Friday, November 19, 2010

Easy Recipes for the Working Mama (and non-working mama!)

I want to talk about something that I absolutely hate to do --->> Cooking. It's not that I hate it, I just hate how much time it takes to prep food and then make it, and not to mention, recipes with a lot of ingredients make my eyes spin. But it's a necessary evil, because we all need to eat - and not even I can justify "take out" 7 nights a week!

It occurred to me there might be others out there like me - that are in my "hate to cook" club. A friend also suggested that I maybe list some of my favorite recipes on my blog. So here it goes, I am sharing some of my "easy & simple" recipes that I have discovered recently & love.

A few things: I do like to use my Crock Pot, but I have to get over the thing where I only use it when it's cold outside. Crock pots are for summertime too, right?! I love to make large portions of meals, and freeze the rest for another night. I buy the disposable freezer containers and portion up the meals in those, then into the freezer they go. Perfect for another night when I sure as hell don't feel like cooking! My goal with any recipe is to have as little prep time & not that many ingredients, or I won't make it. It's just that way. One other thing you should know - I am not a big 'recipe book' person. I love exploring and finding new stuff online!

Here are some recipes I want to share... Enjoy. I have personally made everything here and loved each one!

This might be the best invention ever; The 5 Ingredient Casserole. It's as if they had me in mind! I also find many great recipes here:

Here are a few of my favorite & 'easy' 5 star casseroles:
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Red & White Tortellini Bake
Chicken Potato Casserole
Meatball Stew in Casserole
Sicilian Casserole

Crock Pot:
Crock pot Portuguese Chicken - This might be the best thing I ever made in the crock pot!
Healthy Crock pot Beef Stew
Classic WW Beef Chile - I make this on chilly football Sundays in the fall. I add 1/2 bottle of quality beer too.
Swiss Steak

Miscellaneous Recipes:
Overnight French Toast - The best ever!
Chicken with Feta Sauce - Simply Delish & healthy!
Taco Chicken Bake .
Lipton Onion Soup Pot Roast - I add a little beef broth to this too. It's the 3rd one down.
Dripping Roast Beef Sandwiches with Provolone - So easy to make & very good!
BBQ Meatloaf Recipe
Cheesy Chicken Roll Ups - awesome
Sopranos Sunday Meatballs & Gravy - I only make the meatballs from here and use my own sauce but the gravy/sauce sounds great too. The meatballs are fabulous!

Extra: It's called "Slamma Jamma Chicken Parmigiana" - Yummmy. OK yes, this one has many ingredients and what would normally seem like too much prep time for me... but I got sucked in to making it one day - and I have to tell you, it is by far, the best Chicken Parm ever. My husband loves it too!  My only substitution on this is, I use my own homemade sauce instead of their sauce recipe.  I highly recommend this!!

Going to try this one in the next week - Heirloom Carrot Spoon cake - if it's good, it's going on the Christmas-eve dessert menu!


  1. I'm with you. I've always struggled with my cooking, that's why food here is always semi-instant.

  2. Kitten - well with friends like yours that can cook so well (like your last post!), you don't need to cook! haha!

    Update on the Heirloom Carrot Spoon cake (at the bottom of the post) ... It's pretty incredible. I am going to make this again on christmas eve! It was soooo easy too! Crockpot carrot cake- Not too shabby!


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