Once again, this is a post for men and women disguised as a Company Girl Coffee post.
Actually, all of the ideas for the Company Girl Coffee posts are from Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary. I just usually try to come up with something that guys can relate to as well.
Yesterdays’ theme at Home Sanctuary was to uncomplicate something. We can all use that reminder.
I thought it interesting that often our desire to do something in a big way also causes us to procrastinate because we lack the resources, the time, the talent, the self-confidence, etc. to pull it off in a way that would make Martha Stewart or Bob Villa proud.
So, without further ado, here are two recipes I’ve come up with lately that use canned or boxed products that save time and energy in the kitchen – and we think they taste pretty good, too.
These are great recipes for nights that Dad is home with the kids or when dinner needs to get on the table in a hurry.
Simplified Corn Chowder
- 3 medium potatoes scrubbed, peeled (if desired), and cut in small chunks
- 2 cans low sodium chicken broth
- 1 box Campbell’s V8 Southwestern Corn soup
Boil the potato chunks in the chicken broth until tender. When the potatoes are tender, add the V8 soup. Heat through.
Doesn’t get much easier than that – and you can say you made it yourself.
Simplified Burrito Filling
Exclaimer: I don’t eat burritos because I don’t like uncooked flour tortillas. This looks like filling that could be used in burritos. We eat it just in a bowl, without flour tortillas, but I don’t have a name for it, so I’m calling it burrito filling.
- 3/4 pound lean ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper (see note on ground beef below directions)
- small onion chopped (onion optional)
- 1 can original RoTel tomatoes
- 1 can cannellini beans
- cooked rice (we use Uncle Ben’s Boil-in-Bag brown rice)
Brown ground beef with onion (if using). Drain. Add RoTel tomatoes and cannellini beans. Heat through. Stir in rice and stuff burrito wraps or serve in a bowl with crusty bread on the side.
Note: When I buy ground beef, I usually buy a package that has close to 1 1/4 pounds. When I get home, I make up 2 hamburger patties for another meal and use the rest (about 3/4 pounds) in recipes that call for 1 pound of ground beef. The little less beef is never noticed and saves a few pennies and calories.
If you’re so inclined, you can get a few of my other recipes here.
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