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Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #255943] Tue, 10 April 2007 12:03 Go to next message
Tamara Eaton
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Even those of us who love to cook (which I do!), need a break every now and then. We're one of those families who rarely eats out --in fact, I can't remember the last time our whole family ate out, it's been *years*. We don't even do fast food due to the expense of feeding a large family.

Here's what we do instead when we need a break:

* Instead of take-out pizza, we make our own homemade pizzas (four extra large ones at a time) and freeze them, then they are quick to take out and bake for an easy meal. (We pre-bake the crust before adding toppings, so they are delicious and crispy just like take-out --but much less expensive and oh so much healthier!)

* I buy boxes of good, but inexpensive frozen fish fillets (usually lightly breaded) and frozen french fries for a fast meal that doesn't take long to make --we just add a salad. (We make up salads soon after grocery shopping so they are always ready in the fridge.)

* Think Mexican! I buy large cans of non-fat refried beans, add some ready-made salsa, heat and top with shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes and lettuce and serve with sour cream and more salsa to go with flour or corn tortillas and tortilla chips. Everyone makes his or her own. Inexpensive, easy, fast, and good for you!

* Breakfast for supper! This is usually very fast and easy --think pancakes, french toast, or bacon and eggs and potatoes, whatever you like!

* Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup! Add a salad and you've got a meal in no time.

* Pasta and a bottled sauce --add a salad and in less than 30 minutes (less time than it would take to gather our whole family together and get out the door to go out to eat!), you're ready to eat! (We like Prego with Italian sausage. Wink )

I'm sure I'll think of more later --must get busy around here now, though! Please share your favorite ideas for quick, simple, and inexpensive meals for when you don't feel like cooking, but can't afford to eat out! Wink

[Updated on: Thu, 22 January 2009 15:42]


Blessings,
Tamara

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. Don't Waste Your Life!"
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #255949 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 12:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Irene V  is currently offline Irene V
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We do the pizza time as well. When I have time an energy I premake a ton of crusts. If I don't have time or energy I purchase small 'naan' breads. That way we can do individual size pizzas and everyone gets what they like. I purchase a HUGE block of mozzarella and cheddar once a month and grate the whole thing. The cheese is stored in the freezer, so pizza assembly takes about 3 minutes when we add a jar of premade spaghetti sauce.

Taco salad is a quick meal for us. Big salad, someone drains a can of beans, and then we all toss the extras on our own plates.


Irene V
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #255964 is a reply to message #255949 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 12:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tamara Eaton
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Irene V wrote on Tue, 10 April 2007 11:11

I purchase a HUGE block of mozzarella and cheddar once a month and grate the whole thing. The cheese is stored in the freezer, so pizza assembly takes about 3 minutes when we add a jar of premade spaghetti sauce.


Oh yes, I buy a huge block of cheddar cheese to keep in the fridge and spend a tiny bit extra to buy a large bag of shredded mozzarella cheese in 5 lb. packages to keep in the freezer. It's worth the slight extra expense for me to have it already shredded!

Another easy fast meal is black beans and rice -- or red beans and rice.

Or stir fried vegetables and rice! (But then we have to have a stick-to-your-ribs dessert or all the guys and teens are hungry again by bedtime! Wink )

Come on --let's have more ideas! Smile


Blessings,
Tamara

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. Don't Waste Your Life!"
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #255965 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 12:29 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Beans and rice is very easy, especially if you use canned beans and "Minute" brown rice Very Happy

Another quickie is big cans of stew (check the ingredients. Shaw's own brand has no bad stuff and it goes on sale all the time) mixed with the wonderful instant brown rice Very Happy

Taco soup is one of my favs and I got the recipe right on this board. I vary it depending on what I have on hand but it quick and easy.

I like grilled cheese sandwiches too. We fancy them up by using different kids of cheese and some seasonings. We also do the breakfast for dinner thing Very Happy

I will take cooked pasta, spaghetti sauce and lots of cheese, mix it all together and bake it in the oven for a quick casserole. You can season up how you like and put stuff in there like leftover chicken Very Happy

We make quesadillas all the time with leftover chicken, finely chopped, salsa and cheese. Put between tortillas and fry on the griddle. Cut in wedges and eat Very Happy


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Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #255968 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 12:33 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Diana P.  is currently offline Diana P.
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I make big batches of soup and sauce, and freeze both.

Pancakes-make a huge bunch, then freeze.

I make Broccoli Bites and freeze those, also Artichoke Squares, they freeze well.

When I think of more, I'll post. Time for lunch!! Smile


Grace & Peace,
Diana

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Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #256026 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 13:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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When I'm tired of cooking or when I know I'll be having a very busy day, I just employ my best friend -- THE CROCKPOT!!!! Very Happy

I swear it's like not having to cook. I just look for recipes with ingredients that all go in at the same time. Then all I have to do is steam some rice or maybe make some corn muffins, homemade but EASY! Smile

Oh, BTW, sometimes I use two crockpots so I'll have plenty of leftovers.


Blessings,
~N
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #256108 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 14:52 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Here's a fun one that would be perfect for a friday night after an afternoon in town.

Tamale Dip!!!! (We have a big family, so this recipe could easily be halved.) Cut up a 2 lb box of velveeta (or off-brand) and put it in the crockpot. Add 2 cans of chili. Stir, then add 2 cans of beef tamales (chop them first into bite size pieces). Now, don't stir until it's done, so as not to crush the tamales. Put on low heat for a few hours. When it's all melted, stir in tobasco to taste, and serve with bunches of tortilla chips!!! Serve up some guacamole (just mashed avocadoes w/a bit of salsa), sour cream, and hot sauce on the side.

We very rarely dine out, but when we do, we usually each get a coke. So, for something special at home we serve "kid coke": Take a quart of carbonated or sparkling water and mix it with a can of frozen cranberry juice concentrate. It's so pretty and tasty!

Then, play games, watch a video, just relax! More fun than a restaurant, and so easy Very Happy
It's one of our kids favs.
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #256117 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 15:06 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I like the Mexican thing too. Easy, cheap and delicious!

We also have beef stroganoff. Sour cream, mush/cream of chicken soup, cooked ground meat over wide noodles.
Very fast - very inexpensive and my family loves it.



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Mom to four - ds 28, dd 26, dd 24 and ds 21 - and wife to my sweet husband Richard.
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #256209 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 16:28 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Jules
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On really quick nights, we'll have grilled 2 cheese sandwiches and carrot sticks. On nights we need to eat something but I don't feel like "cooking", I'll take a pound of ground hamburger, a can of refried beans, a can of rotel tomatoes, some chili powder and some cumin, cook it all up together and have burrito night. Super easy and one pan cleanup.
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #256219 is a reply to message #256209 ] Tue, 10 April 2007 16:40 Go to previous messageGo to next message
proudhsmommy  is currently offline proudhsmommy
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One of our favourite easy meals is to cut up cabbage, mini potatoes and kelbasa ... put in the steamer and add fresh lemon juice to the top (with the water all ready in the bottom) and let it steam for about 20 minutes. YUM!!!!


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I agree about the crockpot(s) idea --only I use a large electric roaster ... [message #256667 is a reply to message #256026 ] Wed, 11 April 2007 10:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tamara Eaton
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I agree with the crockpot(s) idea --only I use a large GE roaster which works beautifully to feed our large crew PLUS allow left-overs.

I always plan my supper menu in the morning and if possible, prepare it before naptime. Then, it makes it so much easier to get up from our naptime (or quiet time or other afternoon activities) and have supper practically ready. I started doing this when I had only little ones and made a habit out of it.

Honestly, if I don't get my most important things done before 1:30-2:00 p.m., there's a good chance it will have to wait until the following day. I'm, by nature, an early morning person! Laughing


Blessings,
Tamara

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. Don't Waste Your Life!"
Here is another easy meal if you start it in the crock pot or roaster... [message #256673 is a reply to message #256667 ] Wed, 11 April 2007 10:08 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tamara Eaton
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Tonight we're having an Italian soup (perfect for our current weather --stormy and cool!) put together fast and easy with three main ingredients, and left to simmer in the roaster on a low temperature.

You can adjust it to fit your family!

* 2 Large Cans Tomato Soup w/ water or broth (this is the base)

* 1 Large bag frozen Italian vegetables (I use an Italian Stir-fry Mixture)

* 1 Large bag of frozen cheese-filled ravioli

* Extra water or broth, as needed! (I don't measure, just eye it! Smile )


(I'll probably add additional chopped vegetables like tomatoes, onions and celery, and a dash of Italian seasoning, but it's not necessary.)

I'm planning to serve with homemade bread sticks and salad. You could easily pick the bread sticks up from the grocery or make them another day and freeze them to make things as easy as take-out! Wink

[Updated on: Wed, 11 April 2007 10:10]


Blessings,
Tamara

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. Don't Waste Your Life!"
Think old-fashioned "country" fare and make it fast... [message #256680 is a reply to message #256673 ] Wed, 11 April 2007 10:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tamara Eaton
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Here's another quick meal --mostly from cans, but cheap, easy, and fast --plus, it's even pretty good for you!

Old fashioned country supper:

* Enough cans of pinto beans (or Northern or your choice!) to feed your family.

* A large can of turnip greens (or other favorite green leafy vegetable).

* Instant mashed potatoes (<gasp> I used to NEVER use these, but I've found some brands are pretty decent in a pinch --and I add canned evaporated milk for extra flavor.)

* Buttermilk corn bread

My favorite is to use Martha White self-rising cornbread mix and use the recipe on the package ONLY I substitute Self-Rising Flour for HALF the amount of cornmeal mix called for --because I'm not a HUGE cornbread fan if you're talking about the traditional dry non-sweet variety. Wink I also add 1-3 Tablespoons of sugar (depends on whether my dh is watching, he's anti-sugar in cornbread. Shocked ) AND I use canola oil instead of shortening or regular oil. If baked in a traditional iron skillet --this can be baked in 20 minutes in a piping hot oven! (I use a blackened iron skillet that is way over 50 years old!)

Need a dessert? Open up some canned peaches and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! Smile

Now, who says this city girl can't cook country? Very Happy

[Updated on: Wed, 11 April 2007 10:24]


Blessings,
Tamara

"There is always enough time to do the will of God. Don't Waste Your Life!"
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #260100 is a reply to message #255943 ] Sun, 15 April 2007 23:45 Go to previous messageGo to next message
PamE
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We just had taco salad tonight. We use Frito chips crushed up, ground beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce and sour cream. You can add whatever other "stuff" you normally like on your tacos or any other type of Mexican food.

We do the same thing with Mexican pizza. Layer tortilla beans, cheese, taco sauce hamburger, pepper rings or jalapeno, etc. Top with another tortilla. Bake in the oven at 400* for about 20 minutes. Serve with shredded lettuce and sour cream.
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #261500 is a reply to message #255943 ] Tue, 17 April 2007 21:25 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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My favorite crock pot idea came from a friend. Cut up some kielbasa (sp?) or polish sausage, add a big can of diced tomatoes, some kidney beans and black beans, and some Cajun seasoning. Yum!!! My friend puts it over rice... we just eat it as is.


Blessings,
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Every tear it caused to fall;
And the storm which Love appointed
Was its choicest gift of all...

Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #272204 is a reply to message #255943 ] Mon, 07 May 2007 10:30 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Laura in VA  is currently offline Laura in VA
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Well I'm a little late...but joining in anyway Smile

For quick meals...

Goulash (that's what my sister calls it...I just threw it in a pot one day, who knew I wasn't origonal?)
2 pounds ground beef browned and drained
2 cans italian diced tomatoes not drained
2 boxes creamy mac and cheese

I make the mac and cheese...then add the tomatoes and usually have the ground beef already cooked and in the freezer. Just mix together and let get hot. I usually have it on the table in less than a half hour. Would be great with just some rolls or something like that. Cost is $6 for enough to feed a family of 6 with some leftovers.

Chicken Alfredo

1 pound (or more) chicken cut up into bite size pieces (I use what I pick off the rest of our rotisere birds most of the time)
1 jar Classico Sundried Tomato Alfredo Sauce
1 can italian diced tomatoes
Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and little bit of crushed red pepper to taste

Empty the jar of sauce into a pot...then fill the jar at least halfway full of milk, put the lid back on and shake to get the rest of the good stuff, empty in pot and mix. Add everything else and mix together till it's good and hot. Serve over whatever pasta you like. Another meal in less than 30 minutes and costs $4.50 to feed at least 5 people.

And of course the crockpot is wonderful!

Oh...we also do Sausage Hoagies

I buy a package of the Italian Turkey Sausage Links (the big ones) then cut them in half and fry on the griddle with a whole lot of onions.
I also put out pizza sauce for a more italian style sub
I buy the 10 pack of whole wheat rolls in the deli section for $2
Serve with a salad and you're good to go.
Done in less than a half hour...and usually only costs us $6 to feed the 4 of us.


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Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #276500 is a reply to message #255943 ] Mon, 14 May 2007 18:42 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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On nights that we have tacos I make extra taco meat and then freeze it. When we have beans and cornbread for dinner (our fav) I make extra beans and then add the taco meat and some flour torillas and make beef and bean burritos. I freeze these and save them for a night when I just don't want to cook or when we don't have time. On one of these nights or lunches I simply take out a big casserole pan plop the frozen burritos (which I try to defrost before hand) and throw them in the oven. When they are almost done, I pour a can of chili or cheese sauces or even both over them and bake for a bit longer. Yum yum! Not the healthiest meal, but very quick and cheap!
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #281831 is a reply to message #255943 ] Wed, 23 May 2007 10:09 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Bonnie  is currently offline Bonnie
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Adding to this

NOT healthy, but fast and the kids love it -

Cheesey chicken fries. Add a little chopped onion to a bag of frozen fries and bake. When they are done, top with chopped leftover chicken, cheese and if you are really blowing the fat content, some crumbled bacon. Put under the broiler until the cheese melts. Serve with a salad. TADA! Takes about 20 minutes and uses up all those little pieces of chicken.
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #290888 is a reply to message #281831 ] Tue, 12 June 2007 15:03 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm sure this isn't anything new, oh well

When I need a meal in a hurry. I put a layer of Frito's in a casserole dish, a layer of chili beans, a layer of jack cheese, all the layers again, ending with a layer of cheese and some Frito's around the edges. Bake at 350 until hot...about 30 minutes


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Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #302839 is a reply to message #255943 ] Wed, 11 July 2007 08:16 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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I'm coming in late on this one but I still wanted to share something that I make for our gang.

I call this Mexican Rice....Spanish Rice...or Garden Rice..all depending on what I put in it.



You can use ground turkey, burger, or rope sausage cut up into bite size pieces. Brown the meat in a pot and then drain off the grease if you need to.

Cut up some onions, fresh garlic or you can use minced dehydrated garlic, zucinni, green peppers. Add them to the browned meat and cook for a bit. You just want things to start to get soft.

Add 1 can of chopped tomatoes and some taco seasoning to taste. We like it a little spicy so I add 2 packs of seasoning. Then add enough rice (uncooked) to feed your family and the water that you'll need to cook the rice.

The rice will cook in about 20-25 minutes. I serve this with some shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. It's great! And with only 20-25 minutes of cooking time it's a breeze to make on a crazy night!

Very Happy
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #302846 is a reply to message #255943 ] Wed, 11 July 2007 08:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
ChrissyB  is currently offline ChrissyB
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Something else I should have added......another recipe that I've made up over the years.

My kids love mac and cheese but I don't like those mixes!! YUCK! So this is what I do.

I buy a piece of ham like a thick dinner slice or even a small ham like you would use for baking. Sometimes I can find ham ends and pieces that they have marked for a good price.

I brown the ham cut up into bite size pieces with an onion. Take that off the heat and just sit it aside.

Cook your elbow pasta or what ever shape you want to use. I like to mix it up a little and use different shapes. After the pasta is cooked drain it really well. Put it back into a large pot and add a can of canned (evaporated milk) and some butter or margarine. Then I add some cheddar cheese and stir it around (on low heat) until everything is nice and creamy. You might have to add some more milk and cheese depending on how cream and cheesy you want it. When you have it just right add your ham and onions. I love to add veggies to this. My guys like green peas in it ( I use frozen peas as the texture is nicer, just cook your veggies first before adding and be sure to drain off all of the cooking liquid) you can also add brocolli. I serve this with an additional veggies on the side or a salad.

If you want to use kielbsa instead of the ham that's good too.

Now I'm getting hungry.....LOL!!! Laughing
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Here are some funny things my family likes, but easy to make:

1. brown hamburger and onion, top with green beans and cheese! (yes, this may sound wierd.. but my family loves it for some reason. Ha!)

2. breakfast burritos: scramble eggs, cheese and onion, add salsa, add sausage if available, wrap up in tortillas.

3. biscuits and gravy... either sausage or hamburger gravy.

4. make your own salad night: provide the greens, tomatos, green onions, boiled eggs, ham and cheese, seasonings like lemon seasoning or garlic seasonings, olive oil or other dressings, avacodo. Yum! OR make it taco salad night: toss together greens, onions, cheese, kidney beans, hamburger, and doritos...

5. Easy stroganoff: hamburger and onion fried, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, and noodles, a little green parsley or chives for color.

6. Mac and cheese is always easy.. home-made or otherwise... add tuna or beef and spices to change. Serve with a green veggie and fruit. Fajita seasoning in mac and cheese with hamburger is yummy! Think of it as your own hamburger helper... without the bad stuff!

Eve
Re: Easy meals for those of us who never eat out, but get tired of cooking! :-) [message #411675 is a reply to message #255943 ] Fri, 23 May 2008 00:22 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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We love chicken wraps! Usually we just use tortillas, shredded chicken, salad and dressing, but you can add whatever salad fixin's you like (tomatoes, bacon, olives, pepperoncini's, etc) to personalize it.


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Pam -- I just asked a question about chicken tortillas over in Homemaking. Mosey on over and tell me how you cook it, etc., if you get time, please....


In Jesus

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PamE
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bumping up to see if anyone has anything to add. Smile


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I just tried a one-pot pasta dish that was a hit with my family: I cooked this in a soup pot. Dump these in the pot - About 12 oz dry noodles (the ones that take about 9 min to cook), a can of diced tomatoes (or 12 oz cherry tomatoes), 1/2 a chopped onion, sliced garlic, a couple sprigs of basil, a splash of olive oil, s&p, and 4 1/2 c water. Bring to a boil, reduce hit and simmer 9 minutes or until the water is evaporated. Serve with parmesan.
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