19 Easy Eats for Your Busy SelfJump to Recipe
Last month I re-organized all the recipes on Macheesmo into seven new categories. You can see all these new categories if you hover over the navigation menu for recipes. By far though the most popular category so far is Quick and Easy Recipes. This isn’t a huge surprise to me since the most frequent question I get asked is about quick recipes that don’t suck.
There are literally hundreds of tried and tested recipes in that category, but I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites from over the years. These are recipes that we still turn to at House Macheesmo if we need a quick meal!
Some of these might have longer prep times, but if that’s the case they are mostly hands off. Some of the recipes are very fast though as well.
Even if you’re busy, you can still cook at home occasionally!
You’ll be shocked at how good these are for only 30 minutes of work. They are legit. If I’m really in a hurry, I’ll just toss the stuff in a slow cooker also. Hard to beat them and especially good for a game day!
Taco night is always a hit if you’re pressed for time. Instead of a meat mix though, I like this mashed bean mixture that gets baked in with cheese and toppings. You can prep a lot of these and bake them so dinner is ready all at once.
If you’re a pasta eating family, but are getting sick of jarred sauces, try this light piccata. It has some different ingredients, but all of them are canned actually so the prep time is almost nothing.
Okay. So this soup technically takes an hour, but it also only has like five ingredients. Again, you could toss the things in a slow cooker for a few hours without a problem since it’s all getting pureed anyway. Either way, it’s mostly hands off!
People think I’m crazy, but this is one of my favorite ways to eat tater tots. Think of it like the best croutons you can make. If you aren’t putting tater tots on your salad occasionally, you’re missing out!
No need to heat up the grill even. These better-than-fast-food burgers are ready in minutes and all you need is a heavy duty skillet. Don’t forget the special sauce!
Some sort of noodle dish is always high on my list if I’m pressed for time. This is a low-ingredient, easy-prep stir-fry. You can customize the spice to your level, but I like it hot!
This is borderline macaroni and cheese but is a bit lighter. The real key to this dish is the crunchy breadcrumbs on top. Totally makes the dish.
This is my go-to for leftover chicken. They are always a hit and are ready in just a few minutes. You can also use a rotisserie chicken from the deli to make these guys.
Sometimes a good sandwich on good bread is all you need. This is one of my favorite sandwiches that’s buried way deep in the Macheesmo archives.
More sandwiches! This is a heftier one that’s good for dinner. Patty melts are a classic quick dinner, but I like the spread of hummus to change up the flavor a bit.
Again, this is a recipe for a rotisserie chicken. No need to start from scratch there. That plus a few other ingredients and then toss everything in the oven. Tex-mex doesn’t get better than this in a short amount of time!
A classic Italian dish that’s easy to toss together. The dish gets most its flavor from the sausage and the broccoli rabe so you don’t need a lot of other ingredients. Don’t forget the pasta water sauce trick!
I haven’t found an egg salad recipe better than this one since I made it over a year ago. I’ll eat it for dinner or lunch any chance I get.
The nice thing about these thin rice noodles is that they cook in like 90 seconds. Talk about short prep time! This salad also makes great leftovers and is actually better on day two in my opinion.
Did somebody say winter meal? I crave hearty dishes like this during the cold months. It might look like a lot of work, but it’s basically just spaghetti, a quick chili, and some toppings. Easy and delicious.
Toss food on sheet pan. Cook it. Dinner is done!
More Tex-Mex which is always a hit if you’re pressed for time. I love the fresh tomato and lettuce salad as a topper for these ‘dillas.
If I’m looking for something filling, but still light (does that make sense?) this is one of my favorites. It’s a great meal but super-healthy and ready in no time.
Do you have a favorite meal to make when you’re short on time? LEAVE A COMMENT!