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6 Simple Recipes I Use

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I am not a chef. I’m a mom that likes food and my kid is a picky eater. These are my recipes either handed down from my family or things I have made up myself.

The recipes are simple and don’t cost a lot of money. They are not gourmet meals and you may think they are not the healthiest. But they have served us well for many years.

These recipes are meant to feed my family on a dime and to have as many servings as possible to save me money. The recipes are for serving 6 people or more. They are quick meals that generally have about 20 minutes or less prep time and can be cooked in crock pot or actual cooking time is less than an hour.

These recipes are great for pot luck meals, reunions, or to have on hand when friends, family pop in at dinner time.

Sorry, I only have a few pictures for the recipes.  I also didn’t’ give precise measurements for seasonings because I do not measure. Sorry.

Here are 6 of my simple recipes I like to use.


Taco Salad

Taco Salad

Taco Salad

3 Lbs. ground beef or turkey                                     1-2 Heads or bags Lettuce

1 Large Onion                                                              2-4 Tomatoes

Salsa or taco sauce                                                     2 large bags Shredded cheese

Sour cream                                                                   2-3 bags Corn chips, Doritos, or tortilla chips

Brown hamburger in large skillet, add whatever seasonings you would like. You can add a packet of taco seasoning too. Drain hamburger and set aside in a bowl.

Chop up all veggies and put them in separate bowls.

You can use any combo of the chips or just one kind.

Now comes the fun. Get a couple handful of chips and crush them up on your plate. Then add some hamburger, shredded cheese, some lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a little sour cream and drizzle taco sauce on top and enjoy.

You can also add black beans, refried beans, and rice. Feeds approx. 6-8

Smoked Sausage with Red Beans and Rice

Red Beans and Rice

2 packages of Smoked Sausages (Hillshire works great)

2 boxes Zatarains Red Beans and Rice

I cut the sausages in quarters then split each quarter. I then place on baking sheet and bake on 400 for about 15 minutes.

After sausage is cooked I then slice each quarter into bite size pieces.

Cook the rice and beans according to box instructions.

When rice is almost done, add the sausage and continue cooking till rice/beans are done.

Serve with salad and French bread. Serves 6 people

You can add corn, okra to the mix as well. You can make this with chicken or shrimp.

You can also add beef broth to make into a soup.

Italian chicken

6-8 Chicken breast                               2 Bottles of Zesty Italian salad dressing

Put chicken breast in crock pot. Cover chicken with dressing. If you want less Zest add some water.

Cover with lid. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. You can do this right before you leave for work and dinner is ready when you get home.

You can also cook chicken in oven with dressing. Put in casserole dish cover with dressing and cook on 425 for about an hour.

You can put chicken on a bed of pasta or rice or leafy greens. You can serve by itself with a baked potato and a salad. Serves 6-8

Baked Pasta Pizza

2 lbs. hamburger or ground turkey                          1 lrg. packet Pepperoni

2 jars spaghetti sauce                                                  1 lrg. Packet shredded cheese

1 box elbow macaroni

Brown hamburger and season the way you want.

In a large pot boil water and cook macaroni. When pasta is cooked, drain and add hamburger and 1 jar of spaghetti sauce. Mix together and if the mixture is too dry or not saucy enough, add second jar of sauce.

Once combined transfer pasta mixture to an 11×13 casserole dish. Top with cheese and pepperoni.

Put in oven (uncovered) on 400 degrees till cheese is melted and almost golden, 10-15 minutes.

Serve with salad and a nice French bread. Serves 8-10

You can also add onion, green pepper or mushroom when browning hamburger.

Junk Casserole

I call this a junk casserole because I use whatever I have in the house.

2 boxes of scalloped potatoes or 2 boxes of Mac-n-Cheese

1-Lbs. hamburger or a package ½ package of hot dogs (chopped), or a few slices of thick sliced ham (chopped). Basically any meat of choice you just need approximately 1 pound

2 cans vegetables: corn. Peas, lima beans, green beans, spinach, frozen veggies (1 bag), broccoli, carrots, (any combo of 2 veggies)

Brown meat if not already cooked.

Put potatoes or mac-n-cheese in large casserole dish. Prep according to instructions on box.

Drain canned veggies or frozen veggies and add to casserole dish.

Add meat and stir together.

You can top with cheese, crackers, crushed Cheez-its.

Cook according to box instructions.

Serves 6 people.

Green Beans/Potatoes and Ham

Green Beans Potatoes and Ham

Green Beans Potatoes and Ham

6-8 small cans of green beans or 2 of the large size

5-6 potatoes medium size

2 packages of chunked ham (1 Lb.)

Put cans of green beans in a large crock pot. Do not drain

Peel and cut potatoes in large pieces. Put in crock pot

Rinse Ham and put in crock pot.

Add salt to taste in you want.

You can cook on low over night till you get home. Put everything in crock pot before you go to bed. It will be fine to cook for 16 hours or more.

You can cook before you go to work. Turn crock pot on high and cook till you are ready for dinner.

Corn bread is great with this dish. I also like sliced tomatoes with a slice of bread with butter.

Serves: 6-10

The websites I have listed below are just some suggestions for simple meal ideas. I am not endorsing these sites nor do I get paid to share these sites. They are things that I personally use or like and thought they may help you.

Tell me what your favorite recipe is and I will share them in a post. Let me know if you tried any of the recipes and which ones you liked. Would love to hear your input.

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