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

posted 8 years ago in Cooking
Post # 77
157 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Spaghetti bolognese – HEAPS garlic, QUITE a lot of red wine, carrots, chilli…ohhhh yummm

Post # 78
894 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@jessicadarling:  I LOVE THIS SAUCE! It is so simple but so delicious. I’ve tried other tomatoes but with San Marzano’s this is amazing. I have a hard time finding actual San Marzano’s at the store so don’t get to make it a lot. Plus Fiance is more of a jarred sauce kind of guy and doesn’t appreciate the simplicity and yumminess of this one!

I think my offering would be quesadillas. I cook the chicken to make it super spicy and add in corn, cheese, pepperoni, and sometimes more spice. Then just pan fry it with some pam in a tortilla and done! I like this because I can make Fiance his type and I can make a veggie-filled one for me. 

Post # 79
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

mine would be crispy pork chops. I use the really thin fast fry ones, coat them on both sides with Dijon mustard and salt and pepper, then dredge in panko bread crumbs and fry in really hot oil. I tell myself it’s not too unhealthy because the oil is so hot it creates a crust and the pork chops don’t suck it up 🙂 but when they come out I still drain them on paper towels. Delish! they are my hubby’s fav 🙂

Post # 80
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Lol @ the Vegeta seasoning – when I first saw that I thought it was named after the character on Dragon Ball Z! 

My boring uninspiring meal is a pasta casserole made from extra lean ground beef, a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes, green pepper, onion, green onion, garlic, and some kind pasta (rotini or penne), dijon mustard, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Turns out so delicious every time!

Post # 81
269 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Totally commenting so I can come back and use some of these ideas/recipes!!

Post # 82
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m in love with this thread. So many good ideas! 


Post # 83
88 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Here’s another one my DH looooves!  I found it from a FB post.  It is super good, and I like to serve it with mashed potatoes and country gravy.  You could obviously do better healthwise, and serve it with rice or just vegetables, but we eat well a lot of the time, so this is a splurge we enjoy.


A few things I change:  Just regular milk instead of buttermilk.  And if you have a cast iron pan to do this in, the chicken is crispier and sticks less to the bottom.  Also, watch the bake time because it seems to get done faster than what they list for baking times.  Use real butter though! 




Baked *Fried* Chicken


Prep time

25 mins

Cook time

40 mins

Total time

1 hour 5 mins


Author: Bakerette.com

Recipe type: Poultry

Cuisine: American

Serves: 6


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thirds


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour


  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tablespoon seasoned salt


  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper


  • 2 teaspoon paprika


  • 1/2 stick butter (or 1/4 cup)


  • Buttermilk


  • 1 gallon-size Ziploc bag (optional)


    1. Place thawed chicken strips in a bowl of buttermilk, cover, and let soak 20-30 minutes in the refrigerator..


      1. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.


        1. Combine and mix thoroughly flour, salt, seasoned salt, pepper, and Paprika in a gallon-size Ziploc bag or bowl.


          1. Cut 1/2 stick of butter into a few pieces and place in a 9- x 13-inch pan. Melt butter in preheated oven.


            1. Spread melted butter around the bottom of the pan. Lightly spray the pan with cooking spray, if needed, to make sure that there are no dry spots.


              1. Shake excess buttermilk off chicken and completely coat each piece in flour mixture. Either shake in the bag until coated or dip each piece in the bowl until coated.


                1. Place each piece of chicken in the preheated pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Turn each piece of chicken over and continue baking for 20 minutes more, or until cooked through (170 degrees F).

                Post # 84
                444 posts
                Helper bee
                • Wedding: June 2011

                Awesome thread.

                My lazy-ass spring meal is roasting a pound of asparagus with salt, pepper, and olive oil, dividing it between two plates, then topping each portion with a poached or over-easy egg and shaved parm. Dead easy. Mildly offensive pee the next day, though.

                Post # 85
                82 posts
                Worker bee
                • Wedding: April 2014

                All of these recipes are amazing love it!


                My contribution is baked stir fry.


                Buy boneless chicken breasts and cut in strips, or buy boneless tenderloins and a bag of frozen stir fry mix or frozen pepper and onion strips. You can use fresh veggies as well. Sometimes I am too lazy to cut them up.


                For sauce mix together some peanut butter, soy sauce, oil, hot sauce and seasonings which include salt, pepper, ginger, garlic, onion powder and chili powder.


                Mix all ingredients in a bowl, spread in greased bakeware and bake in 350 degree oven for about 40 mins. Serve over rice. Yum!


                Post # 86
                1878 posts
                Buzzing bee
                • Wedding: March 2014

                We use whatever toppings we have on hand.

                (3) fermented flatbread thingies
                Some olive oil
                Some Cheese
                Some pizza sauce OR pesto if you’re feeling fiesty
                Toppings: tomatoes, spinach, more cheese, sauteed onions, leftover chicken, never mushrooms because Fiance hates them, sausage, bell peppers, pineapple, bacon, whatever

                1. Preheat oven to 400° F
                2. Pour a little (1 t) oilive oil onto the flatbread, rub in with hands/brush. Repeat.
                3. Pop flatbreads into oven for about 5-10 minutes, until stiffened and slightly golden brown
                4. Take them out!
                5. Spread about 2T of sauce on each flatbread
                6. Sprinkle with cheese
                7. Layer on toppings
                8. More cheese? OK
                9. Pop back into the oven for 2-5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
                10. Slice ’em up and eat them!

                We eat this mabye once a week! It’s a SUPER easy meal, we don’t get tired of it, and it’s way healthier than take-out or “digi-orno” as my Future Mother-In-Law says.
                I am working on learning how to make a quick, Girlfriend crust so it’s more in line with the way I prefer to eat. (sorry, Fiance, but it’ll still be good pizza)
                We’re also working on making our own pizza sauce to save money and add flavor (though they’re good already!)

                Post # 87
                470 posts
                Helper bee
                • Wedding: April 2014

                A big old fat pot of lima beans. I got my whole family beat!

                Post # 88
                952 posts
                Busy bee
                • Wedding: September 2009

                Great thread, thanks!

                Post # 89
                6310 posts
                Bee Keeper
                • Wedding: September 2012

                Meatballs. Seriously, we have friends who will cancel dinner plans to come over to our house for meatballs. I actually hardly cook (DH does most of it), but meatballs is just something I apparently do well. 

                Pretty much anything potatos. I can really cook the hell out of potatos. I’m most well known in our group for my garlic mashed potatos, cheesy twice baked potatos, and roasted potatos.


                Geez….reading this, no wonder I can’t lose weight..lol.

                Post # 90
                1044 posts
                Bumble bee
                • Wedding: June 2015

                @Nikkimcq:  I love to go wild on shephard’s pie too!! homemade taco seasoning in the beef and extra garlicky cream cheese potatoes with mixed veggies plus cream corn is totally my favourite!

                This thread is making me hungry and I like… JUST ate!

                Post # 91
                572 posts
                Busy bee

                @lalalyanne:  hahaha i know right!!! anything with amazing mashed potatoes and beef, im in!! lol. Food isnt food without some extra love 🙂

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