Let’s face it. Some days are just tougher than others. Despite the best-laid details in our beautiful planners, there are days that don’t start the way we intended. Perhaps a child wets the bed, creating a new mini to-do list that you just don’t have time for. Maybe a friend drops in for an unexpected visit, and there goes the time you were planning on running errands or doing a special project with the kids. Some days you end up with sick kids, or YOU are sick.
On these days, what happens to dinner?
Today we’re sharing some favorite easy recipes so you can write them down and stash them for those “OH NO!” days. If you have a few minutes, share YOUR easy recipes in the comments! Then we can all have our own little go-to cookbook right here at this post!
This recipe is so easy, it seems like it shouldn’t count as cooking! All you have to do is open a jar of salsa and dump most of it on some chicken in an oven-safe pan. Bake at 350 around a half hour or so (until cooked and no longer pink in the middle; juices run clear). Make some minute rice and add in the remaining salsa to make “Mexican” rice. Put rice on plate, top with chicken, then sprinkle with shredded cheese. Ole!
Have some ground beef but you’re going to be gone on a field trip and you don’t want to cook when you come home? That’s okay! Use your Crock-Pot!
Brown hamburger with onion and garlic and dump in crock. Add a small can of baked beans, 32-oz of beef broth, and about half a jar of spaghetti sauce. Mix. Dice some potatoes and carrots. Throw in. Add some salt and pepper. Cook on low most of the day, or on high 4 hours. Enjoy!
If you are a very plain eater, this is a mild chili that you could add extra spices to his to make it hotter, if desired. (That means this “chili” is also more kid-friendly.) If you are a chili professional, SKIP THIS RECIPE and don’t call us names!
Brown a pound of hamburger with lots of onion and garlic. Transfer to large pot. Throw in small can of baked beans and a jar of spaghetti sauce. Add chili powder, salt, and pepper to taste. Serve over baked potatoes, with crusty bread, or even over macaroni.