Easy peasy MEALS

Hey ghouls how you doin *wink

So since ive recently started living alone ive decided to start making my own food ( i know it will turn bad fast lol ) But there is no harm in trying new things so ive selected 5 recipes that ille try in the week for dinner, kinda like a five day cooking challenge.

So here are the recipes :

1 .10 Minute Chicken and noodles

Serves: 4

Cooking Time: 10 min

Ingredients
  • 1 small can chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cups vegetable combination (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower)
  • 2 cups uncooked noodles
  • 2 cups cooked cubed chicken
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
Instructions
  1. In medium skillet mix broth, basil, pepper and vegetables. Over medium-high heat, heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in uncooked noodles. Cover and cook for 5 more minutes or until the noodles are cooked. Add chicken and heat through.

 

2.Creamy Chicken and mushroom skillet

  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ cup flour seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound sliced mushrooms (I used cremini but any will do)
  • 1 large clove garlic, chopped
  • 1½ cups white wine or chicken broth (I used wine…of course!)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped fresh thyme (or 2 teaspoons dry)
  • ½ cup Asiago cheese (or other hard cheese like Parmesean)
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup cream
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt butter and olive oil on medium high heat.
  2. Dredge chicken in seasoned flour and cook in butter/olive oil mixture until golden brown. About 5 minutes on each side. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce heat to medium add mushrooms and garlic to pan. Saute for a few minutes until mushrooms are slightly limp.
  4. Add white wine and thyme – scraping up all the bits in the bottom of the pan.
  5. Add chicken back to pan and simmer for about 15-20 minutes.
  6. Remove chicken from pan (yes, one more time!).
  7. Add cream, asiago, dijon and salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Add chicken back to pan to reheat and serve!

3. One pot wonder with sausage and veggies

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb baby red potatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 14 oz Italian chicken sausage, sliced 1-inch thick
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of the knife
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, diced 1-inch squares
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, diced 1-inch squares
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced 1-inch squares
  • 2 tbsp fresh rosemary (or other fresh herb such as thyme)
  • 2 cups zucchini, 1/2 inch thick and quartered

Directions:

Place oil and potatoes in a large, deep non-stick skillet with a tight fitting lid on high heat; season with garlic powder, salt and pepper. When the skillet gets hot and starts to sizzle, reduce heat to low and cook with a tight lid on for about 20-25 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally to prevent the potatoes from burning. Remove from heat and let them sit 5 minutes without removing the lid.  Set potatoes aside on a dish.


Add the sausage to the skillet and saute on medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally until browned but not quite cooked through, about 10 minutes. Season chopped vegetables with salt and pepper. Add onions, peppers, garlic and rosemary to the skillet and mix. Continue cooking stirring occasionally until onions and peppers become slightly browned. Add zucchini and cook an additional 5 minutes, mixing as it cooks until cooked through.

Return the potatoes back to the skillet and mix well. Adjust salt and pepper as needed; cover and cook 5 more minutes.

Makes about 7 1/2 cups.

4. Deconstructed stuffed cabbage casserole
Ingredients:
1 1/2 T olive oil, divided (more or less, depending on your pan)
1 lb. lean ground beef
1 large onion, chopped small
1 T finely minced garlic
1/2 tsp. dried thyme
1 tsp. sweet Hungarian Paprika (good quality paprika makes a big difference in flavor in a dish like this)
1/2 tsp. sharp Hungarian Paprika (optional; if making for kids I might leave this out)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (for seasoning meat mixture and cooked cabbage)
1 1/2 heads green cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 can (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes with juice
1 can (15 oz.) tomato sauce
1/4 cup water (just enough to rinse out each of the cans)
2 cups cooked rice (I used brown rice)
2 cups low-fat cheese (optional; I used a blend of 80% low-fat mozzarella, 10% low-fat cheddar, and 10% Provolone.)Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.  Spray a large glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray.  (I used a dish that was 12″ x 10″.)
Heat 1-2 tsp. olive oil in a large frying pan; add ground beef and cook until it’s done and nicely browned, breaking apart as it cooks.  (I like to use a potato masher to break the meat apart once it’s partly done.)  Remove ground beef to a bowl.
In the same pan, add a little more olive oil if needed, then add chopped onion and cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent and starting to brown, about 5 minutes.  Add the minced garlic, dried thyme, and paprika and cook about 2 minutes more.  Then add the diced tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, and ground beef.  Rinse each of the cans out with a little water (about 1/4 cup total) and add to the pan.  Let mixture simmer until it’s hot and slightly thickened, about 15-20 minutes.

While the meat mixture simmers, cut cabbage in half, cut out the core, and remove any wilted outer leaves, and then chop the cabbage coarsely into pieces.  (They don’t have to be all the same size.  I chopped it into pieces that varied from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches.)  Heat about 2 tsp. olive oil in a large frying pan or dutch oven with high sides, add the cabbage and cook over medium-high heat until the cabbage is wilted and about half cooked, turning it over several times so it all wilts and cooks.  Season cabbage with salt and fresh-ground black pepper.

When the meat and tomato sauce mixture has cooked 15-20 minutes and thickened a bit, stir in the 2 cups of cooked rice and gently combine.

Spray a large glass or crockery casserole dish with non-stick spray and the layer half the cabbage, half the meat mixture, other half of cabbage, and other half of meat mixture.  Cover tightly with foil and bake 40 minutes, or until the mixture is just starting to bubble on the edges.
Remove foil and sprinkle on cheese (if using.)  Bake uncovered an additional 20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and starting to slightly brown.  Serve hot.
This freezes well, and I’m looking forward to enjoying it several more times when I eat the portions I have in the freezer.  To reheat, I would recommend thawing overnight in the refrigerator and then either microwaving it until hot or heating in the oven in a glass dish covered with foil.
5. Indian Spiced Omelette ( i know an omelette but hey yolo right?)

INGREDIENTS:

  • Non stick frying pan
  • Wooden non stick spatula
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 medium green chili, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon lime juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • grated cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat the oil in the pan and sautee the onion, chilli, ginger, bell pepper and garlic until onion is glassy.
  • Add turmeric and saute for additional minute.
  • Add the other spices and cook for a few minutes, stirring often
  • Remove the pan from heat.
  • Beat the eggs lightly and add milk and salt to taste.
  • Now add the spiced veggies to the eggs.
  • Add the mixture back to the pan.
  • Sprinkle some lime juice while cooking
  • Cook for a few minutes and then flip over then sprinkle some lime juice.
  • Remove from pan and sprinkle some more chilli powder and grated cheese (optional)

http://laughingspatula.com/creamy-chicken-and-mushroom-skillet/

Summer Vegetables with Sausage and Potatoes

Indian spiced omelette recipe

http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2011/12/recipe-for-deconstructed-stuffed.html

http://www.favehealthyrecipes.com/Chicken-Recipes/10-Minute-Chicken-and-Noodles

Till next time..

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