6 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes
Busy Life and Sick of Takeout? Here's Some Ideas for Dinner that are too Fast and Way too Good!
April 16th 2021
By Morgan Lathrom
Everyone has experienced those times where life just gets busy. Whether that is from school, work, personal life issues, etc.. and you may just feel like cooking is too hard or takes way too long. So you may be pressed for time and not much wiggle room. Well here are six great recipes to help you take a break from or get rid of the takeout menu and get back to some home cooked meals!
Baked Feta Pasta
Not only has this recipe gone viral on every social media platform, but it's delicious and super easy to put together!
1.2 LBS Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
¼ Cup Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Dried Basil
1 Tablespoon Dried Chives
½ Teaspoon Oregano
½ Teaspoon Cracked Peppercorns
4 Whole Cloves of Garlic
8.65 Ounces Block Feta Cheese
¾ LBS Riccioli Pasta (Your Pasta of Choice)
First preheat the oven to 400F. Place the tomatoes into the baking dish and drizzle the olive oil over them. Next sprinkle all of your spices over the tomatoes. Stir the tomatoes until they are all coated in the spices. Now place the block of feta cheese into the center of the baking dish. Place the garlic cloves in the dish between the tomatoes. Put the baking dish in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes or until the cheese has softened and the tomatoes burst. While that is in the oven baking, cook your pasta of choice. (You may save some of this water to mix into the pasta for a creamier sauce if desired.) Once the tomatoes and cheese are ready, carefully remove from the oven. Use a wide cooking spoon to crush the garlic and the tomatoes, then mix into the cheese. Continue to mix until well combined. At this time you may add some salt according to your taste buds. Mix the cooked and drained pasta noodles into the cheesy mixture. Toss and mix so everything is well combined. (At this time you may add some pasta water, then mix until combined.) Now serve with some fresh chopped basil if desired!
Baked Chicken Tacos
This baked chicken taco recipe is the ultimate hack on an easy recipe that can be changed into any flavor combination!
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
½ LBS Cooked Chicken Shredded (Rotisserie Chicken can be used)
1 Ounce Taco Seasoning
½ Cup Onion Diced
1 Can Diced Tomato (14.5 Ounce, Fully Drained)
1 Can Chopped Green Chilies (4.5 Ounce, Fully Drained)
10 Stand and Stuff Taco Shells
8 Ounces Refried Beans
2 Cups Mexican Blend Cheese Shredded
Toppings: Sliced Jalapeños, Sour Cream, Salsa, Chopped Cilantro, Shredded Lettuce, etc..
NOTES: If you prefer not spicy, just omit the green chilis and use regular Old El Paso Taco Seasoning.
First preheat the oven to 400F. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Heat olive oil over medium heat in a medium skillet. Add diced onion to skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes or until onion is translucent and fragrant. Stir in the chicken, taco seasoning, tomatoes(FULLY DRAINED), and green chillies (FULLY DRAINED) * see note. Stir to combine fully. Reduce and allow to cook for 5-8 minutes. Place taco shells in the baking sheet, standing up. Bake taco shells for 5 minutes by themselves in the bottom of each taco shell. Top with the chicken mixture, almost to the top of each shell. Sprinkle each shell generously with shredded cheese, the more the better! Bake for 7-10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted and the edges of the shells are browned. Remove from the oven. Now add your favorite topping items! Enjoy!
Build-Your-Own French Bread Pizza
Homemade pizza night can be a hassle, and ordering pizza can get expensive and redundant overtime. So why not try to build your own pizza out of french break? You can throw this together without putting in a ton of work!
1 Baguette, Sliced in half crosswise and lengthwise (4 pieces total)
Margherita Pizza Toppings:
1 Cup Tomato Sauce
¾ Cup Shredded Mozzarella
Halved Cherry Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon Chopped Fresh Basil (Optional)
½ Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
BBQ Chicken Pizza Toppings:
1 Cup BBQ Sauce
1 Cup Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
¾ Cup Shredded Mozzarella
½ Medium Red Onion, Thinly Sliced
2 Tablespoons Sliced Green Onions (Optional)
*Vegan/Vegetarian Substitution: Omit the chicken and replace the shredded mozzarella with your favorite vegan cheese alternative.
*These are made to make 2 Margherita pizzas and 2 BBQ chicken pizzas but feel free to mix, match, and customize.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with Parchment paper. Arrange the baguette pieces on the baking sheets, cut-side up. Spread 2 baguette pieces with the tomato sauce and top with the shredded mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and basil.
Bake until the cheese is browned and bubbling, about 10 minutes. If using, garnish with chopped basil and red pepper flakes.
Preheat the oven to 350°F and line 2 baking sheets with Parchment paper. Arrange the baguette pieces on the baking sheets, cut-side up. Spread 2 baguette pieces with the BBQ sauce and top with the shredded chicken, shredded mozzarella, and red onion. Bake until the cheese is browned and bubbling, about 10 minutes. If using, garnish with green onions.
Broccoli and Beef Noodle Stir-Fry
Ramen noodles are an instant meal. Why not give ramen noodle night a whole new meaning? It's quick, easy, and it's like your favorite takeout meal, but homemade.
3 Packages of Instant Ramen
8 Cups Boiling Water
1 Clove Garlic, Minced
1 Teaspoon Cornstarch
2 Tablespoons Sesame Oil
Juice of 1 Lime