Monday, October 27, 2008

No-Brainer Recipe Swap

Rose over at Santamaker's challenged us to share 3 No-Brainer Dinner Ideas, so here's mine: Cheesy Garlic Chicken

(you can find the recipe on the back of Lipton's Savory Herb with Garlic box of dried soup mixes)


4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1-1/4 lbs)
1 medium tomato, coarsely chopped (I like to use 1-2 Romas)
1 envelope Lipton Recipe Secrets Savory Herb with Garlic Dry Recipe Soup & Dip Mix
1/3 cup water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 oz)
1 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 9x13 in. baking dish, arrange chicken & top with tomatoes. Mix water, oil, and soup mix and pour over chicken and tomatoes. Bake for 20 minutes. Top with cheeses and bake another 5 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked and the cheese is melted. Yields: 4 Servings Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes

Chicken Potato Bake
(this was taken from an issue of Quick Cooking magazine, and was the recipe of Debbi Mullins of Canoga Park, CA)


1 broiler/fryer chicken (about 3 lbs), cut up (I just use 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts)
1 lb. red potatoes, cut into chunks (but any kind will work)
1/2 to 3/4 cup prepared Italian salad dressing (your favorite brand, but you can also use other brands such as Raspberry Vinegarette for a change)
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
1/2 to 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

Place chicken in a greased 9x13x2 in. baking dish. Arrange potatoes around chicken. Drizzle with dressing; sprinkle with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 20-30 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender and chicken juices run clear. Yields: 4 servings Cook Time: 40-50 minutes

Note: To avoid indigestion, do not use too much Italian dressing! :O)

Penne from Heaven (my most favorite out of the 3!)
(taken from the May/June 2002 Quick Cooking magazine by Dorothy Roche of Menomeonee Falls, Wisconsin with my twist :O)


6 ozs uncooked penne or other small pasta
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbsp. olive or canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ozs) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp. minced fresh basil or 1 tsp. dried basil
1/4 tsp. salt (this is where I would substitute garlic salt or powder & Lawry's seasoning salt)
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese

* I also add shrimp (either fresh or frozen), garlic powder/salt, and red pepper and/or Lawry's seasoning salt, to taste.


Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute mushrooms (and shrimp) in oil for 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, basil and salt (and other spices, to taste); cook and stir for 5 minutes. Drain pasta and add to the skillet. Stir in cheese; heat through. Yields: 5 servings


Bo said...

Ummm-ummm...these do sound delish & easy...Thanks for sharing! ;-) Bo

Lorie said...

Yum! These sound good~ And no brainers is my type of recipe!

Elizabeth said...

Hey! Thanks for having me on your prayer list. I just noticed.

santamaker said...

Tardevil, all sound great!
I'm not sure that they are Nobrainers...but surely worth the effort!...LOL..girrrrl, i'm LAZY !!

Anonymous said...

Oh Yum, This is a keeper. Thanks.


tardevil said...

You're welcome, Elizabeth! Trust me Santa, if I can cook them, then they're NO BRAINERS!

Lynette said...

Wow- they all sound VERY yummy!! Thanks for sharing them. We love chix in my house. I've got some great ideas from everyone.

~~ATTIC CLUTTER~~ said...

Yum looks delish tar-devil gal(:)
hugs, Patty

Glenda said...

Thanks so much for the chicken potato bake recipe. DH doesn't care very much for chicken and even after 31+ years, I'm still trying to change his mind. We eat red meat too often, so I am always on the look out for a new recipe to try with chicken.

Sidney (Sixy Mama) said...

Wow---these sound wonderful!

Glad I found your's awesome!

The Berry's Patch said...

Okay, this is about the 10th recipe I've copied today. I'm loving this recipe swap. :-)

tardevil said...

Thanks everyone! I hope they taste as yummy for you as they do for me!

Heidi of Everyday Cookies said...

HI! Thanks for coming by my blog today!

And...I was just wondering what it is I'm making for dinner tonight....these sound good...and easy, too!


jeanne said...

Tardevil, Your recipes are great. I have made several dishes from my blogger friends and they were all good. It's fun trying new things.
Thanks for sharing today.


Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

Yummy! They all sound wonderful and very simple...

laurie said...

Oh, you made me miss my Quick Cooking magazine. I loved that magazine, but don't get it any more. Can't wait to try that Penne one. They all sound great. laurie (bargainhunr)

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh boy, I will add these to my collection ! Thanks Mama Queen !

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I just got some wonderful marinated feta. I am soo making the pasta for lunch...thansk for the recipe Tardevil!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I did have the Penne w/ Feta for lunch today & it was yummy. It may not be a no-brainer but it's dang sure fool-proof! ;o) I used what I had on hand, so I used crushed tomatoes instead of diced & canned mushrooms instead of fresh. Although I did saute them for a minute to add flavor. I'll be reapeating this (w/ shrimp) for dinner soon. It's easy peasy!

Marianna said...

MMMMMMM...the Penne dish sounds wonderful!