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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Very Easy Main Dish Recipes

Your chance to help Dennis look good



In a few weeks, Dennis is going to Alexandria, VA, to spend a week with his sister. Bonnie's been undergoing chemotherapy, and while Dennis is there, she'll have her fourth and final treatment.

I don't know if she will feel much like eating, but Dennis is planning to cook for her and Ed while he's there. He asked me today to think of some easy main courses. He is not the measuring-cup and recipe-book type, so here's what I've come up with:

  • Pasta salad -- Can be made ahead of time which is a plus. Combine cooked rotini, frozen peas, chopped celery & onion, canned chicken breast, shredded cheese, and ranch dressing.
  • Chicken & biscuits -- Place split chicken breasts in a baking dish. Spoon chicken gravy from a can over top. Bake until chicken is cooked through. Then place refrigerated biscuits on top and bake until they're done.
  • Pork chops & baked potatoes -- Place pork chops in a baking dish. Spoon undiluted mushroom soup over top. Place split baking potatoes on top of the soup, skin-side up. Cover with foil and bake until everything is done.
  • Tuna-mac -- This is one of Dennis's specialties. Cook a box of macaroni and cheese and add a can of tuna (drained).

Do you have a very easy main dish? If you do, please post it. I'd like to have a few more suggestions for him.

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2 comments:

Lesa said...

This is one of my husband's favorite recipes. I hope all is well with Bonnie. I'll be keeping Dennis and his family in my thoughts and prayers!

Hash Brown Soup
1 (32 oz.) pkg. frozen Hash Browns (“Country” – large cut kind)
½ stick butter
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 can Cream of Celery Soup
½ tsp. garlic salt
1 medium finely chopped onion
1 (8 oz.) pkg. of Cream Cheese, soft & cubed
1 ½ cups of milk
salt and pepper to taste
In a large pan on the stove, cook potatoes and onion on medium heat with enough water to cover until tender. Add all other ingredients. Cook on low heat until the cream cheese is melted. Serve hot. Top with bacon bits, shredded cheese, croutons, chives, diced tomatoes, or sour cream.
This is great with a salad or club sandwiches for a quick and easy supper. I’ve also served it with Cornbread Casserole.

Cornbread Casserole
1 can Shoepeg corn
1 can cream-style corn
1 (8oz.) box Jiffy corn muffin mix
½ cup of butter melted
2 eggs
8 oz. carton sour cream
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Pour into a greased 9x9 casserole dish.
Bake at 350ยบ for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and top with shredded cheese.

Genevieve said...

Leesa, thank you for typing those up. Those do sound like something he might manage, and I know Bonnie likes potato soup. We appreciate your prayers. Bonnie found out in April that she had large tumors on both ovaries. That's a hard cancer to fight, but she has better reserves of physical strength than most of us do. She has been a runner for years, and even runs in marathons.

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