Everyday Family Eats is a website dedicated to sharing recipes for easy family dinners that everyone will love! On this site you can find recipes for:
- quick-to-make homemade dinners (for the weeknight)
- dinners for picky eaters (that are still wholesome)
- one-pot dinner recipes (because these are the ultimate quick dinner hack)
- assembly-style dinners (for those ultra-busy nights)
- set-it-and-forget it dinners (for when you have time to plan ahead, but no time in the evening)
However, Everyday Family Eats will be more than that, because making food for your family is more than just dinner. So while this website will primarily focus on easy-to-make, approachable dinner recipes, it’ll also have breakfast recipes to feed a family, meal prep recipes and tips, as well as easy baking recipes that the family can make together.
When possible, the motto here will be to keep it simple, while still keeping it delicious. If a cooking technique can be made easier or quicker, the recipes here will do just that. The fewer steps and the fewer pots and pans needed to get a meal on the table, the better.
I believe cooking is an act of love and a way to nourish our families, and, I know my readers feel the same way. My hope is that the recipes here will reflect that notion. While sometimes getting dinner on the table can feel like a chore, we know that feeding our families is one of the ways we show our love, and just like you, I hope the dinner served is proof of that.
About the Family Behind Everyday Family Eats
Hi! I’m Kelli! Welcome to my little space on the internet all about feeding our families. I’m the creator of Everyday Family Eats and the woman behind all of the recipes, writing, and photographs on this site. I also created Everyday Pie, the sister website to EFE, which is all about baking pies and pastry.
I am a mom to two children, Lilia and Joaquin, currently 6 and 8, and wife to John. I like to think our family looks a lot like many other families. We are a two-parent working household, with kids who have busy schedules. Like many, our lives often feel a bit hectic. But regardless of whatever craziness is going on, our family comes together at night at the dinner table.
Sitting together each and every night is a non-negotiable in our lives because it is the one time of day our family gets to connect. But sometimes, especially depending on whatever season of our lives we’re going through, getting that dinner on the table can feel like a herculean task.
I started this website so that I could document my own quest to answer the age-old question, “what’s for dinner, and what’s it going to take to make it?” Even as a culinary professional, the dilemma of what to serve for dinner still stumps me from time to time. While my family has a few favorite repeat dinner recipes we all love, I've at times found myself endlessly searching for inspiration that checked all those boxes I was looking for when it came to family dinner ideas: wholesome, quick and good enough all of the family would enjoy. So instead of constantly searching the internet and cookbooks for a resource that would feed my family, I decided to create one instead. And I’m just so excited to watch this journey play out. Both to share some of my family's favorite recipes, but also to create new ones.
Who I am, Then and Now
I am a recipe developer and a baker by trade, with more than 12 years of professional cooking experience, as well as BA in communication. After spending many years cooking in Boston area restaurants and bakeries, I learned that cooking on the line is not for the faint of heart, and I’m proud of the time I put in. After starting my family, I accidentally started a baking business: Shoofly Pie Baking Company. This was my first taste of starting something with my own hands, watching it grow, and lastly, accepting the idea that it wasn’t meant to be forever. While running this business I was diagnosed with a severe allergy to raw wheat, making it impossible for me to run a small-scale food business that used so much flour. I knew I'd likely never return to cooking in professional settings where wheat flour was present. However, without endings, we wouldn’t have beginnings. That experience lit up my entrepreneurial spirit, which was useful before finding my way over to the digital content side of the food world. At that point, I made the transition to work in recipe development so I could still fulfill my passion for cooking and baking, while also teaching others how to create delicious food. In 2018 I created my first website, Everydaypie.com, and it has been a complete joy over the last couple of years to watch my business grow.
In 2021, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, as well as a rare genetic disorder that predisposes me to future cancers. For obvious reasons this was a big moment in my life, and the life of my young family. It changed priorities for me, and really put things into perspective as to what matters and what I want to spend my life doing. One thing that hasn’t changed since that diagnosis was the fact that I love developing recipes and sharing them. So when I left my full-time job as a food editor during my cancer treatment, I knew that it was time to start a second site dedicated to sharing something deeply important to me: easy family-friendly dinners.
About the Recipes
There are a few different reasons why a recipe might make an appearance here, but at the very least, a recipe must be either:
- really delicious with a nod to being nutrionally well-rounded
- as easy-to-make as possible
- quick to put on the table
Ultimately I want the recipes here to be made for the modern busy family. When possible, the recipes will cut down on unnecessary steps or techniques. Thanks in part to the culinary training I’ve had, I know when it's worth it to go the extra mile or when it's better to skip a step and still get a pretty awesome dinner on the table. One pan meals are amazing, and when possible, the recipes here will always cut down on cooking steps without sacrificing anything in the final dish.
While most of the recipes on this site will fall into the category of American cuisine, our family unit is Colombian-American (with my husband John having grown up in Colombia) which means some of the recipes I share will be influenced by that. Over the years John and his family have introduced me to some of the dishes he grew up eating, that way I could make sure, as the cook in our family, that our own children got to experience it too. And it’s an integral part of our family experience.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Everyday Family Eats. I'm so glad you are here.
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