Hi, I’m Krista and I can’t be bothered to spend hours scouring the aisles of stores looking for 20+ ingredients to make a TikTok recipe that I’ll somehow mess up. So I’ve been creating recipes that taste great, don’t require “expert” cooking level status, and can be made super fast.
In a bowl, pour one packet of Brown Sauce, one packet of Zesty Italian Seasoning, and one packet of Dry Ranch Seasoning. Set aside. Chop up some golden potatoes. Get a boneless CHUCK or RUMP roast and place it in a slow cooker (also known as a Crock-Pot). Take the reserved seasoning mix and sprinkle it on top of the meat. Add the chopped potatoes and then some baby carrots. Then sprinkle the rest of the seasoning mix on top and toss. Cook over low heat for eight hours.
Giant Buffalo Chicken Hot Pocket
Get a can of pizza dough, open it, and spread it out in the bottom of an oven-safe dish. Cover the dough with a little butter and/or olive oil. Sprinkle some grated Italian-style cheese (it’s a mix of mozzarella, provolone, Parmesan, Romano, Fontina, and Asiago) over the dough. Next, shred a rotisserie chicken and toss it with some of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce; add it on top of the dough/cheese. Finish with some shredded cheddar cheese, and then roll everything up. Brush some melted butter, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and oregano on top. Bake for about 40 minutes at 375 degrees.
Place the chicken breasts in a crockpot with about 2 cups of chicken broth. Then add about a cup of quinoa and a whole jar of enchilada sauce (I only like Trader Joe’s, FWIW). Next, add frozen corn, a small can of diced green chiles, drained black beans, half a can of Rotel, cilantro, everything except Trader Joe’s Elote Seasoning, chili powder, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for about five to six hours. The chicken will shred or fall apart very easily – top with your favorite grated cheese, toss and serve.
Southwestern Chicken Chowder
To a large pot, add 32 ounces of chicken broth, about ⅔ cup of ranch dressing, one bag of frozen southwest corn, one packet of taco seasoning, three cans of Rotel, and shredded rotisserie chicken. Cover and cook over low to medium heat for about 20 minutes. Top with shredded cheese, sour cream, corn chips, whatever you like.
Add a little olive oil, a couple of diced chicken breasts, some minced garlic, soy sauce, a whole jar of pad thai sauce (I just used the Kroger brand; it’s good), and about 1½ cups of water to a pressure cooker. Add a full package of uncooked rice noodles* and stir. Cook on manual for about 25 minutes or until the noodles are done. While cooking, chop yellow or red bell peppers, cilantro, green onions, peanuts, and carrot sticks. After the 25 minutes, add the chopped ingredients (and a little water if needed) and steam the vegetable for five minutes.
Perfectly Seasoned Baked Salmon
Pat dry some Atlantic salmon and rub with a little olive oil. Place it on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil and greased with nonstick spray. Mince some garlic and add on top, along with some Italian seasoning. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and fresh lemon. Layer on top of some thin slices of butter and bake for about 15 minutes at 400 degrees.
Pour a little olive oil over four chicken breasts and top with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Set aside. Put some cream cheese spread in a bowl and mix it with a good amount of jarred basil pesto sauce (I like the Classico brand, but you can use whatever you like). Brown both sides of the chicken, place in a skillet, and spread the basil pesto-cream cheese mixture on top. Sprinkle with grated mozzarella and bake at 350 degrees until chicken is fully cooked. Top with Italian Herb Seasoning and serve with pasta if desired!
Baked Chicken Tacos with Sour Cream and Salsa
Shred up some rotisserie chicken and mix in some sour cream and your favorite jarred sauce. Pour mixture into small tortillas and bake until tortillas are crisp. Add shredded lettuce and cheddar cheese on top and serve!
Pour an entire jar of your favorite pasta sauce into the bottom of an oven-safe dish. Place some frozen cheese ravioli on top of the pasta sauce until covered. Layer on some Italian-style cheese. You can then top with mushrooms or ground beef/sausage. Add a little Italian seasoning and repeat the process, finishing with a layer of cheese on top. Sprinkle basil and oregano on top and bake for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees.
Chicken Stuffed Casserole
In a bowl, mix together ½ cup sour cream, one can cream of chicken soup, and sliced mushrooms. Shred a rotisserie chicken and add it to the mix. Spread in the bottom of an oven-safe dish. Set aside. Get a box of Stove Top stuffing mix and pour about ½ cup of melted butter over it. Spread that mixture over the chicken mixture and bake for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees until crispy.
Pour the Olive Garden Italian dressing over a bowl of shredded lettuce. Add mayonnaise, garlic powder, oregano, banana peppers, red onion, and Parmesan cheese. Set aside. Cut a loaf of fresh French bread in half, spread some melted butter and Italian seasoning on top. Add your favorite meat and cheese (I love pepperoni, salami, turkey, and white American cheese) and toast in the oven until the cheese melts. Add lettuce mixture on top and add tomatoes if desired!
Baked Black Bean Tostadas
Sauté some chopped red onions in a skillet with olive oil, then add a can of drained black beans and your favorite sauce. Let it marinate over low heat. Bake flour or corn tortillas flat until crisp. Spread the bean mixture on top and load up your favorite toppings!
Sauté the chopped yellow onion in a pan with olive oil and add the ground or diced chicken breasts. Add some minced garlic and sesame oil. Bring to a simmer and add soy sauce, rice vinegar, crushed peanuts, and chopped green onions. Spoon the mixture into a lettuce wrap and serve!
Sriracha Chicken Tacos
Pour sriracha (or barbecue sauce, if you can’t stand the heat) over the chicken breasts, add salt and pepper, and bake. While they’re baking, chop up some bell peppers and purple cabbage. When the chicken is done, shred it and add more sriracha. Place your chicken on a warm corn or flour tortilla and add your bell pepper/cabbage ingredients. Sprinkle with feta and more sriracha!
Take some frozen chicken strips and pop them in the air fryer until crispy. Place them on a warm tortilla when ready, add shredded lettuce, cheese, tomato, and your choice of dressing. Super easy and very good!
And I know these are all dinner recipes, but I can’t NOT end this post with one of my favorite super easy SEMI HEALTHY desserts. So here’s an additional recipe – Sour Grapes:
Wash some green grapes, drain the water and set them aside. In a sealable baggie, add some dry Jell-O mix – Jolly Rancher is my favorite. Then add the semi-moist grapes to the bag with the mixture. Shake until the grapes are completely covered. Arrange them on a platter and put them in the freezer for a couple of hours or in the fridge for about four hours. 😋
And those are some of my favorite recipes that require minimal effort and time to get you back to enjoying whatever show you’re watching right now. If you want to see more recipes, hang out with me on TikTok or Insta!