Easy Recipes to Make Your Day Brighter

Have you been trying new hobbies during quarantine? 

I know I’ve been looking for the few things I can do to enjoy life more while I #stayathome. Cooking new recipes allows me to be more creative and prepare for when I can invite friends over for dinner again!

I’ve found that food is one of the most important components of building relationships and community. Awkward gatherings where people are standing around, unsure of what to say or do, usually become much more casual and familiar when a meal or snacks are served.

When you’re in school or working full-time, coming up with a menu in addition to the already-present logistics of hosting a group of friends can sound like a lot. That’s why the Student Life gals put together a list of our favorite recipes. Most of them take less than 30 minutes to prepare and are perfect for a fun casual night with your family or with friends!

Try some new recipes now so you can gather with friends around your table, enjoy a delicious (and now effortless) dinner, and play some of your favorite games!

Swedish Meatballs
This takes me (Megan) less than 5 minutes to prep (work break, anyone?), and it’s an easy crowd favorite.

  • Ingredients
    • 2lbs. Frozen Meatballs
    • 16oz. Heavy Cream
    • 3/4c. Grated Parmesan Cheese
    • 1 tsp. Garlic Powder
    • 1 tsp. Parsley
    • Pinch of Salt & Pepper
  • Instructions
    • Add all ingredients to crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours

Santa Fe Chicken Packets
Getting ready for those summer starlight campfires? Use this recipe as an excuse to get one started or pretend that you’re around one and cook this in the oven. Either way, it’s delicious, easy, and perfect for the summer months ahead!

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Pad Thai
From the Linde household, here’s an easy healthy recipe if you and your friends like to try a more exotic side of life.

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Shredded Chicken Tacos
This is another Linde favorite that sounds almost too easy!

  • Ingredients
    • Chicken Breasts
    • 1 Packet of Taco Seasoning 
    • 1 Container of Salsa
    • Favorite Taco Toppings
  • Instructions
    • Put raw chicken breasts in the crockpot 
    • Pour a packet of taco seasoning on top and cover in salsa
    • Cook on high for 4 hours
    • Shred and serve with your favorite taco toppings

Bacon Cheeseburger Cauliflower Casserole
Kasey describes this recipe as heavenly. Be warned: it will take you a little longer than 30 minutes. But bacon. C’mon, it’s worth it. 

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What are your favorite recipes for meals with family or friends?

Meet Megan

Student Life Operations Manager

Megan earned her BSBA in Accounting in 2014 and, along the way, fell in love with the Unbound student body. When she’s not planning events, creating spreadsheets, and keeping the Student Life team on track, she can usually be found cooking up a new meal or booking a flight for her next adventure.