What's your go-to quick and easy dinner you like to cook?

When I am dead tired, and when I really don't feel like cooking, and when I haven't picked up anything to cook for dinner, and no time to defrost anything.....and someone drops over to visit. I have it handled ! I make a braided loaf. It only takes a few minutes to put it together, then 20 min or so to cook the dough..and its ready to eat. I always buy and keep at least one or two cans of Pillsbury crescent roll dough or cans of their bread dough. I always have fresh deli ham and Swiss cheese. This loaf will work with just about anything that you can serve hot. I like pastrami that I heat up in an iron skillet and then I stir yellow mustard into it and I use that for a filling too. Sometimes I use ham, cappicola, and cheese - like Swiss, provolone, pepperjack or cheddar. I have even used frozen leftover meatballs in sauce that I defrost in the micro...then chop up, then use mozzarella on the bottom (and the top,) to keep the dough from getting too soggy...then add the meatball pieces then more cheese.

Anyway I'll upload photos. Unroll the dough. If you use crescent roll dough like I did just press the punctures together to seal it into one big piece, then cut the ribbons on both sides (I use scissors,) lay your filling down the middle one third of the dough, then pull one ribbon over the filling and press it into the dough tucked a little under the filling. Keep going. Then tuck under and press to seal the ends. Then I wet my hands and put them on top of the dough to make sesame or poppy seeds stick. Then bake 20 or 25 minutes at the temp on the dough can...400 or 425....something like that. The only part that needs to cook is the dough. This is fast, easy, and even the baking time is time you can spend with your guest. It always tastes great and it looks awesome. I like to bake it on parchment paper so it won't stick and there's no cleanup, but if you don't have that, just grease your cookie sheet or aluminum foil. When done, take it out and let it rest 5 or 10 minutes before cutting it so all the yummies don't flow out like hot lava. In ten minutes it will still be quite warm but it will stay intact when you cut it. I use a knife and fork to eat it because it can get messy.


Back in the day, I used to have issues with what to cook but then I bought an Instant Pot. Now I can cook a full size chicken in under a 1/2 hour. Seriously, you can google it, and the chicken is literally fall off the bone tender.

You can use it for everything and rarely do I spend more than 1/2 hour to 45 minutes making dinner. For the most part it is assemble, turn on, and walk away. Just like a slow cooker but way faster. If you want you can slow cook with it too. And I love being able to use the saute function to give the meat a little colour before I cook it or to thicken the gravy when all is cooked, very handy.

You name it the Instant Pot can do it (well, other than the assemble part, I am sure they are working on that though).

The best device since the slow cooker.


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