Recipe Request: Quick and Easy Meals

I have a blog request for you…do you think you could do another call for recipes, specifically quick and easy stuff like casseroles and/or stuff that can be frozen and then popped in the oven? I have made most of the recipes that have already been posted, with Tessie’s tater tot hotdish [from this post] being my family’s all time favorite for years and years. So good! But I need fresh ideas.

If not, no worries, that’s what Pinterest is for. But I like tried and true recipes, and your readers have never steered me wrong :)


25 thoughts on “Recipe Request: Quick and Easy Meals

  1. Katie K.

    I’m going to send you an email…I have a list of 20 or so recipes (links included) that I’ve sent to a bunch of friends and more than a few strangers. Feel free to either post the list or forward it on to Laura. Everything on there is something I can pull off on a weeknight. (My kids are almost 4 and almost 2, so that’s no small feat.)

    1. Swistle Post author

      I’m going to see if I can post them!

      Unstuffed peppers – cook 1# Italian sausage, saute mushrooms, add diced
      peppers; cook a box of Uncle Ben’s long grain & wild (get the quick cooking
      stuff); combine, serve in tortillas (you can also throw in some diced red

      Oven Fajitas <> (I throw in
      a little sugar and homemade taco seasoning)

      Crock Pot Jambalaya <>

      Chili Mac & Cheese
      <> (fast one
      pot meal, especially if you’ve got your meat already cooked)

      Crock Pot Potato Soup

      Crock Pot Creamy Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

      Crock Pot Mexican Chicken Chili
      (I put a dishtowel across the pot/under the lid when I add the corn bread to
      absorb the condensation; otherwise the center doesn’t bake.)

      Creamy Orzo w/Chicken Sausage
      <> (one pot

      Dragon Noodles <> (I add a
      squeeze of lime)

      Oven Roasted Smoked Sausage and Potatoes
      (I add mushrooms to the mix and throw on some peppers the last few minutes to
      make it more complete)

      One Pot Creamy Tortellini & Sausage

      Asian Quinoa Salad
      <> (This
      is a little putzy but freaking delicious)

      One Pot Enchilada Pasta
      <> (I add

      One Pot Sausage Pasta

      Crock Pot Tortellini Soup
      <> (I’ve
      made this with meat and without…prefer it without)

      Garlic Parm Salmon

      Crock Pot Chicken Chili

      Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken & Rice
      (not healthy, but delicious)

      Crock Pot Chicken & Rice

      Crock Pot Ravioli <>

      Crock Pot Chicken/Bacon/Tator Tot Casserole
      (3 oz of bacon? Please. Cook a whole package.)

      Crock Pot Hawaiian Chicken

    2. Laura Diniwilk

      This is so what I was looking for, thank you Katie!!! My kids are 4 and 6 and hubs and I both work more than 40 hours, so I am mentally done by dinner time. This is going to be a lifesaver!

      1. Katie K.

        You are very welcome! I am right there with you…the last thing I feel like doing after work and playing with the kids is making dinner! I’ve sent this list to tons of people…hopefully there will be some new favorites for you!

  2. Kakaty

    We have a ton of recipes from Michael Symon’s 5 in 5 cookbook in heavy rotation. All are easy and quick and good. I m don’t think I’ve ever recommended an entire cookbook before but I’ve made at lest 60% of the recipes multiple times and my family loves them. (I have the original/first cookbook – I think he’s published more).

    Also, we are big big fans of ramen (usually using leftovers) :

  3. Alison

    Super easy taco bowls over rice, or you can serve in tortillas. I use the leftovers to make easy quesadillas. I think they need more spice so I use a hotter salsa and increase the spices a bit, but I like a little heat.

    I use this as a easy side with grilled meat. I know it seems fancier, and I do use it for guests, but if you like mushrooms, it is the easiest thing. Basically dump everything in a baking dish and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes.

  4. deanna

    My favorite easy meal is meatball stir fry… frozen Trader Joe’s meatballs, simmered in TJs Island Teriyaki sauce, throw in whatever frozen/leftover veggies you have, then serve it all over warmed-up frozen TJs rice.

  5. Teresa

    I see several people have posted recipes from Budget Bytes already, but I’m a big fan of her whole site. Her recipes are almost invariably tasty, doable on a weeknight, and require reasonable easy-to-find ingredients.

    Here are a couple of my my favorites:

    Chorizo Sweet Potato Skillet:

    Black Bean and Avocado Enchiladas: (This one is about as complex as her dinner recipes get)

    Sweet Potato Tortilla Soup:

    Chili Cheese Beef and Mac:

    Weeknight Black Bean Chili:

    And on a different note, I’ve been using a meal-planning/shopping service called Lighter Culture for the last few months and really loving it. It’s similar to Blue Apron and Plated, but more adaptable to specific needs (although it is vegan, so if you need meat and dairy at every meal it won’t work). You sign up for a specific number of meals a week, in whatever combination of breakfast, lunch, and dinner you want, they’ll put together a grocery list, you can check off whatever you already have, and then they’ll use Instacart (or similar) to buy the the groceries you need from Whole Foods (or similar). The recipes are easy, and they include a variety of snacks. Unfortunately, they’re only in a few cities, but I think they’re looking to grow. I haven’t loved every single recipe, but I love not having to think so much about my meals. (I know I sound like a commercial, but I’m really hooked!)

  6. Ali

    Most of these aren’t crockpot meals, but they are all easy and quick meals I make. I have a 1 year old and 3 year old, so quick+easy+relatively somewhat healthy is key in our house!!

    Tomato bacon tortellini

    Sausage tortellini soup

    Breakfast casserole.

    Meatloaf (I make with only lean ground beef)

    Homemade hamburger helper (I add chopped green pepper and onion)

    Baked ziti (I use jarred Alfredo and jarred marinara and can’t tell a difference from when I followed directions)

  7. Heidi J

    My current easy dinner favorites:

    Sour Cream Noodle Bake –
    Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken –
    Neo-Enchiladas Suizas Recipe –
    Chicken Chilaquiles –
    Skillet Cheesy Chili Mac –
    Baked Tilapia with Pecan Rosemary Topping –
    Broccoli Pesto Pasta –

    Most of my other current favorites are from The Best Simple Recipes by America’s Test Kitchen – So, if you can get it from the library or are willing to buy it, my favorites from it are Skillet Chicken Tetrazzini, Creamy Chicken and Biscuit Bake, Skillet Tamale Pie, and Black Bean and Chorizo Enfrijoladas.

  8. Elizabeth

    Here are a few of our favorite quick recipes:

    Cheesy Shepherd’s Pie

    1 pkt. cheesy mashed potatoes
    1 lb. lean ground beef
    1 cup frozen mixed vegetables
    1 cup beef gravy

    Heat oven to 375º.
    Brown meat in large skillet; drain.
    Add vegetables & gravy to meat; mix well.
    Meanwhile, prepare potatoes as directed on package.
    Spoon meat/vegetable mixture into 8” square baking dish; cover with prepared
    Bake 20 – 25 minutes.


    Three Bean Casserole

    1 lb. franks, sliced
    1 (15 oz.) can pork & beans
    1 (15 oz.) can butter beans
    1 (16 oz.) can chili beans, drained
    1 small onion, chopped
    1/2 cup brown sugar
    1/4 tsp. dried oregano
    2 Tbsp. white vinegar

    Preheat oven to 350º.
    In a large bowl, combine all ingredients & mix well.
    Pour mixture into a lightly greased 9” x 13” baking dish.
    Bake uncovered for 1 hour, or until cooked through and bubbly.


    Western Wagon Wheels
    (Best-Loved Casseroles)

    1 lb. lean ground beef (or turkey)
    2 cups wagon wheel pasta, uncooked
    1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes
    1 1/2 cups water
    1 box (10 oz.) frozen corn
    1/2 cup barbecue sauce
    salt & pepper to taste

    In large skillet, brown meat and drain.
    Stir in all other ingredients except salt & pepper; bring to boil.
    Reduce heat, cover & simmer 15 – 20 minutes or until pasta is tender, stirring occasionally.
    Season with salt & pepper.


    Chicken & Biscuits
    (Best-Loved Casseroles)

    1/4 cup butter
    1 to 1 1/4 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2” pieces
    1/2 cup chopped onion
    1/2 tsp. dried thyme
    1/2 tsp. paprika
    1/4 tsp. black pepper
    1 (14 oz.) can chicken broth, divided
    1/3 cup all-purpose flour
    1 (10 oz.) pkg. frozen peas & carrots
    1 (12 oz.) can refrigerated biscuits

    Preheat oven to 375º.
    Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat.
    Add chicken, onion, thyme, paprika, & pepper.
    Cook 5 minutes or until chicken is browned.
    Meanwhile, combine 1/4 cup chicken broth with the flour; stir until smooth. Set aside.
    Add remaining chicken broth to chicken mixture in skillet. Bring to boil.
    Gradually add flour mixture, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.
    Simmer 5 minutes.
    Add peas & carrots; continue cooking 2 minutes.
    Transfer to 1 1/2 quart casserole; top with biscuits.
    Bake 20-25 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

  9. Angela

    Chicken Pot Pie

    Chicken Breasts
    1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
    1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 can Veg-All
    Pillsbury pie crust

    Cook chicken in a pan with salt and pepper, dice it into bite-size chunks,, then add it to a big pot with the soups and veg-all. Line the pie-pan with the bottom crust, add, filling mixture, put on top crust, and bake until crust is golden brown.

  10. Natalie

    I’m late to the party but I just made something new that turned out good. Creamy chicken noodle soup in the crockpot. I never want to eat baked chicken plain, but sometimes I bake it to use in other stuff later. This was perfect.

    2cups cubed cooked chicken
    1bag frozen mixed veggies (was a little light on veggies IMO; would add more next time and maybe add onion and celery if I felt fancy)
    2 cans cream of mushroom or chicken or whatever you like
    5 cups water
    Some seasoning to your liking
    Stir up the soup and water before putting in the other stuff. Crockpot for 3-4 hrs high or 6-8 hrs low. Turn it to high and dump in half a bag of egg noodles for about 20 minutes. Voila. All done and it makes a ton. It would probably freeze well too.

Comments are closed.