Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Throw together meals

Ok, before I get on topic here, I must admit something. I am a rock of love junkie. It REALLY cracks me up. This morning our local radio station had this cheeky advertisement which said (in the voice of J Peterman from Seinfeld):

"Dear Bret Michaels,
Enough with the bandannas and the hats. We get it already, you're bald!

Simon Archer"

And for some sick reason I find this highly amusing. LOLOL


I am knee deep in a complicated project and low on groceries and cash so this has been an "eat from the pantry" week. I am never sure if I should be comforted in how many days we can actually eat decent meals from my pantry or freezer or horrified, but I guess that's neither here nor there.

It isn't as if I am a fancy cook on any given day anyway. (You all remember my love affair with that Rachel Ray, right?)

I like food that generally requires little work.

So, I wondered if anyone has any favorite throw together type meals they would like to share? I am getting a little bored with the usual over here.

To get us started I will share one of my current, easy, awesome for warm weather favs:

Make it up as you go Greek Pasta salad

Pasta (whatever you have works, I always have some sort of tubular Barilla thing on hand)
Red onion
Feta (we buy giant tubs at Costco)
Chick peas
Red pepper (if I have one)
Greek Dressing (we LOVE St Louis Bread Co Greek Dressing, they might market it as Panera where you live)
Chopped olives for the top.

Toss and eat with garlic crusty bread.

And one of David's favorites, which was a Rachel Ray thing that I adapt a little:

I think she calls it BBQ chicken cornbread pizza

Make 2 boxes of cornbread for the crust, bake until lightly brown.

In the skillet:
1/2 lb of meat (she calls for ground chicken, I find that weird to cook with so I use ground beef)
Can of kidney beans
1 onion
1 red pepper
3 cloves of garlic

Cook until the meat is browned then add:
1T hot sauce
1T Worcestershire sauce
2T brown sugar
1 cup tomato sauce

(It makes something like a sloppy joe.)

Put it on top of the cornbread, top with cheddar cheese and pop in the oven until the cheese melts. (At whatever temp you made the cornbread).

(Told you I was a lazy cook! LOL)

Your turn. What do you throw together for easy pantry meals?


  1. Great idea for a post. We're doing a pantry meal tonight. I'm making white chicken chili with left over chicken and other canned ingredients.

    16 oz or so of canned white beans
    1 large onion chopped
    1 stick unsalted butter
    1/4 c all-purpose flour (for chicken)
    3/4 c chicken broth
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 tsp Tabasco
    1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
    1 tsp ground cumin (I usually put in more)
    1/2 teaspoon salt (I usually put in more)
    1/2 teaspoon pepper (I put in more)
    two 4-oz cans whole mild green chilies, drained and chopped
    2- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    some extra butter and oil to cook them in

    1 1/2 c grated cheese (optional topping)
    1/2 c sour cream (optional topping)

    1. Heat a large skillet and put in some butter and oil. Meanwhile coat your chicken with salt and pepper and maybe some chili powder. Throw them in the skillet and cook thoroughly.

    2. Remove the chicken from the pan. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred it and set aside.

    3. While waiting for chicken to cool, cook the onion in the same pan with butter until softened.

    4. In a heavy pot on medium heat, large enough to hold all the ingredients, add cream of chicken soup and chick broth. Stir in the onion and gradually add the chicken broth. Bring mixture to a boil and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, or until thickened. Stir in Tabasco, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper. Add beans, green chilies, chicken and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally for 20 minutes. May be served immediately.

    I usually serve this with shredded cheese, sour cream, jalapenos, tomatoes, etc.

    ***I can't wait to see what others post.

  2. One of my favorite go to pantry meals is actual a Racheal Ray too - Chickpeas and Spinach -

    paired with peas pullao:

    I'm actually making it tonight for our dinner co-op.

  3. Spaghetti is what I go to when I'm too lazy to make anything else. Taco soup is another staple. Just throw a bunch of different cans of beans, can salsa, chicken and corn in a pot, top it with cheese and tortilla chips and that's a meal. I'm going to try both of your recipes. They sound good.

  4. Your throw together meals sound pretty fancy to me. We eat grilled chicken breasts, baked potatoes, salad, etc. Pretty basic plain items. But, we can always find something to eat since we don't need a lot of ingredients.

  5. Oooh, did this just a few nights ago, we even had to break out one of our cell phone rebate cards to get us to the next payday(2 more days!).

    EVERYONE inhaled this:

    2 large-ish boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into small, small dice

    Cook til done in a few teaspoons of dark sesame oil and about 3 tablespoons soy sauce, with a chopped onion and green pepper(I buy on sale, chop and freeze to have on hand). Add 2 broth cubes(or not) and a cup or less of water.

    Season with some garlic and onion powder, ground ginger, and pinch of cayenne. I may have put more spices in this, I usually do, but can't recall.

    Add about 4 cups frozen broccoli, 1/2 cup frozen corn, a chopped up carrot if you want or have one.

    Cover and cook til the veggies aren't frozen. Serve over couscous or rice.

  6. That Greek pasta salad looks so yummy!

  7. Easiest-Ever Chicken Noodle Soup

    1 Roasted Chicken , shredded
    2 or 3 cans chicken broth
    2 or 3 celery, chopped
    2 or 3 carrots, chopped
    1/2 can corn
    dill, salt, pepper, parsley
    egg noodles

    I put everything but the herbs and noodles in a pot to boil; once boiling, add noodles; when noodles finished, add herbs.

  8. I made your Greek pasta for supper tonight! It was fantastic! I substituted pesto for the Greek dressing, though, because I had some at home already. So it was sort of Italian pasta. Thanks so much for posting the recipe. I'm going to write about it and show pics on my blog tomorrow ~ I'll give you a shout-out! ☺

  9. You're killing me with the Rock of Love thing. When Frankie was home for a couple of days we watched the last 3 or 4 eps of the RofL Bus. HIlarious. Wonder what RofL will be next time.

    I usually spend the whole ep waiting for him to slip into a diabetic coma.

  10. Thank you for the birthday wishes for my girl! You are so right about Bret Michaels and the humor behind calling him out on his sad attempt at hiding the bald. It must be hard to lose all your hair as a man but it's not like we don't all know. I saw your post on the town garage sale and am so jealous you had a whole town full of sales!

  11. I watch that crazy show too! LOL! He picked the wrong girl! LOL!
    Corn chowder
    1 can of cream of corn
    1 can cream of potatoe soup
    8oz of cream cheese
    1 can shrimp
    1 can crab meat
    Put all in a slow cooker, and warm till the cream cheese melts.
    I serve with cornbread! YUMMY!
    I also double the recipe

  12. oh and if you wanna be entertained, watch Tough Love, (vh1)hillarious!

  13. I think my "throw together" meals may be a little low class compared to yours but when the cupboard and checkbook are bare:

    1. Brown 2-3 chicken breasts, put into a casserole dish, cover with a can of mushroom soup. Make a box of stuffing with the required water and melted butter in a bowl, then layer it on top of chicken/mushroom soup. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.
    2. Brown 1 lb of hamburger in pan. Cook noodles (depends on the size of your family). Cook a bag of vegetables, corn works well. Mix all together in a large pot, add in 1-2 cans cream of mushroom soup and milk to desired consistancy on medium heat until warm again.

  14. It is always nice to get some fresh dinner ideas. I usually make pasta and tomato sauce - an onion, garlic, shredded carrots, any veggies or mushrooms, basil and oregeno from the garden, a splash of wine if there is any in the fridge, etc. Or make a similar sauce, and serve with creamy polenta.

  15. Seasoned Beef w/rice:

    1 lb. ground beef
    worcheshire sauce to taste
    garlic to taste
    onion to taste
    2 packets brown gravy mix
    2 cups water
    2 bay leaves
    Cooked rice

    Brown ground beef with desired amount of worcheshire sauce, onion and garlic. Once cooked, add 2 packets of gravy mix, water & bay leaves. Boil on med. for a few minutes to thicken. Remove bay leaves & serve over rice. Open a can of veggies. Yummmy! Dinner is served in less than 20 min....and you've maybe spent $5 for a family of four.

  16. Our latest fav is Enchiladas!! A can of Enchilada sauce from the pantry, 1# of ground meat, lg. tortilla shells (which I keep a supply of in the freezer), and a couple of cups of shredded cheese - VOILA! SUPER easy and quick prep! 9"x13" pan (8 rolls) - cooks for 20 min. You can dress it up with whatever you may have - chilis, peppers, olives, salsa... Leftovers are GREAT!!
    HMMM.... tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo, so this may have to be on the menu!


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