light meals


welcome to my easy recipes page.
i'm the type of person who can't stand cooking and my mind tends to go completely blank when asked "what's for dinner?" i hope to make a collection here of EASY recipes... please be respectful that these are just ideas for myself and others. i'm not claiming anything on here to be gourmet. some things as easy as PB&J might even end up here to jog my memory later. enjoy!

sausage balls
  • 16oz jimmy dean hot sausage
  • 2 cups sharp shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1.5-2 cups bisquick

mix by hand, adding bisquick slowly until it's the right consistency

bake 350F for 15-20 minutes

air fried zucchini
  • zucchini

cut zucchini into slices and spray with olive oil and seasoning

air fry 380F for 3 intervals of 8 minutes, shaking between

serve with powdered parmesan cheese

air fryer baked potato
  • potato

wash potato, poke holes with a fork

optionally rub with olive oil, salt, and paper

air fry 400F for 30 minutes

air fryer baked sweet potato
  • sweet potato

wash potato, poke holes with a fork

optionally rub with olive oil, salt, and paper

air fry 370F for 40 minutes

make-ahead greek salad
  • 1 english cucumber
  • black olives
  • 1-2 tomatoes
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 pack feta cheese
  • 1 pack salad mix
  • simple salad dressing

super easy lunch and lasts about a week of lunches

combine everything except salad mix in glass container (incl. dressing)

when ready to serve, put salad mix on plate and top with mixture

country cobb salad
  • salad mix
  • corn
  • cheddar cheese
  • crumbled bacon
  • hard-boiled egg
  • cherry tomatoes
  • frozen chicken tenders

cook bacon, chicken tenders, and hard-boiled egg

combine and serve with dressing of choice

burrito bowls
  • prepared pouch of quinoa or brown rice (garlic)
  • fresh or canned corn
  • black beans
  • 1 bag salad mix
  • pico de gallo
  • avocado
  • protein of choice

this is a note to self on how H and i enjoy burrito bowls. 1 package of listed ingredients yields 2 dinners for 2 people

bake or grill simply seasoned chicken or pan fry tofu with vegetable oil

microwave rice, corn, black beans

serve with sriracha mayo

army stew my way
  • shin ramen
  • onion
  • mushroom
  • bacon
  • spicy sausage or tofu
  • garlic
  • cheese

this is a note to self on how i make army stew, there's a proper way you can research if you want

grill vegetables and protein with a little oil

you can use whatever is around

add water, ramen, and seasoning packet, melt some cheese on top when served

freckled banana chocolate muffins
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • .5 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 medium)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg, room temp
  • 1 cup mini semisweet chocolate chips

useful recipe for using up freckled bananas preheat the oven to 350F

whisk dry ingredients

separately whisk wet ingredients and add to flour mixture

stir until mixed and fold in chocolate chips

put it in muffin tins and bake for 20-25 minutes

banana pudding
  • vanilla pudding
  • bananas
  • milk
  • 1 box nilla wafers

easiest way to make banana pudding and same as how my granny made it

prepare vanilla pudding and layer bananas, pudding, and nilla wafers

diet coke cake
  • boxed cake mix
  • can of diet soda

combine and bake a few minutes less than box recommends

duncan hines perfecly moist dark chocolate fudge + diet coke = very moist and not too sweet chocolate cake