(Closed) Can you share some easy delicious recipes?

posted 7 years ago in Married Life
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Go to Skinnytaste.com. Stop. Cook. That’s all you need 🙂 Her recipes are simple, delicious and healthy. They usually don’t take a ton of ingredients, she includes lots of photos, and they don’t take long to put together. She has a post with the top 20 of 2010, I love to make every single thing on there! I’m a huge fan of her chicken and white bean enchiladas, but I cheat and use jarred salsa verde instead of making my own 🙂

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love cooking, but don’t always follow recipes so my recipes aren’t exact…

I am addicted to fruit salsa lately.  Pair it with grilled skirt steak, chicken, fish and maybe a bed of rice or couscous.  SO GOOD!

Dice up some onion, tomato, cilantro, jalapeño pepper if you like,  fruit (I use either mango, peach or nectarine).  Add some salt, squeeze in a lime and VOILA!

You can also mix in chopped cabbage to make it into a salad!

OR use the cabbage mixture for tacos!  Just put a little bit of meat, then cabbage mix on top of a warm tortilla. VOILA!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

allrecipes.com is a great cooking tool.  They have recipes on there ranging from very beginner to advanced.  Read the comments for more tips on how to perfect a certain recipe- and then just follow the instructions. easy-peasy.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Another easy recipe to go with whatever meat you are making – roasted veggies.

Preheat your oven to 450F.

Chop up whatever veggies you have on hand into large-ish pieces – carrots, squash, onion, potatoes, bell peppers, button mushrooms.

Line a large roasting pan with tin foil for easy clean-up and throw your veggies in.

In a small bowl combine 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.  Whisk that together and coat the veggies with this mixture.  Add a sprig of rosemary and some thyme.  If you don’t have it fresh, just sprinkle a little bit of the dried herbs.  Don’t over do it – the flavors can be overwhelming.

Cover with tin foil and cook for 45 mins at 450F.  Careful when taking the foil off, there will be vinegary-steam.

You will find some veggies cook faster than others.  Sometimes I do the squash, carrots and potatoes first for about 20 minutes and then add the other veggies for a total cooking time of 45 minutes.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

My go to easy meals are things like

Tacos

Ground Beef and McCormick Taco Seasoning

Get any shredded lettuce, tomatoes, chips & salsa you like =)

Last night I attempted Spanish rice… it’s pretty tempermental though so definitely not an easy one.

you can see my post here

Spaghetti

Ground beef

4 large cans tomato sauce

1 can diced tomatoes

1 clove garlic

1 jalapeno pepper (cut off the top and slit it long ways half way down)

2 beef boullion

Italian seasoning & s&p

Brown the ground beef.. drain.. and throw everything in on top.

Takes about 30 mins prep and you can simmer as long as you want

^ Family recipe that’s delicious

Baked Cream of Chicken

6 Chicken breast (I buy a bag of chicken breast and just pick some out uber good and cheaper than the packages)

2 cream of chicken 10.5oz

2 cream of mushroom 10.5 oz

2 Chicken Broth 14 oz

2 cups prepared rice optional (I make minute rice.. uber easy)

Add I cream of chicken to baking dish

Lay chicken on top

make rice (like I said I make 1 cup of minute rice… comes out to 2 c prepared rice)

mix all other ingredients in a bowl & add rice when ready.

pour chicken & bake uncovered @ 400 for ~ 45 minutes

Stock up on canned veggies and then you always have a side =)

 

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I really like epicurious.com and smitten kitchen. I’ve been a fan of veggie salads lately–grill some veggies, like asparagus, peppers, onions, corn, etc, and mix everything up with some fresh basil and some dressing (2tbs olive oil, 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar, 1tbsp dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste). You can throw in some cooked pasta if you want it to be a bit heartier.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper

@Tswife4ever: do you have any favorite flavors you are trying to incorporate?  Or favorite foods?  I’m constantly trying to come up with new things, but I find the most satisfying ones are the easiest (like roast chicken, steak, etc.)

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

OMG I LOVE Chipotle style burrito bowls.

Make instant rice, but add a squeeze of lime, a little bit of chopped cilantro and a shake of garlic salt.

Open a can of black beans into a microwave safe bowl and add a little bit of cumin.

Make or buy whatever salsa you like (see my salsa recipe above).

Then layer it how you like it, adding whatever ingredients you like – cheese, sour cream, guac, shredded lettuce, etc!

 

Mexican food is one of my easy go-to foods.  Once you make the meat you can make so many different things!

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

My easy go-to meals are Spaghetti (I use italian sausage instead of ground beef for extra flavor) and rosemary chicken.

Rosemary chicken is really easy. Thaw your chicken and then sprinkle salt, pepper and rosemary on them. You fill a skillet half full of chicken stock and then put your chicken breasts in to cook. The chicken stock will give it extra chicken-y flavor and the amount will keep it nice and juicy. You let them cook and then serve when they are done all teh way through! So simple and really delicious. The chicken stock is really my secret weapon, I read somewhere that when you use just a little oil or liquid when you cook it actually leeches the moisture out of the meat to cook it. The amount of liquid should reach halfway up the side of the meat. My chicken has been cooking much nicer since I started doing this.

You can also convert the above recipe into lemon-pepper chicken too.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@JoJo Bananas OMGosh I never thought about making my own Chipotle Burrito Bowls!!! Will soooo have to do that! yummmmmm

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sorry, I am going crazy posting recipes.  I must be hungry… Hopefully someone finds these to be helpful!

Turkey Burgers

Get a 1-1.5lb container of ground turkey meat.

Put it into a large bowl and add a splash of Worcestershire sauce, sprinkle some garlic salt and pepper.

Form patties with your hands and grill in a non-stick pan.

I like to also grill some onions in another pan for the burgers.  Toast your bun and top with your favorite ingredients.  I like to add avocado too.

 

Chicken breast panini

Season a thin chicken breast with salt and pepper.  Grill it.  (I uses a stove-top panini pan to grill.) Top the chicken with pepperjack cheese and let it melt.  Grill some onions.

Get two pieces of sourdough, sourdough roll or whatever sandwich roll you like.  Spread on some mayo and mustard.  Or use pesto (highly recommended)!  Add the chicken, grilled onion and some slices of avocado to the sammy and voila!  You can panini-fy it in a panini press if you like!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Homemade pasta sauce:


• 2 pound lean ground beef
• 1/2 cup minced onion
• 2 cloves garlic, crushed
• 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
• 2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste
• 2 (6.5 ounce) cans canned tomato sauce
• 1/2 cup water
• 2 tablespoons white sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil leaves
• 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds (chop them up)
• 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
• 1 tablespoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

Basically, brown the meat, then add everything else and let simmer (low heat and covered) for as long as possible (at least 1-2 hrs). We usually add some red pepper flakes as well. Then, add this to your favorite pasta. Anyone who eats will be totally impressed that it’s homemade – it’s so delicious and very simple. It makes a lot of sauce – you can freeze the leftovers.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

My husband loves stuffed peppers, but bell peppers can get pricey, so I came up with this really easy and inexpensive casserole that takes 30 minutes to get to the table.  My husband loves this and it makes plenty of leftovers he can easily heat up on his own.

STUFFED PEPPER CASSEROLE

1lb ground beef or turkey

1 jar of pasta sauce

1 small onion, chopped

1 bag of frozen bell pepper slices

2 cups of cooked rice (great use for leftover rice, esp. from takeout meals!)

 

1.  Preheat oven to 400F.  In a big pan, brown beef with lots of salt and pepper.  Drain off excess fat and set aside on a plate.

2. In the same pan, add a little oil and saute onion and frozen peppers together until the peppers are thawed and everything has softened a little bit.  

3.  Add ground beef, rice, and half of your pasta sauce into the pan and mix everything together and heat through.  Taste at this point to see if it needs more salt and pepper.  I usually also add a few shakes of garlic powder and hot sauce.

4.  Dump out everything into a casserole dish and spread the remaining pasta sauce over the top.  You can add cheese on top if you like.  Slip in the oven for 15-20 minutes until its bubbly.

 

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