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    need inspiration: whats your favorite quick go-to weeknight supper?

    Ugh. I never know what to fix and I get tired of the same stuff over and over. We both work and we just want something quick we can put together at 6 pm and have to eat. We often eat frozen ravioli, or spaghetti, or make a Boboli pizza.

    What do you throw together for a quick meal?
    Beth

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    Know how you feel! Once a month or so I do up a batch of stuff to pop in for a quick dinner. Our fav are mini meatloafs, baked potato and steamed veggies or salad. I make a big batch of meatloaf and freeze them in mini loaf pans. Even bought the loaf style pan for this purpose. We have a vacume sealer so I bag them by 2 and its perfect for my "don't have the energy to do anything supper".

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    Burritos or rather Kind-of-burritos. Start with tortillas (flour or cornmeal) Use any left over cooked meat you have (or seafood), add raw or quickly sauted veges, left over rice or cubed cooked potatoes or canned beans, some sort of sauce you have in the fridge (like hot sauce, or a little creamy salad dressing or even some left over gravy). Roll the items up and put in a Pam sprayed baking dish then cover with a can of cream of mushroom or chicken soup, sprinkle whatever cheese you have on hand. Cover and bake in the oven for 20-ish minutes at about 350. Fast, easy, uses up bits and pieces from the fridge. Don't think of a burrito as just a Mexican food item, relegated to only traditional Mexican food items - think of it as a vehicle to a fast and fun meal. Perfect with a fresh green salad
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    I made green enchiladas tonight. Very easy to make and if you use canned chicken breast it's faster. I buy a frozen green chiles, corn tortillas, green chili sauce, shredded cheese and what ever chicken you prefer. I put the sauce in a shallow bowl I dip the corn tortillas in the sauce saturating them. I then take them and and line the bottom (ex: I use 6 on each layer for a 9x13in pan or 4 in a 8x8in pan). Mix cooked or canned chicken shredded in a bowl with green chiles. Top the layer of tortillas with chicken mixture then a layer of cheese. repeat 2 more times and bake at 350 till cheese is melted thru. All takes 1 hour or less. serve with veggies, salad
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    I like to make omelets. I'll scour my kitchen for leftovers and toss "whatever" into the omelet.
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    Oh ... to make ahead of time and freeze, then pop in the oven.

    "Western Burgers"
    Brown ground beef and drain fat. Add 1 small can of sliced black olives for every 1 lb of beef. For ever two lbs of ground beef cube 1 large "loaf" of Velveta cheese and stir cheese cubes and olives into the beef. Cook on low until the cheese is melted. Spoon beef mixture onto buns and wrap in foil. Freeze.

    To re-heat, heat for 40 minutes at 250. Pair with a fresh veggie or salad and you have a meal!
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    Back when I used to work, husband and I barbequed chicken, ribs, etc., and froze them. Then when we got home we threw a potato in the micro open a can of something green , salad and viola, a good meal; I still make a big pot of vegetable soup or chili on week-end and put a lot in freezer. I made an angel food cake with caramel icing yesterday. always good. But we office in our home and 2 sons and a grandson work with us so I cook big meal every day at noon, so we always have left-overs.

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    this time of year we often stick something in the crock pot in the morning before heading out- when we come home the house smells so good and dinner is ready! we cook roasts, soups, chili, stew, today we did a pork roast in the crock pot while i sewed- they come out so very good!
    we very seldom eat any frozen meals, or processed foods-
    some of my favorite (1/2 an hour) meals--- lemon caper salmon with wild rice & fresh asparagus
    parmesan chicken with spaghetti
    shrimp or crab chef salads with french bread or garlic toast
    tacos / burritos/ enchiladas/ jambalya

    there are so many- we work long hours so are pretty good about getting home & putting together something that is easy clean up & fairly fast (1/2 hour to 45 minutes) we have a cupboard full of cook books- and browse them---finding new things to try- (friends call me an 'extreme cook') because i put together some pretty elaborate meals---but they are not difficult - too time consuming- or make too big of a mess- sit & look through some cook books- or browse the on line ones- you can put together some amazingly wonderful meals in 1/2 an hour that are good for you and really good
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    soup. 2carrots,3celery,1onion,any kind of meat(optional)6 bouillion cubes,chick peas 1 can,cover with water plus 2 inches salt and pepper, fresh basil or dried to taste, 1 can tomato paste and 1 can diced tomatoes. Cook 1/2 hr on medium heat.
    You can top with grated or shredded cheese. It is good just by itself.

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    The crock pot suggestion above is great. We do one where we do a package of boneless/skinless thighs and/or breasts . Chop an onion and put it on the bottom of the crock pot, add the chicken pieces, cover with a can of cream of mushroom soup, and a light dash of dried dill (or fresh if available). Cook all day on low. That night shred the chicken right in the crock pot and serve either on kaiser type rolls or over rice. It will make a lot so depending on the size of your family you should get easily two meals out of it. The second night we generally mix the left overs with canned chicken broth and fresh veges for soup.
    Lynne

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    When I worked. before I went to work I would put a couple of chicken breasts in the crock pot along with a couple potatoes and some carrots and cover with golden mushroom soup and cook all day. When I got home from work supper was ready. After the clean up I could get right to the sewing room.
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    Cook once and eat thrice!!!
    .... cook larger portions on the weekends, and re-create them for weekdays and nights!

    I don't look at it as Leftovers .... rather Planned Overs. It doesn't meant that it's the same thing re-heated, but instead giving them a new life in different menu items.
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    Its just the 2 of us, so while I do crock pot meals we do have a bunch of leftovers. But I'm sick of the crock pot stuff we like too, lol.

    I think we ought to look into more salads with shrimp or crab, that would be super quick and easy...
    Beth

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    In a casserole dish put 2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, covered in your fav frozen vegy, dump a can of Campbells Mushroom soup (mixed with a can of milk) ......... bake til done........ prep time about 4 min tops!!!!
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    Not an expert at doing ahead, but one thing I do is double the amount of bacon I would need. And freeze the remaining. I bake the bacon and not fry it, so cooking more is easier than on top of the stove. I also cook more ground beef than I need and freeze, you can take it out and use for a lot of recipes. I freeze leftover gravy, too. It freezes well.
    Another thing if I have too many mashed potaotes, mix up my leftovers with an egg, sour cream, shredded cheese, ontions and freeze it for a side to a future meal. Just a few ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judylg View Post
    Not an expert at doing ahead, but one thing I do is double the amount of bacon I would need. And freeze the remaining. I bake the bacon and not fry it, so cooking more is easier than on top of the stove. I also cook more ground beef than I need and freeze, you can take it out and use for a lot of recipes. I freeze leftover gravy, too. It freezes well.
    Another thing if I have too many mashed potaotes, mix up my leftovers with an egg, sour cream, shredded cheese, ontions and freeze it for a side to a future meal. Just a few ideas.
    With the bacon it is so handy for all of us, to take a couple of strips out and warm in the microwave for sandwiches and salads.

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    One of our favourite go-to quickies is sloppy joes, done the way my mother in law made them. Brown 1 pound of ground beef, drain fat, add a chopped onion and cook until soft, you can add some celery too if you like. Pour in 1 can of Chicken Gumbo soup (no water), 1/2 cup of chili sauce (or salsa if you want a bit of heat), 1 TBSP mustard. Heat through and serve on buns with potato chips and pickles on the side. This has been my DH's favourite since he was a kid and I like it too, so do my boys.

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    Buy a crock pot and work your way through the cookbook. You'll never eat frozen again.

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    I always buy ground beef on sale. Then I cook it up when I get home, (you could do this on a weekend day), adding in garlic, onions and seasoning. I drain the fat and freeze, (I use freezer bags - quart size - and pat flat), when I need something quick I take one of these out of the freezer and make it into, chili, hamburger stroganoff, taco salad, sloppy joes, you get the picture, this way, the hardest work is already done.
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    Quick suppers

    I sometimes make hot weinies and potato salad, or chicken and rice casserole for a Rice A Roni mix and instant potatoes. I make small pans of lasagna and freeze them.



    Quote Originally Posted by rushdoggie View Post
    Ugh. I never know what to fix and I get tired of the same stuff over and over. We both work and we just want something quick we can put together at 6 pm and have to eat. We often eat frozen ravioli, or spaghetti, or make a Boboli pizza.

    What do you throw together for a quick meal?

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    Here are a few of my instant (30 min) meals. Take some weiners out of the freezer and slice into little circles. Pop them in a little water to boil. Once they are plump, drain the water off and add 1 or 2 cans of Heinz beans and tomato sauce and heat through. We call it beanies and wienies.
    If you have a lump of frozen hamburger in the freezer, you can have either spaghetti sauce or chili in about half an hour. I put the lump of hamburger in a little water in a saucepan. Turn on the burner and scrap the meat off (with a fork) the lump as it browns flipping it from one side to the other. Once you have the lump all cooked proceed with either recipe.
    For spaghetti sauce: I add 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery, 1/2 a cooking onion diced, 1 clove garlic diced and when the vegggies are cooked one jar of spaghetti sauce. Serve over your favourite pasta.
    For Chili: Add 1 cooking onion diced, I can of red kidney beans drained, 1 can of Heinz beans in tomato sauce and 3 tsp. of chili powder.(more if you like it hot) Cook through and serve with biscuits or boiled whole baby potatoes.
    Now this isn't high cuisine but they are my "hurry up mom we're hungry" recipes.

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    I have a Tupperware microwave steamer - I put some dried herbes - I like a premixed herb du province, and season some chicken breasts. They cook 6 minutes per lb, and I cook some green veggies while the microwave is going. I'm really tired of this, but it's quite easy and I'm blessed with a husband who doesn't complain.

    HOWEVER, one of his favorite dishes is called Chicken Correleone. In olive oil, saute sliced mushrooms, onions and garlic, even sliced tomatoes. Add Italian seasoning while it's cooking, and also add some white wine. Cover and let the flavors blend. Cook the boneless skinless chicken breasts in a George Foreman grill or in the aforementioned steamer, lay on a bed of rice or pasta, and spoon the vegetables on top. Mmmm....yummy! Don't forget the garlic bread!
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    I usually buy my hamburger in the "large" package. 8 to 10 lbs. I fry it, drain, rinse with water (to get most of the grease off) Then I freeze it in small freezer bags. It is ready to throw into chili beans, spaghetti, veggie soup, etc.
    We like stuffed green peppers. So when they are on sale, I buy several, mix the hamburger with Spanish rice, steam the cleaned 1/2 shell peppers, then stuff with the hamburger/rice mixture, cover with tomato sauce, or a can of petite tomato bits and bake. 350 degrees about an hour. We have a great supper that night, and I freeze the leftovers. Easy to pull out 2 and heat in the micro wave. I have chopped these up after they are hot and put in the tortilla wrap.

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    Spag bol/ mac cheese/liver-bacon/sm haddock-poached egg-colcannon/sausage and mash-----all fairly quick and easy, but h/made soups made before can last 2-3 days served with crusty bread ,all fresh stuff ; cabbage soup/minestrone /celery stilton etc etc all nourishing and filling ,I don't believe in pkt/frozen/tins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mayday View Post
    sm haddock-poached egg-colcannon/sausage and mash-.
    What is colcannon and what is in sausage and mash?
    Beth

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