What boring, uninspiring meals do you cook the HELL out of? Share your secret!

posted 3 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
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2576 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I make homemade chicken noodle soup that would make Campbells’ pack up and go home.

Basically, I get 6-8 pieces of skinless boneless chicken thighs, wash them, and put them in a stew pot. Pour water into pot with chicken and put on stove at medium-high heat. Then I take two leeks, cut their ends, and peel their strings while washing them. I put the clean leek strings in the stew pot. Then I peel a few big carrots (the kind you can buy individually) and put those in the pot as well. I let it all cook on medium heat for about 30-45 minutes. Then I add about three tablespoons of Vegeta seasoning to taste (you can find it in ethnic stores) and a dash of oregano. Once the carrots are soft, I let the stew pot simmer on low heat, and I cook up some thin spaghetti to serve as noodles. I pourt the soup over the noodles and add fresh parsley to the soup + noodles combo. It’s delish. DH is pickiest eater ever, and he LOVES it.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@iarebridezilla:  enchilada casserol. It’s my standard “we are poor this week” meal. I don’t know if I have a secret other than to season the fuck out of the chicken. I boil it with tons of garlic, a whole onion, some cumin and lots of salt and pepper. It’s fucking delicious. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@iarebridezilla:  That sounds yummy!  I’ll have to try your tricks.  My last pea soup tasted merely like peas, sadly, even with crisped thin-sliced ham on top. 

This easy-peasy chili recipe is something I make a lot around this time of the year. 

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey (browned and drained)

2 cans Hunts tomato sauce

1 can Hunts diced tomatoes

2 cans red kidney beans (drained)

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic

1 packet McCormick chili seasoning

salt, pepper

Mix together in a dutch oven and let simmer for about 20 minutes. 

 

Post # 7
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922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

FI absolutely loves my pigs in a blanket. Hot dogs, american cheese, and a croissant. They’re so easy but so darn good.

I do try to limit them to evey couple of weeks, because I really do perfer eating real food

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2000

Last night I made a BOMB chicken and broccoli (like, straight from a chinese restaurant) – secret is to lightly poach the marinated chicken strips before you stir fry it to give it that velvet-y texture. 

Post # 9
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2562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

A pot of pinto beans! Its my moms recipe and my husband goes crazy when I make it. I thought about cooking it today but I’m feeling rather crappy…

Post # 10
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5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I do a chicken casserole-

preheat oven to 350

put a package of chicken breasts in a casserole dish

put 1/2 slice of cheese on each breast

in a separate bowl, mix 1/4 cup milk with 1 can of cream of (chicken/mushroom/celery/whateversoupyouwant)

pour milk & soup over top of chicken

pour 1 box of Stovetop Savory Herbs stuffing on top of everything

drizzle some butter on top if you like

bake until chicken is done

I also like to put shredded cheddar cheese on top of it all just before it’s done so it melts & browns a  little.

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@Sunfire:  OMG! I make this too! I never use ground beef anymore always turkey..chili, tacos, meatloaf, meatballs. I should be Jennie O’s spokesperson haha

I forgot sloppy joe! my personal favorite

Post # 12
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7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@lollygagon:  I just have to say, and maybe this is an area thing, but that is so not what we consider pigs in a blanket, lol. Our pigs in a blanket is cabbage stuffed with hamburger rice and tomatoes.

I really love your version of pigs in a blanket though. Sounds delicious!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Pizza; I make a Greek pizza with Feta, lemon, tomatos, onion and olives that is to die for.

I also make Chicago deep dish pizza that puts ANYTHING on Old Chicago’s menu to shame.  I had the best compliment when I brought in left overs for work and they asked me if I had gone to Chicago over the weekend. 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@MrsNewDay:  Ooo this sounds awesome! I have to write this down! I have been looking for a wicked soup receipt cause canned things are gross!

I make an awesome lasagna but I cant eat it cause I’m lactose 🙁 My husband loves it and brings it to work with him daily. I put a layer of hard boiled eggs sliced up in it and adds some extra protein and taste. HE sometimes brings it for his coworkers and they think its awesome!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

Curries!

One pot meals.

Basically:
Carrots, potatotes, meat or tofu, mushrooms (optional); I make my own curry paste. If you have time, browning your meats in the same pot you are planning to make the curry from will help develop/build flavours.

Curry paste — use food processor or mortar/pestle:
2 tbsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coriander, ground
1 to 2 whole stars of anise
Broth (cubed)
Coconut milk/water — I’ve used greek yogurt  as a substitute and it works

Simmer for a really long time on low to ensure that the coconut milk is fully cooked. You will see beads or the coconut milk “sweating”.

I used to cook curries a lot when I was in university. My FI loves the variation of curries I cook for him; he likes sweet curries, so I add 1 tbsp of honey. (It’s a lot milder when he eats it. I add chillies and other spices like nutmeg and cumin if I were to bring curries for potlucks)

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