A plated portion of Italian Sausage Rice Skillet melted cheese peeks out from under the serving. and Grains of rice covered in the flavorful tomato sauce. Pieces of tomato, bits of cooked sausage, mushroom, and zucchini are visible throughout the rice.

Italian Sausage and Rice Skillet

I love one pot meals, and this recipe for Italian rice skillet fits the bill perfectly. One of the best things about skillet meals is that there’s only one pan to clean up when dinner is finished. I love how simple this is to prepare, and my family loved it. Food Critic enjoyed is so much that, one of the times I made it, he […]

A view of a pan of Creamy French Onion Rigatoni. The noodles bathed in a golden sauce are visible. There are french fried onions browned on top which look crispy.

Creamy French Onion Rigatoni

This recipe for Creamy French Onion Rigatoni is a variation on a recipe that I make often. We initially used two of the components of our slow cooker roast recipe, and used it to make a pasta based casserole which was delicious. One day, though, when I went to grab a can of cream of mushroom soup, I discovered I didn’t have any. Instead, I […]

Looking down into a bowl which contains slices of cooked cabbage, bround meat, visibile slices of onion, and julienned carrot. The bowl is topped with sliced green onions.

Quick and Easy Egg Roll in a Bowl

Egg roll in a bowl is a simple and delicious meal that comes together in about thirty minutes which makes it great for a weeknight dinner. In fact, we have been eating this about once a week for the last month. Egg Roll in a bowl is one of Food Critic’s favorite meals, right after homemade macaroni and cheese and enchiladas. I first heard of […]

A plated portion of Grilled Chicken Caesar

Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Grilled Chicken Caesar salad is a perfect meal for summer. When it’s hot outside, the last thing I want to do is turn on the stove. That means we grill. Frequently, we will grill enough food to last for several days, so all we have to do is reheat the meat and serve up the sides which I will admit are mostly cold salads this […]

Shrimp Stufed Chili Guerito Peppers

Shrimp Stuffed Chili Guerito Peppers

Shrimp Stuffed Peppers are a simple and delicious recipe that was inspired by my tuna stuffed jalapeno recipe and some yellow chilies. This recipe started with some chili gueritos which I purchased from the green grocer who still visits my workplace regularly. I like peppers, and he assured me that these were mild and would be good for stuffing. He suggested that I make some […]

Burrilada--A burrito baked enchilada style.


Burrilada is what you get when you transform a burrito into an enchilada. I really wanted to call this recipe Easy Enchiritos which I think sounded better, but Taco Bell already trademarked the name, “Enchirito,” so Burrilada it is. This recipe continues our Pantry Cooking Series. Today’s recipe begins with frozen burritos. These particular burritos had been abandoned in our freezer long enough that they […]

Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole is a simple, satisfying meal that’s great for a weeknight. The ingredients list for this recipe includes five different cans, so it’s definitely a pantry recipe. I already had some cream cheese, sour cream and cheese in the refrigerator, so I was able to make this Chicken Taco Casserole without needing to go to the store. If things were different, I might […]

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen Stir Fry

Ramen is the pantry staple of college students, but it can be so much more. This Ramen Stir Fry recipe starts with Ramen, and with the addition of some vegetables and oil, a couple simple packs of Ramen can be transformed into something that feeds the entire family, and gets them to eat their vegetables, too. I have been making variations of this Ramen Stir […]

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie can be made in many different ways. This version was made primarily from cans of food that I found while organizing my kitchen cabinets and determining what was on hand. Challenging times sometimes require a pantry challenge. This recipe for Chicken Pot Pie is perfect to make during a Pantry Challenge, but it’s also simple enough for a weeknight. I posted a […]

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet

Taco Skillet is a simple, one-dish, meal that’s perfect for a busy weeknight. There’s no chopping, or dicing, to prepare this recipe. I must confess, though. I did opt to serve it with a salad on the side, so I did some chopping while everything came to a boil and simmered on the stove. Taco skillet was a big hit with our family, and I […]