One of my oldest friends recently admitted that she has trouble in the kitchen. She asked me if I had any easy recipes that she could make for her family. I thought that I would help her out by assembling a list of easy recipes for beginners – a collection of foolproof recipes that anyone can successfully make. These are quick weeknight meals that I have been relying on for years.
When someone tells me that they can’t cook, I always have the same response, I ask: Do you have a slow cooker? I think everyone needs a slow cooker – they are the best tool for making a lot of food with minimal effort. Here are a few of my favorite crockpot recipes:
4 Ingredient Taco Chicken – Let’s start with the easiest recipe! Throw 4 simple ingredients in a crockpot and a few hours later you have chicken perfect for making tacos! And let’s face it – taco night was the best of the week when you were a kid.
Beef Stroganoff – This meal of tender chunks of beef, mushrooms, and onions in a creamy sauce takes just 20 minutes of active preparation time. You just need to quickly brown the beef and saute the mushrooms and onions before throwing everything into a crockpot to cook for 5 hours.
BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches – I love this recipe because you can customize your sandwiches with your favorite toppings. Just like the other crockpot recipes, you just need to throw a bunch of ingredients together and let your meal cook.
And here some are super simple recipes that don’t require a crockpot:
Sweet and Spicy Sausage Farfalle – My Mom made this all the time when I was a kid – we used to call it “sausage and bow ties”. Now I make it for Charles. This is a great recipe because it takes just 20 minutes to make and all of the ingredients are inexpensive.
20 Minute Sesame Chicken – You just need one skillet and 20 minutes to make this delicious sesame chicken. You can easily customize this meal to include all of your favorite veggies too!
Classic Pot Roast – My Dad’s recipe for a classic pot roast only requires 5 ingredients and about 5 minutes of active preparation time! We ate this on repeat throughout my childhood.
Creamy Cheddar Mac and Cheese – Everyone loves macaroni and cheese and this recipe for stovetop make and cheese with a crispy panko topping is super simple and can be made in just 20 minutes.
Herb Roasted Tomato Soup – This easy recipe soup recipe is vegan, easy to make in large batches, and it freezes well.
Sherry Mushroom Chicken – If you want a quick and easy recipe that seems fancy this is your best bet. Chicken breasts are cooked in butter and sherry and then served with a creamy mushroom and sherry sauce. This is always a hit.
How to Perfectly Cook Steak in a Grill Pan – People get intimidated by cooking steak, but it is really easy. I break it down into easy steps in one of my most popular blog posts ever.
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad – This salad is anything but boring. It has shaved brussels sprout, dried cranberries, walnuts, parmesan, and bacon in a mustard dressing. You can add in some chicken to make it a heartier meal too.
Lemon Raspberry Dutch Baby – Throw the ingredients in a blender to make a batter, dump it into a skillet, bake it for 20 minutes and you have an elegant breakfast without much effort.
If you are looking for even more easy recipes, check out this round-up of 7 Time-Saving Recipes Using Rotisserie Chicken.