Family Friendly Recipes

French Dip BeefBy Ginny's TeamMeet the easiest, most comforting meal you’ll make all winter: French dip beef. You only need a gallon zip top bag and two simple ingredients—yes, only two! Just combine four pounds of beef chuck roast and two cans of beef consommé soup in the gallon bag, and then let it sit in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re feeling like a delicious, savory home cooked meal but don’t want to put it any effort, simply take out the freezer bag, dump the contents into a slow cooker, and let the appliance work its magic! This French dip beef practically falls apart on the plate, and is just the right amount of tender and creamy.
Slow Cooker FajitasBy Ginny's TeamHaving weeknight slow cooker fajitas has never been easier with this recipe that makes it easy to just have the right ingredients on hand! All you need are two one gallon freezer bags and a handful of easy to find ingredients, like beef round steak, diced tomatoes, onion, pepper, and spices. Combine it all together and then let it sit in the freezer for up to three months. When you’re feeling like a delicious, savory home cooked meal but don’t want to put it any effort, simply take out the freezer bag, dump the contents into a slow cooker, and let the appliance work its magic! Slow cooker fajitas are a great way to feed a crowd, and an even better way to add a little spice to an otherwise boring weeknight.
Taco MeatBy Ginny's TeamOn the nights when no one can agree what they want for dinner, everyone will be able to settle on tacos; but of course, you’re going to need taco meat first! That’s why we love this freezer recipe, which lets us always keep some taco meat on hand and cuts our mealtime prep down on those busy weeknights. You only need two ingredients, ground beef and taco seasoning, and three one gallon freezer safe bags. After you cook the ground beef and taco seasoning per the directions on the package, simply divide the ingredients between the three bags and let freeze for up to three months. When you’re feeling like a delicious home cooked meal but don’t want to put it any effort, simply take out the freezer bag, dump the contents into a slow cooker, and let the appliance work its magic! And don’t forget the other taco essentials beyond the taco meat: shredded cheese, lettuce, salsa, and sour cream. Enjoy!
Shepherd’s PieBy Ginny's TeamNothing says "comfort food" like shepherd's pie! With hearty ingredients like ground beef, peas and carrots, gravy, and mashed potatoes, you can't go wrong with this delicious main dish on a blustery spring day. This recipe is full of tweaks that can be made based on your personal preference. Like a thinner crust on your shepherd's pie? Use fewer mashed potatoes to decrease the thickness. Have some fresh parsley from the garden? Feel free to throw it on the finished meal! A Dutch oven will ensure that your shepherd's pie heats evenly and quickly, taking the worry out of cooking so you can simply enjoy your hearty meal.
Corned Beef HashBy Ginny's TeamIf you're trying to use up leftovers from St. Patrick's Day, look no further than corned beef hash! It's an easy way to empty your freezer, fridge, and icebox of all your Patty Day essentials. Fried potatoes are a great way to transform the standard mashed potatoes of the holiday, while sautéing onion and bell pepper adds a healthy and delicious twist. We love the hearty and handy combination of cabbage and corned beef. It tastes great, and it gives new life to what would otherwise be boring leftovers! Corned beef hash is the perfect big breakfast to serve on the weekend; try it on the Friday or Saturday after St. Patrick's Day when everyone is in a mood to relax. Corned Beef Hash upgrade: For a twist on the typical plate of Corned Beef Hash, scramble the eggs instead of frying. Then, roll it all up in a tortilla for an easy to eat, festive option.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and CabbageBy Ginny's TeamA St. Patrick's Day feast doesn't have to be labor-intensive or time-consuming; try slow cooker corned beef and cabbage for a hands-off twist on a St. Patrick's Day classic! Simply place the beef brisket and the potatoes in the slow cooker and let the the slow cooker work its magic. Because the meat will have time to stew in its own juices, it will be extra moist and tender when you're ready to serve! Another helpful hint? Use aluminum foil pieces crumbled around the brisket to keep the potatoes from getting greasy. This slow cooker corned beef and cabbage will let you focus on other dishes as you prepare the main course!
Oven Porcupine PizzaBy Ginny's TeamThis porcupine pizza isn't your average pizza- and that's one of the reasons we love it so much! Instead of using basic, store-bought toppings like sausage or pepperoni, porcupine pizza toppings are homemade meatballs topped with tomato and Worcestershire sauce. Recipe Submitted by Elizabeth T. of Fort Worth, TX.
Beef Barley SoupBy Ginny's TeamWouldn't a hot bowl of Beef Barley Soup be perfect for a cold winter night at home? Some nights, it's nice to just cuddle in with a blanket and an easily made bowl of soup - and even some homemade bread! Beef Barley Soup is great because it can easily be adjusted with different vegetables. Wouldn't some corn or potatoes be wonderful? What else would you add? Recipe Submitted by J. Johnson from California.
Taco SeasoningBy Ginny's TeamHomemade taco seasoning is one of the easiest homemade spice combinations to make, and it can add a big pop of flavor to otherwise boring tacos! Raid your spice drawer for essentials like chili powder, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and more, and get ready to stir all your dry ingredients together. Homemade taco seasoning is easily customizable; just add a favorite spice or subtract one that you don't love so much. When you're done mixing all the spices together, simply brown some ground beef and mix in the seasoning. Delicious!