Being a stay at home mama of two, very busy, little girls, I have found that easy recipes are a MUST in my house! Now, I love to cook! Love love love it!! I am even that annoying person that plans every meal and loves to go shopping for all of the food. But these past few weeks I have been adjusting to our new summer schedule and it is throwing me through a loop!! I have little to no time to get food ready and by the time I remember to prep anything it’s already to late.
I figured I wasn’t alone in this weird battle of time, so I thought I would share some of my EASY no brainer, meals with no fancy names!
1) spaghetti squash and meatballs In the crock pot: are you ready for this one?! One spaghetti squash cut in the middle (not cut long ways) seeds out, one package of frozen meatballs (Italian is our fav and I LOVE the ones from trader joes!), and one jar of your favorite go to pasta sauce. Put a little bit of sauce at the bottom of your crock pot, place squash cut side down, dump meatballs all around, pour the rest of the sauce on top of meat balls, cover and let cook on low for 5 hours! Ta-da!!! I have found that this is the BEST way to get spaghetti squash so tender!! It’s totally yum and my girls gobble it up!
2) shrimp and broccoli – first of all, you may want to prep your shrimp ahead of time if they are not deveined or shell off. Set aside. cut up broccoli and pour olive oil, salt and pepper and about a teaspoon of cumin on top. Mix well in a bowl and then dump on a cookie sheet. Cook at 425 for about 10 minutes. While your broccoli is cooking, put your shrimp in a bowl and squeeze half of a lemon on top, add salt and pepper to taste. Now, pull out the broccoli and dump the shrimp on the sheet and cook everything together for another 10 minutes! I take this and eat over a bed of rice! But THIS is my favorite blend!!
3) Stromboli!! – if you have not discovered this wonderfulness then NOW is your time!! You can easily buy a pack of already made pizza crust but I like to make my own in one big batch and freeze some for later. Roll out pizza crust long ways (not your typical pizza shape) and layer any and all favorite toppings! We do ham, pepperoni, sausage crumbles and then 2 different cheeses. Normally whatever I have on hand but NEVER the “American cheese” squares In film. You will want good cheese for this. Go to your deli counter and get 3-4 slices of 2 kinds. Trust me, it’s cheaper! We do not add sauce because honestly, it doesn’t need it. Roll up your Stromboli long ways into a log shape and then seal up! I like to cover the top of my Stromboli with olive oil and sprinkle garlic powder and Italian seasonings on it! Follow the directions on your crust package for how long and how high to cook it. For my pizza crust it’s 425 for about 20 minutes. Cut out slices and serve with something lite like fruit and veggies.
These are just a few of our favorite meals that I am sure my husband will be sick of soon enough.
Tell me some of your favorite go-to meals for this summer!