47 Easy-to-Make Recipes to Liven Up Your Regular Menu

Making the same thing over and over again can get quite boring, especially if you're hard up on pantry basics. Here are 47 simple-to-execute recipes that can spice up your existing menus for that inevitable culinary slump. 


Easy Pancakes

Asparagus, Ham, and Gruyere Frittata

Mini-Quiche Cups with Broccoli and Tomatoes

Warm and Cheesy Spinach Squares

Eye-Opening Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros
Courtesy of Cook's Country

Lunch and Dinner

Grilled Frozen Steaks

Pork Belly Adobo

Best Grilled Chicken Thighs

Perfect Pan-Seared Pork Tenderloin Steaks

perfect pan-seared pork tenderloin steaks
Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated

Grilled Mojo-Marinated Skirt Steak

Sous Vide Seared Steaks

Vietnamese Grilled Pork Meatballs

Deviled Pork Chops


Chicken Piccata

Buffalo Chicken Rice

Herb Roasted Chicken for Poulet Jardin

Grilled Lemon Chicken with Rosemary

Roasted Whole Side of Salmon

Grilled Cod and Summer Squash

Grilled Swordfish Steaks with Salsa Verde

Shrimp Saganaki with Ouzo and Feta Cheese

Tsubaki's Koji Marinated Grilled Shrimp

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Fettuccine with Butter and Cheese

Pasta Tossed with Greek Yogurt and Herbs

Sides and Salads

The Easiest Salsa

Matador Guacamole

Ancient Roman-Style Homemade Cheese

Photo courtesy of Nancy DeLucia Real
Photo courtesy of Nancy DeLucia Real

​Texas Caviar

Baba Ganoush

Tomato and Avocado Salad with Queso Fresco

Grilled Corn Salad

Tabbouleh with Artichoke

Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Feta and Greek Honey

Husk-Grilled Corn with Cilantro-Lime Butter

No-Knead Brioche

Spinach-Stuffed Portobello Caps

Summer Succotash Salad


An Illustrated Recipe of Bread Pudding

Muffin Tin Donuts

Easy Holiday Sugar Cookies

easy holiday sugar cookies
Courtesy of America's Test Kitchen from Cook's Illustrated

Bananas and Raspberries in Lime Syrup

​Sour Cherry Greek Yogurt Mousse

Almond and Chocolate Leche Cake

Date & Bourbon Chantilly Cream

Light & Plush Olive Oil Cake

Strawberry Cream Paletas