Thursday, March 20, 2008

Sharing Quick-prep Recipes

Do you ever feel like you're pulled in a million directions, and that putting together a meal is more than you can possibly handle at the moment? Well, I seem to get to that point every couple of weeks, and I've found some things that help. One of them is time-saving recipes. I thought I'd share a couple of my favorites for when time is in short supply. One takes some planning ahead. The other is a "throw it together in minutes" recipe as long as you keep your pantry stocked. They're both quick and extremely easy.

I hope you enjoy!


Crock pot Spicy Beef

1 Beef roast (sized for your family)--I like a rump roast or anything that's on sale that has some marbling. If it's too lean, it's not as good in the crock pot.
1 jar pepperoncini peppers (found with the pickles at the grocery store)
2 packets of Au jus seasoning

Place roast in slow cooker. Pour jar of peppers, juice and all, over the roast. Sprinkle on the packets of seasoning. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. When it's done, meat will be falling-apart tender. I like to serve with mashed potatoes. My dad likes to put it on sub rolls with a slice of cheese to make sandwiches.

Pesto Pasta
1 box pasta, cooked and drained--I usually use spaghetti noodles, and choosing a wheat blend is healthier!
1 small jar pesto (I found it with the pasta at the grocery store)
1 small jar pine nuts (I think I get them in the international food area of the store)

Toast the pine nuts for a couple of minutes in a non-stick skillet on medium to medium-high heat. Add cooked and drained noodles. Then add pesto to taste. Toss together and serve immediately. We usually top with freshly-grated Parmesan cheese and serve with a salad and garlic bread.


  1. Wow -- those sound great! Thanks for sharing. It's always nice to have something like the pesto pasta to fall back on when life gets crazy.

  2. I hope you like it, Susan! I love watching cooking shows and get all kinds of great recipes. But I also like to just figure out a quick way to throw two or three ingredents together so it doesn't take much work.

    Oh, and I buy the already-washed salad greens! And I buy broccoli slaw, which is like having veggies already washed and chopped. I pour the broccoli slaw in the greens, then maybe add cheese and bacon bits, and toss with dressing. It's really easy, too. :)


  3. Great recipes. I already make the spicy beef one. I take that to church a lot with sandwich rolls and try some hot pepper cheese with it.
    The others sound good and easy.
    Thanks for sharing.