I’ve made no secret that I’m always on the lookout for fast and easy dinner recipes that can be tossed onto the table in no time flat.
With our schedules and commitments, it is increasingly hard for me to make sure we get a balanced and nutritious dinner every night.
Some nights are just a washout but every night can’t be fast food night…. can it? No, no it can’t. Damn.
Today I’m sharing 5 of my favorite Fast Dinner Recipes that I pull out during the weeks we are crazy busy.
I try to have the meat done ahead of time: the meatballs cooked, the ground beef cooked, the chicken chopped, etc to cut down on prep time.
5 Fast Dinner Recipes
Mini Meatball Sandwiches
- 1 bag frozen meatballs
- 1 jar marinara sauce
- 1 pack soft dinner rolls (I use Hawaiian rolls)
- 1 pkg thinly sliced Provolone cheese
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 2 T brown sugar
- 1 T mustard
- 1 1/2 t worcestershire sauce
- 1 (12) tube (oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1/2 cup cubed velveeta
Chicken Ranch Tacos
- 2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
- 1 pkt taco seasoning
- 1/2 cup ranch dressing
- flour tortillas
- sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce for topping
Baked Ham & Cheese Croissants
- 4 oz cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 T honey dijon mustard
- 6 large croissants
- 6 slices cheese
- 1/2 lb ham, thinly sliced
Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps
- Sliced deli ham
- Sliced deli chicken
- 4 wedges Laughing Cow Swiss cheese
- 4 T mayo
- 2 T creamy honey dijon mustard
- 1 cup baby spinach leaves
- 8 large tortillas
1. Mini Meatball Sandwiches
1 bag frozen meatballs
1 jar marinara sauce
1 pack soft dinner rolls (I use Hawaiian rolls)
1 pkg thinly sliced Provolone cheese
Cook meatballs and marinara sauce in saucepan. Cut stack of Provolone cheese into 4 wedges. Open each roll and place one wedge of cheese on each side. Spoon a meatball and good amount of sauce into roll, close sandwich and serve.
2. Cheeseburger Cups
1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup ketchup
2 T brown sugar
1 T mustard
1 1/2 t worcestershire sauce
1 tube (12oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup cubed velveeta
Cook beef and drain. Stir in ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and worcestershire sauce. Remove from heat, set aside. Press each biscuit onto bottom and up sides of greased muffin cup. Spoon beef mix into cups; top with cheese. Bake at 400 for 14-16 minutes.
3. Chicken Ranch Tacos
2 cups cooked and chopped chicken
1 pkt taco seasoning
1/2 cup ranch dressing
sour cream, shredded cheese, tomatoes, lettuce for topping
Heat chopped chicken over medium heat until warmed through. Sprinkle packet of taco seasoning over top; do not add water. Heat for 5 minutes. Add ranch dressing and stir to coat. Serve in tortillas with toppings.
4. Baked Ham & Cheese Croissants
4 oz cream cheese, softened
1/2 T honey dijon mustard
6 large croissants
6 slices cheese
1/2 lb ham, thinly sliced
Blend cream cheese and mustard together until well combined. Slice croissants in half and spread cream cheese mix on both sides. Top with slice of cheese and ham. Close croissants and put on baking pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
5. Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps
Sliced deli ham
Sliced deli chicken
4 wedges Laughing Cow Swiss cheese
4 T mayo
2 T creamy honey dijon mustard
1 cup baby spinach leaves
8 large tortillas
In a bowl, stir together mayo and mustard. Set aside. Spread one wedge of cheese over each tortilla. Add couple slices of chicken and couple slices of ham over cheese.
Spread 1 T mayo mix over top and add couple pieces spinach. Roll into log and wrap tightly with plastic wrap and chill.
When ready to serve, unwrap and cut in half. I either toss these together in the morning if I have an extra 5 minutes or I make them sometime during the day to give them time to chill.
Really they only need an hour or so in the fridge and they’re delicious!