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mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 08:19 AM

due to a work schedule change, I find myself being responsible for dinner every night for my 8 year old son, my wife and my self. I have never cooked in my life but have slowly figured out a few simple things to make like eggs, George Foreman chicken cutlets marinated in Italian dressing and a couple croak pot dishes I got from the year of slow cooking site. I am looking for a few more ideas, my criteria is no more then five minutes of hands on prep and more then three pots to wash (and yes I count a cutting board as one of the three). any ideas?

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  1. pitagirl RE: mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 11:09 AM

    manwich? just throw in some ground beef or chicken with the sauce.
    Chili can be simple
    meatballs and spaghetti - you can do the sauce and meatballs in the crockpot (or pressure cooker)
    If you have a pressure cooker - I do a great take of of "chicken in the oven" just throw everything in and (chop up veggies, and add some kind of tomato base) - this can also be done on the stove but the pressure cooker tastes much better.

    Try the rachel rae 30 minute meals.

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      weinstein5 RE: pitagirl Mar 21, 2012 12:46 PM

      Admittedly not the healthiest of meals but with fond memories I remember my dads meals of hot dogs and baked beans and hamburgers on the grill - for vegetables was usually some frozen/canned veggies -

      On my own I have found it very easy to make baked macaroni and cheese (Alton Browns Recipe from Food Network - it looks challenging but is rather easy and tuna noodle casserole

      Something I recently started making was pot pie using the frozen pareve pie shells --

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        mrmoose RE: weinstein5 Mar 21, 2012 03:31 PM

        We do burgers every couple weeks. I am definitely gonna try Manwhich one of these days. Some doctor guy on TV said giving your kid a hot dog is worse then giving him a cigarette so my wife only lets me make hod dogs once a month

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          weinstein5 RE: mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 06:50 PM

          Things were different when I was younder - also along the lines of Manwich is using taco seasons like form Old El Paso and make tacos - taco tuesday is a big hit at my house

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            queenscook RE: mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 07:36 PM

            I wonder if kosher hot dogs are considered as bad as treif ones; I would bet that they are not. Kosher ones tend to be all-beef, and I don't think contain the same "garbage" that is far more typical in non-kosher ones. And worse than a cigarette? I don't even think treif ones could possibly be worse than cigarettes.

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              weinstein5 RE: queenscook Mar 22, 2012 07:20 AM

              They always win the consumer reports review of hot dogs -

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                craigcep RE: weinstein5 Mar 22, 2012 08:49 AM

                One of the problematic aspects of hot dogs is nitrates which is present in most hot dogs - kosher and traif. A&H has a line of nitrate-free dogs which are pretty good. Some Neshama sausages are nitrate-free as well.

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                  weinstein5 RE: craigcep Mar 22, 2012 08:51 AM

                  I think Romanian's in Chicago makes a line of nitrite free dogs as well -

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              cheesecake17 RE: mrmoose Mar 22, 2012 09:14 AM

              burgers, turkey burgers, chicken burgers.. all very easy to prep with one bowl and one cutting board. You can vary the seasonings in the burgers. Grilled vegetables, baked or grilled potatoes and salad.. simple and easy meal.

              fajitas, quesediallas, stir fry, tacos.. all super easy and very quick to prepare.

              I make the NYT recipe for macaroni and cheese. I've simplified the recipe a bit to skip the blender. One bowl, one spoon, one pyrex.

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                weinstein5 RE: cheesecake17 Mar 22, 2012 10:12 AM

                With all the talk of burgers made me think of one of my favorites but my kids do not like it - but meatloaf - a bowl to mix in and either a disposable pan ro a pan lined with heavy duty aluminum foil -

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          absmiller RE: mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 07:19 PM

          Fajitas are pretty easy--I like the recipe in Susie Fishbein's Short on Time cookbook.
          You can also do a stir-fry with chicken or beef, a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies (Bird's Eye has a few varieties with a Triangle-K), and a bottled stir-fry sauce (I often order sauce on the side when I get Chinese take-out, so I use my leftover sauce). Cook some rice, and you have a nice meal.

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            GilaB RE: absmiller Mar 22, 2012 07:33 AM

            The stir-fry with frozen veggies, chicken, & rice on the side was what I came to suggest. It's a much healthier, more balanced meal than just meat-and-starch options.

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            magiesmom RE: mrmoose Mar 21, 2012 07:26 PM

            Baked potato ( or sweet potato )bar with cheese, chopped veggies, nuts,canned beans, sour cream or yogurt.

            And not all hot dogs are full of cr*p. There are also well made chicken sausages of various types available now with different flavor profiles. They cook up quickly and are delicious.

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              cappucino RE: magiesmom Mar 22, 2012 03:52 AM

              1) Burgers are a 1-bowl item (1 lb chop meat, 1 egg, handful of bread crumbs, squirt or two of ketchup, onion and garlic powder and a bit of water). McCain's makes great varieties of frozen french fries and are available in most supermarkets. You dump them on a pan and shove them into the oven. Salad or canned corn.
              2) Chicken cutlets cut in half lengthwise to make them thinner. One plastic plate of flavored bread crumbs, 1 plastic bowl of Pfeiffer French dressing. Dredge the cutlet in dressing, then crumbs, then place on bake sheet and bake for 30 minutes--no more than that. Israeli Couscous follow the instructions, ready in about 5 or 10 minutes. One pot only.
              3) Chicken bottoms skinned. Dump Gold's Chicken Sauce--found in some regular supermarkets, all kosher stores-- on bottom of pan and top of cutlets. Sprinkle rosemary spice or herbs deProvence spice (Prima spices carries that and is often available) and some garlic powder. Shove in the oven for 1 1/2 hours. 2 cups water/1 cup rice, salt and olive oil. One pot total.
              4) Dairy: Pasta and baked fish sticks. Salad on the side. One pot.

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                marissaj RE: cappucino Mar 22, 2012 07:42 AM

                Quesadillas! Take 2 flour wraps and fill with whatever you like (at my house we use cheese, mushrooms and onions)- but really anything goes as long as there is cheese to hold it together. Spray with oil on top and bottom.
                Put inside a panini press/ sandwich maker/ in between two cookie sheets (one under the wraps, one on top to weigh it down) and you have a delicious and easy dinner!

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                  mrmoose RE: marissaj Mar 22, 2012 02:57 PM

                  you can use cookie sheets like that to make a ghetto panini? cool got to try it

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                    marissaj RE: mrmoose Mar 23, 2012 09:14 AM

                    my chef husband taught me that... trick of the trade maybe ;)

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                  mrmoose RE: cappucino Mar 22, 2012 03:00 PM

                  what i actually like to do is i make the pre cut hashbrowns in oil and i dump a whole bunch of Badia brand Sason tropical and some cyanne pepper on it. For burgers i honestly do not use egg or bread crumbs just meat, onion and garlic powder.

              2. pitagirl RE: mrmoose Mar 22, 2012 10:59 AM

                this is pretty trashy but I love it - take ground meat a can of baked beans and a can of potatoes cook it in a skillet.

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                  laura10952 RE: pitagirl Mar 22, 2012 06:14 PM

                  parents happy when 8 year old eats, so here goes for the kid

                  Burritos
                  3 cans of Beans, wash and drain.....size and colors
                  1 16 oz salsa, I use medium strength
                  2 regular size shredded cheese
                  (mexian, mozzeralla, cheddar)
                  mix above
                  put into burritos and roll
                  bake till inside is melted

                  i use only one now, but thar is me
                  you can add corn
                  you can also hide grated flax seed in the mixrure

                  Chinese food
                  cole slaw raw, next to the premade salads at all grocery stores
                  put a little oil in pan and add the slaw and saute....it shrinks to nothing
                  you can ad amino acids or soy sauce
                  ginger root or powdered
                  some pineapple
                  you can also ad some leftover shabbos chicken or whatever
                  serve over brown rice
                  set table like a chinese restaurant and your son will love it

                  Turkey fingers
                  need wonton sheets
                  you mix ground turkey with something like V8 and you can also add veggies they do not see
                  put the ,mixture on the wonton sheet at diagnal and fold over the sides
                  bake till the fingers are cooked
                  the moisture from the meat - cooks the wonton

                  Pierogies aka dim sun
                  place frozen pierogies on a bakindg sheet that has been sprayed with cooking spray
                  after the pierogies have been places - spray them w/cooking spray
                  it will nicely crust

                  Refried bean
                  open the can and heat, place on a plate
                  decorate with salsa, taco chips. olives
                  yummy and you can create and eat under 5

                  Mornigstar Farms Ribs KD
                  kids and parents love

                  it is Passover, so the hemish stores have the metal tins for baking at unreal prices
                  purchase spme cases
                  and e,joy cooling
                  i do

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                    laura10952 RE: laura10952 Mar 22, 2012 06:23 PM

                    Forgot

                    gefilte fish roll - defrost

                    ad salsa and grated veggies

                    bake and they will eat

                    parve creme of mushroom soup

                    add mixed veggies and some thick cut strips of fish

                    I guess you can add cooked chicken strios

                    mix together as you are cooking it

                    plop over cooked brown rice

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                  lburrell RE: mrmoose Mar 22, 2012 07:35 PM

                  Pasta, Pasta, Pasta is your friend. There are many things you can do quickly that go over pasta. You can make a quick pasta sauce using the southern "trinity,": chopped: onion, celery and green or red bell pepper, ground meat or meat substitute, a Can of diced tomatoes, a can of tomato paste and a small (8 oz) can of tomato sauce.

                  Saute vegetables (with garlic preferably) then add and saute the meat or meat substitute (this works with italian sausage or ground meat substitute, even chicken, almost anything). Add the tomato products and bring to a bubbling boil. Some people add a little wine or baslamic vinegar. (You can also omit any or all of the trinity except the onion).

                  Meanwhile put on the water for pasta. When the water is boiling, cook the pasta following the package directions. It's a myth that the sauce has to cook for hours. By the time the pasta is done, the sauce is done. Drain and serve pasta with the sauce. If your family will eat them, fresh sauteed mushrooms instead of or in addition to the meat or meat substitute. Fresh herbs are nice at the end. Or add some dried Italian herbs at the beginning.
                  This is a real comfort food. My default when I need something quick and satisfying.
                  We use organic tomatoes and stay away from prepared tomato sauces that contain corn syrup. (Some people do like a spoon full of sugar in this kind of sauce, but we don't.

                  My other advice is that there are many many cookbooks designed for people in your situation. I'd invest in one or two and look upon cooking as a great creative way to wind down and to enjoy life, not a chore to be "gotten through.". You can create happy memories (and make your son's future wife truly grateful) if you bring your son into the kitchen as your sous chef. Both my grown sons learned that way and now like to cook and are better at it than my daughter.

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                    ferret RE: mrmoose Mar 23, 2012 09:37 AM

                    As far as "simple eggs" go , why not complicate them every now and then?

                    I've been making lox/cream cheese omelets for my kids since forever (breakfast, lunch or dinner) - just make sure you add the rough-chopped lox after the omelet has set so you don't cook the lox. You can also do browned Soy chorizo and cheese in an omelet topped with salsa.

                    Corned/roast beef hash with a fried egg on top is also easy and delicious. Just add chopped corned/roast beef (I smoke my own) to packaged hash browns and skillet-fry until nicely browned, top with the fried egg(s) and you're good to go.

                    Another great dish is meatball subs. Add jarred marinara to browned vegetarian meatballs (Trader Joes are excellent) and serve on an Italian roll. Top it with shredded mozzarella and throw it under the broiler for a minute. Also works well over pasta (even better if you add vegetarian Italian sausage).

                    I find that fake meat works better than fake cheese, so fake meat/real cheese is a nice combo.

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                      queenscook RE: ferret Mar 23, 2012 09:57 AM

                      What is the hashgacha on the Trader Joe's veggie meatballs, if any?

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                        lburrell RE: queenscook Mar 23, 2012 10:10 AM

                        As a vegan, I sadly report that very few of Trader Joe's veggie products (with the exception of the ones from Tofurky or Yves) are certified kosher. They have even recently declined to stock the kalamata olives they used to carry that were certified kosher. The vegan world has its own certification organizations and some kosher keeping vegans will use them because the ingredients etc. have to be certified vegan and because they are so sensitive to allergy issues, list even traces. So they feel seeing a vegan certification and checking ingredients is sufficient for their purposes. But obviously, this won't work for a strictly kosher home.

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                          mrmoose RE: lburrell Mar 23, 2012 02:51 PM

                          i use the tofuky sauseges some times I need to make a trader joe run soon. Truth is for pasta their is nothing he likes better than Foulds Mac and cheese from the box with an extra piece of American cheese. The best thing i make is from the year of slow cooking cookbook http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2011/.... my son annoyed my wife, who is a gormet cook, by calling this the best thing he ever ate

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                        weinstein5 RE: ferret Mar 23, 2012 03:34 PM

                        I agree with the assessment on fake meat - my favorite is Upton Naturals - their Seitan Products are excellent - http://www.uptonsnaturals.com/products/ - I have used the chorizo for mexican dishes and the itlalian sausage for pasta dishes

                        They are under CRC supervision

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                          mrmoose RE: weinstein5 Mar 24, 2012 06:21 PM

                          my wife wants him to eat more veggies. he happens to like cut up peppers, carrots, and tomatoes. as long as he eat those their is no reason to make salads or cook veggies?

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                            magiesmom RE: mrmoose Mar 24, 2012 07:09 PM

                            unless you want to expand his likes, no.

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                              lburrell RE: mrmoose Mar 24, 2012 07:31 PM

                              It's a huge mistake for you and your wife to eat like an eight year old rather than teach him, at least by example to eat like an adult. My experience is that if a child doesn't eat something when he's very young, preferably before 5, it's hard to get him/her to eat it before 20!! While I don't believe in punishing a child who doesn't want to eat a particular food or forcing a food on him, limiting food served to those he wants is almost as bad. One magical method I found was having my boys and girl prepare an unfamiliar food. They would invariably eat it if they had cooked or prepared it. Learning how to cook and eat unfamiliar foods is part of growing up. You and your son can learn together if you are willing to spend a little extra time planning and preparing. There are many cookbooks around that could help you and your son learn to enjoy, for example, leafy greens. For instance, most kids will eat anything dipped in a ranch style dressing. Non-dairy ranch dressing is quick and simple to make. Serving it with a variety of of vegetables to dip in it, including the one's he already likes, but challenging him to try, say a romaine lettuce leaf or a celery stick, or even a (not over cooked) broccoli flower may expand his horizons.

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