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Main course recipes with four ingredients

Deanna Sletten has been writing for nearly 20 years for magazines and websites. She owns the blog Write Moms that shares information about freelance writing. Deanna is also the author of two fiction novels.

Easy main dishes

Making dinner doesn’t have to be a chore if you use one of these easy recipes. With only four ingredients, you can whip up a delicious dinner the whole family will enjoy.

Shredded beef sandwich

Shredded beef sandwiches

This is an easy meal you can prepare in your slow cooker. The shredded beef can be used for sandwiches, tacos and burritos.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (2 pound) beef brisket
  • 10 ounces condensed beef broth
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Bread, biscuits or hamburger buns

Directions:

  1. Place beef and broth in slow cooker; salt and pepper lightly and cook on low setting for 8 hours.
  2. Remove beef and shred with two forks.
  3. Prepare sandwiches.

Baked chicken and cheese ravioli

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 (9 ounce) package refrigerated cheese ravioli
  • 1 pound boneless chicken, cut into chunks
  • 1 (26 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Fill a large pot with water and bring to a boil. Boil ravioli until tender.
  3. Cut chicken into chunks.
  4. Cook chicken in skillet, stirring often. Add spaghetti sauce to cooked chicken.
  5. Spread cooked ravioli in bottom of a 9-inch glass baking dish and cover with chicken/sauce mixture. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
  6. Uncover and sprinkle on Parmesan cheese. Let bake 5 to 10 minutes until melted.

Garlic chicken and biscuits

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1 envelope herb and garlic soup mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can refrigerated biscuits

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Brown chicken in skillet.
  3. Add milk and soup mix to chicken; stir well. Bring to a boil.
  4. Pour chicken mixture into 2-quart casserole dish.
  5. Place refrigerator biscuits on top of chicken mixture, covering completely.
  6. Bake 8 to 12 minutes -- however long it takes the biscuits to become a deep golden brown.

Sloppy joe biscuits

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large can Sloppy Joe mix
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cans refrigerated buttermilk biscuits

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In large skillet, brown hamburger meat and drain.
  3. Add Sloppy Joe mix to hamburger and heat through.
  4. Separate biscuits from one can into thin layers of dough and line a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with the biscuits.
  5. Pour Sloppy Joe and hamburger mixture onto biscuits. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese.
  6. Open other can of biscuits and line them up on top.
  7. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.

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