6 of My Favorite Easy Meals

We all need fast, easy dinners that can be thrown together in a few minutes with little fuss. These are meals with just a few ingredients. You don’t even need a recipe. Some foods are more processed, but others are fresh and healthy. Many of them have long shelf lives so you can stock up for those nights when you don’t have much time to cook. I present my top easy meals for busy nights.

1. Tacos

favorite easy meals

All you need are some taco shells (hard or soft) and a packet of taco seasoning. These ingredients last a long time in your pantry, so they’re good to keep on hand for when you need them. If you’re like me, you almost always have a jar of salsa and some shredded cheese in the fridge. All you need to do is add meat — ground turkey, ground beef, or even cooked and shredded chicken — and you’ve got a full meal. You can make it fancier with sour cream, guacamole, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and beans, but you don’t have to.

2. Frozen Chinese Food

favorite easy meals

We don’t have the budget to get Chinese takeout from restaurants often, but my family likes the frozen entrees like Orange Chicken or General Tso’s Chicken I buy at the grocery store (I shop at Aldi.). Sometimes I add a jar of baby corn or a bag of frozen broccoli steamed in the microwave to our chicken entree to boost its nutrition. I add a box or two of frozen egg rolls or pot stickers and we have a delicious meal.

3. Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread

favorite easy meals

This meal’s ingredients keep for a long time in your pantry and freezer. All you need are spaghetti noodles, a jar of pasta sauce, some frozen meatballs, and some frozen garlic bread. Add a fresh side salad to round out your meal.

4. Fettuccine Alfredo with Shrimp and/or Imitation Crab

favorite easy meals

This is another easy pasta dinner. It just needs a box of fettuccine noodles (or, really, you can use whatever noodles you have in your pantry — even penne or spiral noodles), a jar of alfredo sauce, and some cooked shrimp (tails and shells removed) and/or diced imitation crab. Serve with garlic bread (from the freezer) and a salad or a bag of frozen steamed broccoli for a complete meal.

5. Hamburgers

favorite easy meals

My husband is happy to grill any time I ask him. We often have hamburger patties in the freezer, and it takes just a little time for my husband to grill them. While he’s grilling, I throw some frozen french fries in the oven and set out a side salad or veggies and dip along with burger condiments.

6. Scrambled Eggs and Sausage

favorite easy meals

Breakfast for dinner is always a winner. It takes hardly any time to make scrambled eggs. I keep sausage patties in my freezer at all times, and they heat quickly on a skillet as well. Other easy breakfast foods include bacon, frozen hash browns, toast, french toast (homemade or store-bought), or pancakes (also homemade or store-bought).

What are your favorite easy meals that feature quick prep and just a few ingredients?

One Comment

  1. I like your easy meals but I have to add our favorite server, Amy’s quick and easy meal. When Italian (and it doesn’t have to be Italian) sausage went on sale she stocked up and put most of it in her freezer. She said it thaws rapidly (even faster in cold water) when they need it. Her hubby throws it on the grill (just like Joshua, he is happy to grill anytime) while she prepares a salad or brings home some of the famous coleslaw from their favorite restaurant. Add some grilled bell peppers and potatoes, and you’re all set. If the weather is inclement, you can saute the sausage over medium heat in a heavy saute pan with 1/4-inch of water. Bring water to boil, put on lid and cook for 10 minutes. Remove lid and continue cooking over medium heat, turning every 2 to 3 minutes until golden brown. Sausage should reach an internal temperature of 150 to 156 degrees F.

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