October 14, 2013 by heathernwelch
Ok, I am going to attempt to suggest some recipes that I think would be easy for college students or those who don’t have much time for cooking and prep-work. Most of these will also make some yummy leftovers that can even be frozen and pulled out for later! Awesome, right?!?!
These are not listed in any particular order…just as they come to me.
1. Homemade oven-baked burritos: the beautiful Lindsay R. inspired this recipe. Take your favorite tortilla warm it up in the microwave, then stuff it with refried beans, cooked brown rice, cooked meat (taco seasoned chicken, ground beef or turkey), black beans, shredded cheese, and corn. If you have any more time, you could put bell peppers or onions in it. You could honestly put whatever you want in it! Then fold it all up. Now, this can take some practice. Try to fold the ends in, which to do, you can’t over-stuff the burritos. Then, I sprayed them with some cooking spray…yummy! Bake for about 20 minutes or until they start to crisp up. Eat with sour cream and salsa. Now for the truly cool part. Want to really think ahead? Instead of baking them all on the pan, after folding them, roll them up in foil and then bake them in the foil. Then after they cool, you can just freeze them. Now you have a yummy homemade burrito that you can just grab out of the freezer. Quick lunch if you are near a microwave! Yum! Also, you can put anything in it…breakfast burritos anyone. It does take about 1/2 hour to make it, but you can make it go a long way!
2. Easy Cheesy Mexican Chicken (so easy and so satisfying) I serve with brown rice, refried beans, cheese and sour cream. http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2010/01/easy-cheesy-mexican-chicken/ You can freeze the leftovers. I would also argue that it is even better the day after!
3. 6. taco macaroni and cheese (this meal *if you make too much* freezes really well and is great to pull out later and reheat!) http://cassiecraves.blogspot.com/2011/07/taco-macaroni-and-cheese.html
4. French toast: we eat a lot of breakfast food for dinner in this house. French toast is one of the easiest to make. Throw a couple of eggs and some milk in a bowl and mix together. (Here is my secret: add some cinnamon to the egg mixture) then dip the bread in to mixture and cook until browned. Yum! If you make too much, it freezes great. You can pull out and either throw in the toaster or the microwave, which makes a quick meal for later.
5. whole wheat waffles (absolutely delicious!) I used whole wheat white flour http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/07/23/recipe-whole-wheat-waffles/ These are amazing frozen as well. However, this only works if you have a waffle iron. I highly recommend one. We use ours all the time. Great Christmas gift idea!
6. Spaghetti: spaghetti is like the easiest meal ever! It is our go to meal. One, it is very cheap! Two, it is super easy. Three, it is so quick. Four, it tastes great. Five, it pleases almost everyone! You can do spaghetti really well too and keep it easy and quick. Whole wheat pasta, a yummy sauce (I use my own homemade canned sauce), meat (ground turkey is what I usually use, but chicken or ground beef is awesome as well), you can get crazy and add some black beans! Serve with cheese slices, bread, green beans, zucchini, etc. Some many options!
7. Chicken Alfredo: once again, go to the whole wheat pasta. I used to use the jarred pasta sauce, but now I make it myself. Either works. Here is the recipe to make it yourself. Either is great! You the same sides for spaghetti! Leftovers are awesome! http://www.jugglingrealfoodandreallife.com/2013/05/quick-and-easy-homemade-alfredo-sauce.html
I know that there are more…and I will keep thinking…so…this is it for now!