Friday, October 9, 2015

Family Dinner Friday: Easy Does It

This week we've been packing up our house to move over the weekend, so I haven't had a lot of time or energy to worry about dinner. My plan of attack was to choose easy recipes with minimal ingredients and minimal prep-time, and an added bonus of lots of yummy leftovers so lunch was taken care of too.


{one} slow cooker thai chicken. This flavorful slow cooker dish can't get any easier; take chicken, coconut milk, and thai peanut sauce (pre-made unless you're feeling ambitious) and throw it in the slow cooker. That's it. I made rice to go with it, but if you're really looking to eliminate the prep you can buy pre-cooked rice. (I've never tried it but I've heard Trader Joe's rice is good.) 

{two} homemade crunchy taco hamburger helper. This is a family favorite and a one-pot wonder. It couldn't be easier: just brown ground beef and season with taco seasoning, then add salsa and chicken broth. Boil it and add rice and let simmer so the rice can cook. Finally top with cheese and cover so it melts. That's it! You can top it with whatever toppings you feel like--I was in the mood for crunchy tortilla chips and creamy avocado. 

{three} baked ravioli. Frozen ravioli is cooked then tossed with marinara sauce (or meat sauce), topped with mozzarella cheese, and baked in the oven. Easy, hearty, and cheesy... you can't go wrong. 

What are your go-to easy dinners? 

I'll be taking a little break from the blog next week while we get moved and settled into our new house. I hope to have a post up by mid-week, but if not I'll be back next Monday at the latest. Thanks for your patience and understanding as I may be slow to respond to comments, blog posts, and social media. 

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