5 Easy-to-Make Meals You Need to Try

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RisottoEating shouldn't just be about food alone; it should be about the entire experience. Our Chicago apartments are equipped with beautiful kitchens that make food fun! If you're ready to try your hand at being an amateur chef, start with the simple stuff.

Need some ideas? Check out these recipes!

1. Mixed Mushroom and Pea Risotto

Risotto can be scary, but if you put away your preconceived notions of this classic Italian favorite, you'll be pleasantly surprised at how easy this rice-and-veggie dish can be to prepare. If you're afraid of pan-frying at first, forego that process and skip right to the baking. You can work your way up to the skillet.

2. Easy Chicken Pot Pie

This isn't your grandmother's pot pie! Made-from-scratch dough is easily replaced with biscuit baking mix. For the filling, frozen veggies and condensed soup mixes do most of the work. Simply combine everything together and make sure your oven's set to the right temperature. This filling entrée is ultra-impressive with minimal effort.

3. Beef Tortilla Taco Casserole

This is a filling meal that only requires a few ingredients. Once you've browned the ground beef, the rest essentially takes care of itself in the oven. The end result is a satisfying meal that's sure to please. Round it out with a salad before you serve your entrée to fulfill the food pyramid's requirements.

4. Slow-Cooker Louisiana Ribs

Real ribs require hours in a smokehouse … or do they? This recipe will turn your idea of rib-making upside down by utilizing one of the most fantastic kitchen inventions known to mankind: the slow cooker. With only a few ingredients and a full day's time worth of cooking, you can enjoy delicious baby back ribs — a dish you may have once avoided making that's now an item you want to put on everybody's plate.

5. Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups

Don't let the idea of lasagna scare you away; this recipe really isn't all that intimidating. Most of the ingredients can be found in the freezer or dairy aisle of your grocery store. After you boil the noodles for a few minutes, the filling is up to you!

Inspired dishes start with a great kitchen. The Montrose is a premier Uptown Chicago apartment community, which offers state-of-the-art appliances, outstanding views and so much more. Give us a call or visit our office to learn more about our community!

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