I find that having a repertoire of 5 really easy, really yummy recipes saves me when the dinner poop is hitting the fan. Some days I get to 4:00pm and think, whoops, what’s for dinner? Luckily I believe in having a lot of things on hand to make delicious and hearty meals for the family, and even if I have to run out to the store, it’s literally 2 minutes down the road, so I can pop in quickly and grab any additional things that I need. We keep a TON of meat in the freezer, thanks to our kick-butt CSA, so throwing a bunch of stew meat in the slow cooker in the morning and whipping up some stew is really really easy.
So if you’re ever looking for a quick and easy recipe? Look no further than these 5…
* CrockPot Beef Stew – It’s easy to throw all the ingredients into the slow cooker in the morning and then let it cook down throughout the course of the day. Easy, delicious and perfect for those cold and gloomy days of winter.
* Chicken Enchilada Casserole – Now we always have tortillas, salsa, sour cream and beans on hand and I usually have either leftover chicken from roasting one, or I can just pop out to the store and grab a rotisserie. This recipe is SO easy and makes enough for a small army, so you’ll have leftovers for DAYS.
* Chicken and Dumplings Casserole – Again with the leftovers. We always have potatoes in the pantry and I keep frozen veggies in the fridge. If you have ANY type of chicken in the house, breasts, thighs or a rotisserie, you can cook them up and make this easy and DELICIOUS casserole.
* Tacos – Like I said, we ALWAYS have taco stuff in the house. I don’t use packaged taco seasoning because of MSG, but I find that making your own is SO simple. Bronx up some meat with diced onions, a can of diced tomatoes and these seasonings for an amazing and quick taco feast! Add tortillas, salsa, sour cream, avocados and refried beans for the fastest dinner ever.
* The Perfect Baked Chicken Breast – It’s so easy to make, and pair with a side of brown rice and vegetables for a healthy and not boring at ALL dinner. I have found that if you pound out the chicken a little bit, it helps to cook the breasts faster. Just so the breasts are even in thickness but don’t pound them out too thin… that’s a whole other recipe!