posted on: 8.06.2008

I'm in need of some new recipes. The usual pasta, chicken and blta's are just not cutting it. I'll admit I'm a picky cook (and eater). I won't make anything that takes longer than an hour from start to finish, let alone anything that needs to be prepped the night before- no way! Who does that? It's not that I don't appreciate gourmet food. I actually do, a lot. I just don't like cooking it. It seems like I always have 40 other things to do at night and cooking isn't ever high on my list. I do want to make something healthy and filling for Wyatt and Tate every night though. I'd be good with cereal, but obviously I'm not going to feed my husband and child that.
SO... that means I need your help! PLEASE share your favorite "I don't have a lot of time to cook" recipe. I'd like for it to have less than 8 ingredients, take no more than an hour to make- tops, something that a child can eat, no weird ingredients that I can't get at a normal grocery store, and something healthy. Is that picky enough?! Just leave it as a comment on my blog, that way other people can see them too!
Thanks friends!
* mom, don't be offended. I LOVE all your recipes. But, your idea of "easy" is much different than mine. Maybe in 10 years I'll try yours!


  1. This is quick and my fam loves it.
    Egg noodles (3/4 bag)
    green pepper
    1/2 onion
    beef/or ground turkey (I prefer the turkey b/c it is healthier)
    1/2 c shredded cheese
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1/2 c milk
    1 tsp. chilli powder

    Brown the meat and saute the onions and peppers. Cook the noodles. Mix it all together in a dish and bake it at 350 for 25 minutes. It is SO simple and I always serve bread with it. It covers your starch, protein, and a little veggies.

    You know breakfast for dinner is always quick and easy too! German pancakes are so yummy!

  2. This is the first recipe I thought of because it's the one I always use in a pinch...(I can't remember if you like tomatoes ot not, so you may not like this)...

    2 T olive oil
    1 small onion
    1 clove garlic
    1 chicken breast, cooked and cubed
    1 14-oz can stewed tomatoes- cut up the big chunks
    1 t. oregano
    1 t. salt
    Angel hair

    Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add the rest of the ingredients (not angel hair) and simmer. Prepare angel hair according to package instructions and put sauce over it.

    It's also a great recipe because it makes just a small amount- perfect for a little family.

    Also, I tried something new with my family the other night that they loved. Tess said it was "the best thing she's ever tasted!" It was a pesto pizza (a new twist on an old favorite). I just got Rhodes frozen pizza dough. Let it thaw and roll it out. Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and spread pesto sauce on it. You can either buy this or I made it from scratch with the recipe in the "Favorites" cookbook (by the Ivory family- you have this one don't you) pg. 185. Very simple. Then put a layer of mozarella cheese and whatever veggies you want. I used mushroom, red & green pepper and olives. Bake for 10 more minutes at 400 degrees. My kids ate every bit. They loved it and it was so fast.

    If you have the "Favorites" cookbook there are other great fast recipes in it:
    Apricot Chicken- pg. 146
    Lemon Chicken- pg. 144
    Macaroni and Cheese Pg. 184

    Okay, that's it. I've got to get to Bella/Edward before naptime is over!

  3. taco soup
    1lb ground beef
    1 jug of tomato juice
    2 cans stewed tomatoes, not drained
    1 can corn, drained
    1 can beans..whatever kind you like. I use kidney beans
    2-3 cups small seashell noodles
    1 avocado
    grated cheese
    chips or tortilla strips

    Anything else you want to add, go for it!!

    cook meat. When done, drain and sprinkle taco seasoning over meat.

    cook noodles and drain...keep off to the side until ready to serve

    In a large pot, combine the following at simmer for 30-45 min
    tomato juice
    stewed tomatoes
    avocado sliced up
    When ready to serve add noddles..if they are added to soon they get alittle to soft. sprinkle cheese and tortilla chips on your soup. you can also throw a spoonfull of sour cream on top if you would like.

    It is so easy and takes about 15 min to throw together...enjoy!!

  4. Seriously how cool is Erin! She is truly the ultimate mom/wife/homemaker! so basically i don't have anything to add here. repost this in about a year and hopefully i'll be able to contribute! um yeah.....sorry about that :)

  5. Random.

    Hey Wyatt and Chelsea. Shellie and I were messing around and ran across your blog. Looks like everything is going well for you all.
    Zach and Shellie Bartholomew

    p.s. Remember Memory Lane?

  6. I'm all about quick dinners. Here's one of our favs:

    8 oz. angel hair pasta
    2 cups small broccoli florets
    1 lb. boneless skineless chicken breasts - cut into thin strips
    1/2 c. Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing (this is the key . . . so yummy!)
    2 Tbsp. soy sauce
    1/4 tsp. each: ginger, garlic powder, crushed red pepper
    1/3 chopped (or not) dry roasted peanuts

    Cook pasta according to package, adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 minutes of the past cooking time.

    Meanwhile, spray a large skillet with cooking spray and cook the chicken. Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic and red pepper.

    Drain pasta and place in large bowl. Add chicken mixture and mix together (lightly). Sprinkle with peanuts.

    (FYI: the 1/4 tsp. red pepper gives a pretty serious kick. Bri loves it, and I can hang, but it's a bit much for Avie. You might want to use a little less depending on your desire how much you like spice.)

    p.s. I swear on Monday, I almost did this exact same blog post because I was so sick of all my recipes. I may just copy you! (and steal all the recipes from your blog too).

  7. Hey Chelsea! My friend told me about Kraft food magazine, I know it might sound weird, but you can subscribe to it free on line. Every few months it comes in the mail with lots of good and easy recipies. And if you don't like them at least its free.

  8. I have a great recipe and I am sure you have everything you need in your cupboards. Don't be scared, it sounds bizarre, but it is seriously delish and kids love it.

    Brown Sugar Chicken

    4 chicken breasts
    1 Cup Brown Sugar
    2 tbs ketchup
    2 tbs mustard
    2 tbs soy sauce
    1/2 stick butter

    Combine everything but the chicken in a sauce pan, and stir just until melted. Place chicken in a baking dish and pour sauce over the chicken. Cook for 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice. I love to shread the chicken in the sauce but you don't have to. Its delish.

    Apricot Chicken
    1 cup apricot jam
    1 cup russian salad dressing
    1/2 packet dry onion soup mix
    2 tsp curry powder
    4 chicken breasts

    Mix all ingredients and pour over chicken, cook 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

    Green Chile Chicken

    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 cup sour cream
    2 small cans green chilies
    4 chicken breasts

    Combine ingredients, pour over chicken, cook 45 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve over rice

    Sorry, this is all chicken. I will try to think of something else that isn't! But all of these recipes are super fast and so yummy!


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