Welcome to day #20 of our superpower celebration! So far, we have explored nineteen qualities and characteristics that make you an ordinary extraordinary superhero. Amazing things that make you the powerful person you are!
From bravery and strength to intuition and love. All the while, controlling our thoughts and making positive progress. We are constantly learning and growing and changing. Because we are awesome. YOU are awesome!
And today, I want to showcase a superpower that is rarely celebrated but always important. There are hungry people in your house, and you my friend, are a master meal maker!
It’s true. You make PB&J with the crusts cut off and hardy casseroles on cold days and cupcakes for an entire classroom on a moment’s notice. (Or you buy them, and I assure you that is fine too.) You feed the hungry folks in your life and that makes you a superhero! Even when they forget to say thank you.
We don’t all love to cook, but we all have to eat. And after a busy day, maybe the last thing you want to worry about is what to make for dinner. So today, I want to share a few easy dinner recipes to make your master meal making less stressful.
I am a bit of a corner-cutter when it comes to cooking. I cheat a little bit and use frozen or packaged options to make life easier. And I often use my crockpot to simplify the process. Does that make me less super? Or does that just give me a few extra minutes to spend on other superpowers? I vote for the latter.
In any case, here are a few super-supper ideas for you to test out in your own kitchens…
1 pound ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
1 large jar of Ragu (the huge plastic one)
1 package of oven ready lasagna noodles
1 package of shredded mozzarella cheese
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese
garlic salt and Italian seasoning
Super simple steps: First, spray your crockpot with Pam so the cheesy goodness won’t stick. Combine browned ground beef or turkey with jarred sauce in a large bowl and add garlic salt and Italian seasoning as desired. Spoon about a cup of sauce mixture on the bottom of your crockpot. Next, place a layer of uncooked noodles, breaking and overlapping to fully cover sauce. Spoon a layer of sauce to cover. Then add a generous handful of both cheeses as the next layer. Noodles again next, then sauce, then cheese and keep repeating the layering process until the ingredients are gone, finishing with sauce and cheese. That’s it. Then cook on low setting for about 4 hours.
Uncover and let set for at least 15 minutes, then slice and serve with green salad and garlic bread.
Crockpot Swedish Meatballs
1 package of frozen meatballs
1 family sized can of cream of mushroom soup
1 packet of dry onion soup mix
1 cup of water
Super simple steps: First, in a large bowl, combine cream of mushroom soup, onion soup mix, and water. Stir ingredients until well blended. Then place the frozen meatballs into crockpot and cover with the soup mixture, stirring together gently. That’s it. Cook on low setting for about 4 hours.
Uncover and stir and let set for a few minutes, then serve over mashed potatoes or noodles along with your favorite veggies.
Crockpot Chicken Tacos
1 bag frozen chicken breast tenders
1 large can tomato sauce
2 packets of taco seasoning
Plus taco toppings – soft tortillas or crunchy shells, shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sliced olives, sour cream, black beans, diced avocado, salsa, or whatever toppings you like.
Super simple steps: First, place the frozen chicken into your crockpot. Then pour the can of tomato sauce over the chicken and sprinkle both taco seasoning packets evenly over the top. That’s it. Cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
Uncover and stir together to combine, then remove chicken and place in a shallow dish to shred. The shredding part is easy, just grab two forks – I like to use one large meat serving fork and one smaller dinner fork so that the prongs are varied sizes. Hold one fork in each hand to shred, starting at the center and pulling in opposite directions. Once all the chicken is shredded, place it back in the crockpot and stir together with remaining sauce.
Set out all the taco toppings and everyone can assemble their tacos however they like them. Super easy and fun!
Crockpot Teriyaki Orange Chicken
1 whole fresh chicken
bottled teriyaki sauce
garlic salt & pepper
Super simple steps: First, rinse and pat dry the chicken, being sure to remove and discard the icky stuff from the cavity. Slice one orange into wedges and place into cavity. Put chicken, breast side up, in crockpot and garlic salt and pepper as desired. Pour a generous amount of bottled teriyaki sauce over the top of the seasoned chicken. Then cut the other orange into slices and place slices on the chicken. That’s it. Cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours.
Uncover and let set for 15 minutes, then remove chicken and slice. Serve with brown rice and steamed broccoli.
Crockpot Pulled Pork Sammies
1 pork roast
1 large bottle of BBQ sauce
salt & pepper
Plus sandwich fixin’s – buns, coleslaw, shredded cheddar or whatever fixin’s you like.
Super simple steps: First, place pork roast in the crockpot and season generously with salt and pepper. Then pour 3/4 of the BBQ sauce over and around the roast. That’s it. Cook on low for about 8 hours.
Uncover and let set for at least 10 minutes. Remove the roast and place in a shallow dish to shred. The shredding part is easy, just grab two forks – I like to use one large meat serving fork and one smaller dinner fork so that the prongs are varied sizes. Hold one fork in each hand to shred, starting at the center and pulling in opposite directions. Once the roast is shredded, place it back in the crockpot and stir together with remaining sauce. Add the additional 1/4 bottle of BBQ sauce and stir again.
Assemble sammies on buns with a heaping spoonful of pulled pork. Top with shredded cheese and coleslaw for crunch. Serve with deli potato salad and baked beans.
These are just a few super simple meal ideas for you master meal makers out there! Hoping it will add to your recipe collection and make your life a little easier so that you can spend time being awesome in other areas of your life too.
And since master meal making is your superpower, I would bet that you have some super recipes to share with all of us as well. Feel free to share your meal tips in the comment section below!
*This is the 20th post in a 31 day series called “Celebrating your Superpowers”. Catch the series from the beginning by clicking here and you will be directed to an introductory post containing links to each day’s topic. Join me in celebrating your superpowers this month!
Special thanks to Corrine Kovach Wiener for sharing the adorable picture of her little superhero, Oven Mit Boy. Such imagination!