Thursday, August 19, 2010

Got EASY and YUMMY Recipes???

Last week we had lots of good friends over for dinner. There was a total of 3 families which included 6 adults and 12 children (ranging in age from 10 years old down to 2 years old)!  Our house was full of energy, fun fellowship, and great food to say the least!  Here is a picture of 10 of the 12 kid's place settings.  The youngest 2 girls were at a smaller table. 

So what did we cook to feed such a big crew? For the main course, I made something that was EASY and YUMMY!  I made this Baked Ziti and took this advice from a comment written below the recipe to make it a delicious dish that was a hit for both adults and children:   

"Try RICOTTA CHEESE instead of sour cream and skip the provolone for a real Italian version of Baked Ziti. Mix an egg into a pound of ricotta to make it nice and creamy, and toss with the ziti. Layer sauce first (so you don't need to butter the pan), then ziti/cheese, mozzarella, sprinkle with parm and a little dried oregano or basil, then repeat layers. For a really nice look, slice a brick of mozzarella for the top layer instead of using the shredded kind. This is SO MUCH BETTER than the sour cream version!"

With the baked ziti, we served a garden salad made by my friend and I made an oriental slaw salad.  Here are the ingredients I used for this EASY and YUMMY oriental slaw salad that my mom passed on to me:

Oriental Slaw
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup toasted sunflower kernels
1 package Ramen Noodles-chicken flavored (the seasoning packet will be used for the dressing)
1 bag of slivered cole slaw (cabbage)
4 green onions, chopped

For the Dressing I used:
chicken seasoning packet from the noodle package
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 tablespoons vinegar (white or red, but not balsamic)
1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Break up Ramen noodles on cookie sheet.  Add almonds and sunflower kernels.  Brown in 325 degree oven for 5 - 10 minutes.  Cool and set aside.

Mix bag of cole slaw (cabbage) and green onions together.

Next mix dressing together which is the sugar, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, and the chicken seasoning packet from the noodle package.  I use my Pampered Chef Measure, Mix & Pour to mix my dressing and I am able to store the container in my fridge until I'm ready to pour dressing on salad.

Just before serving, add the noodle mixture and slaw/green onion mixutre together and pour dressing and mix well.  I served this EASY and YUMMY oriental slaw salad in my Pampered Chef Bamboo serving bowl. (Can you tell I love Pampered Chef ?)

Then for an EASY and YUMMY dessert I made a Smith family favorite:  Smith's 5 Minute Lemonade Pie.

What could be easier than 3 ingredients and 3 steps for a dessert (and no baking!)?????

3 Ingredients
  1.  (16) oz. Cool Whip
  2.  (6) oz. frozen lemonade or lime-ade
  3. (1) can Eagle Brand condensed milk
3 Steps
  1. Add room temperature Cool Whip and lemonade to condensed milk.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Pour into 2 graham cracker crusts and let chill at least 5 minutes.  I always like to cut up a lemon to decorate the pies.
I LOVE EASY and YUMMY recipes and meals!  How about you?  Do you have a recipe to share that is EASY and YUMMY?  If so, leave a comment and if you have a blog post about your recipe be sure to leave the link so I can visit your blog and collect more EASY and YUMMY recipes!
Remember you can click on the button below everyday to vote for my blog:  
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OMGoodness, wait until WIKI sees your pie recipe - we will be making this tomorrow no doubt!

Thanks for your comment! Let me know how WIKI and others like the pie after you gobble it all up :)

Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! That salad looks oh so delicious. Mmmm . . . .

Hi Liz, thanks for your comment and visiting. Thanks also for following back :) I hope you will be able to make the salad sometime. It's always a big hit and someone always asks for the recipe when I serve it :)
Happy Friday!

Unknown said...

Tracy-I have made the Asian slaw many times, but have never toasted the ramen - only the almonds, and I have never added sunflower seeds- what a great idea and I will be trying that next time! Love that bamboo serving bowl :)

Hi Jen- Thanks for your comment and stopping by. I hope you like the recipe if you try it sometime :) Let me know how you like it. Have a blessed weekend!

Trisha B said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yes, my boys are identical. Those 3 recipes look awesome. I think I'll have to try the coleslaw. I'm your newest follower

Mom2Seven said...

I just voted, Tracy... I try to remember every time I stop by. I make that exact pie often in the summer... Harris Teeter has an ice cream, Lemon Sugar Cookie, that reminds me of that pie... yummy! +JMJ+

Britton said...

Hey! I make the Asian Slaw and always get so many compliments. Just voted for you, by the way! Have a nice weekend.

Rachel said...

I'm stopping by from Boost My Blog Friday, come follow me too!

Hi Trisha! Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment! Thanks for the follow back too :) Hope you like the slaw when you try it :)
Have a good weekend!

Annita-Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment! Thank you for the vote too! I've never heard of the Lemon Sugar Cookie ice cream before but that does sound delicious :P That's neat that you make the same pie!
Have a blessed weekend!

Hi Britton! The Oriental/Asian slaw is a favorite for many salad lovers it seems :P
Thanks for stopping in and commenting and for the vote on the Picket Fence :)
Have a blessed weekend!

Hi Rachel! I'm following you back from Boost My Blog Friday! Thanks for the follow and leaving a comment! When I visited your blog I especially liked reading about all the Wal-Mart deals you posted since I'm usually there or at Sam's/Costco!
I voted for you on your Top Mommy Blog button too!
Have a good weekend and happy saving!

Rachel said...

Thanks for the follow, I love meeting other Catholic bloggers who love their kiddos!

Hi Rachel- I didn't realize you were also Catholic. Awesome! :)
Have a good weekend!

Kylie said...

These recipes look great!

I saw your comment on The Bagel Factory, so popped over to have a look at yours.

I love the name you chose for your homeschool. I am heavily considering homeschooling our daughters when it is time for them to go to school.

I love all the recipes and things on here. Can't wait to read more!

Hi "Aspiring Millionaire"!
Thanks for stopping in and leaving a comment! I left a comment on one of your recent posts about money rules. Thanks for following and I'm following you times 3! You manage 3 blogs??? WOW, quite impressive :) I follow all 3 now :)
Yes, homeschooling is not an easy decision for some, I definitely struggled with whether homeschooling would be best for our family and I still question my decision, but I think that's only natural to question if what we are doing is best for our children/families. How old are your daughters?
Glad you like the recipes :P
Visit anytime and I love hearing from my visitors! I try to always comment back :)
Have a good weekend!

Unknown said...

That pie looks fantastic! Congratulations on #10 On The Fence. I voted for you!

Hi Lynda! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment! Thanks for the vote and I just voted for you too :)
Have a blessed weekend!

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