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#4109455 - 04/21/15 08:45 AM Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners  
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I am sort of stuck in a pattern and want to mix it up for my little girl a bit more. I do a mean spag bog, killer hotdogs, awesome home made schnitzel (none of that pre made supermarket gunk), homemade salad and potato bake, just getting into learning how to make a good tasting rissole and she likes good steak, eye fillet only of course rolleyes and the old fall back, sausages, mash and peas. Friday night is takeout so pizza or Maccas (blerch) but i need a couple of quick things that are good and healthy that i can whip up when i couldn't be bothered spending an hour or more doing some of the meals. Sometimes i am super lazy and we do pancakes biggrin or we just fry up some bacon and eggs with fried tomatoes and toast.

Hit me your quick dinner ideas if you have any !

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#4109457 - 04/21/15 08:50 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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Hamburger helper. Quick and easy one pot method.

Oh wait, you are in OZ.

Do they have hamburger helper down there?

Buy a large slow cooker crock pot. Find recipes online. Throw stuff in it and it will be ready when you get home.

I have been known to cook pot roasts and stews and even bbq ribs and pulled pork and chili in a crock pot.

#4109469 - 04/21/15 09:05 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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Tamale Pie!

Not more complicated or longer to prepare than anything you already do and can be done in a million different ways.
We actually do it gluten free (for the wife) and non-spicy hot (for the two little kids).

Simply brilliant.



That and a chicken drumsticks oven thingy mhy wife does with this killer sauce. I guess is something Soy or Teriyaki-
I just can't get enough!


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#4109470 - 04/21/15 09:11 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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Not sure how popular or easy to find hamburger meat/ground beef is in OZ but you can make all kind of stuff with it: meatloaf, tacos, chili, hamburger helper in a couple of dozen different flavors, hamburgers, meat ragu', meatballs, 3 bean soup, etc etc

#4109495 - 04/21/15 11:50 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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Household fav that's easy: Pasta Kryptonite

1lb sausage, sliced abt 1/2" ea. Andouille or whatever you like.
1/2 lb chicken breast fillets
16oz Fettuccini, or rigatoni...whatever you like
Can of Rotel tomatoes/peppers
Red onion, sliced up
2tbs garlic, diced
Olive oil

Grill the chicken separately while you brown the sausage with the onions and garlic in some olive oil
and boil the pasta.
When finished, cut up the chicken into pieces.
Combine it all with the Rotel and stir up. Drizzle more olive oil over the top. Nice with some parmesan when served.

Makes enough for a family of 4 plus some lunches. Even better the next day.


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#4109497 - 04/21/15 11:53 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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*Reads RK recipe*

AAAAARGH!




J/k looks positively awesome. neaner


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#4109499 - 04/21/15 11:58 AM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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You can always make quick hamburgers, nothing special for quick anbd basic.
1lb 80/20 ground beef for 4, 1/4lb burgers. Refrigerated meat is best, rather than room temp.

Make thin but wide patties, larger than your hand. Cook in frying pan. If warm, its hard to get it to stay together without adding anything to the meat.

Not the best way to make burgers, but only takes a few minutes and simple. Meat and bread. LOL


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#4109501 - 04/21/15 12:04 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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Got a crock pot?

4 good sized chicken breast fillets.
Thick cut bacon
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
2 cans cream of chicken
Rice.

Wrap the chicken up in the bacon, completely covered.
Put chicken and all cans of soup in the crock pot. 8 hrs on low or 4 on high.

Ok to go eat there, but I like to pull the chicken-bacon wraps, put in a dish and broil for about 15 minutes to crisp up the bacon. Prepare the rice.
Serve on rice with the crockpot soup as gravy over all of it.
AWESOME


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#4109504 - 04/21/15 12:09 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: komemiute]  
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Originally Posted By: komemiute
*Reads RK recipe*

AAAAARGH!




J/k looks positively awesome. neaner



Its good! The kids even love it.
You can also swap sausage for sliced Portobello's, still cooked like the sausage, for a little healthier version. The kids even like that.


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#4109505 - 04/21/15 12:11 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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wink You know it was in good humor- You ARE good at cooking.


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#4109515 - 04/21/15 12:35 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: komemiute]  
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Originally Posted By: komemiute
wink You know it was in good humor- You ARE good at cooking.


Even better at eating. Unfortunately. LOL


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#4109526 - 04/21/15 12:45 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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#4109537 - 04/21/15 12:51 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Raw Kryptonite]  
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Originally Posted By: Raw Kryptonite
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wink You know it was in good humor- You ARE good at cooking.


Even better at eating. Unfortunately. LOL


You either eat your food warm, or you live long enough to see it becoming the next week side dish.


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Looks like a lot of things that don't belong to each other, but it's tasty - if high in the calorie count. Kids love it.

#4109590 - 04/21/15 01:35 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ajay]  
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When I have my boys I'm big on steak tips, teriyaki chicken, soft taco's. I also like to use left over chicken and make Chicken Fajita's. So easy, cut up chicken, shaved cheese and fajita bread cooked on a frying pan. Topped with Sour Cream and taco sauce.


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#4109591 - 04/21/15 01:37 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ssnake]  
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Originally Posted By: Ssnake
Flygande Jacob.
Looks like a lot of things that don't belong to each other, but it's tasty - if high in the calorie count. Kids love it.


That actually sounds pretty good, and the ingredients can be had over here.

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Sandwiches, the underestimated treasure.

If done right, they can be a lot better than what one would expect. For example, I use the battery of barbecue sauces for seasoning rather than the standard mayonnaise. Iceberg lettuce (or some other salad) is a must, I like to mix various types of cheese and sausage or other cold meat. Mustard if you like, boiled eggs, sour gherkin (sliced), tomato, bell pepper slices - so you can smuggle a bit of healthy stuff in that's actually contributing to the experience.

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Mac and Cheese (not the fluorescent orange kind out of a box!!)

My Kids love my homemade Macaroni and Cheese. From an really old cookbook that makes the old fashioned "White sauce" with milk/butter/flour poured over layers of cooked macaroni and cheddar (or any kind of) cheese with a topping of more cheese or parmesan.

Sauce:

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Make a quick roux with the melted butter and flour. Add the milk slowly with stirring along with spices. Bring to a boil and simmer for ~5 min until well thickened. I usually add more cheese to this mixture.

Pour over the layered cooked pasta and cheese and bake at 375 deg F for ~25 min or until the top layer of cheese is starting to brown.


We also like Empanadas.

Dunno if you you can find Empanada wrappers down under, but they are great as you can fill them with ANYTHING. I usually do refried beans cheese and salsa, but any kind of meat and whatever spices you fancy can be used. Dump on the filling, fold the empanada wrapper over and seal with a fork. Deep fry if you want, but I bake @425 deg F for ~15-20 min.

Stir Fry

Great with any kind of leftovers or fresh meat/tofu/vegetables/seafood. I uses broccoli a lot, but obviously leave it out!!! Can be all vegetarian or add whatever else you want.

Usually use a base of onions/peppers/garlic/celery and whatever other veggies are around. Add shrimp/beef/chicken/sausage/tofu as you like. Make Asian style with soy sauce/hoisin sauce and serve over rice, or make Italian style with Oregano/crushed tomatoes and serve over pasta etc. etc. etc..

Shepherd's Pie

Brown up your choice of meat + onions + peas + whatever else. I like to mix with seasoned breadcrumbs as you would for a meat loaf. Season as you like with tomato sauce (my kids like it with BBQ sauce)

Boil up some potatoes and mash coarsely. Make a bottom crust of mashed potatoes. But the meat on top. Cover with more mashed potatoes. Back in moderate oven ~350 deg F for ~25 min or until crust is a little hard on top.


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#4109602 - 04/21/15 02:01 PM Re: Alright, you knew this was coming..what's some quick and easy dinners [Re: Ssnake]  
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Originally Posted By: Ssnake
Sandwiches, the underestimated treasure.



Just give me a Reuben from either Stage Deli or Katz's and I'm totally content. smile


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