Friday, October 25, 2013

Friday's Top Five - Easy Simple Recipes

It's no secret that I love food, especially if it's been made my someone other than myself.

That's rarely possible, though, so I'm constantly adding to my recipe collection with the hopes of discovering some new, healthy, easy-to-make meals that I can whip up in no time.

Obviously, not all new recipes I've tried recently have been a hit. In fact, some I've sworn to never make again, no matter how enticing they sound.

But then there are some other recipes that seem to have withstood the scrutiny of family and friends, and are so easy to make that I'm almost ashamed to admit how little I had to do to pull them off.

Here are some of my go-to favourites... and, yes, three of these five have been featured as the CFCW Recipe of the Day at some point or another. (Don't you judge me for being a CFCW junkie.)

Friday's Top Five - Easy Simple Recipes:

5) Low-Cal Berry Cobbler

1 box of white cake mix
2 -12oz. bags frozen fruit (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.)
1 can of Diet Sprite or 7-up

Place frozen fruit in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Add dry cake mix over the top. 
Pour soda slowly over cake mix (may need more than 1 can if there are still dry spots). 
Do not stir the cake mix and the soda or you'll get a cake-like topping.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.

4) Easiest Oatmeal Cookies Ever

2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup of uncooked quick oats (or instant oatmeal packets, any flavour)
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1 tsp ground ginger (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a non-stick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Combine the mashed bananas, oats, and ground ginger in a bowl.
Fold in the chocolate chips.
Place a tablespoon of the mix on a cookie sheet.
Bake 15 minutes. Makes 16 cookies.

3) Smoothies

2 cups frozen fruit mix
1 cup pina colada juice
1 cup coconut water
1 tsp hemp hearts
1 tsp chia seeds

Add all ingredients, in the order listed above, into a single-serve Magic Bullet.
Blend until smooth.

2) Bean Casserole

1 package of chopped, cooked bacon
1/2 cup each of chopped onion and pepper
1 cup chopped celery
2 cans baked beans
1 can mixed beans
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can chick peas
1 cup ketchup
1 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a roasting pot.
Cover and bake in oven at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
Tastes even better the following day, so you may want to make this in advance and then just warm it up.

1) Salsa Chicken

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (as many as you need)
Salsa (whatever kind you like)
1/2 cup brown sugar

Place the chicken breasts in a baking pan and cover completely with salsa and brown sugar.
Bake at 350 for about 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken is done.

That's my list for this week. As per usual, check out my friends' blogs for their take on the same subjects: Divulge with Dani, The Brooding Woman, and A Piece of Apple.

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