I think everyone has that handful of tried-and-true dinner recipes that are always crowd-pleasers and are always at the ready to be made in a hurry when life gets crazy. Maybe it’s something that you always have the ingredients for in your pantry. Maybe it’s something that comes together quickly. Maybe it’s something that everyone in your family always loves. Whatever it is, we seem to all rely on a small repertoire of specific dishes.

It may not seem like it because I post a pretty big variety of recipes, but I have those go-to recipes, too—and we eat them a lot. I thought it might be fun to pull back the curtain of fancied-up recipes and tell you guys about my everyday dishes that seem to be made in our kitchen on a regular basis.



I’m under the belief that you can pretty much put anything in a bowl with a runny egg over it and it will be delicious. Hash is no exception. Typically, hash is some combo of potatoes, meat and veggies sautéed together. We hardly ever have the same hash combo twice, but our standard mixture is bacon, potatoes or sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, sweet peppers, and some sort of green. It’s a delicious way to use up veggies and a great quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. I’m only a little ashamed to admit that we eat hash at least two or three times a week. Never made hash before? I have a bacon and egg hash recipe that’s a good starting point.

Shrimp and Grits.

shrimp and grits

My husband is from the Great White North had never really had grits before he met me, but I schooled him quickly on the joy of creamy, cheesy grits. We almost always have frozen shrimp stashed in the freezer so shrimp and grits comes together in a flash for us. If we happen to be out of shrimp, we’ll sometimes put other toppers on the grits. Roasted Brussels sprouts and onions are killer! Grits are definitely a pantry staple for us.



Are you noticing a theme with our favorites? Bacon and garlic! Between those two items, you can add so much flavor to any dish in a flash.We always make sure to have bacon and garlic on hand. And carbonara is maybe the simplest showcase of the joy of bacon and garlic. Carbonara comes together in less than 15 minutes. I’ll work on the pasta while Craig makes us a side salad and before you know it, we’ve got a nice, well-rounded dinner. The leftovers are also delicious!

Penne Rosa.

penne rosa

Another pasta recipe, but we love Penne Rosa because it’s a really well-rounded one-bowl dinner. You get whole grains, veggies, greens and healthy fats and protein from the Greek yogurt. My original recipe calls for shrimp, but we actually skip the shrimp and leave it as a vegetarian dish most times. It’s the prefect Meatless Monday dish! No one wants to spend hours in the kitchen on Monday evening, and this recipe comes together in about 15 minutes. We eat this guy a few times a month.

What are you go-to dinners?


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  1. Ahhhh love this post! I’m always on the prowl for easy meals since I’ve been known to pour myself a bowl of cereal and call it a day out of the thought of cooking after work and working out. I made penne rosa tonight and the only that thing that was missing was a big ol’ glass of red wine which I forgot to pick up from the store – doh! Thanks for sharing something so easy, delicious, and healthy!!!

  2. Ooh I’ve been dying to make your shrimp and grits recipe, but my boyfriend doesn’t like shellfish 🙁 Someday I’ll make it all for myself! Haha.

  3. I love your ideas! Especially the hash idea – I can see using that for sure. Our go-to’s are made pretty easy by the fact that I have a giant stash of pre-cooked beans and lentils in my freezer at all times. I also make up a big batch of rice and then re-heat it for various meals throughout the week. We typically eat curry (with either paneer or chickpeas and a tomato-based sauce), soup, and an Arabic-style meal (we live in the middle east so it’s easy – it consists of falafel, rice and a tomato/onion/cucumber salad). They’re definitely our weekly eats with a few others variations thrown in to keep things fresh.

  4. Mmmm, thanks for giving me an idea for dinner this week. We’ve got sweet potatoes and spinach languishing, and hash will be the perfect way to cook them.