Taco Salad

Make your own taco seasoning with this recipe and cut down the salt and other preservatives. This is a great task for kids. One recipe makes a double batch of the seasonings which can be stored in the cabinet for Beef and Bean Tacos another day.  

Chicken Tikka Masala

Though it is not traditionally an Indian side dish consider serving Chicken Tikka Masala with a side green vegetable making it a more nutritious option for your family.

Pulled Pork

Try this pulled pork recipe in mini slider buns or as a quesadilla with monterey jack cheese. An apple salad can be made using mixed greens, chopped apple, toasted almonds and shaved aged cheddar. A dressing made with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper.

Lentil Barley Soup

As the weather gets colder keep this recipe on hand for those nights no one wants to go out.  You can easily have the ingredients on hand for this recipe.  Serve it along side a crusty loaf and you have the perfect, no need to go shopping, meal.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Soup topped with crunchy fried tortilla strips and bursting with mexican flavours. Make it with a friend or go all out and add some Lime Tequila Cupcakes for dessert. Perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Serve at home with fresh cilantro, chopped avocado, shredded tex-mex cheese and green onions or chives.

Chicken Fajitas

To prepare Chicken Fajitas the chicken is seared in a skillet on the stove top then transferred to the oven to finish cooking. Because of the cooking process you either need 1 oven per 2 chefs or you need to take shifts in the oven. When I cook with a group of 4 we usually prep toppings for serving as well to eliminate downtime. Decide before hand with guests who is buying the tortilla shells and optional toppings. Possible toppings include: grated cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce and chopped fresh cilantro.

Meatball Quinoa Soup

For the Meatball Quinoa Soup Recipe you can use your own meatball recipe or just shape some ground beef into small balls for my take on an Italian Wedding Soup.

Beef & Turkey Meatballs

Meatball Quinoa Soup, Meatballs in your favourite sauce on pasta and Meatball Subs in a marinara sauce are 3 meal ideas. If kids are doing this recipe I would suggest only 1 recipe split between 2 or 3 families so the kids don't get overwhelmed by the rolling involved. Feel free to adjust the mixture of ground meats - all beef, all turkey or a mixture of beef and pork are also delicous.

Upside Down Nachos

What kid won't want to make Nachos for dinner? Serve at home with shredded lettuce, sour cream, salsa and guacamole.