(Closed) What is your favorite (and easy) home cooked meal?

posted 11 years ago in Cooking
Post # 17
216 posts
Helper bee

Vegetarian Chili with pita bread. Always a favorite!

Post # 18
703 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Tater Tot casserole isn’t healthy, but super  easy and good in a mac and cheese kind of way.  Just brown one pound of hamburger and put it in the bottom of a casserole dish.  Put about 3/4 bag of tater tots on top.  Mix one can cream of chicken, one can cream of mushroom and one can of evaporated milk.  Pour on top.  Bake for an hour at, I believe, 350.  You might want to google for the exact temp. 

I also love all things mexican, breakfast for dinner, dirty rice, big salads, burgers, chili and pasta with either homemade or jarred sauce.

Post # 19
332 posts
Helper bee

My Fiance loves this recipe….

Bake 4 boneless skinless chicken breast

when done put a piece of swiss cheese on top of each breast

pour can of cream of mushroom soup over breast I mixed with a can of milk)

then sprinkle dry stove top stuffing over that and bake just enough to warm up the soup and melt the cheese.

Its our favorite thing to eat for dinner.


Post # 20
289 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

i get a casseole dish pour in a half cup of Worcestershire and 2 tblspoon butter and you gotta let it mix together. put in a few chicken breasts and season’em up im a big fan of lemon pepper with this but u can put whatever i also like to add red pepper flakes and pop this in the oven at 350 for about 35 min and make white jasmine rice (i have a rice cooker that i also add a bit of olive oil in) and put the cooked chicken and juices over the rice.


i made it up so im not sure if the measurments are right…


also a goodin’ is chicken breast wrapped in bacon at 375 for 40 min then add a slice of swiss for another 5 min 

Post # 21
1347 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Huevos rancheros, using this easy recipe: http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/07/huevos-rancheros/

Fried rice with frozen peas, corn, scrambled egg, and diced ham, using this recipe:

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1-2 carrots, diced

1/2 an onion, diced

1 clove garlic, minced

3/4 cup minced ham or 1/2 cup diced lap xuong (Chinese sausage)

2-3 cups old rice

3/4 cups frozen peas

3/4 cups frozen corn

1 egg beaten, microwaved in a bowl for one minute, diced

about 2 tsp soy sauce, to taste

about 2 tsp oyster sauce, to taste

1 tsp sugar

sprinkling of garlic power

Heat oil, saute carrots and onion for a couple minutes. Add garlic and ham or Chinese sausage, saute for 3-4 minutes. Add rice, break it up with your cooking spoon. Add soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, garlic powder. Stir a bit. Add peas and corn and egg. Fry some more until heated through. Add a dash of Sriracha hot sauce if desired.

Post # 22
478 posts
Helper bee

FYI everyone, I opened a word document and copied all the recipes I like into it, so THANKS! 🙂

We’re boring and tend to make the same ol’ stuff if we’re not eating out, so these recipes will help me come across domesticated to him, hahaha!

Post # 23
117 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Tater Tot Casserole

1lb of browned hamburger

1 can of cream of mushroom or chicken soup

1 can of green beans

(some times I add corn- but I only like homemade canned corn, not the stuff from the store)

mix it all together, layer in a glass casserole dish (I usually double it and use a big dish)

Layer sliced velveeta (or any) cheese across the top

Spread out the tater tots completely covering the casserole and cook in oven according to tot’s directions.

I usually broil for the last minute to make the tots crispy.


my fiance LOOOOOOOVES this and its so easy.


Post # 24
5887 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

southwest turkey chili verde….it is actually a weight watchers recipe but so good you’d never know!  PM me if you want the recipe

Post # 25
2634 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

This one is my new favorite.  I just cooked it tonight!

Rub 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning onto both sides of a porkchop and pan fry on medium heat (7 minutes on each side).  Add salt & pepper to taste.

In a bowl, mix 1/2 cup white wine, 1/3 cup of white balsamic vinegar, and 1/4 cup of strawberry jam.  When the porkchop has cooked, remove it from the pan and pour the wine mixture in.  Bring it to a boil and stir frequently until it has thickened.  Once it has thickened, add 1 1/2 cups of chopped strawberries and cook for an additional minute.

Serve the porkchops on a bed of baby spinac and then pour the strawberry glaze over the porkchops and spinach.   I also add goat cheese grumbles and crushed up walnuts.

It was AMAZING and the whole thing barely took 25 minutes to cook.

Post # 26
1454 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Whooooamygosh. ENCHILADAS! They are the easiest recipe. I discovered them from a TV show recipe (MR FOOD) on cinco de mayo and it’s quick, cheap, easy, and TASTY! They are on my non-wedding blog, I’ll PM you the link so I’m not all promotion-y and breaking WB rules.

Post # 27
312 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

lots of good ideas there ladies!! It gets tough thinking of meals all the time! 

Post # 28
14492 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Hamburger casserole.

1lb to 1 1/2lb hamburger (I like a little more meat) browned

1 to 1 1/2 bags Simply Potatoes sliced (or just plain old very thinly sliced russets its just faster to use the precut potatoes and it tastes the same)

1 can cream of celery

1 can cream of onion

1-2 cans french green beans

Mix the two cans of soup together in a bowl. In a casserole dish – Layer potatoes, meat, green beans, potatoes, soup, meat, green beans, potatoes, soup, etc 

Bake at 375 until a fork goes through easily (about 1 to 1 1/2 hours)

Post # 29
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A few of my favorites:

Kicked Up Sausage Macaroni and Cheese (You’ll never eat “regular” mac & cheese again!)

Florida Seafood Casserole (And I love the leftovers from this for breakfast/brunch!)

Grilled Garden Pasta

Saucy Chicken & Asparagus

Balsamic-Glazed Swordfish with Capers and Grape Tomato—Arugula Rice (It’s the 3rd varation on the recipe in the link. This is what I make when I want something that looks really fancy, it’s very pretty on the plate and looks like something you’d get in a restuarant.)


Post # 30
542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

this is a fabulous post, keep ’em coming!

here is my contribution, even though it’s more of a side dish:

creamy corn casserole



  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (8.5 ounce) package dry corn bread mix
  • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14.75 ounce) can creamed corn
  • 1 cup sour cream



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and lightly grease a 9×9 inch baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine butter, eggs, corn bread mix, whole and creamed corn and sour cream. Spoon mixture into prepared dish.
  3. Bake for 45 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the top is golden brown.

I add sliced jalapenos on top just before baking.  YUM! CHEAP! and EASY!

Post # 31
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I cook almost every night to save $ and calories– here are some of our regular ideas. Some of them may not seem like “health” food but I keep track of my calories using the LoseIt app on my iPhone and usually save about 600 for dinner:

  • Chicken caesar salad– spice up some chicken breasts, brown them in a pan, and throw on top of a salad and serve with baguette.
  • Quesadillas– love them with black beans, chicken, roasted veggies–I also will incorporate other leftovers into them, for example, pulled pork or chicken, sliced steak, etc.
  • Pasta– we love it with a simple marinara sauce, another favorite is to mix in some pesto, grilled chicken, and cherry tomatoes
  • Breakfast for dinner– egg and cheese sandwiches, pancakes, waffles… or sometimes just cereal
  • Homemade pizza– I use Pioneer Woman’s recipe for crust. Hubby loves my BBQ chicken version with bbq sauce, diced chicken and red onion, and cheddar jack
  • Sandwiches– some of our standbys are grilled cheese with tomato soup, sloppy joes, Italian paninis
  • Crockpot– we make the salsa chicken recipe Chillmer posted above and use it on everything: salads, tacos, quesadillas, burritos, or just over rice.  Also love a pork roast with sliced onions and a bottle of root beer or regular beer, cooked on low for 8 hours and then shredded and mixed with BBQ sauce.

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