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   Posted 4/13/2011 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everyone. Let's put our heads together and talk about something besides CPt for a change. I got to thinking today I am sick and tired of eating the same old thing all the time. I am limited a lot in what I can eat so it does not take long for me to get burned out on something. We have summer coming up on us and I know many of us do not feel like standing around in a warm kitchen cooking for hours on end. Back in my younger days I planned menus for two weeks in advance and stuck to it. Of course those were the Susie homemaker days when my children were young and I did not work out of the home. I thought for fun I would check to see if anyone is interested in sharing some quick easy dinner dishes they may like to share with others. I will start off with one that is really good and easy.

We call this one Chip & Dip

1 pound of browned ground beef
1 can of Rotel added after meat is cooked.
If there is any liquid left in the meat mixture after letting it simmer about 15 minutes, you can add tiny amounts of flour to absorb the liquid.

Chop up lettuce ,tomatoes & onion in a bowl. I also add avacodas to this, you can even add olives if you like.

Line a dinner plate with your favorite tortilla chips, drop small spoons of the meat mixture on top of the meat, top the meat with the chopped lettuce mixture and finally top off with shredded cheddar cheese.

This is so fast and easy to make and tastes pretty yummy. It is also something you can add your favorite things to like hot peppers, bell peppers whatever you like. For a real spicey dish you can use the Spicey Rotel but its just too hot for me to eat. This usually feeds 3 people if they are not real big eaters. Your can add more ground meat and Rotel.

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   Posted 4/13/2011 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
great idea and i tried to give one and just as i was about to finish, i hit a wrong key and it was gone. right now i am very irritated, when i settle back down, i will try again, but its a great idea straydog
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   Posted 4/13/2011 7:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Great idea :) I'm vegetarian myself, but I do cook meat and fish for my family so I've a few up my sleeve -

Quick & Easy Baked Fish -

White fish fillets - skinned and boned - usually used barramundi, but any white fish works well.
1 large lemon, finely sliced
Olive oil
Salt & Pepper
Aluminium foil

Lay out a sheet of foil for each fillet and brush lightly with olive oil.
Put the fish on top, sprinkle with S & P and 3-4 slices of lemon.
Wrap securely in foil, then wrap each parcel in a second foil layer.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 200 C

Beef Stew: Not 'quick' in that it has to simmer for a few hours, but it is easy - would be easier still for anyone with a slow cooker :)

800g or so of stewing steak, trimmed and diced
3-4 carrots
Frozen green beans
3-4 Potatoes
Beef stock powder

Coat diced beef in powder, brown lightly in a heavy pan/soup pot.
Add onions, swede carrots and just cover with water
Simmer for a couple of hours
Add potatoes and beans - simmer for another hour or until potato is cooked

My vegetarian chilli:

1 tablespoon oil
1 brown onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 jalapeno chillies, finely chopped
1 x 420 g can brown lentils, drained and rinsed
1 x 420 g can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 x 425 g can diced tomatoes
2-3 tablespoons tomato paste
Salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a pan and cook the onion, garlic and chilli until softened.
Add the spices and cook for a further minute or two.
Add the beans, lentils, tomatoes and tomato paste.
Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
Serve with rice or tortillas as desired.
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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I am trying to eat a lot more vegetables these days, so I will share what I had for dinner last night.
Saute baby carrots, cut into thin pieces, and young tender green beans ( high quality frozen will do, if you don't have fresh green beans ) in olive oil.  Turn the heat on high at first and then lower the heat to simmer.  Season w/greek seasoning and a little salt.  Put on plate and top w/toasted almonds.  I like my veggies crisp, so I don't simmer them too long.

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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Poppers! (Jalapeno's)

1. Clean and halve your peppers.
2. Soften cream cheese, add Worcestershire sauce and a favorite steak rub, and mix well.
3. Spoon into each pepper halve
4. Add a Little Smokie Wiener to each pepper.
5. Wrap each pepper with Bacon and tooth pick them secure.
6 Place on Grill at 325 for 1 hour or until done. (sprinkle more steak rub onto peppers)

7. Enjoy!

My wife and I made 60 of them tonight for the guys and gals at work tomorrow. Co-workers are now paying to cover the material cost, and often beg me to bring BBQ Snacks every week or so.
It's a lot of work, but I enjoy doing it.

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Thanks Straydog! Excellant idea! wink
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   Posted 4/13/2011 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
ok straydog i am going to try again. baked shrimp in lemony garlic sauce; ingredients: 1 1/4 lbs. shrimp, peeled, 1 spray cooking spray, 1/4 fresh lemon juice, 2 Tbsp light butter, melted, 3 gloves minced garlic, (i use the minced garlic in the bottle from herb shelf) 1 tsp worcestershire sauce, 3/4 tsp lemon pepper, 1/4 tsp ground red pepper, 2 Tbsp parsley, chopped (optional) Preheat oven to 425. Arrange shrimp in a single alyer in a 13x9 inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine lemon juice and next 5 ingredients; pour over shrimp.  bake at 425 for 8-10 min. or until shrimp are done. sprinkle parsley over shrimp; serve immediately with brown rice or multi-grain pasta. add a tossed salad or green veggie of some type and it is great.
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   Posted 4/14/2011 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm too tired to think of anything right now.... but I like this thread. We have the same basic "10" recipes that we rotate :) .... so I'm always looking for something good, healthy - and most of all - EASY.

Everything here sounds really good. I'll try to add tomorrow...when my brain is more functional. :)

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   Posted 4/14/2011 2:11 AM (GMT -6)   
me too
i'll try tomorrow.
I believe I have a boook that is easy recipes done in five minutes.


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   Posted 4/14/2011 6:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for sharing your recipes everyone! It comes in handy to have some quick and easy ones during the summer months.

I am a big fan of crock pots. I will place chicken legs, breasts (with bone), boneless pork ribs, pork roast, or pork chops into the crock pot with some honey barbecue sauce and a shot of Jack Daniels or other whiskey. I leave it on low for 6-8 hours and the meat falls off the bone. If you use a pork roast or boneless ribs, you can make pulled pork sandwiches for the next day with leftovers.

Italian pasta salad, chopped cucumber, sliced carrots, grilled chicken breast (can be marinated in italian dressing and then grilled), canned mushrooms, olives, diced onion and pepper, and canned or fresh tomatoes. Boil any type of pasta from linguine, bow ties, penne, or the color mix pastas, add vegetables and toss with chicken and 1bottle of italian dressing. The leftovers last a few days and the dressing soaks in. Many hands make this one fast work. We use whatever vegetables are fresh from our garden like green beans, sugar snap peas, or zucchini also.

Good old scrambled eggs with cheese, canned mushrooms or fresh mushrooms, cubed ham, frozen hash brown potatoes, even just scrambled eggs topped with a salsa and a little sour cream and served with whole grain toast. My kids love top your own omelet night. My fiance will even save grilled steak for this with mushrooms.

I will have the family make up a simple meal of sauteed sliced zucchini, green beans, onions, mushrooms, peppers and tomatoes by heating 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan on medium heat and tossing in the sliced veges, or even frozen ones work. I sprinkle them oregano and basil, or rosemary and thyme, saute until just fork tender and serve hot. These are awesome when you add a little pork, beef, or ham leftovers when sauteing.

This is getting long, but anyone can email me if they want other recipes. I write down every recipe my family loves. When the boys get married, I am going to give them a copy of their favorite family recipes so they have them at their fingertips instead of calling mom all the time!

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   Posted 4/14/2011 11:26 AM (GMT -6)   

  My biggest (saver) meals are from a large Sunday feast.
Sun: Large Ham meal
Night 1: Salad w/ cubed ham
Night 2: Split pea and ham soup
Night 3: Ham sandwiches and left over pea soup
I find multiple uses for Sunday Supper "large meat". Turkey (Turkey ministroni, turkey sandwiches, et al), Roast beef, Pork loaf...

Time saving tips...
Cut a large amounts of vegetables and freeze in "freezer bags"
5 Large White Onions
1: Large bag sliced onions
2: Small bag chopped
3: Onion heart squares (for soups)
Another example: 

5 large bell peppers of each type
(Green, Red, Yellow, Orange)
1. 5 sliced green bell peppers in bag.
2. 1 chopped green bell pepper in bag.
3. 4 reds, yellows and orange sliced and put together in bag.
4. 1 chopped of each and put in bag. 

I do this with nearly all vegetables. I can grab a bag, put a handful in meal. Just buy large quantities. Even fresh herbs. Nice thing about freezing fresh basil, parsley is that they stay fresh and easily break into pieces to put in meal when frozen. Speaking of onions.. this way there is no crying every other day because you have to chop onions.

Other good time savers

Baked Chicken Dish
Large rectangle glass dish
2 cans of cut green beans
1 can whole kernel corn
4-6 chicken breast (skinless,  boneless)
1 pkg. McCormick  Marinade

Defrost Chicken in microwave in large Ziploc bag. Add marinade. Wrap with paper towel and place in fridge for 30 min
In rectangle dish, put green beans and corn.
Place chicken breast on top of green beans and corn.
Put in oven at 375 Deg. for 45 min for 4 chicken breast. 1 hr. for 5 to 6 chicken breast.
If you want to get fancy you can put some herbs and spices on top. No need for butter or greased dish. The chicken juice will do all the work. One dish to wash is always nice too.

Multi Use "Chicken Base"
6-8 Chicken Breast sliced
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes (do not drain)

Handful Chopped Onions
2 Handfuls Green Bell Peppers
2 Handfuls Bell Pepper mix (red, orange and yellow)
Tablespoon Olive Oil
(spices~ Basil, Parsley, Rose Mary, Season Salt)

Defrost Chicken and slice. In Wok place all ingredients and cook. Separate into three even portions and store. Use 1 portion for meal option of choice. Place the other 2 in fridge or freezer.

Portion 1: Add stewed Tomatoes (do not drain) or Alfredo with Chicken Base in pan and cook 5 to 10 min. Pour over cooked pasta.
Portion 2: Add Fajita "marinade" with Chicken Base in pan and cook 5 to 10 min. Put in tortillas.
Portion 3: Add Tablespoon Soy sauce, 1 teaspoon vinegar to Chicken Base and cook 5 to 10 min. Serve over cooked rice.
Portion 4: Cook or heat Chicken Base 5 to 10 min on stove top / 3 min microwave. Serve over cooked tomato rice (Regular rice with normal water & rice conversion, just add stewed tomatoes at same time as rice and cook 15 min longer).

Multi Use "Ground Beef Base"
2 - 2.5 pounds Ground Beef
2 Cans Stewed Tomatoes
2 Handfuls Green Bell Peppers
2 Handfuls Bell Pepper Mix
1 Handful Chopped Onions
1/4 handful Garlic or tablespoon garlic salt
(Spices~ Basil, Parsley, Garlic Salt)

Defrost ground beef. In Wok cook ground beef (not into balls!). Drain. Place back in Wok and mix all other ingredients and cook 15 min. Separate into 3 portions and store. Use 1 portion for meal option of choice. Place other 2 in fridge or freezer.

Portion 1: Add 1 can stewed tomatoes (do not drain) to Beef Base to pan and cook 10 min. Add to cooked pasta.
Portion 2: Add "Taco marinade" (half cup of water) to Beef Base and cook 10 min. Serve in Taco shells.
Portion 3: Add Fajita marinade to Beef Base and cook 10 min. Serve in tortillas.
Portion 4: Add table spoon parsley to Beef Base and cook in pan 10 min. Serve with elbow macaroni.

You get the idea. I do the same for steak strips... beef soup / stir fry. Can do same system for nearly all meats. I have lots more but this is already very long.


 *** I just checked and my "Handful" are 1/2 to 3/4 cup***
 *** "Handful" is in refrence to pre cut / frozen vegetable****


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   Posted 4/14/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
This is a quick side to have in the fridge. Fresh celery, carrots, broccoli,cauliflower, radsishes, green (or red) peppers, Green and ripe olives. Chop all fresh veggies in bite size pieces, put in large bowl, with lid, add one bottle Diet wishbone italian dressing (well shaken) and pour over the veggies . drain olives, add to mix, put on lid and shake. Put in fridge for a day or so. In addition, you could add any fresh veggies if you ate it the first time in full like mushrooms,cucumber, etc, but they get soft, and things with really strong flavors tend to take over the flavor of the "salad". This can stay in fridge for days, and you can always add to the dressing. Great recipe for carryins, picnics, etc. almost calorie free except for olives. Shake or stir couple of times a day when you are n fridge.L
Also, for kids I make macaroni and cheese, when done, I add well drained tuna to it, stir, and Voila kids love it. no mess no mushroom soup, no baking. Plenty of protein takes 12 minutes. Can substitute ham chunks for tuna.
lastly, I take chicken breasts, microwave or bake them (usually bake for me ) and slice and then cut into bite size pieces, (while preparing this I make unce bens wild rice, then when it is finished, add the chicken and water chestnuts, add soy sauce to taste, stir all together. Kids love this too. OR broil some round steak, cut into pieces chop green peppers , water chesnuts and put over wild rice orwhite rice and top with soy sauce.

Post Edited (purplereading) : 4/14/2011 8:14:52 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/14/2011 8:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm w/ Mindy... I'm a big fan of crock pots, too.  I put in a big pack of the flash frozen chicken breasts....add in a thing of barbeque sauce, a little honey, a little brown sugar.... and let it go.  Didn't think of the whiskey, though :) - that's a good idea.  Usually do this before church and then we have BBQ Chicken sandwiches for lunch.
We do taco salad.... big bag of salad mix, kidney beans, tomatoes, hamburger meat seasoned w/ taco seasoning and crunched up Doritos.  Some of us put on Thousand Island dressing; others eat as is.
Feeding my family is a full-time job - especially these boys.  :) :)  There have been some really good ideas here.

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   Posted 4/15/2011 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay hope this one is liked, but in the Summer, I'll get roast beef from the deli, chop it up,
throw in a pan add 1 can of beef gravy and simmer it for 10 - minutes or so and toss it on
hamburger buns for a hot roast beef sandwich, sides are potato salad from store, or potato
chips along with some fresh berries for dessert.....
Is that okay to add..???
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