QOTD 12/11

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QOTD 12/11

What are your favorite "go to" meals for a quick dinner?

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I am pretty much always stocked with the stuff for baked mac & cheese w/tuna, chicken fettuccine alfredo, and homemade pizza (although if they're on sale, I'll throw a few frozen ones in the freezer and be lazy ;))

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Spaghetti!

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Tacos, baked ziti, soups when it's cold. Lately though I've been slacking.. really since I've gotten pregnant lol. Mmm.. baked mac and cheese with tuna.. and chicken fettucini alfredo.. YUM! Recipes?

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Taco salad, spaghetti, baked cheesy bread dipped in spaghetti sauce, Ramon soup with potatoes, carrots, and sausage added in, and something "quick" that actually takes all day - a whole chicken cooking in the slow cooker all day. Super easy to just throw in the chicken in the morning and have a great dinner that night. Smile

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"pollo_la" wrote:

Taco salad, spaghetti, baked cheesy bread dipped in spaghetti sauce, Ramon soup with potatoes, carrots, and sausage added in, and something "quick" that actually takes all day - a whole chicken cooking in the slow cooker all day. Super easy to just throw in the chicken in the morning and have a great dinner that night. Smile

I love using my Crock Pot for "quick" meal!

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when I'm on my feet...

shredded chicken in the or beef tips in the crock pot, Alfredo, spaghetti, hamburger helper, sloppy joe's, taco casserole, tater tot casserole, and pizzas.

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Crock pot recipes totally count since they generally are minimal effort!

"nidia" wrote:

Tacos, baked ziti, soups when it's cold. Lately though I've been slacking.. really since I've gotten pregnant lol. Mmm.. baked mac and cheese with tuna.. and chicken fettucini alfredo.. YUM! Recipes?

Chicken Fettucini - Boil noddles. Saute red peppers (and onions if you like) in a tiny bit of olive oil for 5 minutes while noodles cook. While noodles saute, heat pre-cooked frozen diced chicken (or your chicken of choice) on stove until warm. Add chopped broccoli last 3 minutes to water to cook with noodles, drain. Mix with chicken, peppers, and pre-made sauce (we're going easy right??). Throw some shredded parmesan cheese on the top and your set! If I'm really lazy, I skip the veggies. It sounds like a lot, but it's maybe 10 minutes of cooking.
Tuna Mac & Cheese - Boil macaroni noodle al dente (just soft enough to eat, but not soggy soft). Drain. Mix with can of cheddar cheese (yes this comes in a can in the soup aisle), 1/4 cup of milk, 1 Tbsp flour, 1-2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese, and 1 large can of tuna (only partially drained if you like more tuna "flavor"). Add to baking dish, sprinkle bread crumbs over top (plus extra cheese if you'd like) and bake @ 350 for 30 minutes. These measurements are approximate as I just sort of dump stuff in when I make it...never turns out bad!

Okay I want your baked ziti recipe...that doesn't seem "simple" to me??

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"quonsetmom" wrote:

tater tot casserole

Recipe?? I made this once and it was NASTY but I'd love to try another recipe because my DH is obsessed with "tots"

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Deluxe Tater Tot Casserole

2lb. ground round 1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 c. finely-chopped onion 16 oz. can French-cut green beans
1/2 c. finely-chopped green pepper 1 1/2 cans mushroom soup
1 egg 6 slices American cheese
1/4 c. milk Sliced mushroom (fresh or canned)
1 bag Tater tots 3/4 tsp. salt

Mix ground round, onion, green pepper, egg, milk, salt, and pepper. Press mixture into a slightly-greesed casserole dish, approximately 8X11 inches. Cover with fresh or canned mushrooms. Add green beans to dish; cover with mushroom soup. cover with layer of thinly-sliced American cheese. Completely cover with Tater Tots, neatly arranged in rows. Bake, covered, for 50 minutes at 350 degrees. Uncover and bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until Tater Tots are nicely browned.

That's the recipe from the cookbook made by the staff where my mom works. Not exactly fast but simple to put together. Depending on who I am feeding i sometimes take out the onion, green pepper, and mushrooms. I have also had success with a crock pot version, not exactly the same, but cant find the recipe.

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Today I had leftover pizza dough that I pulled out of the freezer and did a couple quick pizzas for the boys and I. I wish I always had dough in the freezer! I really should make pizza dough more often.
I am bad about making suppers and love seeing ideas! Often if I am lazy about lunch and supper I'll just do a can of soup with some toast or grilled cheese sandwiches, or a package of Sidekicks noodles with fresh veggies and dip. I don't recommend this, of course Wink All your made-from-scratch recipes sound much better than my processed junk!

Tomorrow I am thinking of doing some grilled chicken and scalloped potatoes. Don't get all excited - I'm not making my own potatoes - I'm using Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes in a box. HAHA, don't hate me for my love of processed foods!!!!

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im TOTaLLY lazy. bc my first thought was "Pizza Hut!"

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I am with Patience, if it's a quick meal like that I am thinking Pizza Hut. But if I really just don't feel like the work of cooking, I make a roast in the crockpot or Mac and Cheese.

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"sandraleigh" wrote:

Don't get all excited - I'm not making my own potatoes - I'm using Betty Crocker scalloped potatoes in a box. HAHA, don't hate me for my love of processed foods!!!!

Oh man, there is nothing as good as the pre-packaged cheddar scalloped potatoes. Those are my favorite. I've never had home made ones that taste as cheesy! LOL

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Pasta and tacos are my quick meals. We do homemade pizza a lot. And I keep frozen pizzas on hand always because our nights get chaotic with dance and swim and other stuff. I just got a new crock pot after not having one for several years so I'm trying to get back in that habit.

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Ashley, my baked ziti is simple! Here's the easy way:

Cook noodles until al dente (I use the penne a lot bc I can't always find ziti), while noodles cook brown 1/2 lb of lean ground beef with a little garlic salt. Drain fat if any, usually the lean doesn't have much. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce to meat, some italian seasoning and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Drain noodles, in a 9x13 casserole dish add enough meat sauce to coat the bottom. Pour half the noodles in the baking dish, add half the meat sauce to the noodles. Sprinkle with parm cheese and shredded mozzarella (I usually buy mine in a block so I shred my own but you can get pre-shredded), repeat layers once more. Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins or until bubbly. You can always make your own sauce, by doing a can or two of tomato sauce, a can of italian diced tomatoes and some italian seasoning and simmering with the meat.

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"nidia" wrote:

Ashley, my baked ziti is simple! Here's the easy way:

Cook noodles until al dente (I use the penne a lot bc I can't always find ziti), while noodles cook brown 1/2 lb of lean ground beef with a little garlic salt. Drain fat if any, usually the lean doesn't have much. Add a jar of spaghetti sauce to meat, some italian seasoning and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Drain noodles, in a 9x13 casserole dish add enough meat sauce to coat the bottom. Pour half the noodles in the baking dish, add half the meat sauce to the noodles. Sprinkle with parm cheese and shredded mozzarella (I usually buy mine in a block so I shred my own but you can get pre-shredded), repeat layers once more. Bake at 350 for 25-30 mins or until bubbly. You can always make your own sauce, by doing a can or two of tomato sauce, a can of italian diced tomatoes and some italian seasoning and simmering with the meat.

Thanks for this recipe! I definitely want to try this. Smile

Oh, and I feel the two key "items" that are necessary to making quick, easy meals are a crockpot, and a bread machine. I use my bread machine to add a loaf of bread to a big pot of soup or casserole (and many times I use my crockpot for the soup or casserole). I also use my bread machine to make pizza dough. That is what I use to make my own homemade cheesy bread, and also pizza of course.

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I usually make a soup or a stir fry with leftover stuff from the fridge. I really prefer 'fresh' ingredients to processed. ('fresh' may be a tired carrot or two, or a green pepper that is less crunchy) I use frozen swedish meatballs and chicken broth in my soups sometimes. The kids seem to enjoy that. Add leftover rice or noodles or garbanzo beans to it. Or add frozen spinach. At the table you can always add goldfish crackers to soup and they like it too. I like adding a bit of lemon juice to it as well for variety.

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Tonight I made this SUPER easy beef dip recipe...it was good, I even ate some (and didn't feel sick)!

Six Sisters' Stuff: Slow Cooker Easy French Dip Sandwiches