There a ton of Food Network shows, but not all of them have recipes I would actually make. It’s really fun to watch gourmet meals being prepared by the masters, but sometimes I want a show to teach me to make something fast and easy that won’t require spending my entire paycheck on fancy ingredients. Or driving all over town finding obscure ingredients I’ve never even heard of. Are you the same way? Then you are going to want to keep reading because this list features some of the best Food Network shows for everyday chefs like us.
1. Mexican Made Easy
This one tops my list of Food Network shows because the title tells you the recipes will be easy and it’s Mexican food, which is my favorite. Watch this show and you can easily master enchiladas, tres leches cake, tortilla soup and flan with little effort. The star of the show, Marcela, Valladolid, offers easy to follow steps and tips that make it simple to create an ethnic masterpiece on your dining room table.
2. 5 Ingredient Fix
What could be easier than redoing complicated recipes that only require five ingredients? Claire Robinson shows us how. And the recipes are not boring or bland either. In some cases Robinson doesn’t count things like olive oil, salt or pepper because those are things we always have on hand. However, with just a few ingredients you can whip up beef wellingtons, cookies, pizza and any of other flavorful creations.
3. 30 Minute Meals
Hosted by Rachael Ray, this show teaches you to make fancy dinners in less than 30 minutes. Her techniques streamline the process for making things you would never believe you could do in a half an hour. The recipes are delicious and far from complicated, making them perfect for busy girls like us.
4. Down Home with the Neelys
The Neely couple invites you right into their own kitchen with this show. They give you all sorts of tips for cooking down home favorites as well as sharing their recipes so you can cook them for your family and friends at home. The offerings are delicious and easy and the show is fun to watch and easy to engage with.
5. Everyday Italian
Just like the name suggests, this show is all about cooking traditional Italian favorites on any day of the week. Hosted by none other than Giada de Laurentis, the show is one of Food Network’s most popular. You can learn to make Italian dishes that have an American flavor so they aren’t too strange to you or the people you cook for. Lamb chops, biscotti, soup and lasagna are examples of what you can see on this show.
6. Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee
I love this show because Sandra doesn’t even try to hide the fact that she gets help when she can to create fabulous meals that everyone will love. Her philosophy is to aim for 70 percent homemade, and 30 percent pre-made. Easy enough right? Watch for episodes that teach you to prepare things like short ribs, quesadillas, layer cakes, chili and shrimp scampi. Sounds good to me!
7. Paula’s Home Cooking
Despite the scandal earlier this year, Paula Deen is still a big name on the Food Network. She actually has several shows, but this one is aimed at teaching people to be home chefs. With recipes that include stuffed pork chops, paninis, bread pudding and cinnamon rolls, you know this one is going to make you really happy.
What’s your favorite Food Network show?