1. Taco Soup - This is definitely one of my 'go to' meals during the
fall/winter. It's so versatile and easy to make. I actually had to google
the recipe because I usually just dump it all in a pot and don't follow a
recipe. I sometimes make this less 'soupy' and use it as a filling for
burritos or use it like chili and put it over Doritos or Fritos or even lettuce
for a Taco Salad.
2 pounds ground meat - beef, chicken, or turkey
1 large onion, chopped
1 can (15 ounces) beans - pinto, kidney, or chili
1 can (11 to 15 ounces) whole kernel corn ,drained
1 can (10 to 15 ounces) Rotel tomatoes
1 pkg. (about 1 ounce) taco seasoning mix
1 pkg. original hidden valley ranch dressing(dry)
2 1/2 cups water or more, to make soup broth
Brown meat and onions in a large pan with olive oil if needed; drain off
fat. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for an hour or so.
2. Chicken & Dumplins - We love some Chicken & Dumplins at my house. I
again don't have a specific recipe I follow, but here's what I do.
Ingredients:Chicken - boiled and cubed or shredded, in a pinch, I have even used
Chicken Broth - 1-2 cans, depending on how much I make
Bisquick - prepared per box instructions to make biscuits
Butter - maybe a couple tablespoons
Salt & Pepper - just to taste
Place chicken, broth, butter, salt and pepper in large pot and bring to a
boil. You may have to add some water or another can of broth. Once
this starts boiling, begin dropping the bisquick by teaspoons into the
pot. After you have added all the bisquick, turn the heat down and let
simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly. Serve by itself, over rice
or with cornbread.
3. Crescent Roll _____ - Another pretty quick and easy recipe that I don't
have a specific recipe or even a name for.
Can of Crescent Rolls
Cheese - I use mozarella or cheddar
Meat - I use Pepperoni or ham or turkey or chicken
Unroll the crescent rolls so they are flat. You can separate into triangles
or leave as rectangles or even one big sheet. I then put my cheese and
meat on top and fold the crescent roll over or roll it up. Bake according
to the instructions on the can. Some variations I've done are mozarella
cheese sticks with pepperoni rolled up like a pig in a blanket, ham or
turkey with cheddar cheese folded over like a hot pocket, taco meat with
cheddar cheese or shredded chicken cheddar cheese all rolled up and
sliced into pinwheels. The possibilities are endless!
4. Crockpot Chicken - Super easy and time saving!
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Chicken Broth or Water
Place chicken in crock-pot/slow cooker. Add enough broth or water to
cover. May add salt, pepper or other seasonings as desired. Cook on low
for 6-8 hours. Once the chicken is done, it will literally fall apart. I do
this on a Monday morning and we have chicken for almost the entire
week. We will use this for chicken spaghetti, BBQ chicken sandwiches,
chicken tacos, chicken salad, etc. I have also done this and froze part of
it to use later.
5. Oreo Balls - These aren't as easy and can be time consuming but they
are so good. (And I don't like the word balls, but I don't know what else
to call them!)
Package of Oreo Cookies
Block of Cream Cheese (room temperature) OR Tub of Cream Cheese Icing
White Chocolate - Almond Bark, Candy Melts or Bag of Chips
Crush the package of cookies. If I'm in a hurry, I put them in a ziploc bag
and hammer on them with a meat mallet. If I'm not in a hurry, I put
them in a food processor and get them really crushed! Once all of your
cookies are crushed, put them in a bowl and add the cream cheese or tub
of frosting and mix well. Now you will roll out balls (like you're making
meatballs or playing with Play Doh) and set them on a baking sheet.
After you're done rolling them all out, I put the baking sheet in the fridge
or freezer to cool and get hard. Now you will melt the chocolate. I do
this in the microwave or on the stove top. Either way, be very careful
not to burn the chocolate and whatever you do, don't add water to it! If
it's clumpy and you need it to smooth out, add very little (a drop or two)
of vegetable oil. Once it's melted good, begin dipping your cookie balls
in the chocolate and coating them well. I use a fork, but you can get
some lollipop sticks and do it too. After they're coated well, let cool and
they're done! I've used this same recipe/technique with cake too - Red
Velvet, Strawberry, Lemon.
Well, I only came up with 5 instead of 10! I don't have any super secret recipes that I make often. Since it's just me and the kids at home 90% of the time, we usually have breakfast (eggs, bacon, grits, biscuits), pizza, chicken tenders, tacos, cereal or sandwiches for supper if I don't cook. When I do cook, it's chicken or pork chops on the grill with veggies or something super simple like spaghetti.
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