5 simple back-of-the-box recipes

I am always on the lookout for new and simple recipes that I can use for dinner. I have some recipes that we eat regularly, but I like to throw in new ones when I find them. But the recipes need to be simple, easy and use common ingredients.

A great source of recipes: the back-of-the-box (or the back of the bottle or jar, or inside the packaging, etc.). To keep it simple, I’ll just call them back-of-the-box recipes even though they may not always be technically on the back, and on a box.

Here are 5 of my favorite back-of-the-box recipes.

Simple Bolognese

I had never made Bolognese before, and I am not even sure I had ever had it besides in a microwave meal. Now, this is one of my favorite meals. The recipe is simple, and the result is absolutely delicious. It makes a beautiful and delightful meal.

You can find the recipe on the back of the Giada de Laurentiis Fusilli Col Buco pasta box, which you can buy at Target.

Fusilli Col Buco NoodlesSimple Bolognese

Oven-Baked Meatballs

The Kraft Fresh Take packets are great. I have used the Italian Parmesan one to make chicken parmesan and the Cheddar Jack and Bacon one on pork chops and both were delicious. Plus, they are simple to use.

But the best use for the Italian Parmesan packet can be found inside – a recipe for Oven-Baked Meatballs. They are so good. The recipe is so simple and easy that you can make them every night, and they taste so good, you might just want to.

Fresh Take Parmesan PackageMeatballs Recipe

We recently had these yummy meatballs with some pasta so I quickly grabbed a picture. They are very filling; one box of pasta, one jar of sauce and the meatballs make three meals for two people easily.

Meatballs with Pasta

Peachy Chicken

The name says it – this chicken is down right peachy. It is sweet and savory – with just the right amounts of both.  You may be surprised where this recipe comes from – a bottle of Malt Vinegar. If you enjoy peaches, this is definitely a recipe to try.

Malt VinegarPeachy Chicken Recipe

No-Bake Rotini, Ham and Cheese

When I cook pasta, I usually use Ronzoni Garden Delight because it includes vegetables! This is a great way to get vegetables into the mouths of picky non-vegetable eaters. They offer several different types of pasta with recipes on the back. The recipe I tried is on the back of the Rotini box (not pictured). Again, it is simple and easy and pretty good for an evening meal.

Garden Delight PastaGarden Light No Bake Ham Pasta Meal

Seasoned Chicken and Rice

Here is a super simple meal that I started making on my own before they either put the recipe on the back of the box, or I noticed it. With two simple ingredients – a box of rice and some cooked chicken, this meal is super easy and very delicious. You can find the same recipe, but for the beef version, on the beef flavor box.

Rice a Roni ChickenChicken and Rice recipe

What are some of your favorite “back-of-the-box” recipes? 



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