Whip Up Something Fun: Easy Recipes That Won’t Break A Sweat

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Cooking at home can feel like a chore after a long day, but it doesn’t have to be! This collection of delicious and straightforward recipes will have you whipping up impressive meals in no time. No fancy ingredients or complicated techniques required, just pure culinary fun.

1. One-Pan Rainbow Veggie Fajitas (Vegetarian)

Fun and Easy Recipes to Make with Kids - Love to be in the Kitchen
Fun and Easy Recipes to Make with Kids – Love to be in the Kitchen

These vibrant fajitas are a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Perfect for a quick weeknight meal, they come together in under 30 minutes.

# Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles (undrained)
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 fajita wraps (wheat, corn, or gluten-free)
  • Your favorite fajita toppings (shredded cheese, sour cream, salsa, guacamole)

  • # Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell peppers, onion, and broccoli florets. Cook for 5-7 minutes, or until softened slightly.
    2. Stir in black beans, diced tomatoes, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
    3. Warm fajita wraps according to package instructions.
    4. Serve fajita mixture with your favorite toppings.

    2. Creamy Tomato Basil Pasta with Chicken Sausage

    This comforting pasta dish is packed with flavor and comes together in one pot. The creamy tomato sauce is irresistible, and the chicken sausage adds a satisfying protein punch.

    # Ingredients:

    1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound Italian chicken sausage links, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil (undrained)
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound dried pasta (penne, rigatoni, or fusilli work well)
  • Fresh basil leaves, chopped (for garnish)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • # Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chicken sausage and cook until browned on all sides. Remove sausage from the pot and set aside.
    2. Add onion and garlic to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened.
    3. Stir in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with basil, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Bring to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
    4. Add pasta and cook according to package instructions, stirring occasionally, until pasta is al dente.
    5. Return cooked sausage to the pot and stir to combine.
    6. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.

    3. Sheet Pan Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon with Roasted Vegetables

    This sheet pan meal is a lifesaver! Salmon cooks to perfection infused with a sweet and savory honey garlic glaze, while the vegetables roast alongside for a complete and healthy meal.

    # Ingredients:

    2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 salmon fillets (skin on or off, your preference)
  • 1 head broccoli florets
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced

  • # Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, honey, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic, ginger powder, salt, and pepper.
    3. Place salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Brush generously with the honey garlic glaze.
    4. Scatter broccoli florets, red onion wedges, and red bell pepper slices around the salmon. Drizzle vegetables with remaining glaze.