Whole Parenting Family

My Seven Fav Family Recipes

Family, as in, my children will eat them. Not all are actual “family” recipes, as in, handed down from generation to generation. I get stuck a bit in the kitchen. I used to run a meal planning link up for, what, six months, last year? You can hop over to the eating section on the blog and see it all!

When faced with the daunting task of feeding three kids and one ravenous husband, I want to retreat to the pantry to eat cereal myself. Once this intense feeling passes, I gird my loins and dish out a few of these.

1) Pasta with homemade sauce.

Don’t get overwhelmed by seeing “homemade sauce”–the sauce is so simple and just takes a few hours. It’s the planning ahead part that’s hard–not the making of it.

Simmer chopped tomatoes (canned or fresh) in olive oil and salt for a few hours, adding a hint of water or broth if it’s burning up. Season with oregano and basil and tons of shredded part. Brown beef and season with salt & pepper & those other things as well. Angel hair + combine. Oh, and butter.


2. Red quinoa with sausage & peppers.

Recipe here.

quinoa recipe

3) Chicken noodle soup with amped up yogurt.

Recipe here.

soup and yogurt

4) Rice + protein + mango + tomatoes.

Cook rice. Cook meat or tofu. Combine! Spritz with lemon!


5) Pizza.

Recipe here. Kinda. It’s evolved. But we use this crust.


6) Beef chili. (grainy iPhone pic!)

Recipe here.


7) Monster salads.

Butter or red leaf lettuce and then go to town. I try to have a fruit, a protein, and nut (also protein, but you know), a dried fruit, and cheese. In this case, avocado, hard boiled eggs, pistachio, and cranberries (dried). A little homemade dressing and you’re alllllll set.


What are your go-to meals that your kids will eat that are semi-healthy? We also do a lot of breakfast for dinner!! Pancakes and bacon, please!


  1. Amy A. on April 7, 2016 at 5:52 am

    My favorite recipe is Maple Mustard Chicken. Grease a 13 x 9 baking pan and fill with bone-in chicken thighs and drumsticks (I usually remove the skin from these pieces to lower the fat, but that’s optional) Combine 1 cup grainy mustard, 1/2 cup maple syrup and 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, then pour over the chicken. Bake at 450 for 40 minutes, and if you have a chance to flip the meat halfway through that’s great but not required. Serve with a grain (we like couscous if we’re in a hurry or brown rice if we aren’t) to sop up the yummy sauce and a veggie. The baking time is long so this doesn’t really qualify as a quick dinner, but the prep is minimal and this is a popular one in our house 🙂 Fallbacks for busy nights around here are usually tacos, breakfast for dinner or paninis; what is it about heating up a sandwich that makes it feel more like a dinner? Happy Thursday friend!

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 7, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      OH YUM!!! Thanks, girl! XO

  2. Michelle on April 22, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Pasta with homemade sauce is one of my go-to meal too! Otherwise, we’ll have baked chicken with root vegetable, noodle soup, fried rice and rice congee. All one-pot-meals!

    • Natural Mama Nell on April 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm


  3. Tiffany Watts on September 12, 2016 at 11:24 am

    Awesome, delicious recipes..Well done, Nell 🙂