Simple 4-Ingredient Meals Kids Love

So, remember when Rachel Ray came out with her 30 minute meals? And most moms were all like woo-hoo!! Well, I was all like, “30 minutes! That is a long time to spend in the kitchen”! And don’t even get me started on the number of ingredients required for those 30 minute meals! I make ALL the meals in our house so perhaps I am just burned out on all these complicated and time consuming recipes. After all, I have laundry, homework to help with, and kids who need to get places. I want meals that take minutes, that are easy to prep, that only require 5 ingredients or less, and I don’t want to spend more than 15 minutes in the kitchen!!! And I want meals my family will eat!! Too much to ask for? I think not! Here are a few of my tried and true easy, non-time consuming, and delicious meals my family has given 5 stars!!

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  • 1 Pork Sirloin Tip Roast (I purchased mine from Costco, comes 4 to a package, like it because it is low-fat)
  • Teriyaki from Costco
  • Stir-fry frozen vegetable mix from Costco
  • ½ package of spaghetti (Costco comes 8 to a pack)


  1. Place Sirloin Tip Roast in Crock-Pot.
  2. Pour ½ cup of Teriyaki over Roast and cook for 6 hours on high (will need to flip roast a couple times)
  3. Place a 3rd of the veggies in stir-fry pan with ½ cup of Teriyaki and cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally. (May need to drain off excess water)
  4. Boil noodles, (follow directions on package), drain, and add noodles to veggies. Mix in noodles so that they are covered with sauce.
  5. Remove Sirloin Tip Roast from Crock-pot and cut into bite-sized pieces. Add to veggies and noodles.
  6. Add a little Teriyaki….to taste preference.

Yields 10 meals (We had it for dinner and lunch the next day, super delicious!)

My kiddos loved this one so much they told me it tasted like restaurant food…I take that as a huge compliment.


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  • 1 pound ground beef (I separated Costco ground meat into six sections and freeze until needed)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tablespoon Sweet Baby Ray BBQ (from Costco, shocker!! LOL!)
  • 2 dinner rolls (I purchase the huge bag of dinner rolls from the Bakery, not the heavily floured ones!) crumbled up, thus bread crumb
  • (Optional….if you have kids that like cheese, a little shredded cheese)



  1. Add beef, egg, BBQ, and roll crumbs to bowl and combine.
  2. Divide mixture into equal mini loaves…makes 4-6 depending on size
  3. (If adding cheese make meat mixture flat, place cheese in center then pinch sides together)
  4. Place in greased oven safe dish.
  5. Heat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 25 minutes
  6. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!

Once I caught our son playing with this meal. The broccoli was trees and the meatloaf had cheese in it, he called it the volcano. And he was the dinosaur that made the land, even the volcano disappeared. Gotta love how that little imagination works. Haha!


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  • Package of spaghetti (Costco’s comes in package of 8)
  • ½ of large Prego container from Costco (comes in 2)
  • 1 pound ground meat (I purchase meat from Costco then divide into 6)
  • 2 eggs cracked and beaten together
  • (1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning optional)


  1. Boil water…follow directions on Spaghetti packaging…drain noodles.
  2. Brown meat, add Italian seasoning, and sauce…let simmer for a few minutes then remove from heat.
  3. Place noodles in bowl, add eggs to noodles, mix well (be careful not to add to soon after boiling…don’t want the eggs to cook).
  4. Place noodle/eggs into a greased glass pan (13 X 9).
  5. Pour meat sauce over noodles and then cover with foil.
  6. Heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 25 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes then serve.

Yields 8 servings

I made this when my sister and brother came over for dinner and they loved it so much they asked for seconds! This is a perfect meal to make for company. Add a salad, garlic bread, little wine and voila!


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1 Pork Sirloin Tip Roast (I purchased mine from Costco, comes 4 to a package, like it because it is low-fat)

½ of large bottle of Sweet Baby Rays (comes in 2 large bottles from Costco)

12 Dinner rolls (I purchase the huge bag of dinner rolls from Costco Bakery, not the heavily floured ones!)



Place Pork Sirloin Tip Roast in crock-pot pour BBQ over it and cook for 6 hours.

Remove from crock-pot (or if you are better than I am, and won’t burn yourself, leave it in crock-pot) and pull apart pork with forks (rhyming words! I clearly spend too much time with preschoolers. Haha!)

Cut open rolls and add pork to each.

This recipe makes a lot of pulled pork! We had it for dinner one night and lunch twice that week….or this could make a great football game day/tailgating party dish!







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