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Mar 7, 2007 07:58 AM

Easy cooking

I wanted to help out my family and make dinner one night. I live with seven other children all younger than me. Does anyone have some great recipes that are very easy, and delicious that all the kids will love?

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  1. how about a simple meat sauce -
    Using a dutch oven

    Suate chopped onion in a little olive oit- 1-2 med size should be plenty cook 4-5 minutes
    Add 2 cloves of garlic(minced) and 1-2 TBSP of Dried Oregano - stir for 30-60 sec
    Add 1 1/12 lbs ground beef - stirring to break up cook until it is no longer pink - about 5 min
    Add 1 Large can of tomato sauce - I like a thick sauce you can add more tomato sauce if you wish
    Add 2 TBSP of Tomato Paste
    Simmer on the stove for at least 30 minutes - longer will let the flavors meld better-
    Salt and Pepper to taste-

    Yu can use this with pasta or even as Sloppy Joes - you can doctor it up by adding other dried herbs such as thyme or basil - or instead of using tomato sauce used 1-2 large cans of chopped tomatos and let them cook down by simmering it longer on the stove - at least an hour -

    And while I was typing this some else started a thread on meat sauces (Bolognese) -

    1. Very nice of you, good luck!
      I'm not sure how old you are- are you safe using the stove, or will you have supervision?
      These are a big hit with kids..oh, guess you'll have to double the amount for 8 people!

      Fish filet (kind of like McD’s)

      4 flounder filets
      1 cup whole milk
      2 eggs
      1 1/2 cups flour
      1/4 cup cornmeal
      2 tablespoons parsley
      Salt and pepper to taste
      2 tablespoons canola oil
      4 sesame seed buns
      Chopped lettuce (optional)
      Sliced tomato (optional)
      4 slices cheddar cheese (optional)
      Tarter sauce

      1st bowl: whisk together milk and eggs.
      2nd bowl: mix flour, cornmeal and parsley.

      Season fish with salt and pepper. Place the fish in the egg mixture (1st bowl) & cover each piece, then coat thoroughly with flour mixture (2nd bowl).
      In large saute pan put fish in the oil over medium heat. Cook on one side until batter is light golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn fish over carefully and cook other side 2-3 minutes.

      Put fish on buns with toppings as desired!
      (could also just put on a plate with veggies, without the bun)

      1. How about quesadillas? You can do them using deli meat or a precooked rotisserie chicken if you want to hurry things up and you can customize the flavours for what your family likes!
        In mine I like tomatoes, cilantro, cheddar and monteray jack cheese, green onions and chicken. And of course you will need tortillas. Have on hand salsa and sour cream as condiments, and if you want to get fancy make some homemade guacamole as well.

        What you want to do is grate the cheese, tear up the chicken into small pieces, finely slice the green onions and roughly chop the cilantro. Toss it together in a bowl, this is your filling. Preheat the oven to 250 and heat a skillet over medium heat. Spray one side of a tortilla with cooking spray and put it spray side down in the skillet. Put filling (the quantity will depend on the size of the tortillas) about a centimeter deep on half of the tortilla, spread evenly to allow for a centimeter of space around the edge. Fold the side without filling on the side with filling. (i.e. in half.) and cook until it is golden brown on the bottom. Flip and do the same on the other side. Transfer to the oven and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm while you do more. You can get more then one in the pan once you get used to it.

        I would also suggest checking out some of Rachel Ray's recipes - alot of them are quick and easy and crowd pleasers. You can find them online with an easy google.

        Good Luck!


        1. Another dead easy, but v. tasty recipe is Marcella Hazan's tomato sauce w/ butter and onions. For your crowd, I'd do the following:

          In a large sauce or saute pan, put two cans of San Marzano tomatoes (if you can find them, if not, try to find a high quality canned tomato - Muir Glen gets good recs and is pretty readily available), 12 TB of butter, cut up, and two onions, cut in half. Bring to a simmer and then let cook over v. low heat for about 45 minutes - I like to crush the tomatoes with some kind of kitchen utensil - tongs, or a fork. Remove the onions when done. You end up with a beautiful, sweet tomato sauce. Cook two boxes of penne (rigate - I like De Cecco brand) or other pasta, add to the sauce (after draining) with chopped up (fresh) mozzarella and torn basil leaves - a lot. After tasting, you may want to add a little salt and pepper.

          Congratulations on your efforts - most admirable.

          1. This sounds great - do you remember which book of her's it is from? Also, what do you mean cut the onions in half?


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            1. re: daily_unadventures

              Oh - you just cut the onions in half through the root end and put them in - they add a sweetness to the sauce. It's from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.