What are some simple 15 minute meals that require few ingredients and tastes great?

I have little time to prepare meals nor do I have time to run to the grocery store daily. My kids loves beans and simple meats like chicken, pork chops, ribs, hamburger meat. They like corn, peas, greens, potatoes...etc etc. Just basic meats and veggies for them. Anything 'fancy' and they wont eat it. Any ideas thats new and different?

6 Answers

  • P K S
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    Here's my favorite - kind of meal in one dish:

    About 1/2 box of pente pasta (or wide egg noodles or bowtie pasta)

    Frozen vegetables (I like to use the stir fry for different veggies)

    1 Jar of Alfredo Sauce (Great Value brand is good)

    1 can of chunk white chicken

    salt & pepper

    While the pasta is cooking, put veggies in microwave

    They will take approximately the same time to cook (11-13 minutes)

    Drain & mix together

    Add Alfredo Sauce and canned chicken

    Salt & Pepper to taste

    I do the whole thing in one big pan. It is so quick and easy, I just make a point of having these ingredients on hand all the time! Great

    when you're in a hurry . . . but hungry!

  • 1 decade ago

    I also use allrecipes.com for my recipe searches. I always like to choose recipes with the most comments and the most stars. Many times people will post in the comments how the recipe can be made even better.

    Recently I've been buying sweet potatoes at the store because I found out they taste even better than regular potatoes, and they have a great flavor. Cook it like the regular potato (I like to boil it, but you can also use microwave or oven). Season like a regular potato, or put some butter and brown sugar in it for a sweet dessert treat. Could use classic toppings like cheese, sour cream, bacon pieces, and chives. If you cut the sweet potato into smaller pieces, I bet you could cook it in 15 minutes. Makes a healthy alternative to french fries

    Here's another easy recipe I've been hooked on.


    Takes a little bit longer than 15 minutes, but it tastes like restaurant quality Mexican rice. Ingredients were very inexpensive, and the 4 serving size was plenty! You can even adjust the serving size on the recipe page if you want to see the ingredient measurements to make more or less.

    And here's another recipe I REALLY like.


    I give it 5 stars! It takes a little bit more time than 15 minutes, but you'll be craving second and third helpings because it's so yummy. If your kids like chicken tenders, they will love Italian breaded pork chops. This one is also very cheap to make. Make sure you use less egg and bread crumbs than the recipe calls for, or else you will end up with too much leftover egg batter and crumbs.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I always love to make e lemon chicken.

    All you do is dice the chicken put it in a frying pan with a little oil, lemon, garlic and salt.

    It takes about 10 mins and you could make some veggies on the side or potatoes.

  • 1 decade ago

    This recipe is about as unfancy as you can get.

    Franco-American hot dish

    Fry 1 lb. of hamburger (with onions, if your family likes them). Drain the grease. Add 1 large can of Spaghetti-os and a regular-sized can of cream-style corn. Heat until it's all evenly hot. Serve with garlic bread.

    It's easy, tasty, and I never have any leftovers.

    Source(s): VERY old family recipe.
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  • violet
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    Homemade Chicken or Fish Nuggets

    This was originally used for fish but I have also used it for chicken nuggets the same way, I just cook them a little longer:

    2 or 3 Tilapia filets

    1 egg

    about 1/2 c milk

    about 1/3 c parmesan cheese (grated)

    1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

    1/2 teaspoon pepper (or to taste)

    about 1 cup bread crumbs

    Preheat over to 400. Cut the fish (or chicken) up into bite size pieces. Put the bread crumbs, salt, pepper, and parmesan into a ziploc bag. Mix the egg and the milk in a good sized bowl and add the fish (or chicken) nuggets to the bowl.

    Take the nuggets out of the milk/egg mixture a few at a time and drop into the bag. Shake around until well coated and then place on baking sheet (you can grease it but I usually just line with foil). Do this until they are all coated and bake about 15-20 minutes depending on the size of your nuggets, slightly longer for chicken. They are good!


    Freezer Ready Cornflake Chicken Fingers

    Make several batches of these and store them in freezer bags - you don't need to thaw them to cook them. The amount of servings varies based on how thinly your cut your chicken strips - usually about 3-4 strips per chicken breast half, and usually 3-4 chicken breast halves come out to one pound. To make these kid friendly, you may leave out the hot sauce.

    1 cup crushed cornflake cereal (measure after crushing)

    1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped

    1/4 teaspoon salt

    1 lb boneless skinless chicken breast half

    1/3 cup prepared ranch salad dressing, plus more for dipping

    2 teaspoons water

    1-2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (such as Louisiana Hot Sauce, to taste) (optional)

    Line a cookie sheet that will fit into your freezer with foil and have ready to go.

    Mix together cornflakes, parsley, and salt in a shallow dish.

    Mix together the 1/3 cup dressing, water, and hot pepper sauce to taste in a large mixing bowl.

    Cut each chicken breast into several long strips, trimming any fat.

    Drop the chicken strips into the wet mixture and stir to coat well.

    Roll each chicken strip (one a a time) into the crumbly mixture, coating well.

    Set each coated strip onto the foil lined pan, leaving a little space between each.

    Freeze until firm- approximately 2 hours or so.

    (Once frozen, you can store in a freezer bag for 1 month), then store in airtight freezer containers.

    When ready to serve, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

    Set frozen chicken fingers in a single layer on a lightly greased foil lined jelly roll pan (or large cookie sheet with sides)- approx 15x10".

    Bake 18-20 minutes from frozen until no longer pink inside and outside is golden.

    Serve warm with a bowl of dressing for dip.


    Beef Burrito with Pepper Jack Cheese and Black Beans Makes 6 servings

    1/2 pound ground beef sirloin (or 2 cut up chicken breasts)

    2 teaspoons minced garlic

    1 cup chunky salsa, divided

    2 cups cooked brown rice

    6 (9-inch) whole-wheat flour (or corn) tortillas

    1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

    1 (11-ounce) can corn kernels, drained

    2 cups shredded Pepper Jack cheese

    1/3 cup sliced green onion, including green tops

    In a medium non-stick skillet, brown ground beef and garlic over medium heat; (break beef mixture up into smaller chunks with a spoon). Drain fat and stir in 1/2 cup of the salsa; set aside.

    Spread 1/3 cup of rice on center of a tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Scatter about 2 tablespoons of beans and 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn over rice. Spread 1/3 cup of the beef mixture and 1/4 cup of the cheese over corn. Top with 2 teaspoons of the salsa and a few pieces of green onion. Fold in two opposite edges of tortilla one inch each and roll up. Place, seam side down, on microwave safe dish. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

    Place burritos in a microwave oven and heat 1 minute or until heated through. Serve with remaining salsa.


    Actually Delicious Turkey Burgers

    3 pounds ground turkey

    1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs

    1/4 cup finely diced onion (used food processor)

    1/2 cup finely chopped red bell pepper (used food processor)

    2 egg whites, lightly beaten

    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

    1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

    1 teaspoon seasoning salt

    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

    Worcestershire sauce

    splash of soy sauce

    Optional: Can add slight coating of flour and Montreal Steak Seasoning (McCormick) to the formed patties.

    In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 12 patties.

    Cook the patties in a medium skillet over medium heat, turning once, to an internal temperature of 180 degrees F (85 degrees C).

    They freeze very well. The recipe can also be used for meatballs or meat loaves.


  • 1 decade ago

    use allrecipes.com

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