I was reluctant to use the following "recipe" because it seemed to structured or something. But, we're cleaning out the pantry, fridge, etc. and took a chance on it the other night. It turned out great.
Maybe it's good for those nights when my brain is shutting down but everybody still has to eat. ps. this is probably already somewhere out there in the forum but i couldn't find it.
Mix N Match Skillet Meals
1) Pick one item from each catergory. Mix together in skillet.
2) Flavor with salt, pepper, soy sauce, onion flakes, garlic, or whatever spices you like.
3) Bring to a boil.
4) Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 25-30 minutes until pasta or rice is tender. Stir occasionaly to prevent sticking. Stir in cheese if you want.
Or: mix all ingredients in casserole dish and cover tightly; bake at 350 F for an hour.
Starch (1 cup raw)
Rice (white or brown) -- must be mostly cooked in advance
Sauce (1 can soup plus 1.5 cans milk, broth or water)
Cream of mushroom, celery, chicken, potato, etc.
French Onion Soup
1/2 to 1 cup cheese (any kind) can be stirred into sauce at the end of the cooking time.
Protein (1 pound or 1 cup cooked)
Chopped pork or ham
Ground beef or turkey
Vegetables (1.5 to 2 cups canned, cooked or raw)
Whatever you have around