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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

*** Easy Chicken & Dressing ***

about 1 lb of chicken breast tenders
2 cans chicken broth
1 medium onion,chopped
about 6 shakes of sage
about 3 shakes of poultry seasoning salt
(the sage and poultry seasoning salt I use are in small shaker type bottles)
1 large pan (left over is good) of corn bread
(can also add loaf bread...not alot though)

pre heat oven to 425
boil the lb of chicken tenders in just enough water to cover for about 30 min
crumble the corn bread into a large bowl
add all the dry ingredients
remove chicken from water,cut into bite size pieces and add to bowl
mix well
begin adding the chicken broth
add and stir till the mixture is soupy
If you need more liquid use the water from the boiled chicken
add salt and pepper if you want to
pour mixture into a 9 x 11 or 11 x 13 Pyrex baking dish
bake for about 20 min- - - - -
or adjust baking time to your preference of 'doneness'

We like ours a bit soft so it's served by spooning it from the dish
Some like theirs more firm so as to cut it for serving from the dish

It's very easy to do and very easy to adjust the spices to your own tastes.
Just remember about the baking time.
I usually check the 'doneness' of mine after 15/20 min .
Then decide whether to take it out or bake a bit more.

We have this with mashed potatos,some kind of peas and rolls.

If you try it I hope you enjoy it.
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SandiW



Joined: 30 Mar 2010
Posts: 706

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yummm - sounds like a good take-along to a pot luck supper!

Dinner tonight was a quick leftover dish of Chili casserole:

1 quart of your favorite chili (perfect leftover food!)
1 dozen corn tortillas
4 cups grated sharp cheddar

Layer the tortillas, chili and cheese in a casserole dish. Bake at 350 until heated through and top is browned and bubbly! Serve with sour cream or (this is my favorite) fat-free yogurt (Greek is my preference but any plain yogurt will do). If you have some scallions and or leftover fresh tomatoes, chop them up and sprinkle over the top. If you want really fast - this can be microwaved - but I'm not fond of the appliance and never really use it for anything than heating up the occasional small dish of stuff.

Goes together in a few minutes and takes about 30 to 60 minutes to bake in the oven while you do something else.
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sure everyone already knows this one...but here goes anyway...

*** Easy BBQ Chicken ***

(crock pot or oven)

about 1 to 1 1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken breast
BBQ sauce (your own recipe or a bottle of your favorite brand)
1 med onion,chopped
1 med bell pepper,cut up
rinse chicken breast in cool water
add salt,pepper and seasoning salt
let set for about 10 min so the spices take hold and the chill is off
pour a small amount of BBQ sauce into a crock pot
add the chicken to the crock pot
add onion and bell pepper
pour on BBQ sauce to cover the top of the chicken breast and veggies
cook on high for about 2 hrs if you're home
turn to med and cook for about 1 to 2 hrs
turn to low,add more BBQ sauce if needed
let simmer till you're ready to eat (as a family or as they pass thru)
if you're not home cook on low for about 8 hrs
(give or take)
Using boneless chicken this turns out almost like shredded BBQ

This is good the next night too.

The first night we have mashed potatos,green beans and rolls with this.
The next night we have it on buns with fries.
I prefer it on buns when I do it in the crock pot.

In the oven...line your Pyrex baking dish with foil
layer everything the same as above
cover with foil
bake at 350/375 for about an hour to an hour and a half
(I check doneness of chicken at 1 hr)
if almost done remove foil,add BBQ sauce if needed,bake for about 20 min
The chicken should be ready to fall off the bone if you didn't use boneless.
The longer you bake uncovered the thicker the BBQ sauce gets.
Keep an eye on it,you don't want the BBQ sauce to burn.

I fixed this more often when I still worked outside the home.
Put it all in the crock pot and check it when you get home to adjust heat.
By the time you get out of your work clothes supper is ready.

This doesn't sound too quick when you look at the cooking time,
but the fixing time is nearly nothing...
and the cooking time allows time for some other activity. Wink Wink
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SandiW



Joined: 30 Mar 2010
Posts: 706

PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This may not actually qualify but it is one of my favorite quick meals...

MEATLOAF - double or triple your favorite recipe, make it into small, one-meal size loaves and bake until done. Cool and wrap well in a double layer of plastic wrap. Freeze and store in large zip-loc bags. Be sure to label and date your bags. Now, pull out a frozen loaf, put it into an oven or microwave proof dish and pour over your favorite topping, cover with foil (if baking) or plastic (if microwaving) and heat up. Use whatever sides you like. I like to throw a couple baking potatoes in the oven with the meatloaf, put together a tossed salad and dinner is served when the potatoes and meatloaf are cooked and hot throughout. (Obviously, i don't defrost the meatloaf before putting it into the oven as it is relatively small, less than 1 pound)
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2012 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very good idea,SandiW.
My mom does that about every 3rd time she makes meatloaf.
It's really good when she calls me and says
"Come and get your meatloaf." Smile Smile Smile Smile

My parents are wonderful Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation Exclamation
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SandiW



Joined: 30 Mar 2010
Posts: 706

PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heat up those leftovers! If it's the typical Thanksgiving fare, layer bird slices, and dressing, cover with gravy and spread leftover mashed potatoes on top. You can also add any vegeys to the dressing layer. Heat at 350 degrees for 30 to 60 minutes, depending upon how deep your casserole is. Serve with the leftover cranberry sauce!
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been quite a while since anyone posted in this subject.
So I thought I'd post something and see if anyone else jumps in again.
This is really really quick and easy.

***** Chicken Salad *****

2 cans (or more) of white meat chicken in water
6 (or more) petite pickles
1 (or larger) medium onion
mayonnaise (add to taste)
pepper and salt to taste


Open the chicken and drain it
Dump it into a good sized bowl and chunk it up
Chop the pickles and the onion up
Add the pickles and onion to the chunked up chicken
Add mayonnaise by big spoonfuls,stirring occasionally,
until it reaches a consistency that you approve of.
This will all vary in amounts,
according to your taste and
according to how much you want to make.
It's very much a 'decide how much' type of recipe.

You can make a little or a lot,it's good the next day for a snack.
Adjusting the ingredient amounts to your taste makes it uniquely yours.

It's good for sandwiches,but I prefer to have Ritz baked chips with it.
The flavor I choose is Down home sour cream and onion.
BTW,you can use only 1 can of chicken if you're alone.
It will make about 2 or 3 servings,depending on how you eat it,
as a sandwich,with baked chips or with crackers.

If you've got chicken (not canned) left overs you can do this with it.
We just never have any left overs when it comes to chicken Smile Smile
And the canned is fast,easy and pretty inexpensive.

One reason I like this so much is
because I usually have everything
needed to make it already in the house.
I say 'usually' because sometimes I may be missing the onion or the pickles.
I found out that it's almost as good with just one or the other of those.

I've gone on far too long on this,so I'll hush now......
right after I say "I hope some of you will give it a try."
OH......and I hope you like it.
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PETUNIA77



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 1408

PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:05 pm    Post subject: IDEAS FOR QUICK MEALS... Reply with quote

THANK YOU, CONNIELEA FOR REVIVING THIS THREAD!!! Smile

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER (MANY MOONS AGO), MY MOM WOULD HAVE ME MAKE THIS FOR THE FAMILY WHENEVER SHE HAD TO WORK LATE...

HAMBURGER BEAN CASSEROLE

PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 DEGREES

8X8 OR 9X9 CASSEROLE DISH SPRAYED WITH COOKING SPRAY

~MIX THE FOLLOWING IN BAKING DISH OR BOWL:

1 POUND OF COOKED GROUND BEEF (OR TURKEY), DRAINED.

1 CAN OF CAMPBELL'S SPAGHETTI~14.74 OZ.

1 CAN OF CONDENSED TOMATO SOUP ~ 10 3/4 OZ.

1 CAN OF KIDNEY BEANS ~ 15 OZ., DRAINED

1/3 CUP OF GRATED PARMESAN CHEESE (OR TOP W/ YOUR FAVE CHEESE)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

SPRINKLE TOP WITH PARMESAN CHEESE


~BAKE FOR 30 MINUTES OR UNTIL BUBBLY

SERVE WITH A SALAD OR COLE SLAW, GARLIC BREAD, COTTAGE CHEESE OR YOUR FAVORITE SIDES.

YOU CAN ADJUST THIS RECIPE TO SUIT YOUR FOOD ALLERGIES OR YOUR PREFERENCES. Laughing

SERVES 4-5

ENJOY!! Very Happy
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're welcome,PETUNIA77.
I hope some more players will check it out and add to it.
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Sassarina



Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 3062

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The other night I made sweet and sour chicken
made with chicken nuggets, and bottled sweet
and sour sauce. It was good, but I think next
time I will fry the nuggets first till crispy before
adding to the sauce.
I also made Rice A Roni fried rice (it was really
good). And already made Crab Ragoon (all I
had to do was fry them).
All in all it was a good meal, and really fast!
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sassarina,I like to fry the all ready ready nuggets
till they're crisp too instead of baking them.
I sometimes cut them up in quarters
and put a bit of teriyaki sauce on them.
Then use them for salad toppings.
Teriyaki Salad,quick and easy.
Smile Smile Smile Smile
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Sassarina



Joined: 02 Aug 2007
Posts: 3062

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BLT Chicken Wraps

Fry Boneless and Skinless Breasts, chop
Fry Bacon, drain then crumble.
Put some of both on a flour tortilla
then add shredded lettuce, and
chopped tomatoes, and top with
shredded cheddar cheese and
Ranch Dressing, roll up eat and
enjoy.
I have also added green bell pepper
strips, red pepper strips, and onion
slices divided into rings, its good
that way as well.

Oh! I use either Pam Spray or
olive oil to cook the chicken in...
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PETUNIA77



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 1408

PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:15 pm    Post subject: IDEAS FOR QUICK MEALS... Reply with quote

SASSARINA...

THAT SOUNDS SOOO DELISH!!!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING!!!! Very Happy
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ConnieLea



Joined: 10 Dec 2008
Posts: 3605

PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Super Bowl Dip

I do this mostly as a dip to go with Frito's Scoops or Restaurant Style Chips.
But it is also good to use as a baked potato topper (as in loaded).


1 lb ground chuck (or more),cooked and drained
1 medium/large onion,(your choice)chopped,cook with the beef
1 lb box of Velveeta Cheese,cut into small/medium cubes
2 cans of Armour Chilli with beans
1 12oz jar of Salsa (of your choice)


Once you have the beef cooked and drained add the chilli and salsa.
When it gets hot start adding the cubes of cheese,stir as you add.
Keep stirring until all of the cheese is melted.

Serve as dip with your choice of chips or over baked potatoes.
(My dad eats it like chilli sometimes)
I can never make enough when I start because
everyone in the neighborhood wants some Smile Smile
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PETUNIA77



Joined: 18 Mar 2009
Posts: 1408

PostPosted: Sat Aug 31, 2013 7:31 pm    Post subject: IDEAS FOR QUICK MEALS... Reply with quote

CONNIELEA, THAT SOUNDS FANTABULOUS!!!!
I WILL DEFINITELY TRY THIS!!!! THANK YOU FOR SHARING WITH US!!

Laughing Laughing Laughing
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