I get in cooking ruts. I love to cook and create yummy meals for my family, but many times throughout the year I get into a cooking rut. Nothing sounds good, nothing sounds healthy or I just don’t want to cook it again. Whatever the reason, I am in a rut in the kitchen. So I have made a list of my go-to meals for all seasons to get me through this stage. These are easy and quick meals that will warm up your kitchen and give your family something good to eat. Here are my GO-TO meals for the winter.
This is one of my favorite soups, so quick and easy to fix it will make your head spin.
1lb Italian sausage (you can also use Italian Turkey sausage)
1 large onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 large carrots, chopped
6 cups chicken broth (I like brothy soups so I add more broth)
2-3 garlic cloves minced
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups dry lentils
Add to taste: black pepper & red pepper flakes
½ Tbs. Italian seasoning (or thyme, oregano, basil & parsley mix)
Sometimes I add spinach or kale at the end of the cooking time.
Brown sausage, onions and garlic drain off fat.
In a large pot combine all ingredients, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat & cover.
Simmer for about 1 hour or until lentils are tender. Add water/broth if necessary, for desired consistency. If you desire a thicker soup, puree about 1 cup of the soup in the blender and add back to the pot to give it a thicker consistency.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve with crusty bread.
Rosemary Lemon Chicken
Throw some sprigs of fresh rosemary under the skin and a lemon sliced in half in the cavity and bake. 350 degrees for 1 hour with a foil tent on top. Cook until juices run clear. You don’t have to use a roasting rack, just put it on a pan with sides like a 9×13 pan. Remove tent for last 15 min of cooking time to crisp the skin. Serve with rice and green beans.
Blackeyed Peas and Rice
In a 9X13 pan begin to layer
1 cup of rice (long cooking kind)
2 cans blackeyed peas, drained
1 can beef broth or beef consommé soup
1 can French onion soup
1 stick of melted butter
1 cup water
Bake for 45-1hour at 350. Cover for last 15 min. of cooking time. Keep cover until you serve.
I like to serve this with crusty bread or breadsticks and a huge salad. This meal is a complete protein with the beans and rice. Usually a big hit with kids.
White Bean Chicken Chili from Allrecipes.com
Canned Tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Quesadillas with stuffed with leftovers
I usually stuff it with leftover Rosemary Lemon chicken, but you can use whatever you have on hand. I have used BBQ, pork loin, grilled veggies and turkey. Chop them up into bite-size pieces and add cheese. Everything tastes great with melted cheese.
Ditto with the paninis. Just stuff them with leftovers and cheese. Serve them with fruit or raw veggies with ranch for dipping.
Hope these recipes help you. What are some of your GO-TO meals for the winter?