Meal Planning Boot Camp Day 4: Q & A and the Friends Section

By January 26, 2013Meal Planning Boot Camp



  • Kat Lee says:

    1. InspiredToAction
    2. Simple, fast, Healthy-ish, kid-friendly-ish
    3. Chicken with Rosemary roasted vegetables – I love this recipe simply because it’s fast and really good. All my kids love it too (be warned though, that my kids are relatively adventurous eaters. Not sure all kids would like it)
    Salsa Chicken – I like this recipe because I just put the frozen chicken breasts in the crock pot, dump the salsa, frozen corn, beans and dinner is set. I love using the crock pot and coming home to a meal.

    • Farrell says:

      Just to clarify – you put the chicken breasts in frozen? (It doesn’t say that in the recipe, I don’t think) Thanks! πŸ™‚

      • Kat Lee says:

        You’re right. I don’t think it says that in the recipe, but I do put them in frozen. I just cook it on low all day when I do that.

    • meghan says:

      another clarification: you serve it over rice or chips or salad or tortilla or shell… or is it… all of them (like a taco salad)?

      • Kat Lee says:

        I’ve actually done all of the above. Sometimes I’ll even let everyone pick how they want to eat it. I might have it over salad or rice. The kids like to make nachos or burritos with it.

  • Johanna says:

    1. scottclan
    2. I have a little bit of all types but I’m trying to move to a more whole foods diet. You will find some recipes with cream of mystery soups, though. πŸ˜‰
    3. Vegetable-Beef soup–yummy, fast, and EASY!

  • Amy says:

    1. partyoften
    2. A combination of simple weeknight meals and more time consuming week-end meals
    3. Pastor Ryan’s Mexican Lasagna: Easy to make, yummy, and yields 2 giant trays of lasagna’s, 1 to eat and 1 to give
    Chicken and Dumplings: Pioneer Woman!!

  • Steph P. says:

    1. stephcooks
    2. simple, and with alterations for gluten and dairy-free (still building my list!)
    3. Taco Casserole–everyone’s favorite, easy to make, and easy to adapt for allergies and a large group!
    Gluten-free Banana/Carrot Muffins–hearty and yummy! Favored by the entire family.

  • Stephanie M says:

    1. stephanie.manter
    2. I’ve been using PTE for over a year. My older recipes lean towards a whole foods diet. About six months ago my kids went GFDF to help with some GI issues, so I’m slowly adding recipes using coconut flour, almond milk, etc. I have a good number of crock pot meals b/c I’m a working mom with a stay at home hubby who does a great job at plugging the crock pot in and turning it on. πŸ˜‰ II have a lot of breakfast recipes, many that freeze well, making it easy to make sure we get a healthy AND quick breakfast. I also have a good number of “from scratch” recipes like ranch dressing, taco seasoning, chili powder, etc. I’m long winded, can you tell? πŸ™‚
    3. Zesty Barbecue Chicken in the crock pot-super easy (although more involved when you make your own BBQ sauce)-super yummy-everyone always loves it.

  • Kelly says:

    1. kellyp
    2. family friendly, simple, frugal, somewhat healthy
    3. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (2 ingredients in the crockpot, add rolls and feed a crowd!)

  • Farrell says:

    1. farrellclark
    2. mostly pretty simple, pretty good balance right now but there will be lots of beef recipes as we have cattle rancher friends who give us free beef πŸ˜‰
    3. Taco Chicken Casserole – easy and everyone in our family really likes it (which doesn’t always happen!)

  • Brada says:

    1. Mgcmom
    2. A little bit of everything, I’m still trying to figure out recipes. We lean towards whole foods mostly and try to stay away from processed, boxed, etc. Our food choices seemed to be in a constant season of change. I am wanting to incorporate more vegetarian meals and fish recipes into our diet.
    3. I don’t have all my recipes entered yet, but we did try Kat’s Salsa Chicken recently and it was a hit with everyone. I highly recommend it.

  • Brada says:

    Question as I am watching the video – When I click on my friends with recipes, their recipes don’t come up like yours did. It just shows their user name and that’s it. Do I have something set up wrong?

    • Lisa says:

      Yeah- mine doesn’t either….
      Did you ever figure out how to view friends recipes?

      • Brada says:

        Yes, I figured out what I was doing wrong. I think if you try to view their recipes in the screen it comes to after you have accepted them as friends it doesn’t show the recipes, but if you go off the friends page and back on, you should be able to see the recipes. Hopefully that helps! πŸ™‚

  • Catina says:

    1. rnsweetpea
    2. simple, frugal, kid friendly. Use crockpot and bread machine meals.
    3. Bread Machine Calzone is really good and can be made to fit your taste preferences.

  • Sandy says:

    1. heyinksandy
    2. kid friendly, crock pot, easy, nutritious but yummy, love chicken/beef recipes as always looking for new ways to use the chicken/beef we raise.
    3. Best of both worlds roast chicken is so moist, Brochette chicken bake is easy but presents as more fancy.

  • Heather says:

    1. haf8275
    2. simple, healthy, kid friendly
    3. Easy Quiche-a quick and hearty, all in one meal that everyone LOVES!

  • Susan Herold says:

    1. heroldangel
    2.simple meat and potatoes type although I prefer vegetarian
    3. Any crock pot meal is my favorite because I love to have the cooking done for me by the time dinner comes around. Others in my family like my vegetarian chili recipe (which I add meat). My favorite meal in my recipes is my Greek chicken in a pita because everyone can customize what goes into their pita and everyone is happy. I get to enjoy all the things I love in this recipe: feta, hummus, veggies. One more favorite of everyone is the Italian beef recipe that was given to me.

  • Lisa says:

    1. andylisabishop
    2. like kat: Simple, fast, Healthy-ish, kid-friendly-ish. (We live in Iraq, so my recipes might be modified a bit because of lack of ingredients available here- won’t see any pork recipes on my page… sadly)
    3. My current faves are… Cream Cheese Chicken and Vegetable Soup (Mel’s Kitchen) and No-Bake Chocolate Chip granola bars.

  • Reiko says:

    1. telyni
    2. Vegetarian, some vegan / veganized, many ethnic, some crockpot
    We are adventurous but somewhat lazy eaters. I just started this week, so I don’t have a large selection yet, but nearly anything I make or think I want to make soon will be added to the stash now.
    3. I just tried Fried Rice with Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts and it turned out great. I didn’t realize how easy it is to make fried rice. I’ll be doing that one again for sure. I like crockpot recipes; we have a large enough crockpot that we make lasagna in it. I’ll have to add a recipe for that soon.

  • Debbie says:

    1. sdstinson
    2. family friendly, mostly frugal and fast, trying to move towards whole cooking (with lots of exceptions). I love crockpot meals!
    3. My two favorite recipes are Salsa Chicken and Black Bean Soup and Cheesy Potato and Corn Chowder. Both recipes are super easy and are delicious enough to serve for guests.

  • Beth says:

    2.Gluten Free, Crock Pot, Kid Friendly
    3. Gluten Free Homemade Bread – because since going GF it’s the only bread my whole family will eat and anything in the crock pot – roast, chicken soup

  • Jessica N says:

    1. hashland
    2. quick & kid friendly
    3. Baked sweet & sour chicken (everyone’s favorite & it makes me feel like I had Chinese take out!)
    The BEST macaroni & cheese – seriously will never ever ever use another recipe again!

  • Amy says:

    1. AmyNicRathbun
    2. half quick, simple, kid-friendly, half gourmet style meals that our kids really enjoy
    3.) Creamy Green Chile Enchiladas- this recipe is a fave of everyone in our family and everyone I have ever made it for has loved it and asked for the recipe and put it in their regular meal rotation.
    PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps- this recipe is easy to make, healthy and very delicious! Tastes just like PF Chang’s πŸ™‚

  • Janey says:

    1. JaneyB
    2. Healthy, whole foods, gluten free
    3. White Bean and Sausage Stew is a family favorite as is Chicken Tortilla Soup, my kids like to add condiments such as cheese and other items. Sweet Potato and Black Bean Chili is my favorite for the texture, healthines and flavor complexity/variety!

  • Betsy says:

    1. Bakarnes
    2. Healthy with some splurges πŸ™‚
    3. Lemon orzo salad with asparagus and tomato and Oatmeal Wheat bread (yum!! Just ate a nice slice of it while typing this)!

  • Marcy Holder says:

    1. Ktowndesigner
    2. Weight Watcher and kid friendly recipes.
    3. Still adding recipes….

    This just might be the best change in my household management since getting up at 5 AM! Thanks Kat for the daily encouragement!!!!

  • niki says:

    1. nikibee
    2. Mostly whole foods, kid-friendly-ish, some gluten free coming soon
    3. Chicken enchiladas- my whole family loves these.

  • Faith says:

    1. Famadonna
    2. Quick, I’m a homeschooling, sports mom so we have sports many nights so quick is my friend.
    3. Mac and cheese and chicken salad
    (I’m still logging in my recipes…I have so many)

  • Aintzane says:

    1. laintzane
    2. Spanish (Mediterranean style), adding bits from my new country, Germany. Fresh products, daily food that can be cooked and frozen at home for daily emergencies.
    3. Rice with spinach, easy, super fast and delicious. Also Fish cream, that my husband modified from a fish soup recipe, our baby loves it!

    (Promise I will translate all my mums Spanish yummy recipes!)

  • Nichole says:

    1. Ilaide
    2. Mostly nutritarian/vegan, or recipes that can easily be adapted to be. I’m string to remember to include the substitutions I’ve made.
    3. Oven-Baked Chickpeas Ratatouille

    • Nichole says:

      Sorry, my device is acting up.
      3. Oven-Baked Chickpea Ratatouille, because everyone in my family really likes it and it’s quick and easy to throw together. A friend made it in the crockpot, and that worked, too.
      Healthy Peanut Butter Cups, because they helped me get through the holidays when we weren’t eating the typical holiday treats.

  • Joanne says:

    1. vanwin1985
    2. A little bit of everything. Trying to cook healthier and less processed, but my recipes currently are mostly easy or comfort food.
    3. Chicken with pasta and tomatoes – my husband’s favorite dish, an easy one and appealing with the green spinach and red tomatoes. We get bulk organic chicken, and he grills up 10 lbs. at a time, we chop it and put it in freezer bags to make recipes like this much faster.
    Makeover Hummingbird Cake (no hummingbirds involved, just a lot of hovering people saying “mmmmmm!”). An easy dessert but every time I make it I get requests for the recipe.

  • Nicole says:

    1. nikademus23
    2. Im a vegetarian, but my family eats meat so I have a lil bit of both. I also homeschool so fast dishes are very important. I love baking bread and try to bake with whole wheat as much as possible.
    3. Boston Market Cornbread, Cheesy Potato and Corn Soup

  • meghan says:

    1. Makandjax
    2. Simple
    3. To Die For Crockpot Roast (I usually do a smaller roast than it calls for and add baby carrots and potatoes cut up to make a complete meal)
    California Pizza Kitchen’s BBQ Chicken Salad (I usually serve w breadsticks)
    Queso Blanco Dip
    all are tasty and easy!

  • Krissa says:

    Hi Everyone! I’m a long time PTE user and have over 500 recipes saved…so I have a little bit of everything!
    1. kjeldy
    2. A little bit of everything, although I would like to say they are mostly whole foods, I’m sure there’s some that aren’t!
    3. One of my favorites is: Chicken with Rice and Green Beans. Sounds like nothing exciting, but it is delicious! Probably because there’s lots of butter!
    Another favorite is: Mango Salsa Chicken. Because it’s delicious and it’s a crock pot recipe, so it’s super easy!
    I could go on and on about favorites, but you can also just look and see which I’ve planned the most and that will probably give you a good idea! Looking forward to sharing recipes with you all!

  • Merrilee says:

    1. Mvanderwaal
    2. Variety – I like to cook a little of everything. πŸ™‚ I have recipes that I cook once a year and then more regular ones. I have 4 kids, but go with the eat what’s in front of you approach. I get a lot of recipes from blogs and magazines and Food Network.
    3. Apple sausage balls (easy and kids love, can make big batch & freeze), Fried Rice – fairly easy, good use of leftover rice

  • christina says:

    1. cmuzquiz
    2. family friendly, (trying to be more) healthy, simple
    3. Fluffy Pancakes…they are the best pancakes and my whole family LOVES them. They are so easy and quick.
    4. Pizza Dough and Sauce…Another family favorite. I substitute whole wheat flour for 1/2 of the AP flour and the sauce just can’t be beat. The dough also makes great home made pizza pockets.

  • Natalie says:

    1. nataliedo
    2. simple, try to do whole foods, we go meat free several times per week, we like to try new things and ethnic dishes
    3. white chicken chili-tasty and rich comfort food!
    Lentil soup-comfort food (it’s cold here right now!)

  • Kari says:

    1. jkklenke
    2. a little bit of everything. Strive for homemade, from scratch, to stay away from processed foods and preservatives. Healthy focus.
    3. Breakfast Crisp~whole family loves it. Gets them to eat oatmeal when they won’t eat plain oatmeal. I can add whatever healthy stuff I want and they don’t it. They think they are getting a treat.
    Loaded Baked Potato Chicken Casserole~NEW fave found on pinterest. YUMMY!!!!

  • Brooke B says:

    1. bentzenb
    2. Family friendly, whole foods, crock pot, gluten free
    3. Favorites are crock pot chicken taco filling (sounds like Kat’s salsa chicken), chicken tortilla soup (a PW recipe), any type of risotto

  • Regina says:

    1. Reginasworld
    2. Allergy free (corn, wheat/gluten, milk), easy, crockpot, whole food
    3. Burrito bake (have gluten free version), breading mix from cooking free book (allergen free! My family loves this better that prebreaded items from the store!), blueberries muffins (I will double or quadruple this recipe & freeze! Warm & quiick breakfast on school mornings! & kids can heat up by themselves!)

  • 1) JasonSmith (signed up under my husband’s name)
    2) Mostly healthy, not too complicated, somewhat higher protein, low-ish carb, also lots of freezer friendly, chocolate lover (so occasional very decadent desserts), and love to try new recipes
    3)Here’s my two go-to recipes:
    Healthy, High Protein Cheesecake Mousse
    Black Bean and Corn Taco Bake

  • Vicki says:

    1. VLS
    2. Family friendly, love the crock pot, love to bake.
    3. Cabbage patch soup (not on pet yet…have to type it in)

  • Stephanie says:

    PTE name: skwlbr

    Foods: Whole Foods, Quick and Easy, Kid Friendly, Crock Pot

    Favorites: Chili, Indian Chicken, White Chicken Chili

  • Betsy says:

    1. bcacciola
    2. simple, vegetarian/low-meat, healthy-ish
    3. chicken broccoli pasta (ranch dressing) – it’s easy and good

    I’ve menu planned for years, just on a calendar – with lots of scribbles and arrows moving meals around! I love how easy it is to plan (and adjust!) your menu with this software. Still have lots of recipes to enter, though.

  • Kimberly says:

    1. sufficientgrace
    2. friendly for large families (there are 9 of us), aiming for healthy, avoiding additives when possible, also a homeschooling sports family here, so easy when possible! We live on a farm, so we incorporate our own goat’s milk and organic chicken and eggs frequently. (You can use what works best for your blessings) Also some are GF in our family and we are trending in the direction of all GF for sake of ease. Also some soy free.
    Bear with me as I’m a bit behind (missed some emails) and I’m hoping to add more this wekend!
    3. Addicitive sweet potato burritos, Sweet lamb meatloaf

  • Kimberly says:

    p.s. sorry that was so long~~ excited and new here! πŸ™‚

  • Cari says:

    1. cookielou75
    2. whole foods, dairy and soy free
    3. Granola Energy Balls because they are quick to make and a great on the go snack, Baked oatmeal because it’s a yummy way to start the day.

  • Elizabeth W says:

    1. eswiley
    2. Vegetarian, Vegan (Would like more Kid Friendly recipes to make dinner time easier)
    3. The Hot Mulled Cider is easy, yummy, and makes us feel so cozy in winter!

  • Kelly says:

    1. PTE username : kc2013
    2. Kinds of recipes you have : simple and delicious πŸ™‚
    3. Brunch Casseroles : they are versatile, you can vary the ingredients can be prep ahead and makes weekends easier

  • Lisa Austin says:

    1. PTEusername; lcaustin
    2. Kinds of recipes I have: simple, fast, mostly kid-friendly
    3. Favorite: Right now, my favorite is the Chicken Crescent Squares. It’s pretty easy and can use up leftover chicken! woot!

  • Jenn says:

    1. jennkujawa
    2. Most of my recipes are Feingold friendly (dye, preservative, low salicylate)
    3. Favorite recipes right now are the white chicken enchiladas, all my soup recipes and pumpkin quinoa muffins.

  • Theresa says:

    1. tadiulus
    2. family friendly (I think!)
    3. Mama’s Meatballs and Kick the Can Crescents – these can be dinner rolls, made into cinnamon rolls, be the basis for cream cheese danish – it’s a great dough!

  • Nancy says:

    1. stampwithnancy
    2. from healthy to comfort ~ my family feeds on variety & flavor, focus on healthy & squeeze in comfort
    3. I love my Coconut Smoothie for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack! And my new favorite lunch recipe is the Avocado & Boiled Egg on Toast with Cayenne Pepper.

  • Marisa says:

    2. We love a lot of variety leaning toward whole foods, also some gluten free. I especially love easy crockpot meals and meals that can be adapted to freezer cooking!
    3. So hard to pick 2 favorites! Balsamic Dijon Pork Loin, Savory Mediterranean Orzo, Stuffed Pepper Enchiladas, and Crockpot Ham and Bean Soup. (None of which have made it into PTE yet. I’m just getting started, but trying to do several recipes every day.)

  • Meagan says:

    1. Meagan
    2. We try to eat mostly whole foods and are transitioning to a more plant-based diet, but do still eat some meat/dairy. I enjoy a wide variety of foods and love healthy recipes that are tasty and flavorful.
    3. One of our family favorite recipes is Chicken Spaghetti Toss. If you like lemon, this is a must-try. It’s quick, easy, and has lots of flavor. And the kids like it! Another one of my favorites is Red Lentil and Squash Curry Stew. I love this dish, but it’s not a favorite with my kiddos. So, so delicious though and fairly quick and easy so I don’t mind making something separate for the kids just so my husband and I can have the lentil stew! Yum!

  • Pam says:

    1. pamd
    2. Gluten free, crockpot, a few gourmet recipes to try on Saturdays.
    3. One dish beef stroganoff because it’s so easy, and I only dirty the one skillet. Beef bourgignon because I make it in the crockpot, and it tastes very much like I’ve spent time in the kitchen preparing a gourmet meal.

  • Meghan says:

    1. Meghan Shaffer
    2. I have a meat loving husband who also strives to eat healthy and 3 young children. So my recipes will be trying to please everyone! I don’t like casseroles and I love use my crock pot. I love pasta and sauces. Since we try to eat healthy, I rarely use cream sauces. My weak area is sides so I am hoping to find some great ones from some people! My daughter loves smoothies (it is a great way to eat your veggies!) so you will see a regular influx of them πŸ™‚ I also love soups! I am limited to how often I can cook them to do the kids (all under 3) but I do make them a couple times a month.
    3.It is so hard to pick a favorite meal because I’m pregnant so my taste buds are totally wacko! We love everything from Rachel Ray’s Gouda Burgers to Salsa Chicken.

    I also freezer cook using Once A Month Mom. I am currently finding a way to make these 2 online helps work together πŸ™‚ As of now, I will be posting recipes anywhere from 3-6 times a week and using my freezer meals to fill in the holes.

    • Nichole says:

      Meghan, here’s a quick tip to help with little kids and soups. I didn’t figure this out till my fourth child! She is 14 months old and loves drinking smoothies out of straw cups (you know, the “disposable” cups with lids and straws from WalMart). It occurred to me if she can drink smoothies that way, she can drink pureed soups that way, too. We eat soup almost daily, and I just puree a cupful of whatever we’re eating for her, and she LOVES it. (I still give her finger food for her to self-feed, of course, but this beats spooning soup into her mouth during the mealtime circus. :>)

      • Meghan says:

        What a great idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I will definitely try that the next batch of soup I make!

  • Kheyerly says:

    User name: kheyerly
    Type of food: kid friendly, made from scratch

    Pioneer woman’s pizza crust, and pioneer woman’s Drip beef. Yum! I’m getting a late start and don’t have many recipes in yet, but I’m working on it!

  • Maria says:

    Username: leonfamily
    Type of food: whole foods, healthy, kid friendly but a little of everything.
    Favorite recipe on there right now: slow cook French dip sandwiches.

  • Danica says:

    1. DLMiddle
    2. Family friendly, simple, quick
    3. Bourbon Pork Medallions: love this … tasty and fairly quick

  • Carol says:

    1. whitesealmom
    2. pretty much a mish-mash; down-home, family-friendly to recipe clones from restaurants
    3. Two to highlight: Miss Aimee B’s Lemonade (secret ingredient that you will all know when you see the recipe; it is soooo good and a recipe from a lovely little place in St. Charles, MO)
    Next, my coleslaw dressing… easy and tastes delicious. Why pay so much for coleslaw dressing when you can make your own? I’ve had this recipe for 33 years as I got it in a recipe book as a wedding present.

  • Carol says:

    Both assignments completed! So far I have 27 friends (at least on PTE!) and 131 recipes entered. Now, to find something for dinner…..:) JK!


  • Becky says:

    1. rjplank
    2. I just joined a few months ago and my recipe box is a real mish-mash of different types of meals…I’ve been on a real whole-foods vegetarian kick here lately as well.
    3. My family loves the Quiche with Whole-Wheat Crust from the “100 Days of Real Food” blog…super easy to put together. We also love the Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins – so yummy!

  • Lauren says:

    HI, I am chile_chicken on PTE. Most of my recipes are healthy or include lots of vegetables, but also they are kid friendly as I have a three year old and a six month old. Although at the moment, I have heaps of desserts in my recipe book! My favourite recipes on my PTE profile are my mac and cheese and my Ham and Pineapple Pinwheels, which are perfect for a party appetizer.

  • Amy Grable says:

    1. Amy Grable
    2. I make kid friendly quick meals.
    3. Some of my favorite are Lettuce Wraps, Baked Spaghetti by Paula Deen.

  • Katie F says:

    1. todayfortomorrow
    2. Family friendly, simple.
    3. Have not entered any of my own. Since I only have ones from other site or PTE, I would pick the chicken wraps recipe. I did add 2 x’s the bacon. We LOVE our bacon!
    Should have at least 5 friends soon. Friend requests sent.

  • Jane says:

    1. jrao
    2. Indian and slow cooker/ crock pot. I’ve just started on PTE but if you are interested in trying a kid friendly Indian or Asian inspired meal have a look through my recipes.
    3. Chicken curry because adults and kids love it in our family and it doesn’t take long to cook.

  • Betsy says:

    Hi all!

    1. coloradogirl
    2. Mostly vegan/plant-based
    3. Black Bean Tostadas with Corn Relish; Southwestern Black Bean Burger – easy prep and a big hit with my family!

  • Jean says:

    1. JeanRM
    2. we are a homeschool, sports family as well, with one GF child, So simple, healthy, recipes. Lots of soups and breads (although not GF yet) Looking to add more GF and vegan recipes.
    3. A favorite lunch at our house is Homemade tortillas and homemade refried beans. both from

  • Emily says:

    1. emdoss
    2. convient, easy, wanna-be healthy, wanna be real food, adding a new baby to our family any day…(enough said)
    3. stir-fry, salmon, granola from 100daysofrealfood

  • julie says:

    1. jcmom101
    2. mostly easier, healthier(!) kid friendly,
    3. BBQ pulled pork in the crock pot.
    This is a new recipe for me but the easiest one EVER. The crockpot did all the work and I only had to buy one ingredient for my pantry which will last a LONG time (Liquid Smoke)

    BTW I have a few days to catch up.. Thanks for the extension, Kat! I really want to graduate:) This has been great.

  • MA Gragg says:

    1. MA Gragg
    2. wt loss and monthly freezer meals for the carnivore
    3. a.Zesty Italian Chicken with orzo skillet – I like Rice-A-Roni but not the cal. this is a reduced cal. whole food option. b.New England Fish Cakes-make ahead recipe for a lunch patty to put with a salad. Very portable.

  • Erin says:

    1. camplee
    2. family friendly, comfort, healthy, some gluten-free!
    3. Best Chicken marinade (love BBQ)
    Quinoa Tomato Avocado Salad

  • Maria Z says:

    1. mariaz3
    2. A mix healthy (ish), family friendly (though my kids are pretty adventurous eaters), and comfort. I am a big fan of Ina Garten.
    3. Rosemary polenta (creamy or in bars), favorite healthy ones are Lentil Stew with Ham and Greens, Tabbouleh, and favorite one when I feel like really cooking is Company Pot Roast.

  • Johanne says:

    1. moon_dust82
    2. Paleo, Vegetarian/Vegan, Beverages, some yummy desserts for those cravings πŸ˜›
    3. Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Bowl – Ok, I haven’t actually don it yet… but a cookie in a single serving bowl in 40 sec in the microwave? It might be a tad dangerous… πŸ™‚
    Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing – Quick and easy and a delicious snack or side dish!!
    Key Lime Pie Protein Shake – I usually make myself a shake for breakfast, that I bring with me to the school bus yard and can drink as I check the bus and do my runs. This one sounds simple amazing.
    Butternut Squash and Pear Soup – One of the best soups I even tasted. Ever.

  • Amy says:

    1. amytjones
    2. easy, kid-friendly, alot from food blogs, although my recipe book contains a wide variety of recipes.
    3. Baked French Toast — my kids love breakfast for dinner and this is super easy to make

  • Anna says:

    1. annascraps
    2. easy, family friendly, varied ethnic food, like crockpot recipes & casseroles for busy days with 3 kids 6 & under.
    3. Banana Bread (this one has been a favorite for 8+ yrs.!), Blender Crepes made ahead and used anytime in the next 2 days, Just tried Barley Risotto last week…amazing!

  • Lindsay says:

    1) everydayprincess
    2) whole food- I limit dairy for an intolerant son. Most of my PTE recipes come from online source (because it’s so easy that way!). I often modify the recipes but I rarely make the changes on the actual recipe
    3) pad thai- easy * a hit with both of my small boys (1 &3)
    4) my husband’s favorite is coconut crusted turkey strips. The sauce is super yummy, but I have not converted it to a whole food recipe yet. Any ideas to replace that sauce would be welcomed.

  • Cat says:

    Username: catwhatley
    Mostly kid friendly and simple recipes
    Favorite: Honey Chicken Stir Fry

  • karen says:

    1. faithfamilyfibro
    2. real food recipes that take 20 min or less, some gluten free
    3. fave recipe is anything chicken….I could eat chicken every day!

  • karen says:

    Whew, just sent emails to all of you to friend you. Can’t wait to see your recipes!

  • Megan says:

    1. MeganMarieP
    2. quick & easy, healthy, kid friendly, crockpot, vegetarian options
    3. King Ranch Chicken is an awesome meal. I bake chicken ahead of time and freeze so it’s ready to use when I need it.
    Pasta dishes are my other week night go-to because of the simplicity.

  • Jennifer says:

    1. jenjorgensen, little of everything. I also cook ahead for other people, so I am always looking for good make-ahead meals!
    3. chicken stroganoff is always a favorite, and chicken spedieni!

    • Jennifer says:

      I should add that right now, in my crockpot and smelling yummy, is the Slower Cooker Garlic Chicken from the blog site!

  • Jen says:

    1. jjneeley
    2. simple, kid-friendly, gluten-free
    3. I don’t have many of our staple recipes on there yet, some of the recipes I’d bookmarked online just wanting to try. Our family loves the Apple Cinnamon Muffins and Coconut Flour Pancakes — both gluten-free.

  • Regina says:

    1. livesmart
    2. We try to stay away from processed foods and use the whole foods approach. A lot of my recipes are free of gluten-dairy-soy. I’m the only one with sensitivities so I have plenty of others too. I can usually modify it for myself though my family is migrating towards my eating habits which simplifies things. My children will eat about 2/3 of the recipes. I’m still adding some to PTE each day πŸ™‚
    3. Favorites are Chandra’s Borscht Soup (my kids LOVE it!–ages 4,6) They don’t realize they are eating beets but love that it’s hot pink! A new favorite is the Lentil-Lime Salad.

  • Angela says:

    1. ange_m80
    2. We try to stay away from processed and packaged foods. We don’t have any special dietary restrictions so there’s a mixture of everything.
    3. Fiery pork skewers – very moist pork tenderloin. PioneerWoman’s Italian Chicken soup – the ultimate in comfort food, but slightly different than a normal chicken soup πŸ™‚

  • MA Gragg says:

    Finished with all of the chicken, beef , and venison dishes Still have the pork and fish to do but I got 72 lunches 22 main course dishes for 4 which will have left overs, Breakfast muffins 36 ( will add a fruit and dairy to complete breakfasts) By the time I have the pork and fish dishes I will have well over a month of food. The only prep will be to take it out of the freezer, thaw, cook/ heat and add the side dishes. Have most of them already will just have to shop for fresh veggies and fruit. . cost $218.00 doesn’t count pantry items.

  • andreals says:

    1. andreals
    2. Very eclectic, some ethnic, some vegetarian, some comfort.
    3. Jambalaya – simple, nothing fancy, but my kids love it. Honey Baked Chicken – easy but a good presentation and very kid-friendly. Cottage Cheese Chicken Enchiladas – surprisingly delicious!

    P.S. Kat – a friend gifted me with a subscription to PTE and so I’m playing catchup. However… I think I’m all caught up! Wondering if I get to be a part of the graduation ‘ceremony’ tomorrow even though I’m a little late on the scene :-).

  • Michelle says:

    1. mblumer
    2. lower fat, lower calorie, family friendly, slow cooker
    3. Our family love cheesy chicken breasts and strawberry smoothies – yum

    Michelle XX

  • Megan says:

    1) mbeglin
    2) kid friendly, easy, comfort, slow cooker
    3) I love the Chicken Vegetable pot pie and bacon spinach quiche!

  • Jenny says:

    Username – JennyT-Bo

    Fav. Foods – Vegan, Easy, Kid-Friendly, Plant Based

    Favorite Recipes – Chocolate glazed donuts, black bean & salsa soup

  • Carolyn says:

    1 – carolyntracy
    2 – simple meat and potato family meals
    3 – Lazy Perogie Casserole (everyone loves it, great as leftovers), and Slow Cooker Beef Stew (I’ve looked for a good crock pot stew for a while and am happy with this one).

  • Regina says:

    1. ginaosko
    2. easy, family friendly recipes
    3. mini meatloaves – I hated meatloaf growing up, but love this recipe and so does my family and it is so fast and easy. Crockpot Italian beef is another favorite.

  • Allison says:

    1. apheartsong
    2. probably easy, mostly dairy-free and nut free
    3. spaghetti – easy and fast. It’s not really a recipe. I just brown meat, add sauce, cook noodles, and serve πŸ˜‰ Another is Christa’s crockpot chicken. So easy to just put the chicken in the crockpot, sprinkle seasonings, and go. These are two things my picky eater loves.

  • Amanda says:

    1. abedwell
    2. Easy, fast, family recipes
    3. Homemade taco seasoning-Not an actual meal, but way cheaper then buying the pkgs. Green chili chicken enchiladas

  • Yvonne says:

    1. ycwilson
    2. Easy, Fast, Frugal, Kid Friendly
    3. Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce….So yummy and FAST!
    Creamy Ranch Chicken in the CROCKPOT—need I say more?!?

  • Paola says:

    1. Paola Bush
    2. Whole foods, ethnic, eclectic, easy to double up to get lots of left overs or a 2nd batch to freeze..
    3. I still have to enter a lot of recipes, and finish with the edits of some of the ones I enter. For the sake of getting the homework done I used the trick of using recipes that were already typed up online. Though I verified the ingredient lists to get my shopping list right, I have to make a few changes on the directions that I use at home vs the ones listed online..I like the Butter/Herbed roasted Salmon, the caprese pesto salad & my creamy chicken with mushrooms..Bon appetit! =)

  • Marci says:

    1. Marcidiehl
    2. I generally cook simple family meals/staples
    3. Some of my favorites in my recipe book are–

    –Cha Cha’s white chicken chili. It’s an recipe I’ve been using for like ten years. It is easy, healthy, yummy and liked by just about everyone. Love it.

    –Mom’s beef sloppy joes. I like this because other than buns and beef, I generally have almost all the ingredients on hand. It’s so yummy and superior to Manwich. A recipe of a friends mom from the 70s.

    —baked pasta with summer veggies. I make this for anyone having a baby because it makes a huge amount and it is a delicious, fresh, veggie filled alternative to beefy/ saucy pasta bakes. Definitely one of favorites!

    I have 44 friends and counting. Can’t wait to look at all your recipes!!!!

  • CindyC says:

    I have loved this. Thank you for that video, too. It really simplified things that would have taken me a lot of fumbling around to find.

    1) Cindyzoo1
    2) Comfort foods, Ethnic foods (mostly Chinese – my hubby is Chinese, so it’s authentic), moderately healthy, and friendly to young kids (and the mom of said young kids!)
    3) Favorites: Red Roast Pork (easy and delicious) and it’s the pork that’s diced and put in fried rice; International Quinoa salad (my husband’s favorite dish (usually a side), especially because he can pack it up and take it as a small meal when he goes to work–and it doesn’t spoil sitting in the car for a few hours. / Broccoli & Cheese soup – delicious and easy and there’s no cream or cream of anything soup in it–just broccoli and cheese and broth, etc. / Crock pot ropa veja, a traditional cuban dish, so good for dinner with rice and beans, and good in tortillas for lunch, and scrambled with eggs for breakfast. And it’s the crock pot. What’s not to love?

  • Rosie says:

    1. rosiewest12
    2. So far, I have mostly chicken recipes, a few soups…trying to add recipes that do not require too much effort or require gluten.
    3. White bean chicken chili: tried it last week, and both my husband and I said it was a keeper! We had leftovers, which we like to have on hand for lunches, etc. Another favorite is Paula Dean’s Potato Soup (crock pot). It is so much easier than other potato soup recipes that I’ve tried. And it’s Yummy! We like to add chopped bacon, cheese, and a little bit of chopped green onion. We also have leftovers with this one.

  • Heather says:

    1. LilHDawg
    2. Scratch cooking, healthy, kid friendly, party food
    3. (1) whole wheat banana puff pancake – delicious high protein breakfast the kids love too, (2) tortilla espanola – easy, delicious, fast, and seems fancy to guests – breakfast, lunch, or dinner

  • melissa p. says:

    1. mammaknits
    2. healthy, kid-friendly, easy, gourmet
    3. lentil stew, 5-veggie pork fried rice, crockpot pesto chicken

  • Faith says:

    1. fayfay
    2. a mix of healthy and a few comfort foods. Haven’t gotten them all in yet. We too are trying to stay away from all the processed foods.
    3. Two favs: 4 Cheese Mac & Cheese (a healthier version of the classic that even my kids approve of! It’s from Ellie Kreiger on foodnetwork. Garlic Ginger chicken….so yummy and easy!

  • s.pipes says:

    1. sbttrfly
    2. from scratch usually, easy to freeze, food blogs, fam-friendly (have 2 kids under 3 under)
    3. a. jambalaya ( – i’m from LA so i have to love a cajun recipe to save it b. homemade chicken nuggets ( – i like things that are easy to prepare in advance so lunch time is easier

  • melanie says:

    1. melaniekeath
    2. kid-friendly, simple, quick
    3. Baked Macaroni and Cheese: kid favorite — cook once, eat all week!
    Pork Tenderloin with Acorn Squash: delicious and nice to serve guests.

  • Lindsey says:

    1. slplb (If you add me as a friend, could you please make a note that you’re from the PTE boot camp? thanks!)
    2. simple, crock pot, working toward non-gmo and all natural or organic, kid friendly – I’m just getting started so I have a lot of new recipes I haven’t tried yet, all ones marked with * are recipes I know how to make or have elsewhere that I haven’t uploaded yet.
    3. Melt in your Mouth Meatloaf – not a meatloaf fan usually, but this was actually good!, Collard Greens – tasted just like the ones my husband likes from the can, Quick Healthy Chocolate Shake Fix – need I say more?

  • Jess says:

    1. yellowssf4
    2. Quick and easy after work, crock pot, freezer meals
    3. Crock pot pot roast or Fajitas

  • Carol says:

    I’ve been inputting recipes into PTE and thought I’d share this tip. I am now noting “PTE” in the corner of each recipe after it is entered. I am not going in order in my recipe binder, but rather putting in our most favorite recipes first. Thought this might help someone else.


  • Gerri says:

    I’m not near a computer on the weekends, so am just completing my “assignment”!
    Lots of different recipes, but trying to lean towards more whole foods and I really struggle with gluten so try real hard to cook without gluten or dairy. I work nights, so use the crockpot alot.
    One of my favorite things to toss in the crockpot is a venison roast and some salsa. It cooks up so tender and delicious.

  • Jan says:

    1. change4five18
    2. Paleo, Clean Eating, Favorites
    3. Adobo Rubbed Pork Chops (Clean Eating recipe) – The pork chops are out of this world! If you are a fan of pork, you have to try this recipe. It’s amazing! The flavor is outstanding! It’s so quick and easy. You can even just buy salsa instead of making your own Pico de Gallo to save time.

    Pecan Crusted Chicken (Paleo recipe) – Another quick recipe that tastes outstanding! I substituted the pecans for a mixture of macadamia nuts and almonds. It tasted divine! It’s so easy to make and has a ton of flavor.

    • Sorry… what is paleo?

      • Jan says:

        Paleo is a diet consisting of:
        * Protein, in the form of lean meats, poultry, seafood, and things that people could hunt/catch/spear.
        * Carbohydrates, in the form of vegetables and some fruit. Lots and lots of colorful, nutritious vegetables. Yes, veggies are β€œcarbs.” So are fruits.
        * Fats, in the form of coconut oil or coconut milk, nuts, seeds, avocado, olive oil, clarified butter.
        * All kinds of herbs and spices.
        What’s NOT Paleo:
        * Gluten/grains
        * Legumes
        * Dairy

        I’ve only ever participated in the 30-day challenge (eaten Paleo for 30 days). I loved it, but also love my sugar and breads. πŸ™‚ I still incorporate the recipes into our weekly menus because they are so good.

        I hope that helps answer your question. Let me know if it doesn’t.

  • Emily says:

    1. EmilyB
    2. Paleo, GFDF, Clean Eating, Simple
    3. Pumpkin Pancakes – Paleo, grain free

  • Carol says:

    1. mcandreescu
    2. Lots of PW (delicious but the fats and calories are killing me), easy, kid friendly, fewest processed ingredients possible. Hoping to build up my recipe book with simple, tasty clean/paleo…I have a couple of clean recipes.
    3. First recipe fave is PW’s hummus. LOVE! Delicious, healthy, tastier than storebought. Second is “Grandma’s Country White Bread” by Pennies & Pancakes. Third (so hard to choose) Love PW’s Perfect Pot Roast, delicious and simple, cooks itself while I’m church! Last one, Olive Branch Chicken Enchilada Soup, delicious crock pot soup, great as a queso dip or as a bowl of soup.

  • Wlovell says:

    1. wlovell
    2. Ecclectic, but mostly clean eating (although you’ll see a lot of dessert recipes), some crockpot, family friendly, Quinoa recipes. Will be adding Russian & Brazilian cuisine.
    3. Favorite new recipe = ham & eggs in muffin cups. It’s fast (15 minutes!), easy & you can grab & go all week with these. I also like the cauliflower cheese sticks – great substitute for pizza!

  • Super late!!
    PTE name StudentMom
    I’m currently super excited about vegetarian as we are giving up meat for lent so I need all the help I can get!!!
    My favourite recipe is Pork Chops and mixed root vegetable mash – easy and yummy!! My other favourite on PTE is Mushroom Stroganoff – wow… really awesome.

  • Shauna says:

    1. Username: shaddow
    2. I mostly cook simple recipes (tendency towards 1-dish meals), with a splash of gourmet when the fancy strikes (and time allows).
    3. I love no-knead bread – so easy! Nearly no work involved, and it’s delicious! I’m also a big fan of pizza with anything we have thrown on top because it’s so easy. I usually have a few extra balls of no-knead pizza dough ready in the freezer. Then there’s the amazing yams and clams chowder. You should try it. It’s got a fun west-coast flair.

  • Sallie Belle Howell says:

    1. USERNAME: sbhowell
    2. we love chicken recipes, we are trying to move more to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, whole foods
    3. stir fry,

  • Maria Philipsen says:

    1. mphilipsen
    2. kid friendly, easy, trying to cook lower carb meals
    3. Emeril’s One Pot Chicken from Lindas Low carb menus, many quick recipes from Quick Cooking/Simple and Delicious magazine including Italian Beef Sandwiches-just throw in the crockpot and supper is done, and stirfry!

  • Beth says:

    Better late than never, right? πŸ™‚

    1. bcelestin
    2. Weight Watcher Friendly, Kid-Friendly, Quick & Easy
    3. I’m a mom to two little ones so we rely heavily on simple meals like hamburgers, fajitas, lasagna, tacos, etc. I’m a lifetime Weight Watchers member so I’ll be steadily posting my tried-and-true Weight Watchers recipes. One of my favorite recipes is the Slow Cooker Chicken & Black Bean Tacos. They are so easy, healthy, and delicious!

  • Emily says:

    Yes better late than never!
    1. emkbailey
    2. All kinds – simple, make ahead, eclectic, variety of ingredients, family friendly-ish, freezer friendly-ish – recently I started making kefir (the fermented milk drink similar to buttermilk), so I’m also trying incorporate kefir into recipes or find kefir recipes
    3. Favorite breakfasts: Seattle Dutch Baby (a baked popover that looks amazing but way easier than even pancakes!); Baked Oatmeal
    Favorite main dishes: Tender Italian Baked Chicken, Baked Ziti, Mexican Lasagna, Beef Barley Vegetable Soup, Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup

  • Maryse says:

    Again, better late than never, right? πŸ™‚
    1. Mspeckner
    2. Whole, clean food. Mostly vegetarian, with fish, seafoods, and occasionally some chicken dishes. I love to cook and my family is adventurous, so I’m always cruising my favorite food blogs for new recipes to try. We love to eat different cuisines: Italian, Thai, Indian, etc.
    3. Slow cooker salsa chicken – a recent discovery, which we love!
    And any kind of pasta dish.

  • amberly says:

    2. 85% gluten & dairy free. mostly easy, make ahead, kid friendly… 4 kids 6 & under
    3. my favorites are muffins, make ahead smoothie breakfast items (from a listed website) and “Gomo’s Chili”. we love the simple chili…
    4. Better late than never πŸ˜‰

  • Bethany says:

    My name: mamabethy

    I LOVE PlantoEat!!! I’ve been a user for a year now, but Just now watched all these videos. I haven’t used the site to its full potential till recently, anyway, I now tell my friends about it and I’m so happy to stand by such brilliant invention with superb customer service!
    Favorite recipe: Chicken or ground turkey Enchiladas, Spanish rice and
    strawberry pretzel jello

  • Marla says:

    username: 9kids
    I am following Trim Fit Mama after 20+ years as a vegetarian
    Favorite Recipe: Big Mac Salad….soooooo tasty, and the whole family loves it

    I am really liking PTE, although I wish I could import recipes from my iPhone
    I’ve been using Ziplist for my shopping lists for several years, but it’s relatively easy to use the PTE list online, then transfer the few items I need to my Ziplist. Integration between the two would be better…..maybe someday!