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Old 11-01-2013, 04:50 PM   #1
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Semi-Homemade Lazy Meals

Do you ever take a prepared food and jazz it up so it's yummy?

One of my guilty pleasures is a can of cheap (off brand) mini-o's with meatballs. Add a little catsup and a couple of spoonsful of leftover taco meat mixture, top with a little grated parm., and it's a pretty good, easy meal for one.

Imitation Krab: I get a 1# package, thaw it just enough to cut into quarters for the freezer. I like to thaw 1/4#, add several drops of lite soy to it in a baggie, and let it marinate. Cook a pack of Ramen type noodles and add the Krab. 'nother easy one. The soy sauce corrects the too sweet taste of the imitation krab.

Alfredo sauce: A jar of alfredo sauce, used to melt 4 oz. cream cheese, some bleu cheese crumbles, and grated parmesan turns into a great base. I like it with ham & broccoli, canned salmon with green peas, etc, Serve over whatever kind of noodles you like.

I've got lots more cheap and easy cheats. What are some of yours?
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:36 PM   #2
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I've been known to use a bag of Ore-Ida frozen hash browns to make a casserole with sausage and cheese.

A quick lunch for me is a package of Stouffers mac and cheese dressed up with Tabasco and occasionally some leftover dinner meats.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:40 PM   #3
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In the winter I keep a couple cans of Campbell's Chunky Soup and a couple pouches of Bisquick on the Emergency shelf.

I pour the soup into a one quart casserole and heat it in the microwave then top it with drop biscuits using the prepared biscuit mix. I bake it in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes until the biscuits are done and the soup is bubbling.

A container of frozen chili thawed in the microwave and topped with a box of prepared Jiffy cornbread mix also works.

A box of Green Giant frozen vegetables in cheese sauce tossed with some long pasta is another quick meal.

Chunky soup over rice, or instant mashed potatoes makes another quick meal. Campbell's calls them pour overs.
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Old 11-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #4
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2 rolls of Pillsbury crescent dough.

Press one full sheet (don't take apart) into a glass baking dish.

Blind bake.

Brown a pound of ground turkey and add a package of taco seasoning per directions. Add an amount of frozen corn that seems right to you. stir. You can also/or add black or red beans.

Dump the meat onto the blind baked pastry and top with some tasty cheese.

Bake until golden brown.

I serve with prepackaged yellow rice and hearts of palm salad.

Depending on what I have around, I'll add cilantro, scallion, shallot, garlic, onion to to meat mix too.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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Gussied up canned cranberry sauce. Yes, it only takes a few minutes to boil/ simmer a bag of cranberries and raw berries freeze easily once the stores start carrying them in season. It's the in-between this is so easy.

My biggest is jarred italian sauces. Lately I have been stocking up on canned tomatoes so I will make my own from scratch this winter. Doctor up cans baked beans. I have some Campbells chix noodle and tomato soup on hand for bad tooth days. Oh, I finally thought of one. I like Dinty Moore beef stew, add my own peas, serve on rice or chow mein noodles.


Does take out count ?
Take out Mexican, middle eastern, Greek. What I bring home I add to or change it up to my liking, different sauce, home made tzakiki. etc.

I 'd do rotisserie chicken more often, except I only like some stores cooking, and I don't go to Costco very often.

My favorite BBQ take out joint sells pulled pork, it was $ 9/ lb US, I think it's up to $11 now. Always sauce on the side please. I can make pulled pork sammies, burritos, baked beans and pork, fried rice and more. They have a funny scale and it usually makes enough for about 6 meals and that's before adding other ingredients.
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:02 PM   #6
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2 rolls of Pillsbury crescent dough.

Press one full sheet (don't take apart) into a glass baking dish.

Blind bake.

Brown a pound of ground turkey and add a package of taco seasoning per directions. Add an amount of frozen corn that seems right to you. stir. You can also/or add black or red beans.

Dump the meat onto the blind baked pastry and top with some tasty cheese.

Bake until golden brown.

I serve with prepackaged yellow rice and hearts of palm salad.

Depending on what I have around, I'll add cilantro, scallion, shallot, garlic, onion to to meat mix too.
Idiotically I forgot to say that after the yummy cheese you top with the second can of biscuit dough. The dough should be golden brown .
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Wow! Great ideas here!

I once used some taco meat mixture, added a blob of sour cream, and rolled them up in a flour tortilla into burritos, and toasted them in the oven (350 15 minutes each side. My neighbor was so impressed!
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Idiotically I forgot to say that after the yummy cheese you top with the second can of biscuit dough. The dough should be golden brown .
Good catch JennyEma! I was wondering where the other can of biscuits went, but realized it had to be on top! It sounds good!
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Old 11-01-2013, 07:41 PM   #9
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When ground beef or turkey is on sale I buy a couple pounds and fry it with peppers, onions, celery and mushrooms. I freeze it in one and two cup containers for quick and easy meals. Things like dirty rice, American goulash, chili, spaghetti sauce, tacos, sloppy joes and on and on! Preparing this base allows me to add a variety of vegetables and eliminate the risk of spoilage. Celery was always a problem before I started this, now I can use a bunch every few weeks.

I used to buy those eight ounce cans of tomato sauce until they became expensive and seemed to be more like tomato juice. Now I open a 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes and freeze it in eight ounce containers. It thaws overnight in the refrigerator or defrosts quickly in the microwave.

I think learning to use and manage the freezing compartment of the refrigerator for short term storage is essential for any single person trying to eat inexpensively, mine eats better than my trash can!
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Zhizara. Your burritos reminds me, Quesadillas. You can make them with just about anything, well maybe not tuna. Packaged pre shredded cheese. Add some jarred salsa and sour cream on the side. Yum.
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