"EASY DOES IT!" Recipes

Recipes submitted by SOLO-NET members. Recipes are selected which result in the least amount of clean-up and with the least amount of goo and gunk left coating the RV interior ......as might happen in the low ceiling of an RV kitchen...
Criteria for inclusion here is:
  • Ingredients easy to store in an RV.
  • Minimal use of refrigerator/freezer space.
  • Very few pots/pans/dishes to clean up.
  • Easy for 'beginning cooks' (widowers like me).
  • Oh yes, almost forgot, must taste good too...!

Sausage & Egg & Green Chili Bake
Nancy's Green Chili & Sausage Egg Bake w/cheese

6 eggs
6 oz 'hot' pork sausage (Jimmy Dean)
4 oz can diced fire roasted green chilies (Ortega)
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tbsp flour

Crumble & fry sausage and set aside to drain. In a mixing bowl, beat (scramble) eggs then add all ingredients - cheese last. Pour mixture into a large glass pie pan or shallow 2qt baking dish -- sprayed with Pam or equivalent non-stick stuff.

Bake in oven 20 minutes at 350 degrees -- or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Much of the cheese will float to the surface and turn slightly brown. I especially like the slightly brown crust.

Don't use salt or pepper as the ingredients seem to provide enough salt and pepper seems to kill the taste of the green peppers....

Submitted by Geezer's daughter.

Easy Chicken Breasts
Here is a *quick* and easy recipe for chicken breasts -- very delicious and perfect for the RV kitchen.... No mess at all and only one pan to clean......

3 - 4 "Boneless Chicken Tenders" (no need to thaw ! )
Grated parmesan cheese
Butter (real butter - not margarine)
Salt & Pepper

Melt butter in frying pan. While butter is melting and pan is heating, using a pair of kitchen tongs, rinse each frozen chicken breast under running water (no need to thaw completely) and add to pan.

Salt & pepper each piece. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Shake pan to coat each piece with melted butter (daughter sez this is important).

Turn chicken over and repeat for the other side. Shake pan often. Turn often.

Remove when done and cheese appears browned.........

Submitted by Geezer's daughter.

Hope you will like the following recipe. Great around the campfire when the weather is cool or cold.

One quart Apple Cider
2 Tablsp brown sugar
3 cups cranberry juice cocktail
12 whole cloves
2 (4 inch) cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 mn. Before serving, strain to remove spices. ENJOY

This Cabin Cider was given free on New Year Eve at "Springfield First Night" back in 1991.

NOTE: Instead of 12 cloves and 2 (4" cinnamon sticks) I use 8 cloves, and 3 (2" cinnamon sticks). Adjust to your taste. Also I securely tie the cloves and cinnamon sticks in a piece of cheese cloth and instead of straining, all I do is remove the cheese cloth.

Michele aka Frenchy from Central IL

Chicken a'La King
3 pieces frozen chicken breasts
1 can white sauce
1 can mixed vegetables

Boil chicken breasts in saucepan with salt & pepper till tender. Remove and cut into small pieces.
Rinse saucepan. Drain mixed vegetables and add to saucepan. Add white sauce & small amount of water or milk.
Cook over medium heat till bubbly - stirring frequently. Add cut up chicken breasts. Cover. Remove from heat.

Serve over toast.
If desired, add curry powder before cooking for a tangy curry flavor.....
Submitted by: Geezer ......

For added flavor try substituting the white sauce with Cream of Celery Soup or Cream of Mushroom Soup (Use *very* little water).
If you have freezer space, frozen veggies tastes better than canned...
Tips submitted by: PatsyGal (LOA Office Manager)

2 or 3 big hands full of Macaroni.
1 pound lean Hamburger.
2 cans Italian Stewed Tomatoes.
1 small Onion.

While Macaroni is cooking, in a large skillet brown crumbled hamburger. When hamburger almost done, add chopped up onions, when hamburger is done and onions are are just turning clear, add tomatoes and let them heat up, drain macaroni and add to skillet and mix with other ingredients..
Submitted by: Bob Compher .......

Cowboy Cabbage
1 lg. head of cabbage
1 lg. white onion
1 green pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tbsp. bacon grease
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp. season salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Cut cabbage into shreds. Cut onion into rings. Cut green pepper into strips lengthwise. Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add all ingredients and cover. Steam until cabbage is tender. Stir as necessary.
Submitted by: Cajun Joe (Joseph Brouillette)

Picnic Spaghetti
** Great for Potluck **

Here's a recipe copied from the May-June issue of "Bridges", a national 'Singles' Newsletter (they did a *great* article on LOA):

Quoted from the article by Carol Ann Thomas: Yes, you heard me right. Picnic Spaghetti. I have a recipe for spaghetti that can be served cold, AND requires no advance cooking (except for the spaghetti itself) and is perfect for that picnic in the park, or backyard cookout! This is actually an old Italian recipe that led the parade at many of our outdoor events. Try it you'll like it.

Marinate the following overnight in the refrigerator:
   3/4 cup finely chopped fresh sweet basil
   1 1/2 cups of oil
   10 finely chopped fresh cloves of garlic

Blend thoroughly and refrigerate overnight.

Next day:

Cook two pounds of spaghetti, drain.
   2 - 32 oz. cans of Italian Tomatoes with Basil

Crush tomatoes into small pieces and add to the cooked spaghetti. Then add the marinate mixture to the spaghetti. Mix thoroughly. Add one cup of grated Romano cheese. Blend.

Yield: 10 -12 Servings......

Baked Beans
3 slices bacon
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 31-ounce can Pork & Beans in tomato sauce
1/4 cup catsup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons prepared mustard
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

In a skillet cook bacon till crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 1-Tablespoon of the drippings. Drain and cut up bacon. Set aside. Cook onion in reserved bacon drippings over medium heat till tender but not brown.

To bake in electric toaster oven: In a 1 1/2-quart casserole combine Pork & Beans, onion, bacon pieces, catsup, brown sugar, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Bake in a 350 degree oven about 1 hour or to desired consistency. Stir bean mixture. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

To cook on top of the range: Mix as above but cook over low heat about 15 minutes or to desired consistency, stirring frequently.

Submitted by:
If you liked it: Geezer ......
If not: Anonymous ......

Macaroni & Cheese
1 cup elbow macaroni
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
dash pepper
1 1/4 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese (American or Cheddar)

Cook & drain macaroni
For cheese sauce, in a saucepan cook onion in margarine till tender but not brown. Stir in flour and pepper. Add milk all at once. Cook and stir till slightly thickened and bubbly. Add shredded cheese: stir til melted.

Stir macaroni into cheese sauce. Transfer to a 1-quart casserole. Bake, uncovered, in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes.
Submitted by: Geezer ......

Vegetable Macaroni & Cheese
Prepare as above, except stir 2 cups frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, -or- one 16-ounce can mixed vegetables, drained, into the cheese sauce with macaroni. Transfer to a 1 1/2-quart casserole.
Submitted by: Geezer ......

Salmon Patties
1 large can Alaska Salmon, (drain and keep liquid)
1 egg beaten
1/2 cup flour
1 medium onion minced
1 1/2 tsp baking powder

Mix Salmon and egg well, add onion, stir in flour. Mix 2 tbl salmon liquid with baking powder and stir into Salmon mix.

Fry in hot shortening - (never over cook). Top with a Chicken Lemon Sauce!! Yum,Yum.

NOTE: This can be varied to suit your taste. I use a handful of crushed Saltines instead of flour sometimes. Suit yourself. Think I'll go make me some right now.
Submitted by: Frankie Bailey........

Meat Loaf
1 1/2 pounds Hamburger.
1 can 10 oz. Old Elpaso Tomotos and Green Chillies.
1 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs.
1 egg.
3 tablespoons Instant Minced Onions.
1 1/4 teaspoons Salt.
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese..

Mix together ground beef, tomatoes, bread crumbs,egg, onion and salt.
Using wet hands, shape into loaf and place in shallow pan.

Bake in PREHEATED 375F oven for 1 Hour.
Sprinkle cheese on top and return to oven until cheese melts.
Submitted by: Bob Compher ......

Meat Loaf - Quick & Easy!
Carol Henning sez "...This one is so quick and easy, you won't realize you're cooking!"

2 lbs ground round
1 Lowry's Meat Loaf Seasoning

All you do is add hot water, mix and stick it in the oven. The yummy taste makes you eat the whole thing! The Mix gotta be Lowry's!

Submitted By: Carol J. Henning ......

Frankies Quickie Fix
My favorite quick fix meal is 2 handfuls of [Frozen] stir fry veggies, and Beef or Chicken, or Tofu, in a hot fry pan with some oil. Put Meat or chicken in first for a few minuets [not Tofu]- then toss the rest in [I cover and shake] add soy sauce..
Submitted by: Frankie Bailey ......

Easy One Pot CHILI
pound of hamburger in large skillet with 2 Tsp onion flakes, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. sugar. Drain grease

one can Italian stewed tomatoes 10 to 14 oz. one can Ranch Style Beans 14 oz.

Mash some of the beans against side of skillet with fork for great consistency.

more salt, and chili powder to taste.

Turn burner real low... let chili powder seep thru mixture stirring often.
Submitted by: Carol Henning ......

Salmon Steaks
1 tablespoon each (for 2 steaks -- reduce by half for only 1 steak):

Lemon Juice
Soy Sauce -[Kikkoman Teriyake]
Chili Powder
Liquid Smoke

Heat over low flame until butter is melted. Mix and pour or brush over steaks, both sides.
Broil 9 minutes, turn and broil 9 minutes [for thick]

Try it, you'll love it!!
Submitted by: Frankie Bailey ......

Best Dang Chicken
Cut up and skin any & as many chicken pieces as you want. Use two bowls - put Italian dressing in one on your left, and Italian bread crumbs in the other on your right. Grab a piece of chicken with your left hand and put it in the Italian dressing to coat, then pick it up with the left hand again, shake off excess dressing, and drop it in the bread crumbs.

With your right hand, first pick up some bread crumbs and put them on top of the chicken and press down, then turn the chicken around with your right hand again till it is well coated with crumbs.

Pick crumb coated chicken up with your right hand and put in a Pam coated baking pan (lightly oiled pan is OK, or foil lined oiled coated pan - Pam?). Continue doing the same thing to all the chicken is coated & is in baking pans.


Bake till done or about 45 minutes in a pre-heated 425 degree oven.

NOTE: It is much easier to skin chicken when you use a paper towel in your hand - then grab the skin. The reason I presented this recipe so much in detail is for you to avoid getting your hands coated with the crumb and dressing mixture. Also the chicken is much easier to handle.

Hummmmm So Good ----- Good Luck
Submitted by: Joseph Brouillette

** Great for Potluck **

1 Cup Soy Sauce [kikkoman Teriyaki]
1/2 Cup water
6 Tbs. white sugar
6 Tbs brown sugar
1 Teaspoon ground ginger

Mix all ingredients together. Put in large bowl

Wash and cut tips off 35 wings. Cut wings in half
Let soak in sauce for 5 min.
Drain, put a little OIL on cookie sheet, [I line pan with foil]
Arrange wings on pan.
Bake - 350 deg. 1 Hr - [for small]
Turn over half time.

Good Hot or Cold -- Can be frozen for later use.
Submitted by: Frankie Bailey ......

Depression Casserole
1 large onion, chopped
1-2 tablespoons cooking oil
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 package (16 oz) frankfurters, cut into 1-inch chunks

Toast, cooked rice or potatoes, optional

In a saucepan, saute onion in oil until tender. Stir in ketchup, water, vinegar, mustard and pepper. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Place frankfurters in a 1-quart baking dish; pour sauce over. Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly. If desired, serve over toast, cooked rice or potatoes.
Submitted by: Geezer

** Great for Potluck **

1 pkg. Jiffy corn bread mix
1 can whole kernel corn
1 can cream-style corn
2 eggs beaten
1 stick margarine, melted
1 small can diced Ortega Chili
1 pt. sour cream
2 c. shredded Cheddar cheese

Mix all ingredients together except cheese. Spread in 9 x 13 inch pan. Sprinkle with cheese and bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Submitted by: Donna Tyler

Make-Ahead Chili
I have a recipe for chili that can be made ahead of time (and refrigerated or even frozen) that's really good for camping.

While browning 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. hamburger in a skillet, mix in a pot over heat:

26 oz. can of Franco-American spaghetti
1 can of "Brooks" (or your brand) Chili Hot beans
16 oz. can stewed tomatoes
Add Chopped onions, Chili powder, Paprika, and salt to taste
Stir in browned hamburger, and let simmer

Submitted by: Susan Brown

Quick n' Easy Cake
1 pkg Angel Food Cake Mix (any brand)
1 small can of pumpkin pie mixture or anything else of same size (#303 can)
Nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, etc, or use pumpkin pie spice instead. Use spices to suit taste (don't need to add eggs, oil, or sugar)

Mix the pumpkin pie mixture (or alternative) into the angel food cake mix in a large bowl, then stirring carefully, mix well. Add spices and then pour into a 8" x 11" pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 or the temp listed on cake box until done.

You could try other combinations, like fruit cocktail, cherry pie filling, etc. Just experiment!!! When you come up with a real good tasting cake or desert just email us with your ideas and comments. . I tasted this recipe at a LOA campout, one of the other gals made it, but it was good..and moist.. and stayed that way for several days....

Hamburger and Beans
Cook 1 lb. hamburger or ground turkey
Drain grease right away
Add 1 chopped onion
Add 1 can of pork & beans
Add 1 can of red kidney beans
Add catsup

Add Italian spices to taste or any spices to your liking. Simmer 15 to 20 minutes on top of stove.

Bon Appétit à tous
Michele aka Frenchie from Central IL

An excerpt from an Amish Diary

I put tramps' food in the oven for dinner.

You put a slice of onion in tin foil and slice a potato and carrot on top of that, and also cabbage if you have some. Then on top of that you put a hamburger patty and close the foil and bake it for an hour.

They all just love it.

Submitted by: Bob Compher

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