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Quick and easy recipes - April 26th 2020, 09:31 AM

Does anyone have any quick and easy recipes. Crock pot meals would be great but it doesn't have to be crock pot. Have a lot of free time and will be shopping for food at some point in the next few weeks. Would like to cook a few things.

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Re: Quick and easy recipes - April 26th 2020, 10:23 AM

Hi there!

Below are some links that I've found that will hopefully help you out.



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Re: Quick and easy recipes - April 26th 2020, 09:00 PM

So none of these are crock pot but I do these when I don't have a lot of time or energy.
  • Cold pasta salad. The possibilities of what you can add into it are endless, but you can get the prepackaged kind or look for a recipe too. It lasts a few days so you can add it to another dinner or lunch the next day.
  • Do you like cucumbers? My mom makes a really good cucumber salad, I'll have to see if I can find the recipe for it. It takes a little longer but it tastes good. And, it lasts a few days like the pasta salad.
  • When I don't feel well, I'll take a thicker (instead of brothy) soup and put it over some rice. Quick and easy, and you can try it out with different soups. I'll put other foods over rice, like a piece of pot pie or something like that.
  • You could experiment with different sandwiches for dinner. Hot ones, cold ones, or wraps, or whatever you can think of.

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Re: Quick and easy recipes - April 29th 2020, 08:03 PM

A spaghetti bolognese or a chilli con carni are the go to recipes in my house. You can even get packet mixes that just need water to make the chilli so you don't need to buy a tonne of spices too.

Chicken and chorizo cheesy pasta is also good. You just need cheese, milk/cream, peppers and onions as well as the pasta and meat and you can shove it all in the same pot and cook it on the hob. I usually eat it on it's own or with a quick side salad.

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Re: Quick and easy recipes - May 3rd 2020, 01:33 AM

Not sure if you have any dietary restrictions, but I love making pasta dishes because there are a few basic recipes to create many different dishes.

Jar tomato and alfredo sauces can be altered with italian seasonings and/or wine.

You can also make your own sauce.
-For tomato sauce, I usually start with a can of tomatoes (or tomato paste) and cook it down, add flavors of choice. This can also be served over garlic bread or toast, with cheese if you like.
-Alfredo or other cheese sauce: sautee rue (equal parts butter and flour), melt parmesan or other cheese, add milk or cream, season to taste. Makes great homemade mac 'n cheese too.
-Wine sauce: start with rue, mix in wine, simmer until alcohol cooks off and sauce thickens, season to taste. Marsala or a white wine works for most this.

Meats and/or vegetables of choice can be added. To cook in same pan as sauce, sautee meat/vegetables in butter before adding flour to make sauce.
I often use cans of cooking soups, seasoning packets, and marinades with meat, vegetables, and potatoes for quick crock pot meals. A bit of wine and/or other seasonings is also a good option.
Homemade chicken tenders or nuggets are also simple, but can take a while if you don't have a fryer.
Just coat chicken with egg and toss in seasoned breadcrumbs/flour (you can mix grated parmesan cheese with breadcrumbs too) and fry. This works with pork too.

If you make the variation with parmesan, you can add the cooked meat to oven safe dish, add tomato sauce and mozzarella/italian blend/parmesan cheese and bake/broil for simple chicken parmesan.
Garlic bread can be as simple as toasting/broiling slices of bread with butter and garlic, optional parsley and parmesan.

Olive oil with italian seasonings can be good to dip bread in. I forgot ratios, so look up a recipe, but it's standard italian seasonings and let it sit in the oil at least 30 minutes. Seems fancy but it's super simple.

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Re: Quick and easy recipes - May 4th 2020, 09:06 AM

Hi there!

I'm so happy to see that you want to try out some simple cooking. I don't want to be shameless in promoting this but I have a cooking blog on Instagram (@pistachiogreen_) where I post simple, delicious and healthy vegetarian/vegan recipes. I'm a college student, so you can imagine how much I adore simple recipes. And it so happens that I'm a huge veggie foodie so I only post stuff that I've tried and tested and I'm sure are good enough to be shared. Do feel free to check it out for some ideas if you're on the Gram
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