Chicken, Beans, and Rice Bowl

Easy to throw together! Lettuce, rice, beans (black and kidney), grilled chicken, and lots of cheese!

Not really photogenic after it is mixed up, but very tasty! I topped it with black olives and chips! I might use my leftovers to make a quesadilla or burrito tomorrow for lunch 🙂

EASY and FAST Pandemic Meals

Here are a few meals I have made over the last few days. Hope they inspire you to cook at home!

Bacon Burger with a runny egg on top!
Spaghetti and Meatballs but this time I just used frozen meatballs. No shame in that at all! Plus one of my favorites, mozzarella bruschetta. I sliced an Italian loaf of bread in medium sized pieces and slathered on olive oil on each piece and topped with a slice of fresh mozzarella. I put that in the oven on the second rack halfway through the pasta baking. It about 8-10. The oven was at 350.
I chopped up 3 tomatoes, some fresh basil, and mixed it with a tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of balsamic glaze with a bit of salt and pepper. Topped the cheese toast with the tomato mixture and topped with more balsamic drizzle and basil.
Jambalaya- I made this for the hubby for his lunch. I sliced one chicken thigh and cooked it in a cast iron pan. Then I added 2 pieces of sliced Andouille sausages until they were heated through. Lastly I added the shrimp and cooked it for about 2 minutes per side. Then I added the meat to a cooked box of Jambalaya Rice mix. Pretty easy to throw together. I had a few bites to taste test 😉
Becca’s favorite- Shake and Bake Pork Chops. I always try to have a box in my pantry. Always a classic!

One Pot Meal- Mushroom Tomato-Cream Sauce Pasta

I have a yummy vegetarian pasta dish for you! I found some ground beef in the freezer yesterday, and the kids and husband love my Chili Mac, so I decided to make that for them. Since, I no longer eat meat, I decided to use up the sad mushrooms in the vegetable crisper and make myself a vegetarian pasta. It was so easy and fast, so I don’t even think it requires a official recipe.

I browned the mushrooms in olive oil for about 10 minutes on medium heat. Then I added 1/2 pound of pasta, a jar of marinara sauce, and water (the amount it takes to fill up that jar of sauce). I stirred it all together and turned it to low. I cooked it for about 20 minutes, stirring halfway through. Lastly, I stirred in a half cup of heavy cream. If you want to make this vegan, you can leave that part out. Now I have a few extra meals for the week!

Without Cream…
With Cream…

Tofu, Black Beans, and Veggie Quesadillas

Say what you want about tofu, but to me, it is a blank slate of perfect protein. You can complain about it all you want, but you have to know how to handle it. In this preparation,  I added all the flavoring of chorizo with none of the sausage. I think I made one of the best vegetarian quesadillas I have ever eaten.

SAY WHAT? I would never lie about tofu or quesadillas. Most vegetarian quesadillas at restaurants are way too soggy. The only vegetarian quesadilla I like with tofu is at Moe’s where I just get tofu, black beans, and maybe a few mushrooms. This one has WAY more flavor!

Tofu, Black Beans, and Veggie Quesadillas


1 shallot, diced
1 red pepper sliced thinly
1/2 a small head of cauliflower, chopped
1 small can black beans
1 tablespoon chorizo powder (you can buy or make
1 container tofu, drained and chopped
1 large whole wheat tortilla
1 handful of mixed Mexican cheese, or whatever you have


Prepare all your veggies
Coat your pan with some oil
Add in your shallots and red peppers and cook down for 5 minutes.
Add your cauliflower and tofu with your chorizo spice blend. Mix together well for another 5 minutes.

In a nonstick pan, add a tablespoon of oil or butter, then add a large whole wheat tortilla (or whatever you have. I have a tall stack of different tortillas in my fridge)

Add a good helping of the tofu veggie mixture with a nice handful of cheese. img_3703

Fold the tortilla over and cook until crispy on both sides, about 3 minutes on medium high heat for both sides. So yummy! I have leftover filling for something else later! =)