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SueSTx

"The New" easy dinner recipes

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By this time in the summer with all the gardening and yard work tiring me out, I am looking for some new easy recipes.

Summer squash is more than plentiful now and I have stumbled on a quick recipe that can be made for a single person.

Squash side dish

spray an individual casserole dish and quarter and slice in desired amount of summer squash.  I cook mine dry in the microwave for 5 minutes.

Then I season with an herb seasoning for vegetables, add a handful of grated parmesan (not sprinkle) and top with a little buttered seasoned bread crumbs (I use stove top),

I then bake this at 375* until the top is browned.  Chopped meat can be added for an all in one meal.

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On 8/4/2017 at 7:02 AM, SueSTx said:

Squash side dish

 

spray an individual casserole dish and quarter and slice in desired amount of summer squash.  I cook mine dry in the microwave for 5 minutes.

Then I season with an herb seasoning for vegetables, add a handful of grated parmesan (not sprinkle) and top with a little buttered seasoned bread crumbs (I use stove top),

I then bake this at 375* until the top is browned.  Chopped meat can be added for an all in one meal.

I make this^ when we have too many zucchini or crookneck (I mix kinds of squashes).

Works for my vegetarians, not vegans.

I chop walla wallas, dump in the microwave casserole first, with butter, cook it 3-4 minutes, add the squash, cook as Sue said above. Don't drain any of the liquid or butter from the casserole. Whisk a little flour with a couple of eggs until smooth, salt and pepper, add to squash/onion mix, microwave until almost set.

Pulse a hunk of parm or pecorino until broken up, add 2-3 bread heels and some butter, pulse until nice size crumbs - dump on top of squash/egg mix. Oven bake until brown-done.

 It's a fairly frugal dish, we always have leftover bread heels to make crumbs.

My sister adds chopped tomatoes to the squash.

Edited by JanelleK
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Both ways sound great- I picked up squash today ..

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I've made variations of your recipe twice this week and both times when my son stopped in to visit -- and he devoured it .. as have I- I love this recipe .. One day I added left over yam and mushroom the next .. also red pepper .. I imagine many variations can be made- Thanks for sharing it!

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When the summer temperature is high and our garden is at the most wildly producing stage, we eat a lot of QuattroP Milanese. Easy, practically free, calorie and vegan friendly, and so tasty. We serve sliced tomatoes, melons, bread sticks sides. Freezer gelato with fresh garden fruit for dessert.

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I believe I'm addicted to this dish and could eat it every single day of the week .. and it's todays choice once again .. zucchini, I use that spiralizer thing to make thin ribbons out of it, it cooks a little faster, also going into it are yams, portobello, garlic, onion, peppers and spinach .. and of course the breadcrumbs mixed with pecorino and oregano ....

I made the guys copycat wingers chicken fingers last night, very easy .. half hour tops- The recipe called for Tysons Chicken Strips, and the sauce that goes on them after they're cooked goes something like 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar, 6 tablespoons of Franks hot sauce and about the same amount of water and a bit of salt- Cooked over medium high heat until sugar is completely melted- I threw the chicken in a big bowl after cooked and tossed with the sauce- Served it with corn, potato and garlic bread ..

Right now I'm roasting artichokes for the first time, instead of boiling them ..

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Oooo.... this thread is making me hungry! :)

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I had never roasted artichoke before! I love how they turned out ..

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Chicken Casserole  

A dear friend gave me this recipe yesterday.
Super fast, easy, fairly healthy, inexpensive.
My brother gave us his 2 kiddies (4 and 6) to play with this weekend. Today we shopped for dumpy-rental-house reno materials - with 3 LOs. They were really hungry and tired when we got home, I quickly adapted my friends recipe to our family (3 adults and 7 kiddies tonight, 2 who are GlutenFree). I made cranberry-apple sauce, spinach salad - those go well with the casserole.

In a large saucepan, whisk 3T cornstarch in 3/4c low fat milk until lump free, slowly whisk in 3/4c chicken drippings or chicken stock and cook until gravy is thickened, salt and pepper to taste.

Add 1.5 lb shredded chicken (rotisserie chicken), 2c sauteed sliced brown mushrooms, 1/3c sauteed fine-dice onion, 2c well sauteed small-diced carrots, 2 c frozen baby peas (not sauteed) - heat through.

Place 4c cooked brown rice in bottom of buttered 9x13. Spoon chicken mix over rice, sprinkle with 3 oz grated sharp cheddar cheese (we use Boar's Head Vermont White).  Bake at 350 for 35-45 minutes.

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This would be great with those post Thanksgiving turkey left-overs....thanks for sharing

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Yep, casseroles are a great way to get rid of excess Thanksgiving food. Casseroles made with mashed potatoes, pasta (orzo would do well as would Israeli Couscous), or leftover dressing as the base.

The applesauce was particularly good as well. Cranberries, raspberries, blueberries are good in applesauce.

Applesauce with Berries

5 lbs fugi apples, scrubbed, cored, grated or diced fine (we use food processor)
1 lb berries, washed
1 cup cider reduced from 8 cups (Simmer for 6 hours, we generally cook a gallon at a time, yields 2C)
1T cinnamon

Place all in crockpot for 5-6 hours, mash with potato masher. We serve applesauce warm, in bowls, with reduced cider spooned over. Lots of vitamins, dessert during the meal make the kiddies who live here very happy.

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Check out sheet pan dinners, if you haven't already- Plenty of them to choose from- Fast and easy- We've done the shrimp, potato, corn and lemon and the mini meatloaf with potato and green beans- Everything gets cooked together on a cookie sheet -- sometimes things get added to the sheet at different times, but it all gets cooked on the same sheet- And to me that defines easy when it comes to clean up-

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If you live the pan with non-stick foil, it is just a wad up and toss kind of meal.

 

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Yes, I didn't think of that -- no-stick foil- Tonight I'm going to try hot sausage, green beans, potato, mild Giardiniera and smoked gouda- For the guys- I'll have broccoli rabe .. and crusty bread ..

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