Freakin’ Dinner Recipes

Susie and Anna,

Here are those dinner ideas that I was yakking about on Instastories.  Thankfully I had a few people take pity on me and my pathetic plea for dinner ideas.  Honestly though, I’m so sick of cooking dinner.  I feel like I’m in Groundhog Day.  Everyday at 5:00, I’m like, “This again???? They’re hungry AGAIN?”

Dinner for us lately has been (and if you ever tell anyone this, I will deny it) lunchables.  And not even the homemade ones.  I’m talking straight up, name brand, lunchables.

For continuity sake (read: I’m just as lazy in a blog post as I am making dinner), I’m not going to write out these recipes or even link them (other than just listing the site you can search for them at).  But if you can’t google these or figure out the shorthand, just give up.  That’s what I do.  I literally just retyped the exact message that they sent me.  I guess you would call that a direct quote?? Or whatever.  ***Also, I added a brief, witty bio about my friends who contributed to put a face on this miserable battle that every Mom seems to be fighting.


Grilled Cheese, but add thinly sliced pears and/or ham OR used shredded cheddar and mix it with a bit of mayo, garlic salt, and italian seasoning.  Use fancy bread, butter outsides with mayo and butter (Ummmmmm……yes, please!) Serve with a side of apples, carrots, soup, chips, potato or chocolate.  (Corrie – My sister-in-law (Cally’s) sister.  She has curly hair and good advice.)

Homemade pesto with pasta, add fresh chunks of mozzerlla cheese and cherry tomato halves.  (Kim – Old roommates sister, but so much more! I would say she’s a sassy, running music teacher with a great laugh.)

Fridge Clean Out Dinner: sliced italian sausage or kielbasa, sweet potato, any other white potato, squash, onions, garlic, celery, carrots, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, any vegetable really.  Dice them up, toss with salt and oil.  Roast at 425 until everything is tender and browning.  Throw it in a bowl.  Some peeps add BBQ sauce.  (Elizabeth – An amazing woman with the meanest kitchen skills I’ve ever seen.  Did I mention she has an awesome clothing store.  Check it out on FB – pink pear boutique.)

Taco Bowls: Spanish rice, taco meat or chicken, avocado, salsa, sour cream, grated cheese yadda…yadda.  No idea why doing a bowl is so exciting but they friggin’ love it. (Elizabeth  – Same Elizabeth as before. Did I mention that she is hilarious?)

And have I told you about the best salsa ever?? Drain a few cans of rotel, add them, a bunch of cilantro fresh squeezed lemon juice and salt.  Rip it in the blender, and it’s the most fresh tasting, restaurant yummy salsa. (Elizabeth – same one)

Pasta carbonara, shepherd’s pie, chicken taquitos, swedish meatballs, beef stroganoff (the real stuff!) or POPCORN! A friend introduced us to doing popcorn for dinner, and my kids love it.  Or better yet, ditch the kids and you and Noah go on a date then you don’t have to cook.  (Steph – College roommate with a beautiful singing voice.  She would do anything for anyone—the best).

Pillsbury crescent egg quiche, sweet n sour meatballs over rice, baked ziti, bean burritos, protein punched crepes, monte cristo sandwiches.  I dunno.  Dinners can kiss it. (Susie – that’s you.  I could say how much I admire your discipline, style, and heart, but that would be too mushy.  Plus, I’m sure you’re afraid that this is already revealing too much personal information online. )

Mac and Cheese (basic) but then add bacon bits and boom it’s gourmet. (Jake – My photogenic and full of life nephew. Son of Cally)

California sushi roll in a bowl. Easy awesome yummy.  Google it. (Kelly – One of the funniest people I know. Also, she’s got that motherhood thing done.  Honestly, she should write a book.)

Idian fry bread and green chili stew, garlic lime chicken, fettuccini alfredo, sausage bean soup, sloppy joes (Tracy – I don’t anyone that is as good at Zumba as this tough as nails mama. Also, she loves Tilamook cheese, so that speaks for itself.)

So-Cal street tacos with carne piccata (simple, Korean beef bowl (, philly cheesesteaks (, spaghetti carbonara (, slow cooker teriyaki chicken (, Mrs. T’s Classic pierogies 48 count bag (found in Walmart freezer section), mini italian meatball subs (, one pot taco spaghetti (, Sonic frito chili cheese wrap ( (Cally – sister-in-law.She’s the kind of gal you want to chat with in her kitchen, leaning against her bar. Always something soulful to talk about.)

Kale Quinoa Salad (google it on, Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup (again, google this at  (Kiera Proud, my new, funny friend.  She has a wicked sense of humor.  Also, she is my favorite vegetarian.)

Okay, there you have it.  I’m exhausted from all of this typing.  Good luck! Let me know that you try and what you like.  I gotta go, my kids will be off the bus in 30 minutes, and I have 34 minutes left on this Friday Night Lights episode.






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