Over the years, I’ve learned how important easy recipes for busy moms are. The more simple recipes are often the best in our house. Not only are they delicious, they’re easy to make on busy school nights.

These are simple recipes that are staples in my house. They all have easy to find ingredients and can be made in the crock pot, Instant Pot, Sheet pans, Airfryer and more. And are easy to whip up on a busy weeknight!

Here are my collection of easy recipes.

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Easy Recipes

I am all about making easy recipes! The simpler the recipe the better in my opinion.

Here are my family’s favorite simple recipes:

Instant Pot Recipes

If you’re tired of boring old chicken dinners, try out our recipe for Instant Pot Chicken Burrito Bowls! It’s healthy, delicious, and easy to make in your Instant Pot.

Craving something sweet and indulgent? Look no further than our recipe for Instant Pot Churro Bites – a light version that won’t ruin your diet!

Get the flavors of the state fair right in your kitchen with our recipe for Instant Pot Corn Dog Bites – a lightened up version of the classic treat.

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Skip the long lines at Starbucks and make your own tasty breakfast with our copycat recipe for Instant Pot Bacon and Cheese Egg Bites.

Looking for a versatile dish to please the whole family? Give our recipe for Instant Pot Pulled Pork a try – it’s great as a main course or in sandwiches, wraps, or as a Pulled Pork tacos!

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Craving a creamy and easy macaroni and cheese dish? Look no further than our Instant Pot Kraft Macaroni and Cheese recipe! Perfect for busy weeknights or lazy weekends.

Indulge in a decadent dessert without turning on your oven with our mouth-watering Instant Pot Chocolate Brownies. Guaranteed to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

Spice up your dinner routine with our Instant Pot Cauliflower Tikka Masala recipe – packed with flavor and made in a fraction of the time compared to traditional stovetop methods.

Need a quick and healthy lunch option? Try our Instant Pot Chicken Salad for a protein-packed meal that you can whip up in minutes. Perfect for on-the-go or enjoying at home.

Take your Taco Tuesday or Meatless Monday to the next level with our easy and flavorful Instant Pot Vegan Street Tacos. Loaded with fresh veggies and topped with your favorite toppings, these tacos are a must-try. If you’re looking for more of a fun spin on tacos, check out my viral Smash Burger taco recipe.

You can use the Instant Pot to make side dishes and veggies really easily. Here are a few ways my family uses ours:

Craving something spicy and delicious? Try our Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken recipe for an easy and flavorful meal that will satisfy all your cravings.

Need a quick protein option for meal prep? Look no further than our Instant Pot Shredded Chicken, perfect for adding to salads or sandwiches throughout the week.

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Don’t have time to watch a pot of water boil? With our Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe, you can have perfectly cooked eggs in minutes.

The Instant Pot isn’t just for dinners! Here are 12 Instant Pot Breakfast Recipes.

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Treat yourself with our easy and decadent Instant Pot Cinnamon Rolls. Perfect for a weekend brunch or special occasion breakfast.

Looking for a hearty and healthy meal? Give our Instant Pot Vegetarian Chili a try, loaded with protein-packed beans and fresh veggies.

Take advantage of fall flavors with our Instant Pot Apple Butter, perfect for spreading on toast or using as a topping for oatmeal.

Indulge in the taste of pumpkin spice without all the effort with our Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Bites. Perfect for a quick and tasty treat.

How to Make Quinoa in the Instant Pot

Crock Pot Recipes

The Crock Pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools because it makes dinner come out perfect every time. It’s so nice to be able to come home after work to a homemade meal.

Looking for an easy and delicious dinner idea? Try our Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup recipe!

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Warm up on a cold day with a hearty bowl of Slow Cooker Wild Rice Soup.

Need some new ideas for family meals? Check out our round-up of Kid-Friendly Crock Pot Recipes.

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Planning a tailgate party or game night at home? These 23 Game Day Recipes for Tailgating will be a hit with all your guests.

One of my kids favorite dinner recipes is Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. It’s one of those easy dump and go recipes with minimal prep!

Indulge in the flavors of fall with our Crustless Apple Pie recipe. It’s easy to make and a perfect dessert for any occasion.

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Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals! I especially love quick grab and go recipes like overnight oats. Here are my favorite Overnight Oat variations to make:

Sometimes you don’t feel like having eggs for breakfast. Here are 16 breakfast recipes without eggs to try.

A fun twist on breakfast is this Breakfast Banana Split. Replace ice cream with yogurt and you have a healthy protein packed start to your day!

Baked Blueberry Oatmeal is a family favorite recipe because it’s cozy and deliciousl. Plus it can be prepped ahead for an easy breakfast!

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Saturdays are donut days in our house and we love to make these 2 Ingredient Donuts!

Another easy recipe we always go to are these Homemade Bagels. Pair them with this Everything Cream Cheese spread for a yummy breakfast.

If you have extra bananas, try making Banana Pancakes or Mini Banana Breads.

Muffins

My family loves muffins for breakfast, dessert and even dinner! Here are our favorite muffing recipes:

Breakfast and Snack Muffins

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Dinner Cupcakes

Turn dinner into a fun event with these dinner “muffin” recipes!

Sheet Pan Dinners

One of my favorite ways to keep the kitchen clean during dinner is to make Sheet Pan dinners.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are a family favorite because not only are they easy to make, but they also can be customized so even the pickiest eater will love them.

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Another fun dinner is Sheet Pan Turkey Meatloafwith Roasted Potatoes and Veggies. The mini turkey meatloaves are so cute that my kids always ask for seconds!

Air Fryer Recipes

The air fryer is one of my favorite kitchen devices because it makes fried food without the oil!

These Air Fryer Parmesan Truffle Fries taste just like the ones at a restaurant, but with a fraction of the calories.

Did you know you can cook frozen mozzarella sticks in the air fryer? It’s faster than the oven and makes them so crispy!

Holiday Recipes

Celebrate the holidays with these easy dishes!

Beef is a must have dinner any holiday meal. Here are 18 of the best beef recipes for Christmas dinner!

After you watch The Grinch, make sure you try these 17 Grinch Inspired Recipes.

This Cranberry Spritzer recipe will get you into the festive holiday spirit!

Hot Cocoa dip is the perfect treat on chilly winter nights.

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Make Thanksgiving dinner even easier with these Instant Pot Thanksgiving Recipes.

If you’re looking for an easy appetizer for the holidays, my family loves making Sweet Potato Bites. They’re like mini sweet potato casseroles in cute bite size form!

The week before Thanksgiving can get so busy! Here are my favorite Day Before Thanksgiving Dinner Ideas for quick, easy and little mess dinners.

Celebrate the holidays with these easy 2 ingredient Apple Cider Mimosas.

Get into the Christmas spirit with easy Christmas Popcorn. This popcorn mix is fun and festive and so easy to make!

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The holidays aren’t complete without Christmas Cookies! I put together my family’s favorite Christmas cookie recipes that are easy and always a hit at parties.

If you have follow a specific diet, I have plenty of holiday cookie recipes for you!

We love celebrating Valentine’s Day by making this no bake Valentine’s Day Muddy Buddy recipe. It’s chex cereal coasted in peanut butter and chocolate, powdered sugar topping and lot of Valentine’s Day sprinkles and treats! Or for a fun breakfast, try this heart shaped cream cheese puff pastry recipe!

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Easy Appetizers

If you’re looking for a quick and easy appetizer, this easy hummus recipe is perfect. Pair it with some veggies or garlic naan bread for a complete side!

I love a healthy appetizer and my favorite to bring are either Parmesan Shrimp with Roasted Garlic Dip or Caprese Skewers!

If you’re obsessed with charcuterie like I am, you’ll want to check out my article on how to make a charcuterie board. With these simple tips you can make a restaurant style board right at home (and for a fraction of the price!)

Easy Desserts

It’s not a complete meal in our house unless it includes dessert!

One of our go to dessert recipe is this No Bake S’mores Muddy Buddy Recipe. It’s the traditional muddy buddy recipe with a s’mores twist!

Here are a few other favorite no bake recipes:

The Ninja Creami has been a fun kitchen tool that we’ve been using to make homemade ice cream. Our favorite is the Ninja Creami Protein Ice Cream!

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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.