Mix-n-Match Skillet Meals
by Deborah Taylor-Hough
The following recipe is one I prepare regularly to use up leftovers or clear out the cupboards. I keep a copy of this taped to the inside of my pantry door at all times. With Mix-n-Match Recipes, I'm always amazed at the meals I can create from simple, basic formulas. I also save money by choosing ingredients I have on hand. Sometimes I even surprise myself with a delicious nearly-gourmet combination or two!
Mix-n-Match Skillet Meals
Choose one food from each of the following groups:
Breads and Cereals (1 cup raw)
- Rice (white or brown)
- Any pasta
Sauce (1 can soup plus 1.5 cans milk, broth or water)
- Cream of Mushroom
- Cream of Celery
- Cream of Chicken
- Cream of Potato
- Tomato Soup
- French Onion Soup
Protein (1 pound or 1 cup cooked)
- Chopped beef
- Chopped pork or ham
- Ground beef or turkey
- Cooked dry beans
Vegetables (1.5 to 2 cups canned, cooked or raw)
- Green beans
- Lima beans
- Mixed vegetables
- Green Pepper
- Whatever you have around
1/2 to 1 cup cheese (any kind) can be stirred into sauce at the end of the cooking time.
- Choose one food from each of the four groups above. Stir together in skillet.
- Season to taste with salt, pepper, soy sauce, onion flakes, garlic, or whatever spices you enjoy.
- Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to lowest setting. Cover pan and simmer 30 minutes until pasta or rice is tender. Stir occasionaly to prevent rice and pasta from sticking. Stir in cheese, if desired. Serve.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Or, to bake in oven: mix all ingredients in casserole dish and cover tightly; bake at 350 F for one hour.
Deborah Taylor-Hough is the author of the bestselling Frozen Assets: Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month and A Simple Choice: a practical guide for saving your time, money and sanity. She also edits the Simple Times email newsletter. To subscribe, visit Debi online at: thesimplemom.wordpress.com.
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