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Easy French Toast Waffles

Rating: 4.5 stars 95
Making French toast in your waffle iron combines the best of both worlds. You get all the custardy richness of French toast plus waffle's signature crispy ridges. All the better to hold more maple syrup.

Barbacoa-Style Shredded Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 208
Similar to Chipotle's® barbacoa. Great over nachos, in tacos, and burritos.

Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells

Rating: 4.5 stars 84
Believe it or not, I'm not a fan of cheese and try to avoid it whenever possible. So dishes that are stuffed with things like ricotta turn me off. I created this dish as a compromise to my cheese avoidance and my husband's love of Italian food. Serve this with garlic bread and a salad for a wonderful family dinner.

Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Cheese, and Parsley

Rating: 4.5 stars 7
These potatoes are hard to resist with their crispy roasted outsides and creamy delicious insides. I learned to shake the boiled potatoes before baking from an English caterer. Try it! It makes a difference.

Oatmeal Cream Pies with Chocolate

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
Homemade oatmeal cream pies. Mmmm.

Bunny Pretzels

Rating: 5 stars 6
A quick and easy way to make homemade pretzels. They can be brushed with butter or dipped in cinnamon sugar, just like they do at the mall. This is a treat I like to make for our Easter egg hunt.

Grilled Lime Cilantro Chicken with Sweet Chili Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 28
Perfectly grilled tender and juicy chicken marinated in a lime cilantro marinade with soy sauce and topped with sweet chili sauce. Marinate the chicken the night before or the morning-of and you'll be ready for dinner in no time. This recipe was made in a Panasonic CIO.
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Herb 'n Honey Cucumber Tomato Salad

Rating: 5 stars 12
Crisp and sweetly delicious, this salad is a wonderful addition to any summer picnic. May serve immediately or cover and refrigerate up to four hours before serving for enhanced flavor.

Broccoli, Rice, Cheese, and Chicken Casserole

Rating: 4.5 stars 1061
This is a delicious twist to broccoli, rice, and cheese casserole, and is VERY easy to make. You can also cut this in half. I use the 1 can cream of mushroom soup when I make half. You can also leave out the onion. It just gives it a little added flavor, but is still very good without it.

Air Fryer Potato Wedges

Rating: 5 stars 107
Perfectly crisp and seasoned potato wedges straight out of your air fryer. It doesn't get any easier than this!

Mini Meatloaves

Rating: 4.5 stars 2589
Quick and easy to make. A family favorite. The ketchup and brown sugar give these loaves a tangy flavor.
By Tonya Swope


Rating: 4.5 stars 797
These aren't pretty, but they are delicious. Serve with a salad for a great meal! You can freeze them for a quick dinner, but hide them or your family will eat them up!

Inspiration and Ideas

Melinda's Porcupine Meatballs
Rating: Unrated 275
"LOVE THIS RECIPE! I make it as is and my family eats it right up!" – sicilynash
A Month of Kid-Pleasing Dinners
Many of these recipes are so simple, your kids can help make dinner.
BBQ Chicken Breasts in the Oven
Rating: 4.5 stars 35

Make this quick and easy BBQ chicken breast in the oven for those times when you want a good meal but don't feel like fussing. Nuke a few potatoes for baked, steam some fresh broccoli or saute some green beans, and you got dinner in about an hour.