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i don’t claim to be a cook聽at all… in any way….but i do have to feed my kids every single day.
and that part of motherhood is not in my top ten.
i don’t mind them eating…i just mind MAKING something every day…or the pressure to try to make something everyday.
because i can promise you i don’t cook every day.
give me night feedings and diapers over cooking dinner every night.
not kidding.

this chicken is easy and yummy and my family likes it which makes the cooking a bit more enjoyable.
you could add lots more fancy stuff but this is all we use….no spices, no nothing.
and that is why all my kids eat it.
this is the way a friend waaaaay back in my second year of marriage made it for her family.
so i just copied her.



pour some oil in one container….maybe 1/2 cup.
if you run out just add more.
and pour in 1 cup bread crumbs and 1/2 cup parmasan cheese (yes…i know it’s fake cheese)
stir it together.

i cut all the gross fatty stuff off the chicken because it makes me gag.

then i usually poke holes in the chicken breast with a fork or smash it a bit with a meat tenderizer.
but i forgot to photo that step.


dip the chicken in the oil….both sides.

then dip the oiled chicken into the bread crumbs and parmasean cheese mixture.


coat both sides really well.

ok….let’s not even talk about my pans.
why do i still own this pan?
i am going to get new cookie sheets.
i am.
it’s time. 聽馃檪

Soooo…..put your chicken on the pan and bake it in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes
(or until it’s done in the middle of the big pieces of chicken.)

we almost always eat this as a side with this chicken.
not advertising for them, my kids just LOVE this stuff.
we buy two family size boxes and it’s gone every time.

and that’s it.
it is very weird to see that rooster peeking out in the middle of my plate.
i didn’t notice till i posted the picture.


hope that helps you with an idea for dinner at your house.

hey….how about YOU tell me what your easy GO-TO meal is that your family loves?!!!

and we could BOTH have ideas for dinner.
come on…it will be fun to read all the answers!


you rock.
i am looking forward to dinner already!


讛谞讛诇转 讞砖讘讜谞讜转 - thanks for the explanation. i tried your recipe and the chicken was simply delicious.

Samantha - Hi Meg! I have a couple of tweaks for your chicken and it will be totally rock star chicken. Your family will love it. Switch those breadcrumbs out for Panko breadcrumbs. My family prefers the Italian seasoned ones just because they have more flavor. And try egg instead of oil for your dipping. I also pound out my chicken a bit to get it to be a uniform thickness and cook a little faster, but you may or may not want that. It should cook exactly like this that you did, but the crust will be crunchier. Love love love! 馃檪

karen - oh that pasta has so much sodium…use butter some milk and parm…that’s it!

Happygirl02 - I’ve made this. It is SOOOOOO good!!!! And it’s so easy. I was having my parents over for dinner one night and was looking for something easy. It was a huge hit. If I could just find beef roast on sale more often, I’d make it a regular in our meal line up.

Happygirl02 - I don’t enjoy cooking and my family is PICKY! I really am relieved when I find easy crock pot meals that my family will eat.
I found a website called and it has been a lifesaver!! She has lots of crock pot meals or quick and easy meals. She has TONS of recipes to choose from. is my go-to website for meals. (No, I don’t know the Real Mom Kitchen lady. I just love her website) 馃檪
Happy cooking!

Daisy D - Our family loves Quesadilla Pizza Night. You need:
Flour tortillas (I use the 8″ ones)
Shredded Mozzarella
Pepperoni (or whatever pizza toppings you like…I usually put out a variety)
Pizza Sauce
Heat a skillet and fry the pepperoni until crisp. Let drain & cool on a paper towel.
Brush tortillas with a very thin layer of pizza sauce.
Layer cheese and toppings.
Layer more cheese on top.
Cook quesadilla 3-5 minutes on each side in a cast iron skillet. (I have a panini maker and I use it, it makes the tortillas nice and crisp)
Slice up and serve with dipping sauce.
Everyone loves this and I also do it for sleepovers. If you really want to make it easy, I found pre-made pizza toppings in the grocer deli area…..pepperoni, bacon, sausage, hamburger (etc) and it makes it really simple! Just line up little bowls and let everyone make their own. Then cook them up.

Rach - Ditto on the not being a fan of coming up with dinner every night. And I only have to feed 2 kids and 2 adults. 馃檪

lelu - My favorite quick meal for summertime is to put a pork loin in the crock pot with a can of Herdez green salsa and a can of diced green chilis. I cook it for 5 or 6 hours then shred it right it the crock pot. Then I plug in the electric griddle, put out tortillas, cheese, salsa, open a can of black beans and let the kids make their own quesidillas. And there is always lots leftover that I can freeze for another day. I also make enchiladas and taco salad with the leftover pork.
Another super easy meal at our house we call Chicken Louise. I just put chicken breast in a casserole dish and pour a jar of spaghetti sauce over the top. It’s really good if you do that in the morning and put it in the fridge to marinate all day, but it’s not necessary. I top it with several slices of provolone cover it with foil and bake it 30 minutes or so. Then serve it over angel hair with a salad. (I’ve also done this in the crock pot on days I teach piano and it’s great that way too.)
I’m loving all these ideas. I have five kids too and most days if dinner takes me longer than 30 minutes from start to finish it’s just not happening.

Chris - Love looking at all these recipes. We make a variation of this chicken using Cheese-Its and butter instead of oil.
4 chicken breasts cut into smaller chicken fingers
1/2 bag of chees-its
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/3 cup butter
Crush cheese-its and mix with paremsan cheese. Melt butter. Dip chicken in melted butter and roll in cheese-it mixture. Bake at 400 15-20 minutes depending on size of chicken fingers. This is really yummy cold the next day. Like fried chicken.
My other go to recipe is:
1 lb italian sausage
1 can petite diced tomatoes with garlic
1 can tomato sauce with garlic, organo and basil
Angel Hair Pasta
Brown italian sausage and drain. Add tomoatoes and sauce an simmer until warmed through. Serve over boiled angel-hair.

Sheila P. - Kate S., “The cheap chicken sold in grocery stores here in the US is no more nutritious than the average donut.” Just where do you get your awesome nutrition facts?

jennibell - Take a pork tenderloin (sometimes mine is still frozen) and put it in the crockpot with 1 can cream of mushroom, 1 can golden mushroom, 1 can french onion soups. Cook on low 8 hours. That’s it. PROMISE everyone will love it. I double the soup b/c my kids like the “gravy”. . .we serve it with Bob Evans mashed potatoes if I’m feeling lazy (instead of making them) or even better, rice. Try it and let me know 馃檪
Oh, will work with a whole pork loin or if you are serving people who don’t eat (or like) pork just substitute chicken. . .maybe cook a little less.

Tanya - This sounds yummy and I love spinach!

Tanya - I’m going to make looks yum and plain and that is also what my kids like.
It kinda makes me want to cry that the humongous package of chicken was under $10…what?!?!?!?
Easily, EASILY over $20 here, maybe closer to $30. #ripoff
I do a lot of breakfast for dinner with them.
Also meatballs and rice or muffin tin meatloafs with mashed and corn on the cob.

Jenn - I like your idea of serving it over salad! All these years of making Loose Meat Sandwiches for my family and not once have I thought of serving them on something other than a bun. I think I will be mixing it up a bit and trying it over salad one of these nights! 馃檪
I don’t know about anyone else, but I love how we can read all these yummy recipes then adapt them to work within each of our families.

jen - wow! this list is amazing!! y’all have inspired me to dust off my crock pot and get it back in the game! for us a quick go-to meal is either pasta pomodoro which is a large can of whole tomatoes sauteed with italian seasoning, garlic, onions {i guess in the other order} then you toss your cooked pasta right in it with quick garlic bread or the sausage pasta i made last night: .
stir fry’s are always a last minute hit with my husband and me plus it cleans out the fridge and you put it on these noodles: .
and of course brinner – breakfast dinner! which i am doing tonight…fried egg and sausage sandwiches, potato patties and fresh fruit. these usually happen when my husband works late.

Erica - Your recipe reminded me of something that my family called Western Chicken Chunks (Chicken chunks is such a strange thing to say.) You crush some corn flakes and put them in a bowl. Squeeze some ranch dressing into another bowl. Cut chicken breasts into 1 inch cubes. Coat the chicken a few pieces at a time in the dressing then the corn flake crumbs. Place on a foil lined greased baking sheet (makes clean up so much easier.) Sprinkle with salt if desired. Bake at 400 until cooked through (10-20 minutes depending on the size of your chunks.) I usually cut up some sweet potatoes into “fries” and roast them at the same time as the chicken. Kids love it.

Kate S. - Don’t be too disappointed about the cost of chicken in Australia–you get what you pay for. The cheap chicken sold in grocery stores here in the US is no more nutritious than the average donut. The chickens have been raised in appalling, grossly over-crowded conditions and fed an unnatural diet mostly comrpised of corn by-products. Cheap though it may be, you and the chickens are far better off when you pay for a better product.

Peggy - The easiest meal that I make is Enchilada Soup. Put 2 or 3 chicken breasts in a crockpot whole. Add 1 diced onion, I can black beans, 1 can diced tomatoes. In a large bowl whisk together1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can of enchilada sauce and 1 cup milk. (You can add a little extra cumin and chopped garlic. But we like spicy food.) Let it cook 5-7 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high. Take out the chicken breasts and chop them up then add them back to the soup with 2 cups of frozen corn(You can add this at the beginning, but I can’t stand mushy corn). Let that cook another 30 minutes to 1 hour. Serve with shredded cheese and some tortilla chips. My kids say this is the best soup I make. Not bad for a total of about 15 minutes of actual work.

Peggy - We make these, too. But we buy our dough from our favorite pizza place. It is so easy and tastes better than my homemade dough! sometimes we cook them on the grill. Delicious!

Stacy - Hi! Nope, uncovered. It never seems to dry out.

rebecca - I love to marinate chicken in italian dressing….after I bake it I do a mixture of mayo, dale’s seasoning (liquid) and A1 (dry spices) mixed together to dip it in. YUMMY!

Brittney M - our go to simple simple meal that is delicous we could eat it 3 times a week is what we call salsa chicken burritos
so simple
– 4-6 boneless skinless chicken tenderloins or breasts
– packet of taco seasoning
– can of cream of chicken soup
– 1 cup of salsa
– 1/2 cup of sour cream
-place chicken on the bottom of your crockpot and pour packet of taco seasoning over the chicken
-in a seperate bowl mix cream of chicken soup and your cup of salsa then pour over the chicken and taco seasoning.
-cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours
about 10 minutes before you eat shred the chicken in the crock pot and stir in 1/2 cup of sour cream put the mixture in a tortilla add cheese, lettuce whatever you like!! it is seriously super easy and amazingly delicious!!

jimena - In Argentina is a very popular meal. Instead of dipping the chicken in oil, we dip it in eggs with parsley, salt and pepper. Try it!!
We call it “Milanesas”, and you can choose between “milanesas” made of beef or chicken. For veggie people the is a soya Milanesa. Before eating many people like adding some lemon juice over the “milanesa”.

Barbara - BBQ Chicken Thighs
Slice an onion and put the rounds in a greased baking dish.
Put bone-in chicken thighs on top.
Spoon some BBQ sauce over the top of the chicken.
Top each piece of chicken with 1/2 slice of bacon.
Grind some pepper on top.
Bake at 350 for 50 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.

Ginny - I do something similar but instead of oil we coat it with just whatever italian or caesar salad dressing we have in the house. it adds a little extra flavor and is just as easy! also if you spray a little cooking spray over the top of them before you put them in the oven they brown more (just a little tip someone taught me)

Tiffany - What a great suggestion! It’s funny how a post pops up right as you are have similar feelings. My son is 16 and cooking dinner is really becoming my nemesis this year. I’m thankful for pinterest because I plan on trying a lot of crockpot recipes this Fall/Winter. Including that 3 envelope roast someone mentioned above. Not sure how your fam feels about Asian inspired food, but we love Chinese & Thai, yumm. This recipe is our newest fav:
Also, if the fam likes buffalo wings/chicken tenders, here is a sweet and spicy sauce that gives them a new twist.

Linnea - Go-to dinner? What my husband affectionately calls “pasta goop,” but I prefer to call “Creamy Pasta.” He gets so excited when there’s just one serving dish on the table, because 9 times out of 10, this is what’s in it:
either 2 chicken breasts, cubed and pan fried in canola oil with Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick) or 1/2 lb ground beef, browned with the same seasoning.
1 crown of broccoli, cut into small florets
2 cups of tri-color rotini pasta
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese on top.
Cook the chicken or beef. Meanwhile, boil enough water for 2 cups of pasta. Add the pasta, broccoli (and salt to taste), and cook until al dente. Drain.
Combine the meat with the pasta and broccoli. Add the cream of mushroom soup – no extra liquid, just the soup – and the cheese. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top.
And that’s all, folks. Veggie, starch, dairy, and meat all in one dish. :o)
We could be extra fancy and make our own cream soup, starting with a roux and all that, but…well, you know.

Wendy - Cheap and easy dinner for my family is Black Beans and Rice (from a Brazilian friend). Saute a chopped onion in olive oil, add 2 heaping tbs. of chopped garlic (I buy it chopped already) To this add 2 smoked sausages, sliced into rounds (this is for my family of 6). Saute for a while then dump in 2 large cans of black beans and a good shake or two of Adobo seasoning. Add a small handful of chopped fresh cilantro. Simmer until cilantro is wilted. Serve over rice. You could make it before afternoon errands and just reheat it before dinner time. I like mine served in a bowl and top it with sour cream, salsa and lettuce… yum. I’m reading through all of the posts to get inspired!!

Talia - First — your baking sheet looks just like mine. I won’t replace as it bakes things perfectly. Love it!
A quick and easy meal at my house is taco salad. We love it and it goes together rather quickly.

Kim Barlow - I just double checked the recipe. Bake @ 400 for 20.

Kim Barlow - This is one of my kids favorite recipes. Mini meatloafs and they take less than 10 minutes to make.
1lbs ground beef
1 package of stove top stuffing you favorite flavor
1 tlbs of garlic powder
1 cup of water
1 cup cheddar shredded cheese (but any shredded cheese you have on hand will do)
1 cup of BBQ sauce (whatever is left in your fridge will do)
Preheat oven 350
Mix first four ingredients together. Put in a greased cupcake tin. Use a spoon to make an indentation on the top of each one. fill with a teaspoon of BBQ sauce (I just squirt in on…eyeball it).
Bake for 25 min. top with shredded cheese and bake until melted about another five min.
I have three boys and these are gone quickly. Also, you can mix this up using leftover spaghetti sauce and top with mozzarella. One of my friends uses sweet BBQ sauce, tops with cheese and those crunchy onions (my crew picked off the onions but the adults thought it was Fab).
Super easy. I got this recipe from a Kraft Food Magazine. I have even made these in a mini muffin tin for appetizers for a party. Quick, Easy and everyone asked for the recipe.

Jen - Meg, I make chicken breasts very similar to this, but with a little bit of a healthier twist. 1/4 cup olive oil, 4 cloves of garlic warmed in microwave instead of your veg oil. Then I use 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup parm cheese. It’s one of our favs!

Molly B - Everyone in my house loves the beef roast cooked with pepperocini’s in the crockpot. . .we serve it with egg noodles or on buns. (I trim the stems from the peppers).
Everyone also loves my recipe for California chicken spaghetti with feta:

Kim Barlow - Love this recipe. It’s also great for those on the Paleo diet. Serve over salad instead of on bun. It’s on my list girl! Thanks!

Amy - I’m guessing you meant something more than just cereal, which is the kids’ fav. 馃檪
In the summer when we have basil growing outside, this is the easiest dinner for us. Two of our kiddos won’t eat the pine nuts and basil, so extra yumminess for mommy and daddy.
Thanks for this fun and helpful thread!!!

讛谞讛诇转 讞砖讘讜谞讜转 讘转诇 讗讘讬讘 - i didn’t think about it. certainly seems a great idea, i’m going to try it.
thanks for the tip.

Rachel - Loving the comments! Great post. I haven’t seen anyone post one of our favorites.
4-6 chicken breasts, cut up
1 packet of taco seasoning (i use about half for 4 breadts/all for six)
Peach or apricot preserves (use no sugar added for low cal dinner)
In a large pan fry (boiled is good too) chicken till almost done. Add taco seasoning, salsa and preserves to chicken. Cook till hot and bubbly. Serve over hot rice. If you like lots of sauce use all of the salsa and preserves, if not use less.

jennea - : ) wow – i feel like it’s famous, now! have to give credit where credit is due….karen farrell (lives in newton) who was our elementary school librarian @ h-town when i first started there. and yes. it is yum-o!

Andrea @ Pug Life - Taco nights are a go-to meal for me.
I also really like Jambalaya from a box mix. Add a pound of sausage (and/or chicken) and you’re done in 20 minutes. It makes a huge pot of food for a few dollars.

Kori - 1 med. to large onion diced and 1 Tbsp. of minced garlic sauteed in enough olive oil coat the middle of your pan. While that is happening, slice up 6 (or more depending on your family’s like of sausage) Andouille sausage (I buy mine at Costco) and add to the pan. Add 1/4 tsp. each salt and cajun seasoning. Add 2 cans of drained and rinsed kidney beans, 3 cups of instant rice and 4 cups of chicken broth and let it come to a boil. Then cover and set to simmer for about 20 minutes or until rice is done.
I love this dinner because:
1. Everyone eats it with no questions
2. It takes one pan, one cutting board and one knife
3. Clean up is a cinch because of #2.
Throw in a roll or two and a veggie and voila! Dinner! 馃檪

Carolyne - WOW!!!! $9.85 for 6 chicken in Australia you would only get 2 for that price. Aussie’s are sooooo ripped off. My jaw is on the floor…

Lori Myers - Forgot to add- dip in warmef Beef consomm茅 (found in soup aisle). Makes a great French Dip sandwich!

Lori Myers - Love breakfast for dinner!! Eggs, Cinnamon raisin French toast ( just use cinnamon raisin bread), and Green smoothies! Another quick and easy meal- Deli roast beef ( 1lb) a loaf of French bread, horseradish sauce, provolone cheese. Spread sauce on sliced loaf of bread, layer roast beef and cheese. Broil for a few minutes until cheese is melted. Slice and serve. I ususlly serve with salad and fresh fruit. A quick easy dinner my family enjoys!

Penny Smith - (why did that post 3 times??)

Penny Smith - Ok-just an information thing-not a judgement thing! I swear! But the second ingredient in ranch dressing mix is MSG!! I like the dressing idea though! Cuz wishbone makes an organic! Sounds yummy!!

Penny Smith - Ok-that is the best easy idea EVER!! Duh! Why didn’t I think of that!!

Penny Smith - Ok-I suggested this too! 馃檪 it’s the “bar pan”. And doing bacon the first time on it in the oven is the perfect “seasoner” 馃檪

Penny Smith - Our go-to meal is pretty similar… Because I am a food weirdo, I do “bare” chicken (not injected, no hormones, etc…) then make “famouse butter chicken”. Eggs instead of oil to dip (yep. I do organic or at least to hormone, free rangers) then a tube or 2 of butter crackers (ritz-or I use “full circle” organic) and some garlic salt or just a Mrs. dash type garlic seasoning… So dip in egg, coat with crackers, and lay out on (forget metal cookie sheets!! The one Pampered Chef thing I DO swear by us the “bar pan”!!! First time ya cook on it, do bacon. It seasons it perfectly, and ya never have to deal with unevenly cook or stuck foods again! ) bar pan/cookie sheet… THIS is the “butter” part. Place little pats of butter around all the pieces. (oh yeah-do tenders-never tried full breasts!!) preheated oven 375, for ~45 minutes!! My kids LOVE it!

BullyMama - a great solution for your pan problem is the stone cookie sheet from Pampered Chef…it is supposed to get brown/black over time (this is the seasoning process) and hardly anything sticks to it and if it does you just scrape it off to clean it. I also love the stone loaf pan.
A good go-to recipe that I have isn’t as quick as some of the others that were posted but it is simple kid friendly and left-overs are great.
Chicken Casserole
2 bone-in/skin on chix breast and boil with 1 tsp of poultry seasoning and a bay leaf for about 20-25 min. Remove chix and cool until you are able to handle it and take the chix off the bone. In the mean-time make rice and instead of water use the broth from the boiled chix. (1 cup rice/2 cups of broth). Layer 1/2 rice on bottom of medium casserole, top with half chopped chix and 1 can Campbell’s chicken gravy. Repeat with remaining rice, chicken and another can of gravy. I then top with crushed ceasar croutons and bake at 350 for about 25 min or until bubbly. Serve with broccoli or salad and warm rolls.

Kelli - 2 major go-to recipes…. 1- chicken quesadilla- chicken breast/ jar of salsa + crockpot… = happy family
2- italian chicken- chicken breast / jar of italian dressing…. 400 for an hour. Side of rice. Yum

LibraryGirl62 - We call it Ashley-Solow Casserole
1 box Velveeta Shells and Cheese
1 jar fav pasta sauce
1 pound hamburger
Cook the hamburger. Cook the shells. Add the Velveeta sauce, the jar of pasta sauce and the hamburger to the shells. If you want to be fancy, put in a casserole dish and sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese and bread crumbs and bake at 350 until the cheese is melty and the bread crumbs are toasty 馃檪
SO much Yummy!!!

Jenn - Our favorite go-to meal is Loose Meat Sandwiches. Toss a pound of ground beef, a packet of onion soup mix and 3/4 to 1 cup of water into the crockpot, cook on low 7-9 hours then serve on buns. Easy peasy and oh so yummy!

donna - i have 6 kids and trying to please everyone is not easy. here is the one easy meal that they all love and it is so easy to make -{thank you to the person that invented the crock pot}…..In a crock pot – throw in as many chicken breasts as you need! Add a can of cream of chicken soup and that’s it!!!! Once the chicken is done I throw it on top of some boiled wide noodles and make a salad, throw some frozen peas in the microwave, add some bread and dinner is served!!!!

michelle - I make this too!! The only difference is that instead of dipping the chicken in oil, I dip it in ranch dressing!! Or I put and envelope of dry ranch dressing mix in with the bread crumbs. SO GOOD! Right now my go-to “quickie” recipes are just pasta with marina…but my twist is that I add a jar of alfredo to the marinara. Really good and the kids gobble it up. The other one is Poppyseed chicken…which I never put the poppyseeds into because they’re expensive and add no real flavor…plus they can make one test positive for a drug test. Not that I do any drug tests..I’m just sayin. 馃檪

Duryn - I know everyone has a different version of “goulash” but we take ground beef, browned with a little cumin, garlic and diced onions. Then add chunky vegetable soup and a little plain tomato sauce. Served over white rice and a bit of cheddar cheese on top.. If my 9 year old could have this evey day, he would 馃檪

Carol S. - What are the odds…I got real domestic yesterday and made this from a WW recipe, but instead of oil used some light mayo and there was some oregano and basil in the crumb mix. Just had it again tonight on buns for sandwiches! Love the visual, and especially the pan. I have a few of those too.

Laurie B - This is exactly the kind of meal my 2 very picky daughters love. I use 2 cloves of garlic and let it simmer with 5 tbsp of butter. Then we dip the chicken in that and coat it in a mixture of 3/4 C Panko bread crumbs, 1/4 C of parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Then bake. It is SO delicious. It’s also one of my fave meals. We eat it with pasta too 馃檪 We also love chicken tacos. Just cube chicken and cook it then add the taco seasoning and then serve up in your tacos/nachos. Surprisingly my kids love these tacos better than beef. 馃檪

Nicole Q. - Funny you posted this because I just went on a rampage last week not knowing what to cook anymore; I posted it on facebook and asked what eveyrone’s simple go to meals are …. I got some good ones. Last night and tonight i made new recipes and they were both simple and a hit. I thoguth i’d post a bunch of them on my blog soon ….. here’s the one yesterday … crock pot burritos; ( put a pork loin in the crock pot, a can of refried beans or more if you have a big pork loin and half a jar of salsa, cook all day …. shred it up with a fork and put it on tortillas with shredded cheese and sour cream …. easy and we all loved it.)

Valerie @ Chateau a La Mode - I love to make easy peasy chicken tacos…you need one whole roasted chicken already cooked from the the market, jar of fave salsa and warm flour tortillas. If I’m feeling really fancy I’ll add a can of refried beans with shredded cheese on top. This was a fun post. Loved seeing everyone’s ideas.

flowerpowermomma - another version of your easy chicken. we dip chicken in italian dressing, then coat it in parmesan cheese and cook.
also super easy, one pork roast in slow cooker over nite, add a few seasonings, makes great pulled pork.

renee - this pork tenderloin (my mom’s recipe) is SO easy. I always have all the ingredients around and it takes about 3 minutes to make the marinade in the food processor. So whenever the pork tenderloin is on sale, I buy a couple pounds and make this 馃檪
we eat this fish ALL THE TIME! again, i always have all the ingredients. it’s quick and healthy. i have it down so that i can do it in 10 minutes start to finish

Bec - These are two of my favorite go to don’t have to think about it recipes. The chicken nuggets, you can make a huge batch of the coating and just keep it in the fridge in between uses. The soup takes all of 15 minutes to throw together and everyone loves it!
Chicken nuggets:
Pepperoni Pizza Soup:

Heidi Jo the Artist - Tacos!!! I cook big batches of meat and freeze in meal size portions, so on nights we are busy/I don鈥檛 feel like cooking, I can just take it out of the freezer and thaw, and boom, tacos! I recommend after you cook a big batch of meat to split it in half or thirds, etc. (depending on how much you bought/how much your family eats) and put in the fridge/freezer right after you are done cooking. Then when the meat is gone for the meal that night, your kids/hubby aren鈥檛 taking from another meal. We do either beef or chicken tacos. Then soft tortilla shells/hard shells/tortilla chips. A lot just depends on what we have on hand, if I鈥檓 doing it as a quick meal. We almost always have salsa on hand, one of my favorite healthy foods. Everyone loves it in my family, including the kids, so I usually buy the really big jugs, a couple at a time! That way we rarely run out. Then depending on what you have on hand鈥 cheese, lettuce/spinach, tomatoes, beans-refried/other (good, cheap filler, to help make your meat go farther, for those that will eat them), olives, avocado, sour cream, cilantro, jalape帽os/other peppers, guacamole, sometimes I will have a couple of salsas too. Somewhat healthy, depending upon what you add to them. And then everyone is happy because they can choose what they have on their taco. I have found that kids really like choices, and this is one of our kids鈥 favorite meals at our house. Another version that your kids would love (I bet) are 鈥渨alking tacos鈥, what kid doesn鈥檛 love Doritos. Easier clean up for you too. 馃槈 We started doing them for our camping trips this summer, huge success!

Brittany - Here are a few of our family faves…
Easy Sweet & Sour Chicken:
One Skillet Tater Tot Casserole:
Crockpot Beef Sandwiches. I use a recipe similar to this:
Brinner is another easy dinner I do often. Sometimes breakfast burritos, egg muffin sandwiches, bacon and eggs, egg casserole, etc.

holly - Shredded chicken soft tacos… Could not be easier or more delicious! 6 thawed chicken breasts in the crock pot, pour one jar salsa over the top and pour one packet of taco seasoning over that- stir. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours, and shred the chicken once done. It soaks up all the liquid and basically falls apart if you cook it on low! Serve with cheese, lettuce, sour cream, jalapenos. SO good!

MaryAnn - That Chicken sounds great I will have to try that… One of my favorites is “Hamburger Cups” just brown a pound of hamburger (drain) and add about half a bottle of bbq sauce or enough to cover it. Then take pop biscuts and put them into muffin tins, mashing them up the sides like a cup. Fill with the hamburger and add chunk of cheddar cheese to the top and bake them as the biscut label reads, so easy and everyone loves them 馃槈

Chris - I rarely admit this to anyone… I love Hamburger Helper. My husband… hates it. It stems from his mother making it seven nights a week. (Hey, but they DO have all those flavors!)
So anyway, my go to meal is Hamburger Helper. HOMEMADE Hamburger Helper. It is the best and not one person complains when I make it, including my husband. It is so simple and I always have the ingredients on hand. Here is the link to the recipe.

amber - can i just say that i love you for this? thank you. my kids (5, 2, & too little to eat people food) are waaaay picky these days. makes me nuts. i am so tired of my usuals…thank you. also, i hit your recipes up a lot, because they are quick & family friendly.
a recipe my friend passed on to me that’s super easy:
package of frozen tortellini, cooked & drained
pasta sauce, mix with tortellini
add one package frozen meatballs
pour into 9×13 pan
sprinkle mozzarella & parmesan on top (or just mozzarella)
bake at 350 about 20- 30 minutes, till cheese is melted.
But. my kids won’t eat it…sigh.

elma - This is so easy as my kids are picky:
9-10 Lasagna noodles cooked
1 large jar of prego or ragu sauce
1 pkg mozzarella cheece
1 pkg colby or other cheese
1.5 -2 lbs. hamburger
Brown the hamburger and drain add sauce.
Put a little meat mixture on the bottom of a 9 x 13 dish then layer noodles then hamburger mixture then cheese and repeat 2 to 3 times.
Bake in oven @350 for 30 min. My kids love this and it is good and easy.

Northern Cottage - I’m with you – do the kids really have to eat EVERYDAY. – um yeah!!! So many great quick easy recipes shared to make all of our busy nights just a little easier! Thanks to all of y’all!

Tracy Fisher - My kids favorite…. Sweet pot roast… 1 chuck roast, 1 pkt Lipton onion soup mix (dry), and one can of Coke (no diet, no store brank… real Coca Cola). Pour dry souop mix and coke over roast. Cook on low in crock pot for 9 hours… remember SLOW AND LOW! it is the best! and the left overs are always used for french dips the next night. yum! i think we’ll have that for dinner soon. my mouth is watering. tracy

Emily Zimmerman - Baked “Fried” Chicken I marinate boneless skinless chicken breasts in italian dressing. I crunch up one sleeve of salted saltine crackers. I pour them in a bowl and add a little flour 1/4-1/2c. and some pepper. I pour olive oil on the bottom of a baking sheet and spread it over the entire sheet. Then coat the chicken in the bread crumb mixture and lay them on the baking sheet. Then I spray the top of each piece of chicken with olive oil. Bake at 400 for about 20min. and they turn out yummy! Everyone thinks it’s fried chicken but it’s not. And it takes a lot less work than the fried chicken but tastes just as good.

Lee Ann - Oh! And this mac n cheese! So fast and creamy!
Thanks for posting this. I’m loving reading through all of the comments!

Lee Ann - “Our Best Bites” guiltless alfredo.
Taco soup.
And our new favorite is this yummy Pad Thai. So fast, and love the flavors!

Michelle - Homemade chicken pot pie! Here is my recipe for it, but now instead of screwing with the crust, I just put it in a glass baking dish and top with instant biscuit dough!

Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - I am all about yummy recipes that don’t require a ton of ingredients, let alone stuff I don’t already have in my pantry. I actually have a binder of 5 ingredient recipes that are TO DIE FOR. Crock pot mac-n-cheese, chicken salad cups(made in baked pie crusts in muffin tin wells), lasagna(using no-cook noodles), there are so many…
I will refer to this comments section in the months to come for some fresh dinner ideas:)

Sarah{Handbags*N*Pigtails} - I make a similar version of this recipe using crushed up Cheez-It crackers. Its delicious!

amy cornwell - We love chicken “enchiladas”
put 2-3 (frozen) chicken breasts in the crock pot with a can of Rotel, black beans, corn. Cook on low all day. Then shred the chicken and add 1/2 can enchilada sauce & 1c shredded cheese. Mix it up and put it in soft tortillas. Spread a bit of enchilada sauce on the bottom of a pan, fill the pan with the rolled tortillas, cover with the remaining enchilada sauce & cheese. Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes. YUMMY!

Nicole Russell Willis - My easiest is chicken breasts in crock pot with salsa! Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Awesome for a few nights of chicken tacos, chicken taco salad, chicken nachos, etc!
I love your idea, going to use that soon!

Kelly - I make chicken nuggets pretty much the same way, just smaller pieces obviously. If your kids are feeling adventurous, add some Panko to the parmesan and bread crumbs for a little extra crunch.
Here’s a recipe for easy lettuce wraps I recently discovered that everyone in my house LOVES! Even my picky eater who would live off pb& j if I let him.

elma - Do you cover the pan in the oven??

Jen - Hot roast beef sandwiches are always a hit here and they couldn’t be EASIER!
Toss a 3-5 pound CHUCK roast in the crockpot. (I always spray my crockpot with Pam!)
Cover the roast with two (small size) jars of Heinz savory beef grave (or similar)
Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Shred with fork and serve on buns.
Easy and delicious! (and the leftovers are yummy too!)

Amy - Breakfast tacos – scrambled egg with some grated cheese and a slice of bacon in a tortilla with a side of hashbrowns (pre-shredded) just cooked in a pan until crunchy with salt and pepper with a side of fruit.

Robyn Farmer - These are some of my favorite recipes and best of all they are for the crock pot.

Allison - Don’t feel bad my cookie sheets look about the same. I keep asking for some for Christmas but nobody will get me any. Maybe that can be my belated birthday gift to myself 馃檪 Oh and this chicken recipe is going on my must-try list!

Candice - Thanks for the recipe! I’m all about easy peasy meals. A couple meals we do in the crock pot are:
1) Chicken marinara: cover your chicken with marinara sauce in the crock pot, cook on low for 5-6 hours (or longer depending on how much chicken you fix) and serve over pasta;
2) Crock pot chicken-pot-pie: cook chicken in cream of chicken or cream of celery soup (use a couple cans if you’re cooking a lot of chicken) in the crock pot on low for 5-6 hours. Add a bag of frozen veggies (we use peas and carrots) 30 min to an hour before you’re ready to serve (just long enough to heat them through). Pull the chicken apart and mix back into the soup. Serve over warm biscuits.
Hope those help. =)

Jeana - My tgo to meal is tacos. Ground beef, chilli powder, garlic powder, and cumin. Add a can of tomatoes and green chillies. Serve with any toppings. So easy.

Carolyn - This is not actually going to help you at all, but I thought you might enjoy hearing it. A long time ago you posted about a meal that you make as you go and kind of briefly described it. Well, it sounded good to me so I stole it from you! I don’t know if you actually gave it a name or not, but we call it Polynesian Chicken (maybe you do too…). It’s shredded chicken with rice and cream of chicken soup (as sauce) and coconut, cheddar cheese, pineapple and chow mein noodles. We love it! My daughter even requested it for her birthday dinner! 馃檪 It’s a good one! Everyone gets what they like, too. 馃檪 We often have this when we have guests who might be picky eaters! Thanks!

rebekah - Tacos, plain and simple.

Jen - I love Breakfast for Dinner! Scrambled eggs, waffles, and cut up apples for the “vegetable.” We had it last night!
But I have to say, MEG. BUY SOME NEW COOKIE SHEETS. I was a pastry chef for 16 years and swear by these babies, which can be found at any restaurant supply store and usually cost less than $5. They last forever and you never have black-bottomed cookies.

Molly - My kids would love that, thanks for posting. I was just thinking I need some new chicken recipes.
My kids like meatloaf in the mini muffin tins. You can even add shredded cheese into the meatloaf mixture or on top. I just mix it all up spray the tins with cooking spray, fill them most of the way to the top, then coat with brown sugar, mustard and ketchup and bake.

Sara G. - My family likes boneless skinless chicken breast dipped in butter, coated with crushed Rice Krispies and sprinkled with salt and pepper. Put in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350 for 1 hour (or until done). It would be great with the Parmesan noodles – we LOVE them too!

Stacy - Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Bottle or two of your fav. BBQ sauce.
Pour about 1/4 cup in the bottom af a baking dish
Place chicken in baking dish
Pour remaining BBQ sauce over chicken, enough to cover them
Bake for 1 hour on 350 degrees
Serve with mashed potatoes and corn.

jackie grandy - Hi Meg! I have tons of easy go-to recipes that my kids love. I hate linking because I feel its lame, but I don’t think there is enough room to jot down the recipes, and it just easier to link to my blog as I show step-by-step instructions. Here are 4 of my kid’s favorite easy dinners.
Broccoli lemon pasta. This is rated a 10 by my kids and all their friends. It makes eating broccoli easy.
These turkey burgers are so good and the name says it all.
These cilantro lime chicken tacos are the bomb! You don’t have to use the chicken for tacos either, you can serve it over rice or a salad.
We love these refried bean tacos and they are so easy to whip up.
I have so many more favorite recipes that are easy to whip up last minute or make the day ahead. I believe in two-nighter meals as well as make ahead meals. Maybe I can come to one of your craft weekends and cook with Kimberlee 馃檪 I need to make her cheesecake! It looks so darn good!
Your chicken dish looks awesome and is something I am definitely going to make up for the kiddos!

Rebecca Torzewski - That is a great, quick idea. Another way to make a quick chicken meal and one of our faves is, instead of using oil, we use beaten eggs. Cut the chicken into strips, dip into flour, egg, and then breadcrumb/parmesan mixture. When you use the flour and egg for some reason the bread crumbs stick to it, and when you fry it up you have crispy chicken strips — so good, and quick!

Alicia @ La Famille - looks yummy! i’m fresh out of fun dinner ideas…but i did roast a whole chicken last night and that was good. with acorn squash and a salad. tonight that same chicken’s gonna be chicken noodle soup. see me doubling up there? ya, smart…i know 馃槈

Prairie Jenn - Make your own mini pizza night:)
Sometimes we make our own crust…sometimes we just use flatbread.
Sometimes I make marinara sauce…sometimes we just buy a jar of it.
We set up a toppings bar…cheese, pepperoni, veggies, more cheese;)
Everybody makes their own mini pizza and we put them all in the oven till brown and bubbly.
Easiest dinner ever!

Heather - EZ peel shrimp marinated in Berenstein’s Italian Salad Dressing for the day and then quickly grilled on the BBQ. Serve with white rice and a green salad. Easy peasy.

Stephanie - My fastest, no-brainer meal……boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a crockpot (fresh or frozen), bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Cook on low, 6 hrs. or so. At the end of the day you have pulled bbq chicken sandwichs! Spoon it on a roll, steam some broccoli, add some french fries….the end!

sara @ it's good to be queen - this looks perfect! it’s similar to something i make….i just cut mine into pieces so they’re like chicken nuggets. and i don’t dip it in oil, but i pan fry them in a little oil. and i add some paprika…i have no idea why? my mom did so i do. 馃槈
i also love to do easy chicken tacos. put chicken breasts in the crock pot around lunch time. pour in a jar o’ salsa. about an hour before dinner, shred up the chicken with two forks. it will absorb all of the salsa and then you have nice flavorful, moist chicken at dinner time. serve with hard or soft shells and whatever toppings you want. easy and a crowd pleaser. 馃檪

Kate B - Here’s what I’m planning for dinner tonight. We love this recipe.

Tiffany B - I’m with you Meg! Cooking dinner e v e r y night is not my thing, however I do have one quick and easy meal that my family likes (my kids are 14, 15 and 16). Night before: cut up chicken breasts and put in big zip lock bag with fajita seasonings, about 1/2 cup water and 1/4 cup oil. Mix it around and put in fridge. Next cut up some green/red/orange peppers and onions, put in bag and throw in fridge. Next morning put chicken in bottom of crock pot, then put veggies on top. Make some mexican rice OR just throw the chicken/veggies in a tortilla with some sour cream and salsa and be done. easy. good. Hope you try it! I’m trying the baked chicken this week for sure, thanks!

Lorelei - I love cooking! Our main meals are pasta/chicken or rice/chicken. We steam veggies while we cook our rice (rice cooker + steamer) and while that’s going we cook chicken. Usually just in a pan with some oil, maybe garlic and lemon. When it’s all said and done we like to top it off with a sauce, usually a bottle of sweet chili sauce, but sometimes a peanut sauce. I also love to bake homemade mac n cheese in the winter. Lots of cheese, milk, butter, tons of mac (the smaller elbows) with something like crumbled chips on top. I try not to make it too often because it’s so bad for you, but it’s definitely a favorite comfort food.

Kym - Our easy, kid approved, quick dinner.
Frozen italian meatballs from Costco and whatever spaghetti sauce I have in the cupboard. Heat together till meatballs are done.
You can turn these into meatball subs with a little melted parm on top. Or serve with noodles. Have a bagged salad and some garlic bread ready to go and you are done! (Especially nice when the 16yr old son heats these up for us while I’m at the younger sons football practice!)

sullyj - I am with you..I would MUCH rather be up all night with a hungry baby, than cook. I’m terrible at it, but my kids are so sweet to always say it’s good (despite what their face might be saying) I do make a chicken/spinach dish that all my kids (ages 3-8) always ask me to make. Just cook cubed chicken in chicken stock (1 can) add 1 block of cream cheese until it cooks into the chicken stock and becomes creamy. Seperately, cook and drain 1 pkg spinach and Cook 1 box penne pasta. Add pasta and spinach to creamy chicken mixture and you’re done. It is super good and easy! I will be trying your chicken tomorrow night!

sara @ it's good to be queen - this looks so yum! i’m writing this down! also i make that beer bread, it’s awesome!

seriously sassy mama - My family likes the meatball sliders I make. I got the recipe from Giada De Laurentis. They are so yummy and very easy to make.

Trysha - Shrimp fried rice. I always thought it was super hard/laborious but when I have the rice already made from the rice cooker (you have one, right? the two most used appliances in our house is the rice cooker and the crock-pot) it’s just basically a lot of chopping, which I don’t mind.

Lennie Jackson - I make ham and potato casserole that is super yum.
2 cups ham chunks
1 bag hashbrown potatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 bag shredded cheese
Mix and put in 9×13. Bake 30 min at 350. I usually broil the top for a few minutes so it is a little crispy around the edges.
Serve with the easiest beer bread ever!!! 1/2 cup sugar, 3 cups self rising flour and 1 can of beer. Bake 45 min at 375. SO YUMMY!!!!
Good luck!!!

Liz - My kids eat this up every single time. They call it “the meat and potatoes”
1 turkey kielbasa
1 jar of Bubbies sauerkraut
Put the kraut in a casserole dish, put the keilbasa on top
Bake at 350 for 30-40 mins till hot
I usually serve it with baked potatoes and cottage cheese.

Whitney - Hi Megan,
This is very similar to my “quick chicken” recipe. Instead of oil, I use an egg and some milk. And I don’t use parmesan cheese, just bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. I bake it in the oven but on a rack, and then broil for the last few minutes so it gets nice and crispy (turning it so both sides get crispy). The end.

Brantlee - All of your recipes that I have tried are family favorites. This one sounds yummy as well. My go to recipe is actually your meatball recipe. So good!

Beth - This:
I make this Manicotti multiple times a month since she first posted it. I’d never ever made manicotti before that, but it’s SO GOOD and really easy and doesn’t cost very much at all. We have it with garlic bread and a salad. 馃檪

Amanda - This is my go to meal when we are going to have company over and I don’t have time or don’t want to cook.
Crock Pot French Dip
Beef roast
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp Kitchen Bouquet
1 package Lipton Onion Soup mix
Put all of it in the crock pot in the morning and enjoy on buns for supper. Mmmmmm!

Cori - Taco chili. 1.5 lbs lean ground beef (or turkey since my family can’t taste the difference), one can of black beans, one can of kidney beans, both rinsed (or use dry beans, much better for you), one can of corn, one large can of tomato product (Rotel, stewed tomatoes, salsa or just tomato sauce since my kids don’t like “chunks”) and an envelope of taco seasoning. Brown the meat, dump everything else in the pot and let simmer. Works great in a crockpot for sports nights and we serve it with cornbread or corn chips with cheese, sour cream and olives on top. Makes a great walking taco too.

Cristen - My kids would love that chicken! Two favorite, easy to make meals are taco rice and chicken with rice. For the taco rice we us ground beef with taco seasoning over rice and then add whatever else you want or have on hand. We like cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and tons of salsa! I try to keep frozen taco meat in the freezer for stuff like this and then just make a huge pot of rice in the rice cooker. The chicken with rice is SOOOO simple! 3 chicken breast cut up, 1 can of diced tomatoes with chilies, 1 can of chicken broth, and 1 cup of rice. Cook chicken first and then add everything else. Simmer 20 minutes with lid on. Add 1 cup of cheese. Easy!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs.)
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs
1 jar (1 lb. 10 oz.) Ragu Old World Style Pasta Sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz.)
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Dip chicken in egg, then bread crumbs.
2. In 13 x 9 x 2 pan, arrange chicken. Bake uncovered 20 minutes.
3. Pour pasta sauce over chicken; top with cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Serve with hot cooked pasta. Makes aboout 4 servings.

Alice H - 3 Envelope Roast
3 pound beef roast (such as chuck roast)
1 envelope of dry Italian salad dressing mix
1 envelope of dry ranch salad dressing mix
1 envelope of dry brown gravy mix
2 cups water
Put the water in a measuring cup that is larger then the amount of water you are using. Now add and mix all three envelopes of dry salad dressings to the water. Mix until blended completely. Brown the roast (if desired). Add the meat to your cooker. Pour the water, salad dressing mixture over the roast. In the slow cooker cook it on high for about 4 hours on low about 8 hours.

Trish - we heart taco salad or nachos yum!

kate - beef stroganoff (sp?) super easy, cut up steak into cubes brown it then add 2 cans of cream of mushroom and cream of chicken. cook for an hour. then add sour cream at the end. serve with egg noodles!

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