Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I Just Wanna Eat.

Over the past month or two, I have become obsessed with the idea of a good, home-cooked dinner. It doesn't have to be 100% healthy because that takes all the fun out of life - but I just like the idea of having a nice, warm dinner - especially when it's freezing outside and I just want to eat something warm to get warm.

But I have to admit - I am NOT good at this whole thing. I have a nice, big kitchen (well, not as big as when we had our own home and were not living in this rental nightmare.. but whatever) and a ton of meat in the freezer... and I still can't manage to make dinner.

I follow recipe blogs with amazing recipes... and still.

I never to seem to have enough fresh ingredients or any ingredients to make the meal... so I usually revert to my basic meal repertoire.

Seriously, snoozefest.

If you are wondering, my repertoire is (get excited. or not.):
  • Pepper Steak with Rice
  • Bourbon Chicken with Rice
  • Beef Stew (which I adore but no one else in my family will even touch. Which is fine because MORE FOR ME!)
  • Various Spaghetti/Baked Spaghetti/Stuffed Shells Recipes
Seriously, that's all I can think of at 7 AM. Sad, but true.

So, lovely readers. Have I mentioned how lovely you look today?

Do you have any go-to easy dinner recipes? What's your favorite meal?

Please share. And if you have a link to a recipe you posted... I'd love to see it.

My taste buds are dying a slow death here and only you can save them.

(Dramatic much??) Happy Wednesday!!


P.S. If you are like me and have been living under a rock, Project Runway starts on Lifetime tomorrow (Thursday). I hadn't seen a promo or anything and I am feeling rather obligated to spread the news. MAKE IT WORK!

32 Classy Comments:

Trenches of Mommyhood said...

Here's 2 great, easy chicken recipes that I make!

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Marsala-Florentine/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Chicken-Breasts-with-Balsamic-Vinegar-and-Garlic/Detail.aspx

Whitney Caroline Designs said...

You MUST try the Beef Dip. Period. Here's a link to two of my favorite recipes . But seriously - the beef dip.

suburban prep said...

If there is anything that my husband and I are stuck in it is dinner and what to have. I will make a call to him most days and ask what he feels like. We both just hem and haw. Sorry I can not be of ANY help. Good question on your part.

Jackie said...

Here a bunch of my linked recipes: http://thedcladies.blogspot.com/search/label/Jackie%20McKenna

most of them are pretty easy :)

Paige said...

this one is pretty easy and tastes DELICIOUS!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/chicken-piccata-pasta-toss-recipe2/index.html

Kai said...

Thanks for the Project Runway reminder! I can't believe it's on AGAIN!

Catie said...

Check out Mark Bittman's Minimalist column on nytimes.com. He's got GREAT recipes with short video tutorials. It's awesome and the recipes always turn out well.

Kristin said...

Auntie Holly's Chicken Wings

need:
Chicken Wings
8 Oz. Soy Sauce (half a reg. sized bottle)
3/4 c brown sugar
3/4 c white (granulated) sugar
garlic powder

First, separate chicken wings by the bone (i admit, I am lazy and skip this step..or eliminate all together by buying "party wings" which come in a bag and come separated)

Put wings in a glass or other casserole dish with deep sides. Vigorously sprinkle garlic powder on the chicken wings.

In a bowl, mix together the 2 types of sugar. Using hot tap water, melt the sugar until it is a liquid. It will still be grainy though, but thats ok. Mix in 8 oz. of soy sauce (really, just eye ball it, about half a bottle)

Pour soy sauce mixture over chicken. If you so choose (I usually do) reserve a little bit of liquid to pour over some white or brown rice.

Bake at 375 for approx. 2 hours or until chicken is cooked thoroughly. Every 30 min. or so, stir them up.

*easiest recipe ever, and also, MOST DELICIOUS) Seriously, try this and you will be thanking me later. Best part is its only 15 min. of prep time at most and then you just let them cook!

*if you be made with boneless chicken breasts instead of chicken wings. personally i prefer the wings (especially when made for guests) but the chicken breasts are still yummy

Aly said...

This is my favorite, and it's definitely comfort food!
Chicken Ritz Casserole

1/4 c. chicken broth
1 (3 lb.) stewing chicken, cooked and chopped
1 pt. sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup

Combine above items and place in a casserole.
3 c. Ritz crackers, crushed- you can do this right in the sleeve
Melt half a stick of butter with crackers and pour over top of the chicken mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.


Enjoy!!

Annie said...

Shrimp Creole: http://anniesadventures16.blogspot.com/2009/08/shrimp-creole.html

Super easy! Enjoy!

randomblogette said...

Have you tried www.kraftrecipes.com? It is great because you can type in 3 ingredients that you have on hand and they will give you recipes that include those ingredients. I get most of my recipes form this site. We tried this one lat night. It was super yummy.
http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/bbq-cheddar-chicken-roll-ups-113612.aspx. We paired it with a fruit & almond salad http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/fruit-almond-salad-109212.aspx. The family loved it!

Lauren @ Reading and Running said...

Anything and everything by the Pioneer Woman looks good and tastes good.

Becky said...

I'm really into some good homecooking too...but I find myself at home and missing an ingredient and then it's all over! I will NOT go back to the store! I guess I need to plan better. I love soups right now and those are generally easy. I am so glad you said something about project runway I had NO idea!

Kristin said...

Did you see this recipe for an easy peasy roasted chicken that Meg posted?

http://bonbonrose9.blogspot.com/2009/11/fall-dinner.html

etta said...

Crockpot buffalo chicken. SO yummy!

Classy in Philadelphia said...

You're 10 steps ahead of me. I can't cook. I burned something in the TOASTER today, so yeah. That's me.

Jane said...

So flipping easy it is ridiculous. I don't cook. I've started a fire multiple times trying to boil an egg. This ... I've mastered. http://moonflowersmojitosandme.blogspot.com/2010/01/easy-peasy-pretend-chicken-pot-pie.html

YUM YUM YUM!

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I'm always looking for new recipes too, I keep going to my go-tos too much! but that bourbon chicken sounds yummy! you'll have to share the recipe (if it isn't a family secret=))!

Rebecca said...

your go-to recipes sound great! my sister (who is also named sarah) is kind of challenged in the kitchen. i started my blog to help her out (b/c we live in different cities) & i try to post simple, fun, and easy recipes! stop by my blog when you have the chance :)

Sweet Simplicity said...

Visit my blog and click on the recipe label. I get stuck in recipe ruts all the time. The recipe I posted last night was simple, (only 7 ingredients) delish and EASY!

Mrs. Jones said...

Here are a few of my faves (easy ones!) that I've blogged about. A lot of these came from other bloggers (links provided!)

http://areallifewife.blogspot.com/2009/12/whats-on-menu.html

http://areallifewife.blogspot.com/2010/01/menu-monday-few-staples.html

Mrs. Jones said...

Here are a few of my faves (easy ones!) that I've blogged about. A lot of these came from other bloggers (links provided!)

http://areallifewife.blogspot.com/2009/12/whats-on-menu.html

http://areallifewife.blogspot.com/2010/01/menu-monday-few-staples.html

Mrs. Smith said...

Of all the ones I've posted, here are the easiest.

Turkey & Goat Cheese Baked Pasta
http://the2smiths.blogspot.com/2009/12/menu-monday_28.html

Southwest Black Bean Soup
http://the2smiths.blogspot.com/2009/12/menu-monday.html

Corn Flake Chicken
http://the2smiths.blogspot.com/2009/11/menu-um-tuesday.html

Tortellini Spinach Tomato Soup
http://the2smiths.blogspot.com/2009/11/menu-sunday.html

Good luck!

Cuddleslut said...

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post your bourbon chicken recipe or email it to me??
it's my fave

Mindy said...

I wish I could help but unfortunately I can't cook!

P.S.- Thanks for your dry skin solution on Chic Critique. I'm going to try it because I'm in major need something that will work!

Clemson Girl said...

just made this tonight for the first time...it's amaze-balls (the hubs agrees) AND a weight watchers meal (if you're into that kinda thing)

2 baking potatoes washed and thinly sliced
1 lb lean ground beef (or ground turkey, chicken, venison [I used venison])
1 packet taco seasoning
2 green bell peppers chopped
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup low fat shredded cheese

Preheat oven to 350 and spray 13 x 9 pan with pam

In large skillet cook peppers and meat till meat is brown - about 8 mins

Add tomatoes and taco seasoning and mix

Alternate layers of potatoes and meat mixture till full

Cover with foil and bake for 40 mins

Uncover, top with cheese, and bake for 10 more mins

Piper Jacquelyn said...

I make vodka pasta for my friends a lot & they all love it (as do I - boozy dinner, yum!). My recipe is at the bottom. Real Simple has a great bunch of recipes too - I love their chicken lettuce cups, super easy & delish. Good luck cooking - I get in ruts too, so I'm going to mark down some of the other girls' recipes!

http://steakandcakes.blogspot.com/2009/06/vodka-for-dinner.html

Leslie @ A Blonde Ambition said...

I'm also stuck in a bit of a cooking rut right now...I usually just opt for whatever is easiest, like stir fry or mac and cheese casserole : ) I'm definitely going to try out some of the links everyone posted for some new recipes!

Krista said...

hey girly! I have a ton of easy recipes and I'd be happy to share them with you! And believe me when I say easy -- I'm in nursing school, I can't do anything BUT quick and easy these days! Anyways, if you're interested, send me an e-mail or DM me on Twitter & I'll send you an e-mail with some ideas!

brown eyed girl said...

Try loaded baked potatoes, stuffed peppers, homemade mac and cheese (starting with a roux!), potato soup, or chilis. I have recipes for all the above mentioned, you can email me (cestyeuxbruns@gmail.com) if you want me to send you the recipe! :)

EthidiumBromide said...

I am so jealous if you have a big kitchen! Mine is seriously tiny, and I prepare every meal I eat from it. Hosting dinner parties is rough with such a small place!

Here are my favorite, go-to, homemade dinners.

http://ethidiumbromide.blogspot.com/2009/08/aromatic-noodles-with-lime-peanut-sauce.html
http://ethidiumbromide.blogspot.com/2009/07/stuffed-peppers.html
http://ethidiumbromide.blogspot.com/2009/04/baked-stuffed-eggplant.html
http://ethidiumbromide.blogspot.com/2009/03/shepherds-pie.html
http://ethidiumbromide.blogspot.com/2008/11/mexican-lasagna.html

The Coastal Chicster said...

i didn't comment on this when you first posted it, but i remembered your post today when i posted a recipe on my blog. it's really easy to make! go check it out. :)

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