I’m coming at you today with another Amanda-whipped-up-something-that-barely constitutes-as-a-real-recipe recipe! But isn’t that kind of awesome? That means there are no rules and if I came up with it, you just KNOW it’s going to be a very simple, easy dinner!
I made this meal with one guy in mind. No, not my boyfriend but my kid brother. He is super, super picky but I love making new things for him to try. Well, good news… The kid approved which makes this totally kid-friendly!
Here’s the thing. You and me… We’re busy ladies. But we like to make delicious meals for our family. We need recipes that are delicious, quick, budget-friendly, and easy! What can seriously help with those requirements? Minimal ingredients! 5 ingredients or less, to be exact. All of the recipes I’m sharing with you require 5 or less.
Recipes that only require a few ingredients are going to help with your budget, take less time to prepare and will overall simplify your cooking life. I love getting crazy in the kitchen and trying a new, challenging recipe but that’s not what I’m looking for on a regular basis. When I’m making my meal plan for the week it is inspired by quick-and-easy and delicious. 5 ingredients or less recipes are right up my alley!
I guarantee that every one of these recipes will be:
require 5 ingredients or less
and will taste like they took more effort than they did
Hint: you can still be Superwoman and take shortcuts!
Freezer meals are so amazing because they’re so dang easy. Spend some extra time cooking when you have the time to save you in those evenings when you have NO time. Not only does freezer meal cooking save you a lot of time, it saves you a lot of money. A lot of times, freezer cooking actually takes NO extra time if you’re just making a double batch of what’s already for dinner and freezing half!
Here’s how you can save money with freezer meals:
it allows you to use up a lot of what you have
having something pre-made means you don’t need to waste money on eating out
by bulk cooking like this, you will catch some good deals when buying in bulk
Freezer meals are great for:
busy week nights
when you need to be away for dinner and your husband can’t cook…
a weekend at the cabin where you want home cooked meals but to not spend time cooking
sharing with a friend in a time of need
preparing for big holiday meals
Tips for freezer meals:
always be sure to protect from freezer burn with zipper freezer bags and/or aluminum foil
label your dishes with what they are, number of portions, cooking instructions, and the date they were made
Christmas/Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner (they’re essentially the same in my house except for the fact that Christmas has more cookies) is basically the best meal ever. I wish it were practical to have this meal once a month but that’s not realistic because of the time commitment and the gluttony! Actually, even if I could have this meal everyday, I would probably not choose to because some things should be kept sacred. I don’t feel the same way about restricting Christmas decor or music to the month of December (as I listen to Under the Mistletoe on November 7th). These meatballs have all the festive flavors that will satiate your “Christmas dinner” craving but will take about 1/12 the amount of time/effort.
I served these turkey meatballs with boxed stuffing (it’s okay…) and some carrots for a well rounded festive tasting meal without the effort or time commitment. Plus, they’re pretty dang healthy so if you were to skip the stuffing and serve with something less guilty, you’d be off to the races with a very healthy meal. I’m taking some leftover meatballs (#TeamLeftovers) to work today and I’m pretty dang excited about it. My meal last night was delicious and somewhat indulgent with the stuffing but here we are on Monday and I’m ready for some healthier meals so these meatballs alongside a salad is perfect!
I made a big change to the sauce recipe that I think was a really good call so please read below for a tip to make this recipe that much better. Well, better is a stretch. It’s all about preference. As I write this I’m thinking about how awesome these would be to serve alongside some sweet potato cubes or mash for a healthier alternative. Next time!
This dish is so unbelievably flavorful. Who doesn’t love the comforting flavors of Asian inspired cuisine? I know it’s one of my ultimate favorites. Seriously, teriyaki has got to be one of the most flavorful and comforting flavors out there in my opinion. The best part about this recipe is that I spent 15-20 minutes in the morning making the sauce/marinade then maybe 15 minutes that evening to get dinner on table. I have nothing but good things to say about a dish that punches you in the mouth with flavor in less than 20 minutes on a weeknight.
My guy loves just about everything I make so I had no doubt he would enjoy this. I didn’t expect him to love it SO much though. It’s kind of a big deal when he gets really overly excited about a new dish and this is one for the books! The recipe book, that is. I haven’t made anything from this creator yet that I haven’t loved but you can read on to see what few things I would do to improve it for next time.
This is THE BEST Broccoli Cheese Soup you will ever have. I don’t have a Panera anywhere near me, in fact, I don’t even have one in my country! Hey Panera, mind expanding to Canada?! Whenever I am even remotely near a Panera on a trip South I make a point to enjoy a Broccoli Cheese soup in a sour dough bread bowl. It’s seriously one of the best meals on this planet. I am sooooooooooo happy to report that this recipe is legitimately just as good. This recipe means I can enjoy one of my favorite but (until now) inaccessible meals whenever I darn well please!
It is the most perfect warm, comforting, delicious meal for a Sunday evening. I love to make soups on Sunday nights because they typically require a bit more babysitting than I typically want to commit to for a weeknight meal and it makes for excellent lunch leftovers to start the week off. Plus, a comforting soup just scream “fall Sunday evening” to me. I’m not going to blab on anymore. Just know that this soup is one of the best things I’ve ever tasted. Oh! My guy even said this may be the best thing I’ve ever made which is saying a lot because he loves 99% of what I make. So for this to come out on top… It’s a big deal!
I can’t sing the praises of this dish enough. Now, I will say that I wasn’t overly excited to make it because I really doesn’t look like much. I expected that this would be a good Monday night meal after a weekend of too much over indulging. While that is true-it’s super healthy-what I didn’t expect was to love it so much. Since I’ve had this recipe, I’ve found myself craving it even when I’m not necessarily looking for something healthy because I feel like I have to. This is one of the few recipes that is going to make it into my monthly (I love trying out new recipes way too much to have anything on a weekly basis) rotation.
It’s healthy, amazingly delicious and you can easily customize it to accommodate whatever produce you have on hand. Nothing I love more than a use-up-all-the-crap-in-your-fridge-that-you-almost-have-to-toss meal. Oh, and how could I forget to mention how quickly and easily this all comes together? Read on for my tips to see what makes this already amazing recipe that much better. Andddddd it’s gluten-free. I don’t follow a gluten free diet but I can appreciate recipes that are gluten free and the heavy food coma feeling I’m left without.
These Burritos are my boyfriend’s death row meal. This is his favorite meal that I make and I make this dinner more often than any other meal. It’s rare that I repeat a meal more than once a month. The best part about this meal is that it is so quick and easy to prepare and the ingredients are cheap. Aside from the tortillas (feel free to swap out for whole wheat), light sour cream and some cheese, these guys are made with mostly good-for-you ingredients but taste like a total cheat.
Fall is by far my favourite season (Christmas is my favourite time of year but that doesn’t count). Fall to me is comfort and homemaking, cooking and baking, lounging and cuddling, hugging and kissing… It’s just my favourite! It’s cool enough to wear my favourite sweaters but not so cold that I don’t want to go outside. Sadly, this fall I’m back to working outside of the home. Last fall I was working from home and that allowed me to spend as many hours as I wanted in the kitchen. Now, I need to be more efficient when it comes to my cooking. Enter: the slow cooker. Nothing says “life is good” quite like coming home to a meal that’s been slowly cooking while you’re out working your tail off.
See below for the top ten Slow Cooker recipes that I can’t wait to make this fall. These recipes specifically highlight comforting flavors that compliment cooler weather and what I think of when I’m ready to let go of the summer salads and fish tacos. Come on leaves… Start falling! Start orange-ing!