Simple Real Food Weeknight Dinner Recipes


This week I have a simple and easy menu plan full of real food weeknight dinner recipes. I have some tips and tricks to let you work less and enjoy some really tasty food that is both nutritious and yummy.

For Monday, I want you to grab TWO pasture-raised chickens. You will cook TWO today in your Instant Pot, one for the meal this evening, and one for Tuesday’s meal.


Instant Pot Rotisseries Chicken from Kristine’s Kitchen

Garlic-Roasted Herb Potatoes, Carrots, and Green Beans from Cooking Classy

Instant Pot Rotisseries Chicken, a perfect weeknight dinner recipe

These two recipes will be perfect for a hearty and tasty dinner. I love roasting fresh vegetables in the oven. Remember, salt, pepper, and spices are your best friend. Always use REAL salt; it’s so good for your body!

Cook one of your chickens in the early afternoon, then let the pressure release; remove the chicken to cool. You can then start your other chicken you will serve for dinner. Once your first chicken cools, you will need to remove the meat and store to use in tomorrow’s recipe. Save the carcass, as you will be making your bone broth with this carcass and the one from the other chicken.

Once you’ve served dinner, take any remaining chicken and store with the previous meat, and take both carcasses and place them in the Instant Pot. You can follow this recipe here, or I often just use some spices, lemon slices, garlic and onions, and cook. Have fun; use what you like and experiment. Strain your bone broth and save for tomorrow. I often will let the bone broth go overnight and then release it in the morning.


Chicken Vegetable Soup from Detoxinista

Try this real food chicken vegetable soup for dinner

Serve with your favorite wholesome sprouted wheat bread, rolls, or gluten-free bread.

This soup recipe is so good, and I will encourage you to have fun with it. Add more of certain vegetables, and if you have enough ingredients, be sure to make a double or triple batch! Then you can freeze a portion to have in a few weeks when you are rushed for dinner one day. I love doubling recipes to make more for a later time.


Best Sheet Pan Fajitas With Steak from 40 Aprons

 Sheet Pan Fajitas With Steak, a real food treat

This recipe will be a hit and it’s so easy. I love sheet cooking in the oven—makes for easy prep and also cleanup! You can easily chop the veggies the night before and place in a baggie, and then if you have a busy day or are returning from work, simply dump it all on the sheet, along with the sliced steak. Tip: Use parchment paper any time you are using pans in your oven; the cleanup is simple and it’s less toxic than aluminum foil.

Serve this with some premade refried beans, or black beans made in your Instant Pot. Grab some organic corn tortillas, sprouted wheat tortillas, or use lettuce wraps! If you are looking for a great place to buy some organic pantry supplies, I highly recommend Thrive Market. I typically place two or three orders monthly for things like tortillas, beans, salsa (this is one of our favorites), and gluten-free products. It makes my life so much easier. You can grab 25% off your first order when you use my referral link.


Egg Roll in a Bowl With Creamy Chili Sauce from 40 Aprons

Egg Roll in a Bowl With Creamy Chili Sauce family weeknight dinner recipe

I love this recipe because it is so versatile!!! You can stick to the recipe or venture out and add some fun ingredients in the suggestions to help your family love this even more. I use ground chicken, or you can even use leftover chicken from Monday (if you have any left after your soup!).


Homemade Vegetarian Chili from Cookie and Kate

Gluten-Free Cornbread

Homemade vegetarian chili real food recipe

Perfect for a Friday night—for real!!! If you can start this in the morning and let it simmer all day in a Crockpot or on the stove, you will love it even more. If you need to skip the blender part of the recipe, no worries. It will still be so yummy!

So there you go! Save this post or pin it to your recipe board so you can easily find the links. Your family will enjoy some tasty meals for the week and maybe even have some leftovers for the weekend!

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Five Simple Instant Pot Dinners Perfect for the Fall


Simple Instant Pot Dinners for Fall

Who needs some new ideas for dinner this week?

Easy Fall Instant Pot Dinner Ideas just for you!

I am in love with my Instant Pot and it calls to me nearly every single day to be used now that the weather has turned chilly.

I have gathered a few of my favorite dinner recipes so you can easily put a healthy dinner on the table for your family and still have time left over to even sit and read a book!


This is so yummy and perfect on a cold and rainy day!

Instant Pot Chicken Mole

Um… this one – amazing!!!

Instant Pot Lentil Curry

Our family is doing a bit more meatless cooking, so this one has become a great hit!

Instant Pot Lentil Curry

Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato + Kale

This one packs a punch with flavor!!  I love using sweet potatoes and kale in recipes, because they are incredible for your body and packed with nutrients!

sweet potato peanut stew


I am not a big fan of Tofu, so I just delete from this recipe or will add a bit of chicken if I want.  The cauliflower for rice is AMAZING!!   I buy my cauliflower rice from Costco – saves me a ton of time!

instant pot quinoa tofu bowls

So, which one looks like a MUST try for dinner this week?


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Instant Pot Sunday Pot Roast Dinner


Hey lovely friends

Is it Instant Pot Time? I think yes!!

Who loves their instant pot?!!!  Wait… you don’t have one?  Oh my, I will let you in on a secret.  Even this somewhat-minimalist mama needs this kitchen tool.  It’s a secret weapon on getting food cooked and on your table in minutes – for real!  This is the Instant Pot I have and it is one of my top used appliances in my kitchen.

Best Instant Pot Cookbook

So, now back to cooking really good food with your Instant Pot. When I got my Instant Pot, I also grabbed this highly rated cookbook,   “Great Food Fast”, by Bob Warden, to help me make good use of the new gadget.

You need this cookbook – it has great recipes!  Our family loves the two versions of Macaroni and Cheese, the Homemade Sausage and Gravy (which is easily adapted to Gluten Free), Dirty Rice and now the amazing, Perfected Pot Roast.

Perfected Pot Roast

I made this recipe, the one featured on the cover of the book a few weeks back when my son and his wife were out visiting us at the beach.  I know that my son loves pot roast, and I wanted an easy recipe, where I could put it on and forget about it while we were down on the beach having a beach fire and enjoying the day.

It turned out amazing, and the best part – it was simple and easy.  I didn’t have to spend a lot of time in preparation or clean up.  Win/win for all!

Since we live about forty minutes from a full-size market, I make use of online services that deliver.  About a month previous, I had placed an order for Grass Fed Beef, through Thrive Market and had a gorgeous Chuck Roast just sitting in my freezer, perfect for this recipe.  If you haven’t checked out Thrive Market, its certainly worth looking at.  I save time and money on organic and healthy food items that are delivered to my door – including meat.   I buy my coffee creamer, chips, healthy snacks, bone broth, soup, nuts and more and it comes right to my doorstep – and often cheaper then what I would pay at my local supermarket.

Thrive Market

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This Pot Roast recipe is still being talked about at our house!  I had enough to freeze and make an easy dinner on a hurried weekday night too – just pull it out of the freezer a few hours before I need it.  So easy!

So, if you are in need of a great recipe that is simple, easy and is some true “down home cooking” I encourage you to grab the supplies from amazon and also Thrive Market.  I know you will find several recipes that will keep you and your family happy for weeks inside this cookbook.

Plus, it’s fall – which is all about cozy and warm food, right?

What is your favorite Instant Pot recipe?  I would love for you to share.

10 Gluten Free Apple Recipes for Fall


10 gluten free apple recipes for fall

The weather is getting cooler, and the trees are getting heavy with amazing apples just ready for picking!

We live in Washington, also known as the apple state!  We have orchards that stretch miles and they are gorgeous.  We also grab a huge box of apples in the beginning of October as part of a fundraiser our friends are involved in, so having some yummy apple recipes is a must.

Apple Muffins (grain-free, gluten-free)

Healthy Apple Pie Oatmeal Breakfast Bake

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Apple Cinnamon Scones

Swedish Apple Pie (gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, 100% whole grain)

Cinnamon Apple Energy Bites

Apple Walnut Spinach Salad 

Zucchini Apple Fritter Bread – Gluten Free 

Healthy Gluten Free Apple Bread Recipe

Gluten Free Apple Pie Bars

Easy Gluten Free Apple Custard Cake

8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners


8 Healthy and Quick Weeknight Dinners

Quick, homemade healthy meals and weeknight dinners – we all are looking for the secret, right? Seems like during the week I often struggle with keeping dinner fresh and tasty. We easily fall into a rut with our favorites, so it is time to shift things a bit.

Here are a collection of simple recipes to liven up your dinner hour and help you keep your sanity. I love using my Instant Pot – cooking up whole organic chickens that I find on markdown at my grocery store truly makes my heart SING! I am kind of funny that way, but saving money on our grocery budget and getting healthy real food that nourishes my family really makes me happy!

Needs some dinner inspiration? Put one or two of these on your menu for this week!

#1: Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

Fall-Off-The-Bone Pressure Cooker Chicken (in 30 Minutes!)

#2: Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

Texas Beef Chili (Slow Cooker & Instant Pot)

#3: Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork Lettuce Wraps

#4: One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

One Pan Blackened Cod, Sweet Potatoes, and Zucchini

#5: Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

#6: Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

Sheet Pan Steak and Veggies

#7: One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

One Pan Ranch Pork Chops with Crispy Potatoes

#8: 4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

4-Ingredient Salmon Patties

Which one caught your eye or made your tummy grumble?