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#91 of 140 Old 06-25-2007, 12:26 PM
 
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Bean 'n Rice Salsa

1 can black eyed peas, drained & rinsed
1 can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 can white shoepeg corn, drained & rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes, drained & rinsed
1 can Rotel
1 bottle Italian dressing
1 bell pepper, diced
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed & chopped

Put everything in a large bowl, stir and serve with tostitos scoops. You can also use this as a garnish for steak or grilled chicken.
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When I'm feeling lazy, I like to cook food in the oven. Just throw it in there and leave it for half an hour/an hour.

Lazy roast:

In a glass casserole dish (or similar pan),
place meat in the middle
with diced potatoes, onion and carrots around it.
When it's almost done, you can add other veggies like broccoli, green beans, etc.

Meat options: meatballs, meatloaf, chicken thighs/legs/breast, chicken tournadoes (chicken "medallions" with strip of bacon wrapped around it), beef chunks...

Add salt and pepper and any other seasoning that might taste good :. Add enough water to cover bottom of pan. If you're using a lean meat, add a bit of olive oil.


Rice dish:

In a casserole dish,
add rice, bulgar wheat or any other grain.
Add twice the amount of water or broth.
Add a couple dabs of butter or olive oil and salt.
Add seasoning (beef seasoning, chicken seasoning, or basil, thyme whatever.)
Throw in whatever fresh/frozen veggies on hand (tomato, broccoli, onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, zucchini, carrots, cauliflower, green beans, spinach, etc)

Cover and bake at 350 for half an hour or till done. I honestly can't remember what temp I cook it at or how long it takes.

Usually I bake a couple different dishes at a time so that it's not wasting energy.
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1. 4-6 Chicken thighs
2. 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup
3. Onions and mushrooms (optional)

Place chicken in pan over onions and mushrooms. Season liberally with onion soup. Cook until chicken is done - approximately 1/2 hour at 350-375.

Tastes great with roast potatoes:
Use one potato for everyone who's eating, plus one extra. Cut into wedges with skin on, place on a cookie sheet. Coat with olive oil and add salt and oregano to taste. If you're making the potatoes alone, cook at 400-425 for 30 mins. If you're cooking with meat, use whatever temperature you need for the meat but put in about 10 mins before.

*I always turn the oven up an extra 25 degrees because we live at a higher altitude. If you live at sea level you'll probably find the lower temperatures work better.
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i make this recipe constantly. it is SO good. i use kale instead of chard, and i like to se
rve it over tortilla chips. i doubled the amount of spice, though. http://www.somethinginseason.com/200...chard-and.html
Thanks -- that looks yummy. I am always looking for new recipes for greens. I bet it would be good on quinoa or couscous, too.
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subbing yummy will add mine after dd stops poking me
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Zuchinni Pancakes

This is for summer when you have LOTS of zuchinni, either from the store, or your own from the garden (where I get it!) The approximations are approximate, since its a little different every time, and I made it all up, so it's just an eyeball thing. Tinker to your heart's content. I LOVE this breakfast! Hopefully there will be fresh zukes SOON, i can't WAIT!

2-3 c shredded zuchinni (food processor helps)
1/2 shredded yellow onion
3 eggs
about 1/2-3/4 c flour, enough to thicken a little bit, you need this to help it hold together
1/4 tsp. salt
fresh ground pepper
fresh basil, chopped
1-2 tbsp of olive oil

Mix all together, and fry in oil or butter (butter sticks less), a few minutes on each side and serve with sweet (sour cream or yogurt and applesauce or other fruit), or savory, with pesto, salsa, or parmesan, or anything else that sounds good. Incidentally, I made this recipe with cooked spaghetti squash and it was really good too. You could also add ricotta to the recipe for lighter cakes.

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Leftovers Pancakes:

1ish cups Leftover grain (rice, oatmeal, quinoa, whatever)
leftover vege (sweet potato, corn, peas, spinach, etc.) mashed or chopped
an egg or two
2 cups milk w/ a bit of whey or yogurt
1 tblsp. baking soda
flour to enhance consistency
whatever spices you like (salt and pepper plus whatever herbs I've plucked that day)

Combine liquid and dry ingredients. If you want to be really fancy, separate eggs and beat whites until stiff but not dry, then fold in. Cook on griddle as for pancakes!

I'm making this tonight, with brown rice and roasted sweet potatoes...

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These are great. subbing for future reference!:
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We do thai coconut curry about once/week.

We use either shrimp or tofu for protein, but you could probably use just about anything.

Chop up a bunch of veggies. We have used:

carrots
celery
onion
zucchini
summer squash
kale
collard greens
broccoli
tomatoes
mushrooms

Just about anything works.

Soften them in oil of your choice in a saucepan. Depending on what it is, either add your protein to the veggies or start cooking that first. Sometimes I will add garlic or ginger. I then squirt some tamari and mirin on them. Dump a can or two of coconut milk over everything. Add 1-2 tablespoons of red curry paste (available in the Asian section of most grocery stores). Cook for a few minutes. Serve over rice noodles or jasmine rice. Mmmmmmmm.

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Hello,

One of our most recent favorites because it's just soooo easy and failproof with the kids - there is plenty of pineapple sauce to pour over the rice:

Pineapple BBQ Chicken (served with rice)

about 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken
1/2 cup BBQ sauce
20 oz can of pineapple in juice

Mix BBQ sauce and pineapple in a 9x13 pan
Lay chicken over top, turn once to coat
Cook covered at 375 IIRC, about 30 minutes or until chicken is done. We use chicken tenders, so they cook really quickly.
With about 10 minutes left, uncover and turn chicken over to finish cooking.

While cooking, I throw some rice in the rice cooker, and presto! dinner is ready, with only 5 minutes of actual effort.
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let me preface this with: i'm a completely lazy cook

you will need a crockpot

3lb (or whatever size) pork roast
1 can cranberry sauce - the berry! kind
1/4 c honey
1-2 t orange peel/zest - dried peel if you don't have fresh to get zest
1-2 t nutmeg

(oh, yeah, vary the ingredient amounts if your roast is twice as big, etc. but usually anything under 5lbs, and the above will be sufficient.)

stir the items together to make a sauce

put the frozen (is fine!!) roast in greased (I just use a wee bit of olive oil and spread it all over the inside of crockpot) crockpot and pour the sauce over.

Put crockpot on low and serve in 10-12 hours.



Another good one that I do is prepare potatoes like i'm going to bake them - scrub them, poke holes in them, rub some olive oil and salt over the potatoes, then wrap individually in alum foil and then stand them on end in a DIFFERENT crockpot and cook on high for 4 hours; low 10-12 hours.

YUMMY!

(I hate slimy carrots and mushy potatoes, but if you like that kind of thing, by all means, put them in the crockpot with the meat.)
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Roll your own sushi (good for hot weather):

Put out Nori and bowls of the following, or be creative -

Sticky rice w/ vinegar & sugar

Matchstick carrots, red peppers, Israeli cucumbers

Sauteed tofu in matchsticks, with tamari

avocado

Strips of omlette, leftover

Leftover salmon if I have it

Wasabi, pickled ginger, tamari


My kids love this!
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This is so delicious! I served it at my dd's birthday party and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe JillChristina.

Balsamic chicken and onions

Chop an onion (I like the sweet kind) and cook on med low heat with a little bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper. When onions are carmelized, remove from pan.

Add a bit more oil to pan and cook chicken tenders (or breasts - approx 1 lb.) with salt, pepper, and onion powder to taste. When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan.

Reduce heat and add to pan (I never measure this part) approx. 2 tbls brown sugar and 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar (or more, if you like). Stir to combine and return onions and chicken to pan. Stir to coat and enjoy!


We usually serve this recipe with pasta that has been tossed with butter (or olive oil), garlic, salt, pepper, and fresh grated parmesan. Yummy!!

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Thank you JillChristina!!!!!

I just made that balsamic chicken recipe. Mainly because I had all the ingredients and it looked so simple. What I wasn't expecting was for it to be SOOOO GOOD! It passed the kid test too - my kids are eating their second helping right now. I did as suggested and served with a garlic/olive oil/parmesan tossed spaghetti. MMMMMM I think this will become a staple around here. Great recipe!
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Thank you JillChristina!!!!!

I just made that balsamic chicken recipe. Mainly because I had all the ingredients and it looked so simple. What I wasn't expecting was for it to be SOOOO GOOD! It passed the kid test too - my kids are eating their second helping right now. I did as suggested and served with a garlic/olive oil/parmesan tossed spaghetti. MMMMMM I think this will become a staple around here. Great recipe!

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This is so delicious! I served it at my dd's birthday party and everyone loved it. Thanks for sharing the recipe JillChristina.

You're welcome! : I'm glad you liked it. I think I'll have to make that this week. That's one of those recipes that I make a lot and then forget about and then remember, hey, I haven't made that in a while. It's also a recipe that I almost always have the ingredients on hand for.

I made maclolo's lentil chili (super yummy!) and summerlilies, I've made the pasta toss that you suggested back on 10/25/06. I love feta and it was so delicious and easy.

I think I could just print this thread out and never use a cookbook again!
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Thanks for posting such great stuff. Can't wait to try some of them.
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It's late right now but I am definitely going to come back to this tomorrow and print some recipes! I'll add one or two as well.

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What an awesome thread. I can't wait to try some of these and I was just thinking I need a good pizza crust recipe. Everything sounds delicious. Great ideas too, I never thought of using lentils in chilli or cooking baked potatoes in the crock pot. I'll be back to post a couple recipes we like but now I have to go to bed.
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Black Bean Soup

1 C tomato salsa
3 C cooked black beans (or 2 (15oz) cans)
2 C chicken stock
1 tsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
sour cream (optional)

Heat salsa in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, for about 5 minutes. Stir in beans and broth. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer soup, covered, for 15 minutes. Let soup cool slightly, then ladle half of it into a food processor or blender and puree it. Return the pureed soup to the pot. Stir in the lime juice and cilantro and heat the mixture through. I usually double the recipe cuz it doesn't make a lot, but it is SO tasty!

We made this tonight for dinner, it was really delish! It has such a nice fresh taste. We served it with warmed tortillas. Yummy, thanks for sharing!
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Here's a favourite around here. I am almost always asked for the recipe when I make this one for guests. So tasty and easy!

Honey Baked Chicken:

about 3 lbs. chicken, cut up (use whatever pieces you like best)
1/3 c. honey
1/3 c. butter, melted
2 T. prepared mustard
1 t. curry (I often use quite a bit more)
1 t. salt

Combine sauce ingredients and pour over chicken pieces. Bake at 350 for 1 hr and 15 minutes, uncovered, basting every 15 minutes. Great served with rice.

I like to double the sauce, since it tastes so great over rice. If you don't get around to basting it much or at all, it still works!

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Love this thread! I'm away from home now, but when I return I will post a favorite!
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We eat this all the time, very easy to make, and good cold too!

Corn Bake

1 can cream corn
1 can of seasoned tomato-liquified
1 &1/4 cup corn meal
2 tsp. garlic salt
1-2 cups grated cheese
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup safflower oil (you can use less)
4 eggs
7 oz. can green chilies
2 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 med-large zuccini shredded
1 cup chopped broccoli
Other things to add: (I usually just add whatever I have on hand)
skinless boneless chicken cooked and chopped
salsa
any other veggie
ground beef

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and dump into a 13x9 inch greased baking pan. Bake in 350 degree oven for 50 minutes or until done.
Enjoy!

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This is a great thread!

Eggplant Burgers.

*Pick a firm fairly evenly shaped eggplant.
*Cut it into 1 inch thick rounds. (I leave the skin on)
*Rub each side with season salt.
*Place in a hot lightly oiled skillet.
*Very lightly brown both sides.
Be careful not to over cook your eggplant you still want it firm.
Serve with your favorite burger accouterments.

or

Tuna Salad

* Boil a 16 oz package of pasta of your choice
* In a colander rinse 1 1/2 cups frozen peas until thawed
* Drain pasta in same colander and rinse w/cold water
* In a large bowl add the peas and pasta stir in about 1/2 cup salad dressing and 1 6oz can tuna.
*salt and pepper to taste.

Sorry if that was confusing nak

Happy cooking everybody!:

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Great thread idea... Dh makes pasta with spinach all the time.

Spinach Pasta
1 bag of organic baby spinach leaves
3-4 cloves of minced garlic
1/2 lb of pasta (we like organic bowties)
2 T of butter
Olive Oil

Saute the garlic in a generous amount of olive oil and butter. Add spinach until it is cooked. Toss mixture over cooked pasta and sprinkle grated cheese on top.
This is such an easy meal. We "cheat" by using spinach from a bag so the only prep involved is chopping the garlic. I like to have warm crusty Italian bread with this dish.
This one was great and indeed very easy. I added some diced canned tomatoes and I think next time I'll add some shrimp, too.

Here is my easy recipe that everyone loves. The hardest part is just to remember to buy the Spanish rice mix--the other ingredients are almost always around.

Mexican Chicken Casserole
Pour some Spanish rice mix and everything it calls for except water into a casserole dish (rice doesn't need to be cooked separately). Pour a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes into the dish and stir. Canned sliced chillies are good to stir in, too. Put four defrosted chicken breasts on top of the rice. Grate a bunch of cheese (monterrey jack or cheddar) so that it covers everything. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes.

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ok super easy

2 lbs ground meat
1 jar salsa ( our favorite is southwest salsa)
1 egg
oatmeal or breadcrumbs (i am not sure of the measurment, two handfuls oatmeal, three handfuls bread crumbs.

mix together cook one hour at 350.

we eat with mashed potatoes, salad, and the veggie we feel like thatnight.

the great thing is leftovers.
you make a meat loaf sandwhich. put a sice meatloaf on bread with a slice cheese over it. pop it in the toaster oven with a top for the sandwhich. after it is finished spread mashed potatoes on the bread, add fresh spinach, put sandwhich together and eat. SUPER YUMMY!

Courtney and Cree, baby made 3, added one more then there were 4, sakes alive, then we had 5, another in the mix now we have 6!

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This is so good. Better than regular spaghetti. It gets slightly crispy/chewy on the edges, soft and saucy in the middle. There are many variations, some quite complex, but I like the simple one. I usually use leftover cooked noodles from the night before...

You just take cooked spaghetti--as much as you want for your family--I find about a half package cooked will fill a 9x13 baking pan--and place in a greased pan. Brown some ground beef (this is where i use organic beef--you don't need a lot) with an onion. Mix with a jar of spaghetti sauce or your own homemade. I usually use a jar plus a small can of sauce or drained tomatoes to make it saucier. Pour over the spaghetti, kinda blending it gently with a fork. You do want all the noodles to be moistened a bit. Top with shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Bake at 350F for about 30 min. or til hot and bubbly. (I think last time I made it it took about 40 min. Depends on your oven and whether or not the spaghetti was cold when you made it...)
we do something similaiar, but it's a pie. I toss the noodles with some melted butter and parm.
grease the pie plate with olive oil and press the noodles in to make a crust.
over noodles i spread some cottage cheese.

then i put in my mix.
cook ground meat, and onions, with sauce (we liek to add shredded carrots to ours and celery. then pour in crust. sprinkle top w/ mozz. and bake 350 for 30 minutes.


i love this one!

Courtney and Cree, baby made 3, added one more then there were 4, sakes alive, then we had 5, another in the mix now we have 6!

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