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    "Cheater" food/recipes

    While I do most of my cooking from scratch and definitely enjoy doing so, I will admit to having some "cheater" recipes. One such recipe is for what I have named "Cheater Cookies" and they have just 3 ingredients - a cake mix, 2 eggs and 1/3 cup oil. The beauty of this recipe is that it is fast, you can make them any flavor that exists as a boxed cake mix, and everyone I've ever made them for seems to love them! (They are also very soft for anyone with dental issues, chewing issues, etc.)

    Here's the recipe:

    1 box cake mix
    2 eggs
    1/3 cup oil

    Set oven to 375 degrees. Combine all ingredients. Shape into 1" balls, place on ungreased baking sheet and then flatten slightly. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until edges are lightly golden brown. (The tops will have "cracks" from rising.)

    Any other cheater recipes out there?
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    Well, I use purchased spaghetti sauce, does that count? No one likes my home-made sauce but me. They say it tastes like it has too many tomatoes in it. A good many of our meals are combos of say, a purchased frozen main dish (kung-pao chicken for example) and we add more sauce, seasonings, veggies, riced cauliflower, etc. I love to bake, (but that's hard as we're really watching our carb intake!) - but day to day cooking, not so much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by early morning View Post
    No one likes my home-made sauce but me. They say it tastes like it has too many tomatoes in it.
    LOL...I love my homemade sauce, but DH doesn't like it at all. I put sweet peppers in it and he doesn't like it. And then he complains that the cast iron pan smells like tomatoes. Personally, I can think of worse things it could smell like, like greasy French fries, but one man's meat is another man's poison as they say.

    My MIL had a great cheater recipe--one of those famous Campbell Soup recipes... she baked chicken in a sauce of Campbell's mushroom soup and sour cream, and it was delicious.

    I cheat by throwing sautéed mirepoix and grated ginger into a boxed Costco organic chicken stock base, and making a soup out of it.
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    I make what I call "can-can chili," starting with canned chili and adding corn or hominy, onions, garlic, pickled jalapenos, ground beef and/or whatever I have handy.

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    Basic soup - one can of stewed tomatoes with spice, some cooked legumes, corn, peas or mixed veggies, heat, and serve.
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    Thanks, everyone. Love these ideas!
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    [QUOTE=catherine;364031]LOL...I love my homemade sauce, but DH doesn't like it at all. I put sweet peppers in it and he doesn't like it. And then he complains that the cast iron pan smells like tomatoes. Personally, I can think of worse things it could smell like, like greasy French fries, but one man's meat is another man's poison as they say.

    My MIL had a great cheater recipe--one of those famous Campbell Soup recipes... she baked chicken in a sauce of Campbell's mushroom soup and sour cream, and it was delicious.


    My mom used to make that when I was young. I have been looking for that recipe for years. Have never found it.
    Do you have your MIL recipe?

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    [QUOTE=whisperingpines;364165]
    Quote Originally Posted by catherine View Post
    My MIL had a great cheater recipe--one of those famous Campbell Soup recipes... she baked chicken in a sauce of Campbell's mushroom soup and sour cream, and it was delicious.


    My mom used to make that when I was young. I have been looking for that recipe for years. Have never found it.

    Do you have your MIL recipe?
    Here it is right from the Campbell Soup website. I thought she put sour cream in it but I guess she didn't. Also, I know she never put garlic in it--she never put garlic in anything, simply because that's not how she was raised to cook. Salt+pepper+no more than 5 ingredients was all she wanted to tackle in a recipe

    https://www.campbells.com/recipes/qu...-chicken-bake/
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    5 can chili.... 5 can soup... a few different recipes that are good.... when you really don't feel like cooking!

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    [QUOTE=catherine;364167]
    Quote Originally Posted by whisperingpines View Post

    Here it is right from the Campbell Soup website. I thought she put sour cream in it but I guess she didn't. Also, I know she never put garlic in it--she never put garlic in anything, simply because that's not how she was raised to cook. Salt+pepper+no more than 5 ingredients was all she wanted to tackle in a recipe

    https://www.campbells.com/recipes/qu...-chicken-bake/
    Thank you.... I'm not sure that is the recipe. She cooked it in the oven wrapped in Tin foil. But I try this, thanks again.

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