Nov 26, 2008

Easy Recipes

'Tis the season for cooking and I really am not a person who loves to cook. I can cook pretty well, but that doesn't mean I love it. Usually it's a meal that I can throw together fast and if it has few ingrediants the better. Here are some of my go-to favorites. Company meals that get raved over and take less than an hour.

CHICKEN ENCHILADAS
1 pkg. cream cheese
1 jar of salsa (I use a regular sized jar of Pace)
4 chicken breasts (cubed)
tortillas
grated cheddar cheese

Cube the chicken and cook in a skillet. When completely cooked, put the package of cream cheese in the skillet and melt it so that it covers all the chicken. Pour half the jar of salsa into the skillet and mix it together. Spoon into the center of tortillas and roll up. Place in a greased casserole pan and pour the other half of salsa over the top. Sprinkle generously with cheddar cheese. Cover with tin foil and cook for 20 minutes at 375. You can uncover the last 5 minutes if you want the cheese a bit browned.

ARTICHOKE CHICKEN
1 can of artichoke hearts
1 cup of mayonaise
1 cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese (I cheat and buy the bagged kind)
garlic powder
4 chicken breasts

Dice the artichokes and mix with mayo, cheese and add a generous amount of garlic powder. Spoon over chicken and coat completely with mixture. Bake in a pan for the usual amount of time you make chicken breasts (maybe 30 minutes at 375) Done! It's tasty, nobody ever guesses that there is mayo in it, and it's favorite at our house.

This next one isn't a company meal, but if you are seriously looking for something filling that takes 10 minutes and doesn't look like it's a TV meal, here ya go:
QUICK CHILI
1 can of chili
1 can of black beans
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of diced tomatoes
onion (chopped)
cumin seasoning
chili powder
Peppercini's (diced and optional)

Dice your onion and brown in the bottom of a pan with peppercinis (if you want a little kick). Open and dump in your cans. Add the cumin and chili powder. Simmer for a few minutes (cook until boiling at least). And done. People have asked me how I managed to make home-made chili. It literally only takes me ten minutes. I put some French bread with it, and there's dinner on the fly.

A long family favorite, I can make this now with my eyes closed almost:
POPPYSEED CHICKEN
4 chicken breasts (cubed and cooked)
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 container of sour cream (small)
Ritz crackers
Butter (melted)
poppy seeds

Cube and cook chicken in a skillet. Mix the soup and sour cream (about a 50/50 combo). Mix the chicken and mixture and pour into a casserole dish. Mash up Ritz crackers and put a nice layer over the top. Drizzle melted butter over the crackers. Scatter poppy seeds over the top. Cook for 20 minutes at 375 uncovered (top layer get browned and little crunchy). Enjoy!

And a new one I just got from my Aunt which is also great and fast:
BRUSCHETTA CHICKEN
3 boneless chicken breats chunked
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
2 cups shredded motzerella cheese (divided)
1 cup water
1 pkg stove top stuffing for chicken
Seasonings: garlic salt, oregano, basil, pepper

Put chunked chicken in greased casserole dish, season with seasonings. Mix the other ingrediants and more seasonings in a bowl. Cover chicken with mixture and top with the other half of the cheese (lots). Bake at 400 for 30-45 minutes or until chicken is done and cheese is crusty. Serve with dry or grated fresh parmessan. Yummy!

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