10 Quick & Easy Homemade Dinners ...

If you have a busy lifestyle like mine then you're probably rushing around every day trying to figure out the perfect dinner without having to order out or indulge in fast food. Here are 10 Quick & Easy Homemade dinners that are sure to please you and your children or friends. The thing I love the most about these recipes is they're really extremely delicious yet extremely easy to prepare. Sure you're implementing pieces here and there which are not homemade but the end product is what counts.

1. Beef Stroganoff

One of my favorite quick and easy homemade dinners is Beef Stroganoff. There are many variations to this recipe however I find my version to be the most simple and the tastiest. Slice up 1 1/2 lbs of top sirloin beef into thin long strips. Using a large skillet brown the strips in 2 tbsp of butter. If you would like you can add a handful of chopped onion and a can of mushrooms to the meat while you're frying it. I myself don't like mushrooms or onion so I leave them out. Once the strips are browned add two large cans of cream of mushroom soup and 1 1/2 cups of sour cream. Mix well in the pan until you notice the soup and sour cream are blended well and heated thoroughly. Serve this over your favorite brand of egg noodles.

2. Pizza

One quick easy homemade dinner that many would usually order out for is pizza. You can now find pizza dough in your refrigerated aisle at the grocery store. Unroll one raw pizza dough onto a a pizza pan or cookie pan that has been brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with cornmeal. Bake your dough in the oven at 450 degrees for just about 5 minutes to make sure that when you pile on your toppings that the dough is thoroughly cooked. Take it out of the oven and lightly brush the top with olive oil so your toppings won't make the dough soggy. Use a can of pizza sauce from the store and start with the sauce on the dough putting as much as you prefer. Now, have fun. Lay evenly over the pizza all your favorite toppings and sprinkle the entire pizza with your favorite cheese. Bake in the oven at 450 degrees for about 15-20 minutes. Remember it's your pizza! So add whichever kinda sauce and toppings you prefer.

3. Chili Pies

Probably the quickest and easiest homemade dinner, chili pies. Get as many cans as people you are serving of your favorite chili beans or no beans. Cook your chili in a pot while you prepare the pies. Grab as many bowls as people you are serving and line each of the bottom of the bowls with Frito-Lay Fritos Chips. Once your chili is thoroughly heated pour the chili on top of the chips. Now add your favorite topings whether it be cream cheese, cheese, onions, or none at all. These are a great easy dinner that everyone will love. Great in the winter especially.

4. Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

A quick and easy homemade dinner that a lot of people love is Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole. In a large saucepan cook 1can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 can of cream of chicken soup, half a cup of milk, half a cup of chopped onion, 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, and a teaspoon of black pepper. Cook two frozen packages of broccoli until tender in boiling water enough to cover the broccoli in the dish. Cook two cups of rice in two cups of water. Mix the cooked broccoli, rice, and 2 cans of chicken to the soup mixture. Add the mixture of all the ingredients to a 9x13 cooking dish and sprinkle a cup of shredded cheddar cheese over the top before placing in the oven at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.

5. Spaghetti & Meatballs

The classic spaghetti and meatballs is one quick and easy dinner that's proven to be a favorite over the years. If you're not that well of a cook just grab two jars of your favorite jarred spaghetti sauce. In a large sauce pan heat your sauces, with 1 can of tomato sauce, and 1 can of tomato puree, and 1 tsp. Of garlic powder. For meatballs mix together 1lb of ground beef, 2 eggs, ¾ cup of Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, 1 tsp basil, 1 tsp garlic, and about ¼ cup of your sauce you have heating on the stove. Shape the meatballs into the golf sized balls and bake them on a olive oil brushed cookie sheet for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Serve over any time of noodles you prefer. All together this should only take about 30 minutes. Not too shabby for such a great dish!

6. Tuna Casserole

Another favorite quick and easy dinner I enjoy is tuna casserole. Boil until tender 1 bag of egg noodles. Lay your noodles into a casserole dish and pour 3 cans of cream of mushroom soup over the top, then pour 3 cans of tuna into the dish. Mix all of this well with a spoon making sure every noodle is covered and the tuna has spread evenly. Either use toasted flake serial and sprinkle it over the top or toast your favorite bread and crumble it over the entire top of the dish. Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.

7. Parmesan Crusted Ranch Chicken

Sounds hard, but one quick and easy dinner is Parmesan crusted ranch chicken. Lay four uncooked chicken breasts into a greased baking dish. Brush the chicken with melted butter or margarine. Using a packet of dry ranch dressing mix sprinkle the top of all the chicken evenly. Now take your favorite Parmesan cheese and sprinkle it heavily over all of the chicken. Bake the chicken at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The inside of chicken must be 165 degrees to be considered safe to eat. Serve the chicken with your favorite sides. Good ones include rice, mashed potatoes with garlic, green beans, or corn.

8. Sante Fe Stuffed Peppers

Sante Fe Stuffed Peppers sound like a lot of work but they're actually a great quick and easy dinner that you will find yourself making often. Boil 2 cups of rice in two cups of water. Brown 1lb of ground beef in a frying pan. Once the meat is browned add 1 packet of taco seasoning, 1 jar of salsa, and 1 can of corn. Mix the cooked rice with the cooked meat mixture. Slice the top off of 4 bell peppers and hollow out the insides. Stuff each pepper with your meat/rice mixture. Place your stuffed peppers in a baking dish and bake in the oven on 375 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the peppers are cooked. When you take your peppers out sprinkle your favorite Mexican styled cheese on the top. Serve with corn tortillas.

9. Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie is a quick and easy dinner that's great for a nice lunch as well. Buy a pack of pie crusts from your refrigerated aisle at the grocery store. Most packs contain two crusts. Line your pie dish with the bottom crust making sure to crease at the sides. Bake for 3 minutes at the indicated temperate on the box to make sure the bottom isn't raw. Mix in a bowl 2 cans of chicken, 2-3 cans of cream of chicken soup, 1 can of carrots, 1 can of peas, and whatever else are your canned vegetables. Pour the mix into your pie dish and cover with the remaining dough pinching the sides to make sure the pie is closed. Poke your fork into a design on the top allowing the dish to breath. Bake for about 20 minutes at the temperature indicated on the box of dough.

10. Homemade Hamburger Helper

They sell Hamburger Helper by the box but for an even quicker easier dinner make it yourself! Brown 1lb of ground beef. Cook 1 box of family sized Velveeta and Shells Macaroni. Once you've completed the macaroni cheese and all add 1/3 cup of ketchup, and 1 tablespoon of onion powder. Make sure your ingredients are mixed well before adding your ground beef. You now have homemade hamburger helper and it actually tastes better than the boxed stuff.

So now that I've given you 10 Quick & Easy Homemade Dinner Recipes I'm pretty hungry. I personally love each of these recipes due to the fact that they're super simple, inexpensive, and a big time saver. Sure you could spend an hour in the kitchen cooking a great dinner but why when you can spend half the time cooking something equally delicious. Which of these recipes would you love to try?

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