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What are some of your favorite, easy, go-to recipes?

Asked by jordym84 (4742points) September 28th, 2012

I’ve been trying to surprise my friends/roommates with a new dinner each night when we get home from work but I’m starting to run out of ideas. If you wouldn’t mind sharing, what is your favorite go-to recipe? It can be anything preferably made from scratch as long as it’s not too terribly time-consuming.

Thank you! :)

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Coloma's avatar

I make the most killer pepper steak sandwiches, buy thin sliced round steak or sirloin, sprinkle with seasoned meat tenderizer and let sit for 20 minutes. Toss in large skillet with small amount of oil and grill. In separate skillet sautee sliced yellow onions, green, red, yellow and orange bell peppers and drain off juices. Mix in with steak strips and cook a bit longer then, melt copious amounts of Provalone cheese on top, divided into portions and serve on sweet french rolls with mayo and sliced avocado. To DIE for. Prep. time maybe 30 minutes.

I also love grilled veggie quesadillas.
Slice onions, assorted colored bell peppers, zucchini, mushrooms and torn fresh spinach.
Sautee for a few minutes, fill tortillas, load on your cheese of choice and grill until all ingredients are melted. Serve with a killer salsa. Mmm good!

Last but not least, THIS is a wonderful fall meal in one.

Buy two loaves of frozen bread dough, defrost and roll them out together to form one giant pizza like slab of bread dough.
In a large skillet cook bulk sweet italian sausage and add fresh or frozen chopped spinach.
Drain mixture and layer onto bread dough. Cover liberally with shredded Mozerella cheese and then roll up the dough and pinch off the ends to seal the loaf.

Bake according to the bread dough instructions, basting with a bit of melted butter at the end to give the spinach sausage loaf a nice golden glaze.
Remove from oven and slice into portions. Impressive, easy and very good. A meal in one. :-)

JLeslie's avatar

My husband loves when I make breaded pork chops. Pork chops, adobe seasoning and a little extra salt, Progresso Italian bread crumbs and egg. Typical process, season the meat, then dip in egg then cover with bread crumbs. A little oil in the pan, fry (make sure you wait for the side to cook enough, so the breading does not fall off) then flip and cook on the other side. You will need to add a little more oil probably. You can flip again to finish cooking. I usually serve with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Salmon. Line a cookie sheet or baking pan with aluminum foil. Place salmon on the sheet sprink some salt and some dill. Slice up a tomato and salt the tomato then place on and around the salmon. Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for about 20 minutes (but really depends on the thickness of your salmon how long it will need to cook. Serve with rice and your favorite green veggie. (You can brush the salmon and tomatoes with olive oil before cooking, but it isn’t necessary.)

YARNLADY's avatar

Drizzle some olive oil in a pan, crumble in some hamburger and cook until brown on one side. Put in some chopped onions, diced bell peppers, minced garlic and sliced tomatoes, then turn over the meat and cook until the meat and vegetables are done. Serve over noodles, rice, or potatoes with a mixed salad.

Pandora's avatar

Can’t lose with a blt sandwich on rye toast.
Or a salad with the works in it. Lettuce, tomatoes, spinach, croutons, some fresh sliced ham rolled and then cut into smaller rolls, and diced boiled eggs, and shredded cheese, and topped off with some parmesan cheese and then a salad dressing. Goes best with ranch.

augustlan's avatar

So easy it’s not even a recipe, really. Paprika chicken: Chicken thighs, a pat of butter on each, sprinkled with paprika, and baked in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. Serve with rice, a salad, some noodles, a vegetable, bread… whatever you feel like.

rooeytoo's avatar

Chop up a couple of chicken breasts into bite size, brown in a pot with oil, chillies, garlic, onions. Then throw in rice (I use one cup but it depends on how many your are serving) and veg, such as broccoli, carrots, tomato,peas, green beans, brussel sprouts, whatever you have in freezer or fresh. Let it all brown for a few minutes, then add the appropriate amount of liquid for the rice. I use chicken broth to make it richer, I also use brown rice to make it healthier! For seasoning I like to add some soy sauce or kepjap mantis, gives it an asian flavor. Put a lid on it, cook slowly until the rice is done and there you are, a tasty dinner in one pot!

marinelife's avatar

It’s fall and that means chili time.

Saute 1 lb. of ground turkey with diced onions (and, if you want diced red bell pepper). Add 1 can diced tomatoes (and about ½ can of water), ½ c. catsup, worchestershire sauce (a dash to a Tbsp), chili powder to taste, and a dash of hot sauce (to taste). Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in one drained can of pinto beans or black beans or kidney beans.

Serve with rolls heated in the oven.

Optional: dice some raw green onion, grate some cheddar cheese and serve in small bowls on the table.

JLeslie's avatar

I just ran into a friend at the grocery store and she said she buys the frozen meatballs, sauce in a jar, and hoagie buns not sliced. She simmers the meatballs in the sauce for 10 minutes, cuts a slit in the rolls, but not all the way to the end, stuffs the meatballs in it, tops with mozzerella, but it under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese. You could make the meatballs from scratch if you wanted.

gailcalled's avatar

Grilled cheese in the toaster;

Serious whote grain bread
Local tomatoes, sliced
Local cheddar cheese, sliced
Freshly picked and minced basil


Slice bread, tomatoes, cheese. Put in toaster until the cheese gets drippy.

Remove and add minced basil.

Interesting that all of the above suggestions use animal protein (although frozen meatballs barely qualify even for that).

ragingloli's avatar

Quick potatoe soup using potatoe puree powder.

Supacase's avatar

I make a dip with some oil, black beans, tomatoes, salsa, cheese, cilantro (I leave that out) and something I am sure I’m forgetting. I make it in a skillet and smash the beans as they cook. Add extra liquid to get the right consistency then use it to make burritos or quesadillas.

Kardamom's avatar

I’ve selected 30 recipes to last for a whole month. Actually I wouldn’t expect anyone to make dinner every single night for a month LOL, but with 30 recipes, you’ll have enough to try each of them over the course of a year or so. I tried to find recipes that were delicous sounding, while still relatively un-complicated. If you know how to cook, you’ll do just fine with any of these recipes. Also, I tried to choose recipes that used similar ingredients so that you won’t have a lot of extra stuff laying around unused. Some of these things can be eaten alone, others you might want to add a small salad or some garlic bread or some corn bread. Some of these recipes are slight variations on old favorites, but there’s nothing weird here (at least I hope you don’t think so ; – ) Enjoy and let me know how it goes!

1 Chicken Mole

2 Portobello Mushroom Lasagna

3 Chinese Broccoli Beef

4 Crockpot Pulled Pork

5 Homemade Pizza with Trader Joe’s Fresh Dough

6 Pasta with Mushroom Wine Sauce

7 Chicken Pot Pie (use pre-made thawed pie crusts, such as Trader Joe’s brand)

8 Gourmet Turkey Burgers with Portobello Mushroom and Gouda Cheese

9 Vegetable Goat Cheese Frittata

10 Turkey and Black Bean Chili

11 Sesame Noodles with Snow Peas and Chicken

12 Moroccan Chicken

13 Crockpot Beef Stew

14 Minestrone Soup

15 Enchiladas Suizas with Vegetbles

16 Enchiladas Suizas with Chicken

17 Chinese Chicken Salad

18 Spinach, Sausage and Mushroom Quiche with Polenta Crust

19 Smothered Pork Chops

20 Gourmet Meatloaf

21 Chicken Fajitas

22 Meatball Sandwiches (use frozen meatballs like Trader Joe’s brand)

23 Hawaiian Chicken

24 Rosemary Chicken Skewers with Berry Sauce

25 Shrimp Burritos

26 Salmon Stroganoff

27 Crockpot Navy Bean Soup

28 Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Salmon and Cheddar

29 Vietnamese Steak Salad

30 Shrimp Fettucini Primavera

ragingloli's avatar

Heat up a pan, put some olive oil in. Cut up some mushrooms, and throw them in. Salt, pepper, some spring onions if you want. Once sufficiently fried, take the pan off the heat, and wait until the sizzle stops, then mix in 250g of creme fraiche, and put a lid on to keep it hot.
Put a pot of water on the still stove, bring it to a boil, good amount of salt, then cook some tagliatelle. When it is done, drain it, and throw the tagliatelle into the pan with the mushroom sauce and mix it up. Then you are done.

Kardamom's avatar

@ragingloli I might need to have your suggestion for dinner tonight! Yum!

ragingloli's avatar

Tell me how it went, because it is just an improvisation.

Kardamom's avatar

@ragingloli Really? It sounds so yummy. I may have to wait a few days until it cools off a little. Today was up in the high 90’s. Again : (

This may sound weird, but I was thinking that some shaved Brussels sprouts thrown into your recipe would also be good. I’m on a shaved Brussels sprouts kick lately.

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gailcalled's avatar

@Kardamom: So, Mr. Todd, how do you shave a Brussel sprout?

Kardamom's avatar

@gailcalled LOL! The first time I tried to do it, I used a sharp knife to slice them very thin, but I couldn’t get them thin enough or consistently thin enough. Then I bought a mandoline, which is a much better method.

Here is the Recipe that started my obsession.

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jordym84's avatar

Thank you all so much for your suggestions!! There are some pretty awesome ideas here that I can’t wait to try and I’m sure my friends will love them!! :)

Pandora's avatar

Oh, my. I meant to type BLT sandwich, not bit. LOL

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