the first time I heard my son ask for more of “that green stuff I think I don’t like”. I serve this over rice with teriyaki sauce and Hawaiian macaroni salad.
Ina Garten’s Mac and Cheese
I have never followed this recipe to the letter before. I have used many different cheeses and cheese combinations, but never Ina’s mix. I haven’t ever put the tomato slices on top and the one time I made it with bread crumbs, my husband asked me never to do that again. The most valuable part of this recipe, I think, are the measurements and the technique. I refer to the recipe every time I make homemade mac and cheese because the measurements and technique for making the cheese sauce will never steer you wrong, no matter what other little tweaks you make along the way. This makes A LOT of mac and cheese. Let me say that again, A LOT. It’s great for potlucks and large family meals. I add chopped ham when I want to use it as an entree.
Twice Baked Potatoes
Ree Drummond, AKA The Pioneer Woman, might be my favorite person on earth after my family members (most of them). I love all of her recipes and spend a lot of time looking on her site for dinner inspirations. She has several cookbooks at Costco right now and I make a point of thumbing through them longingly where my husband can see me. The Pioneer Woman’s Twice Baked Potatoes are amazing and very easy to customize to your family’s taste.
Snickerdoodle Mug Cake
For dessert, a pinterest miracle that came to me in a late night pregnancy craving years ago. This simple to make mug cake doesn’t create a mess, doesn’t take a lot of time, and doesn’t leave any evidence that someone was late night snacking. It’s quick and easy which are two of my favorite words when it comes to recipes. If the kids are being well behaved, I can whip them up in less time than it takes for them to switch into a bad attitude… usually.
What are some of your favorite recipes on Pinterest?