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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Incredibly Easy Meals

If you are like me, the last thing you want to do when involved in a project is to stop and cook dinner. You don't want to take the time or money to eat out. So what to do? One dish dinners! Here are four of our favorites that require little or no prep time.

BBQ Sausage and Oven Baked Potatoes

1 package sausage for every 2 people, cut into 1/4ths unless frozen (we like Eckrich Beef Smoked Sausage)
1/3 cup (more or less) per package of sausage BBQ sauce, bottled or homemade
1 potato for every person (I peel mine)
Seasoning salt

Wash potatoes and cut into small pieces. Place in baking pan that can be covered, sprinkle seasoning salt, and dot with butter (to taste). Put them in 350° while you prepare sausage because they take about 15 minutes longer. When done, they taste like the inside of a baked potato with a little crunch around the edges.

Combine sausage and BBQ sauce in baking pan that can be covered. Cook covered at 350° and cook about 45 minutes. If frozen, put them in the oven and cook on 300 for about 30 minutes before putting in potatoes and then turn up temperature.


Swiss Steak

4 Tenderized round steak cut into approx. 4x4" pieces. (You can even put them in frozen)
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 pound fresh green beans, washed and end cut off
Salt & pepper

Double everything if needed.

Put steak on bottom Dutch oven or large covered casserole pan. (I use a Corning casserole dish with lid).
Scatter beans on top.
Spread stewed tomatoes on top of everything.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Cover and bake at 350° about 45 minutes. If the meat was frozen, it will take a little longer.

Note: If you want to use canned green beans, put them in for the last 15 minutes.


Chicken and Rice Casserole

4 chicken breasts (or the equivalent of your favorite chicken part)
8 carrots, washed with ends cut off
1½ cups white rice
1 can cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup
Water (see instructions for how much)
Salt & pepper.

Put rice in bottom of Dutch oven or casserole pan.
Put soup in large measuring cup and add enough water to reach the 3½ cup mark, mix and pour over rice. Stir.
Place chicken & carrots on top of rice. Cut the carrots if necessary to make them fit.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Cover and bake at 350° for an hour or when rice is fluffy.


Baked Pork Chops

4 pork chops (Even frozen pork chops)
1-2 cans chicken noodle soup
1/2 can water

Arrange pork chops in bottom of Dutch oven or covered casserole.
Pour soup over chops and add 1/2 can water.
Cover and bake at 350° for about an hour. (Varies according to thickness of chops.)

I've never added a vegetable to this but think new potatoes would be good - extra liquid would have to be added.


One Dish Dinner

1 pound hamburger meat
1 onion, sliced
4 medium potatoes, sliced into rounds
1 10 oz can tomato juice
Salt & pepper

Layer potatoes in bottom of Dutch oven.
Layer onions on top of potatoes.
Crumble hamburger meat on top of everything.
Pour tomato juice evenly over all.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Cover and bake at 350° for an hour.


Chicken Tacos

3 lbs cut up chicken or chicken breasts
1 package taco mix (or see recipe below)
1 cup water
1 package tortillas
1 package shredded lettuce or 1 head lettuce
2 or 3 tomatoes
1 package shredded cheese (we prefer Colby Jack)

Combine ingredients in Dutch oven or crock pot and cook on low until done. Shred chicken with fork and make tacos.

Taco seasoning:
1 T dried minced onion
1 t dried minced garlic
1 t garlic
1 t cumin
1 t paprika
1 t chili powder
1 t black pepper


Loaded Baked Poatoes

3 lbs chicken cut up or just breasts
1 cup BBQ sauce
1/2 cup water
baking potato per person
Sour Cream
Shredded cheese

Put chicken, BBQ sauce, and water in Dutch oven or crock pot. Cook on low until tender. Meanwhile, bake potatoes in oven, or in microwave when chicken is done. Shred chicken and serve on top of baked potatoes with toppings of your choice.



If you have good and easy recipes, let me know. I'm still painting!

Until next time, may you have blessings and good dinners,


  1. Good recipes! I'll be trying that Swiss Steak sometime in the near future!

  2. I hope you like it. I still prefer full scratch swiss steak, but this sure beats takeout. Every time I make it, I think I should have added some spices like instant onion or garlic. Let me know if you add anything & how you like it.


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