Monday, February 20, 2012

10 Super Easy Recipes

I don't know if it's the time of year, the weather that can't decide whether it wants to be 20 or 60 or just because I am in a lazy mood, but I have wanted easy recipes lately--and I mean EASY. I thought I'd share a few lazy easy recipes with you so that you could come and validate my laziness by joining me. Please? Or you could just call it being very efficient with your time...
1. Six Can Chicken Soup--yep, just grab your can opener and a pot and in five minutes tops you'll have dinner simmering on the stove. When I make this one I'll probably double it, which will technically make it a 12 can soup, but that still sounds easy, so it made the cut.
2. Olivia's Easy Lasagna--I call this mine because I guess no one writes down recipes this easy because I didn't find it anywhere (I didn't look too hard.) I know that lasagnas can get involved if you actually make them correctly, but since my tummy can't handle the yummier, creamier cheeses, I make mine like this:
Boil the lasagna noodles. Brown 1 pound ground beef. Add a can of spaghetti sauce to the ground beef. Layer sauce mix, noodles and shredded mozzarella and cheddar. End with a layer of noodles and a layer of cheese. Bake at 350 for an hour. (Cover with foil for the last 30 minutes.)
3. Baked whole chicken. I can't recommend this enough. Throw a whole chicken in the crockpot. Slather it with something--barbecue sauce/olive oil and italian seasonings/sweet and sour sauce--anything. Then just let it cook. Three to five hours later you have your meat portion of dinner already done, and as I've said before, I feel like when the meat is done, the rest of dinner is easy.
4. Stir Fry--After our five and four guests devoured the whole chicken with barbecue sauce, there was still enough chicken left to make a nice stir fry. Cook your rice separately. Use a bag of frozen stir fry vegetables. Stir fry in oil according to package directions and add leftover chicken and stir fry sauce; stir until warmed. Easy and yummy!
5. These Simple Grilled Salmon Steaks seem yummy. I have salmon in the freezer, so this is on our menu for the week.
6. Quesadillas--I know I've mentioned this before, but our family will eat anything on a tortilla. I love to mix up our fillings for these grilled tortillas--maybe steak strips, red and yellow peppers, and mozzarella cheese; or taco meat salsa and mexican cheese---anything goes! And it's quick and easy as long as you're using leftover/pre-cooked meat.
7. Jiffy Jambalaya is another quick meal I've been meaning to try out (and all ingredients are accounted for, so this one will be on the menu this week as well.) It has a few more ingredients, but everything is cooked in one pot. P.S. I'm going saute the sausage first and add black beans.
8. Tuna Casserole is also on our menu for this week and it is yet another quick and easy recipe. Although I make my own cream soup, and this takes a few extra minutes, if you're able to use a canned cream soup, it's even quicker!
9. Eight more weeks (yes, weeks!) of easy recipes. This site is a great find, and I just had to share it with you. The variety is great--quiche and meatloaf, casseroles, glazes, and even a vodka sauce. Check it out!
10. Angel Biscuits--I am so excited about this recipe! The key words in the instructions are "store dough in the refrigerator until ready for use." Woohoo! This means that making the (very easy) dough the night before means we can have melt-in-our-mouth yumminess for breakfast with almost no effort.
Oh yes, and speaking of easy, how about some free cereal? I'm giving away some on Friday. Comment to win!


  1. Thanks for the ideas! Have you ever tried Honey Baked Lentils? It's my favorite easy recipe when someone can be home for an hour while it bakes; the prep before baking is very quick and so easy my 7-year-old can do it himself! And it's all made out of cheap, shelf-stable ingredients, so it's perfect for times when you didn't get to the store for fresh foods.

  2. I'm hoping to make those angel biscuits *really* soon! =D

  3. Great selection of easy meals there Olivia - thanks for sharing!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success