Here is my list of 13 for today. Some time ago a friend told me that she’d read or heard somewhere that the average cook has about 10 or so meals that they make on a regular basis, as most people don’t vary their diet much. I keep that in mind as I cook and try to make different things. But then when I think about it maybe that’s not so far from the truth really. So here are the top 13 main courses I fix.
1) Fried Chicken This is hubby's favorite meal, usually involving mashed spuds, gravy and biscuits.
2) Pressured Pork Not long after we got married hubby ensured that I had a small (I think it's 3 or 5 quart) pressure cooker so I could cook this particular meal. You season and brown pork chops, then add peeled chunked or sliced carrots and potatoes, season them, add some water. Then you pressure cook it all for 8 minutes. Voila, supper is through. Add a salad or a side for variety. So easy!
3) Hamburgers and taters Another of Hubby's favorites. Brown hamburgers in a large skillet, then remove. Put sliced spuds and a sliced onion in skillet, season them. Put meat on top of veggies. Add can of "cream of" soup, I use cream of chicken soup, undiluted. Then pour half can of water on top. Turn heat to med-low, cook for 30-45 minutes, until meat is done and taters are tender. Add salad...etc.
4) Moroccan Chicken Stew This is another fast one, actually, involving a mix of fun spices; cinnamon, cumin, paprika, and crushed coriander. Has chick peas, onion, raisins, crushed tomatoes, olives...very good.
5) Thai Peanut Stir Fry Another easy one.
6) Hamburger-Vegetable Soup The particular recipe I have uses soy sauce and molasses and makes for a yummy and filling soup.
7) Pot Pie Mine usually involve leftovers, both meat and veggies, that I have saved up by tossing in the freezer over the course of a week or so.
8) Meat balls I have said this before in this blog, but I make meat squares, by putting the recipe in a 9X13 inch pan and baking, then cutting them. They are great for lots of things; sweet and sour meatballs, meatballs in gravy, meatballs on homemade pizzas...etc. Your cooking imagination is the only limit.
9) Baked meats...chicken, pork, whatever. I usually avoid beef cuts, simply because we aren't big beef eaters and I dunno how to fix it correctly anyway.
10) Barbecue pressure chicken This also calls for the pressure cooker; I use a recipe that came with it. Quick and easy, about 20 minutes from start to finish.
11) Pizza I make my own crust and top with a multitude of things...though I usually avoid any kind of tomato sauce-based theme, as it were. Sometimes I have made chicken pizza using cream of chicken soup as the base.
12) Calzones These are fun and too. They also freeze well when you have leftovers. Again, I use my own pizza crust and stuff with lots of different fillings.
13) Lasagna I use a bake and freeze recipe that does not require the noodles to be cooked beforehand. Easy, easy, easy. But takes a bit more prep than any other dish I fix.
And of course I do not hold to this list exclusively, mind you. Lots of times we have breakfast for supper; waffles or pancakes, eggs, fried ham...etc. I also fix various casseroles, too, off and on. So I think I do a pretty good job of mixing it up.
That's my 13 for Thursday!