Mealtime is happening around the clock with all of our families home during quarantine, and I wanted to share a few of our family dinners with you. I usually take photos of the recipes, but I am skipping that step on most and just trying to get the recipes to you with hopes it will help a little. If you would like more dinner recipes click here.

1. Ron’s Ribs

rack of ribs baked in oven

Ron’s Ribs

Lydia Menzies


  • Rack of Ribs (or beef Ribs)

Bar-b-que Sauce for Ribs

  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup packed of brown sugar
  • 24 oz. apple cider vinegar

Spice Rub

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves garlic diced finely
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp pepper


  • Pull membrane off back sides of ribs. Cover ribs with the rub. Place ribs on baking sheet and place aluminum foil loosely over top of ribs. Cook at 225 degrees (F) for 9 to 10 hours. 
  • Whisk bar-b-que sauce ingredients under low heat.

2. Stuffed Chicken

This recipe is one from my friend Rebecca Lang. Rebecca suggests using ham, but we substitute bacon. Either one is really good!

Stuffed Chicken

Lydia Menzies


  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 4 chicken breasts (with skin)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees (F)
  • Cook the bacon and crumble.
  • Combine cheese, lemon juice, and sage in small bowl. Add in crumbled bacon.
  • Place chicken breasts in baking dish and stuff an even amount of goat cheese mixture under the skin of each chicken breast.
  • Rub olive oil on top of the skin.
  • Bake at 425 degrees (F) for 25 minutes, or until skin is browned.

3. Veggie Meatloaf

Veggie Meatloaf

Lydia Menzies


  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 small-medium chopped onion
  • 2 ribs of celery
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup ketchup


  • Heat oven to 375 degrees (F).
  • Place first 4 ingredients in a food processor and finely chop.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Combine but do not over mix.
  • In a 9×13 pan lined with foil, shape mixture into a loaf.
  • Bake 1 hour, 15 mins.
  • Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

4. Pork Carnitas

This is my husband’s recipe in his own words…cook this in Crock Pot on low setting.

Pork Carnitas

Lydia Menzies


  • Pork tenderloin
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/2 head red cabbage diced finely
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • crushed red pepper to taste


  • Add salt, pepper, clove of garlic diced to tenderloin.
  • Add 1/4 cup white wine to pork in Crock Pot.
  • Cook 6 hours or until meat is done on low setting. Cut into smaller pieces during cooking. Shred the pork with forks or knives near end of cooking process. 
  • Mix the mayonnaise, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper then stir these ingredients into the cabbage.
  • Put cabbage and pork into warmed corn or flour tortillas. (You may want to make a little bit of extra sauce to add to carnitas.)
  • Eat and repeat.

5. Easy Greek Chicken Thighs

This recipe is quick and tasty! You can use drumsticks and/or thighs. I make it often because of how fast I can make it and how much my kids enjoy it. The recipe is Greek Marinated Chicken from Budget Bytes.

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