easy recipes http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10220/all en-US These 10 Frugal Lunches Are Delicious Hot or Cold http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/63560539.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Now that the weather is warmer, the office microwave has less appeal at lunchtime. I'm not ready to abandon it completely, since there are still some rainy days. However, I find I like the option of having a cold lunch, instead of the usual wintertime hot lunch. To keep lunches frugal and fast, cook a little extra food for dinner, and then eat the leftovers &mdash; hot or cold &mdash; for lunch. Here are 10 of my favorites that work at either temperature. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-make-brown-bagging-it-better-than-buying-lunch?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Make Brown Bagging It Better Than Buying Lunch</a>)</p> <h2>1. Soup</h2> <p>This <a href="http://www.braunhousehold.com/global/recipes-household-tips/recipes/multi-quick-5-hand-blender-recipes/soups-starters-sauces/spiced-carrot-and-lemongrass-soup">spiced carrot and lemon grass</a> soup is wonderful either hot or cold. It's also easy to convert it from vegetarian to vegan &mdash; just use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Try it with some slices of avocado on top, too.</p> <h2>2. Grilled Skewers</h2> <p>I personally prefer these cold, but they are good both ways, especially served with vegetables and leftover rice. My mother's marinade recipe (below) makes enough for three and a half pounds of chicken or beef, works on beef or pork skewers, and is equally tasty over chicken and vegetables. I like to make vegetable skewers to grill alongside the meat including: zucchini, mushrooms, red pepper slices, and pineapple. I usually use beef or pork sirloin, but if I use chicken, I prefer boneless thighs.</p> <h3>Marilyn's Marinade</h3> <p><strong><em>Ingredients:</em></strong></p> <ul> <li>&frac14; cup olive oil</li> <li>&frac14; cup soy sauce</li> <li>1/2 cup molasses</li> <li>1/2 cup sherry</li> <li>⅛ cup Worcestershire</li> <li>1 T grated ginger</li> <li>&frac12; t Chopped garlic</li> <li>Dash of liquid smoke</li> </ul> <p><strong><em>Method:</em></strong></p> <p>Combine all ingredients. Cut meat into small chunks and put into a large sandwich bag. Pour marinade over and put into refrigerator for at least six hours. Put onto skewers and grill. Serve with skewered vegetables and rice.</p> <h2>3. Pasta</h2> <p>Pasta easily goes from being delicious dinner to lunchtime leftover. I like to make a little extra pasta, and the next day, I can decide if I want a hot lunch with a leftover sauce, or cold, as in pasta salad. Certain types of pasta also seem to do better in salads: Bow tie, corkscrew, and fusilli come to mind. For a quick salad, just add chopped bell peppers, olives, and feta, and a little Italian dressing.</p> <h2>4. Lentils</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4tgg0erT57c" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>Aside from being nutrient packed powerhouses (fiber, potassium, calcium zinc, and vitamin K), lentils are <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tgg0erT57c">easy to cook</a> <em>and</em> they are inexpensive. Bonus! I like them for dinner with grilled chicken apple sausages and a purple cabbage coleslaw. For lunch, either pack leftovers and heat, or toss the lentils into a wrap, a salad, or drizzle with a vinaigrette.</p> <h2>5. Fried Chicken</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/7-WEdqJBXoQ" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-WEdqJBXoQ">Fried chicken</a> is pretty darn irresistible when hot, but when cold, it is still delicious, with that spicy, crispy, coating. At home, you can make a healthier version <em>and</em> a frugal one, using bone-in thighs. I like to serve with baked potatoes (bake extra) and vegetables. For lunch, you can dice the leftover potatoes and add an Italian vinaigrette, along with leftover vegetables. Pack into a container along with leftover fried chicken. Instant picnic!</p> <h2>6. Meatloaf</h2> <p>I know some of you are skeptical about meatloaf, having had bad experiences in school cafeterias and terrible diners. A good meatloaf, though, not only makes a terrific dinner, but an outstanding sandwich. <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/home-style-meatloaf/a88edb8e-d80a-4b01-b91a-b6f89a9fd101">This recipe</a> is one of my favorites. Serve with mashed potatoes, carrots, and green beans for dinner. The next day, put a slab on some bread with pickles, mustard, and sharp cheddar cheese.</p> <h2>7. Quiche</h2> <p>Quiche is a perfect &quot;hot or cold&quot; dish. I make them two at a time, because the <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/bacon-and-cheese-quiche/19288cf4-0cdc-46cc-bc86-4c9bfa799695">Pillsbury crusts</a> come two to a pack (&quot;scratch&quot; pie crust is not my thing, gang). You can either enjoy the quiche for a few days, or share one with another hungry family member. The next day after baking, it's fine cold or just warmed up in the microwave. They are also very versatile. You can add cooked, drained broccoli, spinach, chopped meats, etc.</p> <h2>8. Quinoa</h2> <p>Quinoa is another super versatile grain that lends itself to dinner (like this great <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/55885/quinoa-pilaf/">vegetarian quinoa pilaf</a>) and makes enough for leftovers. I love it cold, too. Try adding a cilantro pesto on top, or chopped artichoke hearts.</p> <h2>9. Borscht</h2> <p>You wouldn't think that a beet soup would be so filling, but it is &mdash; and the sour cream topping makes it luxurious. I like <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2009/02/dinner-tonight-vegetarian-borscht-recipe.html">this vegetarian version</a>. This is good with pumpernickel bread. Just wear an apron when you're cooking, because beet juice stains.</p> <h2>10. Frittatas</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/b5EuVL5Xlcc" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>You'll love to learn to <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5EuVL5Xlcc">make a frittata</a>, because they're easy and are good either hot or cold. They can also be vegetarian, or you can add meat to them. Not all frittatas are flipped, so don't be intimidated. And they are great for using up leftovers that you have in your fridge.</p> <p>Remember food safety. Even if you are eating these meals &quot;cold,&quot; be sure to pack them appropriately so that they stay that way until lunchtime.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite hot or cold lunches? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-10-frugal-lunches-are-delicious-hot-or-cold">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Not only is it inexpensive, but it's a terrific comfort food. You don't need to be limited to eating just soup, though. Tomato soup is also a great base for fast meals. Here are 11 delicious dishes to make using that can of comfort food.</p> <h2>1. Quick Creole</h2> <p>This one comes from Campbell's Cookbook, published in 1969. Saute one chopped green pepper, one onion, and one minced clove of garlic in a skillet until tender. Stir in a can (10 &frac34; ounces) of tomato soup, ⅓ cup of water, two teaspoons of lemon juice, a dash of pepper, and a dash of Tabasco sauce. Add a pound of cooked, cleaned shrimp. Serve over rice.</p> <h2>2. Mexican Marvel</h2> <p>Prepare soup using milk rather than water. Place a handful of tortilla chips in a soup bowl. Sprinkle generously with shredded pepperjack cheese; top with hot soup and a dollop of sour cream. This is good when you have a cold, especially when used in conjunction with a soft quilt and Netflix.</p> <h2>3. Mom's Layered Dinner</h2> <p>This feeds a lot of hungry teenagers. You'll need a large, covered skillet.</p> <h3>Ingredients</h3> <ul> <li>3 large russet potatoes, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>3 carrots, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch slices</li> <li>&frac12; onion, peeled and sliced into &frac14; inch rings</li> <li>1 pound hamburger or turkey burger</li> <li>Salt and pepper</li> <li>2 T olive oil</li> <li>2 cans tomato soup</li> <li>1 can water</li> <li>1 can corn, drained</li> <li>1 cup shredded cheddar cheese</li> </ul> <h3>Method</h3> <p>Heat the olive oil in the skillet and brown the hamburger; drain off any fat. Remove the burger from the skillet and set aside.</p> <p>In the skillet, add the potatoes; salt and pepper generously. On top of the potatoes, add the carrots, a little more salt and pepper; finally, add the corn. Return the meat to the pan, on top of the corn. Combine the soup and water; pour over all. Cover skillet and turn to medium. Cook until potatoes and carrots are tender, adding a little more water if necessary. Sprinkle with cheese. Serve with garlic bread and a salad.</p> <h2>4. Slow-Cooker Lasagna</h2> <p>The busier I get, the bigger fan I have become of slow cookers. This <a href="https://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2657595">lasagna</a>, using tomato soup, is easy to throw together quickly. While the shape will be more like, well, a stew, you'll still get the lasagna flavors. I skipped the bouillon cubes altogether and used one cup of red wine in place of one of the cups of water. Yum! Serve with garlic bread.</p> <h2>5. Grilled Cheese Croutons</h2> <p>A grilled cheese sandwich is always a natural with tomato soup. Amp that up by cutting your sandwich up into little squares, and then float those on the top of your soup as &quot;croutons.&quot;</p> <h2>6. Quick Curry</h2> <p>Cube and steam butternut squash. Add a teaspoon of red curry sauce to the prepared soup, and a tablespoon of creamy peanut butter. Stir well and serve it over jasmine rice. Sprinkle with chopped peanuts.</p> <h2>7. Meat and Noodles</h2> <p>Add leftover hamburger, diced chicken, or chopped ham to the prepared soup. Serve over noodles. Sprinkle with parsley for a little color.</p> <h2>8. Stuffed Cabbage Rolls</h2> <p>Combine a pound of cooked, ground beef (or turkey) with a cup of cooked brown rice, two tablespoons of diced shallots, and a beaten egg. Stir together; add &frac14; teaspoon of pepper and a teaspoon of garlic salt. Cook eight cabbage leaves in boiling, salted water for 3&ndash;4 minutes to soften them. Drain. Roll meat mixture in drained cabbage leaves, and place in skillet. Combine a can of tomato soup and a can of water; pour over rolls in skillet. Cover and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, spooning tomato soup mixture over frequently.</p> <h2>9. Hot Dog Stir Fry</h2> <p>Slice eight hot dogs (any type, even tofu) and heat in a pan in a little olive oil. Add a teaspoon of prepared mustard, a can of tomato soup, a dash of Worcestershire, and a half-can of water. Heat until bubbly. Prepare hot noodles (two cups). Serve mixture of over hot, buttered noodles.</p> <h2>10. Cheesy Delight</h2> <p>If you add some cream cheese (stir well) to the soup, the result will be absolutely decadent. I feel very guilty doing this so I just use a tablespoon or two. Add a small handful of baby spinach leaves and stir in for a delicious lunch.</p> <h2>11. Fast Stew</h2> <p>Season and flour a pound of beef or pork cubes. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in two tablespoons of shortening or oil. Add a can of tomato soup, a soup can of water, a third of a bag of frozen pearl onions, three carrots, peeled and halved, and three potatoes, peeled and quartered. Add a soup can of red wine. Toss in a teaspoon of thyme, a teaspoon of garlic salt, and sprinkle with a little pepper. Put the lid on and simmer for an hour, stirring occasionally.</p> <p><em>What other tomato soup dinners can you make? Share with us!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-delicious-dishes-you-can-make-with-a-can-of-tomato-soup">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Over time, I've learned a great variety of quick bread and biscuit recipes that require few ingredients and, more importantly, no rise time before baking. Try to commit a few of these recipes to memory, and you'll feel incredibly empowered in your kitchen. You'll eat better, too! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-homemade-baking-mixes-that-save-money-and-time?ref=seealso">10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Time and Money</a>)</p> <h2>1. Baking Powder Biscuits</h2> <p>The secret to quick breads and biscuits is baking powder. These simple <a href="http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/baking-powder-biscuits-recipe">baking powder biscuits</a> are incredibly easy to make, and you'll want to bake them again and again. I actually freeze large batches by letting the biscuits cool completely, slicing in half, and then freezing flat on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Wrap each biscuit in plastic wrap, and then place inside a larger airtight container. Thaw in the afternoon for biscuits by dinner.</p> <h2>2. Olive Oil Biscuits</h2> <p>These <a href="http://www.tasteasyougo.com/2011/02/simple-olive-oil-drop-biscuits.html">olive oil biscuits</a> have great flavor and texture, and you can jazz them up with infused olive oils or keep them plain. It's up to you. The milk in this recipe will definitely give a fuller flavor, but vegans can easily substitute water or a nondairy milk in its place.</p> <h2>3. Whole Wheat Biscuits</h2> <p>For more nutrition, try making <a href="http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2010/04/08/super-easy-recipe-whole-wheat-biscuits/">whole wheat biscuits</a>. The recipe is similar to those above, just with a different flour ratio to account for how the whole wheat variety absorbs more water. I like using white-whole wheat flour because it keeps biscuits both fluffy and nutritious.</p> <h2>4. Drop Biscuits</h2> <p>If you're feeling particularly lazy, consider making <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ree-drummond/drop-biscuits-recipe.html">drop biscuits</a>. You'll toss all the ingredients together in a food processor, spoon the mix out of your bowl, and drop onto parchment paper. No processor? No problem. You can easily make this recipe by hand. Just use your fingers to work the butter into the dry ingredients until it resembles coarse meal.</p> <h2>5. Cheddar Bay Biscuits</h2> <p>These <a href="http://damndelicious.net/2014/02/03/red-lobster-cheddar-bay-biscuits/">cheddar bay biscuits</a> are one of my favorite sides to whip up with tomato-based soups. The secret is in the spices and seasonings, including garlic powder and cayenne. I like using sharp cheddar for a bolder taste. And the butter topping isn't a must, but you'll definitely want to try it at least once.</p> <h2>6. Dinner Rolls</h2> <p>I didn't know you could make soft, puffy rolls without yeast. This <a href="http://www.giverecipe.com/no-yeast-cotton-soft-dinner-rolls.html">&quot;cotton soft&quot; dinner rolls</a> recipe taught me otherwise. The pillowy texture comes from not using any water in the recipe. Instead, the liquids are yogurt and olive oil. Oh, and the yield of this recipe is 40 rolls, so feel free to cut in half or freeze your leftovers.</p> <h2>7. Cornbread</h2> <p>Chili just begs for <a href="http://www.redaprongirl.com/easy-southern-cornbread-recipe/">sweet cornbread</a> on the side. This recipe calls for sugar or honey, but you can also use sweeteners like maple syrup or agave, depending on your preference. Be sure to add the cornmeal slowly, depending on what kind you use. I like stone ground instead of fine because it's not as dry when baked.</p> <h2>8. Buttermilk Bread</h2> <p>I so appreciate the versatility of this <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-buttermilk-quick-bread-with-10-different-variations-164621">buttermilk bread</a> recipe. You can switch it up with all sorts of different add-ins to suit your tastes and pantry contents. If you don't have buttermilk in your refrigerator, replace it with a combination of regular milk (or substitute) and yogurt, or alternatively, milk and a squeeze of lemon to thicken.</p> <h2>9. Beer Bread</h2> <p>I like serving this three-ingredient <a href="http://www.wineandglue.com/2014/02/three-ingredient-beer-bread.html">beer bread</a> with fondue. The trick is using self-rising flour, which is basically just flour with a leavening agent. The kind of beer you use is up to you, but the flavor will definitely come through in the final loaf. Experiment with your favorite brews &mdash; that's part of the fun.</p> <h2>10. Banana Bread</h2> <p>For a sweeter side, try this <a href="http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/banana_bread/">banana bread</a> recipe. You'll need two or three very ripe bananas, butter, sugar, an egg, vanilla, baking soda, and &mdash; of course &mdash; all purpose flour. Here's another opportunity to get fancy, since you could easily toss in raisins or even shredded carrots for extra flair.</p> <p><em>What are your favorite quick prep and bake bread recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-quick-bread-and-biscuit-recipes-that-bake-in-a-flash">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-uses-for-stale-bread">17 Uses for Stale Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-beginners-guide-to-homemade-bread">A Beginner&#039;s Guide to Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tasty-treats-to-make-with-mulberries">Tasty Treats to Make With Mulberries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-simple-tips-to-improve-homemade-bread">4 Simple Tips to Improve Homemade Bread</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink baking biscuits bread easy recipes Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:00:04 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1338521 at http://www.wisebread.com 12 Delicious Slow Cooker Breakfast Ideas for Lazy Cooks http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/homemade-cinnamon-roll-459082175-small.jpg" alt="homemade cinnamon roll" title="homemade cinnamon roll" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I'm sure many of us are seasoned veterans when it comes to using our slow cookers to simmer up soups, casseroles, and other dinner favorites. But have you ever thought to extend the ease to breakfast?</p> <p>It's a whole new world of deliciousness coupled with some savvy time savings. The following basic breakfast recipes are highly adaptable, satisfying, and cook while you sleep. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/35-slow-cooker-recipes-for-busy-or-lazy-vegetarians?ref=seealso">35 Slow Cooker Recipes for Busy Vegetarians</a>)</p> <h2>1. Overnight Oatmeal</h2> <p>Here's a new twist on oats. This <a href="http://realhousemoms.com/overnight-crock-pot-apple-pie-oatmeal/">Apple Pie Oatmeal</a> comes together by combining cubed apples, steel cut oats, spices, milk, and brown sugar. Cook for three hours before turning the heat to medium overnight. The long warming process lets the flavors mingle till morning. You could easily use other fruit in place of the apples in an equal ratio.</p> <h2>2. Breakfast Burrito</h2> <p>This <a href="http://86lemons.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/ScrambledTofuBreakfastBurrito.pdf">Scrambled Tofu Breakfast Burrito</a> looks protein-packed and sustaining. You'll cook the filling in the pot before scooping into tortilla shells. The green peppers, onions, tofu, and black beans get loads of flavor from cumin, turmeric, paprika, and chili powder. If you're not vegetarian, you could easily substitute breakfast sausage for the tofu.</p> <h2>3. Frittata</h2> <p>Rather than scrambling eggs, make this easy <a href="http://www.kalynskitchen.com/2013/08/slow-cooker-frittata-kale-red-pepper-feta.html">Crock Pot Frittata</a>. This recipe is highly adaptable to whatever veggies you have on hand, but the author featured kale, red pepper, and feta &mdash; a winning combination in my book. Just mix all the ingredients together in the pot and cook on low for around three hours. Keeps well in the fridge for several days.</p> <h2>4. Cinnamon Rolls</h2> <p>No way! <a href="http://nlkamper.blogspot.com/2013/12/overnight-crockpot-cinnamon-rolls.html">Overnight Cinnamon Rolls</a> sound like heaven, and I can't wait to make this recipe myself. After mixing together the dough and filling components, you'll grease your crock pot, roll and slice, and let everything rest overnight in the fridge. In the morning, turn the pot on and cook for around an hour.</p> <h2>5. Applesauce</h2> <p>Getting kids to eat fruit and veggies in the morning is tough. Make it easier with <a href="http://preventionrd.com/2013/09/meatless-monday-crock-pot-pumpkin-cinnamon-applesauce/">Pumpkin Cinnamon Applesauce.</a> Chop up apples and crack a can of pumpkin puree and combine in the pot with cinnamon, lemon, water, sugar, and vanilla. Kids might not like so much spice, so feel free to use less and to skip the sugar entirely.</p> <h2>6. Spiced Latte</h2> <p>If you'd rather make a drink to go with your breakfast mainstay, this <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/how-to/tipslibrary/tools-equipment/slow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte">Pumpkin Spice Latte</a> will surely fit the bill. Stir together five cups of strong black coffee, milk, whipping cream, canned pumpkin, sugar, and spices. Let cook on high for two hours.</p> <h2>7. Morning Casserole</h2> <p>Start your day the hearty way with this <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/11/13/crock-pot-breakfast-casserole/">Breakfast Casserole</a>. You'll layer frozen hash browns, cooked sausage, shredded cheese, and green onions before tossing in a dozen eggs whisked with milk, salt, and pepper. Cook for four hours on high. Vegetarians can use TVP or other sausage-like substitute or simple leave out that part in favor of more veggies.</p> <h2>8. French Toast</h2> <p>Now for a sweet twist. This <a href="http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/2014/03/22/crock-pot-french-toast/">Crock Pot French Toast</a> is nothing more than bread, eggs, milk, cinnamon, and sugar. I think the key here is using really delicious French bread whenever possible. It will hold up better than standard sandwich slices.</p> <h2>9. Cheesy Grits</h2> <p>The classic southern staple &mdash; <a href="http://spicysouthernkitchen.com/crockpot-grits/">Cheesy Grits</a> &mdash; makes a great side for breakfast. And these guys are irresistibly creamy without any addition of milk or cream. Let grits cook on low with water, salt, and butter overnight. Note: This recipe only works with stone ground grits.</p> <h2>10. Baked Apples</h2> <p>The author of this <a href="http://thrivinghomeblog.com/2013/10/slow-cooker-baked-apples/">Baked Apples</a> recipe has them slotted for dessert. With ingredients so healthy, they'd make a fine breakfast, especially if served with Greek yogurt on the side. After removing most of the apple's core, you'll fill them with raisins, walnuts, honey, cinnamon, and a little melted butter. Toss them in the pot with water and cook on low for four hours. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes?ref=seealso">15 Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Desserts</a>)</p> <h2>11. Breakfast Stew</h2> <p>This nutritious <a href="http://www.carrieonliving.com/2013/12/12/slow-cooker-winter-breakfast-stew/">Breakfast Stew</a> will be your new winter staple in the morning. Start with a base of butternut squash. Then mix in apples, apricots, zucchini, raisins, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, persimmon, and kale. Yes, kale! Quinoa and almond milk round out the rest of this super healthy vegan meal.</p> <h2>12. Pancake Bake</h2> <p>Try using Bisquick in a new way with this <a href="http://homemakinghacks.com/2013/02/slow-cooker-pancake-bake-breakfast-recipe.html">Slow Cooker Pancake Bake</a>. You'll combine the popular baking mix with milk and an egg before pouring it into your crock pot. A cinnamon and sugar mixture adds some flair to this recipe, but you could also use fresh fruit or chocolate chips.</p> <p><em>What's your favorite breakfast slow cooker recipe? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-marcin">Ashley Marcin</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-delicious-slow-cooker-breakfast-ideas-for-lazy-cooks">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/four-inexpensive-breakfasts-in-under-five-minutes">4 Inexpensive Breakfasts in Under Five Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-tricks-to-get-more-out-of-your-slow-cooker">7 Tricks to Get More Out of Your Slow Cooker</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-mouthwatering-slow-cooker-dessert-recipes">15 Easy, Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Dessert Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink breakfast crock pot easy recipes slow cooker Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:00:07 +0000 Ashley Marcin 1246266 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Delicious But Difficult Recipes Made Easy http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-but-difficult-recipes-made-easy <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-delicious-but-difficult-recipes-made-easy" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-making-sushi-476093573-small.jpg" alt="mother making sushi" title="mother making sushi" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you care for some pate' on fresh bread? Perhaps some sushi? No trouble, I'll just whip some up. Really. Okay, some of these recipes require a little planning, but these are true time-savers. You don't need to think you are compromising, because they're also delicious. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/elevate-your-kitchen-skills-with-these-5-easy-cooking-techniques">Elevate Your Cooking Skills With These 5 Easy Techniques</a>)</p> <h2>1. Strawberry Freezer Jam</h2> <p>My best friend's mother used to crank this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-freezer-jam/">strawberry jam</a> out every summer. The beauty of freezer jam is that once you've made it, you've made jam like some dang pioneer. However, you don't need one of those massive canning kettles, boiling water, fancy jars and lids, and the worry of &quot;did they properly seal?&quot;</p> <p>I like the quantity of this recipe, which makes five pints. That's enough to store a few and share some. Freezer jam is great over toast, waffles, and pancakes. A little bit on the runny side, this jam is also great to stir into plain yogurt, or put over ice cream. I liked mine over a well-buttered English muffin.</p> <h2>2. Refrigerator Pickles</h2> <p>My aunt used to make pickles, and that's why I haven't. The work involved is too daunting. You have to make a brine, and get out the giant kettle, sterilize the jars, trim the ends of the cucumbers if they are too tall, and worry about if they have sealed properly&hellip; ugh, no thanks. Target has excellent pickle prices.</p> <p>So when a co-worker said, &quot;Just make <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/monas-easy-refrigerator-pickles/">refrigerator pickles</a>,&quot; I thought well, let's look into that! These are delicious. Based on the recipe comments, I used apple cider vinegar instead of white. They remind me very much of Japanese sunomono, a cucumber salad (the difference being the use of rice vinegar, ginger root, and sesame seeds). Refrigerator pickles are not at all daunting and they are very delicious.</p> <h2>3. No-Knead Bread</h2> <p>&quot;Even a six-year-old can do it!&quot; Those are my kind of instructions.</p> <p>This <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Ah9ES2yTU">no-knead bread </a>is amazingly easy. It does need to rest for twelve hours, so you will need to allow for that. However, it makes a fantastic loaf.</p> <p>Sometimes, though, I want my bread even faster! Did you ever make a pot of soup and think, &quot;I wish I had some fresh bread to go with this&quot;? <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Beer-Batter-Bread-104160">Beer bread</a> is one of my favorite quick bread go-to's. I always seem to have these ingredients around&hellip; including the beer.</p> <p>Another favorite (no need to wait for St. Patrick's Day) is <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/moms-irish-soda-bread/">Irish Soda bread,</a> which I think is absolutely great for breakfast. No buttermilk? Don't worry. Just substitute lemon juice or <a href="http://frugalliving.about.com/od/condimentsandspices/r/Buttermilk_Sub.htm">vinegar into regular milk</a>, in place of buttermilk.</p> <p>Special diet? Here is a no-knead <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Oatmeal-Whole-Wheat-Quick-Bread/Detail.aspx?evt19=1">oatmeal </a>bread that works with with soy milk. No yeast is used. I found that if I added some finely-chopped apple (about a half-cup), it was like dessert.</p> <h2>4. Sushi</h2> <p>As much as I love sushi, you would think I would be better at making it. Not so! Any type of cooking that requires good manual dexterity is not my thing. I have tried sushi, spring rolls, shaped baked rolls, but mine come out looking pretty ugly.</p> <p>Loving the flavors of sushi, I was so happy to find a recipe for &quot;<a href="http://www.foodland.com/video/pan-sushi">pan sushi</a>.&quot; Keoni Chang is the chef for the Hawaii chain of Foodland stores and this is a fun demo. Try with imitation (or real) crab, Spam, tuna, or let your imagination go crazy. I like to add a layer of Japanese omelet or tofu, spicy ahi poke, bacon and/or fried chicken pieces. A layer of sliced green onions is also good.</p> <h2>5. Ice Cream</h2> <p>I do own an ice-cream maker. It makes wonderful ice cream and frozen yogurt, but it takes a lot of pre-planning and time. I was a little disappointed that it wasn't easier to use.</p> <p>When I am not in the mood to get all the parts out, I have two &quot;cheater&quot; ice-cream recipes that are great. The first one? <a href="http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-make-creamy-ice-cream-with-just-one-ingredient-cooking-lessons-from-the-kitchn-93414">Frozen bananas</a>. No kidding. Slice a banana, freeze it, pummel it in the food processor or blender and ta-daah! Ice cream. I use a blender, which is powerful enough that it works fine. Keep in mind the advantages of the frozen banana ice cream: Fat-free, gluten-free, vegan&hellip; you get my drift. What is really unusual is that I first thought it would just taste, oh, I don't know, just banana-y. But oddly, and especially when you add a little chocolate syrup on top, or peanut butter, or coconut shavings, well, that other flavor seems to be the dominant one. It's a little like a blank slate.</p> <p>My second &quot;fake <a href="http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/2012/03/two-ingredient-ice-cream-no-ice-cream-maker-required.html#comment-7739">ice cream</a>&quot; trick? Whipping cream and condensed milk. Again, add whatever flavorings you want (if any). I challenge you to wait until it is completely solid. The first time we made this ice cream, my husband and I waited an hour and a half and decided we would &quot;check&quot; it. Like quality control. Just to make sure it wasn't horrible. Well, we ate it. All. It was like soft-serve ice cream, and it was a hot day, and we'd had a small lunch&hellip;</p> <h2>6. Margaritas</h2> <p>If I ask my husband to make me a margarita, it is an undertaking. He makes a simple syrup, picks fresh limes, and gets out some fancy glasses and coarse salt. If I have been marinating carnitas or simmering a mole, that kind of margarita fuss is justified. But hey, tacos? No. Let's just make an easy <a href="http://www.onceuponachef.com/2010/05/margaritas.html">margarita.</a> I keep frozen limeade (which is also cheap) around just for this purpose.</p> <h2>7. Pate</h2> <p>Pate, anyone? Why, yes, thank you, I would love some. Would you believe that, aside from the chicken livers, I had the makings in my pantry? I had never considered making it, thinking it would be really complicated. Wrong! This Emeril Lagase recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/chicken-liver-pate-terrine-de-foies-de-volaille-recipe.html">chicken liver pate</a> is surprisingly easy. It does take a little pre-planning, so if you want to throw a dinner party on Saturday night, you will need to shop and cook on Friday. I used brandy rather than cognac and served on toasted baguettes.</p> <h2>8. Hollandaise</h2> <p>When my mother wanted to impress her guests, out came the fresh asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Couldn't you just swim in this sauce? I don't own a double boiler, and I certainly do not have the patience for all the stirring and monitoring. Fortunately, some smarty came up with a blender <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/blender-hollandaise-sauce/">hollandaise sauce</a>. I use a little Sriracha sauce in mine for extra zip. Great on asparagus, of course (roasted, not boiled &mdash; sorry, mom) and of course on Eggs Benedict. You could put this sauce on just about anything and it would be great, shoe leather included.</p> <h2>9. Pasta</h2> <p>I used to have a pasta maker. It did make very nice pasta, but it also had many parts, needed assembly each use, and the clean-up was a nightmare. I ended up selling it. However, I do love fresh pasta, and was feeling a little deprived until I looked into making it without the equipment.</p> <p>What do you really need for good, fresh pasta? Basically, a good, sharp knife and a rolling pin.</p> <p>I found instructions in lots of places online, but I like <a href="http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/tools-and-techniques/how-to-make-pasta2.htm">this fresh pasta recipe</a> the best.</p> <p>There was some trial and error involved. I did not have good luck with whole-wheat flour, which fell apart a lot. In my cookbooks, &quot;semolina flour&quot; is recommended, but I just used plain flour and it worked fine.</p> <p>There is a lot of debate online about whether to allow the pasta to dry or to cook it immediately. Most people seem to agree that results are better if you allow spaghetti or linguini to dry for between one and three hours. If you do decide to dry your pasta, you're going to need a rack or a tree to hang it from. When I had a pasta maker, I also had a drying tree &mdash; no problem. But when I got rid of that maker, I sold the tree with it. What to do if you don't have a pasta drying tree? Improvise.</p> <p>I took my cookie rack (like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000Q3EZNY/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000Q3EZNY&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=VD5Q3KYAT7MMN35L">this one</a>), put it between two tall standing books (making a sort of bridge), and put the noodles on the rungs of the rack to dry. I also put some waxed paper underneath the noodles, as some of them fell off and I wanted them to land on a clean surface.</p> <h2>10. Pie Crust</h2> <p>I have no issues with using those ready-made crusts, but sometimes, I don't have them around at the ready. Also, I am not terribly handy with a rolling pin and I really hate getting flour everywhere. But wait! You don't need all that stuff. I love this <a href="http://www.thecountrycook.net/2012/09/wham-bam-pie-crust.html">simple pie crust recipe</a> &mdash; and it works! How? Smushing. Yep, you just &quot;smush&quot; the dough into place. It takes a little practice, but this dough recipe is very forgiving. I am not very good at decorative crusts, but I think mine turned out looking fine and definitely had a homemade touch.</p> <p><em>See, anybody can look like a total gourmet on a day's notice. Any easy recipes to share, readers?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-delicious-but-difficult-recipes-made-easy">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink difficult recipes easy recipes recipe secrets Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:00:03 +0000 Marla Walters 1185373 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/cooking-4073433-small.jpg" alt="cooking" title="cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I love to cook. But it can become a chore &mdash; and one that takes all the joy out of making a delicious meal &mdash; when I have million ingredients on the counter and a major mess to clean up afterward.</p> <p>To keep cooking fun, I often search for recipe ideas (or come up with my own) that have five ingredients or less. Not only does that cut down my grocery bill, but it allows me to have a yum-in-my-tum dinner without taking up my entire evening and stressing me out along the way. Here are 20 of my fave five-ingredient recipes &mdash; with a free pass given to ubiquitous and necessary water, butter, oil, salt, and pepper. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-tips-for-making-cheaper-faster-better-meals" target="_blank">Six Tips for Making Cheaper, Faster, Better Meals</a>)</p> <h2>1. Honey-Glazed Stuffed Chicken</h2> <p>Immediately this recipe for <a href="http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Honey-Glazed-Stuffed-Chicken/Detail.aspx" target="_blank">Honey-Glazed Stuffed Chicken</a> sounds labor intensive. But it&rsquo;s nothing like that bird you stuff at Thanksgiving. Instead, it calls for Boursin cheese with herbs, which is already prepared with multiple ingredients to cut down your kitchen time. Once the breasts are stuffed with the cheese, simply wrap in bacon and bake. As a finishing touch drizzle with honey. Yes, please.</p> <h2>2. Bacon and Egg Salad</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/bacon-and-egg-salad-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">Bacon and Egg Salad</a> calls for a half-pound of frisee, but you can use whatever lettuce you have on hand. I prefer a spring mix. After you cook the bacon, you&rsquo;ll soften the shallots in the bacon grease, and then you&rsquo;ll add two tablespoons of champagne vinegar, although apple cider vinegar would probably work nicely, too. To finish it off, toss the greens with the dressing and top with poached eggs.</p> <h2>3. Coconut Curry Chicken</h2> <p>When you want a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/want-to-save-a-bundle-on-your-groceries-consider-you-local-asian-market" target="_blank">taste of Southeast Asia</a> on a budget, try this <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/coconut-curry-chicken" target="_blank">Coconut Curry Chicken</a> recipe from Rachael Ray, which calls for white rice, curry powder, coconut milk, chicken breast, and five-spice powder, the latter of which you may be able to make from scratch with individual spices you have on hand.</p> <h2>4. Jerk Chicken Wings With Orange Glaze</h2> <p>Switch up your buffalo wing routine and replace it with this super easy recipe for Jerk Chicken Wings With Orange Glaze. In a plastic freezer bag, toss a pound of wings with jerk seasoning. I&rsquo;ve found the McCormick brand jerk seasoning to be best, but you can use whatever you prefer. In an oven preheated to 425, bake the wings for 35 minutes. Remove the wings, brush them with a mixture of two parts orange marmalade and one part water that you&rsquo;ve heated in the microwave for 15 seconds. Pop them back into the oven for 10 minutes more. When you take them out, brush them with the remaining glaze and serve with mixed greens dressed with an <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/orange-vinaigrette/" target="_blank">orange vinaigrette</a>.</p> <h2>5. Crockpot Easy Beef Stew</h2> <p>Even though it&rsquo;s spring, there are a few cold days lingering here and there. To hold you over until the warmth and sunshine stick around for good, feed your soul with this <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/hotsouprecipes/r/cpeasybeefstew.htm" target="_blank">Crockpot Easy Beef Stew</a>. Ingredients are super frugal &mdash; red potatoes, beef stew meat, canned diced tomatoes, and frozen stir-fry bell peppers and onions &mdash; but the meal will be restaurant quality.</p> <h2>6. Black Bean Quesadillas</h2> <p>Head south of the border for dinner without leaving your home with these <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/black_bean_quesadillas.html" target="_blank">Black Bean Quesadillas</a> that pack a lot of protein. You&rsquo;ll fill whole wheat tortillas with black beans, Monterey Jack cheese, salsa, and avocado before placing them on a heated griddled to get all warm and melty.</p> <h2>7. Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken Nuggets With Blackberry Mustard</h2> <p>The kid in me is still a fan of chicken nuggets, and it&rsquo;s nice to find <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/chicken_nuggets_blackberry_mustard.html" target="_blank">a grown-up version</a> that&rsquo;s fast and easy. Before frying your nugget pieces, just sprinkle them with salt and pepper and toss them with cornmeal. The berry mustard calls for fresh blackberries or raspberries, whole-grain mustard, and honey. Even though this take on a classic is a bit more adult, the kids will still love it. Serve with steamed broccoli and carrots.</p> <h2>8. Grilled Steak Balsamico</h2> <p>Dinner at a high-end steakhouse will set you back, but this recipe for <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-steaks-balsamico-10000001041980/" target="_blank">Grilled Steaks Balsamico</a> is a bit easier on your wallet. The steaks are first marinated in a mixture of balsamic vinaigrette and fig preserves for two hours and then grilled. Before serving, top the steaks with premade <a href="http://www.alouettecheese.com/" target="_blank">buttery garlic-and-herb cheese spread</a>.</p> <h2>9. BBQ Chicken Thighs</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/bbq-chickenthighs-499325" target="_blank">BBQ Chicken Thighs</a> couldn&rsquo;t be easier. Brine the chicken in a mixture of salt and water for at least three hours, then pop &rsquo;em in an oven for 35 minutes with the BBQ sauce spooned over top. Serve with a side of fresh corn on the cob. I like to sprinkle my cobs with grated Parmesan cheese after buttering them.</p> <h2>10. Posole</h2> <p><a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/posole-10000001895915/" target="_blank">Posole</a> is a thick and saucy Mexican soup that&rsquo;ll stick to your ribs. The base of this recipe consists of stewed tomatoes with jalapeno peppers and spices, which you can find premade (probably from Del Monte) in your supermarket. To amp it up, season the base with a Southwest chipotle seasoning, add white hominy and bite-sized pieces of pork tenderloin. Sprinkle with chopped fresh cilantro before serving. If you want to be naughty, add a dollop of sour cream.</p> <h2>11. Easy White Pizza</h2> <p>Claire Robinson is the queen of five-ingredient recipes &mdash; she has her own Food Network show based on the premise &mdash; and it&rsquo;s easy to see why with this recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/easy-white-pizza-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">Easy White Pizza</a>. It honestly doesn&rsquo;t get any better than fresh dough topped with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses that&rsquo;s baked to perfection and finished off with fresh oregano. Put the Papa John&rsquo;s guy on hold for tonight.</p> <h2>12. Spinach Ricotta Pie</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/spinach-ricotta-pie" target="_blank">Spinach Ricotta Pie</a> is a glorified quiche, in essence, and it&rsquo;s filled with good-for you <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/twenty-five-ways-to-use-frozen-spinach" target="_blank">ingredients like spinach</a>, artichokes, cheese, and eggs. Prep time is 15 minutes, followed by 45 minutes in the oven. Dinner is done in less than hour, and it&rsquo;ll feed six.</p> <h2>13. Berry Chicken Salad</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ve probably seen those commercials for Wendy&rsquo;s chicken salad with fresh berries, but you can make you own without the temptation of a side of fries and a Frosty. This recipe for <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/maindishchickensalads/r/berrychickensal.htm" target="_blank">Berry Chicken Salad</a> places grilled chicken on top of mixed greens that are garnished with raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries, and drizzled with Catalina or French dressing.</p> <h2>14. Five-Spice Tilapia</h2> <p>I&rsquo;m not a fan of fish, but if I were this recipe for <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/five_spice_tilapia.html" target="_blank">Five-Spice Tilapia</a> would be on my menu. Tender tilapia is sprinkled with a five-spice powder, cooked to perfection then drizzled with a soy sauce and brown sugar glaze. Sautéed snap peas would pair nicely with this healthy, protein-packed dish.</p> <h2>15. Florentine Ravioli</h2> <p>Giada de Laurentis may have time to make ravioli from scratch &mdash; she should; she gets paid big bucks for it &mdash; but the rest of us do not. To <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/florentine_ravioli.html" target="_blank">serve a princely Italian dinner</a> on pauper&rsquo;s budget, start with frozen cheese ravioli that you&rsquo;ll boil until tender then toss with chopped spinach, crushed red pepper, garlic, and grated Parmesan cheese.</p> <h2>16. Barbecue Shrimp</h2> <p>This recipe for <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/barbecue-shrimp-50400000113413/" target="_blank">Barbecue Shrimp</a> is a staple in the Big Easy, which is quite fitting since you won&rsquo;t break a sweat making it. In a preheated 425-degree oven, you&rsquo;ll place shrimp and lemon in a baking dish and pour a mixture of butter and Italian dressing mix over top. Bake it covered for 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley as a finishing touch. Pair it with crispy garlic bread and a cold beer.</p> <h2>17. Refried Bean Poblanos With Cheese</h2> <p>I couldn&rsquo;t create a whole list of five-ingredient recipes without including at least <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-items-for-your-organic-vegan-grocery-list" target="_blank">one vegetarian option.</a> And <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/refried-bean-poblanos-with-cheese-10000001895991/" target="_blank">you&rsquo;re in luck with this one</a>, because it&rsquo;s totally fast &mdash; two minutes prep time; six minutes cook time. Fill poblano chiles with vegetarian refried beans, rice, picante sauce, and shredded cheese, and microwave (that&rsquo;s right). Sprinkle the hot-and-bubbly peppers with cilantro for a little more Mexi-deliciousness.</p> <h2>18. Crispy Calamari With Pickled Jalapeno Dipping Sauce</h2> <p>Sometimes my husband and I like to have &ldquo;appetizer night&rdquo; at our house where we indulge in restaurant-type foods before settling in for a Saturday-evening movie on the couch. It goes without saying that this recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/claire-robinson/crispy-calamari-with-pickled-jalapeno-dipping-sauce-recipe/index.html" target="_blank">Crispy Calamari With Pickled Jalapeno Dipping Sauce</a> will be served sometime soon. Fresh calamari is coated with salt, pepper, and panko breadcrumbs, fried, then dripped in a mayo-based jalapeno sauce. Can you say yum?</p> <h2>19. French Onion Soup</h2> <p>Total classic for a night when you need a little comfort from the inside out. Beef broth, sweet onions, red wine &mdash; that&rsquo;s all that&rsquo;s in this recipe for <a href="http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/five-ingredient-recipes/french-onion-soup" target="_blank">French Onion Soup</a>. What more do you need? Oh, wait. It wouldn&rsquo;t be complete if there weren&rsquo;t croutons and cheese involved. Holla!</p> <h2>20. Grilled Pizza With Pesto, Tomatoes, and Feta</h2> <p>I love pizza so much that I couldn&rsquo;t end this post without another delicious recipe. This time it&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/grilled_pizza_with_pesto_tomatoes_feta.html" target="_blank">Grilled Pizza With Pesto, Tomatoes, and Feta</a>, which, let&rsquo;s face it, were sent from the heavens to adorn a crispy dough together. Spread the premade pesto on the dough, top with slices of plum tomato and feta, and grill. Sprinkle with fresh, aromatic basil, and dig in. You know this isn&rsquo;t complete without a glass of wine, right?</p> <p><em>What are your favorite quick and easy five ingredient recipes?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-delicious-healthy-and-cheap-bean-recipes">25+ Delicious, Healthy, and Cheap Bean Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-ways-to-use-canned-salmon">50 Ways to Use Canned Salmon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink 5 ingredient recipes cheap recipes dinner ideas easy recipes Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:48:35 +0000 Mikey Rox 973666 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4246402290_4ffe596b56_z.jpg" alt="work lunch" title="work lunch" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Experiencing peanut butter and jelly fatigue? Can&rsquo;t stomach one more turkey on rye? Ditch that old school approach to brown baggin&rsquo; it and get creative with these 25 ways to think outside the bread when packing your work lunch. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>1. Spicy Ranch Chicken Wrap With Tortilla Chips</h2> <p>Spread a tablespoon of spicy ranch dip on a tortilla (I make mine with a Hidden Valley packet and a container of sour cream) and pile on a handful of mixed greens, a quarter cup of diced chicken breast, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar cheese, and a tablespoon of picante sauce. Wrap up the contents tightly in the tortilla and chow down with a side of crispy tortilla chips.</p> <h2>2. Shredded Pork and Potato Salad</h2> <p>This lunch is more of a leftover dinner, and it&rsquo;s super easy to make. Place a two-pound pork loin (shoulder and butt work too) in a slow cooker with one cup of rootbeer and cook on low for six hours. Remove the pork from the slow cooker and shred it. Drain the liquid from the slow cooker, return the shredded pork, and stir in your favorite barbecue sauce. Have it for dinner. The next day pack up a serving of the pork along with potato salad for lunch.</p> <h2>3. Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup</h2> <p>This fast and easy <a target="_blank" href="http://dunkincookingthesemi-homemadeway.blogspot.com/2009/05/greek-lemon-chicken-orzo-soup.html">Greek lemon chicken orzo soup</a> calls for less than 10 ingredients, making it friendly for your waist and your wallet.</p> <h2>4. Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp</h2> <p>This was my lunch today, in fact. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/lemon_garlic_marinated_shrimp.html">lemon-garlic marinated shrimp</a> took less than 20 minutes to make at home, and it was very satisfying. I paired it with grape tomato halves dressed in olive oil, salt and pepper, and dried Italian seasoning.</p> <h2>5. Cucumber Cups Stuffed With Chicken Salad</h2> <p>To <a target="_blank" href="http://sheilaobb.wordpress.com/2011/08/23/build-a-better-lunch/">make cucumber cups</a>, slice a cucumber into two-inch chucks then scoop out enough of the flesh so that there&rsquo;s still support on the bottom. When you have four or five cups made, fill them with your favorite chicken salad recipe; this is a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/creamy-chicken-salad-50400000112011/">chicken salad</a> that I love.</p> <h2>6. Lemon Dill Chicken Skewers</h2> <p>Your coworkers will think you&rsquo;re a regular Martha Stewart when you bring these <a target="_blank" href="http://savorysweetlife.com/2011/06/lemon-dill-chicken-skewers/">lemon dill chicken skewers</a> to work. Pair the healthy protein on a stick with a side of mixed greens for a lunch the whole office will envy.</p> <h2>7. Jerk Chicken Wings With Orange Marmalade Glaze</h2> <p>Toss a pound of chicken wings in jerk seasoning so all pieces are coated evenly. Place the wings on a foiled-lined baking sheet and pop into a 425-degree oven for 40 minutes. When the chicken wings are crisp and golden, brush on a mixture of equal parts orange marmalade and warm water &mdash; about three tablespoons should do the trick. Once the chicken is cool, pack in a plastic container with a side of pineapple chunks or rings.</p> <h2>8. Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad on a Bed of Greens</h2> <p>Want to eat lunch like a lady who lunches? Try this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes/Neiman-Marcus-Chicken-Salad?cmpid=enews072511">chicken salad recipe</a> from the Neiman Marcus cafe menu that includes chicken, celery, grapes, almonds, and fresh parsley. Serve on a bed of leafy green for a well-rounded, energy-packed lunch.</p> <h2>9. Coconut Chicken With Apricot Sauce</h2> <p>You&rsquo;ll have to prepare this work lunch the night before, but it&rsquo;ll be well worth it the next day. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.seededatthetable.com/2011/03/09/coconut-chicken-with-apricot-sauce/">coconut chicken with apricot sauce</a> is complete in under an hour, and it&rsquo;s best served on a bed of white or brown rice.</p> <h2>10. Pear Pancetta Crisps With Goat Cheese and Honey</h2> <p>These <a target="_blank" href="http://www.eat-drink-smile.com/2010/11/pear-pancetta-crisps-with-goat-cheese-and-honey.html">pear pancetta crisps with goat cheese and honey</a> will be a sticky mess if you assemble them before you go to work, so it&rsquo;s best to keep the components in separate dishes as you travel. With just five ingredients, however, it&rsquo;ll be a simple operation that will provide big flavor for this working lunch.</p> <h2>11. Apple, Pecorino, and Mixed Leaves Salad</h2> <p>Skip the wilted grocery store rabbit food this week and opt for a <a target="_blank" href="http://saladpride.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/salad-apple-pecorino-cheese-and-mixed.html">superior homemade salad</a> that pairs your favorite apple variety with mixed greens, walnuts, shaved Pecorino cheese, and fresh chives. Dress the salad with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper.</p> <h2>12. Tomato Basil Quinoa</h2> <p>Quinoa is packed with tons of protein, and it&rsquo;s gluten free, which makes this recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.acouplecooks.com/2012/03/tomato-basil-quinoa/">tomato basil quinoa</a> ideal for many dieters.</p> <h2>13. Hard Boiled Eggs and Turkey Bacon</h2> <p>For a light, healthy lunch, hard boil two eggs and cook four strips of turkey bacon the night before to help get you through the next workday. Pack an orange, too, to ensure you&rsquo;re also working toward your recommended servings of fruit.</p> <h2>14. Peanut Butter Apple Chicken Lettuce Wraps</h2> <p>There&rsquo;s lot of protein and minimal carbs in this adult- (and kid-) friendly <a target="_blank" href="http://www.familyfeatures.com/feeds/food/FeatureDetail.aspx?ID=4018">lunch that has chicken breast</a>, Fuji apple, peanut butter, honey, grapes, and light mayo all wrapped up in iceberg lettuce leaves.</p> <h2>15. Lemon Pepper Grilled Chicken With Zucchini Chips</h2> <p>Sprinkle a boneless, skinless chicken breast in lemon pepper seasoning and broil until the juices run clear &mdash; about five minutes on both sides. Let cool and chop into bite-sized chunks. When you&rsquo;re ready to pack it up for work, include these <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tablefortwoblog.com/2012/08/06/zucchini-chips/">zucchini chips</a> that will help you curb your cravings for the vending machine varieties.</p> <h2>16. Caprese Tomato Bites</h2> <p>The recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Caprese-Tomato-Bites">caprese tomato bites</a> is a portable riff on the popular appetizer that you can make in less than 15 minutes. If you&rsquo;re nice, you&rsquo;ll make enough to share with your work wife/husband.</p> <h2>17. Kale Dip With Snap Peas</h2> <p>Watching your weight? Then dip into this recipe that <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wholeliving.com/172891/kale-dip-snap-peas?czone=eat-well/healthy-snacks-cnt/on-the-go&amp;center=136761&amp;gallery=136112&amp;slide=172891">blends kale and cottage cheese with a side of sugar snap peas</a>.</p> <h2>18. Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes With Walnut Streusel</h2> <p>If this work lunch doesn&rsquo;t make you feel all warm and gooey inside, I don&rsquo;t know what will. This recipe for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.laurenslatest.com/twice-baked-sweet-potatoes-with-walnut-streusel/">twice-baked sweet potatoes with walnut streusel</a> contains seven simple ingredients &mdash; sweet potatoes, cinnamon, salt, brown sugar, butter, flour, and walnuts &mdash; and it&rsquo;s zapped back to steamy goodness after a minute in the microwave.</p> <h2>19. Grilled Steak With Garlic Parmesan Edamame</h2> <p>On a night when you&rsquo;re cooking steak for dinner, slice up a portion before you eat and save it for lunch the next day. When packing it up, pair it with <a target="_blank" href="http://28cooks.blogspot.com/2008/10/garlic-parmesan-edamame-so-other-night.html">garlic Parmesan edamame</a> that you can whip up in no time using frozen edamame seasoned with EVOO, garlic, Italian breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese.</p> <h2>20. Spinach, Raspberry, and Mandarin Orange Salad</h2> <p>This <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wellspringacademies.com/recipes/recipe_spinach_raspberry_orange_salad.html">delicious, springtime salad</a> is as easy as tossing all the ingredients in a bowl and being on your way. In addition to the titular players, you&rsquo;ll also add red onion, mushrooms, and a fat-free raspberry dressing.</p> <h2>21. Proscuitto-Wrapped Greens With Asiago Cheese</h2> <p>With this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.finecooking.com/recipes/prosciutto-wrapped-greens.aspx?nterms=50026">meat-and-veggie-in-one lunch</a>, you fulfill two of your food groups. But pair it with a few chunks of a complementary cheese &mdash; like Asiago &mdash; and you&rsquo;ve got a balanced lunch that won&rsquo;t weigh you down.</p> <h2>22. Tuna Sliders on Cucumber &quot;Buns&quot;</h2> <p>Prepare tuna fish according to the package. Spread it between two slices of cucumber garnished with a thin slice of tomato. Repeat this until you have enough sliders to satisfy you at lunchtime.</p> <h2>23. BLT Lettuce Wraps</h2> <p>Reinvent a classic by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/blt-lettuce-wraps.html">wrapping the chopped ingredients of a BLT</a> &mdash; bacon, lettuce, and tomato &mdash; in lettuce leaves spread with light mayo and sprinkled with black pepper.</p> <h2>24. Apple, Peanut Butter, and Granola Sandwiches</h2> <p>Spread one side of two apple slices with peanut butter. Sprinkle one peanut buttered side with granola and mini chocolate chips. Put the other peanut buttered side on top to create a sandwich. One or two of these hearty, healthy sandwiches should fill you up at lunchtime.</p> <h2>25. Pinwheel Chicken Sandwiches With Plum Dipping Sauce</h2> <p><a target="_blank" href="http://recipes.kaboose.com/pinwheel-chicken-sandwiches-plum-dipping-sauce.html">Add pizzazz to an otherwise boring chicken wrap</a> by spreading almond butter on the tortilla before adding lettuce and chicken. Then dip it into an unexpected sauce of plum, soy, and grated orange peel.</p> <p><em>What's in your brown bag?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-update-peanut-butter-and-jelly">11 Ways to Update Peanut Butter and Jelly</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes brown bag lunch easy recipes low carb diet lunch ideas work lunches Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:00:34 +0000 Mikey Rox 969715 at http://www.wisebread.com Better With Basil: 21 Uses for Jarred Pesto http://www.wisebread.com/better-with-basil-21-uses-for-jarred-pesto <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/better-with-basil-21-uses-for-jarred-pesto" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7825858810_1f736cee2e_z.jpg" alt="pesto and focaccia" title="pesto and focaccia" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Don&rsquo;t get me wrong, I love a from-scratch meal as much as the next person, but with time at a premium and an active child on my hands, I just can&rsquo;t get my Julia Child on in the kitchen every night. Yes, there are nights when I pop a frozen lasagna in the oven, but when I&rsquo;m in the mood for something semi-homemade, I&rsquo;ve got a better weapon in my arsenal &mdash; jarred pesto. That miraculous combination of basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil packs a wallop in the flavor department, turning the simplest of meals into a genuine treat. What do I put it on? Why, pretty much anything. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-swanky-sauces-to-glamorize-dinner">8 Swanky&nbsp;Sauces to Glamorize Dinner</a>)</p> <p>The following ideas would also be a great way to use up the enormous batches of pesto you made over the summer with basil from your garden. I wish I could do that, but I have a singularly un-green thumb. Store-bought it is for me!</p> <h2>1. Grilled Shrimp</h2> <p>One of my favorite quick proteins is large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and butterflied, tossed in jarred pesto, skewered, and then thrown on the grill (broil them if the weather's not ideal). I look for frozen, uncooked shrimp on sale for this fast meal.</p> <h2>2. Pesto Pasta Primavera</h2> <p>Pesto tossed with pasta is a classic. Add some sauteed vegetables (a bag of spinach works in a pinch, and hey, you don&rsquo;t even have to wash it), and you&rsquo;ve got a light dinner. Add a piece of grilled or baked chicken to make the meal more complete. To doll up this simple dish even more, add some toasted pine nuts and fried slices of garlic.</p> <h2>3. Fancy Sandwiches</h2> <p>Turn a simple sandwich into something a little more posh by spreading a layer of pesto and mayo on crusty bread. Add some charcuterie (aka preserved meat like salami or prosciutto) and plenty of peppery arugula. For a vegetarian (and more frugal) version, roast a red pepper and some slices of eggplant, and put that in your sandwich instead of the meat.</p> <h2>4. Pizza Sauce</h2> <p>Try using pesto instead of tomato-based <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/29-alternative-pizza-sauce-ideas">pizza sauce</a> for a nice change. Or make two pizzas, one with each sauce, and see which one you like better.</p> <h2>5. White Lasagna</h2> <p>Instead of using Bolognese sauce to make lasagna, try mixing pesto with a Bechamel or cream sauce instead. Layer it with the pasta and grilled vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, spinach, or butternut squash and top with Parmesan.</p> <h2>6. Pesto Chicken</h2> <p>Toss chicken breasts or tenders with plenty of pesto. Top with cheese, and bake in the oven. It doesn&rsquo;t get much easier than that.</p> <h2>7. Pesto Vegetables</h2> <p>Cook vegetables such as asparagus, green beans, or broccoli in boiling water until crisp-tender (or steam them). Toss with pesto and serve! Alternatively, toss the vegetables with olive oil and pesto and roast them in the oven (baby potatoes are delicious this way).</p> <h2>8. Soupe au Pistou</h2> <p>This Provencal vegetable soup is delicious with a dollop of pesto stirred into it. Try this <a href="http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2010/07/soupe-au-pistou-french-vegetable-soup-recipe/">simple soupe au pistou recipe from David Lebovitz</a> &mdash; cook a variety of vegetables, add stock or water, and stir in some pasta and pesto for a comforting and classy soup.</p> <h2>9. Pesto and Cream Pasta</h2> <p>I order this dish almost every time I go to my favorite cafe &mdash; I really should make it at home more often. Heat a little heavy cream and pesto together, add Parmesan, and toss with cooked pasta. Top with toasted, buttery breadcrumbs. It may not be the healthiest meal, but it is simple and satisfying.</p> <h2>10. Pesto Pasta Salad</h2> <p>Toss cooked pasta with olive oil, lemon juice, and a generous amount of pesto. Mix in halved cherry tomatoes and cubed fresh mozzarella.</p> <h2>11. Compound Butter</h2> <p>Soften a stick of unsalted butter and then mix in a generous dollop of pesto. Roll into a log and wrap in plastic, and then place it in the refrigerator to firm up. Use this compound butter to saute vegetables, melt on corn-on-the-cob, or spread on bread before toasting; or place a few slices on a grilled steak.</p> <h2>12. Hummus</h2> <p>When you&rsquo;re making your next batch of <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/hummus-recipe/index.html">hummus</a>, add a spoonful of pesto for a different flavor.</p> <h2>13. Salmon</h2> <p>Rub a few salmon steaks or a filet with pesto before baking or grilling (I put mine on a sheet of aluminum foil before grilling to avoid flare-ups).</p> <h2>14. Pesto Turkey Pinwheels</h2> <p>Spread pesto on flatbread or good tortillas. Add slices of turkey and roasted red pepper. Roll the flatbread up jelly roll-style and wrap in plastic. Chill for an hour, then slice crosswise into pinwheels. This makes a fancy-looking appetizer if you skewer the pinwheels with toothpicks and line them up on square white plates.</p> <h2>15. Cream Cheese</h2> <p>Mix pesto with your favorite cream cheese and spread on bagels.</p> <h2>16. Burgers or Meatballs</h2> <p>Add a layer of pesto as you assemble a burger, or better yet, mix it right into the meat. You can also mix pesto into your favorite meatball recipe for extra flavor.</p> <h2>17. Quiche or Frittata</h2> <p>Add pesto to your favorite quiche recipe to pump up the flavor. It goes particularly well with sun-dried tomatoes. Don't have time to make quiche? Add pesto to eggs and veggies in a simple <a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/902955/tomato-pesto-frittata">frittata</a>.</p> <h2>18. Scrambled Eggs</h2> <p>Mix pesto with scrambled eggs. That is all.</p> <h2>19. Spaghetti Squash</h2> <p>Toss cooked <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-winning-ways-to-enjoy-winter-squash">spaghetti squash</a> with pesto for a delicious and healthy meal. Spaghetti squash can be quick and easy to cook &mdash; 12-15 minutes in the microwave, and you&rsquo;re set. Just don&rsquo;t forget to pierce it first lest it explode.</p> <h2>20. Goat Cheese Spread</h2> <p>Place a log of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">goat cheese</a> on a plate and spread a thick layer of pesto over top. Serve with toasts or crackers.</p> <h2>21. Stuffed Chicken or Pork Chops</h2> <p>Make a slit in a chicken breast or pork chop and stuff it with a mixture of cooked spinach, pesto, and goat cheese. Bake in the oven for 40 minutes (at 375 F) or until juices run clear. Delicious!</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite recipe using premade pesto?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/camilla-cheung">Camilla Cheung</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/better-with-basil-21-uses-for-jarred-pesto">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-swanky-sauces-to-glamorize-dinner">8 Swanky Sauces to Glamorize Dinner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable convenience food easy recipes pesto sauces Thu, 01 Nov 2012 10:36:38 +0000 Camilla Cheung 955131 at http://www.wisebread.com Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3941629457_1c428b9fbf_z.jpg" alt="trying to cook lobster" title="trying to cook lobster" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="204" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I enjoy cooking &mdash; and I&rsquo;m not bad at it &mdash; but those skills didn&rsquo;t necessarily come naturally.</p> <p>There was a lot of trial and error (I nearly burnt down my house by putting a frozen chicken breast in a searing-hot pan of oil once), a lot of wasted ingredients (you can&rsquo;t eat chicken that&rsquo;s burnt on the outside but frozen solid in the middle), and a lot of hours spent watching cooking shows to pick up invaluable tips and tricks.</p> <p>Over the years, this self-imposed practice has turned me into a competent, capable cook. I understand, however, that you may not have the time or interest to cook like I do. That&rsquo;s OK. It&rsquo;s not for everyone. But you should know how to make yourself at least a few meals that don&rsquo;t come out of the microwave or magically appear on your doorstep. (See also:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wisebread.com/teach-yourself-to-cook">Teach Yourself to Cook</a>)</p> <h3>1. Pot Roast With Root Vegetables</h3> <p>There are many ways you can <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/maries-easy-slow-cooker-pot-roast/">make a hearty, delicious, rib-sticking pot roast</a>, but one of the easiest is to put a 4 lb. chuck roast in a slow cooker (also called a Crock Pot) and let it cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.</p> <p>Before you set it and forget it, however, you&rsquo;ll need to season the roast with salt and pepper and sear (just a fancy word for make brown) each side of the roast in a skillet over high heat. Once the roast is seared, put it in the slow cooker with chopped carrots, potatoes, celery, and onion, a cup of water, and a packet of dry onion soup mix; for the soup mix, Lipton&rsquo;s is probably the easiest to find.</p> <p>You can put all of these ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and your meal will be ready by dinnertime. Easy as that. You can make a nice gravy to go along with your pot roast, too &mdash; either homemade using the drippings (you&rsquo;ll need cornstarch or flour) or using a packet (which will only require water).</p> <h3>2. Spaghetti and Garlic Bread</h3> <p>Spaghetti is a quick and simple dish for kitchen newbies to throw together, but cooking the pasta perfectly requires a little TLC.</p> <p>To start this dish, bring a large pot of water, with a tablespoon of salt added, to a boil. Add in your spaghetti noodles based on how many people you&rsquo;re feeding. A standard 1 lb. box feeds eight people, so divide the noodles accordingly. Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the box; you want the noodles to be &ldquo;al dente&rdquo; &mdash; tender but with a little bite.</p> <p>As the noodles cook, heat up a prepared pasta sauce on the stove. From the jar will never be as good as homemade, but perhaps you&rsquo;ll be comfortable enough to accept that challenge in time.</p> <p>To make the garlic bread, mix a couple dashes of garlic powder, dried Italian herbs, and half a stick of room-temperature butter together and spread it on both sides a loaf of fresh French or Italian bread that&rsquo;s been cut in half. Put the two halves back together, wrap in foil, and toss it into a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes.</p> <p>When the pasta has cooked to al dente, drain it, return it to the pot, and add in the sauce and toss. Plate the pasta and serve with piping hot pieces of the crusty garlic bread.</p> <h3>3. Chicken Noodle Soup</h3> <p>Like a soul-soothing pot roast, there are a million and one recipes for chicken noodle soup, most of which are just variations on a very simple starter method.</p> <p>This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/quick-and-easy-chicken-noodle-soup/">recipe for chicken noodle soup</a> is ready in 30 minutes, so you can whip it up in no time on a brisk fall night. The ingredients you&rsquo;ll need are all ordinary items you have in your fridge or pantry or that can pick up during a quick trip to the supermarket after work.</p> <p>Here&rsquo;s a rapid rundown of what to do:</p> <ul> <li>Melt butter in a large pot and cook onion and celery in it for about five minutes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Add chicken and vegetable broths, cooked chicken breast, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Eat.</li> </ul> <h3>4. Pita Pizzas With Side Salad</h3> <p>I started making pita pizzas a few years ago because I got tired of ordering pizzas that were too large for me to eat by myself. My solution was to make personal-sized pies that, believe it or not, are every bit as good as my favorite delivery joint but much healthier.</p> <p>I use whole-wheat pitas topped with pizza sauce (Ragu has decent small jars, or you can save the pizza sauce dippers that come with your delivery pizza and use that; spaghetti sauce will work too in a pinch), cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder, pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano. Place the pizza directly on the middle rack of a 400-degree oven with a baking sheet on a lower rack to catch any drippings. Bake for about five or six minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.</p> <p>Serve the pizzas with a simple side salad. The bagged kind is just fine; don&rsquo;t forget the dressing.</p> <h3>5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches With Coleslaw</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re put off by the thought of making pulled pork because it requires a lot of work, you shouldn&rsquo;t be &mdash; it hardly requires any work at all.</p> <p>There are less than five ingredients in this slow-cooker pulled-pork recipe &mdash; pork tenderloin, root beer (do I have your attention now?), barbecue sauce, and hamburger buns. Place the pork loin in the slow cooker follow by the root beer. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours. When the time is up, drain the slow cooker to get rid of all the liquid fat. The pork will fall apart and shred with ease, at which time you can stir in the barbecue sauce. Serve on hamburger buns alongside coleslaw you picked up at the store or that you can make with a prepackaged shredded cabbage mix, a few other ingredients, and this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/homemade-coleslaw/">recipe for homemade coleslaw</a>.</p> <h3>6. Steamed Shrimp and Corn on the Cob</h3> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/70-cheap-succulent-shrimp-recipes">Shrimp is a great ingredient</a> for new cooks because it cooks up very fast, no matter the method.</p> <p>You&rsquo;ll need to start with the corn on the cob since it takes a while to cook. You can either wrap it in foil and toss it in the 400-degree oven for 30 minutes or let the ears boil on the stove for 30 minutes.</p> <p>To make steamed shrimp the way I do (the best way!), pour a can of beer in the bottom of a steam pot, bring it to a boil.</p> <p>Put the shrimp in a freezer bag with a tablespoon or two of Old Bay seasoning and shake to coat all the shrimp. Add the shrimp to the steamer tray, place it on the pot with the beer, and cover. Stir the shrimp every minute or so until they&rsquo;re pink on both sides.</p> <p>Butter the corn and squirt the shrimp with lemon before digging in.</p> <h3>7. Chicken Soft Tacos</h3> <p>Save some money and skip your favorite Mexican eatery in favor of making your own chicken soft tacos at home.</p> <p>I like to grill my chicken in a broiler for this recipe by seasoning the breasts with salt, pepper, and lime, and cooking on each side for about five minutes. When the chicken is cooked through, I let it sit for at least five minutes while I prepare the other ingredients.</p> <p>Chop a couple of tomatoes, some lettuce, and cilantro; grate your favorite cheese; and grab the salsa, sour cream, and guacamole. &nbsp;</p> <p>Next, wrap your flour tortillas in a paper towel that you&rsquo;ve soaked and rung out, and place them in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Be careful removing them; they&rsquo;ll be hot.</p> <p>Build your chicken soft tacos by adding the chicken first, followed by the vegetables then adding the wet toppings like salsa, sour cream, and guacamole.</p> <h3>8. Autumn Chopped Salad</h3> <p>A salad is very easy to make, especially when you buy it in a bag &mdash; but you don&rsquo;t have to limit yourself to only what&rsquo;s in that bag. You can spruce up the salad by adding additional ingredients that you enjoy like dried fruits, fresh veggies, and nuts.</p> <p>This <a href="http://iowagirleats.com/2012/09/24/autumn-chopped-salad/">autumn chopped salad recipe</a> is great any time of the year, but especially in fall because of the seasonal apples and pears. On a bed of romaine lettuce (bought in a bag) add chopped apples, pears, roasted peanuts, dried cranberries, and bacon. Chop the salad with a knife to incorporate all the ingredients evenly, and toss with sweet(ish) dressing like poppy-seed or raspberry-walnut.</p> <p>Crumble a tangy cheese, like Gorgonzola or feta, on top to finish.</p> <h3>9. Steak and Baked Potatoes</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re a meat-and-potatoes person, there&rsquo;s nothing purer or simpler than a juicy steak.</p> <p>You have to start with the baked potato first, because it requires a generous amount of cooking time if you&rsquo;d like to have the <a href="http://www.food.com/recipe/best-baked-potato-71933">best baked potato</a> you&rsquo;ve ever eaten.</p> <p>First, poke holes all around the potato &mdash; about eight pokes &mdash; with a fork. Rub a small amount of olive oil on the potato then sprinkle salt (kosher salt works best) and pepper all around the spud. Place it directly on the rack in a 350-degree oven (with a baking sheet underneath to catch the drippings) for about an hour.</p> <p>As for the steak, I start with a good cut of beef (a rib eye most of the time) that I season with a brush of olive oil and a sprinkle of salt and pepper on both sides. I plop it onto my broiler pan and let it cook for a few minutes on each side, depending on the size of the steak and my desired doneness. I like my steak medium so about four minutes on each side for a 1-inch-thick steak should do.</p> <p>When the steak is cooked to your liking, it&rsquo;s important that you let it sit for a few minutes so the juices can redistribute throughout the steak to keep it tender and juicy.</p> <p>After five minutes, plate the steak, push open the baked potato with your fingers, and top it with your favorite toppings, like butter and sour cream.</p> <h3>10. Breakfast for Dinner</h3> <p>Even if you don&rsquo;t know much about cooking, at the very least you should know how to make breakfast. This one is simple: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">eggs</a>, bacon, toast, and fruit.</p> <p>In a skillet on medium heat, add a few strips of bacon. Let the bacon cook for five minutes, then turn it over to cook for another three minutes. If the bacon is too loose for your taste, cook it a bit longer to make it crispier. When the bacon is cooked, transfer it to a plate lined with a paper towel to soak up the grease.</p> <p>You can either dump the bacon grease down the sink with the hot water running (if you&rsquo;re watching your weight) or cook the eggs in the bacon grease (like my grandmother used to do). The latter tastes better, but I usually choose to rinse out the skillet and add butter instead of the bacon grease to cook my eggs. On medium heat again, crack two eggs into the skillet, being careful not to break the yolks. When the whites have barely set, gently flip the eggs over to the other side until the whites are just cooked. Sprinkle the eggs with salt and pepper and slide onto a plate.</p> <p>Meanwhile, make a couple slices of toast to sop up the yolky goodness and garnish the dish with a side of fruit for good measure.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-tasty-and-cost-effective-breakfast-for-dinner-ideas">breakfast of champions at dinnertime</a> is always a winner.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-perfectly-respectable-uses-for-instant-mashed-potatoes">5 Perfectly Respectable Uses for Instant Mashed Potatoes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-tasty-5-ingredient-recipes">20 Tasty 5-Ingredient Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-cooking-oils-for-your-heart-and-wallet">The Best Cooking Oils: For Your Heart and Wallet</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Home Lifestyle Cooking crock pot crock pot recipes dinner ideas easy recipes learning a new skill simple dinner ideas slow cooker recipes Wed, 17 Oct 2012 10:36:42 +0000 Mikey Rox 955016 at http://www.wisebread.com Kitchen Hacks: I Can Make This in That? http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3317750818_7491fb9ab8_z.jpg" alt="man in kitchen" title="man in kitchen" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When the buzz started building around Pinterest early this year, I was hesitant to jump on the bandwagon. The last thing I needed was another social network in my life. But I have to say &mdash; Pinterest is a revelation. I make a new recipe that I&rsquo;ve posted to my boards almost every night of the week, and I&rsquo;ve learned lots of cool life hacks that have saved me time and money. One of the neatest parts of Pinterest is finding new ways to use old things &mdash; specifically in the kitchen. Here are some of my favorite finds using what I have laying around for something entirely unexpected. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/another-36-uses-for-tin-foil">Another 36 Uses for Tin Foil</a>)</p> <h2>Buttermilk Ice Cubes</h2> <p>When I buy a carton of buttermilk, I use a cup or two, and the rest spoils in the fridge. To <a href="http://homesteadrevival.blogspot.com/2012/01/freezing-buttermilk.html">make your buttermilk last so you can enjoy every last drop</a>, fill up an ice tray with the leftover liquid, freeze it, and thaw it when you&rsquo;re in need. Each cube equals about two tablespoons of liquid. This is also a great way to preserve fresh herbs in olive oil.</p> <h2>Freezer Jam</h2> <p>Love fresh jam but hate the time-intensive process of cooking and canning? <a href="http://frugalliving.about.com/od/foodsavings/qt/Freezer_Jam.htm">Freezer jam</a> is the solution to that problem. The process is easy. First, wash, hull, and stem the fruit; then mash it in a large bowl. In another bowl, combine sugar and pectin until well blended. Add the pectin mix to the fruit and let it stand for three minutes. Pour the mixture into jars, screw on the lids, and let it stand for 30 minutes before putting it into the fridge or freezer. The resulting jam can be stored in the freezer for up to a year and lasts in the fridge for up to three weeks.</p> <h2>Slow-Cooker Bread</h2> <p>My dad bought my mom a bread machine for Christmas one year. She made three loaves, then put it in her special cupboard where appliances go to die. Waste of money. If she had known how to make slow-cooker bread &mdash; using the Crock-Pot she already had &mdash; my dad might&rsquo;ve used that extra money to win big at the casino and buy me a new car. But I digress. To <a href="http://lifehacker.com/5914675/bake-bread-faster-in-a-crock-pot">make slow-cooker bread</a>, put a pound of ready-made refrigerated or fresh dough in the pot and bake it on high for an hour or so, checking it for doneness &mdash; by sticking a toothpick in it &mdash; at the 45-minute mark.</p> <h2>Tin Can Cake</h2> <p>Instead of rinsing out the tin can from which you just emptied corn and tossing it in the recycling bin, hold on to it &mdash; so you can make the cutest individual cakes ever. The <a href="http://ohhappyday.com/2012/02/mini-cakes-diy/">instructions for making a tin-can cake</a> are exactly the same as any other vessel &ndash; wash it, grease it, fill it, bake it &mdash; except the resulting mini-cake is far and away more adorable.</p> <h2>Mason Jar Smoothies</h2> <p>Did you know that <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/new-uses-for-old-things/you-need-blender-jar-10000000699904/index.html">most standard blender blades screw onto a Mason jar perfectly</a>? When you want to make a smoothie without dirtying the blender <i>and</i> a glass from which to drink it, prepare the ingredients in a Mason jar, screw on the blender blade, pop it onto the blender motor, and puree away. You can use this hack for lots of other blendable items like salsa and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-and-affordable-salad-dressing-recipes">dressings</a>, too. Now they go from blender to fridge with nothing to clean up until the jar is empty.</p> <h2>Canning Lid Eggs</h2> <p>If you like egg sandwiches, you probably grapple with the issue of how to get scrambled eggs to be the exact size as your English muffin or biscuit. <a href="http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/2011/05/what-to-do-with-unused-canning-rings/">Mason jar lids are the answer to keeping the runny liquid contained</a>, so the eggs stay the round in shape, just like the sandwich rolls.</p> <h2>Muffin Pan Hard-Boiled Eggs</h2> <p>Tired of wasting time waiting for water to boil? To <a href="http://www.theburlapbag.com/2012/03/make-hard-boiled-eggs-in-the-oven/">make easier-than-ever hard-boiled eggs</a>, place fresh eggs in a muffin tin in a 325- to 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. In the pan, the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">eggs</a> won&rsquo;t bump into each other from vigorously boiling water, so premature cracking is almost nonexistent.</p> <h2>Bell Pepper Dip Cups</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t pull a separate bowl out of the cabinet for your veggie dip. Instead, cut the top off a bell pepper, hollow it out, and serve the dip in <a href="http://www.mundochica.com/comida-divertida/">this fresh, colorful, edible bowl</a> that Mother Nature made.</p> <h2>Peppermint Bark in a Silicone Mold</h2> <p>I love, love, looooove this idea &mdash; and I can&rsquo;t wait to make this <a href="http://www.onceuponaplate1.com/2010/12/peppermint-bark-snowflakes.html">peppermint bark in a silicone mold</a> for my annual holiday party this year. Use a snowflake (or other festively shaped) silicone mold to make homemade bark or chocolates by filling the mold with melted dark chocolate, followed by white chocolate, then topping with crushed candy canes. They look like something you&rsquo;d pay a pretty penny for at a chocolate shop, but I bet they&rsquo;ll taste much better because you made them.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Pumpkin Beverage Cooler</h2> <p><a href="http://www.marthastewart.com/275573/pumpkin-carving-and-decorating-ideas/@center/276965/halloween#slide_19">Cut a large pumpkin in half, hollow it out, and fill it with drinks and ice</a>. Easy breezy. Your guests will be impressed.</p> <p><em>What common items are you making in unexpected contraptions? Let us all know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kitchen-hacks-i-can-make-this-in-that">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-alternative-uses-for-lemons">25 Alternative Uses for Lemons</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/milking-it-5-easy-homemade-cheeses">Milking It: 5 Easy Homemade Cheeses</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-fantastic-uses-for-apples">23 Fantastic Uses for Apples</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/out-of-the-frying-pan-24-unusual-uses-for-butter">Out of the Frying Pan: 24 Unusual Uses for Butter</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY Food and Drink Home alternative uses easy recipes kitchen hacks Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:36:42 +0000 Mikey Rox 954471 at http://www.wisebread.com Fast, Single-Serving "Fake" Desserts http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2609280750_bc6a8458bb_z.jpg" alt="ice cream" title="ice cream" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Frequently, my husband and I will be watching a movie, hours after dinner, and some weird dessert craving will hit me. After thirty years of marriage, he is used to it. It&rsquo;s not like I have just seen an ad for an ice-cream sundae, or that I am thumbing through a magazine illustrating foolproof pie crust. I just get these crazy OMIGOD I WANT THIS NOW thoughts...and I usually don&rsquo;t have whatever it is that I want in the house.</p> <p>It gets more complicated. I don&rsquo;t <i>want</i> an entire cake in my house, or two dozen chocolate chip cookies, or an apple pie. I have the attention span of a gnat, and once I eat the thing I was craving, I don&rsquo;t usually want it again the next night or the night after that. I&rsquo;m also frugal, and I don&rsquo;t want to spend money the ingredients for a big apple pie or a cheesecake. I could make something and share it, but I was an only child and honestly never learned to share well.</p> <p>So I had this crazy idea. What if I stocked staples for &ldquo;fake&rdquo; desserts in my pantry? By &ldquo;fake,&rdquo; I mean small bites that would satisfy a craving, yet not make me spend lots of money or eat too many calories.</p> <p>Once I had the idea, I started kitchen-testing and internet-surfing. Here are the goodies that I came up with. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ultra-quick-homemade-desserts">15 Ultra-Quick Homemade Desserts</a>)</p> <h3>Almost Apple Pie</h3> <p>This is technically more of a turnover, but if you serve it with a slice of cheddar cheese, it&rsquo;s a good fake pie. Unroll a triangle of canned crescent roll dough. Add a heaping tablespoon of apple-pie filling. Add a second triangle on top, seal the sides with a fork, and vent the top with a knife. Bake at 375 for 15 minutes, or until browned and bubbly.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Canned crescent rolls and apple-pie filling.</p> <h3>Fake Cherry Cheesecake</h3> <p>I am not sure why I didn&rsquo;t think of this one years ago. For two servings, you&rsquo;ll need two whole graham crackers, 1/3 block of low-fat cream cheese, 1 tablespoon honey, and a can of cherry pie filling (you won&rsquo;t use it all). Combine the cream cheese with a tablespoon of honey and stir to soften slightly. Spread on a graham cracker and top with some canned cherry filling. Close your eyes and eat. It really satisfied my cheesecake craving!</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Graham crackers, cherry pie filling, honey, and cream cheese.</p> <h3>Fake Cake in a Cup</h3> <p>Honestly, this <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/5-minute-Chocolate-Cake/ ">five minute chocolate cake</a> reminds me a little more of a souffle when it is done. Be careful &mdash; it is very hot when you remove it from the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/life-without-a-microwave"> microwave</a>. I like it just fine without the chocolate chips, too.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cocoa powder, milk, vegetable oil, and nuts (optional).</p> <h3>Chocolate Chip Cookies in a Cup</h3> <p>In the same vein, have you heard of <a href="http://www.number-2-pencil.com/2012/03/chocolate-chip-cookie-in-cup.html ">chocolate chip cookies in a cup</a>? I hadn&rsquo;t, and now I am so happy. I always have the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies on hand, but I rarely feel motivated to make a big batch.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Brown and white sugars, eggs, vanilla, flour, salt, and chocolate chips.</p> <h3>Two-Ingredient Ice Cream</h3> <p>In my humble opinion, this is the greatest summer discovery ever &mdash; <a href="http://www.macaroniandcheesecake.com/2012/03/two-ingredient-ice-cream-no-ice-cream-maker-required.html#comment-7739">two-ingredient ice cream</a>. It really works! The first time that I made this, we &ldquo;checked&rdquo; it after one and a half hours (quality control, you know). We had to stop ourselves from eating the entire batch. If you prefer a firmer-texture <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-make-your-own-ice-cream-and-other-frozen-treats">ice cream</a>, you&rsquo;ll need about four hours. I make it in half-recipes because I do get bored quickly with a flavor. This is so easy that you can have peach one night and candy-bar crunch the next. Genius!</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Sweetened condensed milk, cream, vanilla, and flavorings of your choice.</p> <h3>Strawberry Fake-Cake</h3> <p>Occasionally, the baking bug does bite me, and I&rsquo;ll make some biscuits. With just two of us, though, the bulk of the <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-fancy-ways-to-use-leftover-food"> leftovers</a> will go into the freezer. If I also have frozen strawberries in the depths of the freezer, hello, strawberry fake-cake! Thaw some berries and add some sugar (and a little Grand Marnier, if you&rsquo;re fancy). Defrost those biscuits in the microwave, split them, and add the defrosted strawberries. Hopefully you have a can of whipped cream in the refrigerator to top them off.</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Biscuits (or Bisquick), frozen strawberries, sugar, and whipped cream.</p> <h3>Fake Angel Food Cake</h3> <p>My mother was a big fan of angel food cake, but she&rsquo;d serve this fake-angel in a pinch. Believe it or not, it&rsquo;s reminiscent of an angel food cake, probably due to the texture. For one serving, combine two tablespoons of brown sugar, two tablespoons of coconut, and one tablespoon of butter. Spread on white-bread toast and broil (keep a close eye on it, because it burns easily).</p> <p>Pantry essentials: Brown sugar, coconut, butter, and white bread.</p> <p><em>Readers, any dessert trickery to share?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fast-single-serving-fake-desserts">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink dessert easy recipes single cooking Fri, 10 Aug 2012 10:24:40 +0000 Marla Walters 948689 at http://www.wisebread.com Turn Off the Oven: 25 No-Cook Meals http://www.wisebread.com/turn-off-the-oven-25-no-cook-meals <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/turn-off-the-oven-25-no-cook-meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5983148937_1406d1a210_z.jpg" alt="spring rolls and salad" title="spring rolls and salad" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Making a meal in the summer doesn&rsquo;t mean you have to cook. For many delicious meals, you need only &ldquo;assemble.&rdquo; Below are 25 cool, easy options. A few of the recipes below require just a little bit of cooking: boiling some pasta, making hard-boiled eggs, or frying bacon. Don't let that scare you off! It's maybe 15 minutes of range cooking at most, with no turning on the oven required. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a>)</p> <h3>1. Cold Avocado Soup With Sweet Corn and Bacon</h3> <p>This <a href="http://joythebaker.com/2011/08/cold-avocado-soup-with-sweet-corn-and-bacon">cold avocado soup with sweet corn and bacon</a> from Joy the Baker is absolutely delicious. You can cheat a little and use frozen, defrosted corn, or canned corn and bacon bits, if that tiny bit of cooking is daunting. We liked it with some tortilla chips on the side.&nbsp;</p> <h3>2. Gazpacho</h3> <p>Fire up your blender for this classic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/gazpacho/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=gazpacho&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Home%20Page">cold soup recipe</a>.</p> <h3>3. Cold Russian Beet Soup</h3> <p>This is a very refreshing, pretty soup. The author suggests serving this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/ninas-russian-cold-beet-soup-kholdnyk/detail.aspx?event8=1&amp;prop24=SR_Title&amp;e11=cold%20soups&amp;e8=Quick%20Search&amp;event10=1&amp;e7=Home%20Page">cold beet soup</a> with pumpernickel bread, and I agree &mdash; that&rsquo;s the perfect thing.&nbsp;</p> <h3>4. Simple Mexican Salad</h3> <p>I have already made this salad four times this summer. I am completely hooked on it! I also made the main recipe (the corn cakes with eggs), which was fabulous. Check out, though, the <a href="http://www.tastebook.com/recipes/3604555-Mexican-Corn-Cakes-Eggs?full_recipe=true">simple side salad</a> (scroll down). Not only is this a very pretty salad, but it can be made &ldquo;main dish&rdquo; with the simple addition of bacon, ham, chicken or shrimp.&nbsp;</p> <h3>5. California Wrap</h3> <p>Wrap it up! This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/california-wrap-sandwich-recipe/index.html ">California wrap sandwich</a> from the Food Network is made extra-delicious with the homemade ranch dressing. The possibilities for wraps are pretty much endless.</p> <h3>6. Cool Veggie Pizza</h3> <p>When my friend Nancy Jo makes this <a href="http://kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cool-veggie-pizza-appetizer-51172.aspx">veggie pizza</a>, it is a work of art. Me...not so much, but it still tastes great. My modification, because either you love Miracle Whip or you don&rsquo;t &mdash; leave out the Miracle Whip. (Apologies to those of you who love it.)</p> <h3>7. Spring Rolls &nbsp;&nbsp;</h3> <p>A little more labor intensive are <a href="http://whatscookingamerica.net/Appetizers/SpringRolls.htm">spring rolls</a>. I must confess that mine never come out looking very pretty, although they taste good. Just about the time I get the hang of rolling them, I am out of ingredients! If you are good with your hands, these are really popular at potlucks. I love that I don&rsquo;t feel guilty for eating them, because they are so packed with healthy goodies. We especially like the peanut sauce for dipping.&nbsp;</p> <h3>8. Red Pepper Hummus</h3> <p>This is one of my daughter&rsquo;s favorites. She doesn&rsquo;t really enjoy cooking and complains about the heat, so it&rsquo;s <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/easy-roasted-red-pepper-hummus/">red pepper hummus</a> and crackers to the rescue. Hummus is very healthy, cool, and easy to make. It&rsquo;s also very inexpensive!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>9. Cereal</h3> <p>Also from my daughter &mdash; CEREAL! Yes, it's easy. It&rsquo;s cool. It's nutritious. She isn&rsquo;t the only one I know who eats cereal for dinner occasionally, so I had to include it. I am too much the traditionalist to eat cereal for dinner, but I know folks who will defend it.</p> <h3>10. Beans</h3> <p>Inexpensive, protein-rich, easy. Try rinsed black beans with canned corn, chopped tomatoes, cilantro, a dash of olive oil and salt. I like the fat-free refried beans with chips, a little fat-free sour cream, and salsa. Rinsed cannellini beans, cold pre-cooked shrimp, and canned green beans sprinkled with feta &mdash; YUM!&nbsp;</p> <h3>11. Speedy Salade Nicoise</h3> <p>This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/salad-nicoise/">Salade Nicoise</a> is so delicious that I have taken to cooking extra red potatoes whenever I cook potatoes, just to have some on hand for this salad.</p> <h3>12. Cobb Salad</h3> <p>The best <a href="http://americanfood.about.com/od/allamericansidessalads/r/cobb.htm">Cobb salad</a> I ever had was at Bob&rsquo;s Ranch House, in tiny Etna, California. I hope it&rsquo;s still on the menu. Fortunately, they are easy to make at home.&nbsp;</p> <h3>13. Chef's Salad</h3> <p>Another popular no-cook salad that really has it all is the <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chefs-salad-10000001976656/ ">chef's salad</a>. I like this very traditional version. You can dress a chef's salad up or down, and give it an Italian flair with deli meats and cheeses.&nbsp;</p> <h3>14. Salmon&nbsp;Spread</h3> <p><a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,171,153163-245203,00.html">Salmon spread</a> is something I could devour all by myself. I really have to watch it! Serve with crackers and grapes.</p> <h3>15. Chicken Pesto Croissant</h3> <p>I usually reserve sandwiches for lunch, but I will make an exception for delicious sandwiches like this <a href="http://busycooks.about.com/od/coldsandwichrecipes/r/chixpestocroiss.htm">chicken pesto croissant</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3>16. Curried Tofu Salad</h3> <p>I have admitted it before &mdash; I am not a big fan of tofu. Add curry, though, as with this <a href="http://www.eatmedelicious.com/2009/01/curried-tofu-salad.html">curried tofu salad</a>, and I&rsquo;m in!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>17. Pasta Salad</h3> <p>Pasta salads are another area where you can have endless combinations, especially if you have cooked ham, chicken, roast beef, shrimp, and beans around. Pick up some herbs to add in. Yes, you have to boil the noodles and chill them, but it&rsquo;s worth the steam. I like to double the recipes and then we have lunch ready to go, too. Here is a good <a href="http://southernfood.about.com/od/pastasalads/r/r70622g.htm">pasta salad recipe</a>.&nbsp;</p> <h3>18. Sardines or Oysters</h3> <p>Chill, and then open, a can of sardines or smoked oysters. This makes a refreshing dinner with some crackers, cheese, and fruit. Enjoy a glass of white wine and feel elegant.</p> <h3>19. Asian Noodle Salad&nbsp;</h3> <p>Here is another popular potluck salad &mdash; <a href="http://www.rimonthly.com/Rhode-Island-Monthly/Food-Drink/Recipes/index.php/name/Cold-Asian-Noodle-Salad-with-Spicy-Peanut-Chicken-and-Chinese-Cabbage/record/26243/">cold Asian noodle salad</a>. Yes, I know, you have to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/oodles-of-noodles-25-ways-to-prepare-pasta">boil the noodles</a>, which is technically cooking. It&rsquo;s worth the 15 or so minutes.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>20. Curried Rice Salad</h3> <p><a href="http://www.ricearoni.com/recipes/Curried_Rice_Salad">Curried Rice-a-Roni salad</a>, in fact. Again, a minimum of cooking is needed, and this salad needs to chill. When I was a kid, my mother made it, and I just LOVED it.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <h3>21. Stuffed Tomatoes</h3> <p>We cannot end this without the stuffed tomato! Scoop out a large, chilled tomato and fill with tuna salad, chicken salad, or ham salad. (Beginner cooks &mdash; to make these salads, add a little mayo to chopped, cooked meat. Add some sliced green onions, pickle relish if you like it, and a little chopped celery.) Serve with Triscuits.</p> <h3>22. Cheese Board</h3> <p>I love a cheese board with fruit and crackers. You don&rsquo;t have to buy gourmet cheeses &mdash; just buy whatever is on sale, and slice. Serve with grapes, apples, and a little Dijon <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-by-making-your-own-mustard">mustard</a>.</p> <h3>23. Smashed Chickpea Sandwich</h3> <p>If you follow food blogs on Pinterest or Twitter, you would have definitely seen Two Peas &amp; Their Pod&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/smashed-chickpea-avocado-salad-sandwich/">smashed chickpea sandwich</a>. This recipe went viral, and WOW is it delicious!</p> <h3>24. Cottage Cheese</h3> <p>Talk about lazy, but it&rsquo;s cold and it&rsquo;s satisfying &mdash; cottage cheese. Toss it into a big scooped-out tomato, pour salsa over, add fruit, top with hard-boiled eggs...whatever. I love cottage cheese, and it is a good source of low-fat protein. My mom used to slather cottage cheese over a Rye-Krisp cracker, top with sliced tomatoes, and liberally salt and pepper. It is very cool and delicious.</p> <h3>25. Chicken With Tarragon&nbsp;Caper Sauce</h3> <p>I saved my favorite no-cook meal for last &mdash; <a href="http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-with-Tarragon-Caper-Sauce-with-Mixed-Greens-108454">chicken with tarragon caper sauce</a>. As you can see, this recipe was published by Bon Appetit in August, 2003. I bet I have made it three or four times a year, since. If you cannot get fresh tarragon, you can use dried. This is also a fantastic use for a cold rotisserie chicken. Serve with French bread, because you will want to get every bit of sauce off of your plate (as long as Letitia Baldridge isn&rsquo;t at the table).</p> <p>There you are &mdash; 25 easy ways to stay cool at mealtime, with a minimum of fuss. Readers, any easy ideas to add?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/turn-off-the-oven-25-no-cook-meals">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable cooking easy recipes salads summer Mon, 16 Jul 2012 10:24:09 +0000 Marla Walters 940751 at http://www.wisebread.com 9 Easy, Frugal, and Tasty Recipes for Bachelors http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-frugal-and-tasty-recipes-for-bachelors <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-easy-frugal-and-tasty-recipes-for-bachelors" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5100189971_fcfcaa45cb_z.jpg" alt="men cooking" title="men cooking" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If my husband didn&rsquo;t have me to cook for him most nights, he&rsquo;d exist on cheese and potato chips for the rest of his life. No lie.</p> <p>That got me thinking &mdash; what happens if one day I&rsquo;m not around to cook for him anymore? How will he survive?</p> <p>I understand that many men don&rsquo;t like to cook (especially bachelors), but I think everyone should have at least basic kitchen skills. So when I started my search for easy, frugal, and tasty recipes, I decided to simplify the process by choosing only recipes that can be made in one skillet. By keeping the ingredients limited, the instructions manageable, and the cleanup minimal, it&rsquo;s my hope that these recipes will encourage first-timers to save the ramen for later and whip up something more nutritious and delicious &mdash; my husband included. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ramen-recipes-to-write-home-about">Ramen&nbsp;Recipes to Write Home About</a>)</p> <h3>1. Chili Skillet Meal</h3> <p>What man doesn&rsquo;t like a bowl of steaming, spicy chili? Now even beginner home cooks can make a hearty, soul-soothing, rainy day version of the classic in one pan with this <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1727,133181-250193,00.html">recipe for skillet chili</a>. While all the usual suspects are included in this recipe &mdash; onions, green peppers, kidney beans &mdash; bacon makes a surprise appearance to whet the appetite even more. Top the finished dish with cheddar cheese, and you&rsquo;ve got meal fit for the king of his own castle.</p> <h3>2. Rice Pilaf With Shrimp</h3> <p>This ready-in-less-than-30-minutes meal includes several of the main food groups, including rice as the grain, lima beans or edamame as the veggie, and shrimp to provide lots of protein. To give the flavor profile a bit more depth, prosciutto, shallots, and dill also make an appearance to help make this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/rice_pilaf_shrimp.html">shrimp with rice pilaf recipe</a> one that you&rsquo;ll want to keep within reach.</p> <h3>3. Tofu and Broccoli Stir-Fry</h3> <p>Vegetarian bachelors will enjoy <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/tofu_broccoli_stir_fry.html">this recipe that turns crispy tofu and tender broccoli</a> into a symphony of Asian flavors that crescendo in the mouth. Red pepper gives this dish a bit of a kick, while fresh ginger and garlic add spiciness.</p> <h3>4. Thyme, Pork Chop, and Pineapple Summer Skillet</h3> <p>I had to include this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/pork_pineapple_skillet_supper.html">recipe for a thyme, pork chop, and pineapple skillet</a> because it totally screams summer. It reminds me of something I might order at a nice Hawaiian restaurant. There are lots of fruit flavors in this dish, including fresh pineapple, apricot preserves, and orange juice, and a small amount of curry powder and fresh ginger help spice things up. One bite and you&rsquo;ll be whisked away to an imaginary luau.</p> <h3>5. Parmesan Orzo and Meatballs</h3> <p>Here&rsquo;s another manly gut-buster that&rsquo;s sure to fill you up. The best part about this recipe for <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/parmesan-orzo-and-meatballs/acebbc05-1861-49f6-8169-9c1e0416a15a/">Parmesan orzo and meatballs</a> is that it&rsquo;s even easier than you might expect because most of the ingredients are prepackaged, like frozen bell pepper and onion stir-fry, beef broth, uncooked orzo, frozen meatballs, and shredded Parmesan cheese. The only two ingredients you&rsquo;ll have to chop are the tomatoes and parsley. It's a total breeze and ready in about 20 minutes.</p> <h3>6. Chicken With Olives and Peppers</h3> <p>Take a trip to the Mediterranean during dinner tonight with this <a href="http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/recipefinder/chicken-olives-peppers-recipe-ghk0910">recipe for chicken with olives and peppers</a>. Boneless chicken thighs marry a medley of colorful peppers, garlic, shallots, and pitted green olives to create a rustic dish that you might find on the table at a typical home in Spain.</p> <h3>7. Scallops With Creamy Pesto</h3> <p>If you&rsquo;re not an experienced cook, making a dish of <a href="http://www.womansday.com/recipefinder/scallops-creamy-pesto-121722">scallops with creamy pesto</a> might be out of your comfort zone. But it shouldn't be; scallops are one of the easiest foods to make&hellip;and they're delicious! This meal is ready in 10 minutes, and all you have to do is season the scallops, cook for 3 to 4 minutes, and make the creamy pesto sauce by combining store-bought pesto and heavy cream.</p> <h3>8. Greek-Style Halibut</h3> <p>Another <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seafood-on-the-cheap">seafood dish</a> that packs lots of flavor into a single skillet is this <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/greek-style-halibut-50400000109254/">recipe for Greek-style halibut</a> that includes some very interesting ingredients. Your inner foodie may be pleased to find fennel, ouzo (a licorice-flavored liqueur), chickpeas, and oregano as star players in this dish for an out-of-this world fish.</p> <h3>9. Crispy Potatoes With Green Beans and Eggs</h3> <p>There&rsquo;s no way I could create a list of one-skillet recipes without including an egg dish. <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fantastic-facts-about-eggs">I love eggs</a> because they&rsquo;re so versatile, easy to cook, delicious, and good for you &mdash; and this <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/crispy_potatoes_with_green_beans_eggs.html">recipe for crispy potatoes with green beans and eggs</a> is no exception. To keep this recipe contained to one skillet, use frozen green beans (otherwise you&rsquo;ll have to boil fresh green beans in a separate pot). Also, make sure you cut the potatoes in small enough cubes that they&rsquo;ll cook properly in the skillet; you want spuds that are crispy on the outside but creamy on the inside. After cooking the eggs in the final step, add a dash of paprika for a bit of color and a nice smoky flavor.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-easy-frugal-and-tasty-recipes-for-bachelors">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-quick-cheap-lunch-ideas">25 Quick, Cheap Lunch Ideas</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fresh-fruits-and-vegetables-by-the-month">Fresh Fruits and Vegetables, By the Month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cooking-for-beginners-10-recipes-for-kitchen-newbies">Cooking for Beginners: 10 Recipes for Kitchen Newbies</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink bachelor easy recipes one dish recipes Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:00:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 935066 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Tasty Ways to Use Chicken Stock http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/6231890399_5dffc6cb81_z.jpg" alt="woman stirring pot" title="woman stirring pot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Chicken stock is one of those ubiquitous bases for soups, sauces, stews, and more. I&rsquo;ll bet, however, that I can impress you with at least one new use for this versatile ingredient. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <p>Before we get started, though, let me clear something up &mdash; chicken stock is different from chicken broth. Both are made from chicken, but stock is made from the bones, which gives it a richer mouthfeel (that&rsquo;s a legitimate word, I promise). Broth, on the other hand, is made more out of meat. If you have time to make homemade stock, try this great <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/chicken-stock-recipe/index.html">chicken stock recipe</a>. If you&rsquo;re more pressed for time, you can even make <a href="http://goodenessgracious.com/2011/12/homemade-chicken-stock-in-the-crock-pot.html">chicken stock in your crock pot</a>. If you&rsquo;re like most of us and have trouble finding time to prepare food at home, let alone extras like your own chicken stock, just go for canned chicken broth (low-sodium, of course, is healthiest). You can imitate stock by simmering canned broth with carrots, onion, celery, and spices such as dried parsley, a bay leaf, and pepper.</p> <p>And for all you vegetarians out there, you can substitute vegetable stock for chicken stock in all of these uses. Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/howto/making-vegetable-stock/">recipe for homemade vegetable stock</a>.</p> <h2>Rice &amp; Grains</h2> <p>Grains are an important part of any diet because they provide the carbohydrates that serve as the body&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/527358-nutrition-guide-to-pasta-rice-grains/?utm_source=popslideshow&amp;utm_medium=a1">main source of energy</a>. Increase the flavor of these tried-and-true carbs by including chicken stock as you cook.</p> <p><strong>1. White Rice</strong></p> <p>Add flavor and dimension to plain white rice by substituting chicken stock for water. The general rule for cooking long-grain white rice is two parts liquid (water or stock) to one part rice. Bring the stock to a boil, add &frac14; teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon butter (optional), and 1 cup rice; simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes until all liquid is absorbed.</p> <p><strong>2. Risotto</strong></p> <p>Risotto is rice with <em>a lot</em> of liquid. More specifically, it is usually Arborio rice (although there are a few more-expensive varieties you can use), into which you stir large quantities of stock to coax out the rice's starch. The resulting mixture is creamy, delicious, and ready to receive any number of ingredients ranging from <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2008/06/spinach-risotto-with-goat-cheese-recipe.html">goat cheese</a> to <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mushroom-risotto/">mushrooms</a> to <a href="http://www.reluctantgourmet.com/shmpsoto.htm">shrimp</a>. The possibilities are endless!</p> <p><strong>3. Couscous</strong></p> <p>Couscous is actually a form of wheat pasta (known as semolina) traditionally served as a bed under stews. It originated in North Africa. All couscous I&rsquo;ve seen sold in the U.S. has been pre-steamed and dried, meaning it takes literally only minutes to prepare. Make this wonderfully textured dish even tastier by substituting stock for water. Boil 1&frac12; cups stock, add 1 cup couscous, cover, and remove from the heat. Wait five minutes, and voila! Substitute stock for water in any one of these <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/simple-couscous-recipes-00000000033967/index.html">12 recipes for couscous</a> from Real Simple.</p> <p><strong>4. Polenta</strong></p> <p>Polenta, which is essentially the same as the grits found primarily in the southern states of the U.S., is simply ground cornmeal boiled in water. Substituting chicken stock for water gives this versatile side dish just the nudge it needs to make it irresistible to all. Try this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/basic-polenta-recipe/index.html">super-easy polenta recipe</a> from Foodnetwork.com, substituting stock for water. Or try this recipe for <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/savory-polenta-recipe/index.html">fried polenta</a>, which calls for stock in the original recipe.</p> <h2>Sauces</h2> <p>A good sauce is like a striking accessory &mdash; it has the potential to make a plain-Jane dish into a to-die-for entrée. Dress up your dishes with one of these basic sauces. The potential variations are endless!</p> <p><strong>5. Velouté </strong></p> <p>I have actually been making versions of this as a sauce and a soup base for years and have just recently learned the name. I can&rsquo;t honestly say that I know how to pronounce it, but I can say it is one of the most versatile things in the grand world of food. <a href="http://www.helpwithcooking.com/sauces/veloute-sauce.html">Making velouté</a> begins with a basic <a href="http://allrecipes.com/howto/all-about-roux/">roux</a> (flour and butter), which you then thicken with stock. That&rsquo;s it. Once done, you can try any number of variations, including adding white wine, pureed tomatoes, or vinegar to suit your taste.</p> <p><strong>6. Bercy Sauce</strong></p> <p>A Bercy sauce is one of those variations on velouté I mentioned above, but this one is perfectly suited for fish and other seafood dishes. It&rsquo;s also lighter tasting than a basic velouté sauce. There are a lot of variations on the Bercy sauce recipe floating around on the interwebs, but my favorite consists of &frac14; cup flour, 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, 2 minced shallots, 1 cup of chicken stock, and 1 cup of white wine. Add stock and wine to a saucepan, and reduce by over half (this will take about 40 minutes). In another saucepan, make a roux by mixing your flour and butter on low heat. Stir frequently; add shallots after 20 minutes, and continue stirring. Once your stock and wine is reduced, add the roux. Season to taste, and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>7. Low-Fat Alfredo</strong></p> <p>This <a href="http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=163122">light version of a classic Alfredo sauce</a> also looks a lot like the velouté described above (See? I told it was versatile!), but includes milk and Parmesan cheese, so it&rsquo;s creamier than velouté. The light Alfredo is also incredibly easy &mdash; simply combine milk, stock, flour, salt, and pepper, and heat over low heat. Add in the cheese, and you&rsquo;re ready for anything. Anything that entails eating Alfredo sauce, that is.</p> <p><strong>8. Marinara </strong></p> <p>Marinara, like velouté, can be varied in numerous ways to match your preferences or to make use of what you have on hand. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/best-marinara-sauce-yet/">tomato-based sauce</a> is traditionally made with white wine, but for an alluringly different flavor, substitute chicken stock instead. Simmer up a big batch and pair with spaghetti, gnocchi, eggplant Parmesan, or lasagna.</p> <p><strong>9. Curry</strong></p> <p>For those who are not intimately familiar with curry, the term refers to a variety of dishes of Southeast Asian origin that all include some variation of a spice-and-herb mixture. Curries may be either &ldquo;wet&rdquo; (consisting of spice incorporated into a sauce) or &ldquo;dry.&rdquo; Although I can&rsquo;t claim to be an expert in curry dishes, I can attest to the fact that I have loved absolutely every sauce-based curry dish I&rsquo;ve tried. One of my favorites is chicken curry. Rachel Ray, of Food Network fame, has a particularly accessible <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/chicken-curry-in-a-hurry-recipe/index.html">chicken curry recipe</a>. By now, you know the routine &mdash; substitute stock for broth for that kicked-up flavor.</p> <h2>Soups</h2> <p>The beauty of stock-based soups is that they taste good without weighing you down or filling out your waistline as much as cream-based soups. Make a batch and freeze half for later!</p> <p><strong>10. Hot and Sour Soup</strong></p> <p>Hot and sour soup is a trusted companion to all Chinese main dishes. It&rsquo;s light, airy, and just the perfect prologue to a filling meal to come. Use chicken stock as the base for yours to up the flavor. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-and-sour-chicken-soup/">hot and sour soup recipe</a> calls for bamboo shoots, which are generally sold canned in the ethnic food aisle at your local grocer&rsquo;s, but you could try substituting with asparagus or coconut shoots.</p> <p><strong>11. Chicken Noodle Soup</strong></p> <p>One of the only reasons I don&rsquo;t run off to live in the Caribbean each year when the weather in the Northeast dips inevitably to the cold, damp, and snowy is the knowledge that I will be comforted by such things as roaring fires and <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/chicken-noodle-soup-recipe/index.html">chicken noodle soup</a>. Make your own at any time of year and benefit from the warm feeling, low calories, and <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/402053-is-chicken-noodle-soup-healthy-for-you/">possible health benefits</a> it brings.</p> <p><strong>12. Escarole and White Bean Soup</strong></p> <p>Escarole, a variety of endive that is less bitter than its cousins, serves as a hearty pairing to white beans in this antioxidant- and protein-rich soup. To make this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/escarole-and-bean-soup-recipe/index.html">quick and easy soup</a>, sauté two garlic cloves in two tablespoons of olive oil for 15 seconds, add one pound of escarole, and continue cooking for two minutes. Add four cups chicken stock, one can of cannellini beans, and a pinch of Parmesan cheese. Cover and simmer for about five minutes, and enjoy!</p> <p><strong>13. Butternut Squash Soup</strong></p> <p>Butternut squash is known as a winter squash, and it is typically available in grocery stores from late fall through the winter. However, it can also be found in many grocery stores already peeled and cut into chunks in the freezer section. Pick up a package yourself this summer and whip up some delicious and filling <a href="http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/butternut-squash-soup-10000001918519/">butternut squash soup</a> using only five simple ingredients (not counting butter and salt).</p> <p><strong>14. Gazpacho</strong></p> <p>Now that summer is upon us, most people are reluctant to spend their evenings stooped over a hot stove. Thus, the wonderful invention that is gazpacho &mdash; the cold tomato soup that can be made and consumed without the aid of heat altogether! This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/gazpacho-iv/">gazpacho recipe</a> calls for beef broth, but sub in chicken stock for (what I consider to be) better flavor. You can keep it for up to five days in the refrigerator. For a <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-throw-a-fabulous-and-frugal-dinner-party">charming party idea</a>, serve up tiny portions of gazpacho in plastic shot glasses, topped with a shrimp on a toothpick.</p> <p><strong>15. Minestrone</strong></p> <p>Minestrone is a tomato-based soup characterized by its inclusion of red kidney beans (and its ubiquitous presence at Olive Gardens the world round, I might add). Make your own at home with <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/minestrone-soup-recipe/index.html">Ellie Krieger&rsquo;s recipe</a> (via FoodNetwork.com), which calls for six cups of chicken broth (substituting with stock, of course).</p> <p><strong>16. Clam Chowder</strong></p> <p>I grew up believing there to be only two types of clam chowders: New England style (cream-based chowder) and Manhattan style (tomato-based chowder). However, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clam_chowder">Wikipedia</a> tells me that I&rsquo;m wrong, and that there are actually five types of this mollusk-laden dish. Try your hand at making each of the five main varieties, or do like I do, and stick with your favorite &mdash; mine happens to be New England clam chowder, although I don&rsquo;t love the extra calories that come with the cream base. This <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/dave-lieberman/new-england-clam-chowder-recipe/index.html">New England clam chowder recipe</a>, however, manages to maintain the classic flavor while substituting some of the cream for chicken stock, thereby effectively delivering the best of both worlds.</p> <h2>Comfort Foods</h2> <p>Because they are typically savory, comfort foods often include chicken stock. Even if the traditional recipe doesn&rsquo;t call for stock, however, you can almost always switch stock in for another ingredient. This has the dual benefit of making a recipe uniquely your own and enhancing the flavor.</p> <p><strong>17. Chicken Dumplings</strong></p> <p>Dumplings are one of those good old-fashioned, warm-you-to-the-bone comfort foods. After all, who doesn&rsquo;t love warm balls of dough? Cook yours in chicken stock for more flavorful dumplings. A favorite of mine is this <a href="http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/chicken-and-dumplings-recipe/index.html">recipe by Rachel&nbsp;Ray</a>. Pressed for time? Try <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-chicken-and-dumplings/">chicken and dumplings recipe</a> in the slow cooker, substituting half of the water for stock.</p> <p><strong>18. Bread Pudding</strong></p> <p>Bread pudding, like casseroles, is a simple and tasty solution to leftovers that you don&rsquo;t quite know what to do with, but don&rsquo;t want to throw away. At the end of the week or after a dinner party, throw leftover bread (about four cups, to be exact) and cheese (about a cup) into a bowl with two tablespoons of olive oil, toss in some add-ins of your own choosing (bacon and sautéed onion are always winners in my book), and put in a greased 9x9-inch pan. Pour a mixture of six eggs, one cup milk, and one cup cooled chicken stock over the bread mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bake for one hour at 375 degrees, and dig in!</p> <p><strong>19. Mashed Potatoes</strong></p> <p>According to this <a href="http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/perfect_mashed_potatoes/">mashed potatoes recipe</a>, the secret to heavenly mashed potatoes is to use Yukon gold potatoes rather than russets. Although the recipe calls for mashing the potatoes with a mixture of butter and cream, substitute one cup of chicken stock (more or less to achieve desired consistency) to save fat and calories while still achieving <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/17-ways-to-serve-potatoes-on-st-patricks-day">perfect potatoes</a>.</p> <p><strong>20. Gravy</strong></p> <p>Gravy made with drippings effortlessly dresses up any roast and conjures up memories of holiday dinners anytime. Pan-dripping gravy may be made with cornstarch or flour as the thickening agent. To end up with about two cups of gravy, you&rsquo;ll need about two tablespoons of drippings. Add two tablespoons of cornstarch or flour to the drippings in a pan over medium-high heat, and slowly whisk in about two cups of stock. Once thickened (about five minutes), add salt and pepper to taste, remove from heat, and serve. See <a href="http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/how_to_make_gravy/">Simply&nbsp;Recipes</a> for more detailed directions to both cornstarch- and flour-based gravy.</p> <p><strong>21. Stuffing</strong></p> <p>Stuffing, like bread pudding, is a perfect way to put leftover bread bits to use. This <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/bread-and-celery-stuffing/">stuffing recipe</a> calls for one loaf of stale French bread, one onion, four celery stalks, and one cup of chicken stock. Sauté the onion and chopped celery in &frac34; cup butter over medium-high heat until soft, then season with salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning. Stir in bread cubes and chicken stock, pour into a casserole dish, and bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees.</p> <p><strong>22. Casserole</strong></p> <p>Chicken and rice casserole is the quintessential American <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/one-recipe-lots-of-food-10-great-main-dish-casseroles">meal for a large family</a>. Try your hand at it with another American icon, Betty Crocker. This <a href="http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/chicken-rice-casserole/335de253-2b3e-4266-8f10-7aee755db12b">casserole recipe</a> calls for pimientos and slivered almonds, but could easily be altered to include the ingredients of your choice, such as bacon, corn, or broccoli. Substitute the one cup of chicken broth for chicken stock for a creamier consistency.</p> <p><strong>23. Chicken Pot Pie</strong></p> <p>One of my all-time favorite dishes is chicken pot pie &mdash; not only is it convenient if made or purchased ahead of time, but it also includes plenty of protein and veggies. A very easy homemade recipe can be found via <a href="http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/classic-chicken-pot-pie/1401d418-ac0b-4b50-ad09-c6f1243fb992">Pillsbury</a>. Again, substitute stock for broth, and feel free to sub in fresh veggies for the frozen called for in the recipe. Notice how the sauce is a variation on the classic velouté described earlier.</p> <h2>Other</h2> <p>These uses for chicken stock were simply too wonderful to leave out, but they don't fit into any well-defined category. In other words, they&rsquo;re in a league of their own!</p> <p><strong>24. Steamed Vegetables</strong></p> <p>Everyone knows that doctors and health experts recommend we <a href="http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/vegetables-full-story/">eat more vegetables</a> every day. Make the change more appetizing by steaming vegetables in &mdash; what else &mdash; chicken stock! Steam vegetables by placing them in a steaming basket in a larger pot containing about 2 inches of boiling stock. According to <a href="http://www.livestrong.com/article/556477-boiled-vegetables-vs-steamed/">Livestrong.com</a>, steaming some vegetables helps them to retain more antioxidants than any other cooking method.</p> <p><strong>25. Vegetable Stir-Fry</strong></p> <p>Stir-frying vegetables is just like sauteing, only over very high heat. This <a href="http://origin.www.campbellskitchen.com/recipedetail.aspx?recipeid=51129">Campbell&rsquo;s Kitchen recipe</a> calls for topping stir-fried vegetables with a thickened sauce composed of one cup chicken broth (though stock will do as well) and one tablespoon each of cornstarch and soy sauce.</p> <p><em>Do you have any other ideas for novel and tasty ways to use chicken stock? Share your thoughts in the comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/janey-osterlind">Janey Osterlind</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-tasty-ways-to-use-chicken-stock">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-non-sandwich-work-lunches">25 Great Non-Sandwich Work Lunches</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/free-food-in-your-yard-edible-weeds">Free Food in Your Yard: Edible Weeds!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wise-bread-reloaded-how-to-prepare-and-enjoy-our-modern-monstrously-large-chickens">Wise Bread Reloaded: How to Prepare and Enjoy Our Modern, Monstrously Large Chickens</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes">25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink affordable recipes cheap eats chicken chicken recipes easy recipes how to add flavor for less Tue, 29 May 2012 10:24:13 +0000 Janey Osterlind 930820 at http://www.wisebread.com 25 Great, Cheap, and Easy Crock Pot Recipes http://www.wisebread.com/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/25-great-cheap-and-easy-crock-pot-recipes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/crock-pot-iStock_000024930492Small.jpg" alt="crock pot" title="crock pot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As a busy mom, I love using my crock pot. There's nothing better than tossing a few ingredients in a cooker in the morning and having dinner ready in the evening.</p> <p>Here are some of my favorite recipes, plus recommendations from foodies, elegant-living experts, and busy parents. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-slow-cookers">The 5 Best Slow Cookers</a>)</p> <h3>1. Shredded Buffalo Chicken</h3> <p>My sons love buffalo anything (chicken wings, wing-flavored potato chips, etc.), so they loved sandwiches made from this <a href="http://youngmarriedchic.com/2012/02/super-easy-buffalo-chicken-sandwiches/">Buffalo Chicken</a> dish. What I loved about this recipe from <a href="http://youngmarriedchic.com/">Kris Schoels of Young Married Chic</a> is that it satisfies the teens who love hot stuff and the grown-ups who love gourmet. There are just four main ingredients, plus whatever you need to make the sandwich.</p> <h3>2. Chicken Chili</h3> <p>Kris also recommended this recipe for <a href="http://youngmarriedchic.com/2011/10/slow-chicken-chili-new-fave-dinner/">chili made with chicken</a>. It calls for 4-5 boneless skinless chicken breasts, plus traditional chili ingredients and some extra items, like chopped red onion, frozen corn, and taco seasoning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-things-to-do-with-rotisserie-chicken">25 Things to Do With Rotisserie Chicken</a>)</p> <h3>3. Coq Au Vin</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-coq-au-vin-4934357-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <p>French cooking in a crock pot was a surprise to me, but a good one. When I was looking for a dish to prepare for a Christmas dinner with my <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/book-clubs-as-therapy">book club</a> friends (just after we finished reading <em>A Year in Provence</em>), I found this&nbsp;<a href="http://wholefoodsmarket.com/recipes/1855">Coq Au Vin</a> recipe on the Whole Foods website. To make this dish easy (or easier), prepare the bacon, chicken (I used breasts rather than thighs), and vegetables the night before; refrigerate overnight, and then toss all the ingredients in a crock pot the next morning.</p> <h3>4. Indian Spiced Chickpea Quinoa Stew</h3> <p>Kathy Hester, author of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1592334644/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1592334644&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>The Vegan Slow Cooker</em></a> cookbook, pointed me to this <a href="http://healthyslowcooking.com/2012/01/31/slow-cooker-indian-spiced-chickpea-quinoa-stew/">gluten-free vegetable-laden stew</a>. Chop up the vegetables the night before, then toss in the crock pot in the morning and cook during the day for an evening meal.</p> <h3>5. Pork Roast</h3> <p>Put a pork roast in the crock pot and sprinkle with lemon pepper (typically I use a center cut pork loin roast, but you can ask your butcher for a recommendation). Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Pork should be tender and easy to slice thin for an excellent entree.</p> <p>(Wise Bread Pick: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000R8A1OK/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000R8A1OK&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=seealso-20">Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Slow Cooker at Amazon</a>)</p> <h3>6. Pork Barbecue</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-pork-barbecue-3799373-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <p>I have tasted (and loved!) versions of this recipe, which was passed along to me from <a href="http://marketingrevival.com/">Jimmy Slagle</a>. It's simple &mdash; take a 5-6 pound pork loin, cut in half, and place in a crock pot. Pour the contents of two bottles of barbecue sauce over the pork. Cook on low for at least 6 hours (approximately 1 hour per pound). You can tell it's ready when the meat is tender, falling apart, and saturated by the sauce. Jimmy recommends making BBQ sandwiches using the cooked pork.</p> <h3>7. Chili and Lime Pork With Red Onion Escabeche</h3> <p>Kathy Casey passed this recipe to me from her blog &mdash; <a href="http://kathycasey.com/blog/?p=2603">Chili &amp; Lime Pork with Red Onion Escabeche</a>. You slow-cook the pork, then make the escabeche (fresh veggies and cilantro blended), and add tortilla accompaniments.</p> <h3>8. Italian Chicken</h3> <p>I love two-ingredient recipes and was thrilled to find this idea for a <a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/2010/02/crockpot-italian-chicken-recipe.html">main dish</a> (with options for adding vegetables to make a one-pot meal) on <a href="http://moneysavingmom.com/">Money Saving Mom</a>.</p> <p>For many years, I have grilled chicken using Italian dressing as a marinade but never thought to toss these together for dinner in the crock pot.</p> <h3>9. Beef Goulash</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-goulash-3235194-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <p>An advantage of a crock pot is that the slow-cooking method can tenderize less tender (and generally less expensive) cuts of beef. So, I was glad to discover a recipe using flank steak, which is usually an economical cut of beef. There is some prep work that involves cutting up and browning the meat before placing in the crock pot, but blogging chef Barb Freda says that the steps are worth the effort. This <a href="http://www.laurasleanbeef.com/blog/slow-cooker-beef-goulash/">beef goulash recipe</a> is finished by stirring in sour cream and parsley.</p> <h3>10. Gourmet Brisket</h3> <p>Rachel Blaufeld of <a href="http://backngroovemom.com/">Back'nGrooveMom</a> shared her brisket recipe with me. You'll need brisket (use whatever size fits in your crock pot), along with some sliced onions, potatoes cut into wedges, and carrots, plus her special sauce. Make the sauce using 1 cup of BBQ sauce, 1 cup of ginger ale, and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.</p> <p>To prepare, line the bottom of the crock pot with sliced onions, place brisket on top of the onions, surround the brisket with potato wedges and carrots, and pour the sauce over all. Cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 6-7 hours.</p> <h3>11. Pot Roast</h3> <p>On the recommendation of a cooking instructor, I buy eye-of-round roasts when they are on sale for this dish. Toss the beef roast, cream of mushroom soup, and dried soup mix (onion or mushroom-onion flavor) in the crock pot. Set on low and cook for 6-7 hours or until done. You'll have a great roast plus gravy. Serve with brown rice.</p> <h3>12. Pot Roast With Vegetables</h3> <p>For a one-dish meal, add vegetables to recipe #11 before turning on the crock pot. Carrots and potatoes work especially well and can be positioned around the roast. Mushrooms placed on top of the roast make an elegant dish, as shared by <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/triciaaanderud">Tricia Aanderud</a>.</p> <h3>13. Lasagna</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-lasagna-5168678-small.jpg" width="605" height="404" alt="" /></p> <p>The first time I had a pasta dish made in a crock pot, I was surprised at how good it tasted. Try this <a href="http://allrecipes.com/recipe/slow-cooker-lasagna/">lasagna</a> as the recipe specifies, or trim the ingredient list by using prepared spaghetti sauce (instead of tomato sauce, tomato paste, and herbs) and omitting the Parmesan cheese. If you can snag the sauces during a BOGO sale or a buy-three-get-two-free event, you can keep the cost low.</p> <h3>14. Slow-Roasted Red Potatoes</h3> <p>A friend made these for me and then kindly gave me the recipe. You'd never know that these potatoes were cooked in a crock pot, given their roasted texture when done. She uses 16 small red potatoes, but you may want to make a bigger batch for yourself.</p> <p>Take those red potatoes and toss them in the crock pot with 3 tablespoons of butter (cut into 1/8-inch pieces), 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1 teaspoon of paprika. After stirring the ingredients, cover and cook on low for 7 hours or on high for 4 hours.</p> <p>Remove potatoes to a serving dish with a slotted spoon; cover to keep warm while making the sauce. Add 1-2 tablespoons water to drippings and stir until well-blended. Add black pepper to taste. Pour mixture over potatoes right before serving.</p> <h3>15. Apples</h3> <p>Another friend prepared these apples for a 200-person gathering at my church. They were a big hit as a combination comfort food and good-for-you dish.</p> <p>The ingredients are 2 bags of Gala apples (18-20), 1.5 sticks of unsalted butter, 1/2 cup of dried cranberries (or use fresh cranberries), 1/3 cup each of brown sugar and regular sugar (though my friend tells me that you can use Splenda instead), 1/4 cup of honey, 2 tablespoons of apple pie spice, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Core and chop the apples (peel if desired) and toss them and the rest of the ingredients in the crock pot. Cook for several hours on low, stirring occasionally.</p> <h3>16. Baked Beans</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-beans-178842-small.jpg" width="605" height="403" alt="" /></p> <p>Meg featured this family recipe for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/little-old-lady-recipes-classic-frugal-cooking">baked beans</a> as a great comfort food in her cookbook, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1594745188/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1594745188&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Little Old Lady Recipes</em></a>.</p> <h3>17. Spicy Green Beans</h3> <p>I have adapted this recipe from a cookbook by <a href="http://www.hanescookies.com/hanes_cs/default.asp">Evva Hanes</a> entitled <a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003W8C6D6/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B003W8C6D6&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20"><em>Supper's at Six and We're Not Waiting</em></a>. Evva offers some easy-to-make, down-to-earth dishes that are healthy. I would never had thought to add hot sauce to green beans without her inspiration.</p> <p>You'll need frozen green beans, olive oil (or your favorite oil), soy sauce, Texas Pete's Chipotle Hot Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce), and cheddar cheese. Place the beans in the crock pot with 1/4 cup of oil and several shakes of both sauces. Stir, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 hours. Just before serving, stir in about a 1/2 cup of cheese. Top with toasted almonds if desired.</p> <h3>18. Wild Rice With Cranberries</h3> <p>This <a href="http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Crock-Pot-Wild-Rice-With-Cranberries-Recipezaar">wild rice recipe</a> makes a hearty side. The finishing touch involves sauteeing cranberries and almonds (or pecans) and mixing with the rice for an elegant dish.</p> <h3>19. Potato Soup</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-potato-5194209-small.jpg" width="605" height="402" alt="" /></p> <p>Katie Lipovsky of <a href="http://peasinablog.com/">Peas {In A Blog}</a> shared this <a href="http://peasinablog.com/recipes/perfect-potato-soup/">potato soup recipe</a>. If don't happen to have cream on hand, substitute milk and add at the end of the cooking cycle.</p> <h3>20. French Lentil and Brown Rice Soup</h3> <p>This recipe comes from Roxanne King, aka The Holistic Mama. It has one unusual (to me) ingredient &mdash; seaweed; substitute extra spices for the seaweed if you'd like. The prep involves cutting up some vegetables and then tossing everything in the crock pot for a great <a href="http://theholisticmama.com/?p=1836">lentil soup</a>.</p> <h3>21. Nacho Cheese Dip</h3> <p>Typically, I don't use Velveeta Cheese, but this dip is an exception. A former roommate passed this recipe to me many years ago. It's great for a party.</p> <p>Cut two blocks of Velveeta Cheese into small pieces (about 1-inch squares). Put into crock pot with a pound of cooked, drained hamburger or sausage and your favorite salsa. Cook on low for 3-5 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve with <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/frugal-gluten-free-living-flour-tortillas-that-taste-great">tortilla</a> chips.</p> <h3>22. Oatmeal From Steel Cut Oats</h3> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u784/crockpot-oatmeal-4843249-small.jpg" width="605" height="419" alt="" /></p> <p>If you've ever cooked steel cut oats, then you know that this process takes a while &mdash; about 30-40 minutes in the morning. I consider this amount of time in the morning excessive, and apparently so do a lot of other people. The recommendation, then, is to prepare the oats at night and cook in the crock pot so that 1) you'll have oatmeal ready in the morning and 2) you'll have such a large batch that you'll have enough oatmeal for an entire week.</p> <p>This <a href="http://www.notrachaelray.com/2011/09/01/slow-cooker-steel-cut-oatmeal-with-ground-flax-seed/">steel cut oatmeal recipe</a> from Rachel is quick and easy, using dried fruit and flax seed (both optional).</p> <h3>23. Apple Cinnamon Congee</h3> <p>For a hearty breakfast or dinner side dish, Jennifer Fugo recommends this gluten-free <a href="http://www.glutenfreeschool.com/2011/11/07/easy-apple-porridge/">apple congee</a> made of short-grain rice.</p> <h3>24. Strawberry Scoop Cake</h3> <p>A friend makes strawberry cakes and cupcakes, but I had never tried to make such a dessert myself until recently. This <a href="http://www.luckyleaf.com/Recipes/DisplayRecipe.aspx?RecipeID=497&amp;SearchTerm=slow%20cooker">strawberry scoop cake</a> is great but sweet enough without the white chocolate.</p> <h3>25. Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Pudding Cake</h3> <p>This recipe from Kate at <a href="http://stolenmomentscooking.com/">Stolen Moments Cooking</a> had me at &quot;<a href="http://stolenmomentscooking.com/hot-fudge-peanut-butter-pudding-cake/">hot fudge</a>.&quot; The fudge is liquid when hot but becomes pudding-like when cooled.</p> <p><em>Do you have a favorite recipe that you make in your crock pot? 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