Celebrate Simple!

I love everything about holidays all throughout the year. The decorating and special foods and traditions and celebrations are right up my alley. I start putting up fall decorations on Labor Day and switch out fall for Christmas decorations no later than the day after Thanksgiving. So, for four months our house is pretty festive!

Decorating is fun; undecorating, not so much! However, when everything is packed away, I like the way the house looks so plain and simple. I always take a breather during this January lull, and enjoy getting the house back to “normal” and resting up before growing season when I take my decorating outside to the flowerbeds.

I cooked a lot during the holidays which I enjoyed, but now it’s time to rest up from that too. I don’t want to work too hard for the next few weeks in the kitchen, so I started looking for recipes that would be easy but of course, delicious too. Taste of Home has a whole site dedicated to recipes that only have 5 ingredients, so I took a look. There are actually 60 recipes on this site that only have 5 ingredients.

  • Ravioli Lasagna – This recipe uses frozen ravioli, ground beef, a jar of spaghetti sauce, shredded cheese and fresh basil.
  • Cheeseburger and Fries Casserole – This would be great for a kid-friendly dinner. You brown a pound of ground beef, then stir in a can of golden mushroom soup and a can of condensed cheese soup. Pour in a baking dish and top with frozen french fries and pop it in the oven for 55 minutes.
  • Slow Cooker Beef and Mushroom Gravy – Put beef top round steak, dry onion soup mix, a can of cream of mushroom soup and a ½ cup of water in the slow cooker and forget about it for 7-8 hours.
  • Skillet Mac and Cheese – Your 5 ingredients are macaroni, butter, flour, half-and-half and processed cheese. You can eat it just the way it is, or you can add toppings like halved cherry tomatoes, arugula and cracked pepper.
  • Barbeque Meatloaf Minis – You combine a pound of ground beef with a package of stuffing mix, barbeque sauce, and water. You cook the minis in muffin cups for about 20 minutes, then top with grated cheese.

Well, now I have 5 simple recipes to get us through the workweek without very much work! Check out the site by clicking here.

– Becky Lynn is a writer for EllisDownHome.com. She and her husband Bob enjoy spending time with their 8 grandchildren and traveling. Becky loves cranking up the music and heading to the kitchen to try out new recipes or cook for an upcoming party. She is passionate about continuing to be a life-long learner!


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