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fairlyoddmom01-25-2008 03:50 PM

WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes

Winterfest is here. If you're like us, you're going to want to be clicking away...but what about dinner? The staff of WI had some fun collecting quick easy meals that we could prepare quickly while we were busy clicking on snowflakes. We had so much fun gathering up these recipes that we thought we'd share them with you. Enjoy!


Princesstiara's Easy Beeftips

Mom2tc Easy Chili Recipe

FIA's Taco Salad

MommaB's Chili

mom2hnemi Easy Mexican Casserole

Fireflyblue Kielbasa Soup

Karen's Cheesy Chicken and Rice

Aunt Kinz's Choc/Choc Chip Cookies

Cynalot Pita Pizzas

Easy Barbeque by MissyK

Fairlyoddmom's Winterfest Marmalade Curry Chicken

The Ducky's Foil-Pack Taco Chicken

The Ducky's Corned Beef Casserole



Princesstiara's Easy Beeftips

In your crockpot dump the following:
  • 1 1/2 lb already cut up tenderloin beef tips
  • 1 already chopped onion (frozen is great)
  • 1 can mushrooms stems & pieces
  • 1 envelope beef & mushroom Lipton soup
  • 1 can of low fat mushroom soup
  • can of water or so
cook on low until you are ready to eat (at least 6 hours)
If you don't have a crockpot, dump it in a pot on the stove bring to a boil, then cook it on low for an hour or so.

We eat it over macaroni or rice, Everyone will think you are a genius because it is SO good!

Mom2tc Easy Chili

Crockpot 6-8 hours, the longer, the better:
  • 2.5 pounds ground turkey
  • 2 cans Bush's chili beans - 15 oz. size
  • 1 jar salsa - 24 oz.
  • 2 packets of mid chili seasoning
The kids like it over spagetti. For Dan, I usually sprinkle shredded cheese, Mexican variety and crumple crackers on top with some chopped onion and a spoonful of sour cream. You'd think I slaved all day by the compliments I get from them.

FIA's Taco Salad

My favorite quick dish that everyone will eat is "Taco Salad".
  • 1lb ground meat
  • 1 large bag of salad
  • 1 bag of Doritoes
  • 1 bottle 1000 Island Dressing
  • 1 pkg of taco seasoning
  • 1 bag shredded cheese
Crunch up the Doritoes and mix them with the salad in a large bowl. Brown the meat, drain. Add the taco seasoning to the meat. Mix the meat with the salad and Doritoes. Top with 1000 Island dressing. Add shredded cheese or any other "tacoish" toppings you desire.

Only mix the amount you want to eat at that sitting because it doesn't keep.

MommaB's Chili

mine sounds hard but is easy chilli:
in 3 quart pot :
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • half a cube of baker's chocolate [ yes Lark, chocolate lol]
  • 1 cup of chicken broth. [ i make my own from the cubes]
mix it up and let it heat up on a low setting,
add in these seasonings: chilli, garlic powder, white pepper, [blk is fine if you have that] some basil, parsely and oragano.. mix up.
add in your beans, I use [organic] black beans, small white navy beans, kidney beans, romans what ever i have on hand, and usually I use two cans.

then I brown up ground turkey, seasoned with wht pepper, and cumin, and I keep adding in the cumin little by little.

once that is done, I add it to the chilli mix , along with green peppers and chopped up onion,
add more cumin.. Oh add salt if you wish, I never cook with it.

stir together, cover and let simmer ...

serve with tortilla chips, shredded cheese, sour cream.. yum!

mom2hnemi Easy Mexican Casserole
  • 1 lb Hamburger Meat
  • Bag of Tortilla Chips OR good with Doritos too
  • Shredded Cheese
  • 1 Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 Can of Cheese Soup
  • 1 Can of Green Chilis
Brown and Drain Hamburger Meat, turn off heat, mix in mushroom soup, cheese soup and chilis. In a 9x11 casserole dish, make a layer of crushed tortilla chips..then layer with hamburger mixture, layer with shredded cheese..repeat all three layers..and add extra cheese and tortilla chips on top.

Cook for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees

Fireflyblue's Kielbasa Soup
  • 16 oz package frozen vegetables (or your choice of veggies)
  • 6 oz can tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 medium potatoes, diced
  • 1 1/2 lbs kielbasa (polish sausage), cut into 1/4" pieces
  • 4 qts water
  • fresh parsley (for garnish)
Combine all (except parsley), cook on Low for 12 hours. Garnish and serve.
(This is for a really big crockpot.)

I don't usually garnish or use a whole 4 quarts of water, and I sure don't cook it 12 hours, 6 or 8 seems to be plenty. And we just toss in whatever ingredients we have that are close. But it's yummmmmmy.
It's in the Fix It And Forget It cookbook.

Karen's Cheesy Chicken and Rice
  • 2 boneless, skinless white meat chicken fillets or 4 thighs
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 cn Cream of chicken soup
  • 1 cn Cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 1/2 c Rice
Rinse chicken and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Mix undiluted soup and pour over chicken in a slow cooker. Add rice. Cook on low 8 hours.

AuntKinz Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 box Duncan Hines Devil's food cake mix
  • 6oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350o, Blend first 3 ingredients well, fold in chips, spoon onto ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes

A variation, which I did tonight was use a yellow cake mix instead of the devil's food.

fairlyoddmom01-25-2008 03:51 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
Cynalot Pita Pizzas

Collect the following ingredients
1. Can of pasta or toamto sauce
2. Block of cheese (mozza or cheddar will do in a pinch)
3. Sandwich meats (salami/pepperoni/whatever) or cooked/smoked sausage
4. other misc pizza toppings

Go click snowflakes
Grate cheese
Preheat oven to 375
Go click snowflakes
Cut other ingredients if needed
Click snowflakes
Place pitas on cookie sheet/s
Go click snowflakes
Smear with sauce
Throw on toppings
Go click snowflakes
Add cheese
Place in oven
Set timer for 10-20 minutes (depends on how many toppings)
Click snowflakes
Click snowflakes

Remove from oven and let cool at least until the next snowflake has come and gone.

Serve (on paper plates)

Easy Barbeque by MissyK
  • 1 medium pork roast - bone-in or out
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Barbeque sauce
Place roast in crock pot and cover half way with apple cider vinegar. Add water until roast is covered. Let cook on high for 5-6 hours. Pour off vinegar mixture and shred roast, removing bone if necessary. Return pork to crock pot and add desired amount of bbq sauce. Heat through and serve on buns - this can sit all day on warm.

Fairlyoddmom's Winterfest Marmalade Curry Chicken

(ok ok...I added Winterfest to the title...:P...-fom)
  • 5 boneless skinless white meat chicken fillets
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 (12 ounce) jar orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch ground ginger
Season chicken with salt/pepper and place in crock pot. Whisk together marmalade, chicken stock, curry powder, cayenne pepper and ground ginger in a bowl. Pour over chicken.
Cover, and cook on High for 3 to 4 hours, or on Low for 5 to 7 hours. Make sure to flip over the chicken once during cooking.

I use half the pepper and dredging the chicken in flour before you put it in really helps the stuff stick to it...A LOT. You can serve it over rice or we use orzo pasta...yumssssss.

The Ducky's Foil-Pack Taco Chicken
(from Kraft Food and Family - with slight revisions)
(serves 4)
  • 4 small boneless skinless white meat chicken fillet halves
  • 4 tsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 lb red potatoes (I used regular), peeled, thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
  • 1/2 cup salsa (no need to measure this)
  • 3/4 cup shredded 4 cheese Mexican Blend (again, no need to measure)
  • Sour Cream
Heat oven to 400.
Spray 4 large sheets of heavy-duty foil with cooking spray. Place 1/2 cup of the potatoes on center of each foil. Place chicken on top of potatoes, sprinkle with 1 tsp taco seasoning, top with salsa and cheese.
Bring up foil sides. Bouble fold top and both ends to seal each packet, leaving room for heat circulation inside. Place in 15x10 baking pan and bake for 30-35 min or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from oven and let stand 5 min. Cut slits in foil to release steam before opening. Serve with sour cream.

**I don't have a lot of counter room in my kitchen, so I assembled these 1 at a time. I used more salsa than it called for (just spooned it on top to what looked good). The packets did have excess liquid in them when they were done, so I just poked holes in the bottom of the foil to drain it off into the pan before sliding everything onto the plate. It was soooo yummy - kids even ate it, although they asked for less salsa next time.
**It is also "diabetic friendly" - 1 foil packet counts as 1 carb choice.

The Ducky's Corned Beef Casserole
  • 8 oz wide egg noodles
  • 1 can corned beef
  • 1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Cheddar cheese (cut into chunks) - I have no clue the amount on this - I usually do about 12-15 chunks
  • 6 slices of bread, cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
1. Boil the egg noodles until they are almost done (I boil about 12 min)
2. Mix the corned beef, milk, mushroom soup, and onion together in a 13x9 inch baking pan
3. Add the drained egg noodles to the corned beef mix and mix well
4. Place the cheese randomly throughout the noodles
5. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the casserole, then drizzle the butter over the top.

Cook in a 350 degree oven for 30 min or so, or until bubbly.

COWS4YOU Crockpot Chicken and Stuffing
  • 4 chicken b.reasts
  • 4 cheese slices (favorite kind, swiss works great)
  • 1 box stuffing mix (stove top)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup (crm of mushroom can be substituted)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese (shredded cheddar works good too)
  • can of mushrooms is optional
Spray the crock, put chicken on the bottom. (can be frozen chicken). Cover with swiss cheese slices. In a separate bowl mix everything else together. Pour and spread over the chicken and sprinkle with parmesian cheese. Cook on high for 3 1/2 hours - 4 hours or 7-8 on low.

*note, all the measurements are approx. I add milk until it looks goopy enough.

fairlyoddmom01-25-2008 03:59 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
Now...get to cooking and shopping! Enjoy everyone!

iluvchanel01-25-2008 04:00 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
cool! thanks! ill tell my dad about them!

Crazyj01-25-2008 04:01 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
TY for posting!Still no winterfest where I live though.I love to cook!

pattycake01-25-2008 04:01 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
Yay! Great Ideas, I'm a kid but still, Great Idea!

Jen980401-25-2008 04:08 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
FABULOUS IDEA! My husband will be thrilled!

He thinks this is hilarious because I have actually marked on the calendar that I am not going anywhere tomorrow! We have two computers here and I have a schedule written out for me and my three children so that we all have equal opportunities to catch those snowflakes.

Incidently, this is my first Festival (Can't believe I missed the Fall one, but wasn't really on top of things in WW at that time) and I am wondering a few things. Let me know if I can ask the questions on your post or not! Thanks! Oh...rep points for you for the great recipes...and the humor!:)

Indydog01-25-2008 05:09 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
Thanks for all the great ideas for feeding the family.

I will be sneaking out of bed before 6 in the am to get my coffee ready so I can be in front of the computer when the flakes start falling. I will have to keep my hunt to a minimum until Monday so my hubby doesn't have me committed. LOL!

Oh no! I just remembered that we are going skiing Monday! I will be so stressed if I don't have one of each item by then!

deyarmoc01-25-2008 05:15 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes
thanks for the recpies i will be sure to cook the chili since it is so cold outside and sincei love chili yummy!

Jen980401-25-2008 05:15 PM

Re: WI Staff Winterfest Quick Meal Recipes

Originally Posted by Indydog (Post 4489264)
Thanks for all the great ideas for feeding the family.

I will be sneaking out of bed before 6 in the am to get my coffee ready so I can be in front of the computer when the flakes start falling. I will have to keep my hunt to a minimum until Monday so my hubby doesn't have me committed. LOL!

Oh no! I just remembered that we are going skiing Monday! I will be so stressed if I don't have one of each item by then!

Get him his own Webkinz! Maybe he'll be less than receptive to it, but say you figure it's something you can have in common. If he still balks, suggest long conversations about your feelings and your other areas of interest instead. All he really needs to do is catch one snowflake and he'll be hooked like the rest of us! Then all you have to do is sit back by the computer and catch your own to your hearts content! You never know...it could work!;)

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