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      — In, “Liss” wrote:


      > Fall is here & school has been in full swing for several weeks…I


      > it was time for us to put our heads (and our cookbooks) together

      and share a

      > couple of your favorite, Fast, cheap meal ideas and recipes.


      > I don’t know about ya’ll, but here, between making sure the kids

      homework is

      > done, household chores and work, I need to be able to throw

      together a meal

      > in no time.


      > What are your favorite, fast, cheap meal ideas?




      > Liss


      Here are a few of my favorite recipes that I make during the week,

      that are fast cheap and easy!

      Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

      This would have to go into that “so easy it’s not really a recipe”


      1 cut up chicken or just your favorite pieces

      2 cups barbecue sauce or a jar of your favorite store-bought

      Put the chicken in the slow cooker (Crockpot™ is actually a brand

      name) and cover with the barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

      (Newer slow cookers will probably only take 4 hours as they cook much

      hotter than old ones.)


      Four Bean Casserole

      1 15-oz can pork and beans (undrained)

      1 15-oz can kidney beans, drained

      1 15-oz can lima beans, drained

      1 15-oz butter beans, drained

      1/2 pound bacon (optional)

      1 onion, chopped

      1/2 cup ketchup

      1/2 cup brown sugar

      2 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce

      1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated

      Mix all the ingredients together. Bake covered at 350 for 2 1/2 hours

      or in a crockpot on low for 5 hours.


      Chicken Quesadillas

      You can make this with leftover roast chicken or canned chicken. The

      canned chicken makes for a nice quick pantry dinner.

      Diced cooked chicken

      chili powder

      garlic or garlic powder

      leftover broth or water

      flour tortillas

      Cheddar cheese or a Mexican blend

      sour cream


      In a small pan, mix the cooked chicken with some chili powder and

      garlic. Optionally, if you have some taco seasoning mix you can use

      that instead. Add some water or broth, just enough to make everything

      moist without being too soupy. Bring to a simmer, cover, and let it

      heat through, stirring now and then. In the meantime, grate some


      You can bake these quesadillas or heat them in a frying pan with a

      bit of butter on the outside surfaces. If you’re going to bake them,

      preheat the oven to 450. Set the tortillas on a baking pan, spread

      the chicken mixture across the tortilla and sprinkle with cheese. Top

      with another tortilla, then bake for 5 minutes or so.

      If you don’t want to bake, spread one side of the tortilla with

      butter and lay in a warm frying pan or on a griddle. Spread the

      chicken mixture over it, sprinkle grated cheese on top, and place

      another tortilla on top. Spread butter over it as well. Cook a few

      minutes until the cheese is melted and the outside of the tortilla is

      a lightly browned. Carefully flip it over and cook the other side.

      Cut into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa on the side.

      Refried beans make a nice side dish, of course.


      Hobo Hamburgers

      I’m not sure why these are called hobo hamburgers because they’re

      more like little meatloaves. Whatever you call them, they’re good


      1 pound ground beef

      1 egg

      3/4 cup bread crumbs

      1/4 cup lemon juice

      1 tsp salt

      1/4 tsp garlic powder

      1/4 tsp pepper

      1/4 cup chopped green (or red) pepper, optional

      1 cup grated mozzerella cheese

      2 Russet potatoes, peeled and sliced

      2 carrots, peeled, cut in half, then sliced lengthwise

      1 large slice of onion for whoever likes onion

      4 slices bacon, cut in half, optional

      Mix the beef, egg, bread crumbs, lemon juice, seasonings, pepper, and


      Tear some foil pieces large enough to fold in half, but the burger

      on, then wrap tightly and seal. Shape 4 patties and place one on each

      piece of foil. Place onion, potato and carrot slices on top. Top with

      2 pieces of bacon. Wrap the foil tightly around the meat and

      vegetables. I like to bring two pieces up to the top and fold down a

      few times to create a nice seal, then roll the side pieces up.

      Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or cook over coals.


      Pasta and Ricotta Cheese

      A kid-favorite that’s much easier than macaroni and cheese!

      1 cup ancini di pepe pasta (or other small pasta)

      2 tsp butter

      1/2 cup ricotta cheese

      Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until done, about 9 minutes.

      Drain but reserve a bit of the water in case the pasta is too dry at

      the end. Mix the pasta with the butter and ricotta. If it’s too dry,

      add a bit of the hot pasta water to moisten.

      Enjoy!! and I hope this makes your weeknights easier. I know it does

      for me.

      Kelly in IL

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