7 Rice Bakes That Will Make You Love Casseroles (Recipes)
By Cooking Panda
Do you have any idea how underrated casseroles are?
If the very idea of a casserole makes you envision something full of soggy, sauceless noodles, canned tuna and all your least favorite canned vegetables (with no seasoning to be found), it’s time you give the easy, comforting dish another chance to change your mind and your dinner routine.
Picture it this way: moist or creamy, perfectly seasoned protein, some tender veggies (optional!) and easy, flavor-packed rice that cooked in the juices of your protein. Doesn’t sound too bad, right? It’s so easy, too! All you need to do is toss everything in a dish and pop it in the oven, like so:
So. Much. Flavor! Cajun seasoning and tomato sauce make for a perfect combo. Want to mix it up? Swap out the chicken for shrimp. Tasty either way.
If you love fajitas but don’t have the energy to grill them, go ahead and toss together some seasoned veggies and chicken (or your meat of choice), broth and rice, put it in the oven and BAM! you’re done.
This recipe calls for imitation crab, real crab and cooked shrimp, which is super delicious, but you’re more than welcome to mix it up — for example, a bit of salmon or tuna would be tasty too. Chopped cucumbers or fried onions would both make delightful toppings, once you pull it out of the oven.
Look how crispy that spiced chicken looks! This one is less of a creamy casserole and more of an easy way to make yourself a one-pan dinner, especially if you throw in some veggies with your rice. Nice!
If you love cream of broccoli soup, you have to try this casserole version — throw in some chicken or tofu if you want even more protein. Velveeta cheese brings a surprisingly perfect creaminess, although if you aren’t a fan you can just stick with regular cheddar or Jack cheese.
This one is easy and just a little creamy, thanks to some cream of chicken soup that makes for a delicious gravy shortcut. Top with crushed cashews, crunchy fried noodles or your favorite veggies like cabbage or broccoli to make this healthier spin on a takeout favorite even tastier.
If you’re craving burgers but not in a bun mood, consider switching up the format and turning it into an easy, cheesy, comforting and slightly tangy rice bake that comes together in less than half an hour.
Featured Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/FlickrTags: casseroles, easy recipes, one dish dinner, one pot meal, rice bakes
Whip Up These 7 Impossibly Easy, 1-Pan, Healthy Dinners
By Cooking Panda
Oct. 24 is perhaps the most important food holiday of the year! It’s National Food Day, and we are super excited to celebrate.
Food Day is all about eating real, healthy, sustainable food. But eating healthy doesn’t have to be tough! There’s no need to spend hours of prep and mess up your whole kitchen just to eat a few whole foods. We know how busy you are on weeknights. That’s why we’ve come up with some easy,real food recipes that you can cook up using only one pan. Seriously! Check these out:
Just an easy dinner using your favorite kind of egg noodles. If you want to be even healthier, you can use whole wheat or soba noodles.
Sweet fruit and pork are so good together, and this dish really could not be any easier. We recommend eating this with some healthy carbs like #3:
Warming up the kale just a bit makes it so much easier to eat and enjoy. Toss it with balsamic vinegar, butter, and your favorite veggies — plus anything else you have on hand, like fresh basil, grilled salmon, brown rice, dried fruit…
We won’t tell if you want to make life easier on yourself and use store-bought meatballs, although they aren’t too tough to make from scratch. If you are making them by hand, try mixing in a boatload of finely chopped mushrooms in addition to your breadcrumbs. Not only will this give you an extra savory flavor and a nice, tender texture, it will also pack in some vitamins and help you stretch out that ground meat.
Sautee some chicken, sweet potatoes, beans and your favorite vegetables for a super easy weeknight treat that you can serve with rice, tortillas or any which way.
As the weather cools off, soup becomes more and more appealing. It’s also healthy, hearty and a great way to fill up on veggies, particularly with this super flavorful, filling rendition.
Because who doesn’t love a classic chicken and potato roast? Bonus: throw some asparagus or green beans onto your sheet pan for an extra delicious, fully balanced meal.
Featured Photo Credit: The Cookie RookieTags: clean eating, easy weeknight dinner, healthy dinner, one pot meal, one-pan meal
Speed Up Your Evenings With These 6 Craveworthy One-Pot Meals
By Cooking Panda
As much as we love a good, elaborate, home-cooked meal, spending ages cleaning it up on a weeknight is just not the business.
why does cooking take like six hours and eating like three seconds and washing dishes like seven days and seven nights
— no (@tbhjuststop) August 23, 2015
Fortunately for you, that doesn’t have to be your fate.
We’re huge fans of one-dish meals, where cleaning up takes almost as little time as actually eating. It really doesn’t get any easier. Or more delicious. You’re welcome.
Yep, that’s right — one pan pasta. It’s a real thing. We love this recipe because it uses whole grain noodles, which don’t get too starchy or gummy, and everything else is stuff you might already have on hand.
Salmon is super healthy and delicious, but it’s easy to fall into a butter/lemon rut. Try something new with this lime juice/chili powder/pepitas rub for an extra kick.
Ribs always seem like an extravagant affair, but did you know that enjoying delicious, tender, melt-in-your-mouth ribs on a weeknight is as easy as doctoring up some barbecue sauce and throwing it into the slow cooker with baby back ribs? Bonus: For an extra caramelized touch, broil the finished product for a few minutes with a little bit of the reserved sauce.
This is technically a two-dish meal, since you need to use a mixing bowl to make your batter. Please forgive us.
Save yourself half the work by using oven-ready, instant lasagna noodles.
Take full advantage of plum season with this sweet-savory breeze of a dish.
Featured Photo Credit: Jonathan Lovekin/MarthaStewart.comTags: easy weeknight recipe, one pot meal, one-dish meall, one-pan meal, weeknight recipes
8 Quick But Fancy Meals You Should Make This Week
By Cooking Panda
We hope you’re feeling hungry this week. While these recipes all require a little more work than, say, making a sandwich, all of these are pretty easy and very realistic for your busy weeknights – bonus, they are all super tasty. Knock yourself out:
A one-pot wonder. If you don’t feel like buying Cajun seasoning, go ahead and mix equal parts cayenne pepper, onion powder, paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Let it cook all day when you’re at work. Then just serve it with some rice and maybe veggies if you’re feeling healthy.
You can totally use this formula and up your ingredients if you want – for example, you could totally fill the inside with spinach and ricotta and/or wrap the outside in bacon. Follow your heart.
Creamy, crunchy, salty, tangy, moist – this chicken recipe has it all. We recommend serving it with this easy rice cooker rice pilaf.
No, you don’t understand – the pork cutlets are the buns!
It looks awesome and tastes even better. Make sure your sauce isn’t too chunky so that it will slide down into the noodles and keep them nice and moist.
Be sure to make extra, because you are going to devour these faster than humanly possible.
If you have a rice cooker with a steamer attachment, use it to make this one of the easiest recipes you will ever cook.
Featured Photo Credit: TablespoonTags: easy weeknight meal, one pot meal, quick dinner, recipe list, weeknight dinner
Ridiculously Easy, Affordable Dinners To Make This Week
By Cooking Panda
Looking for some quick dinners to make this week? We got you covered. We know you’re busy, so this week we have super simple recipes that don’t take a lot of time or cost much but taste like a million bucks. Most of these will only make you wash one or two dishes and a few can be prepped in advance in your slow cooker.
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Dump a bunch of ingredients in your slow cooker in the morning, and you’ll come home to a delicious, flavorful and filling soup.
It tastes like you put a lot more work into this white fish dish than throwing some stuff in a pan and roasting it, but this primal recipe is so easy a caveman could make it. If you don’t want or have cod, use any fish you want.
All you have to do is mix a bunch of stuff together in a bowl, stuff it into your bell peppers, and toss them into the slow cooker. Does it get easier?
If you want cheesy fried chicken without the hassle, try this impossibly easy baked version that uses only a few ingredients and is super inexpensive to make. Pro tip: prep the chicken in advance and freeze it beforehand. That way, all you have to do is defrost and bake.
Fool your dinner guests into thinking you spent more than eight minutes getting this outstanding, simple dish ready. It is packed with both flavor and veggies, so it’s a win-win for everyone.
Whether you’ve had shakshuka a ton of times and love it, or you’ve never even heard of it, you need to make this recipe. This hearty, healthy veggie and egg dish will leave you totally satisfied, and you’ll be pleased by the minimal cleanup involved with this one pan meal.
Photo Credit: Life In The LofthouseTags: affordable dinner, dinner recipe, easy recipes, one pot meal, recipes