(Closed) What is your favorite "easy" dinner?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 46
205 posts
Helper bee

Veggie soup. Dump whatever frozen/fresh veggies and canned beans you have in, any kind of boullion/broth you have, and spice it up with black pepper, a little salt and/or any other seasonings you like.

Post # 47
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My favourite go to easy meals include: 

-pasta and tomato sauce (with all the fixings). I add whatever ground meat is on sale, as well as onions, any veggies (usually chopped mushrooms) and black olives. Throw in a bit of oregano and Italian seasoning, and it tastes very nice. I usually make this if I want to have leftovers for the next day. 

-any sort of roast chicken/roast pork with side veggies (broccoli, kale, whatever) because I can just leave the roast in the oven, check on it periodically, and be done with it. 


Post # 49
603 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs baked in the oven, over brown rice, topped with marinara and parmesan. Soooo easy and pretty healthy for a frozen meal.

Post # 50
396 posts
Helper bee

My easy go to’s are usually pretty boring – grilled chicken with flavored rice and some sort of sauted veggie, or pasta with salad. I also love one pot meals- this one is particulary good if you like stuffed peppers- 

One Pot Stuffed Pepper Casserole


Post # 53
1563 posts
Bumble bee

Mississippi Pot Roast – it slow cooks all day and then I can use it for nearly anything.

Post # 54
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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stillnothing :  Taco ring!


Basically you cook some hamburger with taco seasoning. Then you place crescent rolls in a circle and put some of the hamburger in each one, and fold it over. You can cook cheese in with it, but I always just add shredded cheese and lettuce and other taco stuff at the end. Yummy!!


This is a Pampered Chef recipe but you obviously don’t have to use any of the Pampered Chef items 🙂



Post # 56
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I love doing a Low Country Boil (sausage, corn on the cob, potatoes, shrimp with Old Bay and Cajun seasoning). It is very low on time and effort but Fiance loves it!!

Post # 57
212 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

Something I find helpful is to have a lot of different herbs or spices available, so making something easy doesn’t mean taking away flavor.

Slow cooker chicken tikka masala: add 1-1.5 lbs of cubed chicken thigs to slow cooker along with minced ginger and garlic, ground coriander, cumin (whole or  ground), garam masala (or curry powder), salt, pepper, and a 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes. Cook on low for 4 hours, add frozen peas and some cashews, cook for another 20 minutes or so and take off eat. Stir in some coconut milk/cream/yogurt and serve with rice. Easy peasy.

An easy side dish is roast brocolli. I just toss it with some olive oil and salt, heat the oven to 450 degrees, and make sure to roast it till the edges and stems are getting crispy. It might take a little while, but hands on time is just a few minutes and it’s sooo tasty. 

One last one: cheddar stuffed chicken breast coated in olive oil and a mixture of chili powder and coriander. Bake at 375 for about twenty minutes and serve with the above mentioned broccoli. 

Post # 58
117 posts
Blushing bee

I’m a big fan of my crockpot… Tonight I have a pork roast with carrots, celery, onions, and potatos with a premade bagged “tavern style pork roast” seasoning gravy packet… Cooks 8-10 hours or so on low while I’m at work, and it’s ready when I get home. Takes 10 minutes to throw in the crockpot in the morning.. and its sooo delicious!

Post # 59
5789 posts
Bee Keeper

Pita pizzas. Top pitas with sauce, whatever toppings you have on hand and grated mozzarella. Bake in oven for about 4-5 min or until cheese melts on top & pita is crispy but not overly-done. Makes great individual pizzas. 

I’m a big fan of cooking/ BBQing extra for leftovers, slow cooker meals. Example: Dinner 1: bbq chicken with salad Dinner 2: chicken quesadillas (when you’re used to making quesadillas, they’re as quick to throw together as grilled cheese) & salad Dinner 3: slowcooker chicken gumbo soup

My family loves paella & chili so I’ll also make large batches of these and everyone’s happy to have paella for a couple of packed lunches after having it for dinner. 

We also use our panini maker quite a bit, paninis can be made endless ways with whatever you have on hand and are also great for making wraps, especially with leftover bbq

Stir fries can be quick and easy and also a great way to use up leftovers. 

Post # 60
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

I do sausage in the crockpot, I make a sauce with grape jelly, garlic, and chili sauce on the stove, then I brown the pieces of sausage in a seperate pan (you can skip this step but Darling Husband and I prefer a bit of a crunchy burnt outside on our meat) before I transfer both to the crock pot. Add seasonings and let cook on high for an hour and a half. Darling Husband likes it served over top Mac & Cheese and two packages of sausage makes enough for both of us to have dinner and Darling Husband to have lunch for a day or so.

I also do biscuit pizza. Pre cook a package of Grands biscuits half way then take them out and add sauce, mozzerella and toppings then finish cooking the rest of the way. Not healthy, but tasty and not a lot of work.

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