Quick Meals #1


I have been falling back on a lot of my quick, easy meals these last couple of weeks while we get moved and settled in. Here are a few of my favorites.

Tacos: Whenever I do my big cooking day I try to brown up and season at least two pounds of hamburger, if not four, to have stocked and ready in the freezer. I always have tortillas, cheese, sour cream and salsa on hand so we can easily make a tasty meal whenever needed.

Quesadillas: Since I always have tortillas and cheese on hand these are an easy, light meal. If I want to make them a little extra fancy then I throw in some canned chicken. Sometimes I just break up the chicken and put it on the quesadilla. Sometimes I mix it with a little cream cheese. If I am really ambitious then I make these http://www.atimetofreeze.com/chicken-quesadillas-freezer-recipe/ and freeze them ahead of time. Then I just pull them out when needed and warm them up.

Hot Lunch Meat Sandwiches: These are another one that you can whip together on the spot or do ahead of time and freeze for later. When lunch meat is on sale, buy an extra pound and make these yummy sandwiches. Pick your meat, cheese and bun and make it your own. We normally use hamburger buns, turkey, ham, pepperoni, Colby jack cheese and provolone cheese. I add come herbs (basil, garlic and oregano) to some soft butter and butter the bread before adding the meat and cheese. Then I wrap each individual sandwich in foil and stick them in the freezer. I labeled each one so each family member could pick their own sandwich. T for Turkey, CJ for Colby Jack etc. Then you just thaw the sandwiches and bake at 325 for 15-20 minutes (you may have to do it a little longer, if they aren’t quite thawed by cooking time).

Breakfast for Supper: I love breakfast food and could have it for any meal! Thankfully my family agrees and this has become one of our staple meals for Sunday lunch or just when the cupboards are bare. I do not make my waffles or pancakes from scratch, so I rely on good old Aunt Jemima Original batter to come to my rescue. I always buy the mix that you only have to add water, so that if I have run out of eggs or oil I can still make it. I have finally learned the handy, dandy trick of cooking your sausage or bacon in the oven. I LOVE it and it makes cooking breakfast much less stressful to keep track of all the different things you have cooking at the same time. We top it off with our homemade Strawberry jam (more on that in another post!) and it becomes a tasty meal for all.

What are your quick, easy, go-to meals? Please share!!


4 thoughts on “Quick Meals #1

  1. Leah says:

    I love to cook, but I’m awful at remembering what meals we loved. So, I keep a list of quick meals posted on the fridge so I can glance at it and pick one when we’re running short on time. Whenever possible, I pin the recipes to my Pinterest page so I (or David) can glance through and see what looks good for that week. Our absolute favorite quick meal is Pizza Rollups. Got the recipe from Pinterest (where I get most of my recipes!): http://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2012/01/pepperoni-cheese-stick-roll-ups.html We make them with pepperoni, sausage or even just the cheese and serve with a side of spaghetti sauce for dipping. They’re a huge hit as appetizers at our Bible study.

    Another new favorite – Cheeseburger Quesadillas. Really good and even quicker if you keep your freezer stocked with cooked hamburger. http://bsugarmama.com/cheeseburger-quesadillas/

    1. Leah says:

      My post was too long and the “Post Comment” button disappeared. 🙂 Here’s the last bit:
      Last is BBQ cups. Cook a pound of hamburger, then mix in about 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and 1 TB of brown sugar (if desired). Take a tube of biscuits (just the cheap small kind) and press into a greased muffin tin to create the “cups.” Spoon the hamburger mixture into each cup, then top with a sprinkling of shredded cheese. Bake at 350 for 14 minutes. I think these could easily be done as Pizza Cups or Taco Cups too!

  2. Ruth says:

    I love quick meal ideas!!! We love the pizza rollups too! 🙂

    Some of our faves are:

    *Little Smokies in the crockpot with BBQ Sauce and Mac and Cheese on the side
    *Easy Meatballs warmed in the crockpot with white rice on the side: http://www.food.com/recipe/appetizer-grape-jelly-and-chili-sauce-meatballs-or-lil-smokies-73362
    *Frozen Breaded Chicken Patties from Aldis served on buns with Mayo and Pickles
    *Beans and Weanies (Pork and Beans from Aldi’s that I season to make into BBQ Beans and then add hot dogs) and serve with Mac and Cheese.
    *Easy Crockpot Potato Soup: we love this with the yummy fixins on top: http://okayba.com/2012/11/18/incredibly-stupid-easy-crock-pot-potato-soup/

  3. Dana says:

    Thanks for the ideas!! Looks like I will be adding some new things to our quick meal list!!

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