6/24/12

Nothing to Eat: 25 Go-To Dishes.

I constantly struggle with feeling like I don't know what to make for dinner.  Lately, there have been a lot of days when the idea of prepping a meal made me sick or just seemed too daunting.  I have been living off of fruit and crackers for weeks.

I am TERRIBLY picky, so it really limits our meal plans.  I decided to compile a list of only the cheapest and easiest recipes I could throw together quickly and painlessly.  They're not the healthiest by any means, but remember I said CHEAP and EASY.  Pair them with the vegetable or salad of your choice for a very simple meal. This is getting posted on the side of my fridge and I'm calling it my "Nothing to Eat" list.
  1. Goulash: Ground beef, elbow macaroni, spaghetti sauce, pinch of sugar
  2. Spaghetti and garlic bread
  3. Grilled cheese and canned soup
  4. Sloppy Joes
  5. Brinner (that's BReakfast for dINNER)
  6. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches: 2-3 breasts in crockpot with BBQ sauce for 6-8 hrs
  7. Baked potato soup
  8. Buttered noodles with parmesan cheese
  9. Tacos
  10. Quesadillas: two tortillas buttered on outside, shredded cheese and meat of choice in middle, cook it just like a grilled cheese sandwich
  11. Tortilla roll-up: Spread cream cheese and chop lunch meat, roll and slice
  12. Ham and cheddar crescent roll-ups: sliced ham and shredded cheddar rolled up and baked to crescent instructions
  13. Broiled tilapia parmesan (5 minute prep, 10 minutes to cook)
  14. Broiled salsa tilapia: place tilapia in broiling ban, cover with salsa (and a bit of shredded cheese if you're feeling frisky), broil 10 minutes
  15. Baked potatoes: top with meat, cheese, or anything you want.
  16. Garlic chicken pasta: 2-4 chicken breasts cubed and pan cooked in ¼ C olive oil, 5-7 garlic cloves, add to cooked pasta, sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  17. Biscuits and gravy: fried sausage, add 3C milk, 3-4T flour,  serve over biscuits of choice
  18. BBQ Chicken Pizza:  store-bought pizza shell, cooked chicken breast, BBQ sauce, shredded mozzarella
  19. Tortilla shell mini-pizzas
  20. Sh*t on a Shingle: Ground beef with milk & flour gravy over toast. 
  21. Baked Salmon
  22. Chicken pot pie: 2 cans crescent roll dough, cream of chicken soup, chopped veggies, 2 cooked and diced chicken breasts, cook at 350 for 15 minutes
  23. Pork chops baked with McCormick Bag n’ Season
  24. Grilled paninis: your favorite sandwich buttered on the outside and grilled on the George Foreman 
  25. Fried egg sandwiches: top with bacon, mayo, lettuce, tomato, or nothing at all
Please share your favorite cheap and easy recipes! I'd love to have a few more go-to's when I just don't feel like hours of prep work!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

1. BLT's. We have found just mayo, thick sliced tomatoes on toast are great and healthier.

2. Adli's pre-cooked grilled Southwest chicken strips and a bag of salad, tossed with cheese, crouton's and your favorite dressing.

3. Taco salad. Same as above but instead of crouton's add corn chips or nacho cheese chips.

4. Mac and cheese. Can add cubed ham if you have to have meat.

5. Stuffed green peppers.

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

Those are awesome ideas. I love having a list of "go to" dinners when I can't think of anything.

I'm in the process of updating my list with Weight Watchers healthy versions so I can be sure to stay within my points while making it easier to make dinner too!

Amy Box said...

Hamburger mixed with a can of cream of mushroom soup and a box of mac and cheese.

Chicken spaghetti, chicken velveeta, cream of mushroom soup, and rotel.

We have a NewWave, look it up, its a lifesaver. Any meat from frozen state in minutes.

Baked potato bar.

Sauteed zuchinni and yellow squash in butter and Natures Seasoning. Serve with any meat.