I’ll be honest: Cole and I don’t have time to cook dinner during the week. We work hard at our jobs and/or school all day, then drive an average of about 35 minutes home. By the time we get home, take care of our furbabies, and clean up the house, we just don’t have the energy to spend on complicated meals that take an hour or two to prepare. And you know what? That’s okay! We’ve created a stockpile of recipes that are quick and easy for just this reason. Today, I’m going to share with y’all our five favorite quick and easy dinners that anyone can make.
This has been a meal that is consistently in our rotation for months. First off, I love slow cooker recipes because it’s so easy to just toss stuff in and let it cook. Cole usually gets home a little bit after lunch, depending on his work and school schedule, so if this is what we’re cooking, he’ll usually start it at about 2:00 pm so that it’s ready around 6:00 pm. Another thing that I love about this recipe from Cookies & Cups is that there are only three ingredients that you need. We almost always have leftovers, so this meal will feed us for two days. Two meals with only a few relatively cheap ingredients (chicken, cream cheese, ranch dressing mix, and maybe some shredded cheese) is a pretty good deal to me!
Crack chicken is such a versatile recipe. Extra ingredients will change the taste somewhat. For example, this recipe suggests bacon. You could also add some peppers if you wanted it spicy. As for how to eat it, there are a bunch of different ways to do that, too. If you want to make a sandwich, I recommend lightly toasting the bread and melting some shredded cheddar cheese on top of the crack chicken mixture. You can put crack chicken in a tortilla or you can eat it in a bowl. My personal favorite is to make it into a dip – I melt some shredded cheddar cheese into the crack chicken in a bowl, then eat it with tortilla chips. Delicious!
If you’re anything like us, then you probably think that pizza is one of the best foods on the planet. It might be unhealthy, but it is so yummy, am I right? Anyway, this awesome recipe from Girl Versus Dough at Tablespoon offers a quick and easy way to make pizza at home – with a twist (ha ha, see what I did there?). Although all this recipe calls for in terms of toppings is pepperoni, you could add others in the middle to make it a meat lover’s pizza braid or a supreme pizza braid or whatever kind of pizza braid floats your boat.
This recipe is so easy! Prep takes barely any time at all, and you only cook it for 20 minutes or so. We didn’t have quite as much sauce as I prefer the first time we made it, so if you like your pizza a bit more on the saucy side, I recommend having a little extra to set aside as a dip. I really can’t say enough nice things about this, but I don’t want to keep repeating myself, so we’ll leave it at that. Bon appétit!
I actually just found this recipe from Life in the Lofthouse about a week and a half ago, but we are absolutely in love with it! I know it sounds really similar to the crack chicken (minus the slow cooker), but it actually has a different taste. The texture is a little different, and stuffing the bread with the chicken mixture and baking it all together gives everything a nice crunch. Regardless, it is really good!
There are only a few things I’d recommend for this recipe. First, plan ahead because you’ll need pre-cooked chicken. I would use leftover chicken or, if I didn’t have any of that, I’d just boil some real quick. Second, don’t leave the bread in for too long, because if it gets too crunchy, it gets really messy. Finally, if there’s only two of you, cut your French bread in half and store the other half of that and your chicken mixture for another day! Otherwise you’re going to end up with a lot of leftovers. Enjoy!
So a quick disclaimer for this recipe from Today’s Creative Life: it’s a little bit expensive. For example, a beef roast at our grocery store is $20 – $25. However, I can justify this because this recipe feeds us for about three days! In any case, this is another super easy slow cooker recipe. Slow cookers just take the phrase “quick and easy dinners” to a whole new level! I like to cook this meal on a Sunday so that we can be home when the slow cooker is on. Plus, that way we have leftovers for dinner on Monday, which is easily the worst day of the week and the one on which I feel like cooking the least.
I was always kind of neutral on pot roast… until my aunt found this recipe. Now we make this meal every couple of weeks, and my goodness, it’s just as good every time! I love the flavor that the seasonings and peppers give the beef, and the gravy that results from the melting butter mixing with everything else is to die for. I would make this more often if it was just a little bit cheaper, but it’s still something that we make every couple of weeks. Yum!
This last recipe is from Spend With Pennies, and it’s another one that has been in our arsenal for a while now. I have to say, this is the only recipe on this list where I deviated substantially from the ingredient list. For example, Cole and I are a bit picky about condiments, so we actually decided not to use ketchup, barbeque sauce, yellow mustard, or Worcestershire sauce in ours. I also had trouble finding sesame seeds, so we skipped that part as well. Regardless, the cheeseburger bombs were still divine. If you like condiments, then I encourage you to try it with them and let us know how it is!
The surprising thing about this recipe is that I don’t even like most hamburgers, but these little cheeseburger bombs are great! Cole loves them, and they’re super quick and easy for any night that we want a burger but don’t want to make them or go out to eat. This recipe also makes 10 of them, and trust me when I say that should easily be enough for four people. Tasty!
What are your favorite quick and easy dinners? Let us know in the comments!