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Easy Meals - Help please!

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My friends are getting married in WV in October, so a group of us rented a house at the lake resort where they will be getting married. There will be 8 of us going, 6 of which are guys. I'm looking for ideas for easy meals that I can make while we're there (or even make in advance). We will be there for four nights, so we're going to need quite a bit of food for all of us. My ideas so far were lasagna, chicken parm, and chili. Beyond that, I'm blanking on ideas. Also, any ideas on an easy way to make at least one decent breakfast for all of us would be great.


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  1. spaghetti, oven baked bbq chicken, mac & cheese, meatloaf, pot roast, beef stew (make in the morning, simmer slowly all day in a low oven or crock pot)

    fried rice is a great and filling breakfast. cook the rice the night before, use leftover whatever, and viola... you got breakfast. possible toss in's include
    any kind of leftover meat cut into smallish chunks
    frozen or refrigerated or canned vegetables (corn, carrots, peas, green beans)
    onion, any kind - white, yellow, green, chive, leek
    scrambled egg
    just be sure to use rice that has been in the fridge - preferably uncovered all night.

    1. for breakfast, how about a strata or frittata (or two)? easy, yet delicious and filling. breakfast casseroles and baked oatmeal are great too.

      1. Do it yourself bars will be easy for people to assemble to taste...
        Bake Potato bar
        Burritos/Tacos Bar
        Paninis - can just use a aluminum foil covered brick and a pan, instead of a panini press

        Enchiladas or Fajitas
        Roasted Chicken (love Ina Garten's Perfect Chicken) - also great for leftovers

        Pancakes to order... make basic batter then allow people to choose what gets sprinkled in their pancakes before griddling them

        1. Do you really want to spend your time cooking? Great bread, some interesting cheeses and sausages and you're set. At least for one night.

          1. - Phyllo tart
            - Risotto
            - Fajitas
            - Chicken curry

            1. French toast casserole, but you'll need to probably triple or quadruple for your crowd. Nice thing is you can put it together the night before, if you want.

              1. I would definitely do an egg casserole, like this one:

                1. Breakfasts-
                  egg casserole
                  grilled cheese sandwiches
                  fresh fruit, yogurt, granola (can make it yourself and bring it in a container)
                  baked french toast

                  macaroni and cheese
                  hamburgers/turkey burgers/veggie burgers + french fries + salad (burgers can be formed and frozen raw and cooked at the lake)
                  spinach tart + salad + couscous
                  baked veggie pasta (can prepare in advance and freeze)
                  chicken, beef, or veggie stir fry with brown rice (have everyone help cut the veg)
                  taco/burrito station (chicken strips, ground beef, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, beans etc)
                  cheese, crackers, raw veg and dips + wine