Need Help!

Amanda - posted on 01/31/2009 ( 16 moms have responded )

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I can't cook, and I have 2 kids!! OMG!! Does anyone have any help for me? I would love to make a meal that doesn't come from a box. =)

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Diane - posted on 02/02/2009

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Here's an easy to assemble and follow one-dish meal that may be prepared up to the day before serving. This may seem complicated, but I wrote each step down, so it can be easily prepared.



Shopping List:



4 lge Chicken Breasts



2 cans Cream of Chicken Soup



Curry Powder



1 1-lb package frozen Brocolli Flowerets



Mayonnaise



Parmesan Cheese



Fresh Lemon or small bottle Lemon Juice ( I prefer fresh, but either is fine)



 



CHICKEN DIVINE



4  med- lge boneless/skinless chicken breast (not necessary to be boneless/skinless, but you have to throw away bone and skin b4 or after cooking anyway). Place in cooking pot and cover with water. Add 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place on med-high heat; bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from stock and allow chicken to cool until it can be chopped into bite-sized pieces.(freeze stock after cooling to be used in another recipe, if desired).



While chicken cools you may begin the following steps:



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter the sides and bottom of a 3-4 quart casserole dish. Set aside.



1  1-lb package frozen brocolli flowerets ( Prick a few holes in plactic bag, Steam 2 minutes in microwave in bag. Turn and steam 2 additional minutes. If any water collects in bag, drain.)  Layer brocolli in dish. Layer chopped chicken over brocolli



Mix together:



2 cans Cream of Chicken soup



1/2 cup Mayonnaise



1 tablespoon Lemon Juice



2 tablespoons Parmesan Cheese



1/2 teaspoon Curry Powder



Spread this mixture over top of chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and add topping. Put back into oven for an additional 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. (Topping recipe follows)



 



Two Optional Toppings:



1 cup Finely Shredded Cheddar Cheese



 Fine Toasted Bread Crumbs (Toast 3 slices bread on both sides. Process in blender or food processor until fine crumbs.)



2 Tablespoons Soft/Softened Margarine



  Mix together with cheese and sprinkle on casserole and put back into oven. bake and additional 10-15 minutes or until lightly browned. (This is the preferred topping)



OR



1 cup finely grated Cheddar Cheese



1 sleeve of Ritz or Town House crackers, finely crumbed



2 Tablespoons soft/softened Maragrine



Follow recipe directions from above.



 





 

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Here's an easy one...

Beef and veggie soup

1 pound of ground beef

1/2 cup chopped red onion (about one small onion)

2 (14 oz) can beef broth

1 (26 oz) jar pasta sauce with bell pepper, onions, and spices

1 (16 oz) package frozen mixed veggies

salt and pepper to taste

Brown beef and onion in a large pan over medium high heat until brown. After I brown my meat I drain it in a strainer and run hot water over it until the grease of pretty well gone. (I hate all of that grease I do this everytime I brown ground beef) Then add all of the remaining ingredients. If you want to start this in the morning and cook all day you can put it in a crockpot and cook for about 8 hrs on low heat. Or if you need to get it done in a hurry you can put it in a large pot and cook for about 45 min or until veggies are tender. Top with cheese, sour cream or whatever you prefer. We like cornbread muffins or tortilla chips. My husband is the picky eater in our family and I didn't know if he would like this or not but he ate about 3 bowls full!!!

Jenn - posted on 02/03/2009

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A great site I would recommend that has some boxed dinner combination to doing things from scratch but simple dinners. Kraftfoods.com is a wonderful site and I would recommend signing up. I have done a lot of recipes from there and they are great! :) I agree with the Crockpots, a rice cooker helps too... :) Good luck...and don't worry you will get it..

Janice - posted on 02/03/2009

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Actually, the whole Kraft website has saved me on many nights. The recipes are easy, affordable and ingredients that you usually have or are easy to get. If you sign up, you can get Whats Cooking magazine free every few months that is full of recipes, ideas, things you cook with your kids, etc. In Canada link is www.kraftcanada.com/share. If in another country link is www.kraftfoods.com then you pick your country and follow prompts from there.

Janice - posted on 02/03/2009

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One of my kids favorites and so easy, we call it Goulash but not sure real name

Loose fry a pound of hamburger and drain off fat
Cook a box of Kraft Dinner (noodles only) and drain
Add the noodles to the hamburger
Add one jar of Ragu Spaghetti Sauce (or any other type)
Mix in 3/4 of the package of Cheese from the Kraft Dinner
3 Tbsp of Cheeze Whiz

Put in casserole dish
Sprinkle with rest of powdered cheese
(If I have bread crumbs, I mix some with the cheese first)
Or if you prefer, some grated cheddar
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes

Serve with bread- Delicious!

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It takes 30 mins to cook quartered potatoes & once you have boiled frozen peas & corn they are cooked. Sausages only take 20 mins under the grill or in a fry-pan, simple, easy & basic. But healthy.

Tanya - posted on 02/02/2009

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Allrecipes.com is a great site to get some good simple recipes. Also kraftfoods.com. They also have a recipe magazine that comes out about 5 times a  year and the subscribtion is free, You can subscribe online. It has super simple recipes in there that usually only take about 30 minutes. They are typically a lot of casserole and pasta dishes which are good meals to start learning on and great for the kids!  I have a 4 and 2 year old and I was in the same boat about 5 years ago. I had no clue about cooking and now I love to cook. Crockpot recipes are great as well, especially when you have a busy schedule, plus you just put everything in the pot, turn it on and let it go! Good Luck

Stefanie - posted on 02/02/2009

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The alaskan salmon comes in small cans one cup each or big cans equalling 2 cups.

Nicole - posted on 02/02/2009

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definately, a crock pot will help... i love to use mine.  a good one is fix-it-and-forget-it.  also, you can go to allrecipes.com and find some easy recipes as well.

Stefanie - posted on 02/02/2009

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fish and rice, super protien fast and easy! Rice cooker? If not boil some rice per directions on the bag, don't use minute rice, use brown rice if possible, use a tbsp of olive oil in the rice water instead of butter. The ratio for rice is easy 2 cups water per 1 cup rice. Cooking for 4 add another cup of rice with an additional 2 cups water. Set timer for half of time used to cook rice. When that goes off pour IN A SEPARATE PAN 2 cups alaskan salmon (pink, sockeye, red, or king) 1 package of frozen green beans (or edamame if desired to do that boil for 4 minutes and squeeze the pea pod like shells till the edamame jump out {the kids love that part}) 1/2 chopped white onion, 1clove chopped garlic, (garlic and onion powder do fine) 2 cans of kidney beans (rinse out the "juice" from the cans b-cuz it's gross) add 1tbsp of olive oil and simmer till rice is done. Mix together on a plate and add salt and pepper to taste. My kids love this one. They are 3 and 5

Stefanie - posted on 02/02/2009

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just keep tasting it till you feel you have enough cheese melted, no recipe required, taste buds only need apply.

Stefanie - posted on 02/02/2009

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Mac and Cheese Unboxed! Boil noodles, drain most of the water, throw back in the pot, add a tablespoon size glob of olive oil, and some cut up slices of cheese, real cheddar or feta, mix till melted. Pour some hot water over some frozen vegetables (great organic selections at costco) till thawed, add salt to taste and serve.

Eva - posted on 02/02/2009

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This is an easy dish and my kids have always loved it!





Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs ground chuck or sirloin

1 can mushroom soup

1 can baby peas

1 can corn

6 - slices of velvetta cheese

6 or 7 medium potatoes

1-2 tbsp. butter





Recipe instructions:

Boil potatoes in their skins for 20 to 25 minutes. (You can peel the potatoes first and boil if that's easier) Peal and mash potatoes (add salt, milk and butter to taste) Fry ground meat till browned then add 1 can of mushroom soup. Mix together and then add 1 can of peas and 1 can of corn. When meat is finished cooking transfer over to a casserole dish. Put the Velveeta slices on top and then put the mashed potatoes on top of that. Put a few pats of butter on top of potatoes and broil for about 8 to 10 minutes until golden brown.

Catherine - posted on 02/02/2009

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Macaroni cheese is a good one and you can add in cooked chopped ham, sweetcorn or some onion.  Make a cheese sauce or you can buy some decent quality ones in shops.



Melt 2oz (50g) butter in a pan, once melted add flour and make a paste make sure it isn't too dry.  slowly add milk in cooking as you go to make it a nice smooth thick sauce about 1/2 a pint of milk if too thick add more milk.  Once you have got it to the right consistency add in your cheese and mix through.  I quite often add in seetcorn or fried onion and ham which is tasty.  Pour sauce over your cooked pasta and place in an oven dish with grated cheese on top and place in oven until cheese is melted and crisp on top.  Have bread, salad with or  a favourite in Scotland is mashed potatoes and baked beans on the side.

Donna - posted on 01/31/2009

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Start with whatever you find easy like pasta for instance. I used to make alot of that when my kids were little and add different things like peas and butter and parmesan cheese, or make a little sauce with a can of tuna for some extra protein. Things that are healthy don't have to be complicated. Another thing that is easy to work with is Liptons chicken noodle soup...add some eggs and veggies or chicken leftovers.

Hope that helps!
Donna

Erika - posted on 01/31/2009

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I would get a crock pot cook book, that requires basically no cooking knowledge, but it is still a homemade meal...not from a box.  Also, cassaroles are easy. My favorite to make is goulash, very very easy!!

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