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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2008 11:24:51 AM »

It's basically beef tips in the crock pot. The soup used makes a great gravy with it.
That stuff is awesome and very easy! I serve it over mashed potatoes, but you could do noodles or rice. If you wanted it more nutritious you could add some frozen mixed veggies.
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2008 12:50:54 PM »

Thanks Rosie! That looks so good! I might try it over noodles. Might call it ghetto stroganoff! I've got some garlic mashed potatoes that it would be good over as well.

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once."
-William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar, Act II, Sc. 2, line 32."
« Reply #12 on: May 09, 2008 08:35:33 PM »

QUESADILLAS! torillas are so handy, because you can freeze them so they are great for last minute meals. just sread with hummus, pesto, salsa etc. add some cheese (or not, you just need a sticky spread to hold it together) and flaked canned fish, sliced chicken, deli meat, whatever. fold it in half and fry in a pan. a non stick pan is ideal but otherwise use a light spray of oil. if you don't want to use a pan then a microwave or toaster oven will produce fairly decent results.

next you slice the quesadillas into wedges and enjoy with salsa, salad or soup. this is my favourite super-easy meal to cook for friends. in new zealand, most people aren't familiar wth tex mex- type food so its a little different.

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« Reply #13 on: May 09, 2008 10:43:34 PM »

one of my favorite slacker-yet-still-superhealthy meals goes like this:

Brown some lean ground turkey; drain off the fat.  Add chopped potatoes (I like red), carrots, onion, mushrooms, and whatever else you like (tastes yummy with garlic, green beans and squash).  Pour in enough broth/stock to cover the bottom of the skillet (I use Pacific's organic, low-salt veggie broth...found in the soup aisle), season to taste (I like italian-type spices) and cover the skillet with its top.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are softened and the broth is absorbed.  You can add spinach or other greens at the very end of cooking to wilt down and impart extra flavor.

The potatoes release starch, making the sauce creamy.  I like this because it's kind of like pot pie without the top.  Plus, it's versatile.  We've eaten it over rice, with bread, in lettuce wraps, and with cheese tortellinis.  And obviously, by itself.
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« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2008 03:38:04 PM »

Beer Bread!

1 can beer
3 cups self rising flour

mix together. Put into a greased loaf pan. Pour 2 tbls butter on top before baking.  Bake at 375F for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. 

Now... the variations... 

Add garlic powder and cheese before baking

Mix in and Top with sunflower seeds/pepitas

Mix in shredded ham and cheese

Use dark beer.  Mix in sauted onions.

Mix in italian seasonings, pepperoni, cheese...

Mix in drained canned corn, cheese, jalopenos

The best thing is that if you use a mild beer, no one will know it is beer bread and it is completely impressive!  I'll try to post a picture later.

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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2008 12:05:57 PM »

Thanks for the awesome recipes! And yeah, we're in the Southwest, pretty close to the Mexican border, so we are definitely big on the quesodillas. My fave has to be cream cheese, chives, and crab meat. It's quite tasty.

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The valiant never taste of death but once."
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« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2008 10:41:06 AM »

taco soup.   you can make it in bulk and eat on it for about 5 days!
or freeze it for later
if you need the recipe PM me

breakfst casseroles are good any time just reheat as needed.

pizza dip is great for snacks
shepards pies are easy and good
beef stew can be made in bulk  and stored for easy leftovers.

heres a really good one too
mix canned green beans with canned diced potatoes drained (or use fresh everything if you want)
and cut up smoked sausage. boil with some chicken broth adn diced onion.  great  plain or with corn bread.


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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2008 01:57:04 PM »

Super Easy Ravioli Alfredo

Fresh Ravioli (any flavor)
Jar of Alfredo Sauce
A Meat- (I love chicken or bacon)
Veggies (so awesome with mushrooms)

Boil Ravioli, Cook meat and veggies, add alfredo sauce to meat and veggies, combine with boiled ravioli. 

There's a million and one uses for the rotisserie chicken. I do salads, sandwiches, curries, quesadillas, pizza.

Oh yeah, and pizza is super easy.  You just buy the premade crust (or you can get the refrigerated pilsbury kind), and top with what you want.   I have done caesar salad dressing (instead of tomato sauce) with spicy (precooked) chicken sausage, mushrooms, and onions.  Just a tiny bit of chopping, assembling, and throw it oven and voila!

you can do mini pizzas with pitas, my best friend taught me this one-
spread with pesto sauce
some precooked chicken
pine nuts
mozza cheese

so good.   but watch closely cuz the pine nuts can burn...

that's about it for now... have fun!
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2008 11:42:53 AM »

Wow! That pesto chicken pizza sounds to die for! I'm gonna try it with my pesto cream sauce.
 So, one of the 'boys' called me last night, and asked "can I put pinto beans in stir fry." and I said "yeah, but then it's not stir fry, it's spag."

"Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once."
-William Shakespeare, "Julius Caesar, Act II, Sc. 2, line 32."
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2008 08:40:24 PM »

Ok, first the feminist mom advice - take care of yourself and your studies first. I have no patience for men/boys who can't take care of their most basic needs (your friend with the 7 sibs excluded, of course - that's not exactly slacking...hope he's doing OK and able to get some help.)

Now a couple of recipes for after you've done your homework  Wink

* Easiest spaghetti sauce - throw a peeled onion in a pot with a can of crushed tomatoes (best ones you can afford - if they're more acidic, a pinch of sugar will help). Simmer for about 10-15 minutes - don't cook much longer or the seeds from the tomato will make the sauce bitter. That's it. If you're getting fancy, add a little butter, salt and pepper. Sounds like it wouldn't be good, but it's great.

* Any kind of beans on top of any kind of tortilla/tostada. That's as easy as opening a can and cutting up a little lettuce or tomato to put on top with some cheese and salsa.

* I second the recommendation of pizza. The premade crusts aren't too bad. Throw tomato sauce on top with some shredded cheese and whatever else you like.

* I also second the crock pot idea. You can usually get pretty cheap crock pots at garage sales. Two meats that work well in these are pork country ribs and chicken thighs because they aren't too expensive and they don't dry out. Toss in the pot with sauce - I have used BBQ and teriyaki with good results - cook on high for 3-4 hours.

* Ramen noodles can always be doctored up in various ways, and hey, they want fancier food, they can learn to cook for themselves!  Grin

You're a nice person to want to help people out. Good luck.

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