Countdown to 2013: Best Family Main Dishes of 2012

Today is my first day of our family vacation. I decided to take the extra day off to get some last minute things done around the farm, tidy up the house (nobody likes to come back from vacation to clean) and double check everything I packed in the suitcases for the family before we leave tomorrow night. I think the feeling of being overwhelmed feeling by Christmas, presents and the surprise trip to Disneyland has finally passed. Our daughter now keeps whispering in my ear… “When are we leaving?” It’s finally hit her she’s going to the Magical Kingdom.

For our dining next week, I’ve got our vacation meal plan in place with some ready made meals and I’m bringing one of my crock pots to tackle the cooking while we’re at the park. This week, I’ve joined in with Sara from Finding Joy In My Kitchen (along with many others), in counting down to 2013 with a look back highlighting some of our family’s favorite recipes from Noel’s Kitchen Tips from 2012.  We’ve highlighted a different category each day. Here’s a look at what we’ve shared so far:

Wednesday: Breakfast

Thursday: Bread and Soup Recipes

Today’s category is Main Dishes….These recipes I’ve chosen are ones that make my busy weeknights simple. I try and do as much of the  meal prepping on my weekends so that I don’t need to worry about it during the week.  I make a little extra so I can add a meal to my freezer inventory. It’s definitely saves a busy mom time! Here are a few of those dishes my family enjoys:



Chicken Pot Pie

Crock Pot Shredded Beef

Smothered Burritos

Chunky Chicken and Noodle Bake

Homemade Italian Meatballs

Be sure to head on over for a visit to Finding Joy in My Kitchen today to see tons of other great main dish recipes from 2012…and check back the rest of the week for more of our family favorites!

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About Noel

Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family mealtimes back to the table and stay healthy.


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