Real life Fridays: What's for Dinner?

I don't know about you, but I feel like a good chunk of my days revolve around food. Whether it's packing lunches at the crack of dawn (I usually crap out the night before), being greeted by my kiddos as they exit the bus with the "I'm hungry" cry or planning weeknight dinners, I spend a lot of time in search of the next meal or snack for my family.

I wish I could say that I plan our week's meals out on Saturday or Sunday, but since I pledged to keep it real on Fridays, I have to be honest. When I do plan it's usually fairly loose (think Monday: pork, Tuesday: tacos). Other days I search my Pinterest files from the parking lot of Stop and Shop. Yesterday I decided on corned beef from the meat aisle at 2:15 pm. Truthfully, I'd much rather lounge and catch up with family and friends on the weekend than spend time thinking of my next school/work week and its routine.

A food blogger I will never be, but since I discovered them I rely on their offerings pretty heavily.

I thought I'd share some of my on-line favorites in case, like me, you get in a rut and need some new recipes to help get you through the rest of this endless winter.

Carnitas

Lindsay from Pinch of Yum shares delicious and easy recipes with a great sense of humor and gorgeous pictures. These are at the top of my list. I serve them in soft tortillas with a side of guacamole and/or green salsa (from a jar). The kids love them too.

Annie of Most Lovely Things shared this decadent recipe for her Spaghetti Pie many years ago. It was one of the first blog-inspired recipes I ever tried and it has become a cold-weather family favorite here. It's total comfort food and a caloric splurge, but worth every single sinful bite. I serve it with a salad to make myself feel a little better.


Cristina Ferrare has been know on television for years. A friend of mine actually shared this recipe with me. It is easy and absolutely delicious. Cristina's "Fall of the Bone" chicken thighs are moist, flavorful and ridiculously easy to make. Again, this is one even my kids love. The best part about it is the little prep work involved. When I make this, if my day is going well, I get in the oven just before the kids get off the bus. The beauty of it is that the longer it cooks, the better it is. It gives me a chance to help with homework and make a simple side while it lingers in the oven.

Of course, there are plenty of nights where, to keep it real, we order pizza or have leftovers, but these are some of my favorite stand-bys.

What are your go-to recipes for week nights? Any favorite food blogs out there?

Have a great weekend.