Easy Family Meals for the Summer Schedule


Who doesn’t want easy family meals for those busy summer schedules?  Whether you’re driving to and fro from camps, having lazy days by the pool, or lounging around at home, having easy meals ready to go is a must!

Barbecue Chicken Nachos

Original recipe from Baked by Rachel


  1.  Use parchment paper on a sheet pan for easy cleanup.
  2. Substitute pre-packaged pulled barbeque pork for a fast swap.
  3. Divide the sheet into sections so that everyone can choose their own nacho toppings.


Bacon Bits

Shredded Chicken or BBQ pork

Pepper Jack Cheese


Black Beans

Corn Tortilla Chips

Green Onions


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. In a 13 x 9 sheet pan layer your tortilla chips, bacon bits, corn, black beans, meat, and cheese.
  3. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.
  4. Optional: Top with green onions.

Perfect Chicken 

Original Recipe from Cooking with Lori


  1.  Lori has affordable, amazing-tasting, easy family meals, and delicious seasoning mixes on her website.
  2. Follow Lori on Instagram!  I have learned so many cooking tips from her.
  3. These seasoning packets would make a great new neighbor gift or “welcome to the squadron gift.”
  4. My kids eat everything I’ve made from Lori.  That’s the biggest win of all!


3-4 chicken breasts

2 TBSP olive oil

Perfect Chicken seasoning packet


  1.  Preheat oven to 365 degrees.
  2. Drizzle olive oil on both sides of the chicken.
  3. Sprinkle Perfect Chicken Seasoning on both sides of the chicken.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

*Pairs well with homemade fries seasoned with the French Fry Seasoning Packet. 

Sheet Pan Pancakes


  1.  You can use any premade mix to make this a quick meal!  We like Hungry Jack pancake mix.
  2. Everyone can choose their own toppings.


Pancake Mix of choice- we like Hungry Jack, you just add water

Pancake toppings (fruit, chocolate chips, etc…)

Melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Prepare pancake batter as usual.
  3. Pour batter onto sheet pan.
  4. Top with your preferred toppings.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.  Brush with melted butter while warm and serve.
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Ellen Kehs
Ellen Kehs was born and raised in Evanston, Illinois where she met and later married her high school sweetheart, Mason. Together they’ve traveled the world, most recently touching down in Florida in June 2022. She’s a mom to three little boys, Theodore (eleven), Woodrow (nine) and Maximus (six). Life is never boring with her boys! Ellen loves being a military spouse and she embodies the “bloom where you are planted” mentality. In addition to soaking up whatever current city she’s living in, she is passionate about reading and getting books in the hands of children, as well as helping other mamas connect with each other. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education, a master’s degree in adolescent literacy and technology, and she teaches full-time online, in addition to being a stay-at-home mom. Her hobbies include, exploring, reading, swimming, napping, snapping pictures, playing games, baking, and loving on the little men in her life.