5 Easy & Delicious Dinners

Since my meal planning post, the next obvious question is, “what are you eating?” and specifically, “what’s for dinner?”  Before I started religiously meal planning on Saturday morning, I used to dread that question because I often had no good answer!  My son eats the same thing on repeat, but since Jordan started eating what my hubby and I eat, I needed to have good dinner options on hand most of the time! She’s a great eater, but I realize she wants to eat real food that tastes good.  As long as that’s what’s served, she’ll usually gobble it up!

A few dinners I’ve made lately were both easy and delicious, so I wanted to share! I include a new recipe every week in my newsletter that gets delivered to your inbox every Saturday morning.  You can subscribe here if you want to start getting the HWH Weekend Edition!

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Before we dive in, I got lots of questions about this pretty weekly meal planner.  It makes a huge difference in my day when I know in the morning, what’s for dinner that night.  That’s why I created a space for DINNER at the top of the daily printable I made for us! Get the free printable here!

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Okay, so onto the recipes!

Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef

This Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef  is an old standby that is so good that I’ve even taken it as my Meal Train meal when I’ve signed up to bring dinner to a family.  The flavors are as good as if you ordered it from a Chinese restaurant! I serve it over rice and usually make a double batch because it goes quickly in our house.

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via Creme de la Crumb

White Chicken Chili

I found this White Chicken Chili recipe from my friend Jamie when she served it at Bunco.  It was so good that I came home and made it a few nights later!  It’s another simple slow cooker dish with a different spin on a traditional chili because it’s made with chicken breast and white beans! Definitely garnish your chili with some of these toppings (avocado, sour cream, cheese, green onions, and/or a squeeze of lime) to take it to the next level!

white chicken chili

via Genius Kitchen

When I shared on Stories that I was using our new Breville Fast/Slow Pro to make this chili, I got tons of questions about it!  My husband heard about this from his buddy at the gym who is making all kinds of things in it using the fast pressure cooker and so my hubby ‘had to have it’!  But I remembered the InstantPot being super popular around the holidays (it’s got over 26,000 positive reviews!) and less expensive, so we compared them before making the purchase.

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I found this review to be the most helpful in comparing the Breville Fast/Slow Pro vs. the InstantPot:

Fast Slow Pro vs InstaPot

Fast Slow Pro vs InstaPot

For my hubby, I think he wanted what he considered to be the ‘best of the best’ and he preferred the LCD display, so that’s the one we went with. I do actually really like the easy-to read display as well and how easy it is to just turn the dial to customize the Fast/Slow Pro to what you are cooking.  It’s also super easy to clean because the inner pot comes out and you can wash it in the sink.

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Breville Fast/Slow Pro

Veggie Lasagna

Another dish we all really enjoyed was the veggie lasagna! I’m used to always eating meat lasagna, but with this one, I honestly did not miss the meat and it was tasty and full of flavor. I added mushrooms and onions and I used the pre-cooked lasagna noodles.   It also reheated well in the microwave and made great leftovers!

via Tastes Lovely

Creamy Chicken Pasta with Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Mozzarella Sauce

If you like pasta, a cheesy sauce, and sundried tomatoes, you’ll like this recipe! It’s basically a two-pot dish, so not a lot of clean up either!

Chicken Mozzarella Pasta

via Julia’s Album

Vegan Bean Chili

This is my second try at Veggie Bean Chili recently and this was for sure my favorite!!  The one thing I would change is that it was a little “tomato forward” so I would cut back on the diced tomatoes or the paste.  Other than that, perfect for a chilly winter dinner!  Oh, and I didn’t make my own sour cream, but there’s a recipe for that included.  We like to eat chili with cornbread- those little Jiffy packets are awesome!

Vegan Bean Chili

via Oh She Glows

And if you’re in a ‘snack rut’, this post has some new ideas for things to try!

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What’s easy dinner does your family love?

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22 Comments

  1. Crystal
    February 8, 2018 / 7:49 am

    The timing could not have been more perfect!! When I opened your post, I literately said O.M.G 🙂 We buy every 2 weeks, and just last night, I was pouring over the books we have. Our son has food restrictions, so we can’t use all of these, but I’m still so excited to see this post!!
    Thank you,
    Crystal

    • February 8, 2018 / 1:12 pm

      Thanks for sending that recipe! I just found her website and it has lots of yummy dinners!

  2. February 8, 2018 / 9:40 am

    interesting selection, love this kind of post:D

  3. Debbie f
    February 8, 2018 / 10:15 am

    What a great post, Megan! I’ve seriousky been contemplating purchasing an Instant Pot but it seems so confusing to use. I am now leaning towards purchasing the Breville Fast/Slow cooker. Thank you for also posting the recipes. They all look so yummy!!

    • February 8, 2018 / 1:08 pm

      I will say the Breville is very user friendly!

  4. Amanda
    February 8, 2018 / 12:34 pm

    Thank you for this! What about lunches and breakfasts? Do you plan those too? I feel like lunches is the hardest for me because I do not want to have to do too much before bed on a work night!

    • February 8, 2018 / 1:07 pm

      I eat the same thing over and over for breakfast and lunches are a hodge podge lately of leftovers!

  5. JANICE
    February 8, 2018 / 12:40 pm

    DO YOU HAVE ANY COMFORT FOODS FOR CROCK POT WITH REAL HAMBURGER AND ROAST? REAL FOOD?

    • February 8, 2018 / 1:11 pm

      Hi Janice! Love a good burger! I’ll keep an eye out for more crock pot meals if you’re interested in them!

  6. February 8, 2018 / 8:28 pm

    Your beef broccoli looks good. I love to cook anything that is Asian, Mexican, or Italian type of meals. One of my favorites is my sweet pepper nachos that have up on my blog.

    • February 9, 2018 / 7:39 am

      We’ve made that one several times and it’s always yummy! I actually made nachos two nights ago!

  7. Amy
    February 8, 2018 / 9:33 pm

    These are right up my alley- they look delicious! Will definitely be adding these into my rotation to try. I have found so many tasty, healthy, easy recipes on skinnytaste.com over the years…..check it out! Thanks for sharing! By the way, I feel ya….my 11 year old son eats the.same.exact.thing day in and day out. Sigh.

    • February 9, 2018 / 7:38 am

      Oh girl, my son is the SAME way!! We keep trying but the pediatrician tells me not to stress about it!

  8. Lori
    February 8, 2018 / 10:15 pm

    Do you have calorie counts for your above recipes?

    • February 9, 2018 / 7:37 am

      Hmmm, not sure if those are included at the original source or not.

  9. Sherrie
    February 9, 2018 / 7:36 am

    Thank You Megan!
    As soon as I saw your recipes I headed to HEB for ingredients for the White Chicken Chili recipe. This dinner was absolutely delicious! Definitely family approved. BIG hit – Thanks again! Great served with cornbread. : )

    • February 9, 2018 / 7:36 am

      So glad to hear that!! We’ll be having it again here too!

  10. Carmen
    February 20, 2018 / 3:24 pm

    I made the beef and broccoli recipe and it is now a favorite! My husband said it was his favorite thing that we have cooked in a while!!

  11. Sandra
    March 20, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    The white chicken chilli is delicious!!! There is no way of making my entire family happy with dinner but this got a thumbs up from 4 out of 5. Big win. Besides,, my husband and I liked so much I wouldn’t care what my kids thought 🙂 So Good. So easy. Thanks!

    • March 21, 2018 / 8:48 am

      Oh I’m so glad to hear that!!

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