August 11, 2015

Call for Submissions: Easy Recipes and Go-To Meals

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I have long wanted to gather a collection of "easy-peasy," "in-a-pinch," "standard go-to" recipes/meals. Yes, I realize I can just do an internet search on these terms and find a bunch of ideas, but I want to curate a collection of meal ideas and recipes that real people (that's YOU!) depend on and actually prepare week after week, month after month. 

This summer I decided it's time to stop pondering this idea and actually get it done

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the recipe collection so far; it's going to be great! You can get your very own copy if you add something to the collection before the September 30th deadline. Here is the link:

Oh, and if you want to be a real pal, please share this post with a few friends and/or out to your own social media contacts to widen the circle and expand the collection. If everyone who reads this shared it with just a few people, and each of those people contributed a meal, we would all have a really robust collection of easy recipes/meal ideas to choose from! 

NOTE: I've had some folks mention that some of their "go-to meals" aren't really "recipes" because it's something you put together without measuring ingredients because it's so easy, familiar, and routine for you. For example, "Crustless Quiche, Sort of" or "Chicken and Rice Scramble." Send me your take on those ideas, too! I will figure out how to include your creations in a way that others can (attempt to!) replicate. 

I've also had some folks point out that their "go-to meals" aren't necessarily "recipes," because a major ingredient is "a container of your favorite store-bought spaghetti sauce," or it's a very simple meal/dish such as chicken quesadillas, grilled cheese and tomato soup, breakfast for dinner, etc. Share those ideas, too (re: for variety sake, I'd love to add your collective list of go-to meals/dishes to my own list of "regulars").

To entice you to contribute SOMETHING, here is a sampling of some of the yummy contributions that have come in so far: 
Beef Stroganoff
Sausage Cheese Balls
Sausage Broccoli Black Bean Dish
Catfish Stew
Baked Ziti
Broccoli Enchiladas
Super Easy Stuffed Mushrooms
Crockpot Indian Butter Chicken
Macaroni and Cheese (Plus, Chicken Bacon Ranch Macaroni and Cheese, and Crock Pot Mac-n-Cheese)
Easy Breakfast Casserole
Hamburger Rice
Tortilla Soup AND Crock pot Mexican Soup
Best Broccoli You’ll Ever Eat
Tuesday Night Dinner
Easy Baked Egg Sandwiches
Year-Round Fruit Salad
Garbanzo Bean and Ground Turkey Casserole
Dutch Babies
Champagne Chicken
Five Fiber Casserole (Admittedly in Need of a New Name)
8-Can Taco Soup
Chicken Enchilada Bake 

Ready to Share YOUR Easy-Peasy, In-a-Pinch, Standard Go-To Meals? Great! You can do so in the comment section below, via a message using the contact form to the left, or by completing the Easy-Peasy form at the following link: 

If you contribute a recipe or meal idea by September 30, 2015, and you provide your contact information, you will receive a copy of the compilation when it's done. 

If you need more information or details, please take a look at my original blog post on this topic and/or comment below with your question(s). 

I can't wait to see what YOU'RE cookin! 

August 7, 2015

Seeking Submissions for Recipe Book

Although I own several cookbooks with "quick and easy" in the title, and I of course have access to Pinterest and Google, I have long wanted to gather a collection of "easy-peasy," "in-a-pinch" "standard go-to" recipes/meals that real people depend on and prepare week after week, month after month. You know, those tried and true recipes that you know by heart, and your family says, "Oh good, we're having XXX tonight!"
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For example, I have a "goulash" recipe straight out of my Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup childhood that I can whip together in those in-a-pinch moments when dinnertime has snuck up on me, and I haven't given meal planning enough advanced thought. Admittedly, it's not the healthiest meal in my repertoire, (beware the sodium and fat counts!), but my family likes it (it's tasty, and familiar), and it's super easy to make (largely because I usually have all of the ingredients on hand, and I've made this dish so many times over the years that I don't need to look at a recipe book; I just make it.)

If I've signed up to bring you a meal for a "meal brigade," you will most likely meet my meatloaf, and if you invite me to a last-minute gathering or drop by unexpectedly, you will likely get to nibble on crackers and cream cheese with hot chili sauce. I have several yummy appetizer recipes up my sleeve, but this is the easiest appetizer I know of, and I almost always have the ingredients for this dandy dip on hand.

What are YOUR Easy-Peasy, In-a-Pinch, Standard Go-To recipes? Please share in the comment section below, or via a message using the contact form to the left. Even better, consider completing this Easy-Peasy form at the following link:

If you provide your recipe by September 30, 2015 AND you provide your contact information along with the recipe, you will receive a copy of the compilation when it's done.

Please feel free to share more than one recipe, and please feel free to share this post widely. I can't wait to get cookin!