215 Quick And Easy Meal Ideas
If you’re ever in a hurry or maybe you just ran out of meal ideas. It doesn’t matter if you’re a Mom, Dad, or College Student. Either way these quick and easy meal ideas will give you some ideas to get you going with your meal planning. I put together these quick and easy meal ideas to suit everyone’s need.
Chicken & Poultry
1. Bacon Wrapped Baked Chicken: Simply pound some boneless and skinless chicken breast flat. Fill with cream cheese and finely chopped chives. Fold the breast over and then wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Bake in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes or juices run clear.
2. Beer Can Chicken: Take a whole roasting chicken and cover it with your favorite rub. Open a can of beer and pour out (or drink!) ¼ off the top. Sprinkle in a bit of rub and carefully place the chicken in the cavity of the chicken. Carefully place on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 F oven for about 75 minutes or until juices run clear.
3. Chicken a la King: Chicken a la King is easy to make and is an easy way to use leftover cooked chicken and a variety of vegetables. Saute cut up vegetables like sliced mushrooms, pepper, peas and carrots. Thicken to a sauce by adding a ¼ cup of flour and mixing thoroughly. When mixed, add 1 ½ cups of chicken stock and 1 ½ cups milk. Stir constantly until thickened. Add cooked chicken and continue to stir until warm. Serve over rice, noodles or toasted bread.
4. Chicken Burgers: You can purchase premade chicken burgers. You can make your own by grilling a chicken breast and using that as your patty. You can also ground chicken patties, just as you would make a beef patty. Place on a bun and top with your favorite burger toppings. Serve with fries or salad.
5. Chicken Burritos: Premade chicken burritos are simple to prepare. Be sure to shred some cheese and dice some tomatoes and colored peppers. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
6. Chicken Cacciatore: It sounds like a complicated dish, but it’s quite simple. Coat some chicken pieces with flour, salt and pepper and brown in a skillet. Once browned, add chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced red peppers and mushrooms and sauté. When the vegetables are tender, add a ½ cup of chicken stock and can of stewed tomatoes that you have chopped up. Bring to a covered simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with oregano and basil. Serve over your favorite noodles.
7. Chicken Caesar Salad: Have some leftover chicken? Chop it into your Caesar salad. If you don’t have any premade chicken, simply grill a boneless breast and slice. Top your salad with croutons, parmesan cheese and even a little bit of bacon, if you’d like.
8. Chicken Cannelloni: A delicious baked pasta dish, it’s made from cannelloni noodles stuffed with cheese, veggies and chicken. Then you top everything with pasta sauce, more cheese and bake. Delicious!
9. Chicken Cordon Bleu: Sometimes called chicken cordon Swiss, chicken cordon bleu is a breaded chicken breast stuffed with ham or prosciutto and Swiss cheese. You can prepare your own chicken cordon bleu from scratch, but many grocery stores carry delicious premade varieties. Bake according to the package directions and serve with steamed rice and vegetables.
10. Chicken Divan: A casserole, made with broccoli, almonds and Mornay sauce, you can make a simpler version using canned soups. Layer a baking dish with broccoli and then top with chicken breast pieces. Add a can each of condensed cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. Add about ½ cup of milk and cover with foil. Bake in a 350 F oven for about 45 minutes. Remove foil about 15 minutes sooner and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
11. Chicken Enchiladas: A great one-dish meal, you can make this ahead of time and just bake when you’re ready. Made with tortilla shells stuffed with chicken and vegetables, it’s topped with a tomato-based sauce and cheese.
12. Chicken Fajitas: Just as fun as taco night, but just a little bit different. Gather up some soft tortillas, grilled strips of chicken breast, sautéed onions, mushrooms and pepper. Top with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheese.
13. Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo: Cut fully-cooked chicken into cubes. Meanwhile, cook the fettuccini noodles according to the package instructions. Slice some mushrooms and finely chopped onion and sauté until tender. Add alfredo sauce and cook until heated through. Toss with the cooked fettucini noodles. Serve with parmesan and garlic bread.
14. Chicken Florentine: This dish is made in a variety of ways and with varying ingredients, but here’s a simple approach. Take some fully cooked chicken pieces and place them in one layer on a baking dish, top with a few handfuls of spinach and some Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle on parmesan and bake in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.
15. Chicken Fried Rice: All you need is some fully-cooked chicken pieces, steamed rice, carrots, peas, corn and scrambled eggs. Slice the carrots thinly and sauté them in a large skillet. Add the peas and corn and sauté a little longer. Then add the rice and stir until heated through. Then add the scrambled eggs and mix thoroughly. Serve with soy sauce.
16. Chicken Kebabs: Always a great addition to the grill, chicken kebabs are easy to make. Add cubes of chicken and any vegetables you want to your skewer. Brush with seasonings and olive oil.
17. Chicken Kiev: This Ukrainian or Russian dish is a chicken breast rolled in garlic and herb butter. The breast is then breaded and fried. Serve it with rice and vegetables.
18. Chicken Masala: This is an Indian curry dish with boneless chicken pieces and spicy masala sauce. The sauce is made with yogurt, cream and pureed tomato. It’s can be seasoned in a variety of way and may contain cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, paprika and jalapeno pepper. Serve with rice and/or bread.
19. Chicken Noodle Soup: All you need is some chicken stock, your favorite vegetables cut in small pieces, fully-cooked chicken chopped into small pieces and some noodles. Start by heating the stock over medium-high heat and adding the vegetables. Add the densest vegetables first as they’ll need more time to cook. Allow carrots to simmer for about 20 minutes, while frozen peas and corn only need about 5 minutes. Add the noodles and cook for the length indicated in the package directions. Add the chicken 5 minutes before serving.
20. Chicken Parmesan: Breaded and pan fried chicken breast is topped with a tomato-based sauce and cheese. It’s then baked and served over pasta.
21. Chicken Pot Pie: Homemade chicken pot pie always tastes better than the frozen kind. You can make your own crust from scratch or simply use a premade one from the grocery store. It’s always a great “leftovers” meal after a roasted chicken dinner. Just use the leftover chicken meat and vegetables in your pie.
22. Chicken Primavera: “Primavera” refers to a dish made with sautéed Spring vegetables. Whether you use an olive-oil sauce, cream sauce or even tomato sauce, there are no rules for making this dish with chicken, plenty of vegetables and your favorite pasta noodles.
23. Chicken Quesadillas: If you’ve got leftover chicken, you’ve got easy quesadillas. Just cut into small pieces, place on a soft tortilla, add cheese and your other favorite quesadilla fillings. Fold the tortilla in half and cook on a medium skillet until heated and cheese is melted.
24. Chicken Ramen: A great way to use leftovers, add chicken to ramen noodles. Add vegetables for extra flavor, texture and nutrition too.
25. Chicken Rice Soup: Much like chicken noodle soup, use rice instead of noodles. You can add rice to your broth as you cook the soup, but be careful not to overcook it, or it will be soggy.
26. Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Take some leftover chicken, chop it finely with a food chopper. Then chop some celery finely too. Mix chicken and celery with a few tablespoons of mayo and a bit of mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on bread and add some lettuce and tomato, if you’d like.
27. Chicken Satay: A wonderful appetizer or make it a meal by adding rice and vegetables, chicken satay sounds exotic, but is easy to make. It’s marinated chicken breast meat, grilled on a skewer. Serve with peanut sauce and dip away!
28. Chicken Schnitzel: For this simple meal, take a boneless and skinless chicken breast and slice it lengthwise in half. Then pound the meat until it is tender and flat. Coat the pieces lightly in flour, then dip in egg and finally roll in bread crumbs. Then fry until browned on both sides and chicken is fully cooked, about 4-5 minutes for each side. Serve with potatoes or rice and vegetables; or slice it up and put it on a hearty salad.
29. Chicken Stir Fry: A stir fry is what you make it. All you need is some boneless chicken breast, cut in pieces, and your favorite vegetables. Saute the chicken until no longer pink on each side. Then add your vegetables and cook until desired tenderness. Serve over rice, noodles and add soy sauce or other preferred seasonings.
30. Chicken Strips and Fries: An old standard, whether you make it from scratch or save a bit of time with pre-packaged chicken and fries, serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy.
31. Chicken Taco Salad: Increase the health value of your tacos, by skipping the fried shells and topping your favorite lettuce mix with seasoned chicken, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa and cheese.
32. Chicken Tacos: Reduce the cholesterol content in your tacos, by using ground chicken or even chunks of chicken breast instead of ground beef. Brown and cook the chicken thoroughly, add your seasonings and water and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve in soft or hard shells with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
33. Chicken Teriyaki: Use teriyaki sauce to marinate strips of chicken breast. Saute with onions, carrots and bean sprouts. Serve over rice to enjoy this filling meal.
34. Chicken Tortellini: Made with cheese stuffed tortellini, add diced chicken, vegetables and Alfredo sauce. Serve with a sale and garlic bread.
35. Chicken Udon: Instead of boring old ramen, try thick and tender udon noodles for your next noodle soup. Add pieces of pre-cooked chicken and vegetables.
36. Chicken Chili: Another idea for reduced cholesterol and a different flavor. You can use ground chicken instead of beef in your chili and it’s easy to make in the crockpot. Brown the ground chicken and add it to the crockpot. Then add chopped onion, peppers, kidney beans (soak first or use canned, but drain them first) and your seasoning. You can use pre-packaged seasonings or make your own with chili powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce if you like it hot.
37. Club Sandwiches: This double decker sandwich is sure please. All you need is 3 pieces of bread per sandwich, sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Spread mayo on one side of each piece of bread Take one slice of bread and top with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Top with a slice of bread and spread mayo on the top side. Then add another layer of turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Top with the last slice of bread. Season with salt and pepper and serve with soup or a salad.
38. Cobb Salad: A hearty and delicious salad, all you need is your favorite lettuce mix, chicken breast pieces, crisp bacon, sliced boiled egg, avocado and Roquefort cheese. If you don’t have Roquefort cheese, any shredded cheese will do in a pinch. Serve with a red wine vinaigrette.
39. Cream of Chicken Soup: You can make it from scratch or purchased canned varieties. Try topping with a toasted baguette slice for some crunch.
40. Curry Chicken: Instead of boring old chicken, try adding some kick with curry spices. Serve with rice and vegetables. If you’re making it spicy, add some plain yogurt on the side.
41. Deep Fried Whole Turkey: While it may seem strange to the uninitiated, a deep fried turkey produces a very juicy piece of poultry. Make sure to use a deep fryer, instead of frying of large meats and do it outside to avoid messes and accidents.
42. Egg Drop Soup: This simple traditional Chinese soup is made with chicken broth, chives and ginger. Egg is drizzled in slowly and then the broth is thickened with cornstarch.
43. Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes: A classic, you can coat your chicken with a bread crumb or corn flake based coating. Serve with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob or other favorite vegetables.
44. Garlic Chicken: A simple, but flavorful dish, you can make garlic chicken from boneless and skinless chicken breast. Coat with bread crumbs, crushed garlic, parmesan and bake until fully cooked and golden.
45. Ginger Chicken: Ginger adds great flavor to chicken. You can do a whole roast chicken or just bake chicken pieces. Combine some soy sauce, crushed garlic and ginger. Then rub all over the chicken and bake.
46. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings: Who says chicken wings are just an appetizer? Turn them into a meal instead. You can make your own honey garlic sauce with soy sauce, honey and crushed garlic cloves.
47. Hot Wings: Make a meal from your hot wings by adding roasted potatoes and vegetables. Serve with blue cheese dip.
48. Indian Butter Chicken: A traditionally spicy dish, usually served with rice, you can adjust your Butter Chicken to desired spiciness. Butter chicken is made by creating a sauce with finely chopped shallots and onions, garlic, butter, lemon juice, tomato puree and plain yogurt. It’s seasoned with garam masala, chili powder, cumin, bay leaf and cayenne pepper. Cooked boneless chicken pieces are added and the sauce is thickened with cornstarch and water.
49. Jerk Chicken: This grilled chicken is full of flavor and spice. Jerk spice is traditionally made with Scotch bonnet peppers, some of the hottest peppers available.
50. Lemon Chicken: Marinate your chicken in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Then grill or bake. Serve with roast potatoes and vegetables.
51. Orange Chicken: A traditional Chinese dish, you can make it at home. It consists of boneless chicken meat, batter and fried. It’s then topped with lemon sauce. Serve over steamed rice.
52. Pineapple Chicken: Another traditional Chinese dish, it consists of marinated chicken breast served with a thickened pineapple sauce. Serve with steamed rice and other favorites.
53. Popcorn Chicken: Skip the KFC and make your own baked popcorn chicken instead. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into small bite-sized pieces. Coat the pieces with flour, salt and pepper. Place in a well-buttered baking dish and add the chicken pieces in a single layer. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes, stir and cook for another 10-12 minutes until crispy.
54. Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetables: Roasting a chicken is not only delicious, it’s actually quite easy. Coat a whole chicken with your favorite rub and place in a roasting pan. Place roughly chopped potatoes, carrots and onions around the chicken. Roast covered for about an hour and a half or until the chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165 F. Don’t forget to baste every half or so and you can remove the cover in the last half hour to help the skin brown.
55. Roast Duck: It goes great with a sweet honey and orange glaze, trim off excess fat and always cook duck to an internal temperature 165 F.
56. Roast Turkey with Stuffing: A traditional meal, but it needn’t just be reserved for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Enjoy it any time of year and serve with your favorite potatoes and vegetables.
57. Roasted Cornish Game Hens: A great change from chicken, Cornish game hens are easy to roast. You can cut them in half, brush them with an orange marinade and roast.
58. Rosemary Chicken: Rosemary adds such great flavor to chicken, so use it readily. All you need is some chicken thighs and drumsticks. Season with salt, pepper and top with fresh chopped rosemary. If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried. Cook in a 375 F oven for about 45 minutes. Serve with potatoes or rice and vegetables.
59. Shake and Bake Chicken: Less fat and cholesterol than its fried counterpart, Shake and Bake can be just as satisfying. Serve with oven roasted fries too.
60. Turkey Burgers: Instead of traditional ground beef, try lean ground turkey. Try some stronger seasonings for your patties to add more flavor as ground turkey tends to have a blander flavor than ground beef on its own.
61. Turkey Chili: Whipping up a batch of your favorite chili? Try using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Add each to a sourdough loaf for a hearty and comforting meal.
62. Turkey Meatballs: While turkey can be leaner (make sure to check the label) than ground beef, it doesn’t always have as much flavor. Add garlic and other strong seasonings to your meatball recipe for delicious turkey meatballs.
63. Turkey Meatloaf: Ground turkey, egg, oatmeal and a bit of milk can form your loaf. To add more flavor, add tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.
64. Turkey Stroganoff: An old traditional favorite, usually made with ground beef meatballs, can also be made with ground turkey. Serve over egg noodles and enjoy.
65. Turkey Tacos: Taco seasoning goes great with ground turkey because it brings out so much flavor. Serve with soft or hard shells, lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream.
66. Turkey Noodle Soup: Forget boring old turkey sandwiches, make turkey noodle soup with your turkey leftovers. Add your favorite vegetables and noodle of choice. Whether it’s small soup noodles or whole wheat rotini, there are no wrong answers to this yummy soup.
67. Turkey Schnitzel: Take thin pieces of uncooked turkey breast and pound with a wooden mallet. Coat in flour, then egg and finally bread crumbs. Pan fry until fully cooked and golden.
68. Baked Ziti: Much like lasagna, but made with delicious ziti noodles. Layer with pasta, provolone cheese, sour cream, meat sauce and mozzarella. Bake until cheeses are melted and browned on top.
69. Beef and Barley Soup: A hearty old favorite, beef and barley soup is made with chopped roast beef, chopped canned tomatoes, finely chop carrots and onions and beef broth. Use salt, pepper, basil and oregano for seasoning.
70. Beef and Broccoli: This dish brings together marinated steak strips with nutrition packed broccoli. It’s served over steamed rice.
71. Beef and Pasta Casserole: It’s like Hamburger Helper, but better because you make it yourself. Cook some rotini noodles and set aside. Meanwhile, brown some ground beef and onions in a large pot. Once it is browned, add some stewed tomatoes and the rotini noodles. Season with basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Once fully heated, stir in some shredded cheddar and mozzarella.
72. Beef Burritos: You can make your burritos in a single dish and prepare them ahead of time if you’d like. Fill your burritos with meat sauce and cheese. Place them in a baking dish and top with more cheese. Bake and then serve with salsa and sour cream.
73. Beef Cannelloni: Cook some ground beef with vegetables and puree when slightly cooled. Stuff the cannelloni with mixture and place in a baking dish. Top with tomato-based pasta sauce and cheese. Bake until thoroughly heated and cheese begins to brown.
74. Beef Chili: A traditional comfort food, chili is pretty easy to make. Just brown some ground beef. Then sauté onion and other finely chopped vegetables of your choosing. Add tomato sauce, stewed tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with chili powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.
75. Beef Dip: These yummy sandwiches are easy to put together when you have leftover roast beef. Slice it thinly and warm in it a skillet with a bit of beef stock. Spread horseradish mayo on a bun and add the warmed meat. Serve with au jus sauce for dipping.
76. Beef Enchiladas: Made with beef and onion, wrapped in tortillas. They are place in a baking dish and topped with enchilada sauce and cheese. Serve with rice and beans for a complete meal.
77. Beef Fajitas: Thin slices of steak, onions and peppers are sautéed and then served with warm tortilla shells. Top with sour cream, salsa, guacamole and shredded cheese.
78. Beef Fried Rice: Who says chicken and pork are the only meat you can use for fried rice? If you’ve got leftover beef, cut it into small pieces and add it, your favorite vegetables and scrambled eggs to your rice.
79. Beef Goulash: Prepare it in the night before and cook it in your crockpot in the morning. When you get home from work, this dish with stewing beef, vegetables and potatoes will make for a hearty meal.
80. Beef Kebobs: Take quality cubed meat and marinate. Then place on skewers with red onion, cherry tomatoes and sweet peppers. Brush lightly with olive oil and grilled to desired doneness.
81. Beef Manicotti: Stuff precooked manicotti shells with ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan. Place in a baking dish, top with tomato sauce with ground beef. Add shredded mozzarella and bake until heated through and cheese if fully melted.
82. Beef Pot Pie: Whether you use fresh beef or leftover, beef pot pie is a very comforting dish. Use fresh handmade pie crust or purchase premade. Use your favorite vegetables and you’ve got a great meal in front of you.
83. Beef Ramen: Add some sliced and fully cooked beef and vegetables to your ramen noodles. It brings a whole new sophistication to Mr. Noodle!
84. Beef Sliders: Tiny burgers are all the rage. They allow you to experiment with different toppings and sauces, so go wild. You can even purchased pre-made slider beef patties at the grocery store.
85. Beef Stew: Always a heartwarming meal on a cold day, it’s made with stewing meat, vegetables, and potatoes. Beef broth is thickened near the end.
86. Beef Stir Fry: Thinly sliced steak or pre-cut stir fry beef make a great accompaniment to a stir fry. Add your favorite vegetables and serve over rice or chow mein noodles.
87. Beef Stroganoff: You can make your stroganoff with strips of beef or small meatballs. It’s served with a beef broth and sour cream based sauce, but cream of mushroom soup will also do in a pinch.
88. Beef Taco Salad: Love tacos, but want to skip the fried shells? Simply take your favorite lettuce, top it with beef taco meat, tomatoes, cheese, salsa and sour cream and you’ve got taco salad.
89. Beef Tacos: A family favorite, tacos are a snap to make. Brown some ground beef, add taco seasoning and water, then simmer. Meanwhile, cut up lettuce, tomato and heat hard or soft taco shells. Service with shredded cheddar, salsa and sour cream.
90. Beef Tamales: Tamales are a traditional Latin American dish made with a corn-based dough, steamed inside corn husks. Make beef tamales with shredded chuck roast and vegetables of your choice. Remove from the horn husks before eating.
91. Beef Teriyaki: Marinate stir fry beef in teriyaki marinade. Saute with thinly sliced carrots, onions and bean sprouts. Serve over steamed rice.
92. Beef Tortellini: Tortellini stuffed with cheese and topped with tomato meat sauce is always divine. Serve with garlic bread and a Caesar salad.
93. Beef Udon: Add some flavor and texture to your udon noodle soup by adding cooked beef, some frozen peas and corn.
94. Bratwurst and Sauerkraut: A traditional German meal, the sauerkraut is cooked with fried bacon, onion, garlic and sugar. Pan fry the bratwurst and you’ve got a delicious meal on your hands.
95. Cabbage Rolls: Made with ground beef and rice, these rolls can be wrapped with pickled cabbage and then baked or steamed.
96. Cheeseburger Pie: To get started, brown some ground beef and finely chopped onion. Remove from heat and mix in a couple of raw eggs, shredded cheddar, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. For your crust, you can make a fresh homemade crust, use a premade one or try some biscuit mix. Form the crust on the bottom of your pie plate and add the beef mixture, top with shredded cheese and bake in a 350 F oven for about 40 minutes.
97. Chicken Fried Steak: Similar to schnitzel, Chicken Fried Steak is tenderized, breaded and pan-fried veal or beef. It’s often served with mashed potatoes and a creamy gravy.
98. Chili Cheese Dogs: If you have leftover chili, here’s a perfect next day meal or if you don’t, you can used canned chili. Make your hot dogs like you usually make them and top with them with some chili and shredded cheese. Place in oven to melt the cheese and enjoy.
99. Corn Dogs: Who doesn’t love a corn dog now and then? Serve with ketchup and favorite mustard. Have french fries or salad on the side.
100. Corned Beef Hash and Eggs: Take some cubed corned beef, hash browns, diced onion and other finely chopped vegetables to make your hash. Serve with eggs, cooked just as you like them.
101. Corned Beef Stew: While corned beef isn’t the healthiest of meats, it’s a delicious treat now and then. Instead of using stewing beef, try corned beef with your vegetables and potatoes. Add an Irish flavor by using some Guinness beer in your liquids.
102. Garlic Beef: Sliced beef, garlic, chives and bean sprouts make the perfect garlic beef. Serve over steamed rice or chow mein noodles.
103. Hamburgers: An old standby, burgers are always a well-appreciated meal. Use frozen patties or make your own. Add some fun with a variety of toppings, including different cheeses, sautéed onions, mushrooms and even fried eggs.
104. Hot Dogs: Get creative with your hot dogs and make topping them fun. Try sautéed onions, a variety of cheeses, chili, sauces, salsa, vegetables and more.
105. Italian Sub Sandwich: There’s no wrong or right away to make an Italian sub sandwich, but they typically come with Italian sausage, salami and other meats. Lettuce, tomato, red onion and Italian dressing are also common.
106. Lasagna with Beef: A great make-ahead meal. Get everything ready, refrigerate and then all you have to do is bake when it’s time to eat. Layer your lasagna by alternating beef pasta sauce, noodles, ricotta cheese, and a mozzarella-parmesan mix. Bake covered for about 30 minutes and then remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes to brown the cheese.
107. Maui Ribs: Made with beef short ribs, they are marinated for a lengthy time in soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, ginger and garlic. They grill quickly and are perfectly accompanied by rice and vegetables.
108. Meatloaf: Have fun with your meat loaf and with a few raw pieces of bacon before baking. Or if you have kids who refuse to eat vegetables, puree some and sneak it in your loaf. Serve with mashed potatoes.
109. Nachos with Beef: Brown some ground beef and simmer with taco seasoning. Then layer tortilla chips, cheddar and jack cheese, diced peppers, ground beef and tomatoes on an oven-safe dish. Bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned.
110. Peppercorn Steak: Something a little different for a steak dinner, peppercorn steak is served with a creamy sauce with crushed peppercorns and garlic. Serve with roasted potatoes and steamed vegetables.
111. Pepperoni Calzone: Grab some pizza dough, spread with pizza sauce and top with cheese and pepperoni. Fold over, bake and you’ve got a pepperoni calzone.
112. Pepperoni Pizza: You can make crust from scratch, buy premade crusts or even use pita bread as your pizza shell. Top with pizza sauce, pepperoni and a blend of your favorite pizza cheeses.
113. Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches: If you have some pre-cooked roast beef, a bun, some mozzarella cheese, onion and mayo, you’ve got yourself a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Saute the onions and place all the ingredients on the bun. Melt the cheese in the oven until bubbly and enjoy.
114. Prime Rib Roast with Horseradish and Au Jus: Prime rib is a very tender piece of meat that tends to cook rather quickly, meaning you don’t have to slave in the kitchen all day for a fine meal. Serve with au jus, horseradish, potatoes and vegetables.
115. Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding: A traditional roast beef is nothing without the addition of Yorkshire pudding. You can buy pre-packaged mix, but it’s very easy to make your own Yorkshires from scratch with simple ingredients like eggs, flour, water, oil and salt.
116. Shepherd’s Pie: Another make ahead dish you can prepare and then just bake when you ready. It’s a layer of fully-cooked ground beef with diced vegetables, seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Then it’s topped with mashed potatoes. You can put a little shredded cheese on top and then bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the cover and bake for another 15 minutes for nice browning.
117. Sloppy Joes: Sloppy Joes are super easy to make with a pre-made seasoning mix. Just brown some ground beef, follow the directions and place on warm buns. Then get sloppy!
118. Slow Cooker Pot Roast: Want to end a hectic work day with a delicious “Sunday dinner”? It’s easy with your slow cooker. Add your potatoes, vegetables and pot roast to your slow cooker. Add seasonings, some water and let it cook until you get home.
119. Smothered Steak: This is a great way to take a less expensive piece of beef and turn it into a tender and delicious meal. The steak is braised with vegetables and seasoning. Serve with potatoes.
120. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce: Whether you use canned sauce or make your own, the addition of ground beef add a nice flavor and texture. Brown the beef first before adding it to the sauce and then let it simmer for a while before serving.
121. Spaghetti with Meatballs: Add meatballs to your next spaghetti dinner. You can make them with ground beef, breads crumbs or oats, an egg and a bit of milk. Season with salt and pepper and bake at 350 F for about 30 minutes.
122. Stuffed Peppers with Beef: Fully-cooked ground beef is mixed with cooked rice and placed in a stuffed pepper and top with shredded cheese. Bake for 1 hour at 350 F.
123. Swedish Meatballs and Noodles: Swedish meatballs are a combination of ground beef and ground pork and have a much softer texture than beef-only meatballs. Serve with Alfredo sauce mixed with beef stock and serve over egg noodles.
124. Taco Pie: Turn your tacos into a pie. Use a pie crust, fill with fully-cooked taco-seasoned ground beef and top with sour cream and cheese. Bake and serve with salsa.
125. Taco Soup: Make a delicious soup with fully-cooked taco-seasoned ground beef. Add pinto beans, corn and stewed tomatoes. Top with sour cream.
126. Tater Tot Casserole: Frozen tater tots make this casserole scrumptious. It’s made with ground beef, onions, cream of mushroom soup with some ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Top with cheese for extra flavor.
127. Veal Parmesan: Breaded and pan fried veal cutlets are then topped with tomato pasta sauce and parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven and serve over spaghetti noodles.
Pork, Ham & Bacon
128. Bacon and Cheese Perogies: Perogies from scratch are always best, but do take some time to make. You can pick up frozen bacon and cheese perogies and make a delicious meal too. Whether they’re pan-fried or baked, it’s hearty and filling meal.
129. Bacon and Eggs: A couple of slices of bacon, eggs prepared the way you like them and some hash browns and you’ve got a hearty breakfast, lunch or dinner.
130. Baked Pork Chops: Breaded and lightly pan fried pork chops are then baked and topped with cream of mushroom soup and baked until fully cooked and heated through.
131. BBQ Pork Ribs: The most tender pork ribs are cooked prior to grilling. You can boil them or cook them in a slow cooker until tender. Then marinate in barbecue sauce and grill for about 5 minutes each side for a crispy outside.
132. Breakfast Burrito with Eggs, Cheese and Pork Sausage: Made just like a burrito with beef or chicken, you can stuff your burrito with scrambled eggs, cheese and sliced and cooked pork sausage. Serve with salsa.
133. Breakfast Sandwich with Egg and Bacon: Forget McDonald’s, you can make a breakfast sandwich at home. Toast an English muffin, top with a fried egg and cooked bacon.
134. Chef’s Salad: It’s a meal all in one salad. Chef’s salad includes sliced ham, turkey, cheeses and sliced hard-boiled egg. Top with your favorite salad dressing.
135. Crepes with Ham, Egg and Cheese: A savory filled crepe is always delicious. Place thinly sliced ham, scrambled egg and shredded cheese on your crepe in an oven-safe pan. Fold the crepe over and let the cheese melt in the oven.
136. Eggs Benedict: A filling breakfast or brunch item, Eggs Benedict is a slice of ham, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, served over a warm English muffin.
137. Grilled Pork Chops: A little bit of olive oil or your favorite rub, make for delicious grilled pork chops. Opt for thicker cuts of pork for moister results.
138. Ham and Cheese Omelet: A delicious classic. Fold cubes of ham and shredded cheese near the end. Place a lid on your pan and allow the cheese to melt or place under a broiler, in an oven-safe dish, for a minute or two.
139. Ham and Cheese Quiche: Make your own fresh crust or purchase pre-made pastry shells. Add vegetables and make this yummy quiche just the way you like it. Serve it with your favorite salad too.
140. Ham and Eggs: Hard boiled, sunny side up or over easy, it’s up to you. Serve up your eggs with some thick slices of ham and enjoy.
141. Ham Steak and Mashed Potatoes: Ham steaks don’t need a grill to cook. You can cook them with great results in a skillet on your stove. Serve with mashed potatoes and veggies of your choice for a great comfort meal.
142. Hawaiian Pizza: A classic favorite, Hawaiian pizza includes ham, pineapple and cheese. Add a stronger flavor by using a mozzarella and cheddar blend for your cheese.
143. Honey Glazed Pork Loin: Create a glaze by simmering soy sauce, honey, sesame oil and some balsamic vinegar. Brush the loin with the glaze and bake in the oven.
144. Pasta with Italian Pork Sausage: In a skillet, some cooked penne pasta, grape tomatoes, fresh basil, pepper and sliced pre-cooked Italian sausage. Toss in some olive oil and heat through thoroughly. Top with parmesan and serve.
145. Pigs in a Blanket: All you need is some hot dog wieners and biscuit dough. Insert a little slice of cheese before baking. Serve with ketchup and mustard.
146. Pork Chops and Apple Sauce: There’s nothing quite like pan fried pork chops when they’re accompanied by some apple sauce. Serve with rice or potatoes and your favorite vegetables.
147. Pork Fried Rice: Have some leftover rice and pork? Dice up the pork, sauté some vegetables and scramble a few eggs. Add some oil to a skillet and heat the rice thoroughly, add your other ingredients and serve.
148. Pork Kebobs: Whether they’re all pork or if you add some vegetables, these make a great addition to a meal. Brush with olive oil and garlic and grill until fully cooked. Served with rice, tzatziki and vegetables.
149. Pork Roast with Dumplings: Dumplings make a great compliment to a juicy pork roast. If you’re not on a strict diet, choose a roast with higher fat content as the pan drippings are wonderful for drizzling on the dumplings.
150. Pork Schnitzel: Take some boneless pork chops and pound them flat with a mallet. Coat with flour, then egg and finally some bread crumbs. Pan fry until fully cooked and golden. Serve with rice or potatoes and vegetables.
151. Pork Stir Fry: Thinly sliced pork, carrots, onions, sweet peppers and other vegetables make a nice stir fry. Pan fry and serve over noodles or rice.
152. Pulled Pork Sandwiches: Cooking a pork roast in a slow cooker until the meat is tender and falls apart is perfect for pulled pork sandwiches. Simmer in barbecue sauce and then serve over bread when it’s ready.
153. Sausage and Eggs: There’s nothing quite as comforting on a weekend morning as sausages and eggs prepared just the way you like them. If you have some leftover potatoes from dinner, slice them and sauté them in oil until lightly browned. Season with seasoning salt.
154. Split Pea Soup with Ham: A soup made with split peas, onions, leeks and carrots is pureed and then small bits of ham are added. Serve with homemade croutons for some added crunch.
155. Stuffed Pork Chops: Who says stuffing is just for turkey? Lightly pan fried pork chops are then placed in a baking dish, topped with stuffing and baked for about ½ an hour or until the chops are fully cooked.
156. Sweet and Sour Pork: Cubed pork loin is batter and deep fried and then topped with a warm sweet and sour pineapple sauce. Serve with fried or steamed rice.
157. Teriyaki Pork Chops: Because teriyaki is a sweet sauce, it can be tricky to grill pork chops on the barbecue. Make sure that any excess marinade is remove before grilling. For extra flavor, you can brush on extra marinade near the end of the grilling process.
158. Bacon Wrapped Scallops: Easy and delicious. Wrap a piece of raw bacon around a scallop and secure it with toothpick. Broil for about 10-15 minutes until the bacon is cooked. Turn half way through cooking.
159. Barbecued Salmon Fillet: Cooking a salmon directly on the grill can cause sticking, but you can use a sheet of foil, turned up at the edges to create a cooking surface for your salmon. Add your favorite seasonings and grill until the salmon is cooked through. Serve with rice and vegetables.
160. Chicken Neptune: Dress up a grilled chicken breast with some seafood. Top with shrimp, crab meat and hollandaise sauce for a rich meal. Serve with rice and steamed vegetables.
161. Clam Chowder: There are a number of ways to make clam chowder, but this hearty soup is definitely satisfying. Serve in a sourdough bread bowl for an even heartier meal.
162. Crab Bisque: A creamy soup, it’s heartwarming on a cold day. Serve it with some bread and a salad and you’ve got a complete meal. Use homemade shellfish stock for extra fresh flavor.
163. Crab Cakes: These lovely pan fried savory cakes are made in a variety of ways, but are traditionally served with remoulade sauce. All you need is some crab meat, onions, eggs, bread crumbs and a few seasonings and you can make crab cakes.
164. Eggs Neptune: A crabby version of Eggs Benedict, Neptune features crab meat, topped with a poached egg and hollandaise sauce, served over an English muffin.
165. Fish Sticks: In a hurry, break out the fish sticks? Serve with fries or salad and don’t forget the tartar sauce.
166. Garlic Shrimp: Remove the shells, but keep the tails on your large shrimp. Saute in a pan with butter and finely chopped garlic until the shrimp turns pink. Serve with garlic bread and greens.
167. Pan-Fried Sole Fillets: A light breading of flour, followed by egg and then bread crumbs creates a nice crust on sole fillets. Serve with rice and vegetables.
168. Lobster Bisque: Pretty much like crab bisque, but with lobster. Serve in a sourdough bread bowl and enjoy.
169. Miso Soup: If you’ve ever had miso soup in a Japanese restaurant, you’ll know it’s a flavorful broth with simple ingredients like seaweed and tofu. The broth is made with dashi stock and miso paste. You can make heartier versions from home by adding extra vegetables if you’d like.
170. Mussels Hot Pot: Whether you use a white wine or tomato-based broth, a mussels hot pot is a great treat. Serve with plenty of bread for dipping.
171. Oysters Rockefeller: This delicacy consists of oysters on the half shell. They are made in a variety of ways but often topped with a rich butter sauce, cheese and spinach and baked.
172. Pizza with Anchovies: Some people love them and others hate them, but anchovies can add a great salty flavor to any pizza. Try them with your other favorite toppings and you might be surprised.
173. Popcorn Shrimp: You can make them spicy or really choose any flavor you want. Or you can simply save the flavoring to the dipping sauces.
174. Prawn Kebabs: If you’re using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them for about 20 minutes to prevent burning. After they’ve soaked, load up your skewers with prawns, brush with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Cook until prawns turn from grey to pink.
175. Salmon Burgers: You can buy pre-made salmon patties, but a grilled salmon fillet makes a great salmon burger. Top with lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce.
176. Salmon Cakes: Like crab cakes, but made with salmon instead. Serve over greens and with some tartar sauce.
177. Salmon Kebobs: Cut a salmon into 1” thick slices and thread onto a skewer. Brush with olive oil and dill. Serve with a yogurt dressing made with plain yogurt and lemon juice.
178. Shrimp Kebobs: The bigger the shrimp the better. They will turn out more juicy and are easier to place on a skewer. Serve your shrimp kebabs with rice and vegetables.
179. Shrimp on Pesto Pasta: Pan fried shrimp make a great compliment to your favorite pasta noodles tossed in pesto. Be careful not to cook the pesto or it will separate, just toss into hot pasta and you’re ready to go.
180. Southern Fried Catfish: Catfish fillets rolled in flour, cornmeal and seasonings. Make sure your oil is very hot to avoid overly greasy fish when deep frying. Serve with tartar sauce and your favorite sides.
181. Steak Neptune: A grilled steak is dressed up with a combination of crab and / or shrimp meat in a cream sauce. Serve with potatoes and vegetables.
182. Steamed Crab Legs: Simple and delicious. Steam crab legs, serve with plenty of garlic butter, rice and vegetables.
183. Tuna Casserole: There are many ways to make a tuna casserole, but it’s super easy to make with egg noodles, canned and drained tuna, cream of mushroom soup and cheese. Add sautéed diced onions, frozen peas or other vegetables.
184. Tuna Salad Sandwiches: A little bit of mayo, mustard and finely diced celery and you’ve got tuna salad. Add salt and pepper and place on your favorite bread. Top with lettuce and tomato.
185. Baked Macaroni and Cheese: You can make it out of a box, or you can create it from scratch. Add extra shredded cheese and bread crumbs on top for a crispy crust.
186. Black Beans and Rice: You can make this dish all in one pot. Just make sure you presoak your beans if you’re using dried or simply use fully-drained canned black beans. Put them in the pot with your rice and cooking as usual. For extra flavor, use a vegetable broth instead of water for cooking.
187. Cheese and Potato Perogies: A hearty meatless dish, perogies can be made from scratch, but quality frozen varieties make for a satisfying meal. Serve with fried onions and sour cream.
188. Corn Chowder: This thick and hearty soup can be made completely meatless by skipping the bacon that is usually added. Make it with corn kernels, potatoes, onions, carrots and cream.
189. Cream of Leek and Potato Soup: This is a simple and tasty soup made with leeks, potatoes, onions and cream. It can be cooked on the stove or in a slow cooker and pureed with a hand blender when done.
190. Cream of Mushroom Soup: Fresh mushrooms make all the difference in cream of mushroom soup. It’s traditionally made with cream and chicken stock, but you can use a vegetable stock if you prefer your soup to be meatless.
191. Egg Salad Sandwiches: Take some hard boiled eggs and chop them up finely. Add a little mayo, mustard and finely chopped celery or pickles. Season with salt, pepper and maybe a little paprika. Serve on bread with lettuce and tomato.
192. French Toast: Beat some eggs with a dollop of milk and cinnamon. Dip some bread slices so both sides are covered with the egg mixture and cook on a medium skillet. Flip over when browned on one side and cook on the other side. Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with syrup. For extra yumminess, top with fresh berries.
193. Grilled Cheese and Soup: We loved it as children and there’s no reason we can’t love it now. Experiment with a variety of cheeses and don’t forget to dip the sandwich in your favorite soup.
194. Lentil Soup: Hearty and full of dietary fiber and folate, this soup is a healthy addition to a meal. You can make lentil soup in a variety of ways, but you can’t go wrong with carrots, onions, tomatoes and garlic.
195. Minestrone Soup: This Italian soup is usually made with a variety of vegetables, stewed tomatoes and pasta. Chicken stock is often used, but you can easily substitute it with vegetable stock, if you prefer.
196. Nachos: It’s easy to make this pub food at home. All you need are some tortilla chips, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, diced red pepper and tomatoes. Bake in the oven and serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
197. Oatmeal: Dress up your oatmeal and don’t be afraid to experiment for a more satisfying meal. Some things you might add: berries, raisins, chocolate chips, diced apple, brown sugar, maple syrup, jam, honey, sliced bananas and more.
198. Omelet: Full of protein and amino acids, eggs are a healthy protein. You can make omelets with all kinds of meatless fillings including tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, cheese, olives, capers, onions and more.
199. Pancakes: A great meal, any time of day. Top with berries, sliced bananas, yogurt, crushed walnuts and more. You can even make your pancakes healthier by including a sweet potato puree in the batter.
200. Pesto Linguini: An easy-peasy dinner idea. Cook your linguini noodles and toss in some pesto. Top with sundried tomatoes, olives and parmesan. Serve with garlic bread.
201. Pesto Pizza: Instead of tomato-based pizza sauce on your next pizza, try a layer of pesto instead. Then top with your usual favorite veggie and cheese toppings.
202. Poached Eggs on English Muffins: A simple and classic meal. Add some sliced tomato and season with salt and pepper.
203. Ramen Noodle Soup: If you’re making noodles out of the package, don’t be shy about adding your own vegetables too. Whether it’s steamed sliced carrots or frozen peas, you can dress up ramen into a scrumptious meal.
204. Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce: A simple and satisfying meal, spaghetti and tomato sauce is easy to make. Try adding some meatless meatballs and serve with garlic bread.
205. Stuffed Baked Potatoes: Go wild and crazy with your baked potatoes. Add broccoli, cheese sauce, diced tomatoes, sour cream, chives, veggie chili, salsa or whatever suits your fancy.
206. Tofu Stir Fry: Like any other stir fry, but with added meatless protein. Marinate the tofu first for extra flavor. Serve over steamed rice or noodles.
207. Vegetable and Rice Stuffed Pepper: Instead of ground beef and rice in a stuff pepper, dice up and sauté some vegetables and add them to a pepper. Top with shredded cheese and bake until heated all the way through.
208. Vegetable Kebobs: You don’t need meat to make a great kebab. Try pearl onions, cherry tomatoes, sweet peppers, mushrooms and more.
209. Vegetable Pot Pie: Just as satisfying as its chicken and beef counterparts, a vegetable pot pie can be made with a variety of vegetables and vegetable-based soup stock.
210. Vegetable Quesadillas: Fill your quesadillas with meatless options like onions, peppers, mango slices, beans, spinach, mushrooms and more. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
211. Vegetarian Chili: Skip the ground beef and double up on the beans for a delicious and hearty chili. Serve with bread and salad to complete your meal.
212. Vegetarian Lasagna: Instead of ground beef, try adding vegetables like sliced mushrooms, eggplant and sweet peppers. If you use plenty of sauce, there is no need to cook the noodles ahead of time. Just layer your ingredients and bake!
213. Veggie Burgers: There are plenty ready-made veggie burger patty options in most grocery stores. You can also make your own burgers with sliced and marinated tofu or a nice grilled portabello mushroom.
214. Veggie Pizza: With so many meatless options, there’s no need for meat on a pizza. Try sliced or diced tomato, mushrooms, sweet and hot peppers, olives, broccoli, onions, sweet potato, zucchini, eggplant, spinach and more.
215. Waffles: Out of a box or from scratch, dress up your waffles with berries, sliced bananas, crushed nuts, maple syrup or any topping that you’d like.