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4 Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes

Updated on July 15, 2017

Life gets busy. There’s work, there’s school and soccer practices. It seems like the more kids you have, the crazier it all gets. It makes simple things like feeding everyone dinner just add to the stress, especially when eating out every night isn’t an option.

To avoid the stress, bookmark this page and enjoy always having an easy meal at your fingertips.

These are all pretty basic, so I didn’t include portions or a full recipe for all of them. You can judge how much each person in your family will eat as to how much you need to cook.

1.Chicken Stir-Fry

This is one of my all time favorite quick dinners. It’s so easy the kids can cook it while you’re taking one of the little ones to a check-up.

Simply boil some chicken until it is done. Cut it into ½ inch cubes and set aside. Then, heat up some frozen stir-fry vegetables (mix in the chicken as they cook), cook some minute rice and mix it all together. Sit it on the table with a bottle of stir-fry sauce. I like General Tso’s stir fry sauce, which is a great choice if you’ve never tried stir fry sauce before.

If you have several people in the house, it may be easier to not mix the ingredients. Simply sit out the rice, the vegetables (with the chicken mixed in), and the stir fry sauce. Then, everyone can have however much of each ingredient they would like.

2. Orange chicken stir fry

If you can make the first meal, you can make this one. There are a couple measurements, but it’s a great crockpot meal if you have the time to make it in the morning, and it’s always a huge hit at my house.

You will need:

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup orange marmolade

1 cup barbecue sauce

1 tsp soy sauce

Spray the inside of the crockpot with cooking spray. Then, cut the chicken breasts into cubes. It’s important that they are fully thawed. After that, dump the rest of the ingredients in the crockpot, stir it all together and add in the chicken. After mixing it, just turn it on.

Let the crockpot cook on low for approximately six hours.

Then, heat up some stir fry vegetables, cook some rice and enjoy.

3. Spaghetti

Spaghetti is a go to quick meal in my house too. I like hamburger in mine, but some people don’t. Skip all of the extra stuff, and simply boil some noodles and heat up a few cans of sauce. Then, cook the garlic bread and the whole dinner is done in under five minutes.

This is pretty cheap to cook, so it’s a great idea if you have a large family, money is tight, or you’re cooking for a big group for a night.

If you want to add a little something extra to the spaghetti, try some of these:

- Diced green peppers

- Diced tomatoes

- Italian seasoning

- Hamburger

- Sausage (trust me, it’s good)

- Diced or chopped mushrooms

Simply stir them into the sauce as it simmers for a mouthwatering meal that will make your tastebuds dance.

4. Taco Salad

You will need:

- 1 bag of shredded lettuce

- 1 bag of shredded cheese

- 1 bottle Catalina dressing (it doesn’t matter what brand, they all taste about the same)

- 1 full size bag of Dorito’s

- Hamburger (amount varies depending on family size)

- Tomatoes (either diced, canned tomatoes or fresh tomotoes)

This is another favorite at my house. The only thing that you need to cook is the hamburger. It’s a hit here, so I usually wind up cooking 3 lbs. of hamburger. A normal family of four probably could get by with 1 lb.

While the hamburger is browning, open the bag of lettuce and sit it on the table. Sit out the dressing and cheese. Open the bag of chips and sit those with the rest of the items. If the tomatoes are fresh, dice them and place them in a bowl. If not, open the can and dump the in a bowl.

After the hamburger is done browning, drain the hamburger and sit it on a dish on the table. Then, just yell “dinner’s ready!”

All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together and enjoy. This taco salad is filling enough that it is it’s own meal.

Life can get so crazy, but dinner shouldn't have to be. Thanks to these quick dinner recipes, dinner can be relaxing and fun, just like it should be.

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    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 5 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      These meals certainly sound easy to make. They are great ideas for busy people.

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      Susan Britton 5 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great job on these recipes :) I love orange chicken