Quick & Easy Recipes

Being a work at home mom of 5 boys can get crazy at times. One thing I do to minimize chaos in my household is creating a meal plan each week. However, if you are a parent, then you know that sometimes life happens & plans don’t work out. Having quick & easy meals to cook in a pinch is a necessity.

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Homemade Taco Seasoning (Feeds 6)


  •  2 tablespoons of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of cumin
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of pepper
  • 2 pounds of hamburger
  • Soft tortillas and/or hard taco shells
  • desired taco sides


  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together.
  2. Mix into 2 lbs of browned hamburger.
  3. Serve with desired taco sides on soft tortillas or hard taco shells.
  4. Keep excess seasoning in airtight container

*** You can make it as spicy as you like by adjusting measurements.

From Allrecipes.com

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Chicken & Rice (Feeds 5)


  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Box of
  • 1 lb of chicken breast (cut in 1/2 inch cubes)
  • frozen vegetable of choice (I use peas, corn or mixed vegetable)


  1. Heat frying pan with 2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on medium heat.
  2. Add cut up chicken breast & fry until thoroughly cooked (about 10 minutes)
  3. Place cooked chicken breast in a separate bowl.
  4. Cook rice per instructions on box
    • For added flavor use Chicken Stock rather then water.
  5. Add frozen vegetable when adding water to rice.
  6. Once rice & vegetables are completed, add cooked chicken & mix together.

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Macaroni & Hamburg with Stewed Tomatoes (Feeds 6)


  • 1/2 box of elbows
  • 1 lb of hamburger
  • 1 can of stewed tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil


  1. Place medium pot with water on high heat to bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting for water to boil, brown hamburger in a deep skillet & then drain.
  3. Put hamburg back in skillet & then add stewed tomatoes & cinnamon.
  4. Simmer on low heat.
  5. Once water is boiling, add macaroni & cook until soft. Drain.
  6. Add hamburg mix to macaroni & mix together.

These are some of my go to meals when I need to make dinner in a pinch. They are quick, easy and cheap meals that my family enjoys & it fills them up. 

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If you have any quick & easy meals that you use when time is not in your favor, please share in the comments below. 

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