Friday, December 3, 2010

Please share your best EASY recipe!

Friends who love to cook! Friends who hate to cook! I need your help. A friend of mine is trying to give a wonderful gift to her very deserving sister. Here is her story:

My sister has a goal to have 10 dinners she can pull off. I want to help her with this as a Christmas gift.

It is more difficult than it sounds. Her family was T-boned in a car accident in the 90's and she has had terrible back pain ever since. It has gotten progressively worse. So when she prepares dinners she can't stand there chopping or stirring. Even opening can's and jars is a problem. Her husband is a great guy, but is a busy Dr and the bishop of their struggling ward. He would like her to invite the missionaries to dinner and others but she is overwhelmed by the idea. So here is where you come in.

Everyone has one or two throw together meals don't they? I hope that you do! Would you share yours with me? Money is not an issue. I tried a list of 10 I thought of and when I got to more than 3 or 4 ingredients she almost cried. (And most of those were spices or soup mixes-no chopping involved.) She can pick up any prepared or pre-chopped or frozen items needed. The only caveat being that she can't lift anything heavy-as in she can't lift a gallon of milk. Her husband thinks he has not had dinner if meat has not been served. She told me one of her current recipes is to put a pot roast in the crock pot with some water and then cook it all day.

Do you have any recipes that might work? Please leave them in a comment or email them to me!
Thanks so much!


  1. I'll see what I have and e-mail you tomorrow.

  2. Chili verde - awesome, easy and versitile...

    Pork Picnic Roast
    Tomatillos (as many as will fit)
    Anaheim or jalapeno peppers (depending on heat preference)

    Add all above ingredients to crockpot before you head to bed. Turn it to low. No need for chopping or cutting anything.

    In the morning add:

    Cilantro flakes or fresh cilantro (1 Tb ish)
    Remove pork roast bone (should just come right off - if it doesn't just leave it in)
    Add more tomatillos if you have any left

    Let cook until dinner time.

    If thicker consistency is desired add a potato that morning.

    By dinner time the pork should be so tender, a little prodding with a fork will shred it.

    Serve over rice (any kind) or on tortillas. Add a splash of lime juice, sour cream, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, or anything else that floats your boat.

    *if less fat is desired, trim a little fat or spoon out a little fat in the morning before adding other ingredients. It should just peel off. If you don't feel like it, a little fat never hurts. :> This is awesome leftovers, freezes amazingly, and is loved by everyone we've cooked it for.

    Good luck! I know how bad it can suck to have simple things like dinner become a painful, monumental task.

  3. We eat this ALL the time.
    Kalua Pork
    1 boneless pork loin roast
    kosher salt
    liquid smoke (you can find this by the Worcestershire sauce at the store)
    Salt all sides of roast with kosher salt. Place in crockpot. Sprinkle about a tsp of liquid smoke over roast (I never measure). Add about 2 T. water to the bottom of the pot. Cook on low for 10 hours. Shred and serve.
    We serve it with creamy rice: 1 part rice, 1 part water, 1 part light cream. SO GOOD. And some steam-in-the-bag veggies.

  4. Simple, easy and oh so yummy!

    Italian Cream Cheese Chicken

    1 env. Good Seasons Italian Dressing Powder Mix (0.7 oz pouch)
    1/2 C. Margarine or Butter
    6 Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
    1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 8oz Cream Cheese

    Cut chicken into 1 inch strips. Turn crockpot on High and mix butter and Italian dressing in crockpot until melted. Add chicken and cook on High for 2 hours. Add cream of chicken soup and cream cheese and stir until smooth. Serve over rice, noodles, or mashed potatoes.

  5. AuJu Sandwiches

    3 LBS pot roast
    3 cups water
    3 tsp beef bullion
    1 pkg Italian Seasoning pkg

    Cook all day in crock pot. Shred and Serve on toasted sub rolls with cheese and fresh spinach as desired. Dip in delicious juices in the crock pot. Serve with fresh fruit. (note: the amount of meat can increase and decrease as needed. Adjust the water and bullion to match)

    Leftover Meat Solution: Throw some sliced onions and bell peppers with some cream cheese and call it a faux Philadelphia cheese sandwich or omit the cream cheese and enjoy some quick fajitas!

  6. One that I love and is so easy is . . .

    Swiss Steak

    I stick a roundsteak in my crockpot (frozen or thawed) and dump two or three jars of salsa over it. I cook on low for 6-8 hours. Tastes great served with mashed potatoes (instant works for me) or cooked rice. I spoon some of the juice over the potatoes or rice as a gravy and then either put the meat on top or serve on the side.

  7. Can't beat a whole roast chicken for ease. Take a chicken, sprinkle the outside and inside with salt and pepper. Tie the wings and legs close to the body (for even cooking) and then cook in the oven at 400 degrees until done. About an hour. Sometimes I'll stick two whole lemons (pierce them a few times with a fork) and put them inside the bird. Roast some potatoes in another pan at the same time with rosemary or thyme and olive oil and salt. Yum!

    In college I would buy chicken thighs and bake in the oven with different flavorings. Mustard and honey, or olive oil and garlic, or cumin and cayenne pepper rub. Thighs are easier because they don't get dry when cooking and I tend to overcook everything.