Everyone needs an arsenal from which to pull a recipe when you are in a hurry, at a loss, have company coming or need to throw something together in a pinch. This is my arsenal. They aren’t always quick recipes, but they are tried and true. Some are my own, but most are linked to others. I’ll be adding to this arsenal, too. Perhaps you’ll find something to add to your own.

* = Husband Approved


90-second Breakfast Sandwich
Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cups
Migas – Easy Tex-Mex Style
Overnight Oats
Bird’s Nest Breakfast Cups
Sausage & Egg Breakfast Casserole *
Asparagus & Mushroom Quiche

PB & J Smoothie
Magic Green Smoothie
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie

Swamp Soup *
Cream of Tomato Soup
Coconut Turmeric Chicken Soup
I Need to Eat More Veggies Soup
Lasagna Soup
Immunity Soup – best chicken soup EVER!
Instant Pot Taco Soup (no beans), using the stove top directions from this Easy Taco Soup (with beans) recipe *
Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup
Creamy Reuben Soup *
Pizza Soup *
Taco Soup *
30-Minute Broccoli Cheese Soup *
Homemade Tomato Soup (Fresh or Canned Tomatoes) *

Big Mac Salad *
Cheesesteak Spinach Salad
Detox Salad
Sunny Parisian Carrot Bowls

Buffalo Chicken Lasagna (I made with pork *)
Cheater’s Chicken Chili
Mexican Chicken Stew
Turkey & Black Bean Mexican Cabbage Bowl
Creamy Chicken & Herb Skillet (I make with pork chops!)
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Chili
Avocado, Mozzarella & Bruschetta Chicken
Mini Salsa Turkey Meatloaves
Chicken “Kabob” Munchies
White Chicken Chili
Hummus-Crusted Chicken
Brine for Chicken
Crockpot Chicken, Quinoa & Vegetable Soup
Chicken Pad Thai w/Spaghetti Squash

Fish & Seafood
Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes
Easy Grilled Fish Packets in Foil
Shrimp with Zucchini & Tomatoes
Easiest Shrimp & Tomatoes Ever
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Shrimp aka Death Row Shrimp
Creamy Baked Trout for One
Fire-Roasted Tomato Poached Trout for One

Beef & Veggie Casserole*
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes *
Chocolate Chili *
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce *
Bacon-Covered Meatloaf *
Award Winning Poker Meatballs *
Joes’s Special *
Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches * (Make as lettuce wraps with a slice of melted provolone & mayo or creamy horseradish, use homemade Italian Dressing Mix)
Noodleless Zucchini Lasagna * (Note: Use large zucchini, San Marzano tomatoes & add Italian spices for flavor!)
Crockpot Taco Chili *
Crockpot Guinness Stew Mac & Cheese *

Mediterranean Pork Chops
Blackened Pork Chops *
Crockpot Carnitas *
Boursin Pork Chops *
Dijon Pork Medallions *
Pork & Zucchini Stir Fry *

One Pot Ravioli Lasagna *
Blue Cheese & Bacon Mac & Cheese *
Spaghetti alla Carbonara *
San Marzano Meat Sauce over Spaghetti or Zoodles *
One Pot Beef & Mushroom Stroganoff * or Farmstyle Hamburger Stroganoff *

Sauces, Dips, Dressings & Marinades
Best Ever Beef Marinade *
Roasted Tomato Dressing
Lebanese Garlic Sauce *
Olive Oil Mayo *
Creamy Horseradish Dip
Peanut Sauce (Sunshine Sauce)

Zucchini & Onions *
Roasted Broccolini *
Parmesan Asparagus *
Zoodles *
Roasted Radishes
Garlic Parmesan Roasted Broccoli *
Sauteed Broccoli *
Sauteed Broccoli with Garlic Dip *
Sauteed Spinach with Lemon
Grilled (or Grill Pan) Green Beans *

Appetizers / Sides /Party Favorites
Mediterranean Salsa Dip
Mom’s Cheesy Potatoes *
Best Ever Oven Fries *

Easy Homemade Frozen Yogurt (my fave is with raspberries!)
Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Cheesy Mexican Quinoa Black Bean Casserole
English Muffin Pepperoni Pizzas *
Single Serving Pepperoni Pizzas *
Pizza Spaghetti Pie
Poorman’s Caprese
Salsa Caprese
DIY Microwave Popcorn with Rosemary Herb Seasoning
Power Bowls
Homemade Italian Breadcrumbs