Meal Planning Monday ~ Family Friendly Cooking

This week’s post is by Kimberly Bergeron of Extreme Coupon Professors.

Hi! I’m Kimberly. I’m excited to be a guest here on Christine’s blog chatting with you about some quick, kid and teen friendly, family meals. We have a pretty large family of 5 kids, youngest being 11, oldest being 15 and they are always hungry. I don’t know how it is in your house, but when my kids get home at 2:30 PM from school, their backpacks haven’t even hit the floor and they’re already asking what’s for dinner. Can anyone relate? I used to love making gourmet dinners but I got tired of them picking through the food to pull out bits of peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc. I came to the realization that most of my kids are pretty basic eaters for now and I needed to just go with the flow. That being said, I have one of their favorite recipes for you below. It’s quick, easy and tasty. I hope you enjoy it.


No Fuss Stuffed Shells

I call these No Fuss Stuffed Shells because you won’t have to fuss over making them. They’re very quick and simple to put together on a busy night and they’re great to make ahead or to freeze. These are not your traditional shells with Ricotta Cheese and kids won’t be fussing over bits and pieces of onions in them. Yet, these No Fuss Stuffed Shells are full of flavor and a family favorite!


  • 1lb of ground beef or ground turkey, cooked
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese + 1/4 cup reserved for top of shells
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 T Basil
  • 2 T Onion powder
  • 2 T Garlic powder
  • 1 T Salt
  • 1 T Pepper
  • 1-24 oz. Jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 14 Jumbo pasta shells



Preheat oven to 375.

Boil shells according to directions and drain.

Mix meat, cheeses and herbs and 1/2 jar of pasta sauce in mixing bowl.

In a shallow casserole dish, pour the other half of the sauce on the bottom.

Stuff shells with mixture, I use a muffin scoop to fill them. Place shells on top of sauce in casserole dish.

Sprinkle the reserved mozzarella cheese over the shells.

Bake uncovered in oven 25 minutes.

We serve ours with sliced oranges, a diced cuke and tomato salad and, of course, garlic bread!


Another family favorite of ours, believe it or not is Quiche. Again, this isn’t your typical quiche with veggies and just 4 slices of bacon! This is a quiche recipe for you bacon lovers! I put this recipe together so that my family would like quiche and they love this recipe. Quiche is super to have for any meal. When I serve it as breakfast, I offer cantaloupe wedges with it. For lunch or dinner, I’ll make a tossed salad and sometimes some French bread.

If your house is busy on a school mornings like ours is, you’ll appreciate this breakfast recipe. Throw it together the night before and everyone will quickly be running down the stairs for breakfast! It’s a nice change from cold cereal or a breakfast bar on the run!

My next recipe is one that I’ve been making since I was probably 4 years old with my Gram. Anytime I slept over her house, I had the choice of whatever I wanted for dinner. Almost every time, I’d choose her homemade macaroni and cheese and we’d always make it together. Most time we make this as our main meal, but certainly you can use it as a side dish.

You’ll love this next recipe. We love grilling pizza. I live in New Hampshire, where it’s very snowy and freezing all winter. Yet we pull out our grill and throw together dinner in a jiffy when we make these crispy BBQ Grilled Pizzas! It’s a delicious recipe for  anytime of the year.

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