Menu Planning: Family Favorites

Family Dinner

Every week as I make out our menu, its almost a guarantee that certain meals will appear almost every time.  Before you start planning out your menu, I highly recommend talking to each family member and seeing what some of their favorites are – you might be surprised!
Instead of creating a recipe page for each of these family favorites, I'll just link here when one of them falls on the weekly menu.  Have a favorite not on the list?  Leave a comment below with the recipe or link me to your blog!

Italian Pot Roast

  • Cut up 3 stalks celery, 4 large carrots, 1 red onion and place in bottom of crockpot.
  • Place beef roast onto veggies in crockpot.
  • Pour in a jar/can of your favorite spaghetti sauce.
  • Cover & cook on low for 6-8 hours
  • Serve over noodles – we do egg noodles or fettuccine noodles.
  • Put leftover meat & 1 cup sauce in fridge.

Leftover Calzones – great for lunch

  • Shred leftover roast & combine with 1 cup sauce, 1 can black olives, and 1 cup shredded mozzarella.
  • Roll out a package of crescent rolls, reserving half for tops.
  • Spread filling over each roll, leaving space along edges to seal.
  • Cover each with second roll & seal edges.
  • Bake as directed on crescent roll package, adding 2 minutes if necessary.


  • Prepare taco meat (beef or chicken) with your favorite taco seasoning. (I buy bulk to save over paying for packets)
  • Warm tortillas in microwave or fry in a skillet with 2 Tbsp oil
  • Top tortillas with your favorite fillings – taco meat, refried beans, tomatoes, onions, lettuce, avocado, shredded cheese
  • Add flavor with taco sauce, salsa, guacamole, ranch, sour cream


  • Prepare noodles as directed on package (try a combo of wheat & white if you want a healthier option, but aren't fond of wheat pasta)
  • Cover with your favorite sauce.  I use a jar/can & season to taste with Italian seasoning, brown sugar, and a bay leaf.
  • If you desire meat, you can either brown beef & add to your sauce or use meatballs.

Hot Dogs with Mashed Potatoes – DH's family favorite

  • Slice hot dogs in half length-wise & lay in the bottom of an ungreased baking dish. I use an 8×8 for one package.
  • Cover with prepared mashed potatoes.
  • Sprinkle with your favorite cheese.
  • Bake at 350 until cheese is melted.
  • Serve with ranch & ketchup for dipping.

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