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    I forgot another standard - roast chicken. If it's Sunday serve with mashed potatoes, otherwise something easier (currently into polenta). Plus usually sautéed greens or a salad. Leftovers are great for lunches and the carcass for instant pot stock!

    ETA: this does require a little forethought because I like to dry brine it for at least part of the day, and I've tried instant pot and crockpot and there's really no substitute for roasting it in the oven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lizzywednesday View Post
    Stir halfway through if you're getting non-microwaveable packages.

    I dump a full package into a Pyrex bowl, add a little water (2oz or less), cover with Press-N-Seal, and microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. Take out, stir, stick back in for 3 minutes, then pull it back out. Package instructions tend to tell you to let it sit for carryover cooking, but if you do that, it gets mushy.
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    The Korean beef bowl recipe I got from here- double the sauce and add a stir fry veggie kit https://therecipecritic.com/korean-g...ef-rice-bowls/

    When looking for a recipe to use for ground Italian sausage that wasn't pasta, I found this and it was a hit https://www.wellplated.com/sausage-and-rice-casserole/

    These Italian beef sandwiches in the crockpot https://www.melskitchencafe.com/slow...-italian-beef/ I grill some onions and also add red pepper flakes and Trader Joe's garlic salt to them

    This pizza recipe https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...-pizza-4718298

    red beans and rice- just my own version using 2 cans of kidney beans; cooking the rice in chicken stock gives this the oomph it needs too flavor wise

    this crockpot or IP pot roast https://cafedelites.com/slow-cooked-...ontainer-44721 I serve it over mashed potatoes

    I have improvised with this a million times- I have never made it as really written cooking method wise as I always do it on the stove top. You can use up any meat you want- it is best with the marinated chicken breast as written but it came out really good with Trader Joe's jalapeno chicken sausage too. I throw in some handfuls of cheese (like colby jack) to bring it all together too. The recipe just has a really nice group of flavors.
    https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...hicken-8881226.

    Love this easy one- I use boneless, skinless chicken thighs https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-2121998

    Sesame and peanut noodles- comes together really quick if you are using some leftover cooked chicken! https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/...recipe-2124853

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    I love this thread! so many good ideas. I'm going to need you all to go back and edit in the recipes!

    Tonight we are having Grilled Turkey Burgers (no buns), grilled brussels sprouts, Pasta for DD/Sw pot fries for DH and me. Salad for everyone. lately I've been buying the bag of different salads, we like the broccoli kale slaw from TJ or costco. There some other mixes we like.

    we generally have a simple protein, no sauces or marinades because I'm the only one who likes that. DD and DH like simple not too sweet flavors and no gravies or sauces. we hardly eat red meat. So protein, veggie, some kind of carb usually pasta bc it's easy and dd likes it (no red sauce though, butter for dd, pesto for dh if he's eating it), and sometimes salad. Lots of nights cut up fruit, pineapple, mango, or strawberries mostly. DD also sensitive to dairy, so nothing with cheese. DH just lost a bunch of weight limiting carbs and bread, so lasagna or other pasta heavy stuff is out. I love casseroles and pot pie but my people don't want them so i don't make them often.

    our regular proteins are:
    grilled chicken with seasoning, or grilled salmon (in foil), or salmon or cod baked in the oven. Gr turkey tacos, gr. turkey meatloaf, turkey burgers, Costco pulled pork. Occasionally a rotisserie chicken from costco, then i make soup from the bones. I would love soup for dinner but my people don't think soup is enough for dinner.

    on the side, usually roasted sometimes grilled veggies. Here are the regulars: broccoli, brussels sprouts, asparagus, sweet peppers, zucchini, cauliflower, cabbage (in oven) green beans usually roasted in oven but sometimes sauteed. DD recently discovered she loves mushrooms so i saute them for her and DH.

    Carb-- pasta, oven roasted small potatoes, barley cooked in chicken broth, cous cous (the middle east box blend), the TJ grain blend cooked in chicken broth. sometimes fresh ravioli.
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    I forgot to add a few

    Grilled chicken salads
    Baked potatoes/sweet potatoes with salad
    Black bean turkey chili (with a side salad)
    homemade Hummus with corn chips/pitas and lots of veggies to dip along with seasoned ground turkey meat
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    Quote Originally Posted by #2ontheway View Post
    I forgot another standard - roast chicken. If it's Sunday serve with mashed potatoes, otherwise something easier (currently into polenta). Plus usually sautéed greens or a salad. Leftovers are great for lunches and the carcass for instant pot stock!

    ETA: this does require a little forethought because I like to dry brine it for at least part of the day, and I've tried instant pot and crockpot and there's really no substitute for roasting it in the oven.
    Can you share how you do your roast chicken? Like, a for dummies version....ha ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by petesgirl View Post
    Can you share how you do your roast chicken? Like, a for dummies version....ha ha
    For sure. I do this, with a few modifications. https://www.epicurious.com/expert-ad...y-step-article

    Specifically, I don't rinse the chicken. I do try to dry brine it for at least a half day (so, starting in the morning) and by that I mean I take it out of the package, pull out whatever is stuffed inside (and toss), pat it dry if needed, and give it a good kosher salt coating (be generous), and then put it back in the fridge, uncovered. Oh, I put it on a small rack inside a baking dish. I do think that's important. Then it is lifted from the bottom of the pan and the bottom crisps up too. I have this: https://www.amazon.com/HIC-Harold-Co...1943699&sr=8-7

    Then, I literally do nothing else. I don't truss it (but have at it if you want). Cook it breast side up. Definitely recommend an oven safe thermometer that you can leave in it. I try not to over cook it. It can sit on the stove for a while tented with foil and get to temperature (sometimes I'll tent foil on it in the oven if it seems the edges are getting too crisp).

    I don't put potatoes or anything in with it, because I don't want it to steam. But experiment! I love to serve it with potatoes of some sort (mm, mashed) and sweet chili sauce. Or mustard.

    Then, if you have an instant pot, carve off all the meat you want to eat and throw the carcass in the instant pot with water, peppercorns, bay leaves, half an onion, other veggies and herbs if you have them (carrots, celery, parsley), put it in for maybe 40 minutes and then you have amazing chicken stock. Take out all the solids, let it cool, skim off the fat if you can, pour into jars and freeze. So great. (You could do this on the stove too and it would just take longer, maybe a few hours, but be just as good.)

    Let me know if you have questions and how it goes! I love roasted chicken.

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    I don’t brine mine but just put the whole chicken in my oval shaped crockpot. I drizzle some olive oil on top, add some salt and pepper, and a little Italian seasoning. Cook on high/med for about 5 hrs. Serve
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