I fully intended on sharing a delicious, bacon-filled recipe with you today, but then I remembered that I didn’t have any bacon.

Fail. And yes, I was way too lazy to go buy any.



So I decided to make something else, but then I was deterred because Mr. How Sweet was running sprints on the treadmill downstairs and was screaming obscenities at himself. It just scarred me for life. And it was loud and annoying. So I curled up on the couch and continued laying around.



In that case, I’m leaving you with a recycled, cop-out post of some of my favorite meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. And I’m not talking about made in the Rachael-Ray-I-already-have-everything-strategically-sitting-out-on-my-counter-30-minute way. As long as you have looked at the recipe beforehand and have the ingredients at home, 30 minutes should do the trick!



Healthy Loaded Nachos

You can add whatever you want on these. Especially bacon. I highly recommend it.



Mango Colada Parfait

Definitely won’t take you 30 minutes for this one. It’s a favorite meal!



Pizza Pasta

Yes, your pizza may have veggies on it. Please feel free to add them on. But don’t expect me to.



Crab Cakes

I’ve been making these crab cakes for years – the secret ingredient is sauteed peppers and onions. They always get rave reviews!



Multigrain Waffles

Breakfast for dinner is the best. And sometimes totally necessary.



Southwest Chicken Salad

I had to include a salad here because if I didn’t, well… you’d probably judge me. But it is a good one.



Lightened-Up Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

I make these in ramekins for easy portion control. Not that it really matters anyway… we just end up eating 3 or 4 each.



BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Anytime I make these for myself, Mr. How Sweet ends up eating them all. Not fair.



What is your favorite quick and easy meal? I’ve had a mental block lately.

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76 Responses to “8 Quick and Easy Meals.”

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    Courtney @ Ice Cream & Wine — August 13, 2010 @ 4:19 am

    Thanks for sharing these! I’m new (a reader for about 2 months now), so it’s nice to see a collection of recipes – very convenient for me! Have a great weekend!


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    Simply Life — August 13, 2010 @ 4:33 am

    wow, it’s only about 7am and I’m drooling over all those photos!


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    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — August 13, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    mmmmmm I am sitting here eating some egg whites and drooling :)


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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — August 13, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    I am all about ease lately since the kids are back in school! They come home wanting food NOW! Recaps are not a cop out…sometimes we all need a little reminder! Too bad you don’t live closer…I have a secret stash of bacon that I would have gladly made for you! SHHH don’t tell my boys. I am going to use it to bribe them later! Have a great day Jessica…I need to get the stuff to make that parfait! YUM!


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    Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) — August 13, 2010 @ 4:40 am

    This is a great compilation of quick recipes – love that!


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    Erica — August 13, 2010 @ 5:08 am

    mmm I’ll take 1 parfait please :) Favorite go to meals- quesadillas, stir fry, hot and cold sesame noodles in peanut sauce. Hope you guys have a great bacon filled weekend ;)


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    D — August 13, 2010 @ 5:18 am

    I will have to try those crab cakes sometime. We have a local place that makes wonderful crab cakes so I haven’t made them at home just yet. Thanks for sharing!


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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — August 13, 2010 @ 5:18 am

    That mac n’ cheese pic looks like it belongs in a magazine. Maybe Rachel Ray’s?! ;-)


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    Estela @ Weekly Bite — August 13, 2010 @ 5:24 am

    Thanks for the recipe recap! I plan on making all of those today ;) ;)


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    MelissaNibbles — August 13, 2010 @ 5:29 am

    I make your pizza pasta once a week!


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    Chrissy — August 13, 2010 @ 5:37 am

    Well, the cooking part isn’t quick and easy but the prep is for Nacho Chicken Rice Wraps. Mix cut up chicken breasts, one medium jar of picante sauce, two cans cheddar cheese soup, one cup rice and one cup water. Cook in the crockpot all day. Serve on tortillas with sour cream and refried beans. P.S. You take gorgeous pictures of food… I find food ridiculously hard to photograph!


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 5:40 am

      1. That sounds delicious
      2. Thank you so much! I really feel that my photography is lacking but am trying to work on it. That means alot to me!


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    Wei-Wei — August 13, 2010 @ 5:57 am

    I think you should do a breakfast-for-dinner themed post. And include lots of bacon, because it’s a breakfast thing right?



  13. #
    Taylor — August 13, 2010 @ 6:02 am

    I want some crab cakes now! And some BBQ chicken quesedillas…and some waffles…and some pizza pasta! Thanks for the recipe recap :)


  14. #
    Dana — August 13, 2010 @ 6:14 am

    Thes BBQ Chicken Quesadillas sound fantastic! And I love your post on Hungry Angry Husband Syndrome. So funny!


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:50 am

      Thanks! It’s very, very true.


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    marla {family fresh cooking} — August 13, 2010 @ 6:27 am

    Me. Drool. Now.
    Jessica, what you have showcased here is looking mighty fine. I don’t think those ramekins would help my lack of portion control :) xo


  16. #
    Courtney — August 13, 2010 @ 6:36 am

    I must try the loaded nachos and crab cakes asap! Your blog is awesome. Can’t wait to try making some of your recipes :)


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:49 am

      Thank you!


  17. #
    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — August 13, 2010 @ 6:43 am

    Breakfast for dinner is definitely a favorite. Omelets and scrambles make appearances weekly for dinner around here


  18. #
    megan — August 13, 2010 @ 6:58 am

    I bought bacon last night for the first time in over a year. can we still be friends?


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:49 am

      Whaaaaat? I don’t understand.


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    Katy @MonsterProof — August 13, 2010 @ 7:06 am

    Typically something stir-fried. Also one of the easiest since I’m vegetarian and my husband’s not. I can make a veggie stir-fry, a pan of meat (to be mixed later), and everyone’s happy.


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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 13, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    will you pretty pretty please come to colorado and make that mac and cheese for me? and the crab cakes? and the quesodilla? and the nachos?



  21. #
    Matt — August 13, 2010 @ 7:37 am

    Thanks for the meal ideas! My favorite quick and easy meal is probably breakfast for dinner. Cheese omelets make me swoon ;)


  22. #
    kay (eating machine) — August 13, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    quick and easy = brown sugar salmon (you just mix up brown sugar with some pepper and lemon pepper and top a piece of salmon then bake/grill for 20 minutes) plus rice or quinoa and some veggies. dinner in under 30 minutes!


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 7:49 am

      That sounds so good!


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    Chicago Cuisine Critique — August 13, 2010 @ 7:42 am

    Yum. All of these look awesome. I am a big fan of quesadillas of any kind (which you already have here) with a side of homemade guac.


  24. #
    tanyas daily — August 13, 2010 @ 7:43 am

    wow…they all look good!


  25. #
    Jenna — August 13, 2010 @ 7:47 am

    This post is just as good as a drool worthy bacon recipe because I’ve been low on ideas, too!

    Stuffed bell peppers are an easy go-to meal for me.


  26. #
    Laura — August 13, 2010 @ 7:52 am

    This post is making me drool…


  27. #
    Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana — August 13, 2010 @ 8:16 am

    Changing pastas into something else (pizza pasta, mexi pasta, etc) is one of my go-to’s. YUM


  28. #
    Jil — August 13, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    Everything looks amazing – those crab cakes are especially calling to me.


  29. #
    Kara @ MyWellnest — August 13, 2010 @ 8:25 am

    This is perfect :-) I need some ideas!


  30. #
    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — August 13, 2010 @ 8:58 am

    I want those nachos. Now.



  31. #
    Kacy — August 13, 2010 @ 9:06 am

    I really wish I had Rachel Ray’s “kitchen”. Even though I think the garbage bowl is repulsive.


  32. #
    Erika @ Food, Fitness, & Fun — August 13, 2010 @ 9:37 am

    You take great pictures – I want to make all of those recipes! (Especially the nachos – MMMMMM!)


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    Kim — August 13, 2010 @ 10:01 am

    Hey!! Happy Friday!!

    I hope you are ok and everything is alright.

    I know that we don’t actually know each other, but your site has become an inspiration for me. I look forward to seeing what you’re cooking everyday, and I really love the deserts. They are delicious AND beautiful. So keep the recipes and photos coming!! It’s always a beautiful thing when people start living their gift….start letting their light shine. I know you can see from the response that you get that people really enjoy your perspective, your site, your humor and getting to spend a little time with you everyday. I’m sorry in advance for beginning to sound like a weirdo!!

    See you on Monday!! Have a fun, relaxing, peaceful weekend….


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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — August 13, 2010 @ 10:47 am

    The crab cakes look perfect! The last time I ate a crab cake was about 9 years ago, i was an occassional seafood eating vegetarian, i.e. when I was out Id have appetizers that had crab in them and we were living in a beach town!! in NC and SC. Anyway, i ended up in anaphalactic shock in the hospital ER that nite. WAy to spend a Sat. nite, I tell you. And the thing is, I still want crab cakes!! Ok that was random :)

    It was fairly lame last nite but better than sitting at home reading my googlereader :)


  35. #
    Angela — August 13, 2010 @ 11:13 am

    You just gave me tons of ideas for tonight. And a reason to buy a waffle iron. Now I can’t stop thinking of fluffy, melt in your mouth waffles. Yum.


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    Dorothy — August 13, 2010 @ 11:21 am

    Oh yum! Everything looks great, especially the crab cakes and mac ‘n cheese.

    I’ve got some awards waiting for you on my blog; come check them out!


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    Blond Duck — August 13, 2010 @ 11:50 am

    I love anything Mexican or breakfast in nature…and loads of meat. Especially meat piled on top of bread with cheese and bbq or tomato sauce…Or I get a rotissere chicken and rip it apart with my bare hands, dragging it around a plate of sauce. Ben finds this endearing, luckily.


    • Jessica — August 13th, 2010 @ 12:00 pm

      That whole scene you just described with the chicken would probably be like pornography for my husband.


  38. #
    Nicole, RD — August 13, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    I love that pizza pasta! I need to make that again soon!

    Have a great weekend, Jessica!


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    Alexa@Living La Vida Pura — August 13, 2010 @ 2:31 pm

    My favorite quick and easy meal is the concoction. It’s my word for any recipe that consists of throwing a bunch of stuff together until it tastes good.

    There’s the skillet concoction, which generally consists of grain + vegetable + protein + sauce, although the grain often needs to be cooked beforehand (pasta, quinoa, etc).

    Then there’s the yogurt concoction, in which you throw toppings on yogurt until foodgasms result. I made one recently with Greek yogurt, agave, vanilla extract, blackberries and gingersnap granola – hell to the yes.


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    Jennifer@ knackfornutrition — August 13, 2010 @ 3:37 pm

    My favorite quick and easy meal is a yogurt mess. I take a 1/2 cup of greek yogurt, add a bit of honey for sweetness, and then chop up any and all fruit that is laying around. Nothing is safe.

    I will have to try your mango colada parfait. It looks sooo good and I have been obsessed with mango’s recently.


  41. #
    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — August 13, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    Great recipe list! I am getting hungry now!


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    Jasmine @ Eat Move Write — August 13, 2010 @ 5:19 pm

    I think my hubs would love the bbq quesadilla and I plan to try my own version of your crab cakes. LOVE this post.


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    The Bitch Stopped Cooking — August 13, 2010 @ 7:53 pm



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    caronae — August 13, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

    Haha, Rachel Ray totally cheats on her 30 minute meals, lol. Good point.

    Looking forward to trying some of these; some evenings I have the enrgy to cook something nice and others I’m eating two minute smoothies or plain black beans. :)

    Happy weekend!


  45. #
    Katrina (gluten free gidget) — August 14, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I am obsessed with spiralized zucchini noodles covered in avocado pesto with either chicken, turkey meatballs, or portabello mushrooms!


  46. #
    newlywed — August 14, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    Thanks — this is so helpful and inspirational for getting back into the swing of things with summer ending! Almost makes me sort of look forward to the whole ordeal. Almost.


  47. #
    Cynthia — August 14, 2010 @ 11:55 am

    Unbelievably good looking recipes. You just made me so hungry. And I love the idea of putting bacon on the nachos. I adore bacon!


  48. #
    Meghan — August 14, 2010 @ 1:08 pm

    One of my favorite “quick” meals is whole wheat penne with spinach and cherry tomatoes. I cook the tomatoes until they are bursting and then add them to cooked pasta and throw the spinach on top and stir until spinach wilts. I also sometimes add some cheese on top, either shredded mozzarella or feta. Yum.


  49. #
    SheFit — August 14, 2010 @ 1:31 pm

    Holy Cow… all of this looks so good! I want it all :)


  50. #
    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — August 14, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I love quick and easy meals! I’m actually in the process of making freezer meals for when I have my baby in a couple weeks and I did a really simple enchalada dish that I tripled for multiple dinners. Next up, reconstructed lasagna!



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