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Easy Recipes For Single Parents
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Easy Recipes for Single Parents

When my wife passed away in 1973, I was in my 30's and had three children ages11, 13, and 14. In addition to the children, I inherited the position of head chef.

Because my wife had been ill for many years prior, I learned how to cook. I never was one to rely on frozen dinners or fast food. I was always looking for easy and quick recipes to prepare when I got home from work.

A waitress who knew of my circumstances passed along a very simple recipe for Sloppy Joes. Chop up some onion to suit your family's taste (I used about 1/4 cup). Brown one pound of ground meat with the onion mixed in. Drain the grease. Add one bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce (other brands did not work for me) and a half sauce bottle of water. Bring to a boil and simmer for at least 15 minutes. Serve on hamburger buns. What could be simpler? My kids loved this and when they became parents, they served this recipe to my grandchildren.

Since I could not serve Sloppy Joes every night, I learned to use the slow cooker (crockpot). This takes a little more time, but does the house smell good when you come home from work. Usually I spent five or ten minutes before going to bed to arrange all the ingredients.

Before I left for work I usually spent 15 to 20 minutes prep time, slicing carrots and potatoes. Adding the meat and other ingredients to the pot. Set the heat on low and voila! ten hours later there was a delicious meat ready when I got home from work.

Then I found a recipe book from Campbell Soup. There were really simple recipes for green bean casserole, chicken broccoli alfredo and my favorite honey mustard chicken. I served this to a friend once and she praised the food. When she found out how easy it was, she took back her praise (but she left with the recipe).

The last really simple recipe I will leave you with is chicken pot pie. You can use either Bisquik or Jiffy baking mix. I buy a 10 oz can of mixed veggies (with peas. beans, corn and potatoes) and a can of cooked chicken and one 10 oz can of cream of chicken (or mushroom) soup. Mix the chicken, veggies and soup in a 9" pie plate. In another bowl mix one cup of the baking mix with 1/2 cup of milk (I use skim milk) and 1 egg. Pour this on top of the veggie mix in the pie plate and cook at 400 degrees for 30 min or when the crust on top is golden brown.

If you are looking for some easy recipes, I hope you find these useful.


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Thanks! I will try the pot pie for sure!

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  about 1 decade ago

I had the family over for Labor Day and made Sloppy Joes. Everyone loved them, It had been awhile since some of them had tasted them. This was great for me because I live in a condo and cannot cook on an outdoor grill.

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  about 1 decade ago

Awesome recipe for the Sloppy Joe's. My mouth is watering! I'm with the Doc, It's Sloppy Joe time! Great article, Jack

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for your support

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  about 1 decade ago

Forgot all about Sloppy Joe's, Jack. Sounds delish. I know what I'm having for dinner.

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  about 1 decade ago

Try it - you'll like it.

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  about 1 decade ago

I did....and I did. Enjoyed my first Sloppy Joe's in over 20 years. It was a nice flash back. Thanks again, Jack for the reminder.

  
  about 1 decade ago
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