Given various diets, preferences, and tastes, it can be difficult to find meals and snacks that satisfy every crowd; however, there are some tried and true staples out there that are healthy, delicious, and will appease even the pickiest eaters. Be it roast chicken or mac and cheese, these classic dishes have a history of being crowd pleasers and (for the most part) are ridiculously easy to prepare.
What’s more? A number of these scrumptious and satisfying meals can be adapted to best suit certain preferences and tastes for every crowd. Have a relative who doesn’t eat meat? Simply omit the chicken from the tasty stir fry and double-down on cruciferous vegetables instead. Not only will the dish still taste delicious, but it will still be loaded with protein and fiber as well.
Meal idea 1
Baked Chicken Fingers
No matter how old you are, there are few things more satisfying than chicken fingers. This baked version from Lil’ Luna is tasty, healthy, and quick and easy to make. This recipe uses two kinds of breadcrumbs and calls for baking the chicken instead of frying it, meaning you’re saving hundreds of calories and plenty of fat.
* 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast trimmed and cut into strips (approximately 3 large breasts)
* 1 cup flour
* 1 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp pepper
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup bread crumbs (I used Italian but regular works great too)
* 1 cup panko bread crumbs
* cooking spray
* Preheat the oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with cooking spray.
* In a shallow dish or pie pan, whisk together the flour, salt and pepper. In another shallow dish, beat the eggs lightly. In a third dish, whisk together the regular and panko bread crumbs.
* Dip each piece of chicken in the flour, then in the egg, then in the bread crumbs, and place on the prepared baking sheet. (I find that it helps to use one hand for dipping in the dry ingredients and one hand for dipping in the eggs, to prevent making a big mess.)
* Spray each of the chicken strips lightly with cooking spray. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden brown and cooked through. Enjoy!
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Meal idea 2
Pepperoni Pizza Bombs
Making a traditional pizza can be tricky if you don’t have a pizza stone and other accouterments. Luckily, these pepperoni pizza bombs from Flour on My Face taste just like the real thing and can be made with a baking pan in the oven. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make the pizza dough yourself, but if you’re after something quick and easy, feel free to use the store-bought stuff and you’ll be chowing down in just 45 minutes.
* 2 envelopes pizza dough mix or a double batch of my personal pizza dough recipe
* 1 cup warm water
* 1 cup pizza sauce sauce
* 1 – 3.5 package pepperoni slices
* ¾ pound whole milk mozzarella cheese diced
* 2 teaspoons minced garlic
* 4 tablespoons melted butter
* 1 tablespoon olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Prepare an 8 x 8-inch baking pan by layer it with parchment paper and greasing it with the olive oil.
3. Prepare the pizza dough following the instructions on the package.
4. Place dough in a warm spot like the microwave for 10 minutes to rise.
6. Mix garlic with melted butter and set aside.
7. For each Pizza Bomb pinch off a golf ball size of dough, roll into a ball then flatten into a circle.
8. Place 1 teaspoon of Ragu Chunky Tomato, Garlic & Onion sauce in the center of the circle.
9. Place some mozzarella cheese on top of sauce.
10. Add 3 slices of pepperoni and top with a few more pieces of mozzarella sauce.
11. Bring edges together and pinch to seal.
12. Place into the baking pan and using a pastry brush brush the ball with the melted butter and garlic.
13. Repeat with remaining dough and ingredients, making 12 Pizza Bombs.
14. Set aside to rise for 5 minutes.
15. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
16. Remove from oven and brush with the remaining butter and garlic.
17. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.
18. Serve with a side dish of Ragu sauce.
19. Makes 12 servings
Meal idea 3
Spicy Honey Crispy Baked Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a game day favorite, and these spicy honey crispy baked chicken wings courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen are simply delicious and surprisingly easy to make. Ready in about an hour, these wings are bound to please everyone thanks to a great balance of sweet and spicy flavors. What’s more? This lightened up version of an American classic doesn’t use any oil or flour, so go ahead and eat up!
* 2 pounds Just BARE Family Pack Chicken Wingettes and Drumettes
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* For the sauce:
* 2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce (or regular)
* 1 tablespoon water
* 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
* 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
* 1 tablespoon red chili paste
* 1 teaspoon sriracha
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
* 2 cloves garlic, minced
* sesame seeds, for sprinkling
* green onions, for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 275 degrees F. Set a wire rack inside of a foil-lined large rimmed baking sheet. Spray rack with nonstick cooking spray.
2. Pat wings and drummies with a paper towel to dry well. Add chicken to a large plastic bag along with baking powder and salt; close bag and shake to coat wings.
3. Add wings to wire rack and bake for 20 minutes. Then increase oven temp to 425 degrees F and bake for another 30-35 minutes or until wings are crispy and slightly golden.
4. While wings are baking, whisk soy sauce, vinegar, honey, chili paste sriracha and ginger together until well combined. Next add sesame oil to a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Once oil is hot, add in garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Add in soy sauce mixture and simmer over medium low heat for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. This will help thicken and concentrate the sauce. Turn off heat but keep in saucepan until wings are ready.
5. Once wings are done baking, place them in a medium bowl and add in sauce. Toss well to coat the wings. Garnish with sesame seeds and green onions. Drizzle a little extra honey on them if you’d like. Serves 6; 3 wings each.
Servings: 6 servings
Serving size: 1
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