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Chutz
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   Posted 2/18/2010 11:54 PM (GMT -7)   
This topic also came from a member and I think it's the perfect time for it. Let's share some easy and good "30 minutes meals" sort of...lol What dish do you make in a hurry to feed the family or just yourself? Something simple, maybe all in one pot like a soup or stew, not too many ingredients and everyone likes it.

Mine would have to be Goulash. Over time I've changed the original recipe until it no longer resembles it at all. tongue But here goes....

Chutzie's One Skillet Goulash

In saucepan cook 2-3 cups of dried, wide noodles in boiling water. I use two or three double handfuls depending on how many I plan on feeding. If you need to stretch this one then add more noodles. You can use other types of pasta as you prefer. Cook about 7-8 minutes.

While that's cooking brown about a pound of lean ground beef, or whatever you have on hand. I usually add some onion and garlic but it's not necessary. When cooked through make sure to drain off any excess fat. Then dump in 1 can of corn, drained and about 2-3 cups of whatever brand of spaghetti sauce you like. I use about 1/3 of a jar of Prego, Costco size. When the noodles are done drain and add them to the skillet. Stir around and if it seems a bit dry add more spaghetti sauce. We like ours a bit saucy . smilewinkgrin

Simmer on very low heat to blend the flavors. I usually go for about 20-30 minutes but you can eat it right away if you like. Before serving I usually add some type of cheese on top....either cheddar or Parmesan and warm until it's melty. Some garlic bread is great with this as is fresh fruit or a green salad. Or if your family is like mine...they would just eat a pile of the goulash and a glass of cold milk. It does have your basic food groups all in one pan. And it gets better the next day if there's any leftovers.

OK, your turn. What's your fast and easy meal?
Chutz
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daisyj
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   Posted 2/19/2010 6:32 AM (GMT -7)   
We like chicken quesadillas and this is sooooo easy!

Cook boneless chicken (breast or thighs) 1 for each person. Cut into small chunks.
Stir fry some bell peppers and onions (if you like them), Put chopped chicken back in pan with some taco seasoning and I use some quesadilla cheese dip-about 2 to 3 TBS. Stir and keep heat low or you can turn off.

Now I put the mix in the soft taco shells and I fold over and grill them like a grill cheese. Top with sour cream or whatever you like and everyone LOVES it.! My husband loves Mexican and this is easy on me and only takes about 20 min from start to finish.

You can also do other things like black bean and spinach, broccoli and cheese, chicken salad.
Be creative.
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getting by
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   Posted 2/19/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow Chutzie,

I was planning on making goulash today. I do mine different though. I brown about a pound of ground beef as you do. cook the macaroni in another pan while doing this. Then add salt and pepper, onion, and garlic to the ground beef. Then get a large can of tomatoes and a can of tomato soup. Drain the pasta when it is done, add to the rest and there you go. Often I do use canned spaghetti sauce too instead of the tomatoes. I guess it all goew with what you like. The spaghetti sauce makes a good goulash, but tomatoes are good too. It doen't take long at all and is a hardy meal.

I hope that you all are having a painfree day today. TGIF...

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Bellami
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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:52 AM (GMT -7)   
My standby is always different but potato pancakes seem to be a quick and inexpensive solution lately.

Potato Pancakes
Per person:
1 1/2 cup raw potato's, 1 egg, 1tb four, 1/2 tb diced onion, pinch of salt and pepper, grate it all together in a blender add a few splashes of milk if it seems too thick.
I like mine a bit chunky, some like it smooth, blend it for your own liking.

Drop on to a very hot skillet, in 2 to 3 inch rounds, flatten asap to a pancake size.

Brown on each side and serve with sour cream and applesauce, a bit of butter and salt and pepper if needed.

Very yummy and filling. Bella

AustenFan
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   Posted 2/19/2010 8:57 AM (GMT -7)   
My standby is spaghetti. I use canned sauce to which I add lots of veggies (frozen and canned) and ground hamburger (that I cook in batches and freeze ahead of time). If I have French or Italian bread around, I pop that in the oven with some garlic butter. It takes about 20 minutes and has very little prep work involved. Needless to say, we have it about once a week. :)

Edited to add: daisyj, I make quesadillas, fajitas, and tacos pretty frequently too. They are super easy and you can "sneak" in lots of veggies.
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Chutz
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   Posted 2/19/2010 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
OK, I'm getting out my notepad and writing these down. Such wonderful ideas. Hubby loves quesadillas and being lazy I like to do them in the oven. If I try them in a skillet the filling goes all over the place so.... I heat the oven up to 400, oil one side of the soft tortilla shell and put it oil side down. Pile on fillings and top with the second tortilla and oil the top. They come out really crispy on both sides and I don't have to make a fool of myself trying to flip them...lol

Chutz
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
My goulash is much like Karen's except I use the tomatoes, some Worchestershire sauce, and a pinch of sugar to take the acidity out of the tomatoes.  Goulash is a favorite here, too.
 
Another favorite here is actually a Depression meal!  We call it Ground Meat Gravy.  You brown hamburger and onion until cooked.  Drain the grease off.  Then barely cover the meat with water, thicken it like you thicken your gravies, and add some bouillon granules to taste and a little Gravy Master or Kitchen Bouquet.   This adds taste and color to the gravy.  I use chicken bouillon, though.   This is served over mashed potatoes and we all love it here.  I usually have steamed broccoli with butter and a sprinkle of Parmesan with this meal. 
 
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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 2/19/2010 10:19:30 AM (GMT-7)


Chutz
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   Posted 2/19/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh man! I haven't made hamburger gravy over mashed potatoes in ages. Maybe because we like to too much. Oh well...one of these chilly nights I'll do it anyway.

Chutz
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AustenFan
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   Posted 2/19/2010 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Chutz, thanks for the info about making quesadillas in the oven. I usually make them on top of the stove; it's more time consuming (I have to do one at a time) and somewhat messy (that darned flipping!).

I also just found out that you can cook bacon in the oven. I rarely make "real" bacon because it's so messy (that and the fact that it's not very good for us), but a friend told me that she bakes it on a foil covered pan, and it comes out cripsy & delicious. She just throws away the foil which contains all of the grease and gives the pan a sudsy wipe.
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caligirl2001
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   Posted 2/19/2010 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Lately, my go to meal for the family is Hamburger Helper. I know, it's terrible, but it's quick, easy and cheap and they love it. I don't eat it because of gluten intolerance. I hate that I have been reduced to feeding my family processed food! But I also understand my limitations.

Tacos are our other quick meal. Cook up the hamburger with taco seasoning, and then I just heat up the tortillas and put the toppings on the counter and tell them to go to it!

Stroganoff is an easy fix too. I use a couple of cans of cream of mushroom soup, some sour cream. finely chopped onion and hamburger for the quick prep version. Just cook up the hamburger, drain, and add cream of mushroom soup and salt and pepper to taste. Add sour cream just before serving so it won't curdle from getting too hot. Cook egg noodles separately while the burger mixture is cooking. I'm not too big on measuring for this recipe - just add the ingredients until it tastes good!
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Sherrine
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   Posted 2/19/2010 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I use real bacon pieces (not the bits) that come either in a pouch or a jar.  There is 55% less fat and no mess.  I sprinkle them in my eggs so I have the bacon flavor.  These are also good in twice baked potatoes, potato salad, and I even use these to make bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches.  Talk about easy and absolutely no mess!
 
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MrsCavbar
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   Posted 2/19/2010 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I like to make hamburger stew for a quick fast meal that lasts for about 3 days.
1 lbs of hamburger browned
1/2 onion diced and sauteed with hamburger
In a large stock pot or dutch oven combine: 1 can whole kernel corn, 1 can green beans, 1 can sweet peas, 1 can sliced carrots, 1 can sliced potatoes, 1 can lima beans, 1 can French onion soup, 1 can beef stock and 2 sm cans tomato sauce, 2.5 tsp Dale's sauce, 2 bay leaves, 1 tbsp McCormic Montreal Steak seasoning, hamburger and onions. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 30-45 min
It's very good with a pan of cornbread or just buttered sliced bread and you could use any fresh or canned veggie just a matter of prefrence it also freezes very well. When I make it I double the recipe so I can freeze half, somehow even though I don't add water I end up with about 4 gal of it LOL
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MsBunky
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   Posted 2/19/2010 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Mmmm, these all sound yummy! I'm lucky my husband does most of the cooking, but one thing I make that's fast that we both love is a Cheater's Chicken A La King. I take leftover cooked chicken, chop it up and mix it with chopped green and red peppers and chopped mushrooms (I used the canned ones). Stir in two cans of cream of chicken soup, with no water, heat thru and serve over rice.

Thanks for all the great ideas here.

hugs,
Pam
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(plus physically unable to vomit due to Nissen, and I have extremely tiny veins...a joy for blood work or IV's)
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