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Despite both having demanding jobs and a baby, Erik and I make it a point to sit down to a homemade dinner together every night.  We have lived in our new house for almost three weeks now and have only eaten out once, the day we moved in and had no groceries.

Like everyone, we have go-to meals that help make our lives easier.  These meals are quick and manageable, and most are great for leftovers.  I am not posting recipes for these meals because they are pretty self explanatory, and everyone has their own version (of the majority of these meals).

Here they are:

Spaghetti – I suspect this is a stable in many households.  It’s a 15 minute meal, add a piece of garlic toast and you’re done.  Erik and I easily get 2-3 days worth of meals out of spaghetti.

Tacos – tacos are one of Erik’s favorite meals.  He once ate 13 hard shell tacos in one sitting.  Usually he eats 4, but he must have been extra hungry that day.  Tacos are awesomely easy.  We always have ground beef in our deep freezer because we buy lots of it from Erik’s hometown in North Dakota.  Tacos are a 10 minute meal.

Chili – we have a great chicken chili recipe made in the crockpot.  Next time I make this I will take a photo and post the recipe.  It’s worth sharing.  We love chicken chili and it tastes better leftover (so does spaghetti).

Reubens – or any sandwich/melt.  Melts are a favorite of Erik’s as well.  Sometimes we make ruebens, sometimes it’s just turkey and cheese.  We don’t mind keeping it extra easy on melt night.

Pulled porks sandwiches – these are great for 3-4 meals in a row, usually including packed lunches for work.  I buy a 3 pound pork shoulder/butt and cook it on low for about 8-9 hours in the crockpot with a can of beer, seasoned with salt and pepper.  It shreds easily and is super versatile.  We add buffalo sauce or BBQ sauce, depending on our mood.

Rotisserie chicken salads – rotisserie chickens at the grocery store are about $5-$6, plus a bag of salad mix and you have a meal for under $10.  On salad night, Kody the kitty gets extra spoiled and enjoys a plate full of shredded chicken.

And there you have it, Erik and my go-to meals.  Obviously we have more meals in our arsenal but sometimes it’s hard to think outside the box.  What are your go-to meals?  I’d love to add some to our list.  Please comment and share!