Bad Cook Seeking Easy Recipes

Updated on February 09, 2009
B.F. asks from Justin, TX
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hi ladies, my husband is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, and i am not that great of a chef so i would love to have some recipes from real women! the easier the better, i have a 15 month old that hangs out in the kitchen with me so i need to keep it simple! thank yall!

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Hi B.,

I just sent my younger sister a word document that has about a dozen recipes on it. I'm not the best cook either, but my husband loves these! If you like, I can email it to you. Just let me know. [email protected]


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Hi B. F,

Welcome to Texas! Here are a few recipes you and your family may enjoy!! Best Wishes and Many Blessings!


Ground Chuck Casserole

1 lb. ground chuck, uncooked
1 (7 to 8 oz.) can kernel corn
1 (10 1/2 oz.) can Campbell's tomato soup
3/4 c. rice, uncooked
1 med. onion, chopped
2 strips bacon, whole or cut up
1 1/4 can (10 1/2 oz.) (soup can) water
Salt, pepper, dash of sweet basil to taste

Place corn (not drained) in 1 1/2 quart casserole dish. Add uncooked rice, half of the chopped onion. Over this spread 1/2 can of the tomato soup. Then crumble up the ground chuck (uncooked) and add to dish with the rest of the onion, salt, pepper and basil. Spread the rest of the tomato soup and pour 1 1/4 cans of water over all. Place 2 strips of bacon over that. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 hours. Takes about 15 to 20 minutes to prepare. 4 generous servings.

Swiss Steak Mozzarella

2 lb. round steak, 1/2 inch thick
3 tbsp. flour
1/4 c. margarine
1 (18 oz.) can of tomatoes
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. basil
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 c. chopped bell pepper
1/2 c. chopped onion
6 oz. shredded Mozzarella cheese

Cut meat into serving pieces and coat with flour. In a large saucepan, melt butter and brown meat. Add tomatoes, salt, basil, pepper, onions and green pepper. Cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours or until meat is tender. Cover with cheese and heat only until cheese melts. Serve over rice.

Cowboy Casserole

8 oz. spaghetti
1 1/2 lb. hamburger
Salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of tomato soup
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Grated cheese

Cook and drain spaghetti. Brown hamburger. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes. Pour into baking dish and top with cheese. Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Southwest Meatloaf

1/2 lb. Velveeta loaf cheese
1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. dry mustard
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 c. old-fashioned or quick oats,
1/4 c. catsup
1/2 c. finely chopped onions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Stir Velveeta, milk and mustard in small saucepan over low heat until smooth. Take 1/2 cup mixture and remaining ingredients in large bowl and blend. Shape into 8 x 3 inch loaf in 10 x 6 inch baking dish. Bake 40 minutes. Serve with reserved cheese spread.

Texas Ribs

3 pounds ribs
lemon juice
1 medium onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup catsup
1 cup tomato juice

Sprinkle ribs with lemon juice and onion slices. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Combine remaining ingredients in saucepan. Simmer for 10 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over ribs. Bake at 350 degrees for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Makes 6 servings.

Texas Pie

2 cans cherry pie filling
1 large can crushed pineapple, drained
1 box yellow cake mix
1/2 c. chopped pecans
2 sticks margarine
1/2 c. coconut

Place pie filling in 9x13 pyrex. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over filling. Sprinkle coconut and pecans over cake mix. Pour melted margarine over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Takes only 1 pan.

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The easiest pot roast recipe I know of will make any cut of meat tender. Preheat oven to 350. Use a large turkey size roasting bag with a little flour shaken all over the inside and set that in a large roasting pan. Take a package of Lipton Onion Soup Mix and disolve in 2 cups water and set aside. Clean and cut into chunks potatoes, carrots, onions, broccoli, brussel sprouts, green beans...any vegetables your family likes. Pour a little of the soup into the bag and add the roast. Surround the roast with all the vegetables and pour in the remainder of the soup. Close the bag, cut a couple of small slits in the top of the bag and cook for about an hour and a half. Simple, good and no real clean up. Satisfies most meat and potato lovers.



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i'm not a good cook either but i can make some awesome salmon patties. here is the recipe if you want. i usually double this and make enough for about 3 days.
1 can salmon
1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 egg
onions if you like

drain about 2 tablespoons of the juice into a smaller bowl then dump the rest. mix salmon, onions, flour into a bowl. mix the baking soda into the small bowl with juice and stir until it is frothy then mix in with the rest. put in egg and mix all together. cook in very hot oil(we use canola). we love these, it's my 4 y/o's favorite!



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Hi B.!
I've got a great website for you. Not only are the recipes delicious,but they provide step by step pictures of each step. It is actually a blog of a woman who married a meat and potato kinda' guy too. She moved from the big city to the middle of nowhere to be with her rancher hsband(she calls him the Marlboro Man,lol). Anyway, she is a great cook, photographer and has a great wit to boot. Here is the link:

Good luck and welcome to Texas!



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I have two for you!

first is baked chicken and rice.

2 cans Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom soup
2 cups Water
1 1/2 cups Uncooked regular long-grain rice
1/2 tsp Paprika
1/4 tsp Pepper
6 Boneless, skinless chicken breast HALVES

In 2-quart (2L) shallow baking dish, combine soup, water, rice paprika and pepper. Place chicken on rice mixture. Sprinkle with additional paprika & pepper. Sprinkle lightly with salt, if desired.

Cover. Bake at 375F for 50 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and rice is tender.

That is one of my husbands favorites!!!!

Second is a crock pot recipe.

Its Bacon Wrapped Chicken

4 chicken breast boneless/skinless
1 cup sour cream
1 can cream of mushroom
8 to 10 slices of ham (I used lunch meat)
4 slices of bacon

Layer crock pot with ham. Cover the bottom of crock pot
Wrap chicken in bacon
Mix sour cream and soup together
Pour mixture over chicken
Cook on Low for 8-10 hours and high for 6-8


Oh and Kraft and Campbells web sited have GREAT and easy meals!!!



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If you like enchiladas, this is the easiest and most inexpensive recipe you'll find and it is delicious! Take one box of frozen taquitos(I use beef) and put in single layer in glass baking dish, pour 1 can of enchilada sauce over the top and top with grated cheese(about 2 cups). Cover with foil. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 10 minutes. I serve these with a couple of bags of those microwave rice packages-the Spainish style-or you could serve black beans or both.

I spent part of my childhood in Laurel, MS. Happy to have you in Texas!

I thought of another recipe you may like to try. My mom makes it alot. Take drumsticks-as many as you want, but at least 10. Clean them and lay them in a baking dish. Cover the dish with foil first for super easy cleanup. Pour a large bottle of Tabasco sauce(original flavor) over the top and bake until done. You can vary the amount of Tabasco depending on how much heat you like, but put more than you think because original flavor Tabasco isn't as hot as you think. Serve with rice or potatoes and a salad or veggie and bread. Make more than you can eat at one meal because these are great cold for lunch the next day!



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They really need a go getter that can organize a New Comer for the young moms. I belonged to New Comers but most are women who are older and empty nesters. No children all raised or older. We went on trips once a month and there are mini clubs in it. We had golf, shop til you drop, antiquing and we always stopped for lunch which was fun but I gained weight along the way. They need something like stroller moms.

Stuff I make a lot is tuna noodle, mac and hamburger and use ready made speghetti sauce. Just brown hamburger and drain then add sauce. Cook mac separately and then put them together. My day care kids love it and I even fed it to my boyfriend. It is filling. Also make a white sauce. add tuna and egg noodles together. My mom got me a microwave pressure cooker and I make scallop potatoes in it. Fast and wonderful. There is a recipe in the book that comes with it. After I take off the lid I sprinkle cheese on it.
Salads, I get the packages of greens and add mandarin oranges and tomatoes chopped up. My mother in law used to like to put a can of mixed veggies in her salads.

Take care God Bless G. W

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