Monday, April 10, 2006

Calling all cooks, chefs, wanna be cooks...heck, I don't care if all you know is Stouffers... I need your help!

If you know me, you know I can't cook. I don't care to cook. I feel like if I'm going to put effort and time into something it ought to last longer than the 5 minutes it takes someone to devour their meal. I also can't stand when a recipe calls for an ingredient requiring you to visit some special store and by the time you've found this special ingredient, the recipe only requires a dash. In college my roommates called me "scraps". I would contribute $$$ to the cause, but never made meals for myself. I have many reasons to learn to cook.

1) the 2 year old that depends on me for nutrition
2) a 10 month old that needs to eat well
3) the husband that's suffered through enough of my "cooking"
4) I know I can do this!

Please share with me a simple, easy recipe. You get extra points if I can use the crock pot and if it's something I can convince the 2 year old to try! If you are what you eat; I'm cheap, easy and fast......which is no way to go through life ;)

i married my husband because at the time i actually met him for the 1st time he was asking what i wanted in my omlette. cute and he cooks! he used to do all the cooking.


At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chili - Mac

can of chili
box of mac and cheese
can of corn

make the mac and cheese throw in the corn and chili, and heat.

At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pinto Beans in a crock pot:
The night before, soak 4 cups of pinto beans in a big bowl of water. In the morning, place beans in crock pot and completely cover with fresh water. (the purpose of the soak is to release some of the gas, hee hee important step) Let cook on high for about 5 hours, and low for about an hour. Serve with cheese, onions, green chile, and tortillas. Use the leftovers to make smothered burritoes for the next night. (You can use canned enchilada sauce for the "smothered" effect) 2 super easy, delicious, and actually pretty healthy meals. Hope this helps!
Love and hugs

At 2:57 PM, Blogger Bee's Blog said...

I make three really good things, so if you would like, let me know and I can email them to you. (otherwise, my husband cooks, I know lucky!). At least it is BBQ season now. Hello burgers and hot dogs!

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Emily said...

Chicken Supreme

4 skinless/boneless chicken breast halves- cut in cubes

1 onion- chopped

3/4 cup of butter

1 1/3 cup water

6 oz. dry bread stuffing mix

1/4 cup water

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup shredded chedder cheese

In a skillet, cook the chicken and onion until chicken is no longer pink
preheat oven to 350, lightly grease 2 qt. casserole dish
in a medium bowl, blend melted butter, 1 1/3 cup water and stuffing mix. place 1/2 the chicken and onion mixture in the dish and cover with stuffing mixture. cover with remaining chicken mixture. in small bowl, mix 1/4 cup water and cream of chicken soup and pour into dish. top with chedder cheese.
bake 30 min.

i get a lot of my recipes from luck-- love reading your blog!!!!

At 6:23 AM, Blogger jaj said...

Pull-a-part Pork:

2 lbs boneless pork top loin (I use whatever I have in the freezer)
1 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup diet soda
3/4 cup barbeque sauce

Combine all ingredients in a crockpot. Cook covered on low for 8-10 hours. Drain and slice or shred pork.

I make a gravy out of the leftover sauce - 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch in a 3/4 filled coffe cup of water; transfer the liquid to a pot or roasting pan and cook until starting to boil; add the cornstarch mixture and cook on low until thickened.

The next day, whatever leftovers there are taste fantastic on buns - kind of like sloppy joes.

At 7:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

minestrone soup in the crockpot

1 box chicken stock (apprx 32 oz)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can beans (whatever kind you like)
celery, onion, garlic, carrots, zucchini and/or any other veggies your family likes cut into small pieces

dump all of this into the crockpot. season with salt, basil, thyme, oregano - again, whatever your family likes. 6 to 8 hours on low should do it. add bread and a salad if you like and you've got a really easy meal.

also, have you thought about getting a steamer? you can do so much with those - rice, veggies, meats. 30 bucks at target will get you a decent one, and the best thing is, you can leave things to cook in there while getting other stuff done around the house. good luck!

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Karmen said...

Crock Pot Cheesey Chicken
However many chicken breasts you want in the crock pot. Add 1can cream of chicken soup, and 1can cheddar cheese soup. Let it cook all day. Boil some egg noodles and wawla, it's kind of like chicken and noodles! Easy, kid friendly and delicious!

Love your blog. Karmen, LID 3/6/06

At 7:49 PM, Blogger Susan said...

I had a brainchild that suffocated. Here is the 2nd blog I have.... (sorry, don't know how to do pretty links in comments) There are only 5 but 3 are crockpot and they are relatively healthy. I LOVE the Fix it and Forget It cookbooks. I own 5 of them (Maybe 6).



At 4:47 AM, Blogger Meg said...

2 packages boneless porkchops (about 8-9 pieces) 1 lg. bottle of salsa (hot factor based on your family...) put all in crockpot and cook on high for 5 with cheddar cheese and sour cream.....

At 9:33 AM, Blogger M3 (Mary-Mia) said...

Crock Pot Pot Roast

I got this recipe from Melissa's blog here.

1. put a beef roast in the crock-pot
2. sprinkle ONE pack of Italian dressing dry mix on top of the roast
3. sprinkle ONE pack of Ranch dressing dry mix on top of the roast
4. sprinkle TWO packs of Brown gravy dry mix on top of the roast
5. pour water in the crock pot about half way to the roast

Slowcook for about 8 hours. (Melissa didn't say whether to cook it on high or low, I did high and it worked fine)

At 2:19 PM, Blogger Bee's Blog said...

Here is a great, quick cookie recipe. I just tried it the other day and its wonderful and so easy.

1 C & 2 T sifted flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 t salt
-sift together above ingredients and set aside

1/2 C softened butter or shortening
6 T granulated sugar
6 T brown sugar, packed
1/2 t vanilla
1/4 t water
-combine above ingredients and beat until creamy and then add 1 egg, after beating in the egg, add flour mixture and mix well

stir in 1/2 C coarsely chopped nuts (optional)

spread batter in greased 13 x 9 x 2 pan

sprinkle 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips over batter and place in 375 degree oven for 1 minute and then run a knife through to marbelize and return to oven for 12-14 minutes


At 7:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicken and Rice

Put four or five skinless chicken half breasts in your crockpot. In a small bowl, mix one can of cream of mushroom soup with one can of milk, add the milk to the soup a little at a time and stir to mix well. Pour soup over chicken, set crockpot on automatic and let it go for most of the afternoon. About an hour before dinner, add another 1/2 cup of water and one half cup of jasmine rice to the pot. It'll be ready to eat about 45 minutes after you add the rice. Cook a vegetable or make a salad and dinner is ready. My son, who is a carpenter and always hungry, loves this stuff. The jasmine rice smells so good while it's cooking and tastes really good too, you'll love it! Use one of those crock pot liners and you won't have to clean the pot. Good luck! Valerie, who followed your journey to China.

At 4:42 PM, Blogger Ellen said...

Aimee, it's Ellen from May-June DTC. This is our favorite recipe. Sam eats it, but Ted doesn't, so I can't guarentee it for all 4 of you.

2 cans Black Beans with cumin in the spice that's in the can (not just plain black beans)
1 can Mexican corn (a blend with red peppers in it, not that imp really)
1/2 onion chopped
1 TBSP vinegar
Mexican-style shredded cheese

Fry the onion. Drain the beans, reserve 2/3c liquid. Rinse & drain beans. Add beans & 2/3c liquid to frying pan, turn off heat. Add 1 TBSP vinegar. Use a spoon and smash beans coarsly. Put in a Pyrex, add rinsed, drained corn. Sprinkle shredded Mexican-syle cheese on top and bake at 325 for 15 minutes. Serve with salsa in hard tacos, soft tacos/burritos or with chips as a dip.

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Melanie said...

Pork chops & no Applesauce

Slice potatoes, crossways so you have little rounds....cover bottom of broiler pan, place pork chops on top(salted and peppered)pour can of mushroom soup over the top, bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, take out place a slice of cheese(your favorite) mine is chedder on top, put back in the oven for 5 minutes...very yummy, looks gourmet!


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