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WANTED: Your favorite quick homemade meals

January 5th, 2012 at 04:51 am

One of the budget busters for me is food. Not necessarily my daily food but eating out and 'convenience' foods bought because I'm tired, hungry and my cranky pants are just too darn tight. I have the eating out issue under control for the most part but still need ideas for quick homemade meals.

It would be great if they were also healthy but even if they're not I can probably play with the ingredients enough to make it healthy.

One of my favorites is what I had this afternoon before I headed to work: pan fried tilapia with mukimame. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and is so much tastier than a hamburger, not to mention a lot healthier, too!

So, what are some of your favorite quick homemade meals?

34 Responses to “WANTED: Your favorite quick homemade meals”

  1. baselle Says:

    This isn't as healthy as it could be, but here goes:
    boil pot of water; cook pasta al dente - rotini or penne seem to work best. As pasta is cooking, put frozen peas in the bottom of the colander. Drain pasta over the peas in the colander. Toss pasta and peas with olive oil and a container of pesto.

    Another one if you like it hot: saute 2 tbsp red chili garlic sauce in a bit of peanut oil. (If you are ambitious, grate a finger of ginger and put the ginger in). Add thawed large shrimp or a couple of tilapia filets and cook until done.

  2. CCraw Says:

    A couple of my favorites are beef and cabbage stew, brown beef, season with garlic powder or garlic salt and pepper, add tomatoe sauce, I use a couple of small cans and add water and simmer until beef is tender.

    Another is beef stew only I don't use potatoes and carrots sometimes I use ranch style beans, corn and peas...yum!

    One more...a grilled chicken breast over garlic buttered egg noodles...cook the noodles as desired, add butter and garlic powder to taste.

  3. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Baselle, those sound good to me! I rarely eat pasta but do eat it once in awhile and that sounds like a nice and different way to have it. Smile
    CCraw, the beef and cabbage stew sounds good. Heck, they all sound good. It's almost 8 am and I haven't eaten. lol Right now the chicken over noodles sounds spectacular!

    That's it - I'm going to thaw some chicken! Will post a picture and recipe of what I end up doing with later. Smile Thank you, y'all!

  4. CCraw Says:

    I bought a cast iron grill pan at Marshalls last month..one of the best purchases I think I've ever made...if you don't have one I'd recommend it. You can grill anything including all sorts of veggies with it. I love my cast iron cookware!

  5. DeniseNTexas Says:

    CCraw, one of my sisters has one and she brought it to the holiday get together. We used it to grill the fajita fixings and it rocked! I'll have to see if I can find one. How big is yours and is it square, rectangle, textured???

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    One of my BEST recipes is for citrus chicken. Unfortunately, I never posted that one to my blog. Remind me if I forget Denise, but I will post it for you. Off the top of my head, you thaw out some chicken peices/breasts, squeeze lemon, lime and and orange over it, salt and pepper, and bake in the oven. How long, I have to look up. Of course, there is another step to puree some apricots or something like that and pour over, but I thought of this recipe because #1 - the whole thing is pretty easy & #2 - just squeezing the citrus over the chicken and baking probably tastes divine (& is certainly healthy!). I am sure the puree is optional. But this is both one of the BEST recipes that I have and also one of the easiest, so win-win.

    But I will give you our favorite family recipe of sloppy joes (not healthy maybe, but delish!): Brown one pound ground hamburger. Add 1 cup ketchup, 2 Tbsp mayo (I prefer miracle whip) and 1 Tbsp mustard. Stir, simmer and serve on buns (or not). I think my mom usually simmers it a while, but I don't have the patience for that - tastes good either way. Wink

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    Some more recipes:

    http://monkeymama.savingadvice.com/2011/06/18/smoky-chicken-enchilada-skillet_70253/

    & I found it!

    http://monkeymama.savingadvice.com/2007/02/05/delight-your-taste-buds-with-these-recip_21857/

    On the chicken, we just buy frozen chicken breasts, know what I mean? We don't do the "whole chicken" thing.

    The meatloaf recipe with the chicken one is pretty simple, too. I actually use that recipe to make hamburgers anymore (throwing in the spices, onions and horseradish to spice up plain hamburger beef - YUM! The horseradish is pretty subtle - don't worry about how much it calls for. Wink )

  8. MonkeyMama Says:

    I am sorry, but quick cooking at home is my forte of sorts. Wink
    My go to FAST recipe is spaghetti or pasta. Cook pasta. Buy sauce (Safeway has the most awesome pasta sauce!). Heat sauce. Serve. Can add ground hamburger for some protein and garlic bread to round it out. Can take just 10 minutes to whip up. Of course, whipping up a spaghetti sauce can be pretty easy, too. Tomato sauce, garlic, pepper, veggies if you like, not much too it.

  9. DeniseNTexas Says:

    MonkeyMama, you rock! Don't worry about replying multiple times as those ideas are great. Smile I like them all! The citrus chicken sounds awesomely delicious. I don't have lime, lemon or orange right now but will get some on the next shopping trip and try that. It sounds like it's right up my alley. Smile

  10. CCraw Says:

    I'll have to find my measure tape but it's square and medium sized...lol...I'm sure that doesn't help much!

  11. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    #1-Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

    Oil inside of slow cooker dish. Place whole or parts of chicken in and cover with about 1/2 bottle of BBQ sauce. Turn on low for 8 hours. Time: 5 minutes! Start it before work, arrive home to tasty chicken sandwiches! Or serve with steamed veges, or salad.

    #2-Slow Cooker Soup
    Add stale unused veges to the crock pot, such as celery stalks (use the leafy part too!), carrots, chopped onion, broccoli, cauliflower, diced potato.

    Cover with water and add one boullion cube for flavor. (Or make stock next time from your chicken or turkey bones and freeze in pints).

    Hearty Options: Add a cup of lentils or a cup of rice (brown, wild, or white). Measure the necessary water according to the dried ingredient package and make sure there is plenty for them to absorb in addition to the vegetable water.

    Meaty version: add cut, lightly cooked pieces of sandwich meat such as ham or salami (saute in olive oil for a few minutes).

  12. DeniseNTexas Says:

    CCraw, I really need to find one of those! It's not in the budget right now but maybe very soon. Smile
    PCJ, I love slow cooker recipes so thanks for those! I looove my cookers. Smile

  13. MonkeyMama Says:

    Have you seen this site?

    http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

    It's awesome for slow cooker recipes - we have found quite a few here.

  14. DeniseNTexas Says:

    MonkeyMama, yes I've read her blog for a long time. Smile It's great!

  15. Dido Says:

    One recipe that I make at least twice a month (I keep the fixings in the freezer) relies heavily on frozen and canned veggies. I do it in my rice cooker (my favorite cooking device). I heat up some olive oil, toss in some chopped onions (mine are frozen, you can use fresh of course), then throw in a bag of frozen cauliflower, about half a bag of frozen peas, half a bag of frozen potatoes, a can of diced tomatoes, and a spoonful of curry powder and a spoon full of garam masala and some salt, and a can of chickpeas, and heat until everything is cooked through.

    Another recipe (also done in the rice cooker) again starts with oil, then toss in sliced onions & peppers and cook until the onions are translucent, then 2/3 c brown rice and water to cover, one can of tomatoes, two (drained) cans of black beans, some frozen corn, and southwest spices and cumin and cook until the rice is done.

    Then there's african kale-pineapple stew. Saute a chopped onion, toss in a pound of kale and a large can of drained pineapple with its juice. When the kale has cooked down, add half a cup of peanut butter and some tabasco sauce and stir.

    Just a few vegan options to add to the mix!

  16. MonkeyMama Says:

    I might have gotten the link from you! Big Grin I don't remember who - but saw it in these very blogs - love love love that website!

  17. EarlyRetirementJoy Says:

    Love the slow cooker chicken and BQ sauce idea! Assuming I can start the chicken frozen, I always have both ingredients in my kitchen, along with frozen vegetables and bread for in-a-pinch side dishes.

    Usually when I'm pining for something to "poof" appear on my dinner table, it means I'm in ultra-lazy mode, so about the only thing I can be enticed to make at that point is some version of grilled cheese. Depending on what I find in my fridge and freezer, I've done turkey/cheese with honey mustard, tomato/cheese with dijon mustard or just plain old grilled cheese.

    If I have the forethought of time, my all time favorite, easy, go-to slow cooker recipe is frozen, boneless, chicken pieces, (I generally use white meat) a can of diced tomatoes, a chopped onion if I have it, and a packet of taco seasoning. Place chicken in slow cooker, mix remaining ingredients and pour over chicken, then cook on low for 5 - 7 hours, shred chicken with a fork, and you have a base for tacos, over brown rice, over pasta, or anything else you can think of, along with whatever toppers appeal, like sour cream, cheese, green onions, olives, etc.

  18. DeniseNTexas Says:

    MonkeyMama, could have been me. Who knows? I love her blog, though.

    ERJoy, the chicken/taco seasoning idea is a good one. Thanks! I'm putting all these ideas in a file on my computer and will save them for when I need them. You guys are all awesome. Smile

  19. rob62521 Says:

    Tuna cakes -- can of tuna, drained, chopped celery, bread crumbs, egg, mayonaise...mix together until you can make caked...saute in some oil...quick and easy. If you nuke a potato or two and add some fruit or vegetable, a very quick meal.

  20. DeniseNTexas Says:

    rob, I used to love tuna patties like that but haven't made them in a long time. They're now on the list of quick meals. Thank you! Smile

  21. snafu Says:

    Family Fav: Chicken in a Hurry Bake 350 1 hr.
    Lay out chicken parts in a baking dish. Mix together 1 C ketchup, 1 pkg. [Lipton] dehydrated onion soup mix, 2 T brown sugar, 1/2 C water. Coat each piece of chicken with the ketchup based sauce. Bake 1 hr. baste if you like.

    Serve over baked, mashed, or hash brown potatoes, even instant will do.

  22. DeniseNTexas Says:

    snafu, that sounds good! I've added it to my quick meals file. Thanks!

  23. patientsaver Says:

    This one, gosh i forget the name, but it's Scandanavian. Oh, it's called Welsh Rarebit.

    Very easy.

    Grate about a cup of cheddar cheese.

    Mix together equal parts mayo, ketchup and mustard, then mix that with the shredded cheddar.

    Slather this mixture on a good crusty bread and bake as an open-faced sandwich in the oven til cheese is melted.

    It's very tasty! Has anyone ever eaten this? We used to often have it when I was growing up.

  24. DeniseNTexas Says:

    Patientsaver, that sounds delicious but as a Type 1.5 low carbing diabetic, I rarely do any kind of bread! I'd sure love to try that, though, and might have to. Just once. Wink

  25. susie michelle Says:

    Our quick standby is to slap any kind of lean meat on the grill and have it with a huge salad. Clean up is quick, too.

  26. DeniseNTexas Says:

    susie michelle, that's a good one too! I have a tiny outdoor grill I've sitll never used. I suppose I need to get to that. lol

  27. Carol Hardie Says:

    i love Fritata!i make a big one,and i make it out of all my leftover's,then divide into meal size portion's,and have with a side salad,and freeze the rest,quick and easy to just heat up in the Micro-wave!

  28. LuxLiving Says:

    Hawaiian Crockpot Chicken

    1 jar BBQ sauce - your fav brand will do
    1 can pineapple chunks
    1 lg. sack (what the heck, how do I know what size bag?) whatever rather largish bag of frozen chicken breasts (I usually buy deboned.

    Dump in crockpot. TURN ON CROCKPOT (ask me how I know this is important!Big Grin ). 4-6 hours HIGH or 6-8 hours LOW.

    Good over minute rice or noodles.

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