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: http://www.busycooks.about.com/
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
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.
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!