Java Talk: Fast Recipes With Few Ingredients



We haven't talked recipes yet. Everyone has a favorite recipe to cook. How about those with just a few ingredients. The best kind!

Here's my favorite one, and it makes the house smell so good!

I don't know what to call it. It's noodles and beef I guess. 

2 pounds lean stew meat
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 packet onion soup mix
1 can of water
1 package egg noodles

Cook at 350 degrees. I use a corning ware casserole dish with a lid. 

Mix the stew meat and mushroom soup and the packet of onion soup mix and the water till thoroughly mixed. Put the lid on and cook 3 hours in oven. 

Every hour take the lid off and stir.

Cook egg noodles in water per directions. I pour the cooked egg noodles in a long casserole dish. I usually add a dollop of margarine to make it extra good. Then I just pour the cooked beef mix over it and you're done!

I like to have green peas and cornbread with this dish. Maybe a sliced tomato.

Now what is your favorite go-to recipe with not many ingredients?

Got to get up now and top off my coffee!

(Note: I've been told by a reader that the second feature of the little blue house is in the Country Sampler magazine she got in the mail yesterday. I wasn't sure when it was coming out. Believe it's the July issue.)







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  1. Here is one I threw together a few years ago.
    1 ham steak
    1/4 to 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
    1 tablespoon mustard - I use dry mustard
    1/4 cup maple syrup
    Brown the ham a bit. Mix the other ingredientsand pour ovrr. Let cook turning the ham every now and again until the sauce turns thick snd is reduced. Adjust all ingredients for taste and size of ham steak. Goes good with rice. This recipe does me four meals and can be frozen. Take care Brenda. Love your blog. Been reading for a long time.

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    1. Guys, I had to go run errands for a couple of hours. You know I won't go out until I have a list of errands. I try not to do this on Wednesdays, but couldn't be helped. This recipe tastes delicious. I never know what to do with ham!

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  2. My new favorite healthy and easy go to recipe for the summer. Ingredients - chicken, spices, lemon and spinach. Coat chicken with any spices you have on hand such as onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. You can also use red pepper flakes if you like some spice. Add oil to pan and cook chicken over medium high heat for 3- 4 minutes on each side. Squeeze juice of 1/2 lemon over chicken, then remove from pan. Deglaze pan with other 1/2 squeezed lemon and add 10 oz fresh spinach and cook until wilted. Serve chicken over spinach. Enjoy!

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    1. Ooh, I love spinach! I love the spice, but the spice clearly does not like me. Sounds great!

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    2. That sounds really really good. I'm going to try it. I have an almost empty nest and I work full time. Sounds like this recipe would be quick and easy.
      Clara

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  3. I like "poor man's meal" which is a recipe from the cookbook "Depression Era Cooking with Clara". She has since passed but was featured on YouTube and compiled a recipe book with her grandson when she was 93 years old. She was charming and wise, I recommend you check her out on YouTube, you will fall in love with her. Anyway, her "poor man's meal" consists of saurkraut, onions, potatoes, and frankfurters. Just brown the cut-up potatoes and onion in a little oil until brown, then add the saurkraut (I rinse it first) and cut up franks. Sometimes I use chicken sausage instead. Fast, easy and delicious.

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    1. I add the saurkraut, as a vegetable.

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    2. I was married three times and never could find a man that would eat sauerkraut. But I love it, and I love poor man/woman's meals!

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    3. And sauerkraut has tons of antioxidants, is a good cancer prevention food.

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    4. I've just read Wikipedia about sauerkraut. Amazing stuff. It appeared it was a health food before we even used the term health food. I am going to try to develop a taste for it.

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  4. I have a post coming up about garlic spaghetti with potatoes but Lana's comment reminded me of a quick poor man's meal too. ( having said that I remember the Clara videos! :)
    In my early twenties with a roommate and little money, we'd go shopping together and pool our money to get what was the most filling for the least money. For instance we ALWAYS bought a bag of carrots and one of celery. A dish that we cooked weekly was Rice a Roni ( from the box ) Spanish Rice with hot dogs. As in, cut up the hot dogs into the Rice a Roni skillet meal and let them cook along with the rice. To this day I crave that sometimes : )
    Of course back then, hot dogs were cheap! Nowadays not so much.
    Thanks, Lana...now you have me craving hot dogs, sauerkraut etc right now, lol! I better not come back here until I've had my lunch !

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    1. Oh Deb, wasn't Clara the best? She lived to be 98! I watched here Poor Man's Meal video again today and yes, now I want to make it. Sorry

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  5. oh one more thing while I am now craving food ! Brenda my son used an onion soup mix in hamburger patties when he grilled out last week. Oh MY ! Yum....so I can see how your recipe might be quite delicious / going to have to try that too! :)

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    1. Sounds good, Deb. One veggie I just don't tend to like is celery. The strings get in my tight teeth. But otherwise sounds great to me! Now I want hot dogs and sauerkraut...

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    2. I've done this too Deb and I added chopped onion and mushrooms to the mix. Yum!

      Clara from Redeemed Junk

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  6. The recipe you describe is how I make my pot roast in the crock pot, except I don't need the water or noodles. Most of my crock pot meals don't take many ingredients. For a whole chicken in the crockpot I used onion and lemon in the cavity, salt, pepper and parsley on the breast...that's it. I have three or four meals for the week from the chicken used in different ways. It always makes broth I can freeze or make soup from as one of the meals. Rather than few ingredients, I make sure recipes I use have things that are always in my pantry. Nothing hard to find, that turns me off in recipes. The dry onion soup is a real staple for me. I use it in hamburgers, meat loaf, tacos, pot roast or in most any beef recipe I make.

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    1. I've got to start cooking, Gina. I'm eating string cheese and maybe a Boost drink for lunch and half a potato (give the other half to the dogs) for supper. So I'm hoping you guys will get me motivated!

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    2. Sorry I made everyone want hot dogs! Here is another quick meal: Steam-Fresh tuscan vegetables mixed into a little bit of pasta. I usually make one pound pasta and two bags of the Steam-Fresh. The veges have their own sauce and cook in the microwave in 5 minutes. But you could make less if it is just for yourself say half a pound past and one bag tuscan veges. It's good!

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  7. One thing I make is a meal in a skillet. I slice up potatoes, chop some onion in fairly large pieces, also a green pepper and put all in some hot canola oil in the skillet and cook. When the potatoes are about half done, I slice up some Kielbasa and add to the skillet. Turn the food several times during the cooking time until potatoes are tender and browned. Salt and pepper to taste. It's quick, easy and yummy!

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    1. You're going to think this is strange for a woman of 57, but I have never purchased Kielbasa! I'm rather funny about raw meat, but this wouldn't be like that. I just would rather not touch raw meat. Is that crazy? I bet I'm the only person reading this that is like that. My daughter is the same way.

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    2. I can't believe that someone is the same way! I won't touch raw meat either. On the rare occasion I do, I wear disposable gloves. Got the idea from a neighbor.

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    3. Here in Western PA the traditional New Years Day dinner is pork roast and kielbasa, sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. Usually you cook the first three together....it must be all of the polish and german influences around here...
      Another way to do kielbasa is sauteed with green pepper and BBQ sauce...good that way on the grill in the summer too.
      When my son was in Iraq the first dinner he requested when he got back ( even though it was not anywhere near New Years ) was the pork / kraut / kielbasa dinner : )

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    4. Talking about kielbasa and hotdogs...just be careful that you buy the kind without any nitrates or nitrites. Trader Joes has these products (bacon, too!); not sure what other stores do, but I'm sure they're out there. I hate touching raw meat, too. I wear disposable gloves when doing so.

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    5. No raw meat ever....never heard of kielbasa????

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    6. I hate to tell you all this but I remember when I was a kid my mother use to break of pieces of ground beef while preparing dinner and just put some salt and pepper on it and pop it in her mouth...YUCK! But...she's 80 years old this year so I guess she dodged the E-coli bullet!

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  8. Right now I am eating picnic food. (that is what I call it) And have lost some good weight. This weekend I do plan on making home-made taco salad, using baked tortilla chips, ground turkey, fresh tomatoes, salad greens (not iceberg), salsa instead of dressing, top it with a few black olives lastly, queso fresco. (mexican cheese)

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  9. I do favor Mexican food. I'm not eating enough greens. Tell me exactly what you mean by baked tortilla chips. Is that different from what you buy at the store? Yes, sadly, I'm that limited.

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    1. Baked tortilla chips are available in the store, they're not fried in oil.. My easy recipe is cobbler. A can of fruit pie filling, sprinkle a box of dry cake mix on top, slice a cube of butter over the top, sprinkle with almonds or walnuts.. Bake 350 for an hour! Yum!!!

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    2. Tostitos Brand (Frito Lay) I believe has the best baked tortilla chip on the market. Now, if you prefer, you can use regular tortilla chips. I am trying to watch every single fat I throw in my mouth right now. You can purchase them at any store. They are really good.

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  10. Brenda, I've been making the stew meat with onion soup for years. You can also do it in the crock pot. I love the smell in the winter when it's cooking. Lately I've been making breakfast burritos a lot, and I also make a breakfast pizza with crescent rolls. It's a can of crescent rolls, 6 slices of swiss cheese or cheese or your choice, 3 eggs beat and mixed with a little milk, salt/pepper, about 1/2 lb of bacon cooked and crumbled. Grease a 9x13 pan, spread the crescent rolls in the pan, pour the beaten eggs on top of the rolls, layer the cheese on top, and sprinkle the bacon over it. Bake for 12 to 15 mins @ 350. Serve with salsa. Makes a great dish for the holidays as it can be made the night before and thrown in the oven in the morning. A fun post today!

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    1. Ooh, this one sounds good! I love eating breakfast food at any time of day.

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  11. One of my most favourite meals from childhood is called "pate chinois" French for Shepherd's Pie. Ground beef, corn either canned or frozen and mashed potatoes. I put chopped onions in the potatoes while they are cooking. Once you have your layers, you can put butter and paprika on top and just pop it into the oven to crisp up the top of the potatoes -- this step is not necessary if you don't want to turn the oven on.

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    1. I don't think I've ever had Shepherd's Pie. Need to try this.

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    2. My granddaughter actually introduced Shepherd's Pie to us! It was very good. :)

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    3. My mom raised us on Neptune Pie -- it is made like Shepard's Pie. Use drained tuna instead of hamburger meat and canned peas instead of corn. Mix that with Cream of Mushroom soup and layer it with your mashed potatoes, bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
      I fix it for my kids but my husband won't touch it. It is comfort food for me.

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  12. I don't cook much anymore, but I love to throw together some gluten free pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and olive oil. Very simple. xo Laura

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    1. I really don't either. But I need to be eating better. Just seems like there's never enough time to get everything done so I just grab crackers and cheese or something.

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    2. Pasta with fresh chopped tomatoes, basil and cubed mozzarella is a favorite of mine too, plus the drizzle of olive oil. You can make it all in about 10-12 minutes, counting the time to boil the water!

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  13. My "Go-To" meal is simple, simple, simple. Black bean quesadillas. Rinse and drain a can of black beans. Put the beans in a sauce pan with a can of Rotel and heat until all the liquid is absorbed. Heat an iron skillet, sprayed with cooking spray, until good and hot(without burning the cooking spray). Add a burrito size flour tortilla, some of the bean, shredded cheese, diced onion, and jalapeno pepper slices, if you like. Cook until golden brown on both sides. Serve with sour cream, salsa, queso... yummy, quick, and CHEAP! Another yummy meal I make quite a bit is a simple quiche. Pie crust, eggs, cheese and lots of veggies.

    Grace and Peace.

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  14. I haven't made quiche in years. This sounds like a winner!

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  15. Ok Brenda, you have to start eating a bit more! If you email me your mailing address, I will send you a few of my favorites!

    One I will share is a recipe I re-created from a dish served at Old Venice Pizza in Oxford, Mississippi.
    It is called The Godfather.
    1 pkg. Johnsonville New Orleans sausage or other Cajun style sausage, sliced and browned
    1 jar of your favorite Alfredo sauce
    Jalepeno peppers if you can eat them
    1 box penne pasta, cooked as directed
    Brown the meat, add 1 heaping Tbsp. jalepenos and 3 Tbsp. of the juice out of the jalepenos
    Pour in a jar of sauce and a jar of water and cook down while your pasta cooks.
    Pour sausage/sauce mixture over the pasta when it is done and serve with a good salad and some garlic bread.
    Takes about 15-20 minutes and is good and filling. We love it and now my kids all fix it for their families!
    This can also be made using chicken breasts if you prefer.

    Love JavaTalk as well as all the rest of your blog!
    Thanks for using your gifts to share with us.
    Susan
    susandutka@aol.com

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    1. This sounds really good. I might have to try it. :)

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  16. Yeah, I know. I just don't get off the computer long enough to do much besides gardening and decorating!

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  17. A simple low ingredient meal that I love is Chicken Hawaiian. I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts thrown in the crock pot. Then add an envelope of Lipton Onion Soup, a bottle of Russian dressing , and a can of whole cranberry sauce. Cook on low for at least 6 hoursr. Serve over rice, noodles, or a baked potato. It'd wonderful. Even better leftover!!

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    1. Wow - that sounds good also! :)

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    2. This can easily be done in the oven. I would estimate it would cook at 375 for about an hour 😊

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  18. Oh, I like this one! Easy and all I need to do is get a crock pot.
    Brenda

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    1. I don't have a crock pot either, but need to get one!

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    2. I love my Crock Pot and my Rice cooker. The only think I like better is my coffee pot. There are lots of things you can cook in a Crock Pot. It's almost like someone cooked dinner for you.

      Clara

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  19. The most simple meal I make, and which I'm sure many others do. Very economical.
    Smoked sausage (or any other kind you like)
    Brown, and add a can of tomatoes.
    Serve over rice.
    We really like this, especially when we're in a hurry. :)

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  20. Sounds like a fast meal! Three ingredients, counting the rice.

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  21. Make a box of any type pasta..cube and cook any meat..chicken..beef..pork..two jars Alfredo sauce..mix all together..good with salad and bread sticks..quick and good plus you can change the taste by using the different meats..Thanks ladies for all of the great ideas..

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    1. Another recipe for our files, ladies! Thank you Nancy Blue Moon!

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  22. Hi, Miss Brenda! My sort of go-to recipe is like a rice pilaf, except I don't cook it in the oven. It's all stove top. I take uncooked brown rice and cook it according to the directions on the bag. Meanwhile, I saute some onions and bell pepper in olive oil, then drain it on a napkin. Once the rice is cooked, I add Campbell's Soup in either cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, whichever one I'm in the mood for, add the onions and peppers, turn off the eye and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Afterwards, I spoon the mixture onto some spinach leaves on a plate, sprinkle some salt and fresh ground pepper, and chow down. It makes about 4 servings, but it is so good, I usually double the serving. The rest I eat for lunch the next day. It's my must-have comfort food each week.

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  23. Miss Carol, I have never heard of anything quite like this. Did you create this yourself?

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    1. Yes, ma'am, I did. When I first got married, we barely had anything, even food. I had to be creative so we wouldn't starve, and at that time, that was all we had in the house (except for the spinach... that was added later). It was so good, and I've made it every week since for over 30 years. It's even better this time because I get two meals out of it, being that it's just me now. :-)

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  24. Brenda, I don't have any good recipes to mention. But do want to let you know my Country Sampler came today and your Cozy Little House, at your former location, is in it.. The pictures are beautifully done.. There are seven pages and a small picture of you in a pretty red blouse with Charlie and Abi.. I'm so happy for you and will say Congratulations one more time..
    I've been out buying groceries. The freezer is full as is the refrigerator.. I don't have the foggiest notion about what I'm going to fix for dinner.. ;O)
    I've seen some recipes that sound delicious and easy to make. I'm going to save today's "forum" in my favorites so I can go to it when I want to try one of the dishes..
    This is another fun chat.
    Have a good evening.. I hope you'll have something delicious and healthy for your dinner..
    Charlotte

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  25. Gonna have my usual baked potato and give half to the pupsters. I alternate, so tonight is a sweet potato. Yum! I'm not very inventive in the kitchen. Thanks for your kind words about my features. The photographers were top notch and have been doing this (it was a couple from Virginia actually) for many years.

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    1. Sweet potatoes are sooo good for you. I had one recently at a restaurant.. It was cooked to perfection and had a nice piece of butter and some cinnamon inside.. It was delicious. I enjoyed every morsel.

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  26. Our favorite quick meal is made with the wonderful all-natural chicken sausages that they make fresh every day at Sprouts. There are lots of different flavors and they go on sale all the time. Put two sausages in a saute pan with a splash of olive oil and brown on each side, about 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water, cover and steam on low for about 20 minutes. Remove the sausages and add a sliced or diced yellow onion and one each red, yellow, orange and green bell pepper. Cook about 10 minutes, stirring often, while you slice the sausages and return them to the pan. Mix all together, drizzle with some more olive oil and that's it! We love it because it's fresh and healthy but I think also because the colors are a feast for the eyes! The peppers are a great source of vitamins A, C and K, and a source of lycopene also. You'll get several meals from this, and it's good over some brown rice if you want to stretch it even further.

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    1. Also, if you don't want to have to slice all those bell peppers, they come frozen, already sliced, in a bag! Sometimes that's even a better bargain. The onions can be bought chopped and frozen too :)

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    2. I make this recipe sometimes too, Andrea! We don't have a Sprouts in my area, but I buy the all-natural, nitrate-free chicken sausages at Trader Joes.

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    3. Thanks for the tip Melanie, I'll have to look for them! We just finally got TJ's here in East Dallas this year, and I'm still discovering all they have to offer. It's amazing! Also Brenda, and everyone, I join in every night on Diann's (The Thrifty Groove) "What's For Dinner" Facebook post, it's a lot of fun and I have picked up so many great ideas! She posts at around 4:30 EST I think.

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  27. Brenda, I was thrilled to open my Country Sampler and see the article about your home. I recognized your lovely kitchen from your blog shots. It was a great article and so nice to see someone so deserving be in the spot light. You inspire me everyday with your posts! Congratulations!

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    1. Strange that I no longer live there. The little blue house I have fond memories of. Thanks for your kind words!

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  28. Pizza burger (comfort food)
    Brown one pound lean ground beef with diced onion
    Add 1 can green beans, liquid and all
    Pour in one jar pizza sauce..not the spaghetti sauce, but pizza sauce.
    This is in large skillet with lid.
    Top with dollops of prepared biscuit mix (one recipe). Cook with lid on until biscuits look glazed, then turn them once and cook til done. Yum

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    1. I've never heard of a pizza type food with green beans, but I believe you that it's yummy!

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    2. A dear friend of our family made this up, and my mother then began to make it.

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  29. Brenda, this is making me so hungry and I'm reading this at dinner time! One of my go to meals is boneless chicken marinated in Italian dressing. Put the chicken and Italian dressing in a casserole dish. Add a package of onion soup mix, chopped tomatoes (juice and all) and extra garlic. Can also add mushrooms. Cook until chicken is done (45 min or so) and serve over rice. Oh my goodness! My daughter makes a great and easy pasta dish with fresh veggies and ground turkey. I need to get that recipe.
    Love Java talk although today it seems to be Wine (as in glass of wine at dinner time) for me!

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    1. Would that be the Italian dressing that is white or vinegar-type?

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  30. this one is going around and a very easy dessert. It is delish!! Take 1 box of angel food cake mix, 1 large can undrained crushed pineapple, 1 large can of mandarin oranges drained. Take a fork and sort of shred the mandarin oranges. Then mix all of above together and put in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes. Take out, let cool, then frost with whipped topping. I added coconut to the whipped topping and we like it that way. Your angel food cake is just the dry mix you don't make the recipe on the box. So handy to have on hand when someone calls and is dropping by as made very quick. There is just two of now at home and makes so much so usually share with a neighbor or guys uptown at grain elevator. Enjoy your topics

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    1. Oh, I love sweets! I have a real sweet tooth and this sounds delish!

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  31. One of my quick and easy favorites is rotisserie chicken ( I prefer lemon peppered) I have the dark meat for one meal, and cut up the white skinless chicken and add some cooked egg noodles for chicken and noodles for another meal, also adding green onion and margarine. The rotisserie chicken is so flavorful no seasoning packet is needed. I also like to make meals with pita pockets. Add some cut up white chicken to thinly sliced celery some green onions and a little mayo to make a chicken salad. Add to your pitas and whatever side you want.

    Another simple recipe that some have already mentioned is vegetable pasta. Just add whatever heated veggies you like to your cooked pasta. I like cherry tomatoes, zucchini and green onion with some seasonings, basil and oregano, and add olive oil. Very tasty and quick and a good way to get more vegetables in your diet. It's just my husband and I and I do think it is easier to cook for two than it is if you just cook for yourself. We try and eat healthy as much as possible. Great recipe ideas!

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    1. I found it easier to cook for two as well. Sounds like some good meals to me!

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  32. That sounds delicious, Brenda. Tell me: do you brown the meat first? Thanks! ~Sally

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  33. No Peekie Beef Stew

    One package of stew beef
    One envelope of dry Lipton's onion soup
    One can cream of mushroom soup
    One soup can of water

    Place dry onion soup in large Pyrex dish. Add mushroom soup and water. Stir well to combine. Add beef stew, salt and pepper. Seal tightly with foil. Place in oven at 350 degrees for three hours. No peeking! Remove from oven and remove foil (be careful to open it AWAY from your face to avoid steam.) Beef will be fork-tender and the gravy is wonderful Serve over rice or mashed potatoes.

    I make this often and it it always so good!

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  34. I love the sound of this easy recipe, but my dr. says of all the things in the world not to eat Margarine in No. 1. Would a little bit of a flavored olive oil work as well? (although, I hear that not all olive oil is good). I am trying to eat more healthy and natural. I have weight issues that give me arthritis pains and other things that I think will be aided by losing weight. It is so hard. I do like your attitude, you seem able to bring your self up with your flowers and decorating. I love this!!

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    1. I was running errands today and had to go to Lowes. I picked up some ornamental grasses and planted them in a big container that is galvanized that I found at the antique mall a few weeks ago. Yes, gardening and decorating really make me happy!

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  35. I was not able to bring up all of the recipes the first time. I love to do lean Kielbasa (pre cooked) with boiled potatoes, carrots and onions. Layer in dutch oven, veggies first then meat, it cooks into the veggies. A little salt and pepper and maybe mustard! Delicious! Tuna, peas, crm. mushroom soup and noodles, always a winner. I see crockpots on sale all of the time, but are they good for one person? I think you could do a turkey breast for several meals? I do do crockpot soups for my hubby and I and freeze left overs. HE does not like left overs so I eat them for lunches. I just talked to my son, he and his wife have good jobs and 3 kids and groceries eat up too much of their budget. We all need to think and plan. Good Java talk!

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    1. I love leftovers. I've often found that men just don't like them. Maybe it's because they don't usually cook the meal!

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  36. Another easy meal is pizza made on French or Italian bread. Get some pizza sauce, some pepperoni, cheese and whatever else you like on your pizza and spread on the bread, bake in the oven at 350F for about 10 minutes or until golden.

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    1. That sounds fast and easy. And good! I'd add mushrooms and maybe black olives.

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  37. Just thought of another one. Salsa chicken. Brown a chicken cutlet in a pan for a few minutes each side. Dump a small jar of salsa over the chicken, cover with a lid and cook for about another few minutes til it is done. Serve over rice. Sometimes I buy those brown rice packets where you just steam in the microwave ("Birds Eye Steam Fresh"). Easy Peasy.

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    1. Yum, Lana! This is our college daughter's favorite quick dinner. Don't know why I forget to make it! She shreds the cooked mixture and puts it in a tortilla or on salad sometimes, too. I'm putting this on next week's dinner plan, thank you! :)

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  38. We really have some good cooks on here. I'm ditching some of the menu that I had planned for next week and trying some of these recipes instead. I have a "simplifying my cooking prep" tip. My knee does not like to stand in front of the stove and sauté onions and/or bell peppers to use in recipes. I chop onions & peppers into the sizes I need and cook them in the microwave until they are a bit transparent. I don't use oil or butter on them in the microwave. The taste isn't quite as good as sauted in butter or oil in the skillet, but my knee thanks me for not standing there in front of the stove for any longer than I have to.

    Brenda, I found the cutest little ornamental grass at Home Depot this spring. It is a small fountain shaped grass that has little tiny pods on each grass blade. I can't remember if it was called led, electrode, or diode grass, but it was something electronic sounding. I thought I kept the marker, but have misplaced it. I am really liking the way that ornamental grasses accent the other plants.

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    1. I have seen that here for sale Susie..it was called Fiber Optic Grass..maybe that is the same as yours..

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    2. Oh, I didn't see that one yesterday, and I do like that one! My ankle would also thank me for going the microwave route!

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    3. Yes! Thanks Nancy Blue Moon. Fiber optic grass is the name of it. I don't know how I ever took it from Fiber Optic Grass to electrode grass. I tried to find its name under ornamental grasses and never did find it. I grew some of it last year, too, and found it to be very hardy in the container with petunias and sweet potato vines. This year my plants keep having to roll with the weather punches. One day it's hot and windy, the next night near frost, now hot and humid, and an occasional hail storm thrown in the mix.

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  39. I love fried cabbage....with green onions chopped up in it. and corn bread....it's a meal to me...sometimes I'll slice some Keilabasa and brown it to go with my cabbage...lots of good recipes being shared..

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    1. I use to fry cabbage, or rather stir fry it with other veggies, twenty years ago. Don't know how I got away from that. It was good fiber and I would add nuts. And cabbage is cheap!

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    2. You just cut up a cabbage and fry in oil till tender??

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  40. Another great topic Brenda. I try to make sure to have ingredients on hand for lunch. If it isn't easy in the daytime we just don't eat. So a favorite is....flour tortilla, a deli meat such as ham (I prefer a deli lunch meat to package meat because I think it is a better quality), romaine lettuce or any lettuce you your choice, a little bit mayo or ranch dressing, sliced avocado, thinly sliced or grated cheese (I use whatever I have on hand), Making sure not to overload the tortilla layer items in center, fold sides toward middle, roll from bottom. And enjoy! This is our favorite.. It always tastes fresh, is very filling.

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    1. A friend of mine in Tyler taught me one of hers that she used to lose weight. She would use a counter top grill like that one that is called something Foreman). She would put low calorie bread, deli turkey and use those little packets of avocado to smear on the bread. (She would only use a small amount.) She would grill this up and it was delicious! She didn't eat potato chips. She would microwave some popcorn. I'd go to her house and it tasted so good. (But then it always tastes good when someone else cooks it!)

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  41. Hello Brenda, I don't usually comment here...thought I'd be brave enough to chip in with this recipe for 3 ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies...
    1 cup peanut butter (your choice)
    1 cup of white sugar (you could probably subst brw sugar or honey here)
    1 egg
    Mix all together (I sometimes set the dough in the fridge to cool before shaping them into balls...makes the dough easier to handle.) I press each dough ball with fork tines to give that imprint you sometimes see on these and bake them at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 6 to 8 minutes...sometimes I have to leave them in a bit longer. They are soft when you first take them out but harden as they cool. Great with cold glass of milk
    Love all the simple recipes being added...thanks to all! Love your blog Brenda and am so glad you are getting settled it...you give us all hope and encouragement!
    P.S. I'm trying to get up enough courage to join your book club...never been part of one before and don't have a clue as what to do.
    Take care...Vicki

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    1. Well I think I could go to the store and manage to remember those ingredients! In terms of the book club, I've never been part of one either. There are no rules at all. There is a poll on my sidebar where members vote which is the book they most want to read out of three listed. The favorite is the book for the following month. And the runner up book is for the month after that. That way if there are people (like me) who order from Amazon, you can typically get free shipping as the cost is generally around $25 for both. If you don't like the book chosen, don't read it. We discuss the books over at Good Reads. You can click on the typewriter on my sidebar and it will take you there.

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    2. Oh, forgot to say there are no formal discussions at all. No time frames. Just discuss it when you want to and don't if you don't want to.

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  42. I use my crockpot a lot. The easiest recipe I have is Salsa Chicken. Just put a few chicken breasts (as many as you need) in a crockpot and pour a jar of salsa over it. I add a little water too, maybe a cup at the most. Then just cook all day til the chicken breasts shred easily with a fork and knife. Serve over rice and that's it.

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  43. This sounds good too. Need to get myself a crock pot. Should I get the smallest?

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    1. There are very tiny ones. You probably don't want that. A 4 quart one would be best and you can have left overs for more than one day. I had an oval one once that I loved, but I have the round one now. You can still fit a chicken in there if you cut it up.

      Clara

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    2. You would probably need a medium size 4 to 6 quarts. The real small ones are usually for simmering potpourri.

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    3. Well, guess I really need a crock pot, because clearly, I cannot cook. I just forgot I had four eggs boiling on the stove with the lid on for about 45 minutes. I was using my new washer and thought it was that when I heard this explosion. I go running in there and the lid had hit the ceiling and eggs, baked brown eggs, were everywhere. I am not a cook. I need a crock pot. Do they ever blow up? Then I had to open the back door to let some of the smoke and stink out and a fly got in and Charlie is terrified of flies. So beyond the smoke alarm going off, now he's been traumatized by a fly and is in hiding.

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    4. LOL Sounds like a comedy of errors. No, crock pots won't blow up.

      I'm afraid to get a pressure cooker because I'm afraid it will blow up. My dad often cooked with one and it does make the food taste so good and keeps in all the nutrients but it did blow up one time. Fortunately no one was in the kitchen at the time or they would have been severely burned.

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  44. Brenda, just make sure that you never let the liquid dry up in the crock pot, that's not a good thing. I love ours and use it as often as possible, it's especially great in the summer because it doesn't heat up the kitchen/house in any way. We have an oval one, I don't know how big it is but it will fit a whole chicken. You have to remember that the vegetables go on the bottom because they take longer to cook than the meat, so if you were doing a roast beef you would add your potatoes, carrots, onions or whatever you put with your roast and then put the roast on top. I then add beef broth and Worcestershire Sauce and pour it on top of the roast and let it cook for 6-8 hours.

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  45. It sounds delicious. I use to cook in a crock pot, so it will probably all come back to me. Just out of practice.

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  46. One of my favs....easy. Cut up a head of cabbage but take out hard core, add 1 can of sliced carrots drained and get one of those packaged horseshoe looking sausages. What ever kind you want. Cut it up in 1/2 inch slices or as big as you like. Put all in large sauce pan. Cover in water add salt pepper and I add onion powder. Cover and cook on low bout an hour. GREAT with corn bread!! One od my fav easy meals!

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  47. Some great recipes here so thanks Brenda!!!

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