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

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Post # 76
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Busy bee

I love chili when it’s cold. Cook whatever meat you want, I use ground turkey usually, can of rotel, 2 cans of kidney beans, a container of V8 juice, and then whatever veggies and seasonings you want. I usually put an onion and red yellow and orange peppers. 

I also make a one pan dish of potatoes, green beans, and chicken. Just cut the potatoes into small pieces and line them up in a long baking dish next to chicken and green beans. I’ll throw a can of cream of chicken soup and some chicken broth on top and bake for about an hour. I even do it sometimes with the chicken frozen it just takes a little longer to bake 

 

Post # 77
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

Anything in the instantpot!  Just made this as a quick lunch for surprise lunch guests: 

Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker) Chicken and Lentil Soup

You could also do this in the slow cooker with minimal prep time!

 

Another go to is “dirty rice” :

ground Turkey browned and then cooked in tomato sauce with a tbs or so Cajun seasoning and celery seed served over Trader Joe’s frozen cooked brown rice (this stuff is the best – perfect rice cooked in minutes) 

Also, BLTs with either turkey bacon or regular bacon.  

Microwaved sweet potato with  a poached egg, chicken sausage, and sautéed kale on top.

I always have frozen fish filets on hand.  They thaw in minutes so they are a great option for when you have nothing else planned.  No matter the fish, I usually season it with salt, pepper, olive oil, and lemon juice and broil it.  I’ll serve it with aforementioned TJ rice with sautéed kale and sliced mini sweet peppers (I always have kale and mini sweet peppers in my fridge because I add them to all the meals! I subscribe to the “eat the rainbow” philosophy !)

this one I just do if it’s only me because it wouldn’t satiate Darling Husband but my favorite light dinner/lunch that involves zero cooking is a whole grain wrap filled with arugula, sliced avocado, red onion, lime or lemon juice, and s+p.

lasty, Salsa Chicken.  Bake chicken breasts, and for the last 10 minutes of cooking time pour on salsa and however much cream cheese you prefer.  This also is great for the crock pot, add the salsa whenever but don’t add the cream cheese until the last 30 minutes.  Of course this is delicious over TJ rice mixed with peppers and kale 😊.

Post # 78
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Stir fry of any kind. Either chicken strips or steak strips or even pork. Sautee with steambag stir fry veggies or if I have fresh peppers and onions, I’ll use those. Boil some brown rice and top with low sodium soy sauce, BOOM – DONE!

 

Post # 79
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Sugar bee

I love sheet pan dinners.  I make one every week.

As for my favorite, I use a package of chorizo sausage, red onion cut up in chunks, red and yellow bell peppers cut into chunks and baby potatoes.  Toss everything with some smoked paprika, oregano, sea salt and black pepper and roast for 20 minutes.

Mmmmmm

Post # 80
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Helper bee

Breakfast for dinner! I love to make sausage, egg, and cheese strata….it’s really easy to throw together the night before. I also do tacos a lot. I make my taco meat homemade (restaurant style… I hate those seasoning packets)  and make a big pot of it so there’s plenty for leftovers for at least a night or two. Other than that we do big salads a lot, with grilled chicken or beef tenderloin or salmon for the protein.

Post # 81
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Helper bee

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abeeinlove :  😮  I’ve never heard of this Trader Joe’s rice! Sounds awesome, I’m gonna have to try it! I love Trader Joe’s. We’ve been really big on kale lately too.  I buy it frozen a lot but also sauté fresh kale and make salad with baby kale a lot too.

Post # 82
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2017

annies mac and cheese with brocolli. YUM cool

Post # 83
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Costco has some great open-and-pop-in-the-oven dinners! Stuffed bell peppers, lasagna, salmon, etc.. And they’re not  artificial like frozen dinners, they’re put together fresh and then just refrigerated! 

Post # 84
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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msladyk81 :  I love Trader Joe’s, too!  This rice will make you never want to cook rice the traditional way again! 😊

Post # 85
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Blushing bee

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stillnothing :  chicken fajitas. Or omelette. Or grilled meat / fish with salad/ steamed veggies. 

Post # 86
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Worker bee

I like to think I’m good at throwing together random things and making a meal. I cook all day for work, so by the time I get home I don’t want to spend too much time making more food. I am lazy and poor but I like to eat well. For me it’s important to have a protein, a vegetable, and a carb. I like to use my cast iron pot for just about everything. 

Tacos – brown some ground beef and half a diced onion, salt and pepper to taste. Fry the tortillas in a bit of oil, both sides, if you like them crispy. Serve with avocado, diced tomato, cilantro, sour cream, cheese, salsa. Heat up some canned refried beans on the side or Mexican rice if you want. 

Fancy mac n cheese – make boxed Mac n cheese. Add extra cheese if you have it. I fry some sausage/hot dogs/ham/bacon with some broccoli/kale/whatever veg, add diced tomatoes, chopped pickled peppers. Stir it all in while hot and enjoy!

Quick chicken – rub chicken thighs with Cajun seasoning, garlic powder, pepper. Spritz of lemon juice if I have it. Either pan fry or chuck it in the oven on a sheet pan. You can add chopped onions, potatoes, carrots, asparagus to the sheet pan and cook it all together (rub with oil, salt and pepper first). Serve with steamed broccoli and rice, crusty bread, mashed potatoes, or pasta with a little olive oil and salt. 

Soup noodles – I usually use leftover chicken from above for this,  but you can use anything. Fish is great too. Wash and cut broccoli and carrots, and boil them for a few minutes until cooked through. Boil some noodles, strain and top with chicken and cooked vegetables, pour warmed canned chicken broth on top. I like to add soft boiled/fried egg, tofu and mushrooms as well. 

Soboro-don – easy Japanese dish. Make some rice. Make some scrambled eggs (I like to add little bit of mirin cooking wine and sugar). Fry some ground turkey, chicken or beef with soy sauce, sugar, mirin, sake. When you first fry it the water will be released. If you fry it on high the liquid will evaporate, then you can turn the heat down and fry until crispy. If you don’t have mirin  you can substitute sake and little more sugar. Top rice with egg and meat and fresh green onions. You can make an instant miso soup on the side and pan fry or steam some green vegetables (spinach is good). 

Spaghetti – ground beef or can tuna, half an onion, browned. Add minced garlic, splash of whatever wine/balsamic vinegar you have on hand, jar pasta sauce, heat until boiled, simmer for 10 min. Meanwhile cook the pasta in salted water. I like to steam  some broccoli and carrots on the side or do a quick salad. 

Greek salad – thinly sliced red onion, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, olives if you want, rinsed canned chickpeas (if I have time I toss them in cumin and salt and fry them first), chopped romaine lettuce. Mix some olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, oregano for the dressing. You can add grilled chicken if you want. 

Chourico Soup – brown diced Chourico (Portuguese chorizo) and onion and garlic in a pot. I like to use my cast iron pot for this. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Add 1 can of rinsed cannelini (white kidney beans), 2-3 diced potatoes, 1 bunch chopped kale, Bay leaf, pinch of chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover the pot and simmer 30 minutes. Goes great with crusty bread or rice. 

Hope that’s helpful! 🙂 

 

Post # 88
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

One of my favorite easy meals is also our cheapest. I take a pound of dried black beans (no need to soak overnight), rinse them, and toss them in my slow cooker with cumin, coriander, chili powder, and a couple bay leaves. I cover with at least two inches of chicken broth and turn the slow cooker on to low and let it cook for 8 hours (checking randomly to add more broth if necessary). Around half an hour before it’s done I make some rice and voila! Super delicious and creamy rice and beans. Sometimes I add a fried egg or some leftover bacon/sausage on top, along with some chopped fresh tomatoes and cilantro. The beans and rice alone cost about $3 per batch, which makes about 4-5 servings.  

Post # 89
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Helper bee

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abeeinlove :  sounds amazing. I’m definitely grabbing some next time I’m there!

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