Post # 1
I make a split pea soup that would make you cry. Probably. If you cry easily. I don’t know.
Split pea soup isn’t usually a very inspring dish, but I’ve discovered a few tricks that make it so delicious, DH demands I make it almost every week. He will literally eat nothing but a gigantic bowl of split pea soup for dinner, voluntarily, just because he likes it. Which is great, because it’s really cheap and healthy and easy to make!
My secrets? First, I use turkey bacon instead of ham for the meat in it; I use half beef broth and half water to cook the peas (yes, BEEF broth); and of course I put in a packet’s worth of taco seasoning along with the standard salt and pepper for flavor.
And omg is it ever delicious!
What totally boring dishes do you OWN? Care to share your recipes and secrets?? I’d love to expand my repertoire of simple but delicious dishes!
ETA: I’ll add the full recipe, since I kind of want everyone to post their full recipes as it turns out I don’t know how to make a lot of the things you’re mentioning
1. Dice up a package of turkey bacon and half an onion. Cook these together with some oil in the bottom of a big pot.
2. Add 1 full jug-thing of beef broth, then refill the jug with water and pour that into the pot as well. Add a 1 lb bag of split peas. Also add a packet of taco seasoning and a bit of salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer covered for ~1 hr.
3. Remove the lid and let continue to simmer until it’s thick enough for your liking. We like ours SUPER thick, almost mashed potatoes thick. You may need to add more salt depending on how much liquid you boil off.
Post # 3
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
@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
@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
Mix together in a dutch oven and let simmer for about 20 minutes.
Post # 6
@MrsNewDay: omg you’re making my mouth water. I make chicken soup all the time, but usually nothing too special about it. I will have to try adding leeks and this mysterious vegeta seasoning!!!
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
@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
@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
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 # 14
@MexiPino: I don’t know how to make enchilada casserole!! I do make some bangin’ enchiladas, but they are a lot of work and not something I make very often. Teach me oh wise one how to casserole-ify them so it’s easier to make!
Post # 15
@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
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
One pot meals.
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
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)