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Happy New Year!! Hard to believe we are kicking off 2014 today, but here we are. Is one of your New Year Resolutions to cook more family meals? I know that’s one that I really need to follow through on. I seem to have gotten pretty lax about cooking as we went into the holiday season and I found us eating out more and more. We may have eaten our fair share of quesadillas and grilled cheese too. It’s time though to get back on track and I’ve got a list of my favorite tried and true family meals recipes straight from my kitchen to help kick off your new year getting out of the drive thru and back into the kitchen.

Collage of dinner recipe images

I believe in easy and uncomplicated when it comes to the recipes I use and create. Each of the recipes below will take under thirty minutes to prepare, many of them under twenty!

Now I just need to start planning ahead…


one pot cheesy sausage and pasta

One Pot Cheesy Sausage Pasta

one pot pizza pasta

One Pot Pizza Pasta

30 minutes Stovetop Lasagna

One Pot Stovetop Lasagna

one pot chicken and noodles in a bowl

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Noodles

one pot cheesy chicken pasta with manwich

One Pot Cheesy Chicken

mac and cheese in a large bowl with a fork

One Pot Macaroni and Cheese

chicken and spaghetti in sauce with parmesan cheese

One Pot Chicken Spaghetti

ranch and parmesan crusted chicken

Parmesan Ranch Crusted Chicken

one pot chicken alfredo pasta

One Pot Chicken Alfredo

chili in a bowl with sour cream and cheese

Easy 3-Ingredient Chili Recipe

tostadas with beans, lettuce and cheese

Ten Minute Oven Baked Tostadas

hamburger soup on a ladle with pasta and corn

Hamburger Soup

chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet

Savory Broiled Garlic Chicken

Easy French Bread Pizza on a red plate

French Bread Pizza

Meatballs on slider buns with sauce and cheese

Meatball Sliders

mexican chicken casserole with beans and cheese on a plate next to rice

Mexican Chicken Casserole

meatloaf sliced on a cutting board

Classic Meatloaf Recipe

Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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