I have to cook HELP!

Ok so for those of you who don’t know I am a terrible cook and I HATE to do it!  I got this idea that when the kiddos go back to school I would cook alot more often so I need some help.  I would love to know your favorite recipes under 30mins prep time but it can be anything from chicken to soup.  You can post a link or the whole recipe in the comment section.  I will pick 5 of the favs and cook every night next week and blog about it giving you credit for the meal :) Of the five I will randomly pick one person to win a $50.00 Publix Gift Certificate. Wish me luck and thank you in advance for your help!

22 thoughts on “I have to cook HELP!

  1. http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/easy-chicken-tetrazzini/Detail.aspx

    Chicken Tetrazzini is my all time favorite comfort food! My mom use to make Turkey Tetrazzini but I am a chicken fan more :-) This recipe is about the same as what I do but I use the pre-cooked chicken (purdue has the best- the mesquite strips I think they are or you can get the original) and cube them to save from having to cook chicken too. Then I heat the soup, chicken, bouillon (or chicken broth), and some shredded cheese in a saucepan and pour it over the cooked spaghetti. Then, before it goes in the oven…add more cheese to the top!! Gooey, cheesy, yummy, easy goodness. :-)

  2. ok this one is SUPER easy and my husband loves it! its my own seasoned chicken and pasta
    get chicken breast, season with montreal chicken rub. or to taste. then saute in a small amount of olive oil till fully cooked. cook a said of your choice of pasta (directions on box) family secret salt water, but also add a small amount of olive oil. also for my butter garlic sauce for pasta you melt a stick of regular salted butter with olive oil (as much as you like) in a small pot with 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped. I created it myself for my little sister because she hates red sauce and were Italian! I like to serve with a said of broccoli as well for a veggie :) hope you enjoy!

  3. Ok this is a family fave and is extra great cause you can get TWO quick and easy meals out of it.

    First night… Taco Joes.

    *2lbs ground beef
    *1 (26oz can) of campells tomoato soup
    *2 cups Mild (or med) chunky salsa
    *a pack of Hamberger buns
    Shredded cheddar cheese

    Cook beef till browned, drain the fat. Stir in the soup and salsa. cook until hot and bubbling. Then spoon over buns, and a little cheese.

    I pair this with heated can corn.

    Night TWO (from left overs)
    Kid friendly Chili

    *left over taco joe mix
    *left over corn
    *1 more can of tomato soup
    *2 cans of kidney beans
    *3 tbs ground cumin
    *2 tsp ground chili pepper
    *left over shredded cheese
    *sour cream (optional)

    ok so… Take what ever meat mixture you have left over and dump in to a crock pot. add the left over corn too (if any) add the extra can of soup.

    Drain and rinse the kidney beans then add them to the crock pot too

    add the ground cumin and chili pepper stir all together.

    (I do this all the night before when I am cleaning up form dinner and I just through the crock pot in the fridge overnight)

    Then just turn the crock pot on on and cook on low for as long as you need or until hot) I do for about 4 or 5 hrs

    When ready… spoon chili into bowls… top with a little cheese and or a bit of sour cream and DONE! I normally pair this with corn bread.

  4. Kids will love this (and can get involved!
    Get a store bought pizza dough (Papa Johns will sell you one… Publix is my second resort) and split in 2. Make a flat crust with each of them.
    Get pasta sauce and favorite toppings (you can even make it healthy with chicken and spinach.) Kids can make and decorate their own (then tend to like what they make!!!)
    Pop it is the oven (great way to teach the concept of time and temperature!) and in less than 30 min, including cooking time, you have a meal, a lesson and FUN family time!

  5. I have a good one that is super easy and good for the kids! It is a no boil baked ziti.

    1 1/2 Cups of water
    15oz Container of ricotta cheese
    3 Cups of shredded mozzerella
    1/4 Cup of parmasean
    8 Oz of uncooked ziti
    1 jar of pasta sauce ( I use the big jar of Ragu)
    1lb of ground turky, beef, ect (optional)

    Preheat the oven to 400. Put pasta sauce and water in big bowl. Add the ricota 2 cups of mozzerella and the paraesan. Mix all together then add pasta.

    Brown the turky in a pan. You can add garlic powder to it if you wish.

    Add the turkey to the mix and transfer it to a 13×9 baking dish. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 55 minutes.

    When time is up remove the foil and put the remaining 1 cup of mozzerella on the top. Continue to bake uncovered for 5 minutes. Let stand for 15mins before serving.

    And there you go super quick and easy meal to impress your family with. Add some garlic bread and you are all done!

  6. Chicken Alfredo:

    - 1 pack of boneless chicken breast
    - 1 box of fettuccine noodles (I prefer Barilla or Ronzoni)
    - 1 jar of Classico Alfredo sauce (I usually use 1 and a half because we like a lot of sauce)
    - Black pepper & salt for seasoning

    1. Cut chicken breast into strips about 1 inch long and 1/4 inch thick. Wash thoroughly, drain as much of the retained water as possible. Set aside.

    2. Put on a pot with water for the pasta. Once water is boiled, add pasta & salt for taste. Follow cook times on the box (I usually cook my pasta for 11-12 minutes because I like it tender). Once pasta is done, strain into a colander and set aside.

    2. Heat up skillet on medium heat. Once pan is hot, add chicken to pan. At this time, add black pepper & salt for taste. Cook chicken until it is no longer pink (should be about 6-7 minutes). Do not drain excess liquid.

    3. Add Alfredo sauce to the pan with chicken and simmer until hot (about 3-4 minutes).

    4. Serve sauce over noodles and enjoy!

    5. I like to serve this with cheesy bread and prefer the Texas toast brand (in the freezer section). You can pop that in the oven as your sauce is simmering :]

  7. One easy one is Hamburger Roll:

    Cook up an lb of hamburger meat, throw in some minced onion.
    Follow the recipe for biscuits on the Bisquik box.
    Roll out the dough on a cookie sheet; sprinkle the hamburger down the middle,
    Then fold over the edges of the dough to cover all the meat.
    Cook based on the directions for the biscuits.
    Heat up some beef gravy.
    Slice the Hamburger Roll and cover in gravy…Yum!

    I love to cook, but I am generally to tired to do so after work, some of my favorite items that make quick meals, without using too much processed food:

    Hormel Flavored Pork tenderloins: take out of the package, throw in pan, throw in oven….Done!
    Goes well with Uncle Ben’s 90 second rice…. 90 seconds in the microwave, just remember the open the pouch. Joe forgot once…. it explodes :)

    Also, I cook up hamburger meat in large batches, then put in a Tupperware in the freezer to have ready for quick meals.
    I also do this with mashed potatoes…defrost, then microwave.

    And a slow cooker is a busy woman’s best friend!

  8. Chicken Fajitas:


    - 1 pkg. McCormick® Fajita Seasoning Mix
    - 2 tbsp. oil, divided
    - 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless beef sirloin, cut into ½-inch strips
    - 1 medium onion, cut into thin strips
    - 1 medium bell pepper, cut into thin strips
    - 1/4 cup water
    - 8 flour tortillas (6-inch)

    Assorted Toppings: Shredded Cheese, Salsa, Sour Cream, Guacamole or Sliced Tomatoes

    1. HEAT 1 tablespoon of oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add meat; cook and stir 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Remove from skillet.

    2. In same skillet, heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add onion and bell pepper; cook and stir 3 to 5 minutes. Return meat to skillet.

    3. STIR in water and Seasoning Mix. Cook and stir 3 minutes or until heated through.

    4. SPOON into warm tortillas. Serve with toppings, if desire

  9. Ok, so I have one more favorite. Cook up some chicken, or use Perdue Shortcuts or meat from a Rotisserie chicken. Cook up some pasta….ziti, bowties, whatever. Buy a bag of broccoli you can steam in the microwave. Heat up a jar, usually 2, of Garlic Alfredo.
    Mix all, enjoy!

  10. Ramen & Hot Wings


    - 3-4 packages of chicken ramen
    - 14-16 Tyson Wings on Fire (with bone)

    1. Cook wings as directed on package

    2. As soon as the wings are done, start ramen and cook as directed on the package.

    3. Once the ramen is finished, add the wings into the soup and let it sit for about 3-5 minutes.

    *This can be a bit spicy*

  11. One of my all time favorites is creamy chicken verde. First you want thawed boneless, skinless chicken breast or strips and cut into cubes to your liking (smaller the kids, smaller the strips). Make 2 packets of the Knorr creamy pesto sauce (milk and oil I believe ~5min). Add half of the sauce to the chicken in a casserole dish. Put in the oven at 350 degrees for ~20 minutes. While the chicken bakes, I pick a pasta for the dish (I think farfalle works best) and cook to box specifications. I also make a box of green giant creamed spinach (microwave 6 min). Once the pasta is done and drained, I add the other half of the sauce to it, and mix in the creamed spinach. Once the chicken is done, I add it on top with some shredded mozarella cheese. It’s one of my favorites, and it’s pretty healthy. Enjoy!!

  12. Okay, I have just the solution. This has become a staple in my house. My mom even passes this recipe to random people in the grocery store! It’s so super easy and takes no time to prepare!

    1 box penne pasta,
    1 can Classico sun dried tomato alfredo sauce,
    1 can diced tomatoes, drained,
    1 pkg of frozen vegetables (I use Birds Eye Steamfresh, usually Asian Medley, but choose to your families liking),
    1 pound shrimp (or chicken, or beef, but shrimp is my favorite).

    Cook noodles as directed, drain.
    Steam vegetables in the microwave.
    Prepare your choice of meat as you like it. I buy already cooked shrimp from Publix, so I’ll just get it heated up. If I’m using beef that night, I’ll just cook it with my favorite seasonings in the skillet.)
    After those three steps, just dump everything together in your large skillet and stir. Add a little pepper if that’s your taste, but literally, that’s as complex as it gets. It’s delicious and easy and only needs a few ingredients! It’s even more awesome because you can literally do anything with it. Sometimes I’ll saute mushrooms with garlic and add those instead of the steamed vegetables. Sometimes I’ll use regular alfredo instead of the sun dried. Sometimes I’ll leave out the diced tomatoes. It’s literally whatever you have on hand.

  13. Tortellini w/Chicken –
    2 packages of refrigerated Tortellini – any flavor that suits your fancy (usually in an end cap fridge thing at Publix)
    Cooked chicken breast (to save time, you can buy the purdue packaged stuff)
    Garlic (I buy mine in a jar)
    2 tablespoons Classico pesto (it comes in a jar, found with the pasta sauce aisle)
    2 tablespoons Classico sundried tomato pesto
    Veggies (whatever you’ve got – I usually use a can of mushrooms and some steamed broccoli – publix sells bags of broccoli that can be ‘steamed’ in the microwave)

    Cook the tortellini as directed on the package. In a separate skillet heat a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the garlic and cook till it smells really good but don’t let it burn. Add the 2 kinds of pesto sauce. When it starts to bubble just a little, add the chicken, and whatever veggies and cook for 10-15 minutes until it’s all heated through. Drain the tortellini and combine with the chicken and veggies.

    It’s healthy and super yummy!

  14. so im not a good cook either…i totally printed this page to use at home..thanks for the idea tab :) xoxo
    ok ok so my kids LOVE taco anything so i make this really good taco bake/lasagna, you need: 5 small soft taco shells, refried beans, sour cream, enchilata sauce, ground beef & the mixed shredded cheese…(i buy the old el paso enchilata kit & just use everything in there!! then get the things im missing :) )cook the beef in a skillet, pour in the enchilata sauce then using a round baking dish i start layering the items start w/ the beef, then a soft taco shell, then beans, then sour cream & cheese..then start all over again :) top it with cheese & sour cream! :) capiesh :) xoxoxoxoxoxo

  15. Irish Lamb Stew


    * 2 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
    * 1 3/4 pounds white potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
    * 3 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
    * 3 stalks celery, thinly sliced
    * 3 large leeks, white part only, halved, washed and thinly sliced
    * 1 14-ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
    * 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
    * 1 teaspoon salt
    * 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
    * 1/4 cup packed parsley leaves, chopped


    Combine lamb, potatoes, carrots, celery, leeks, broth, thyme, salt and pepper in a 6-quart slow cooker; stir to combine. Put the lid on and cook on low until the lamb is fork-tender, about 8 hours. Stir in parsley before serving.

  16. Chicken Gumbo


    * 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
    * 1 (10-ounce) package frozen okra, thawed
    * 2 links andouille sausage, diced
    * 1 cup chopped onions
    * 2 celery stalks, chopped
    * 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped
    * 1 teaspoon dried thyme
    * 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 2 bay leaves
    * 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
    * 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    * 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    * 2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
    * 2 cups reduced-sodium tomato juice
    * 2 cups cooked rice


    In a slow-cooker, combine the chicken and all remaining ingredients except the rice. Mix well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or high for 3 to 4 hours. Serve over rice.

  17. Are you ready for this: Mini Meat Loaves….

    1) So you startoff by heating the oven to 450 degrees. In a small bowl, stir 1/2 cup of ketchup and 2 tablespoons of packed brown sugar until mixed; reserve 1/4 cup for topping. Then, in a large bowl mix: 1lb lean ground beef (at least 80%), 1/2 lb ground pork, 1/2 cup of Original Bisquick mix, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1/4 cup onion, 1 egg, and remaining ketchup/brown sugar mix until well mixed.

    2) Spray a 13×9 inch pan with cooking spray. Place meat mixture in pan; pat into 12 x 4 inch rectangle. Cut lengthwise down center and then crosswise into sixths to form 12 loaves (I make mine bigger so its about 6 loaves). Seperate loaves, using spatula, so no edges are touching. Brush loaves with reserved 1/2 cup ketchup mixture.

    3) Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until loaves are no longer pink in the center.

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