Quick and Easy Recipes and a Winner!

Thanks everyone for playing the E-Mealz giveaway on my blog. It’s my second real giveaway (the first one I put the entries in a bra) and *sniff* this blog is getting all growed up. I do want to let you know that if you didn’t win, no fret. You can sign up for E-Mealz using the button the right-hand side of this blog and use the code: BLOGHER for 10% off. Honestly, E-mealz is like $5 a month, plus 10% off? That’s cheaper than the therapy you’ll need after going through these blog archives. Cheaper than paying for your addiction to those gross little corn candies that come out around this time of year and taste like earwax.

And for those of you, still holding out, I rounded up some of my favorite, quick and easy recipes from the entries and posted them here for you. If you try one for dinner tonight, let me know. Also, I have fancy pants readers who make orzo and Welsh Wererabbit Rarebit (do you shoot it with a silver bullet?). That recipe was from my mom and I would like everyone to know, SHE’S NEVER MADE IT FOR ME. This is because when I come home, it’s all, “So nice to see you sweetie, now make mama some dinner. I got this great completely complicated recipe for you to try while I stand here and watch.” One Thanksgiving, I came home and my mom was like, “Make this beef tenderloin. The meat cost more than your life. Also, I picked out a Martha Stewart recipe for you to follow.”

That was the best beef tenderloin anyone in my family has ever had. I ninja kicked that meal.

Alright. Now for the winner….AMELIA! Who posted a delicious recipe about kielbasa.

…kielbasa sausage + canned pineapple + canned yams + butter and brown sugar. Bake @350 for 30 minutes!

I can’t wait to try it out.

(My favorite recipes after the jump)

1. Crockpot Chicken by Lisa Miller

My favorite crock pot recipe, so good and simple.

Chicken Santa Fe

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained 1 cup bottled thick and chunky salsa, divided5 or 6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

In a crockpot, mix together the beans, corn and 1/2 cup salsa.Top with the chicken breasts, then pour the remaining 1/2 cup salsa over the chicken.

Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours, or until the chicken is tender and white throughout; do not overcook or the chicken will toughen.

Sprinkle cheese on top, cover, and cook until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Serves 6.

2. Pork Tenderloin by Ann Dranka

Pork tenderloin + 1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix. Tenderloin in the crockpot, sprinkle with dry mix (eventhough you want to or think you should, DO NOT add water to the pot), 4-6 hours on high. Delicious!

3.  Tatertot Casserole from Meg

This casserole was the reason it’s taken me so long to work off the baby weight.

Tatertots, cream of mushroom soup, shredded cheese, hamburger–cook hamburger—mix all ingredients together–top with more cheese–bake in oven at 350 degrees for about an hour–yum!

4.  Spicy Tuna Salad by KookenMama21

Note: Lots of you use tuna as a go-to favorite and this makes me so happy. I used tuna as a “comfort food” lunch staple. I call it “redneck lunch.” I make some tuna salad (mayo+dill pickle juice+tuna), then eat it with doritos and a coke. Healthy? No. Delicious and reminds me of my Texan youth? YES.

MY easy, on- the go recipe is spicy Tuna Salad.    2 cans of drained white tuna, 5-6 rings of banana peppers (chopped), 2 mini Jalapeno pickles ( sliced), 1/2 Tbs minced dried onions, and lite Mayo, dijon mustard and a bit of lite miracle whip to taste. Yumm.

5.  Orzo by Ann M

Orzo sounds so fancy. No one would suspect that this meal is quick and easy.

 Just cook a pot of orzo, throw in a handful of spinach during the last 30 seconds of cook time, drain, and top with olive oil, lemon juice and some feta.  (I usually have a big tub of feta in my fridge, since it seems to never go bad…)  The whole recipe is also really adaptable to whatever you have at the time.  A few days ago, I didn’t have spinach, so I substituted a 1/2 can of diced tomatoes and a Morningstar Farms spicy sausage patty that was hanging out in my freezer (cooked first, obviously).  Equally fast and tasty.

6.  Pumpkin Muffins by Katieryckman

Pumpkin muffins! One box of spice cake mix and one can pumpkin. That’s it! Mix and bake 15 min on 350. People think they’re made from scratch every time I make them!


All the recipes and more, including Welsh Rarebit over in the comments to this post, click HERE.

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