(Closed) What is your favorite (and easy) home cooked meal?

posted 10 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1332 posts
Bumble bee

Tacos with all the fixings!

Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

Right now, for summer – goat cheese and olive oil pizza with spinach and artichoke hearts. 

Post # 6
1080 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

stir fry!

Post # 7
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I will take some chicken breast and rub some olive oil and seasonings on them and put them in a dish in the oven for about 45 minutes at 375 and they come out nice and juicy.  I’ll pair it with a green veggie of some sort like sauteed snow peas or steamed broccoli and rice a roni.  I’ll so the same thing with frozen fish, like tilapia.  I rub some olive oil and seasoning on it and in the oven it goes for about 35-40 minutes at 350.  Supper easy!  Another easy one is taking a rotisserie chicken and pulling all the meat off and putting it in a pot with two cans of black beans (I like to rinse the sodium off mine) and two cans of diced or crushed tomatoes, half a small bag of frozen corn, a package of white chicken chile seasoning, and just a little water.  I let it sit on medium for a while till it bubbles or you can put it in a crockpot on low for a few hours.  Serve it with some cheese on top and corn chips and you are good to go!

Post # 8
7975 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Stirfry here too. I also make egg scrambles (dice up whatever leftovers are in the fridge) when we’re short on time. It’s fun the variety of flavors you can get with an egg scramble.

When we have more time I like to marinade and bake chicken, or make stuffed chicken, stuffed peppers, pasta and asparagus (just chop the asparagus to the same size as the noodles you’re using and toss it in for the last 2-3 minutes of your noodle boil, and then toss with sauce like usual), etc.

Post # 9
1001 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m a terrible cook but this is always delicious, and the easist thing ever.

– boneless skinless chicken breasts (2-3)
– jar of salsa (I like chipotle garlic the best)
– can of black beans (southwest style)
– sour cream (optional)

Put chicken in crockpot, pour in salsa and beans. Cook on low for 6+ hours. Shred chicken and stir in sour cream. Add to burritos/tacos/enchiladas.

I usually put it in corn tortillas and top it with cilanto and monterey jack cheese.

Post # 10
8351 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Two budget friendly meals:

Hamburger Casserole

1 lb lean hamburger

1 yellow onion (cut up_

1 can cream corn

1 can mushroom or cream of celery condensed soup

1 package of elbow macaroni

1 teas. pepper

1 tbls. fresh minced garlic

3 to 4 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 mixing bowl

1 large mixing spoon

1 large caserole dish

Pam or other nonstick spray

Spray your caserole dish. Boil water for macaroni. Cook according to package instructions. While the macaroni is cooking, combine cream corn, mushroom or celery soup, and cheese in large bowl. And cook hamburger, yellow onion, pepper, and garlic in skillet. Drain if necessary. Add macaroni to the mixture and stir thoroughly, and then add your hamburger and stir thoroughly. When your ingredients are all combined, transfer from mixing bowl into the caserole dish and put in the oven covered at 350 degrees covered for 1/2 hour and 275 degrees uncovered for 15 minutes. Serve with french bread and a salad.

Tuna Casserole

1 can of tuna (I use albacore)

1 can cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup

1 can cream of corn

1 yellow onion (cut up)

1 teas. pepper

2 teas. garlic powder

3 to 4 cups grated cheddar cheese

1 package of elbow or shell macaroni

1 mixing bowl

1 large mixing spoon

1 large caserole dish

Pam or other nonstick spray

Spray your caserole dish. Boil water for macaroni. Cook macaroni according to instructions. Drain tuna/albacore and add to mixing bowl. Break up tuna into small pieces. Add cream of mushroom or cream of celery soup, cream of corn, onion, pepper, garlic powder, and cheese to the tuna and mix thoroughly. Drain cooked macaroni and add to your ingredients. Mix again thoroughly. When done mixing tranfer to your casserole dish and cook at 350 degrees covered for 1/2 hour and 15 minutes uncovered. Serve with a salad and french bread.

These meals are great reheated the next day too.

Post # 11
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Salad. Curried sweet potato soup. Potato-leek soup. Fried rice. Quinoa – cheese – spinach casserole. Chickpea – spinach – tomato – rice stew. Red beans and rice. Check out Epicurious and search their healthy time-saving recipes.

Post # 12
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Okay, confession- I make Mexican dishes like 4 or more times a week between lunches and dinners. I really don’t get bored with it and it makes it fairly easy to eat vegetables for me.

We make “mexican” pizza often too-super easy, just make some crust, I made homemade red sauce which was easy, top with beans, a sprinkle of cheese, tomatoes and onions or whatever else you fancy.

I agree with stir fry. It doesn’t have to be elaborate.

Both of the above are great when trying to save money. Rice and beans are cheap, I think dishes heavy on veggies are actually cheaper too. I try to plan meals that use a lot of the same ingredients (ex: green peppers in stir fry and mexican, rice in both, tortillas, sour cream, and salsa (jar or your make) can be used to make buffalo chicken wraps).

egg salad sandwiches with chili powder

fettuccine alfredo is really easy to make at home. You can toss in veggies and chicken at your discretion.

I have found that when we are willing to spend a tad more at the grocery store (not going crazy or anything just 5-10 more) then we are not nearly as often tempted to go out. Its when the cupboards and fridge are empty that I get lazy/splurgy/craving out food.

Post # 13
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you have a slowcooker:  Super easy pot roast.  Pair with mash potatoes and green beans :).  Oh, and definitely toss in a package of sliced mushrooms and some ‘baby carrots’.  Yum!


If you have a grill: Flank Steak with lime marinade.  Though I’ve found that flat iron cut of steak works better :).  I like to pair with a mango-based salsa and rice.


Roast Chicken with shallots is a winner.


Baked Ziti is always delish.  Even better the next day.


I also love anything on Our Best Bites blog.

Post # 14
744 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

chicken wraps

greek salad



couscous with grilled veggies

baked salmon

Post # 15
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Chicken and pasta alfredo with garlic bread and a salad. Soooo delicious, and doesn’t take long to make at all!

Post # 16
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I love making shephard’s pie! I’ve switched some of the ingrediants to make it healthier:

*ground turkey (1lb)

*low sodium campbell’s tomato soup (actually MUST be campbell’s b/c everything else just sucks in this recipe!)

*green vegetable of choice (i love using green beans)

*80 calorie Betty Crocker pre-made mashed potatoes

*Cheddar Cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown turkey, add in tomato soup.

2. Occasionally stir beef mixture while you prepare instant potatoes. 

3. In a casserole dish, layer beef mixture on bottom of pan. Then layer mashed potatoes. Then layer slices of cheddar cheese on top. 

4. Put into over until cheese begins to bubble. 


Tastes amazing!! I love to make this on cold winter days or summer storm nights. You can increase or decrease the amounts of each ingrediant  depending on how big your casserole dish is. 

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