Quick and Easy
for the Hurried and Harried
Just about everyone I know is pressed for time. Here are some quick, easy, and delicious recipes I've collected over the years. They've become standard in my house. You'll find most are designed to throw in the crock pot. A few are great for when you have to take a dish to a pot luck. Give them a try. I hope you enjoy!
3 bottles of chili sauce
Cut sausage into one inch pieces. Put sausage, chili sauce, and jelly in crock pot. Mix. Cook until heated through.
Mix together in a large bowl --
Store in sealed container until ready to use. To enjoy, put a teaspoon in your coffee or 1/3 cup of spiced chocolate in one cup of boiling water.
1 jar marshmallow cream
Stir together and serve with fruit (I usually serve with strawberries)
1/4 cup ketchup
Combine all ingredients except weiners in very small crockpot. Stir weiners into mixture. Cover and heat 1 hour; remove lid and heat an additional hour.
1/2 package Pepperidge Farm Frozen Puff Pastry Sheets (1 sheet)
Thaw pastry sheet at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix egg and water and set aside. Mix cheeses, onion, and garlic powder and set aside. Unfold pastry sheet on lightly floured surface. Brush with egg mixture. Top with cheese mixture and spinach. Starting at one side, roll uip like a jelly roll. Cut into 20 (1/2") slices. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Brush tops with egg mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until golden.
Chinese Chicken Salad
Mix well. (I use a shaker to really combine these ingredients.)
Brown chicken and noodles in a fry pan. Mix cabbage, almonds, sesame seeds, and onions. Add chicken and noodles. Mix well. Poor on dressing and toss.
One Dish Meals
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
In large skillet, combine oil and onion. Cook over low heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 15 minutes. (This keeps warm very nicely in a crock pot and is great to serve at parties.)
1 pound ground meat (turkey or beef)
Brown ground meat and onions. Cook noodles. Once both are cooked, combined into a skillet, mix in spaghetti sauce, and sprinkle cheese on top. Cover skillet and simmer for 15 minutes.
2 to 4 cups cooked rice (depending on how many people there are)
Cook ground beef with taco seasoning mix as per instructions on package. Serve over rice with salsa and cheddar cheese. Or let people serve themselves from different containers.
Crock Pot Vegetable Delight
The quantities are up to you here unless otherwise noted.
Chicken or beef
Combine all ingredient into a crock pot and cook on slow all day. Serve over noodles or rice.
Put pot roast into crock pot with cut up carrots, potatoes, and onions. Cook all day on slow.
Beef and Vegetable Casserole
3 medium tomatoes, sliced
3 medium zucchini, sliced
Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray and spread tomatoes and zucchini over sheet. Roast vegetables for 10 minutes.Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, sauté beef, onion and garlic until beef is done. Stir in tomato sauce and bring to a simmer.
Spread beef mixture in large, shallow baking dish and top with roasted vegetables. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
Stir cottage cheese, egg, cheddar cheese, herbs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Spoon over roasted vegetables and smooth.
Bake 35 minutes.
1 teaspoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Heat oil in nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and mushroom and sauté until tender. Stir in tomato cause and tofu. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, coat a 9-inch deep pie plate with cooking spray. Arrange cooked spaghetti in bottom and sides. Pour tofu mixture over spaghetti; sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
From the kitchen of: Carol Oberg
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Number of servings: 6
8 ounces uncooked rotini (spiral pasta)
Cook Rotini to desired doneness as directed on package. Drain. Meanwhile, in a 12-inch skillet or Dutch oven, combine ground beef, celery and onions. Cook over medium heat until beef is thoroughly cooked, stirring frequently. Drain. Add cooked Rotini and all remaining ingredients; mix well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Balsamic Chicken With Mushrooms
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
Mix vinegar, mustard, and garlic in a medium-sized bowl.
Steak San Marco
2 pounds round steak, trimmed of all fat and cut into serving-sized pieces
Place all ingredients into a cold, deep skillet* in the above order. Simmer for 90 minutes to 2 hours, until meat is very tender. Makes its own gravy. Serve with mashed potatoes or over rice. Makes two large servings with leftovers.
Serve with a tossed salad, garlic bread and a mellow merlot.
*Micqui says: Try baking in a large Reynolds Oven Bag in a slow oven (300 degrees). The tomatoes keep their bright color, it tasted great, and there was a minimum of clean-up.
1 pound cooked ground meat (turkey or beef)
Combine all ingredients. Simmer for one hour on the stove. OR Cook on low in a crock pot all day.
1 chopped onion
Combine all ingredients. Simmer for one hour on the stove.
2 garlic cloves, minced
Put all ingredients in a large soup pot. Cover and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Wild Rice Soup
1 cup water
Combine water and barley in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for time indicated on barley package directions.
In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add carrots and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms and cook until mushrooms are tender. About 5 minutes more.
Add cooked barley, broth, rice, corn, and sage to vegetable mixture. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, uncovered until rice is cooked and mixture is thoroughly heated--about 10 minutes
Scrub three baking potatoes and place in a gallon-size plastic freezer bag. Poke holes in bag with fork. Place bag on a microwave proof plate. Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes, turn. Cook 6 minutes, turn. Cook 6 minutes, turn. Total cook time -- 18 minutes.
Combine the following ingredients in a very large salad bowl.
2 heads lettuce (chopped into bite-size pieces)
Broccoli Cheese Casserole
2 cups cooked rice
Combine all ingredients into large casserole dish.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes -- you choose how many
Peel sweet potatoes and slice into 1/3-inch discs. Place in a pot with enough cold, salted water to cover. Boil over medium heat for 4 minutes, drain, and cool.
Preheat grill, spray potatoes with cooking spray. Cook on grill on top of aluminum foil.
In a bread machine, place the following ingredients in the order listed:
2 packages semi-sweet chocolate
Microwave chocolate and milk in large microwavable bowl on high 2 to 3 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted, stirring halfway through heating time. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Stir in vanilla. Spread in greased 8-inch square pan (I use the disposable aluminum pans). Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares.
You can also add the following to make different types of fudge: nuts, peanut butter, marshmallows, crushed peppermint candies, flaked coconut.
Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cake
1-3/4 cup boiling water
Pour boiling water over oatmeal and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes. Add butter, brown and white sugar and stir until butter melts. Add eggs and mix well. Sift dry ingredients together and add to mixture, mixing well. Add half of the chips. Pour batter into a 9"x13" pan sprayed with cooking oil. Sprinkle remaining chips on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes.
Peanut Butter Balls
1/2 pound butter or margarine (1 cup)
Cream butter and peanut butter and vanilla. Add powdered sugar a little at a time. Roll into balls and place on wax paper. Let sit overnight. Melt chocolate chips and paraffin and dip balls. Set on wax paper to dry overnight.
Martha Washington Candy
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Combine all ingredients, mix well, and drop by spoonfuls onto waxpaper. Leave overnight to set.
Melt chocolate and wax together in a small pan over low to medium heat, then dip candies and let sit another 24 hours to set.
Combine and stire in:
Add and mix thoroughly:
Roll mixture into small balls. Dredge in:
Peanut Butter and Jelly Bars
1-1/2 cups flour
Combine flour, sugar, and baking power.