What’s cooking? What are your family’s favorite recipes? #CleanitForward #FinishMoms


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Does your family have favorite recipes that they never get tired of? I think all families have favorite recipes that get passed down from generation to generation.

I always try and serve my family meals that are “healthy” for them. I don’t like to rely on pre-packaged foods unless I have to. I would much rather rely on foods I can buy at our local farmer’s market. I would rather use foods that are free from toxins (like pesticides) as well as foods that have been genetically altered or essentially created in a lab.

After watching some food related documentaries I am even more cautious about what my family eats and drinks.

My family is big into soups and stews. They love it when I prepare a hearty stew on a chilly day or a pot of flavorful chicken soup for lunch or dinner.

When I make soups and stews I tend to go overboard on the vegetables. You can never have too many vegetables. Thankfully my family enjoys almost every vegetable (including spinach, broccoli and lima beans).

Two of my family’s favorites are my version of my mother in law’s Italian Wedding Soup. It pairs perfectly with a Spinach & Strawberry Salad made with spinach and fresh picked strawberries, topped with Feta Cheese. Mmm… I could go for some right now!



I’ve linked to both recipes in case you are interested in learning how I made them (both recipes are found in the same post).

Another family favorite is stew. I make it with pork or beef. One day I’d like to try it with chicken.

As I mentioned earlier my stews tend to be mostly vegetables. But you can find some meat if you look.



Making stew is easy. Its basically a pot full of your favorite vegetables, some tomato sauce, water, meat and seasonings. I cook mine in a crock pot and let it simmer all day long. I usually pair it with some slices of Italian bread (great for soaking up the juice too).

We do like to enjoy fun foods too. My kids used to love to watch the series iCarly. On the show they liked to make spaghetti tacos. I made them one night just for the fun of it and it was such a hit that we make them from time to time. We’ve even had them with chopped up meatballs mixed in with the spaghetti.

She Scribes Spaghetti Tacos

What you put in your body is important. You want to stay healthy and keep your family healthy. That is especially important when it comes to toxins and harsh chemicals. No one wants to ingest those.

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What are YOUR family’s favorite recipes? I would love to hear about them. Feel free to comment and tell me more about them.



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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. My family loves spaghetti with meatballs, tacos, homemade chicken noodle soup. Your Italian Wedding Soup looks awesome! I have go to try your recipe.

  2. We enjoy fried or baked chicken, spaghetti, salad, and cake or pie for dessert.

  3. nicole dz says:

    We love stuffed cabbage. We make it a lot, it is a favorite. On weekends we make fresh homemade pizzas. For dessert we usually make a fruit salad, or a pie. Beef stew is also great!