My 5 Favorite Quick Recipes of 2017

We are getting closer but not yet to the point where all four of us eat the same dinner. The girls still have foods that they refuse or simply don’t like to eat. So, in 2017 I favored quick and easy recipes that hit one of three things: the girls can help, the girls will eat, or I can get it on the table quickly.

These are my favorite recipe discoveries in 2017 that I know I will be repeating in 2018.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Brittle

Sort of like that famous Seinfeld episode, this recipe is the bizarro chocolate chip cookie. A little different. A little unique. Definitely memorable.

It’s only been a few weeks since I made this, but I’ve already been stopped three times by people either asking about or complimenting me on it. I almost feel bad. It’s dead easy to make and a perfect activity for kids, if you can keep them from popping the chips in their mouth. 

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The Magic Skillet Cornbread Recipe

I’m not going to claim this is the best cornbread I’ve ever tasted, but it’s definitely the best cornbread my kids have ever tasted. I’ve made it three times since Thanksgiving. I don’t actually like cornbread quite that much, but the kids literally begged to make it and I like making them happy, especially with baking. This is a nice blend of the best traditional qualities of southern and northern cornbread.

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One Hour Dinner Rolls

1 hour dinner rolls

This isn’t the fastest recipe on the list but it might have the least amount of hands on time and unlike many other quick and easy roll recipes, I can attest that these truly are ready from bowl to table in an hour.

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The girls don’t always like the hard crusty no-knead breads that I prefer, so these soft, buttery rolls are a nice treat for them.

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Pasta Con Ceci

adult spaghetti O's

These one pot “adult” spaghetti O’s are a cinch to make, easily customizable and always nutritious. You can make them plain for the kids or add-in some additional greens like broccoli or spinach for the adults. This is quick and satisfying comfort food.

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Japanese Pancakes (Okonomiyaki)


These pancakes are one of our favorite ways to use up older fridge veggies. Another one pot meal, these cabbage-based fritters are filling, affordable, nutritious and tasty. The kids haven’t gone for them yet, but Michelle and I love them with a salad as an easy weeknight meal. You should really try these!

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