Easy Dinner Recipes

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If you’re like me, you dread coming up with dinner ideas each week. With a newborn baby and a husband who often works on call, getting dinner on the table is the last thing I want to deal with in a given day. With that in mind, I’m sharing some of my easy, go-to recipes. I’m not a food blogger, so there are no fancy pictures, just straightforward, fool-proof meals. The quantities listed make enough for two people in our household. One of those people is built like a Hemsworth brother and we still usually have leftovers, but if you’re feeding a family with kids, you may need to double some of the ingredients.

  1. Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 chicken breasts
      • 1 can sliced pineapple in water or pineapple juice
      • Lawry’s Hawaiian or teriyaki marinade
      • 1 cup water
      • Minute rice (follow box directions for serving size)
    • Instructions:
      • Place chicken breasts in crockpot. Pour water over chicken.
      • Pour marinade over chicken.
      • Layer pineapple slices over chicken. Pour in rest of slices/juice.
      • Cook on low about 6 hours.
      • Prepare rice according to box directions.
      • Shred chicken and serve over rice.
    • Notes:
      • Choose whichever marinade gives you the flavor you want. The Hawaiian marinade is very tangy. The teriyaki is sweeter. I generally use a whole bottle of marinade because YOLO. I also use Minute rice because I cannot cook. We make one cup of rice and it’s plenty for the two of us.
  2. Sausage, rice, and beans
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 Turkey Sausage (link, not ground)
      • 1 can black beans, drained
      • 1 cup Minute rice, prepared according to box directions
      • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • Instructions:
      • Slice sausage into bite-sized rounds
      • Heat olive oil in a skillet
      • Brown sausage in skillet once oil is hot
      • Add in beans and rice. Cook in skillet until sausage has reached desired brown-ness (I realize that sounds idiotic, but again, I’m a bad cook)
    • Notes:
      • This recipe is so simple, it’s name is just a list of the ingredients. I honestly don’t think I can legally call it a recipe. We buy a Hillshire Farms turkey sausage, but I don’t think there’s a huge difference between brands. I wouldn’t get ground sausage because I don’t think it would go as far as the link. You literally cannot mess this up. One thing I do is add the rice to the skillet before it has fully absorbed the water in the pot, that way it soaks up some of the juices from the sausage.
  3. Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
    • Ingredients:
      • 2 chicken breasts
      • 1 can yellow corn, drained
      • 1 can white beans, drained
      • 1 can diced tomatoes
      • 1 boxed chicken broth
      • 1 pack white chicken chili seasoning or taco seasoning
      • Shredded cheese (optional for serving)
      • Sour cream (optional for serving)
      • Tortilla chips (optional for serving)
    • Instructions:
      • Literally dump all ingredients in the crock pot and walk away. Cook on low around 6 hours.
    • Notes:
      • Andrew and I hate spicy food, and our definition of spicy is pretty broad. If you like a little more kick, you can get diced tomatoes with green chilies and/or opt for a spicier seasoning. This is also a great recipe to make for a group. Just double all the ingredients.
  4. Dutch oven ham & white beans
    • Ingredients:
      • 1 ham steak, diced
      • 1 can white beans
      • 1 boxed chicken broth
      • Minced garlic, to taste
    • Instructions:
      • Add all ingredients to dutch oven
      • Cook covered on medium heat, time will vary (see notes)
    • Notes:
      • The cooking time for this depends on if you get a ham steak that is pre-cooked or not. It should specify on the package. If you get a pre-cooked steak, you technically only need to let it sit in the Dutch oven until it’s heated through. If it’s not pre-cooked, dice & follow package directions for cooking…then add it to the Dutch oven to simmer with the other ingredients. For an even quicker option, buy diced ham. For some reason I’m a diva and I don’t like the way the pre-diced ham tastes, so I always just slice up a ham steak. The longer you let this recipe simmer, the more flavorful the beans will be. We usually put it on the stove an hour before we want to eat and let it cook the whole hour, turning it to low once the ingredients are heated through.
  5. Honorable mentions: other easy dinner ideas
    • Taco night-chicken or ground beef, lettuce, shredded cheese, etc. I think we all know what goes in a taco. Keep these types ingredients on hand and you can also do quesadillas, enchiladas, etc. by mixing and matching with seasonal ingredients.
    • Walmart deli pizza-so much cheaper than having pizza delivered and, in my white trash opinion, just as tasty.
    • Sandwich melts-Bust out the George Foreman and turn it into a panini press. We do tuna melts, ham & cheese melts, etc.

As you can probably surmise from this list, cooking is not my strong point. Please share in the comments if you have other easy meal ideas!

2 thoughts on “Easy Dinner Recipes

  1. Love all of these! Tacos, Walmart deli pizza, and crock pot chicken chili are all my easy go-tos as well. But I’d like to add your poppyseed chicken recipe. I’m doing that tonight! It’s so easy and very much a comfort food.

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  2. Loved these recipes. Just what I need when I am at a loss for what to make for dinner and don’t want to stand over a hot stove for what seems like eternity.

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