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(Ed. Note: These recipes are not strictly in alphabetical order.)


UNBELIEVABLY EASY RECIPES

Submitted by Marie desJardins

Here are my favorite unbelievably easy recipes, for nights when I have zero brain cells and zero energy. My rule of thumb is, if it takes more than three lines to write it out, it doesn't count as "unbelievably easy." (A great source of "unbelievably easy" recipes, though not the ones I include here, is "5 in 10" -- recipes that take 5 ingredients and 10 minutes of preparation.)

"HUNGARIAN GOULASH" (not actually Hungarian nor goulash)
Brown some ground beef (default 1 lb. package). Boil some elbow macaroni. Toss the macaroni in with the ground beef, and a can or two of Campbell's tomato soup (don't add water). Serve when hot.

"TERIYAKI CHICKEN"
Put some boneless chicken breasts in an oven dish. Pour/spread some bottled teriyaki sauce, and a can of crushed pineapple (with or without juice) on top. Bake at 375 until done (30 minutes?)

"PIZZA"
Buy a Boboli pizza crust. Dump a can/jar of Contadina pizza sauce on top. Top with mozzarella cheese and one or more toppings (default ham and sun-dried tomatoes), bake for 15 minutes.

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Submitted by Pamela Topping

Here are some very easy (and probably well known recipies):

MACARONI AND CHEESE:

Cook a family size box of macaroni and cheese. (Cook noodles, drain, set back on low heat, and add the milk, cheese powder and butter). Add one can of partially drained tuna fish or a few hot dogs, some cheddar cheese and alittle Italian dressing. You can also add peas. It makes a fairly simple well balanced meal.

SWISS CHICKEN CASSEROLE:

Litely coat the bottom of a nine inch glass baking dish with Cream of mushroom soup (straight from the can). Place boneless chicken breast strips over the mushroom soup. Layer chicken with swiss cheese. Add milk to the remaining Cream of Mushroom soup, and put over the cheese. Cover with a box of stove top stuffing. (Not literally :) I usually melt the butter in the microwave and add the stuffing and seasoning. Cover with foil and cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes.

VEGETARIAN TIDBITS:

Stirfry cabbage, onions, water chestnuts and bamboo shoots. Add vegetarian tidbits (you can find them at most Adventist Book Centers in the health food section). Tastes great over fried eggroll shells or plain.

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Submitted by Karine Boestrup

Since I do tend to improvise , below are some of my fave very quick to make recipes.

STIR-FRY just about anything. Chopping the veggies is tedious but I understand you USers can buy them ready chopped? (oh to live a place where semi-prepared food abounds ;-) If you want meat or fish cut in small pieces, the smaller the pieces the faster they fry. For sauce, add soy sauce, fresh orange juice or tomato paste and water. Eat with instant rice, courcous or bulghur (very fast to make) or just bread.

SHRIMP OR CHICKEN IN ORANGE SAUCE

Chicken fillets (chopped in pieces is faster) and onion and / or garlic fries softly in oil. Squeeze one orange (or two) into frying pan and add parsley or other tasty herb, simmer 5 mins or till chicken is done. NOTE if doing this with shrimp do not boil them as rthey become rubbery! Eat with rice, pasta, couscous, bulghur or bread.

HEARTY SOUP

Start with frying garlic and bacon in oil. Add water, stock cube, tomate paste, rice and veggies (any will do, the smaller the piecer the faster the food). Boil until everything is done and eat with bread.

PANCAKES

filled with leftover food and gratinated with cheese. Almost like pancake canneloni.

Another good tip is to boil some pounds of potatoes in one go. Eat the ones you want with todays meal and put the rest in the fridge for frying up (in a pan, I dont do deep-fried food), making salad, mashing for croquets etc. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

EASY HAMBURGER STROGANOFF

Submitted by Karen Bircsak

Here's something quick & easy that *all* my kids will eat, even the picky 7yo!

1 lb. ground beef
1 small onion, chopped
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 small can mushroom pieces, drained
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 cup plain, nonfat yogurt

Brown the hamburger & onion in a large skillet. Spoon off the fat. Stir in cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, & spices; heat until bubbly. Mix in the yogurt & serve on top of egg noodles. Serves 6.

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EASY MEATLOAF

Submitted by Stacey Reed

1lb Turkey (can use beef)
3/4 cup oatmeal (use more or less depending on your preference, I go by texture).
3 lg carrots (shredded or chopped)
1 lg onion (chopped)
1 pkg chopped frozen spinach
1 egg (optional)
Salt & Pepper (a dash of garlic perhaps)
Some Ketchup (this is helpful for coloring the turkey)

Mix together. Mold into loaf, coat with more ketchup. Bake at 350. 30-45 minutes (I'm paranoid about undercooking meat, especially turkey).

Nice thing about the meatloaf, if you find meat on sale it's a quick and easy do ahead meal. I'll frequently use about 3lbs of meat and make around 6 mini meatloafs (just enough for DH and myself, our 2 year old still refuses to at meat unless its chopped--fishsticks & chicken nuggets {not Mickey D's}).

Disclaimer (I rarely measure with these meals so if it looks like too much or too little it probably is . . . improvise).

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EASY SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Submitted by Cindy Tarsi

Here's another easy recipe, for spaghetti sauce. I got it from a former boss, and we make it often. Don't be scared off by the garbanzos. I've made this for many people, and even those who don't like garbanzo beans love the ssauce. We generally double or triple the recipe and freeze the extra.

Ro-Tel is a brand name of tomatoes canned with green chilies. It started as a regiional brand, but I'm guessing, with the popularity of Mexican cooking, it may be more widely available now. Also, Hunt's has come out with a similar product.

* Exported from MasterCook *

"Karen's Garbanzo Sauce"

Serving Size : 8 Preparation Time :0:30

1 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Onion -- chopped fine
3 cloves Garlic -- minced
1 can Crushed Tomatoes -- 28-oz can
1 can Ro-Tel Tomatoes -- (see note)
2 cans Garbanzo beans -- (see note)
1 tablespoon Fresh Rosemary -- (see note)

Heat oil in a stockpot. Saute onion and garlic until golden. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 20-30 minutes or until flavors mingle. Serve over hot pasta with lots of freshly grated romano cheese.

NOTES : Puree Ro-Tel tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and rosemary in food processor or blender in one or several batches.

Garbanzo beans should be 15- or 19-oz cans, depending on how "garbanzo-y" you want it.

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EASY SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS

Submitted by Leah Norling

Buy a big bag of Costco frozen meatballs
Dump some in the crockpot
Add 1 jar of chili sauce (I use DelMonte, I think) and 1 jar of grape jelly.
Let cook until warm.

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