Shrimp and Grits

Grits with shrimp sounded like some northern twist on a sacred southern staple when I first heard about it, but I can honestly say that this is one of my all time favorite dishes. I have to admit that I am guilty of throwing in more than the 2 ounces of cheddar that the recipe calls for, but where cheese is concerned more is almost always better. Enjoy!

Quick & Easy Mexican Style Soup

If you keep cooked ground beef and sautéed onions in your freezer, you can have this easy soup on the table in under 15 minutes.

Creamy Balsamic Meatballs

This super easy recipe is a quick stovetop meal prepared with just 5 ingredients: cooked meatballs, butter, onion, heavy cream, and balsamic vinegar. Serve over egg noodles and add a salad for a full meal.

Southwestern Hamburger Skillet

This southwestern style stovetop recipe from the Frugal Mom Menu is a quick and easy way to use up leftovers and canned ingredients that you have on hand. If your family likes spicier flavors, substitute enchilada sauce for the tomato soup and add a can of green chilies or tomatoes with green chilies. Other additions that work well are corn and black olives. Although the recipe calls for kidney beans, black beans or red beans can be substituted.

Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

Spice up boxed jambalaya with extra ingredients and taste while still saving time. Using chopped cooked chicken, onions, and peppers from the freezer and a box mix puts Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Skillet Kielbasa

Four ingredients pack a flavorful punch in this quick and simple Skillet Kielbasa.

Ham and Cheese Tortellini

We do a lot of planned leftovers at Menus4Moms, and this is one of our easy leftover ham recipes. Ham and Swiss Sliders are also a good choice for what to make with leftover ham. What some other choices? Take a look at The Ham Plan, a detailed cooking plan for preparing and freezing several hams. If you prefer to avoid cream soups, try the substitution recipes here or here.

Quick and Easy Burrito Casserole

Looking for a quick and easy dinner? Take advantage of prepared foods to shorten your prep time in the evening. This yummy Tex-Mex dish starts with frozen burritos (you could make your own if you have more time and want a healthier option) and adds easy finishing touches to make it more like homemade.

Sandy’s Easy Cashew Chicken Recipe

This quick and easy recipe is a great way to use cooked chicken from the freezer (for more on this way of cutting down prep time, see the Menus4Moms Primer: Cooking for the Freezer). If you use bulk cooked chicken, prep is minimal and since everything is already cooked, it only takes 20-25 minutes from […]

Chili Cheese Burritos

These easy burritos are great for a cold night. If you have cooked ground beef in the freezer, they can be ready in about 15 minutes; if not, it still takes less than 30 minutes to get this quick meal on the table.

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