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Okay, since we all seem to talk about recipes a lot and everyone needs an idea for dinner sometimes, let's throw some of our favorites out there! Also, if you have a meal that freezes well, post it so we can all be prepared when our little ones come and we don't feel like cooking! Any meal planning/menu ideas or tips are great as well!

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This is a really quick, easy, and healthy chili recipe that I like to throw together when I don't have a lot of time. DD absolutely loves it... I made it last night and she went back for seconds and thirds! A good friend passed this recipe along to me. It's a great alternative when you don't have all day to cook up a big pot of chili.

Turkey Chili

1 pound ground turkey
1/2 onion, diced
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (14 oz) can beans (whatever you like- I usually use pinto beans) - Do not drain
1 package mild chili seasoning mix (or whatever chili seasoning you like)

Throw the turkey and chopped onion into a pan and cook on medium/high until the turkey is browned and the onion is starting to get soft. Add the tomatoes, beans, and chili seasoning and stir to combine. Let simmer, stirring occasionally until you're ready to eat! You can let it simmer for a long time, or just long enough to heat everything through, depending on what your schedule is that day. This works great in the crock pot as well. Serve with whatever you like- we like it with fritos or some kind of tortilla chip. This chili freezes well, so make it ahead and then just reheat it if you like.

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This is a fave in our house. I usually make my own sauce but it works well with store-bought sauce. I like to serve mine with a little salad and french bread on the side.

Baked Ziti
-1 onion chopped
11 lb. ground beef
-2 jars of tomato sauce
-1 1/2 cups of sour cream
-6 oz. sliced provolone
-6 oz. shredded mozzarella
-2 Tablespoons grated parmesan
-1 lb. ziti (rigatoni) pasta, cooked and drained

1. Preheat oven to 350
2.Brown onion and ground beef. Add jars of pasta sauce, and simmer 15 minutes.
3. Grease a 9X13 baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 pasta, provolone, sour cream, 1/2 sauce mxture, remaining pasta, mozzarella, remaining sauce mixture, parmesan.
4. Bake for thirty minutes, or until cheeses have melted.

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Here's Chris's favorite:

Enchilada Casserole
-One dozen corn tortillas
-Oil for frying
-1 lb. ground beef
-1 large can of enchilada sauce
-8 oz. of shredded cheese
-1 large can of sliced olives
-desired seasonings

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Lightly fry tortillas in oil
3. Brown ground beef; season as desired.
4. Grease a 9X13 baking dish. Layer as follows: 1/2 the tortillas, 1/2 beef, 1/2 can of sauce, 1/2 cheese, 1/2 olives; repeat. Bake for 30 minutes.

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Yum Lenora, I love enchaladas but I'm so lazy about rolling them Lol I'll have to try that, though I usually make them after we have a roast and use the meat from the roast, dh likes that better than ground maybe I'll still use the roast
I'll have to try the others too, such good recipes. I don't really have much for recipes of my own but I have lots of them from websites, I'll have to go through and pick some of my favorites
Tonight we're having this one
Definitely not gourmet but it's super yummy, easy and inexpensive! Triple bonus! As an extra advantage I almost always have all of the ingredients on hand anyways, plus the kids *love* it

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Mandi- I like gourmet, but I'm also a BIG fan of easy and inexpensive! Lol! I love those meals that you can whip up quickly and the ingredients are always in the pantry :-).

Lenora- I'm definitely going to have to try that enchilada casserole. It looks yummy!

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Too lazy at the moment to type out recipes, but this is the list of stuff I made and froze for last post-pregnancy. Plus, I'm too lazy for recipes, so I kind of wing something every time I make it. Wink

Lasagna, eggplant parmesan, baked ziti, quiche, scalloped potatoes and ham. and I can't remember what else. Sad My mom came out to visit and we made like 8 pans of stuff and threw it all in the freezer, all in one day!

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I had forgotten about quiche as a good freezing candidate- thanks for that! I need to start a list.

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I'll go through some of my fave recipes and post links if that is ok with everyone??? I have quite a few that I really like and I'd be writing a novel if I try to fit them into one message.

I have a great lasagna recipe that does feeze well. Most people recoil when they hear homemade lasagna, but it really isnt that hard and easy if you prep a couple things the day before.

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Fajitas two ways(It calls for beef and chicken, but I just use chicken. I also add a little of the fajita seasoning packet by Lawry's, not the whle thing, just enough to taste.)

Wonton Tacos
(ok I change this one up quite a bit. I make a Sesame ginger dressing instead of the bbq sauce, which I am also linking, and cook the chicken in that. Watch those wonton wrappers, they brown up pretty quick. I double the dressing recipe and toss the cabbage in it as well. Oh and I add a little brown sugar to the dressing and heat it in the microwave to "melt" it up a bit so it will dissolve better. Using fresh minced ginger and garlic makes huge difference in that dressing.)

# 1/3 cup rice vinegar
# 2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
# 1/4 cup light brown sugar, or honey
# 1 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger shopping list
# 1 clove of garlic, minced
# 2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
# 1 -2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil (1 tblsp should be enough

mix all ingredients together, microwave for approx 1 min to help dissolve the sugar. Add more hoisin, soy, garlic and ginger to taste.

20-40 clove garlic chicken(this one needs little explanation. It is sooooo good)

Pioneer Woman has some AMAZING recipes, this one does not disappoint

Another favorite of mine:

Except sometimes what i do is make the filling and instead of filling the buns, I toss it with pasta

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"heatherliz2002" wrote:

I had forgotten about quiche as a good freezing candidate- thanks for that! I need to start a list.

Yeah the only problem I had was moisture at the bottom of the pan after being cooked... but it was still worth it. Smile

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I haven't actually tried this one yet, but I'm definitely saving it for freezing, it'll be especially handy since those first few weeks I'm ALWAYS hungry, so you can freeze them seperately and heat them up, not necessarily as a dinner
The Duggars have a website too and it has a recipe that makes 2 9x13 pans of tater tot casserole. Next time I go grocery shopping I'm going to throw that together and freeze the extra (not for after the birth just yet, this will just be for one of those nights I don't think about dinner until I don't have time to make anything Lol ) Don't have the link right this second.
16 minute meals
I've done the burritos (but did before I saw them on that website as that's how my mom always did them...), the bow-tie lasagne, the mini meatball sandwiches and the fried round steak....loved them all! I even picked up stuff for the mini meatball sandwiches so we can have it within the next week and a half. Yummy!

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Yay, so many fun recipes to try. I love, love the Pioneer Woman.

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"Disneykat" wrote:

I'll go through some of my fave recipes and post links if that is ok with everyone??? I have quite a few that I really like and I'd be writing a novel if I try to fit them into one message.

I have a great lasagna recipe that does feeze well. Most people recoil when they hear homemade lasagna, but it really isnt that hard and easy if you prep a couple things the day before.

Post all the links you want! Can't wait to check it out! I freeze my homemade lasagna as well. I grew up with my mom making everything from scratch, so that's just always what we've done. I have a couple of lasagna recipes that I use. Well, the first I don't actually have a recipe for- I just throw it together and it's a less expensive version. The second is a "fancier" lasagna... sooooooo yummy and great for company! They both freeze well. Here's the link to the more gourmet version:

Of course it's a Barefoot Contessa recipe... I'm a big fan :-).

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Okay, I need to come up with my meal plan for this week so I can make my grocery list and go shopping, and I have absolutely no ideas. Everything either sounds like too much work, or just doesn't sound good to me. What are you ladies on planning on making this week? I need help!

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I have to write out what we're having each day, of course for us it's different because dh works until 8 today and on Thursday so I factor that in when meal planning, nothing big, none of dh's favorites and mostly kid-friendly stuff those days. Wednesday night we're eating at the ILs too so I basically just have to plan for Tuesday and Friday Lol

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"mandi04" wrote:

I have to write out what we're having each day, of course for us it's different because dh works until 8 today and on Thursday so I factor that in when meal planning, nothing big, none of dh's favorites and mostly kid-friendly stuff those days. Wednesday night we're eating at the ILs too so I basically just have to plan for Tuesday and Friday Lol

Lucky! Wink I went digging through boxes until I finally found some of my favorite cookbooks. Hopefully that will help me come up with some ideas. In the meantime, here's a recipe for everyone:

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 tsp pepper
2 cups milk
2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar (sometimes I do a combination of different cheeses)

Cook macaroni and drain. In same pot that you cooked the macaroni, melt butter on low. Stir in flour, salt, and pepper, whisk until smooth, for about 2 minutes so that the flour cooks. Whisk in the milk, increase heat to medium-high. Heat until smooth and bubbly, whisking frequently. Keep going until it gets thick- this will be the final consistency of the sauce, so don't stop too soon! Keep whisking so that it doesn't burn on the bottom. Take off the heat (this step is really important... if you don't take it off the heat the cheese will separate!) and mix in cheddar, stirring until melted. Mix in macaroni. You can either serve it immediately (my personal preference) or pour into a greased casserole, cover, and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.

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The only special meal that I am making this week is a pasta with a spinach/mushroom cream sauce.

I use some evoo and garlic in a pan and then add the sliced mushrooms. I let them cook for a few mins and then add the spinach until it wilts down. Once it is almost completely wilted down I add cream and parm. cheese. I stir until it thickens and then add s/p etc. pour over my pasta and then time to eat!

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I am a huge fan of using my Crock Pot.. so here are a few of our Favorite recipes.

Easy Cheesy Chicken
6 boneless chicken breast halves, without skin
salt and pepper, to taste
garlic powder, to taste
2 cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can condensed cheddar cheese soup
Rinse chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix undiluted soup and pour over chicken in a Crock Pot. Cook on low 6 to 8 hours. Serve over rice or noodles.

Salsa Chicken
4 chicken breasts, frozen or thawed (you can use less or more depending on how many you will be serving)
1 can of corn
1 can of black beans, drained
1 jar salsa

Put all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Shred chicken with a fork and serve over rice or with tortillas and the fixin’s to make soft tacos.

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I'm resurrecting this thread because I need some ideas! I'm trying to meal plan for the week and I feel like I'm stuck in a rut. Mainly because I don't feel like making anything that requires much time/energy... lol! What are your meal plans for the week? Anyone making anything summery/seasonal? I'm missing my garden so much this year! Usually I'd have fresh peas/lettuce/arugula but this year I have NOTHING!

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This week I am going to marinade and grill a london broil. Probably will have some pasta and corn with it.

Fried pork chops. My Mom made some last week and now I have been craving them! LOL

Grilled chx and veggies 1 night.

I will probably make some fajitas with the leftover london broil one night too.

So nothing too impressive this week Smile

Last week I did make a yummy "chx BBQ" in the crock pot. Use 5 chx breast, cover in a mix of KC Masterpeice Carribean Jerk marinade along with 2 tbsp of vinager and lime juice. I also added 1 onion sliced. Cooked on low for 6 hours then shreeded the chx and added it back in to the sauce. Served on a bun with a slice of a fresh pineapple. I had enough that I put some in the freezer! YUM!

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My new favorite web site! I can find healthy (and diabetic friendly!) meals that are easy to make, and trust me, DELICIOUS! I've personally tried the Chicken and Mushrooms in a white wine sauce and it was SUPER easy (15 mins to make) and tasted amazing. Lots of stuff to choose from! They even have a section for freezer-friendly meals.

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Week of 5/23 Menu
Grilled Sausage, Peppers and Onions with Oven Fries.
Hotdogs and baked mac and cheese (DH has class tonight)
Chicken Tacos with Mexican rice
Breakfast for dinner
French toast, Bacon and apple sauce (DH has class tonight and hates breakfast for dinner)
Marinade Turkey breast, Broc and rice or buttered noodles.
Pizza and a Salad.

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Everything sounds good! Thanks for the ideas! I love that the website has a freezer-friendly section- so helpful!

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I have a few recipes I thought I would share:

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie
This is our smoothie recipe. I have been having one pretty much every day, especially since all the fruit is in season. You can easily add to it or swap out whatever fruits you like.

-1/2 cup of yogurt
-1/2 cup-1 cup of ice (I just fill up a juice glass with crushed ice from the fridge)
-1 banana
-5-6 strawberries

Blend and serve. One recipe usually makes enough for a tall glass for me and a small glass for Brandon. It's going to be great for the summer too.

Zucchini Bread
This one is from allrecipes and is AMAZING. I won't even eat banana bread anymore because this is so good. I like to have it in the morning with my coffee (or my decaf now, sniff, sniff).
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
2 cups grated zucchini
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts

1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F ( 165 degrees C). Grease and flour two 8x4 inch loaf pans.
2.In a large bowl, beat eggs until light and frothy. Mix in oil and sugar. Stir in zucchini and vanilla. Combine flour, cinnamon, soda, baking powder, salt and nuts; stir into the egg mixture. Divide batter into prepared pans.
3.Bake for 60 to 70 minutes, or until done.

I have two dinner recipes I thought I would share too. They are somewhat similar and are easily adaptable to what you have on hand. They are quick and easy and a great dish for the summer.

Bacon, tomato, and cheese pasta
-3/4 lb. penne, cooked and drained, reserving 2 tablespoons of the cooking liquid
-4 slices of bacon, chopped
-1 onion, chopped
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-salt and red pepper flakes to taste
-1/2 cup of dry white wine
-1/2 cup of chicken broth/stock
-1 pint of cherry tomatoes
-1/2 ball of fresh mozzarella (about 4-6 oz) cut into 1/2 inch cubes (you can also use shredded)

1. Cook bacon in 1 tablespoon of olive oil until crisp
2. Add onions and garlic and cook until onions are transluscent; add salt and pepper
3. Add the white wine and cook for 1 minute
4. Add the chicken broth/stock and simmer for 2 minutes.
5. Add the tomatoes and cook until they are just about to burst.
6. Add pasta and reserved cooking liquid, toss, and cook for about 1 minute to let sauce set
7. Add cheese and serve

Sausage and peppers over rice
This one I adapt all the time. Sometimes I do it over rice, sometimes polenta, and even pasta. I will also change the veggies, depending on what I have on hand.

-1 lb. smoked sausage or kielbasa(I like to use turkey smoked sausage), sliced
-1 onion, chopped
-2 cloves of garlic, minced
-1 bell pepper, diced
-1 medium zucchini, diced
-3/4 cup chicken stock/broth
-salt/pepper to taste
-Rice (or your favorite starch), cooked

1. Lightly cook sausage to get a nice sear. Drain on paper towels and set aside
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Sautee onions, garlic, peppers, and zucchini until onions are transluscent, about five minutes; salt and pepper to tastse
3. Add chicken stock and simmer for 2 minutes (I usually add a little wine or lemon juice for an added kick).
4. Serve over your favorite starch

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One of my favorite and easiest recipes is Italian Sausage Pasta. Watch out for heartburn!

1 lb. Italian sausage - if in links cut off the casing, cut into small pieces
1 lg. can diced tomatoes
1/2 c. sour cream
What ever pasta you like. We usually do bow tie or penne.

Brown the sausage until crumbly or bite size pieces are fully cooked. Add can of tomatoes and sour cream. Simmer until liquid is reduced. Serve over pasta.

Add basil or red pepper flakes as desired.

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We made this yesterday and it was AWESOME!!!!
Oriental noodle salad

2 Packages of oriental noodles beef flavor
1 package of broccoli slaw mix
1 package of slivered almonds
1 package of sunflower seeds. The seeds in the sunflower

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
break up the oriental noodles set aside noodle packet
put oriental noodles along with slivered almonds and sunflower seed mix in oven for no more than 5 min

1/3 cup sugar
Ramon noodle packet mix
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp of vegetable oil

When ready to service combine brocolli slaw mix with dressing and add all ingredients together. Ready to serveJ

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I also made a fruit was a HIT!

1 package of premade sugar cookie dough
1 package cream cheese
1/3 confectioners sugar
and fruits of your choice - fresh strawberries sliced, blueberries and kiwi is what I used

So spread the cookie dough out. I made 1 big cookie on my pizza stone and it made a mess as the cookie 'leaked' over the sides.. next time I will make 2 smaller cookies or use a bigger pan (fyi) LOL...must let it completely cool. Mix cream cheese and the conf. sugar and spread over the cooked cookie. Top with the fruit. I did each fruit in a ring pattern all the way to the center. Put in the fridge until time to eat.

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This thread is great for ideas! I HATE meal I end up making the same boring stuff over and over. Plus Claire won't eat anything we eat, so I end up making seperate meals for her. So irritating. If anyone has ideas of things that go over really well wtih toddlers, I'm all ears! She's currently on the all-fruit and veggies (raw) diet Sad

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Erin- I think I've had that oriental noodle salad before- it was really good!

Amanda- I wish I could convince Catie to eat more veggies, especially raw! She does pretty well with fruit, though. My rule has always been that I will only make one dinner... so if she doesn't want to eat it that's fine, but the next meal is breakfast. That probably doesn't help much- sorry! My only other suggestion is to modify some classic kid favorites and make them a little healthier, or at least homemade so that you can control exactly what is going into them. For example, I always make homemade mac and cheese. That way I control what type of cheese (and whether it's part skim, etc), no preservatives, what type of pasta (like using whole grain) and so on. You can make your own chicken nuggets by just cutting up chicken strips and that way they don't have the fillers/preservatives/etc. If she doesn't eat meat that might not help, but that's my best suggestion!

I mentioned on the random chit chat thread that I've started freezing meals for when the baby's born, so I thought I'd list the stuff I've already frozen. If anyone has any ideas for meals that freeze well, I'm always looking for something new!
So far I've made:
turkey chili
red riding hood soup (it's a beef and veggie soup)
parmesan chicken (prepped the chicken, cut it into strips, breaded it, and then wrapped it up and froze it so that later I can just pull it out and throw it on in the pan)
peanut butter cookies
homemade rolls

I'll come back later and post the recipe for the soup- it's really easy and freezes really well. It's great served with homemade bread, and DD LOVES it. I have a lot of other stuff I want to freeze- I'll definitely post as I make progress.

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Fruit n' Feta Spinach Salad‏

6c fresh baby spinach

1/2c seedless red grapes

1 med apple, sliced

3 green onions

1/3c dried cranberries

1/4c chopped walnuts, toasted

1/3c feta cheese, crumbled


5 tsp. olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

2 tsp. cider vinegar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

In a large bowl, combine the spinach, apple, grapes, cranberries, green onions and walnuts. In a small bowl, whisk the oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat. Sprinkle with feta cheese. Serve immediately.

Mondy Night Hot Wing Dip


· 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

· 1 cup ranch salad dressing

· 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

· 1/2 cup hot pepper sauce

· 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Place the chicken breasts into a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, then simmer over medium heat until chicken is tender enough to be pulled apart with a fork. Drain and cool until cool enough to touch. Shred or chop chicken and place in a 1 to 2 quart casserole.

  • Mix the cream cheese into the chicken until well blended, then stir in the ranch dressing and hot sauce. Top with Cheddar cheese.

  • Bake uncovered for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, until cheese is browned and the sauce is bubbly.