Simple Recipe Ideas for Your Palate and Your Guests

Cooking can be joyous and fulfilling—if you’re not used to it, though, it can feel nerve-wracking. Still, it doesn’t mean you can never try your hand at this. There are some of the most accessible and delicious meals that beginners like you can make from ingredients around the house. Don’t believe it? Some recipes only require a few ingredients for dinner – think of pulled pork and pasta dishes. And don’t worry if you can’t find any of this in your fridge or cupboards right now—it would undoubtedly be easy to get. So, let’s check out the options.

Glazed salmon

Something about a beautifully glazed piece of salmon makes the mouth water. The shiny, golden-brown exterior perfectly contrasts the tender, pink flesh underneath. And when cooked to perfection, the salmon melts in your mouth, leaving behind a trail of deliciousness. Whether it’s served with a simple side of rice and vegetables or alongside a more complex dish, glazed salmon is always a welcome addition to the table. Its versatility is one of its many appealing qualities. No matter how you serve it, one thing is for sure: this is one dish that is sure to please. You can make a dish with this hero ingredient in about 25-30 minutes.

The ingredients you need for this recipe include brown sugar, soy sauce, salmon fillets, and pineapple juice without sweeteners.

Poached chicken

Poached chicken is a healthy and delicious way to cook chicken. It involves cooking the chicken in water or another liquid, such as broth until cooked thoroughly. You get moist and tender chicken that you can use in various dishes, such as rice bowls, chicken salad, tacos, etc. It is also a safer option than frying. It would be a great option to make weeknight meals quick and fun. However, when preparing this flavorful item, you have to be careful about a few things. For example, don’t add too much salt as it will destroy the flavor. You can finish this dish within 30 minutes.

Ingredients are boneless and skinless chicken breast, white wine, salt, whole peppercorns, rosemary sprig, garlic clove, thyme, and bay leaf.


The traditional Italian dish contains rice, broth, and other ingredients like vegetables, meat, or seafood. People love it for its creamy and flavorful taste. When preparing this dish, you have to take care of a few things: the rice should cook properly in broth until it is tender but still has a bit of a bite. Other ingredients should also become soft as they cook. In the end, you can top it off with cheese and butter for that much-needed touch. Please use Arborio rice, which tends to be starchy and makes for an extra creamy taste. So, if you plan a dinner party at home, you already have one easy recipe idea to chase. The prep and cooking time will be about 45 minutes.

Ingredients include chicken broth, dry white wine/ water, Parmesan cheese, chopped onion, olive oil, salt & pepper, fresh parsley, garlic cloves, and, as mentioned, Arborio rice. Or any medium-grain rice will also work.

Poached pears

This recipe is the way to enjoy the sweetness of pears while keeping them healthy. Pears are a rich source of fiber and antioxidants, and when poached, they retain all their nutritional value. This recipe is also super easy to make, and it’s a great way to use up any pears that are becoming too ripe. You can make this dish with peeled and cored pears, water, honey, and cinnamon stick. Add all of the ingredients to a pot and boil. Lower the heat to let the pears simmer for about 15 minutes. Once cooked, remove them from the pot and allow them to cool. Serve it with the goodness of yogurt or ice cream, and enjoy. 

Generally, busy kitchens survive the daily workflow when equipped with helpful appliances. So, if you have a huge family to serve, you will want to have a great faucet to match your sink that can be one big bowl or something with two sections. If you are a large family, you will need to clean multiple pears. Wash them under running water to remove all impurities from their surface. Anyway, in a proper setup of an oversized sink and long neck faucet, you can never struggle with your prepping and cooking tasks, whether elaborate or simple. 

Cheeseburger pasta

Stovetop cheeseburger pasta can be another excellent dinner meal idea. It’s quick and easy to rustle, and the whole family will love it. Cook pasta and ground beef in a flavorful tomato sauce, and top it with cheesy hamburger patties. Eat it with steamed broccoli or a green salad for a complete meal. The comfort food will indeed become a family favorite. However, make sure you use good quality ground beef at least 80% lean. You don’t want to use too fatty ground beef because it will make the sauce greasy. You can add Worcestershire sauce to the meat for a nice flavor. Once the ground beef is ready, you need to add the pasta and cheese sauce to complete it.

Ingredients for this include penne pasta, butter, ground beef, all-purpose flour, milk, Worcestershire sauce (as mentioned), beef broth, ground mustard, diced tomatoes, green onions, two types of cheese, etc.

Swedish meatballs

The traditional Swedish dish tends to be almost everyone’s favorite. There are different recipes for Swedish meatballs, but they all typically include a mixture of ground beef and pork, bread crumbs, onion, milk, and egg. The meatballs have the flavors of salt, pepper, and nutmeg. You can serve them with creamy gravy made from sour cream and beef or chicken broth. If you wish to make a delicious and hearty meal, this recipe is definitely for you.

Ingredients for this recipe may include egg, small onion, bread crumbs, milk, ground beef, salt, pepper, sour cream, parsley flakes, nutmeg, cooked noodles, mushroom soup condensed cream, etc. 

So, if you thought you could never make anything delicious for whatever reasons, here are some easy recipes to explore and give a shot. You will surely enjoy your time cooking them even if you are not much of a cook.