15 Quick and Easy Dinners

Ok, I know I’ve been raving about all the talented bloggers who have been sharing with you all while I’ve been snuggling with my new baby girl, but this one I am SO excited about. Not only is Samantha a fellow Texan and one of the sweetest girls I know, she’s got an amazing round up of totally practical, totally delicious meals for you all. I have made a handful of these already myself, and I promise you will not be disappointed!!


Hi there, Maison de Pax readers! It’s Samantha from Five Heart Home, and I am so excited to have been invited over today to celebrate Rachel’s new addition with some Quick & Easy Dinners for New Moms!

15 Quick and Easy Dinners for New Moms ~ effortless meals for busy families!Rachel is one of the sweetest, most talented bloggers I know with a sophisticated style all her own, and I’m so happy to be here today! We actually have a lot in common, as two Texas gals who both happened to attend the same fine university (as English majors, no less!)…and now we’re both proud mamas to two spunky boys followed by a baby girl! Seriously, I am absolutely thrilled for Rachel and her family to be adding a little bit of pink to their blue. Every baby is a blessing, but this little princess is going to have nothing to worry about with two big brothers watching over her!

I blog quick and easy, family-friendly, real food recipes over at Five Heart Home, so I decided that some effortless main dishes would be the perfect thing for a household that’s recently welcomed a new baby. Now I realize that moms are not the ones typically doing the meal preparation during the newborn weeks. Hopefully the new parents are first showered with homecooked meals, lovingly prepared by family and friends. And then when those dinners taper off, Dad and/or Grandma will likely be the ones manning the stove for awhile. (Or maybe Dad is the one who always does the cooking, and if so, go, Dad!) But regardless of who typically plays the role of head chef, odds are that once baby arrives, time in the kitchen is going to be curtailed, whether a family is growing by their first child or kiddo #3. That’s where these fast, simple recipes come into play!

Many of them are slow cooker wonders and some of them make use of leftovers, but all of them are quick and easy! These are recipes that I rely on over and over again, because with three young children, my time in the kitchen is almost always limited, whether I have a newborn to tend to or not.

I live several hours away from Rachel, so as much as I would love to deliver her a from-scratch meal, it’s just not possible. I can only hope that a few of these recipes make dinnertime a tad bit easier over the next few months and indefinitely into the future, as three energetic kiddos keep Rachel on her toes. 😉 And it is my sincere hope that these recipes make your life easier, too! I know we’re all busy, whether it’s due to kids or jobs or other obligations. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious, homemade dinners with minimal effort!

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Tacos ~ let your crock pot do all of the work on your next taco night! | FiveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Tacos

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw {PLUS} Printable Super Bowl Drink Tags | FIveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork Sliders with Creamy Broccoli Slaw

Maple Glazed Sausage and Apple Kabobs ~ slices of chicken apple sausage are alternated with apple chunks, brushed with maple syrup, and roasted on skewers | {Five Heart Home}Maple Glazed Sausage & Apple Kabobs

Slow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs ~ tender, savory beef from the crock pot, flavored with garlic, ginger, and sesame oil | FiveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Asian Beef Short Ribs

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Au Jus | {Five Heart Home}Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches Au Jus

Easy Fried Rice ~ customize with leftover chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, or ham to make a meal of it! | {Five Heart Home}Easy Fried Rice

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham ~ an effortless way to cook your Easter ham with a glaze of pineapple juice, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and honey | FiveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

Parmesan Panko Crusted Baked Chicken | {Five Heart Home}Parmesan Panko Crusted Chicken

Porcupine Meatballs {Stuffed with Quinoa or Rice} ~ this classic, quick and easy meal is a hit with kids and adults alike | FiveHeartHome.comPorcupine Meatballs {with Quinoa or Rice}

Parmesan Potato and Cauliflower Soup | {Five Heart Home}Parmesan Potato & Cauliflower Soup

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff ~ easy crock pot meal featuring tender beef and hearty mushrooms in a sour cream sauce | FiveHeartHome.comSlow Cooker Beef Stroganoff

Cheesy Biscuit Cups ~ a quick and easy meal that uses up leftover taco filling, spaghetti sauce, sloppy joe meat, chili, pulled pork, chopped brisket, etc. | {Five Heart Home}Cheesy Biscuit Cups

Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches ~ meatballs cook up in the crock pot to top tasty and effortless subs | {Five Heart Home}Slow Cooker Meatball Sub Sandwiches

Slow Cooker / Crock Pot Chicken and White Bean Chili ~ garnish with cilantro, tortilla chips, cheese, avocado chunks, salsa, etc. | {Five Heart Home}Slow Cooker Chicken & White Bean Chili

BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins | {Five Heart Home}BBQ Sauce Glazed Meatloaf Muffins

I hope you enjoy these dishes, friends, and I hope you’ll visit me sometime at Five Heart Home for more recipes like these! And thanks so much for inviting me over today, Rachel. Wishing your newly minted family of five a smooth transition and as much sleep as possible! 🙂


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