I'm Running Out of GOOD Recipes.. .. ..

Updated on November 28, 2012
A.S. asks from Hollywood, FL
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I need to go grocery shopping in the next couple days, and i usually do a meal plan and shop accordingly for the next 2 weeks. But i swear, even though i have a list of like 35 recipes we like, we're still getting bored. I feel like we are always eating the same stuff. And i need them to be somewhat healthy. No fried stuff, or stuff with tons of crazy ingredients... just simple, easy, healthy, and YUMMY recipes. Anybody have anything they want to share? TIA!!

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Thanks for sharing, ladies! Since one of you asked, i'll share a few of my favorites..
From skinnytaste.com: the Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana. Soooo yummy, hubby loves these. (i use extra ricotta)
From Melskitchencafe.com: crispy southwest chicken wraps. Ah-may-zing!!
Also from melskitchencafe.com; the steak kebabs. The marinade for the steak makes it sooo yummy!! I use regular sweet onion, minus mushrooms, and green & red pepper and cherry tomatoes. (A lot of the recipes on this site are really, really good.)

Mongolian Beef Recipe:
makes 2 servings
1 lb of flank steak, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 cup of cornstarch
3 teaspoons of canola oil
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger (about 1/2 inch piece)
1 tablespoon of chopped garlic (about 2 -3 large cloves)
1/2 cup of water
1/2 cup of soy sauce (I use low sodium)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes
3 large green onions, sliced crosswise into thirds (optional; i never use these)

Prepare the meat:
First, make sure the steak slices are dry (pat them dry) and mix them with the corn starch. Using your hands or a spoon, move them around to make sure all pieces are coated. Place beef slices in a strainer and shake off excess corn starch

Make the sauce:
Heat half of the oil in a large wok at medium-high and add the garlic and ginger. Immediately add the soy sauce, water, brown sugar and pepper flakes. Cook the sauce for about 2 minutes and transfer to a bowl. Don't worry if the sauce doesn't look thick enough at this point. The corn starch in the beef will thicken it up later.

Cook the meat and assemble dish:
Turn the heat up and add the remaining oil to the wok. Add the beef and cook, stirring until it is all browned (this is a quick thing). Pour the sauce back into the wok and let it cook along with the meat. Now you can choose to cook it down and reduce the sauce or leave it thinner.**i let it reduce for about 20 minutes on low-med low.
Serve it hot with rice.

For a veggie side dish, this is my new go-to: cut up about 3-4 zucchini, dice a red pepper, and chop a few handfuls fresh spinach. Sautee in olive oil, add minced garlic, salt, and pepper to taste. So easy, and super yummy (and healthy!)

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answers from Boise on

We eat many boneless, skinless chicken breasts at my house so most of my favorite dinners start with those. I LOVE all of these recipes! I have found most of them on the internet from a variety of sources.

Broiled Chicken with Spicy Apricot Glaze

½ cup no sugar added apricot jam (Smucker’s Simply Fruit works well)
1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
About 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts or tenderloins
½ teaspoon salt

Spray the rack of a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray; preheat the broiler.

Whisk together the jam, mustard, lemon juice, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt. Place the chicken on the broiler rack and brush with half of the jam mixture. Broil 3 inches from the heat, brushing periodically with the remaining glaze, until lightly browned, about 4 minutes on each side.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

4 boneless, skinless 1/4 cup minced cilantro
Chicken breasts 1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup lime juice 1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix lime juice, oil, cilantro, salt, and garlic in resealable plastic bag. Put chicken in marinade and refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Grill chicken over medium heat 20-25 minutes, until center of chicken is no longer pink. Serves 4.

Bourbon Chicken

5 chicken breasts
2 T oil
1 t garlic
1/4 C apple or pineapple juice
1/3 C brown sugar
2 T ketchup
1 T apple cider vinegar
1/2 C water
1/3 C soy sauce
pinch red pepper flakes
1 T cornstarch

1. Cut your chicken into small 1-2 inch pieces with some kitchen scissors.
2. Heat up a large skillet over medium high heat. Once it is hot, pour 2 T Olive Oil into it.
3. Add your chicken pieces to the pan and let them cook for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. Into a medium sized mixing bowl combine 1 t garlic, 1/4 C apple or pineapple juice, 1/3 C brown sugar, 2 T ketchup, 1 T apple cider vinegar, 1/2 C water, 1/3 C soy sauce, a pinch of red pepper flakes and 1 T cornstarch. Whisk it all together until the cornstarch is dissolved and all ingredients are well combined. Pour the sauce into the pan. Stir it around to cover all the chicken pieces.
5. Reduce the heat to a low simmer and cover the pan with the lid at an angle to allow some of the steam to escape. Let this baby simmer away for about 10 minutes, stirring a couple of times during the cooking period.
6. Serve over white or brown rice.

Orange Chicken

■2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs, cut into 1-1/2” cubes
■1 ½ cups corn starch
■1 cup panko bread crumbs
■2 eggs, beaten
■¼ teaspoon salt
■¼ teaspoon pepper
■Oil (for frying)

Orange Sauce
■1 ½ cups water
■1/4 cup orange juice
■1/3 cup rice vinegar
■2 ½ tablespoons soy sauce
■1 tablespoon orange zest, grated
■1 cup packed brown sugar
■½ teaspoon ginger root, minced
■½ teaspoon garlic, minced
■2 tablespoons green onion, chopped
■¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
■3 tablespoons cornstarch
■2 tablespoons water

Combine corn starch, salt, and pepper. Prepare a bowl with beaten eggs, another with panko bread crumbs and another with corn starch. Dip chicken in egg mixture, dredge in cornstarch, then again in the eggs and finally in the panko bread crumbs, set aside. Heat pan with vegetable oil to 375 degrees, fry chicken in batches until completely cooked.

In a large saucepan combine 1 ½ cups water, orange juice, rice vinegar, and soy sauce. Blend well over medium heat for a few minutes. Stir in brown sugar, orange zest, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil.

Combine 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water and mix thoroughly. Slowly stir cornstarch mixture into sauce until it thickens. Pour sauce over breaded chicken, and if desired garnish with green onions.

Basic Sautéed Chicken

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 pinch kosher salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/2 cup dry white wine, or just use 1 cup chicken broth or another tasty liquid of your choosing if the wine is going to be too wine-y for your kids
1 handful fresh chopped parsley

Begin by trimming the chicken breasts if they need trimming. I use my beloved kitchen scissors and snip off any shaggy bits of fat or gristle. Pat them dry with paper towels (to helps them brown) and sprinkle them with some kosher salt. Heat a very large pan over medium-high heat and add the butter, which should melt and foam, and the olive oil, which should stop the butter from burning. When the fat is all very hot but not turning black (recipes say "when the foam subsides"), add the chicken breasts in one layer. Now leave them alone for 5 or so minutes while the bottom gets nice and crusty and brown. Use tongs or a spatula to flip them over as they brown, and then cook another 4 or so minutes until the bottom is very brown and the chicken is cooked through. You may want to cut a piece open to check, but pressing a cooked breast with your fingertip will give you a feel for its doneness, which will develop over time into the skill of knowing when it's done without cutting it. Pile the chicken on a heat-proof plate and pop it into a 200ºF heated oven while you "deglaze" the pan. Pour the wine in and scrape with a spatula to dissolve all the yummy browned bits while the wine bubbles and boils furiously in the hot pan. When the wine has cooked down about halfway, add the broth, turn the heat to high, and cook until the sauce seems syrupy and delicious. Taste it for salt, then drizzle it over the chicken, sprinkle with parsley, and serve. Sometimes, if the chicken has browned but doesn't seem quite cooked through, I leave it in the pan while I make the sauce so that it can simmer in there a bit longer.

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answers from Provo on

This is one of my favorites for days when I don't want to cook meat or soup. My kids love it, except for the red peppers and those are easy to separate out and keep for myself.
Black Bean Tacos:
In a small pot on medium heat combine: 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 can black beans (rinsed and drained), 1/2 cup salsa, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp cumin, a few sprigs of cilantro, salt if desired. Simmer about 5 minutes.
In a skillet on medium high heat combine: 1 Tbs olive oil, 1 cup frozen corn, 1/2 cup red pepper strips (fresh or roasted), 1/2 tsp cumin. Cook 5-10 minutes, until corn is a little crispy.
Spoon bean mixture and corn mixture into warm flour tortillas with baby spinach and some cheddar or colby jack cheese or sour cream or guacamole.
Guacamole (I just guess at the measurements): avocado, salt, pepper, salsa, lemon juice.

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answers from Los Angeles on

The easiest yummy 'recipe' I have is for Apricot Pork Chops. It is a 'to taste' recipe so not a lot of exactness and you really can't get it wrong. You will need:
Pork Chops
Wild Rice
A salad or a Veggie (we normally do fresh green beans w/this)
Apricot Jam
Dijon Mustard
Salt & Pepper

In sauce pan add 1/2 -1 jar of Apricot Jam, and @ 1/4-1/2C dijon mustard and salt & pepper, heat until warm. Taste and add jam & salt and pepper till it is to your liking.

Pull out 1/2 the sauce in a bowl and leave the other 1/2 on low for dipping later.

Brown pork chops (we use a griddle) a few minutes per side, when almost done brush both sides w/reserved sauce from the bowl and cook a wee bit...it will get dark in color, this is OK. That's it. Easy!


Tortilla Soup
Chicken, boiled and shredded w/chicken bouillon (to taste, make it taste like chicken soup and salt to your liking) to make a broth. I use fresh or frozen chicken breasts for this. If you want to get 'fancy' you can strain the broth when you pull out chicken to shred...but I normally just scoop away the white stuff (fat) that rises to the top and then add chicken back in and simmer till I am done w/frying tortillas.

Green Onion
Jalapeno (optional)
Cojita/Cotija cheese (spelling?, it's white and round mexican cheese and it MAKES the meal!!)
Tapatio Hot Sauce (optional)
*I put all the veggies in my circular 'dip and veggie' server that has all the separate spaces in it, not sure what it's called.

Cut corn tortillas into strips and fry in canola oil for few minutes and then pull out and put on napkin to drain.

Everyone gets to load up their bowls w/veggies of their choice + tortillas, then spoon over some soup and squeeze in some lime and add a few drops of hot sauce and enjoy!

This one is a HUGE hit...everyone will love it, PROMISE!

Pork Verde
Totally Easy and Yummy!
You will need:
Pork shoulder or butt or loin
2 Jars Green Verde sauce (usually located by hot sauce at grocery store)
2 bay leaves
1 onion - Diced or cut in half (depending on your love of onion)
1 jalapeno - Whole or diced (depending on your desired level of heat)
1 can hominy - drained
chicken broth/stock
tortillas - corn or flour (we use corn)

Salt & Pepper pork or your favorite meat seasoning and then throw everything into the crock pot and add the chicken broth until the meat is almost covered. Cook all day until meat is done and can be shredded. Serve with warm tortillas. Sometimes we omit the hominy and serve over rice.

This is one of my husband's favorites and it couldn't be easier!

Last but not least Google 'Rachel Ray Sausage Pumpkin Pasta' and you will get THE BEST recipe EVER! It is unique and so delicious! The sweet italian sausage is what makes this meal so try not to substitute regular italian sausage if you can help it. I also pair it with the 'Spinach and Apple Salad' that she has next to it and it is really good.... and this meal will be a family favorite too! I know this recipe will sound weird, b/c it calls for canned pumpkin but try it once at least...my kids ask for this one as their special 'birthday dinner' but all the adults who try this (including the foodies in the family) all love this one! It is also one of those recipes that is even better the next day so we *always* make a double batch and fight over left-overs!

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answers from San Francisco on

This is one we recently discovered and we all love it. It is quite rich and creamy...such yummy comfort food during this season. We round it out with garlic bread and a crispy green salad.

Creamy Angel Chicken Pasta
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts(I usually use less...we don't eat a lot of meat)
1/4 cup butter
1 7oz. pkg dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
1/2 cup white wine (we use chicken broth instead)
1 10.75 oz can condensed Campbell'sGolden mushroom soup(this is a must,no substituting until you try it at least once. Other soups don't get the same taste)
4 oz cream cheese
1 lb. angel hair pasta (or whatever you have in your pantry)

Preheat oven to 325

In a large saucepan, melt butter over LOW heat. Stir in Italian mix. Blend in wine (or chicken broth) and soup until creamy. Then add the cream cheese.

Arrange the chicken in a 9x13 baking dish. Pour the creamy sauce over the chicken.

Bake in the oven 60 minutes uncovered. Boil your pasta near the time the chicken gets done. Pour the chicken/sauce over the pasta.

I have 3 kids and a husband that all give this 4 out of 4 stars. I always have them rate our meals so I know how much they like it. Usually the empty plate..or going back for seconds is a good sign too!

I love trying new recipes and cooking for my family . We make out a weekly dinner menu each Sunday. The kids and hubs each chime in about what they would like. It helps me when I feel stumped...like we eat the same ol' stuff.

Something else they like is "make your own pizza night". Get all the toppings and make the pizza with french bread, or English muffins, your own dough or dough from a can. They also love Breakfast for Dinner night. Not my favorite but I get the kids helping out and now they can do it without me. Ages almost 13,10 and 6.

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answers from Atlanta on

My go-to dinner is lentil soup served with bread or rice and steamed broccoli or a salad. Soup ingredients: 2 cups brown lentils (about 1 pound), 1/2-1 onion chopped, 2 carrots and 2 stalks celery (all sliced into 1/4 inch rounds), 1-2 red potatoes chopped into cubes, 2 cloves garlic pressed, 8-10 cups water (depending on how thick you want it), 2 bay leaves, some dried thyme or oregano (start with 1/2 tsp), 2 TBSP olive oil, 1-2 tsp salt, and around 2 tsp vinegar. Put everything in a big pot except the vinegar and simmer together for about an hour. Add vinegar at the end and adjust salt, thyme/oregano to taste. As you can tell, the quantities can be varied to suit your preference; I put in more vinegar, for example, 1 TBSP. Have fun!

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answers from Miami on

My easiest simple recipe is for Tilapia. I do it 2 different, both equally easy and yummy. I buy the packages of frozen tilapia from Publix so I have 6-8 filets on hand at any time.
Recipe 1
Defrost tilapia according to instructions on package
Brush each filet with a little olive oil on both sides
Sprinkle each filet with with a little garlic salt and pepper
Sprinkle each filet with bread crumbs
Broil for about 10 minutes

Recipe 2
Prep with the same 2 steps above
Sprinkl each filet with a little garlic powder
Mix some honey and soy sauce together
Spread mixture all over fish
Broil for about 10 minutes

If you're not in a huge hurry, you can also bake them at a lower temp for a little longer.

Even my picky eater kids love these recipes.

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answers from Los Angeles on

Do you already use all of the "cream of" soups with chicken? I made one with cream of celery on accident thinking it was cream of mushroom when I opened it and it turned out really yummy...

Also since it is getting colder (well maybe not for FL and CA) you can buy those precut butternut squash cubes, microwave it then put it in the blender with a little melted butter, chili flake, garlic, pepper, onion powder and salt and you have a yummy butternut squash soup that takes like 5 min.

I also make a bbq chicken soup that is yummy and healthy with chicken browned and cut into cubes, crushed tomatoes, carrots, celery, chili powder, bbq seasoning, garlic and leeks or onions. You throw it all in a pot and let it simmer for about an hour so all of the flavors are mixed and then top with a little shredded cheese.

Another favorite is hashbrown casserole with ham... a bag of thawed shredded hashbrowns, a can of cream of chicken soup, a cup of sour cream, a cup of shredded cheese and as much diced ham as you want to throw in (or any meat)... mix it all together, top with crushed buttered corn flakes or potato chips and bake at 350 for 30-45 mins....

Or make an egg bake similar to the hashbrown deal above but with the hashbrowns, eggs, cheese and sausage...

I am on a recipe hunt also for cheap and healthy meals since money will be tight this month!

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answers from Columbia on

I love a good pork chop or chicken and rice bake. Love how the rice gets the pork or chicken flavor, and use the cream of chicken or mushroom soup with it. It's SO easy. The kids love it.

I also love this meatloaf recipe, but prefer KC Masterpiece sauce because I don't like Kraft sauce, and use 1/2 Ketchup, 1/2 sauce.


This one is easy, and everyone loves it: http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1748,155163-247207,00.html (for me, instead of the oregano, italian seasoning, and ranch, I add some Velveeta (about 8 oz). SOOOOOO tasty. Be sure you DON'T drain the canned stuff. We enjoy it with corn chips.

Any chance you could share a few of your favorite recipes? :-)

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