Practical tips, reliable recipes, & family-friendly food ideas


Food is a priority. For my family, that means we invest a lot of time and energy into what we cook and eat. Why? Because we find great joy and satisfaction in flavorful meals that we can share together and we care about what we put into our bodies. Since I can remember, I have committed a good part of my weekend to developing upcoming weekly family meal plans (including recipe research), writing and organizing my grocery list, shopping for groceries and then processing them when I get home. I started MENUbility in the hopes that the things I do for my family will provide you with new ideas for dinner, time-saving tools, and the encouragement you need to prepare and enjoy family meals together.

Spring Family Menu 4 – Easy Family Meals x 5

It’s still Spring (technically), but summer is near.  This week’s menu features 5 easy family meals with a couple of little surprises for the grill.  I love grilled food! Not only does the grill impart a distinct, flavorful char on things we cook on it, but it makes clean up quick and easy.  I also find that cooking outdoors helps to keep our (indoor) kitchen nice and cool in the warmer.. Read More

Super Easy Southwest Pasta Recipe

This is one of many ridiculously easy pasta recipes I have up my sleeve (and the first to be officially documented).  I’ve shared it with countless friends and family members who have all given me positive feedback regarding the ease and the taste of this flavorful, healthy, kid-approved pasta recipe.  I hope it will become a favorite weeknight dinner for your family, too!   Some quick tips before you get started:.. Read More

Spring Family Menu 3

Our 3rd week of Spring Family Menu Ideas includes 6 complete dinners to satisfy grownups and kids, alike.  For our crew, this menu will start on Saturday and run through Thursday since we’ll be heading out of town on Friday for Memorial Day.  We’re hoping to invite some of our new neighbors over for dinner on Saturday night to enjoy the Smoked Pork BBQ! MEAL 1: Pork BBQ Sandwiches, Green Beans, Roasted Potatoes,.. Read More

Spring Family Menu 2

Ideas for our Family Menu for the week include 6 scrumptious meals.  We started our week on Sunday night with the Chicken Tacos. MEAL 1 Chicken Tacos, Spanish Rice & Warm Corn/Avocado Salad MEAL 2: Quinoa Cakes + Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad MEAL 3: Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread & Parmesan Zucchini MEAL 4: Pizzadillas (think Quesadillas with pizza ingredients) + Tomato/Cucumber Salad MEAL 5: Chicken Lettuce Wraps + Udon Noodles with carrots, cabbage and zucchini MEAL 6:.. Read More

Seasonal Ideas for Dinner – Spring

Our family menu lineup for the week of May 3rd through May 9th includes these 5 ideas for dinner: Meal 1: Chilaquiles Verde, Mango + Avocado Salad, Corn -on-the-cob Meal 2: Perogies, Sauteed Zucchini & Squash, Salad Meal 3: Homemade Chicken Tenders, Macaroni & Cheese (from scratch), Steamed Broccoli Meal 4: Naanzas (individual pizzas made on Naan) + Salad Meal 5: Italian Baked Chicken, Pasta and Garlic Bread