Polly’s Favorite Recipes

By Polly Conner

If you are a regular Thriving Home reader, you know that we have quite a few recipes in our recipe index. The number continues to grow as we regularly add recipes and tweak old ones. If you’re a bit overwhelmed by all of the recipes, let me help you out. In this post, I have put together my favorites. These are the recipes that are my go-to. They are the ones I have to branch out from. It was actually fun to put this list together. It’ll be fun to see how it changes over the years as well. Without further ado…

Polly's favorite recipes


Baked Oatmeal

Oh, how I love this recipe. I almost always make it for overnight guests. It makes a big batch and provides lots of leftovers. It’s hearty, delicious and inexpensive to make. I have found great ways to tweak it to make it much healthier too.

healthy baked oatmeal

Oatmeal Pancakes

We ALWAYS have a bag of this mix stuck in the back of our fridge. I don’t think I will ever buy pancake mix again. This pancake mix not only provides nutrition (wheat flour, ground oats) but it’s texture is hearty and makes for a very filling breakfast. We LOVE oatmeal pancakes.oatmeal pancake recipe

Chocolate Banana Muffins

I’m a muffin girl. I love having a stash in the freezer that I can pop out in the morning, heat up, scarf down and be on my way. This muffin recipe has proven to be tried and true in the past few years for me. It packs a lot of nutrition but also is flavorful and sweet. I love these with a cup of coffee! They are also a great afternoon snack for kiddos.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Pumpkin Banana Muffins


Ham and Cheese Sliders

These bad boys have proven to be a hit every time I’ve served them. They pack a lot of flavor and give you tons of leftovers as well. I like to make them when I need to plan ahead a bit because they will sit happily in the fridge for quite a while. The key to these is a good roll to put them on. I really like to use my whole wheat roll recipe.

slider recipe

Meatball Subs

Gosh I love these. They have SO much flavor and are packed with sneaky nutrition too. Again, I like to put these meatballs on homemade wheat rolls. We just had them tonight and I am pretty excited about the leftovers in the fridge and freezer.

healthy meatball recipe

Lasagna Roll Ups

These tasty roll ups are actually quite healthy for you. They are a great meal for every member of the family. You can easily add and subtract ingredients according to your preferences as well.

freezable dinner


Pork Tenderloin

This was actually the first recipe that Rachel ever shared with me and I have been making it on a regular basis since. It is packed with flavorful seasonings and always makes for a great dinner. I like to make it with sweet potatoes and wheat rolls.

pork tenderlion seasoning

Honey Chicken Kabobs

Yum. I love these so much. I seriously could have these once a week for a year and be happy about it. I love the combination of flavors and the simplicity of the ingredients. My husband has perfected the grilling technique for these so we have them A LOT.

Garlic honey chicken kabob marinade

Chicken Enchiladas

This recipe is a favorite of my husband. Since he is a simple man he usually requests these at least 2-3 times a month. We aren’t huge bean eaters so we sub the beans out for grilled bell peppers. They are super filling and great for a group too.

Cheesy Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Mexican Soup

I have made this soup so much that I have the recipe memorized. It’s got tons of flavor and is SO filling. We like to eat it with tortilla chips, topped with shredded cheese. It makes a HUGE batch so it’s great for entertaining or for stocking up on leftovers.

mexican soup recipe great for large groups

Wheat Rolls

I always have a stash of these wheat rolls in the freezer. We use them for a lot of different recipes and/or as a side for meals. They are super yummy and are a great staple to have around. I make this recipe at least once or twice a month.

bread machine wheat rolls


Powerball Cookies

I have a sweet tooth and am not ashamed of it. I always crave something sweet after a meal. I’ve found that these powerball cookies really hit the spot. They are packed with great, nutritious ingredients but still have a sweetness and taste that resembles a dessert. I love having a stash of these in the freezer.

powerball cookies recipe

Homemade Popcorn

Until a year ago, I didn’t even know how to make popcorn that wasn’t in a bag. Now, this is the only kind I make. I love the combo of sweet/salty you get thanks to the coconut oil. It’s a great post-naptime snack for the kiddos too. I’ve yet to meet a kid that wasn’t excited about a bowl of popcorn.

homemade popcorn with coconut oil
I think that about covers it. I for sure have other recipes that I dearly love and maybe in a year or so I’ll write a similar post with my updated favorites. Until then though, I hope this can help you navigate our recipe index a bit better.
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