Best Main Dish Recipes (of 2011)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 4 of Finding Joy in My Kitchen's  Countdown to 2012, brings us the Best Main Dish Recipes of 2011.  This one was hard to get narrowed down, so I just picked a sampling of the recipes the whole family enjoyed--kids and adults.  Can you tell we like pasta at our house?  :)

Don't forget to check out our other best recipes in the series....best breakfasts, breads, and soups.  You also might enjoy checking out a list of our favorite main dish recipes of all-time



Spinach Lasagna Rolls--these lasagna rolls were a total hit at our house.  The kids liked the cool presentation of the rolled lasagna, I liked the built-in portion control, and we all liked the taste!

Chicken and Bean Taquitos--ever since coming up with this recipe earlier this year, this has quickly become one of our favorite go-to recipes for a crazy night.  We absolutely love these dipped in ranch dressing.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta-- this quick and easy pasta dish has become my daughter's favorite meal.  Lucky me, she likes it so much that when I say I need help making dinner she begs to make this for us.  We love the lemon and garlic flavor combination so much, that we never complain!

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas--a variation on traditional enchiladas, these are still a hit with the whole family

Tacos in a Bag--perfect for a crazy summer night, you don't even need plates to serve this one up

Make-Your-Own Personal Pizza--perfect for a kids' party or just so you can please everyone at dinner, these super easy make-your-own pizzas are a hit at our house.

Best Grilled Chicken Fajitas Ever--These were so dang good, I could never go back to the generic version of fajitas I made before these.

Garlic-Tomato-Bacon Pasta--This dish has 12 whole cloves of garlic in it, but it wasn't overwhelming at all.  In fact, we all agreed that this dish could easily have been on a restaurant menu. 

Goat Cheese and Herb Stuffed Chicken--Fancy and kid friendly, this dish is perfect for serving company or just for a weeknight meal.

Hot Dog, Spinach, and Cream Cheese Pasta
--it sounds weird, but my family absolutely loves this simple dish

Enchilacos--a combination of enchiladas and tacos, the kids will like saying the name as much as they like eating this.

One-Pot Mac and Cheese--a go-to classic recipe for us for lunchtime.  It tastes way better than the store-bought boxes, but is every bit as quick and easy.

Asian Chicken Stir-Fry with Quinoa--filled with veggies, quinoa, and chicken -- this healthy, but tasty dish has won over our entire family. 


Head on over to Finding Joy in my Kitchen for lots more Best Main Dish recipes today.
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7 comments:

Julie December 29, 2011 at 8:25 AM  

Hi, Lara: Thanks for stopping by, I fixed the recipe for the Black Bean and Sweet Potato Soup. Thanks for letting me know.

Kelly December 29, 2011 at 9:25 AM  

I just bookmarked 90% of those recipes! The taquitos will be on my menu next week for sure. -Kelly @ Semi Homemade Mom

SnoWhite December 29, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

pasta & mexican foods are hits at your place! These are delicious. Just pinned them for you!

Debbie December 29, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

They ALL look good to me! Think I will have to start with the lemon chicken pasta dish. I know I would love this.....

teresa December 29, 2011 at 7:14 PM  

i think i've made quite a few of those actually :) great recipes, a very good year!

Miz Helen December 30, 2011 at 5:07 PM  

Hi Lara,
I love it all! Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

Sarah E. January 5, 2012 at 11:40 AM  

Checking out your spinach lasagna rolls & creamy chicken enchiladas :) I love Tacos in a Bag!

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My name is Lara and while I'm definitely not a gourmet cook, I do love preparing tasty, healthy meals for my family. Finding new recipes to try and sharing the ones we've already fallen in love with is a passion I've had since college and the reason why I've started this blog! With five kids, I'm usually in a hurry, so you'll find most of these recipes kid friendly and simple to make.

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