Friday, October 24, 2008

^^ Let's Share" No Brainer" Dinner Ideas ^^

Today, while watching Oprah, Christina Ferrari gave 3 different meals that you could make from a roasted chicken... Chicken Enchiladas, Chicken Pot Pie and .....I don't know the third one because I got a phone call and missed it. So that gave me an idea, (I'm sure this has been done to death)....

I want us to share some recipes that are our standbys... no measuring, no thinking and nothing that takes over 10 mins to prepare. Just quick and simple. This doesn't mean cooking time. I'm just concerned with the hands on work here.

So many of you have told me how creative I am, and I truly appreciate that, but when it comes to cooking.....it doesn't apply to me! I don't really like to cook, of course I LOVE to eat (who doesn't )... So if we pick each others brains, you never know, you might find a new favorite, no brainer!



So.... come on, if you have 3 NoBrainer Entrees that are easy and delicious, let's share them! You don't have to have three... you can do one or two...

Let me know if you would like to participate by Sunday 9PM and I'll post the list and links to your blog on Monday.

BON APPETIT....

34 comments:

Chris said...

I love this idea, I'll have to put my thinking hat on and get back with you. I can't wait to see the list.

Hugs,
Chris

tardevil said...

I don't like to cook either. I'll play along provided I don't have to provide photos! Posted some Santas over at my place, if you'd like to take a peek.

santamaker said...

Tardevil, no photos necessary! I just found these on google! Yes, I went by and saw your santas...you are an earlybird girl!

bj said...

ummm, all three of these sound delicious...I will try to think of something I fix that is considered GOOD and I'll let you know...
love, bj

decorator101 said...

I believe you have some pretty great paper on your blog to darling... I think I'm going to try the rotel chicken tomorrow evening.. that looks yummy.. thanks for sharing the idea.. I hate to cook.. love to put out the dishes..just don't like trying to dream up new dishes..the girls at work ask daily if I've heard from you..they are so taken with your Santas...and has they should be..Thanks for popping over and saying hello... how's the pitcher? Is it full???? :-)
hugs ~lynne~

Happy To Be said...

Girl I love no brainer dinners and the Salad looks Yummy...tacos are one of my favorite foods..thanks for sharing...hugs and smiles Gloria

Diane said...

Great idea! I just shared my Chicken Watermelon Salad recipe.
:0} Diane

Justine said...

My no-brainer main dish is roasted chicken breasts. Just made them last night for me and the girls. I buy them with the bone, and skin-on, but I've made it without the skin too.

I just pour olive oil over them, lots of garlic powder, salt and pepper, sometimes some lemon, and then for added flavor, Teriyaki. This will kind of burn on the pan, so near the end I pour more over. Baste ocassionally and YUM! Oh, I bake them at 350 for 45 minutes or so, until my thermometer says they're about 170 degrees. Oh, and use the drippings to dip!

Justine :o )

Mabry's Gamma said...

What a great idea. I am with the majority of you gals, I don't like cooking much but I do enjoy baking. So include me. Should we post our recipes to show up on Monday?

Cheri

laurie said...

I cannot wait to see all of the wonderful "no brainer" ideas! That's my kind of cooking (no brainer)! Yours look delicious! This is so much fun. Now, do I understand that I'm supposed to have mine posted on Mon. if I'm going to submit some? If so, I'll have them there Mon. Oh, I just know I'm going to get all kinds of good cooking ideas. My dh thanks you for this wonderful idea. laurie

salmagundi said...

Count me in on the recipe party Monday. Surely I can come up with at least one recipe. Sally

ann said...

Great idea Rose,I think we're all always looking for ideas.Long story short.I had alot-of green tomatoes. For some reason,they wouldn't turn red.Well,you can only eat so many fried green tomatoes.So--you can make soup out of anything right?I said what the hay.It was delicious,even dh loved it.I thought I invented it,right?I told all my friends,I was so proud.
A few days later I was on foodnetwork.com looking for a creme sauce receipe and BOOM,there it was.Emeral beat me to it.The receipe's aren't similar at all,but I THOUGHT I INVENTED IT.BBAAAA...Ann If anyone would like the receipe,I'd love to share,but I don't have a blog,not all of us are gifted in that area...

santamaker said...

Mabry's Gamma and Laurie,
yes, just have your recipes in your post for Monday and I will link your blog to mine so that others can find you.
:O)

Mabry's gamma, if you don't have a blog, you can put yours on a comment here and I'll copy paste it to my post.

squawmama said...

I accept your challange... Now I have to give it some thought but I do have a ton of stand bys... Nothing as pretty as your salad... This will be fun... Thanks for starting it...

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Hi Rose...love this idea! Unfortunately, I'm out of town this weekend and I've already done my post in advance. Maybe you can do this again soon...then I'll join in. You could call it Monday Munchies or Monday Main Dishes or Monday Menus or Monday Meals! :-) I want to try your recipes...sound yummy!

Judy said...

Count me in. Can't wait to see all the "no brainer" ideas that we all use!

Judy

Marianna said...

I'll join in! Love sharing quick and easy recipe ideas...

Marianna

nikkicrumpet said...

Oh this is what I need desperately. I haven't any to offer...but I sure would like to be on the receiving end. I HATE to cook...so easy makes me happy! I got a great crockpot chicken recipe from Nancy off her blog...and It was DELICIOUS and easy as can be!!

Diane said...

Hi Rose, Please add my link...

http://fourpawsco.blogspot.com/2008/10/this-ones-for-rose.html

Thanks, Diane

Picket said...

Girl that sounds like a great idea...I don't have to many quick fixes...give me awhile to think on this! lol That fresco effect is so easy....download your pics to Photobucket...click edit....click effects..click MORE effects and a new row of little effects comes up...there you will see the fresco one...click it and it changes your pic automatically..save it and there you go...you will love playing with that on your pics! Have a great weekend girl!

imjacobsmom said...

Mmmmm! I actually make all three of those things - now I'm craving a taco....count me in, too. ~ Robyn

Lynette said...

Not much of a cook here, but can I be on the receiving end, pleeeaase?? I'll try to come up with something so I won't seem so selfish, but it'll be a stretch for me. What a great idea!!
Thanks.
Lynette

Naz said...

Great idea. I'll be back on Monday.

Kelly B said...

Truly you must share your secret for setting a table. It always looks so poetic. I have 5 kids so I couldn't make it look that lovely, but maybe some hints will help me make it look prettier.

Penny said...

An easy no brainer is to wrap a couple of pieces of chicken or pork in some foil with fave BBQ or fave Italian Dressing inside. Place foil wrapped product on pan and bake at 350 for 45-60 minutes. Serve with salad or side veggies.

I look forward to seeing others.

Bo said...

Hi Rose...hey, does it have to be an entree'? I've got an old stand by dessert that probably everyone already has but if not, count me in!
Great idea by the way...'cuz we all know how much time blogging gobbles up.. ;-) Bo

Lynette said...

Hey Rose - I posted 2 recipes on my blog and a picture of my go-to package suppers - you'll have to see it to appreciate it!!
Great idea -
Lynette

Dawnie said...

Here is one of my favorite stand-bys that helped me many nights when our 5 kids were young!

Fry up a lb or so of Ground Beef
Add onion, little garlic.
Dump in a can tomato soup, can of green beans.

Mix up a batch of boxed Garlic Mashed Potatos, place on top-cover with Cheddar Cheese and bake at 350 until cheese is nice and bubbly and brown. Adjust to how many your serving!
Here is my blog! http://dawnieslifeifbythesea.blogspot.com/

mrsben said...

All of them sound sooooo scrumptous particularly the Chkn-Pear Salad, topped with red Onions. Nutritious, light 'n easy. Definitely will try it..... Mmm, Mmm Good!

P.S: ...Off subject, do you plan to post any of your exquisite hand-made creations closer to Christmas? It would be such a treat to see them.

Mabry's gamma said...

Rose,

Here is my blog:

http://geergathering.blogspot.com/

Cheri (Mabry's gamma)

santamaker said...

Hey Ann, i would love to post your green tomatoes soup! Just leave it on a comment and I'll copy on to my post. sorry , i've had problems with internet!

Bo said...

Hi Rose...sure, go ahead and link me up for the easy meals Monday...I just have the one quicky dessert but I'm looking forward to everyone's ideas. :-) Bo

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Rose, Love your blog! Beautiful photos of your home and family. Thanks for posting the recipes. What a fabulous idea for all to share. They all sound simple and tasty. I'm planning to try them out very soon.
Warmly, Melissa

tardevil said...

Hi Santa! Thanks for "following me"! You had to know I laughed a/b Baby Alive being constipated! Now that's funny...I do remember that doll. I was just thinking of you & Susan (BNOP) because I had just sent one of my fellow HS classmates an e-mail, and he's down in Atlanta. I always wonder if you all are neighbors, but I'm a "closet blogger", so he doesn't know my little secret :O).