Easy dinner help

Becky - posted on 06/04/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I have googled recipes galore, but they arent always good. Anyone have a favorite recipe they can post for me for an easy casserole? My son is starving as soon as I get home from work and I dont have much time before he is ready for bed. I am looking for somewhat healthy casseroles if possible.
Thank you for any recipes, I truly appreciate any help. I have gone through all of my recipe books and need a change.

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Marcy - posted on 06/09/2009

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Hi! My friend makes a killer Mexican Lasagna....its really good and quick. Spray the pan with non stick spray (I use a glass pan) and line the bottom with tortillas ( like flour ones). The alternate layers of ground beef (or chicken), cheese, salsa, beans and do it all over again. Just make sure you end up with the cheese on top at the end. Throw it in the over for about 25 minutes on 350 and you are done. I make a big one, cut it up and freeze portions of it.

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Sara - posted on 06/17/2009

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One of my daughter's favorite meals is chicken and stuffing. Spray a square baking dish with non-stick spray, a package of fresh, trimmed and ready chicken breast tenders, a can of cream of chicken soup (you can use the fat free version - doesn't make a difference) on top of it, some stovetop mixed with water on top of that. Cover and bake for about 30 mins until the chicken is cooked through. A steamable bag of peas - and my daughter is in HEAVEN - and it only takes about 45 mins from start to finish.

Nicole - posted on 06/17/2009

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In recipes I did post an easy cheesy tuna casserole that you can use with different meats and veggies you might like that recipe. Everyone in my family and all my friends really dig it! My two year old eats tons of it!

Nicole - posted on 06/17/2009

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If your son is ready to eat when you get home I say crockpot crockpot crockpot! Soups-I always use a tomato base and whatever meat or frozen veggies, season with season salt onion and garlic powder and pepper, Barbecue chicken or boneless pork country ribs-put meat in cover with favorite bbq, sloppy joes or spaghetti-ground hamburger and canned sauce, all crockpot. If you work more than 4hrs use low setting, less than that use high. Then just heat up frozen or canned veggies maybe nuke a baked potato and I side everything with applesauce (any canned or fresh fruit will do) and canned biscuits! Ten minutes you have a great dinner!

Tricia - posted on 06/17/2009

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I have a cookbook called Desperation Dinners which I love. Everything in it takes 20 minutes or less start to finish, but it also uses real ingredients rather than prepared foods. The difference in nutrition between the ingredient "4 chicken breasts" and the prepared food "a box of chicken tenders" is huge (no offense intended, Dominique). And you can't beat 20 minutes. Even Lipton Sides take that long. :-)

For soup, I love the 3-2-1 recipe. Cook 3 cups of vegetables in 2 cups of broth. Puree in a blender with 1 cup of dairy. Use whatever veggie and dairy you have handy. I love carrots with milk, broccoli with cheese, and green peas with yogurt.

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Another easy one is getting 2 bags of those Lipton sides in the broccoli cheddar rice. Pour those in a glass baking dish, along with the water/butter as instructed on the package. Then, lay some raw chicken tenders on top, and sprinkle some cheese (your choice) on top of the whole thing. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes and voila! Dinner's ready!

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Baked Ziti is a hit in my house. I make it before I head out for work in the morning, then my hubby can just heat it up when he gets home. Just boil a box of ziti noodles per the instructions on the box, toss some chopped up veggies in a pan with a can of spaghetti sauce while the noodles are boiling. Then, after draining the noodles, toss them around in the sauce, dump the whole thing in a glass baking dish, cover with mozzerella cheese, and throw in the oven at 350 until the cheese starts bubbling. I don't know a single kid who doesn't love noodles covered in sauce, so this is bound to go over well. And, it doesn't get much easier than that!

Julia - posted on 06/11/2009

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Crockpots are awesome for dinner binds! You can put it together in the container the night before and then just flick it on low before you head to work and bam! you got dinner when you get home. There are alot of recepies and its not just stew, you can make pasta, soup... actually anything you can make in a casserole you can make in a crock pot. I highly recomend ^_^

Marlène - posted on 06/08/2009

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Wow, that's right, there is so much choice. I must say that for dinner, we often have vegetable soup with some cheese and bread. Suits the need of all the family and is quite easy to make. If you have a "steampot" (I'm not sur about the english name : it's a pot with a lid that you can lock and it keep the steam inside. It cut by 3 the cooking time of anything !). Here are some soup ideas that my sons love :



- squash /pumpkin soup : get a pot 1/2 full of water (about 1 litre) start to cook while you're cutting vegetables.If it's only for the 2 of you, use 1/2 to 1/4 of a pumpkin depending on the size (it is too much but you can freeze the rest !), one spring onion (or leek) and one big patatoe. Peel and cut everything quite small (2 min more cutting = 5 min less cooking = you'll save 3 min !!!).Put in the boiling water with a little salt, 1 tbs of vegetable stock and a pinch of either marjoram or yellow curry. Adjust salt and spice to taste. Cook for 5 min in the steampot or 10-15min on a normal pot. Blend. Add a little cream or milk to taste.



- brocoli soup : 1/2 litre of boiling water. 1 head of brocoli cut in small pieces. Add brocoli to water. Salt to taste. Let cook until tender (10-15 min).Blend. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 cup of cream (can be low fat) and a bunch of parsley thinly cut.



- exotic carrot soup : boil 1/2 litre of water. Get 500g of carrot peeled and sliced, 1 spring onion thinly cut, 1tsp of good vegetable oil (sunflower or sesame), 1/2 to 1 tsp of mild yellow curry (depends on your taste). In an other pan, start to heat the oil. Add the curry and roast until fragrant. Add vegetables. Roast for another 2 min. Add the water, vegetable stock and/or salt to taste. Cook until the vegetables are tender. Blend. Add 150ml of coconut milk. This soup tastes also good cold for a hot summer evening !

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