Saturday, May 16, 2009

Quick and easy 'cheap and cheerful' recipes

After a long day at work, your honey calls to say that he’ll be home for dinner soon. Oh, and he’ll be bringing some of his co-workers who are visiting from out of town. Don’t get your knickers all in a bunch. For dinner, you can make these quick and easy recipes that will make you the perfect hostess.

Most of the ingredients are already in your pantry and take little time to make. I always say, “Cheap and cheerful can take the stress out of preparing dinner.”

Oh and try this helpful hint. Wear an apron while preparing the food so you won’t have to change twice before company comes over.
Quick and Easy Recipes:

Veggies in a Snap: Chop some fresh vegetables (or you can use frozen vegetables) such as broccoli, carrots, red peppers and cauliflower and place them lightly oiled cookie sheet. Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil, a couple of pinches of kosher salt, some pepper, garlic and add some rosemary over the veggies. Place into the oven at 400 degrees for about 25 minutes, flipping the veggies half way through. And then voila!

Yummy garlic bread: Cut fresh bread into small halves. Add some fresh garlic, salt, a little olive oil and then top off your creation with little mozzarella cheese. Place the bread on a cookie sheet and cook in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes. So good!

Stick to your diet Caesar Salad: For a tasty and easy to make Caesar salad, use about three cups of romaine heart lettuce and place into a bowl. Chop up an English cucumber, red peppers and chopped chicken. Mix 4 tablespoons of a light Caesar salad dressing with the juice of one lemon. Pour dressing over the salad. Top off this wonderful salad with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

Quick fruit salad: Cut up pieces of fruit and place them into a bowl, add 2 teaspoons of vanilla and sugar to the fruit. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and chill in the fridge until your ready for dessert. Before serving, pour some applesauce over the fruit. Enjoy!

What are some easy to make food recipes that you have in your recipe box? What do you do when you are in a ‘pinch’?

19 comments:

Char said...

I use that bread all time but I also add a bit of parmesan cheese to it too. Spaghetti is always quick and easy.

iambeautiful20 said...

thats is really cute apron.

My relatives comes over most of the time uninvited so i always have to come up with things to make. My fav one that I would make all the time is burschetta but instead of french bread i use pan dulce which is a sweet mexican bread. I prep my toppings first like tomatoes. red onions, salt, pepper and olive oil. Then I cut the bread in half coz they look like dinner rolls. Then toast them in the oven then put the topping and sprinkle parmeasan :) My family devour these bad boys lol.

WhisperingWriter said...

I like the apron.

My husband knows better than to ever invite a bunch of people over for dinner. He doesn't want to risk them all being poisoned by my awful cooking. Oh he doesn't want to be embarrassed when I bring out a Digorno pizza and call out, "Dinner is served!"

Laura said...

Char: I totally agree.

iambeautiful20: Your bruschetta sounds wonderful and juicy. I would devour them as well. Thank you for sharing.

Laura said...

WhisperingWriter: Ah yes you reminded me that I could also write a post for easy mac and cheese, left over last night's dinner and chips ahoy cookies. Good man your hubby =) Thanx for your comment.

♥ Braja said...

Oh look at you miss fancy pants, doin' your own cooking column!! Love it :)), especially cos the first recipe is vegetarian! mwah! xxx

Cairo Typ0 said...

First off, that apron is adorable!

Garlic bread is my krytonite - i always have to have some! And Cesar Salad... Thank goodness its lunch here because you've made me hungry! LOL

Eliza said...

I'm a hopeless cook, but thanks for the ideas :-) And thanks for visiting my blog.

Mariah said...

Loving the apron. Thanks for sharing your recipes, I'll have to try those veggies sounds good, plus I have a massive rosemary bush outside of my kitchen window

Laura said...

Cairo TypO: You sound like a true foodie!

Eliza: Of course. And these recipes are super easy. Try then and let me know how they turn out =)

Mariah: I am so jealous of your rosemary! Thanx for your comment and for stopping by.

the ungourmet said...

That fruit salad is art in a bowl! Yum! The whole menu sound terrific for a warm day. I'm sure everyone just loved it!

Thanks for popping over my way today! Happy Sunday!

Sweet Mama Jones said...

Yummy, I'm inviting myself to your house. That apron is the bestest!!

Le laquet said...

Caesar salad - yum and adding the lemon juice would give it a great tang!

Girl Japan said...

Those aprons make domestic work so much more fun eh? The bread looks DELISH.

kathleen said...

That apron is to die for! :)

Underfunded Heiress said...

Ooh, that fruit dish looks so yummy. Like the apron!

New profile photo? I like it a lot!

Kristen Andrews said...

love your blog, thanks for stopping by:

For a drink something simple a Arnold Palmer, I brew the ice tea but mix it w/ simply lemonade

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