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

posted 6 years ago in Cooking
Post # 18
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@iarebridezilla:  Yup, Vegeta is actually on Amazon, but I have always found it at ethnic stores that carry Russian/Polish food. Here one of the major supermarkets has a Polish section, and I found mine there. I use it for pretty much everything. 


@sweetchiquita12:  After trying my chicken soup, Darling Husband will NEVER go back to canned soup. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 19
5272 posts
Bee Keeper

@iarebridezilla:  My husband thinks it amazing! I do it as one of the layers with the meat and sauce but dont mix it with the cheese that’s a seperate layer.

A pickle in a meat loaf…very interesting. Was it Snooki that made this? lol

Post # 20
5950 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@iarebridezilla:  Mr. 99 loves when I make what he has dubbed

Poor Man’s Stroganoff

1/3 cup white onion, minced and sauteed

1/2 clove garlic

1 cup sliced mushrooms

Add 1lb lean ground beef, brown and drain.

1 can cream of mushroom soup

1 1/2 cups sour cream

1 packet of McCormik’s brown gravy mix

Mix together and serve on a bed of No Yolk Egg noodles.

He refers to my rib stickin cooking as “Eatin Dirty” and aways wants this if he’s hung over.


Post # 22
1311 posts
Bumble bee

I make an awesome spaghetti bolognese (meat sauce) that SO has declared is like crack! ๐Ÿ˜›  My secret is I add a few thick slices of smokey bacon (diced), and plenty of minced rosemary.  There’s ground beef, onion, celery, carrot, garlic (and mushrooms, if I’m not making it for SO).  I season with dried rosemary (in addition to fresh), dried oregano, a tiny bit of dried (and tons of fresh) basil, dried parsley.  Then I pour in at least half a bottle of red wine with diced tomatoes and let that simmer for as long as I can, anywhere from 1-6 hours.  Yum!

Post # 23
1597 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

about once a week I make penne pasta that my husband loves.


I just cut up some broccoli and grape tomatoes, season them and sautee them, then mix them in with the penne noodles and cover everything with alfredo sauce (from a jar lol).


We love it and it lasts for, like, 3 -4 days.

Post # 24
486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@iarebridezilla:  My potato soup and my baked ravioli.


I won’t post the recipes, though, because they are RIDICULOUSLY unhealthy lol

Post # 25
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Stace126:  Along the same lines, I made a super easy pasta dish for dinner tonight since I’ll be working late. 


Sauteed kale + green pepper

Veggie sausage (me) and chicken sausage (him)

Marinara sauce

Put it all in a casserole dish, top with cheese, and have your hubby put it in the oven so it’s ready when you get home! It’s better than the frozen pizza (or more likely, nothing) that would be ready otherwise. Last night I had a bagel and yogurt… Tongue Out

Post # 26
2684 posts
Sugar bee

Fiance recently watched the Good Eats episode on brussels sprouts and has become obsessed with them (http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/basic-brussels-sprouts-recipe.html).  This recipe actually makes them taste good, and not like the bitter terrible things everyone had to eat while growing up.  Now, we eat them weekly.

Also, I make an italian chicken recipe that is super easy (I call it faux chicken parmesan).  Take some uncooked chicken breasts, put them in a casserole dish.  Cover with 1 jar of tomato sauce, whatever spices you want, and mozzarella.  Bake for 30 mins at 400 degrees.  Serve over cooked pasta.  So easy and so delicious.

Post # 27
2571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@sweetchiquita12:  Yup, it is pretty much a soup base, but you can use it to season other things. For example, I bake salmon every now and then, and before I put the salmon in the oven, I put a little butter and the Vegeta on top of it. Gives it a little something extra. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 28
857 posts
Busy bee

Shephards Pie! I have made not fans, fan!


I just make garlic mashed potatoes, but make them super fluffy!

Season up the ground beef good (worsheshire sauce, garlic, chilli peper)

Fry up onions and choice of veggies, mixed or w.e

place the beef, then onion, then veggies and potoatoes on top. back for 30 mins, top off with cheese or paramasan ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 29
3552 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I make some pretty awesome burritoes. One can of black beans, one can of diced tomatoes plus green chilis, and one can of corn with peppers, a couple of tablespoons of lime juice, and a couple of tablespoons of Penzey’s salsa seasoning. Mix and simmer untill the liquid is gone and you’ve got burrito filling. 

I also make some pretty unique mac and cheese from scratch. The secret is that I season it with not just salt and pepper, but also garlic, dry mustard, and ginger. I coverted my friends in college and now they all put ginger in their mac and cheese.

Post # 30
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@iarebridezilla:  Commenting to follow!  Always looking for some new things to make, and always trying to perfect the classics:)

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