Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti

Pimentos and green chilies combine with cheddar to give Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti casserole its unique flavor. The casserole freezes well so if you want to double up on the recipe, it’s a good dish to stock the freezer.

30 Minute Hash Brown Potato Soup

Hash Brown Potato Soup is so quick and easy that it is one of my “crisis meals”—meals that can be made in 20-30 minutes with shelf-stable (or freezer) ingredients that I keep on hand.

Black Beans and Rice

This quick stovetop Black Beans and Rice can be made in the time it takes to cook the rice. Adjust the spices to your taste by using salsa that is hot or mild, or add a chopped jalapeno to the pepper and onion.

Crustless Vegetable Quiche

We’ve used broccoli and cheddar in this delicious and easy quiche, but you can substitute different cheeses or vegetables to use what you have. Try it this way or with spinach and mozzarella cheese or mushrooms and Swiss.

Pasta with Homemade Pesto

Fresh basil is incredibly easy to keep on hand year round if you have a sunny window. You can purchase pots of living basil at most grocery stores for under five dollars and if you keep them watered and place them in a sunny location, they will live for months. Occasionally I will have to […]

Vegetable Stromboli

I love recipes like this because they are so easily adapted to what you have on hand. There are so many combinations that would be good—mix it up by using leftover meat or spinach instead of the vegetables listed, or try swapping out different cheeses. Anytime you can reduce waste by using leftovers instead of throwing them away, you save money.

Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

Soup with a sandwich is often relegated to lunch fare, but it makes an easy and delicious supper when you are short on time. I’m a big fan of sandwich makers to make a quick meal, and I used mine to make grilled cheese sandwiches to serve with this creamy soup.

Cheddary Spirals with Broccoli

This stovetop dish can be easily adapted to use what you have on hand; the basic recipe can be used in any number of unique combinations. Substitute any pasta for fusilli, any vegetable or vegetable mix for broccoli, add chicken, or experiment with various cheeses. Omit the lemon juice if your combination of vegetables and cheese doesn’t work well with the citrus flavor, and adjust the cooking time of the pasta and vegetables as needed.

Vegetable Tortellini Alfredo

You can use a jar of prepared Alfredo sauce to save time making this fast stovetop recipe, but it’s hardly any work to prepare a quick homemade Alfredo sauce with just butter, cream, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. If fresh vegetables are in season, this is a good way to use them – just steam and add to the pasta instead of frozen vegetables.

Spinach Lasagna

This easy spinach lasagna recipe doesn’t require pre-cooking the noodles, making prep a snap. It could be turned into a casserole if you substitute another kind of pasta for the noodles—ziti would work well.

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