Recipes for Busy Moms

Five ingredients or less
by acaisha
May 17, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Low Fat Mexican Macaroni and Cheese

By ladypit on March 04, 2006


Photo by flower7

4 Reviews
  • timer
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 8

About This Recipe

"Found this in a Weight Watcher's cookbook of recipes from the magazine in 2000. This is fast to make and has a nice flavour. Not a zingy dish, but the kids and I enjoyed it. 2/3 of a cup is 3 WW points."


    • 8 ounces uncooked elbow macaroni
    • 5 ounces light processed cheese ( Light Velveeta)
    • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
    • 1/2 cup salsa


  1. Boil water for the macaroni. Cook the noodles in the water until done, usually 7-9 minutes.
  2. While the noodles are cooking cube the cheese.
  3. When the noodles are done drain them and then return to the pan.
  4. Add the cubed cheese and taco seasoning. Stir well, until the cheese is melted.
  5. When melted, add the salsa and serve.


  • acaisha
    by acaisha
    May 17, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Pizza Croissants (Quick and Easy)

    By MizEmerilLagasse on June 07, 2004


    Photo by AZPARZYCH

    1 Reviews
    • timer
    • Prep Time: 5 mins
    • Total Time: 20 mins
    • Yield: 8 pizza croissants

    About This Recipe

    "These are great as a quick and fun weeknight meal. My fiance came up with this one when he was out of town for a week. When he came back and shared it with me I was really surprised with how good they were."


      • 1 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls
      • 3/4 cup pizza sauce or 3/4 cup pasta sauce
      • 8 small breakfast sausage links
      • 4 pieces mozzarella string cheese, cut in half


    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Unroll the croissant dough and place the individual doughs on a greased cookie sheet.
    3. Spread a tablespoon of pizza sauce on each one of them.
    4. Place a sausage and half a string cheese at the long top part.
    5. Cut off the excess cheese that will hang out the sides.
    6. Roll them up and bake for 15 minutes or until heated the whole way through.
    7. Don't let the cheese melt to much though or it will go everywhere.
  • acaisha
    by acaisha
    May 17, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Ravioli "Lasagna"

    By Tish on April 22, 2002


    Photo by ~Jen~

    37 Reviews
    • timer
    • Prep Time: 10 mins
    • Total Time: 45 mins
    • Servings: 4-6

    About This Recipe

    "Easy to throw together if you have it all in the freezer for that last minute I don't know what to make dinner"


      • 1 (26 ounce) jars pasta sauce
      • 1 (30 ounce) bags frozen large cheese ravioli, unthawed
      • 1 (10 ounce) boxes frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
      • 1 (8 ounce) bags shredded mozzarella cheese
      • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese


    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Coat a 13-by-9 inch baking dish with cooking spray and spoon in a third of the sauce.
    3. Arrange 12 ravioli on top and scatter the spinach over them.
    4. Top with half of each cheese.
    5. Cover with another layer of ravioli and the remaining sauce and cheese.
    6. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes.
    7. Uncover and bake 5 to 10 minutes more or until bubbly.
  • acaisha
    by acaisha
    May 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Crock Pot Cheesy Chicken

    By Kathleen Traylor on June 30, 2001


    Photo by Heather'sKitchen

    311 Reviews
    • timer
    • Prep Time: 10 mins
    • Total Time: 1/2 day
    • Servings: 8

    About This Recipe

    "Almost too easy, the chicken cooks in a creamy, cheesy sauce that is delicious over noodles. This freezes well, too"


      • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
      • 2 (10 1/2 ounce) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
      • 1 (10 1/2 ounce) cans condensed cheddar cheese soup
      • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
      • salt and pepper (optional)


    1. Place chicken breasts in the crock pot.
    2. Mix the undiluted soups together with the garlic powder and pour over chicken.
    3. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours , until chicken is tender.
    4. Serve with the delicious sauce over rice or noodles.
  • acaisha
    by acaisha
    May 17, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    Salsa Chicken

    By ngibsonn on May 07, 2002


    Photo by *Kathy*

    189 Reviews
    • timer
    • Prep Time: 20 mins
    • Total Time: 50 mins
    • Servings: 4

    About This Recipe

    "Someone gave me this recipe a few years back and it's become a household favorite. You can use mild, medium or hot salsa depending on your taste. I usually serve it with Spanish rice and Mexican-style canned corn. Very easy and quick!"


      • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
      • 4 -5 teaspoons taco seasoning mix
      • 1 cup salsa
      • 1 -1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      • 2 tablespoons sour cream (optional)


    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. Place chicken breasts in a lightly greased 9x13 inch baking dish.
    3. Sprinkle taco seasoning on both sides of chicken breasts, and pour salsa over all.
    4. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 25 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is tender and juicy and its juices run clear.
    5. Sprinkle chicken evenly with cheese, and continue baking for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
    6. Top with sour cream if desired, and serve.
  • KamsOne
    by KamsOne
    May 17, 2011 at 4:24 PM

     Wow.  These all look so good!

  • periwinkle163
    May 18, 2011 at 12:26 PM

     I love 5 ingredients or less recipes. It can be such a hassle searching for obscure ingredients to try a new recipe.

  • SweetLuci
    May 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

     5 or less is good.

  • delanna6two
    May 18, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    Quoting periwinkle163:

     I love 5 ingredients or less recipes. It can be such a hassle searching for obscure ingredients to try a new recipe.

    me too!!! my favorite type of recipes:)

  • CreativeMummy
    May 19, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    No Name Yummy Beef Dinner (if you know of the name let me know - it's been a family favorite forever - true comfort food that just so happens to be easy - Yea!)

    1 lb ground beef

    1 green pepper

    1 small onion

    2 cans Beef or Brown Franco American Gravy


    brown ground beef with pepper & onion with your fav seasonings - I like black pepper, Italian seasoning and Garlic Powder.  Add the cans of gravy.  Stir to blend and then serve over rice.  

  • reneawesley
    August 19, 2011 at 4:25 PM

     Just saved this. Love 5 ingredient or less recipes.

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