12 Easy Meals Everyone Should Know How to Make

Cooking and eating with loved ones is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but choosing what to cook isn’t always easy. Having an arsenal of go-to recipes in your toolkit takes the stress out of dinner preparations, especially when it comes to last-minute or impromptu meals. Continue reading to discover 12 easy meals anyone can whip […]

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Cooking and eating with loved ones is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but choosing what to cook isn’t always easy. Having an arsenal of go-to recipes in your toolkit takes the stress out of dinner preparations, especially when it comes to last-minute or impromptu meals.

Continue reading to discover 12 easy meals anyone can whip up on a moment’s notice that are sure to delight.

1. Chicken Caesar Pita Wraps

Caesar salad was invented in California by an Italian chef in 1924, and it’s as popular as ever today. You can make this stress-free recipe from SweetPhi with romaine lettuce, store-bought dressing, pita, chicken and parmesan cheese in 10 minutes, and the outcome is impressive.

Simply toast the pita breads, slice the chicken and lettuce into bite size pieces and assemble the wraps according to your taste. You can use as much or little sauce as you like and add extra parmesan to make them saltier and cheesier. Less dressing and cheese makes for a lower fat option, while adding more gives the wraps a restaurant-like flavor.

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2. Fettuccine Alfredo

This creamy, indulgent pasta recipe from Erren’s Kitchen is ideal for days when you’re in need of comfort food. It takes just 20 minutes to make and will have everyone asking for seconds, from fussy kids to foodie adults. The secret ingredients are a pinch of nutmeg, fresh garlic and freshly chopped parsley.

For the best results, only cook the pasta until it’s al dente, then finish it off in the sauce. Hold back a little pasta water in case it’s too thick, and use a tiny amount to loosen the pasta. Always use high-fat cream so you don’t need to use a thickener or make a roux.

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3. Triple Layer Nachos

As one of America’s favorite fast food outlets, there are plenty of people looking to replicate the flavorsome recipes of Taco Bell. These nachos are based on its triple layer nacho recipe from Mashed, and despite only having five ingredients, taste pretty similar to the fast food original.

All you need is a large bag of tortilla chips, a can of refried beans, some nacho cheese sauce or queso dip, milk and taco sauce. Cook time is 10 minutes or less, so you can easily make them after a long day at work or school. Experiment with different brands of cheese sauce until you find the one that you like the most.

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4. Sloppy Joes

Rumor has it that sloppy joes were conceived in Iowa by a man named Joe as an evolution of the loose meat sandwiches that were popular in the early 20th century. This easy recipe from Graceful Little Honey Bee is a classic, and it couldn’t be any more simple to make. What’s more, it’s wonderfully tasty and you can make it in under 15 minutes.

There’s a good chance you’ll have most of the ingredients in your cupboard, but if not you’ll be able to get them in the store without spending much at all. Just brown the beef, combine with ketchup, mustard, a little brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce, then place the mix in burger buns and finish with sliced cheese.

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5. Chicken Stir Fry

A stir fry is one of the most straightforward healthy meals to make, so if you’re looking for a weeknight staple that has all the food groups in one, look no further than this recipe from Mighty Mrs. You have a choice between rice or noodles, depending on what you like best, and the option to pick any mix of stir fry vegetables. If you prefer fresh veg and have a little extra time on your hands, you could also chop your own.

If you use frozen veg, preparation time is only five minutes, and using pre-cooked chicken means you can heat the dish in 10 minutes. The recipe calls for a wok, but you can use any large saucepan if you don’t have one. Heat the oil, cook the vegetables for around seven minutes, throw in the chicken and stir for two more minutes, add the sauce and finish by tossing in the noodles.

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6. Beef Stew

A warm bowl of beef stew is perfect for fall or winter, and having this five-ingredient recipe from Food.com in your memory bank can make the idea of coming home on a colder evening much more enjoyable. The secret to this easy recipe is a can of mushroom soup, so you don’t need to worry about making a stock or toiling over the stove to make a sauce.

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7. Sweet Chilli Dogs

As one of the United States’ most popular street foods, it only makes sense that you should have a go-to hot dog recipe in your toolkit. This sweet chilli dog recipe from BBC’s Good Food has a spicy kick, which can be as mild or hot as you like based on your preferences and the sauce you choose. Roast the sausages, fry the onions and then stir in the sauce and tomato puree for a mouthwatering dish that’s ready in less than 10 minutes.

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8. Homemade Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is great for when you or your loved ones are feeling a little ill, but it’s also a wonderful all-season dish to enjoy any day of the week. This hearty Forkly original recipe tastes great but contains a very manageable number of ingredients, with store-bought broth and four vegetables that only require chopping roughly.

Prep time is around five minutes and the rest of the recipe is as simple as throwing the ingredients together and waiting. Delicious, healthy and warming – perfect for the colder months.

9. Traditional Pork Souvlaki

Pork souvlaki is a Greek staple, and like most street food, its heritage and enduring nature in its native country are testimony to its deliciousness. The word souvlaki means skewer, but those are optional in this traditional recipe from Mashed.

Honey gives the pork a crispy, caramelized crust, and garlic and oregano lift the entire dish. With just six core ingredients, you’ll be shocked at how delicious and aromatic the end result is.

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10. Chili

Chili is easy to make and so full of flavor that you’ll want to make it again and again. This uncomplicated recipe from Gimme Some Oven won’t be taxing on your brain, so you can pull it together at a moment’s notice no matter how busy your day has been.

With a cooking time of less than half an hour, the dish contains four to six servings, so you can feed a whole family or get it ready on a Sunday as part of your weekly meal prep. Tomatoes, chiles, chili powder and beans form the base, and you can bring extra flavor with toppings like sour cream, cheese, cilantro and scallions.

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11. Vegan Chili

Chili is a staple of Mexico and south Texas, but has become a beloved weekday dish around the world. This undemanding vegan recipe from Simple Sweet Vegan tastes amazing and contains five simple ingredients. An onion, bell pepper, fire roasted tomatoes, tri-blend beans and chili powder are all that’s required for this hearty, healthy dish. Although if you fancy adding some zing, you can try adding vegan sour cream or cilantro.

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12. Baked Mac and Cheese

Finally, it’s the all-American staple, mac and cheese. Everyone is bound to have their own version of such a classic, but you’ll have friends and family queuing up to ask for this indulgent recipe from Jo Cooks after they try it. It takes only 45 minutes to prepare and cook and includes the additions of smoked paprika and Worcestershire sauce to maximize the flavor from the sharp cheddar and provolone cheese.

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Best Drink Recipes for Girls Night

You don’t have to be a master mixologist to throw the best parties in town. As long as you have a blender, a shaker and some ice on deck, you can create all kinds of appealing and great-tasting cocktails. This list contains a selection of the best drinks you can serve up during big parties […]

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You don’t have to be a master mixologist to throw the best parties in town. As long as you have a blender, a shaker and some ice on deck, you can create all kinds of appealing and great-tasting cocktails. This list contains a selection of the best drinks you can serve up during big parties or cozy get togethers with the girls. Keep in mind that mixology is a creative endeavor, so feel free to experiment with these recipes and make them your own.

Learn how to make these fun, sweet and endlessly enjoyable cocktails to wow your friends and provide fuel as you party the night away.

1. Cosmopolitan

This pink-hued drink is just as strong as a martini but much tastier. Versions of the cocktail have been around since before World War II, but the magic ingredient of cranberry juice wasn’t added until the 1980s when the cosmopolitan was truly born.

With just four ingredients and this easy recipe from Liquor.com, it only takes a few minutes to shake up a cosmo. The instructions call for a lime wedge as a garnish, but you can opt for orange rind instead to complement the Cointreau if you’re out of limes.

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2. Pina Colada/Pina Nolada

If you’re looking for the perfect summertime cocktail, look no further. This Puerto Rican beverage was invented by a bartender in 1954 at the Caribe Hilton and is a global favorite to this day.

This pina colada recipe from Evolving Table contains just five ingredients, and best results come when you use a blender, but a long, hard shake works just fine. Garnish with a slice of pineapple, and add a cocktail cherry if you’re feeling lavish. The indulgent combination of pineapple, coconut and rum tastes so sweet and delicious that it’s nearly impossible to stop at just one. For a pina nolada — the alcohol-free version — simply remove the rum and enjoy.

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3. Tequila Sunrise

This Californian classic is as cute as it is flavorful, with its name coming from the faded aesthetic that’s reminiscent of a sunset. Legend has it that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones popularized the drink after sampling it while on tour in the United States.

Bring the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll to your doorstep by making Tasty’s tequila sunrise at home. With only three ingredients and no equipment necessary, it’s one that you need no experience at all to make. Grenadine is the secret ingredient that provides the sunset look, and a simple cherry and orange wheel garnish makes the drink picture-perfect.

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4. Strawberry Daiquiri

The classic daiquiri has an array of famous followers, including Ernest Hemingway and John F. Kennedy, and dates all the way back to 1896. However, it wasn’t until the 1930s in Cuba that the frozen daiquiri first appeared. Since then, people have been adding their favorite fruits to the mix, and some think that strawberry is the tastiest, like this one from Miss In The Kitchen.

If you have a blender, place the six ingredients in and blitz it, then pour it into glasses. For those looking to improvise, drop the strawberries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add the other ingredients and shake vigorously. Serve over a glass full of crushed ice garnished with fresh strawberries and lime.

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 5. Lemon Drop Martini

If you’re not a fan of strong drinks, the word ‘martini’ might have you running for the hills. However, the lemon drop (like this one from Foodology Geek) is no ordinary martini. It’s sugary sweet but still packs a kick — although you barely notice the vodka. The pastel-yellow color is charming and makes this mouthwatering cocktail even more appealing.

It’s named after lemon drop candy and first appeared around the 1970s, although the original recipe doesn’t call for the (very affordable and widely available) Italian liquor, limoncello. The addition of this syrupy spirit makes this easy-to-make and even easier-to-drink cocktail the perfect addition to a night of fun and frolics.

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6. Passion Fruit Margarita

Everyone knows the margarita, and while this drink can be strong, you can add as much citrus and fruity syrup as you want to make it sweeter. You can make the passion fruit syrup yourself as directed in this recipe from A Cookie Named Desire, but it’s easy to find in the store if you prefer. This cocktail is quick to prepare and uses only four ingredients. Garnish with a mint sprig or lime wheel for a delightful drink that spices up the night.


7. Mai Tai

Transport yourself to Hawaii without leaving the house with this scrumptious and simple mai tai recipe from Platings and Pairings. The mai tai has its roots in the 1940s when a Californian bartender’s Tahitian friends exclaimed that his latest concoction was “Maita’i roa a’e,” meaning “out of this world! The best!”

All you need is a cocktail shaker and six ingredients that you can find at a grocery or liquor store. Garnish with cocktail cherries and a chunky slice of pineapple, and sip this sumptuous drink long into the night. Remember, even though it tastes sweet, it has four different liquors in it, so it’s best to sip is slow.

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8. Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island iced tea, like this one from Vinepair, is a true classic, and one of the strongest drinks you can make. Still, the additions of cola, simple syrup and citrus juice mask the five liquors well, lending themselves to a luscious sweet-and-sour flavor.

Like many cocktails that are popular around the world today, this one was invented during Prohibition as a sneaky way for rule-breakers to get their fix of alcohol. Garnish with a lemon slice — and don’t be shy about finishing with a cocktail umbrella — and get ready to party.


9. Kir Royale

Lovers of simplicity, behold this Kir royale by Inspired Taste. For such a sophisticated-looking cocktail, it’s very easy to prepare. While the original recipe was made with Champagne, any sparkling wine does the job perfectly. Believe it or not, the Kir royale was formulated by a Catholic priest in the French region of Dijon.

With just two ingredients and a garnish, friends who’ve never heard of the drink are likely to ask for the recipe once they’ve sampled a sip. The list of ingredients calls for a fresh raspberry as a garnish, but any of your favorite berries can provide the perfect finish for this cocktail.

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10. Singapore Sling

The Singapore sling is considered the official drink of Singapore by many residents and nonresidents alike. First shaken in 1915, it was invented at a time when women drinking alcohol in public was frowned upon.

The Spruce Eats has a classic version of the recipe. This gin-based cocktail, which tastes every bit as good as it looks, calls for five ingredients plus a dash of club soda and two garnishes. It’s sweet, sour and deceptively strong, with a lemon and cherry garnish that makes it the star of your at-home cocktail night.

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11. Woo-Woo

The woo-woo is a truly iconic 1980s New York drink, from the days when cocktails were experiencing a revival. The name is attributed to a bartender who shouted “woo-woo” every time the Mets scored, after which he gave a free round of the drink to patrons.

These days, you don’t have to be a baseball fan to give these drinks out to your friends. Celebrate a special occasion with this delightfully simple woo-woo recipe from BBC’s Good Food.


12. Mojito/No-Jito

Last but by no means least is a party classic, the mojito. Easy to make and refreshing, the cocktail is believed to hark back to Havana, although some claim it’s been around since the 1500s. Despite having very few ingredients, the finished drink looks great and tastes amazing. Try this version by Love & Lemons.

If you or your friends are looking for a non-alcoholic alternative, swap out the rum for apple juice to enjoy a sweet-and-sour mocktail that rivals the original.

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