Recipes: Our Favorite Go-To Dishes

We have quite the list of delicious recipes to make and it’s growing all the time, so I thought I’d make things easier for you and add some ways to jump to the section you are looking for! Enjoy!

Looking for something specific? Let us know and we’ll see what we can come up with! Always welcome a challenge!


BreakfastChicken Main DishesDesserts
AppetizersBeef Main DishesCookie Recipes
Side DishesPork Main DishesCake Recipes
Vegetarian DishesSeafood Main DishesLagniappe
Sandwiches and WrapsSoups and StewsHoliday Recipes


We love drink recipes, though we don’t make new ones often!  We hope that you’ll love this collection as much as we loved making and drinking them!

Mock Sonic Limeade RecipeChocolate Syrup: Rich & Delicious Recipe



Every day should start with a delicious, nutritious breakfast.  If only we lived in that world! haha.  Check out this collection and enjoy!

Breakfast Burritos: Make Ahead & Freeze!!Orange Marmalade RecipeOld Fashion Doughnut RecipeDahlia's Breakfast CasseroleBlueberry Muffins: Simple Sweet Fabulous!Chocolate Chip PancakesChocolate Gravy RecipeWelsh Rice Pudding Recipe from Author Vickie Hall

5 Make Ahead Breakfasts



Everyone loves appetizers and finger foods!  They are great to try not to fill up on right before a wonderful meal!

Thai Crab Bites Wasabi Mayo RecipeJulies Famous GuacamoleCrab Rangoon Recipe

Side Dishes

Side Dishes

The biggest struggle for me is coming up with new side dishes to cook. I never know what to cook and often end up cooking very similar things (You’ll notice there are TWO potato salad recipes below).

Potato Salad: The Perfect Summer RecipeCountry Pasta Toss: Epic, Healthy Pasta Salad to Wow Everyone @Crafty_ZooPaleo Deviled EggsMediterranean Orzo SaladSweet & Healthy Coriander CarrotsBroccoli Salad Surprise: Everyone's New BBQ Potluck FavoriteSouthern Macaroni Salad: Simple Any Night Side Dish

Main Course Recipes

Vegetarian Main Dishes

Vegetarian Main Dishes

So, yeah…  I’m a meat eater. Eating vegetarian dishes is a rare thing for me. Not that you would have ever guessed.

Sandwiches and Wraps

Sandwiches & Wraps

These are all absolutely fabulous for busy days! Just add your favorite chips and you are golden!

Chicken PitasThe Becker Decker Chicken Veggie Sandwich & Fresh Spinach Dressing




Chicken is so diverse! Since it’s a little healthier than some of the alternatives, we eat a lot of chicken. Hope you enjoy!

Cajun Chicken & Gumbo Rice #RecipeChicken Panini RecipeChicken Pot Pie: Easy Peasy & Super Yummy!Bourbon Chicken Recipe!Chicken Tortilla Casserole Recipe Simple and Tasty!Chicken & Broccoli Stir Fry: Quick, Easy & Yummy!Herb Roasted ChickenCrunchy Herb Chicken Breast RecipeHerb Roasted ChickenBroccoli Tomato Chicken Skillet: Quick, Easy & Healthy One Dish Weeknight MealGuy's General Tso's ChickenCheap and Easy Meals for the Busy FamilyOven ‘Fried’ Chicken for Crispy Baked Goodness @MyCraftyZooChicken Broccoli Stir Fry: Super Easy Yummy


Beef and Turkey

This has got to be from my Oklahoma roots: a serious love for beef! Growing up it was a staple. However, all of our ground beef recipes can use pork instead and be just as tasty, some actually do already.

Italian Roast Sandwich: Busy Night Recipe!Steak Tips with Gravy #RecipeBeef Pie RecipeCrystal;s Super Simple Cheesy MacClassic Coney SauceTina's Baked Spegetti #RecipeSouthern BBQ Bites #RecipeBaked Taquitos RecipeKorean Beef: Quick & Easy Weeknight DinnerPerfect Spaghetti Sauce Recipe Every Time @Crafty_Zoo



To be honest, when editing this page it kind of shocked me that there aren’t more pork recipes. Although I cook pork a lot, I suppose many of my recipes are so simple I don’t find them worthy of posting. Perhaps I need to change that soon!

Pork Brine #Recipe! Try it today and take your dinner to the next level!Italian BBQ Pork Chops #RecipesSpiced Pork Loin



As you can probably guess, seafood is not my favorite type of food. It is growing on me though, I have developed a love for shrimp but hubby is allergic so that’s out. I don’t know when I’ll come up with more seafood dishes to share, but right now this is what I’ve got! Hope you enjoy!

Fabulous Tuna! No fat! Just goodness! Auto Immune Diet and Paleo friendly! With amazing flavor!

Soups and Stews

Soups & Stews

Best thing about almost all of these stews: making extra and sticking it in the freezer!

Quinoa Squash Soup: This hearty soup will warm you up and knock you out! All without unhealthy junk!Potato Soup: Quick & Easy Recipe!Yummy Italian SoupWild Mushroom Beef StewStewed Pumpkin SoupCoconut Lime Chicken Soup RecipeDown Home Potato Soup Recipe: Dairy & Non-Dairy!Best Homemade Chicken Soup #RecipeOrange Teriyaki Pork Stew: Easy, Healthy & Nutritious



Does anyone really have to say anything about desserts? Aside from: yes, please!

The Sweet Treat You've Been Missing: Peanut Butter PiePeach Mango SorbetCranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!Mock Welchs Strawberry Pops



Ahh, cookies, the diet killer in this house! We love them!

Many Types of Cookis. 1 RecipeTwinkle's Peruvian Mundito'sChocolate Peppermint Cookies #Recipe



Love baking but don’t often get to do so, as there are only two of us left in the zoo these days so whenever I get the chance to take a dish somewhere, these are often the first thing I think of!

Peanut Butter Cake @Crafty_Zoo



Really love that word. It means, just a little extra. These recipes don’t really go anywhere on their own but they are all fantastic! Hope you enjoy!

Homemade Garden Salsa Recipe: How to Make Fresh Salsa @MyCraftyZooPickled Onions Recipe: Amazing on Almost Everything!

Holiday Favorites

Holiday Favorites

Kitty Litter Halloween Cake: Disgustingly Yummy!DIY Easy Halloween Cake PopsDIY Romantic Roses Cake Pops RecipePumpkin Bread Loaves: Perfect Fall GiftCranberry Nut Bread: Great Use for Leftover Cranberry Sauce!

2 thoughts on “Recipes: Our Favorite Go-To Dishes

  • September 1, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    I need to collect some “go to” dishes. I’m always at a loss, trying to figure out what to make. Thanks for posting!

    • September 2, 2020 at 6:11 pm

      I have a recipe box that is only tried and true recipes. I’ve also started adding notes on the backs with sides and modifications to help when I just can’t think of anything.


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