Semi Homemade Cooking Recipes

You get them from the stores for one big reason; you will have them ready in  the shortest time possible.  Some call them convenience, half-cooked or may be semi homemade food; to me they are precooked food.  We have a great collection of convenience, pre cooked or semi homemade cooking recipes that will make you love them, not only because of the convenience but also because of the great taste.

Easy Precooked Meatballs Recipe

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From simple convenience/pre cooked/ semi homemade cooking recipes collection

Yield: 6 servings

What you need:

  1. 30  Easy Meatballs
  2. 7 ounces baby spinach
  3. 3 ( 6 ounces mushrooms) quartered
  4. 1 ½ teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  5. 1  pound gemelli
  6. 1 cup grated pecorino (2 ounces)
  7. 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  8. kosher salt and black pepper

Preparation:

Total time: 40 minutes

DIRECTIONS

  1. Cook the meatballs and pasta separately according to the package directions.
  2. As the meatballs and pasta are cooking, over medium heat, heat the butter in a large skillet.
  3. Add the mushrooms and thyme and  allow it to for 8-10 minutes or  until tender
  4.  Drain the pasta and return it to the pot.
  5. In ¼ cup of water add the mushroom and thyme mixture, meatballs, pasta, spinach, and pecorino and mix them.
  6. Season (add  ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper)

There you go! Whatever you call it; simple convenience, pre cooked or semi homemade cooking recipes.

 

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Easy Homemade Soups Recipes

Soups are common accompaniment of main dishes. We have a collection of great easy homemade soups recipes.

Squash Soup with Cumin Recipe

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From Easy Homemade Soups Recipes collection

Yield: 10 servings

What you need:

  • 2  butternut squash, medium
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ tablespoon cumin, ground
  • ¼ tsp. chipotle Chile powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 medium stalks celery
  • 2 cups water
  • 31/2 cups chicken broth
  • Pumpkin seeds, roasted, salted
  • Fresh chives to garnish

Preparation

TOTAL TIME1hour 15minutes

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Line a pan with foil and place squash halves with the cut sides facing down. Roast till very tender, easy to pierce with a knife.
  3. Cool, then scoop squash from the skins and place in a large bowl. You can discard the skins.
  4. Heat oil in a cooking pot until hot, add celery, onion and cook for 8-10 minutes. Add cumin, chipotle Chile, salt and the freshly ground pepper and cook for 30 seconds. Stir as you cook.
  5. Add water, broth and squash to the cooking pot and heat to boiling.
  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Put small portions of squash mixture into blender and blend till pureed.
  8. Pour soup into the cooking pot and heat through.
  9. Garnish each serving with pumpkin seeds and chives.

Serve alongside your favourite main dish

 

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Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipes

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From Easy Homemade Biscuits Recipes gallery

Biscuits are great for breakfast or mid-morning snacks. Learn how to make flaky and delicious biscuits at home using interesting easy-to –follow homemade biscuit recipes.

How to make Biscuits at home

Yield:  12 servings

What you need:

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • ½ teaspoon table salt
  • 11/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1-2 cups milk
  • 6-8 teaspoons shortening

Preparation:

Total time: 20 minutes

Prep: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

  1. Sift the flour with salt. Add in shortening till mixture has coarse crumbs.
  2. Add milk and knead till the mixture follows fork around bowl.
  3. Press the dough on a floured board lightly. Knead gently and roll to ½ inch thickness.
  4. Cut out biscuits with a biscuit cutter or rim of glass.

Biscuits prep

5. Pre heat oven to 450 degrees and bake for 10 -15 minutes. Cool on wire rack.

Serve the cooled biscuits with your favourite beverage.

 

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Homemade Oatmeal Cookies Recipes

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From Homemade Oatmeal Cookies Recipes

 

Oats are wholesomely nutritious. Oatmeal cookies are a healthy all time snacks. Learn how to make soft and delicious cookies using easy-to-follow homemade oatmeal cookies recipes.

Homemade Oatmeal Cookies

Yield: 48 cookies

What you need:

  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 well beaten, eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda

Preparation:

Total time: 1hr 10 minutes

Prep time: 1hr

Cook time: 10 minutes

  1. Combine the raisins, vanilla, eggs, and let stand for one hour. Cream together the butter and both types of sugar.
  2. Add salt, cinnamon, flour and baking soda and mix well.
  3. In a blender add oatmeal, chopped nuts, and the egg-raisin mixture and blend well.
  4. You dough should be stiff. Drop drops of heaped teaspoons onto greased baking sheet and roll into balls flattening slightly.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes at 350 ° until golden brown.

Serve with your favourite beverage.

 

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Homemade Sugar Cookies Recipes

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From homemade sugar cookies recipes gallery
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Spend a few minutes in the kitchen and come out with Crunchy, crispy and delicious cookies using  simple homemade sugar cookies recipes.

How to Make  Sugar Cookies At Home

Yield: 32 cookies

What you need:

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2-3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • Colored sugars for decorating

Preparation

Total time: 2 hrs

  1. Whisk flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Use an electric mixer to cream butter, sugar till fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Turn the mixer low and gradually add the flour mixture. Combine well.
  3. Divide dough into two and flatten into disks.
  4. Wrap each in plastic bag and freeze until firm or for twenty minutes.
  5. You can also place in a reseal able plastic bag and freeze for up to 3 months. (Before use always thaw in refrigerator overnight).
  6. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  7. Remove one dough disk; roll out 1/8 inch thick between sheets of floured parchment. Cut shapes with cookie special cutters and transfer to the baking sheets. Repeat with remaining disks.

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  1. Bake until edges are golden. Rotate through while baking.
  2. Cool completely on wire racks.
  3. Decorate as desired.

You can choose to decorate or have then plain.

You can now enjoy your homemade sugar cookies with a cup of hot coffee.

 

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Homemade Chocolate Recipes

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homemade chocolate

Studies proving  benefits of chocolate got all chocolate ‘lovers’ excited, but remember cocoa which is the main ingredient was behind most of these health benefits. Therefore, the other ingredients also determine the quality. What about making your own chocolate using ingredients that you are comfortable with? We got lots of interesting healthy homemade chocolate recipes!

Healthy Homemade Chocolate

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From homemade chocolate recipes gallery

Yield: 6 servings

What you need:

  • 1 cup of cocoa butter
  • ½ cup unprocessed honey
  • 1 cup organic Dutch cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Almonds (optional)
  • Mint or orange extract, optional

Preparation

  1. Melt cocoa butter in a glass bowl. Place the bowl on small pan with water. Remove from heat when completely melted and add honey, vanilla, cocoa powder and other flavour extracts.
  2. Mix all ingredients to a smooth texture.
  3. Make sure no liquid gets into the mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture onto a baking sheet or a glass pan to harden for a few hours at room temperature. You can as well stick into the fridge to harden quickly.
  5. Can be refrigerated for longer.

 

Enjoy!

 

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Homemade Dressing Recipes

Dressings form a great part of a meal.  We have a collection of irresistibly delicious homemade dressing recipes!

Traditional Cornbread Dressing Recipe

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From homemade dressing recipes

Yield: 10 servings

What you need:

  • 6 cups crumbled, cornbread
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • 4 cans chicken broth
  • ½ tablespoon sage
  • 2-5 cups herb stuffing mix
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 eggs boiled, then chopped

Preparation

Total time: 50 minutes

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes

  1. Heat your oven to 45o degrees.
  2. Grease a medium baking dish.
  3. Melt butter in a medium pan and sauté celery, onion until soft.
  4. Combine cornbread, black pepper, sage, celery, onions and bread in a large bowl.
  5. Stir in broth and beaten eggs into cornbread mixture and blend to fine texture.
  6. Stir in the chopped boiled eggs and pour into the baking dish.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

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5-Ingredient Budget Recipes

Thinking of something simple, quick to fix or wallet friendly?  What about a 5-ingredient meal? Yes, just  5-ingredients! And if you think you will compromise the quality these 5 –ingredient budget recipes will prove you wrong.

Mango, Beet and Jicama Slaw Recipe

Mango, Beet and Jicama Slaw Recipe
From 5-ingredient budget recipes collection

Yield: 6 servings

What you need:

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin oil
  • 6 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 2 cups jicama, peeled and shredded
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 11/2 cups raw beets, peeled and shredded
  • 1 mango peeled, cut into thin strips

Preparation

Total time: 20 minutes

  1. Whisk vinegar, oil, ¼ teaspoon salt in a small bowl.
  2. Mix Jicama, mango and beet in another bowl.
  3. Pour the dressing over it and toss gently. Make sure to combine well.
  4. ( serve immediately or refrigerate if you prefer it chilled)

There you go, simple, quick and delicious!

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Healthy and Scrumptious Recipes

Are you on a weight-loss plan or just want to make sure the whole family maintains a healthy weight? Well, if you didn’t know a scrumptious meal is one of the major tools to help you effectively follow the plan. There are plenty of healthy and scrumptious recipes you can adopt.

Caprese Chicken Burger Recipe

From healthy and scrumptious recipes collection

Caprese chicken burger is delicious and healthy; it’s one of the options to consider when you are on a weight –loss plan. Wondering how many calories are in Caprese chicken burger?  Well, you get around 250 calories from this burger, on average a women need to take 1,800 to 2,200 calories per day to maintain a healthy weight, and men need about 2,200 to 2,800 calories daily.

Yield: 4 servings

What you need:

  • 4 thin slices mozzarella cheese
  • 4 tomato slices
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper, ground
  • Kosher salt
  • One pound ground chicken breast

 

Preparation

  1. Place the ground chicken breast in a bowl. Combine in the garlic, pepper and salt.
  2. Mould the mixture into 4 patties.
  3. Grill each side for 5 minutes or until well cooked.
  4. Evenly coat the top of each burger with pesto, 1 slice of tomato and mozzarella.
  5. Serve

Learn more on how many calories you need daily to lose or maintain weight here 

 

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Dinner Recipes for Two

Just for two

Whether it’s a romantic dinner for two, a quick dinner for a short notice visitor or maybe it’s just the two of you and you are sick of leftovers, we got a whole interesting collection of dinner recipes for two. The recipes are also a guide to help you perfectly portion the meals just for two.

Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu

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This is a perfect dinner recipe for two and Peanutty Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu is also a vegetarian equivalent of rotisserie chicken.

Yield: 2 servings

What you need:

  • ½ cup Quinoa
  • 4 teaspoons peanut butter
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice-fresh
  • ½ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • 1 broccoli, broken into florets
  • 1 small seeded and diced, red bell pepper
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts
  • 4 slices baked tofu
  • ½ teaspoon. Ginger, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

Total time: 20 minutes

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook: 15 minutes

  1. Cook the quinoa in water or broth as per package instructions.
  2. Heat oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper and cook until its soft, 3 minutes. Transfer into a bowl.
  3. Add the broccoli to the pan with 4 teaspoons of water and steam for about 2 minutes then transfer the broccoli to the bowl where the pepper is.
  4. Whisk lime juice, sugar, ginger, water soy sauce and peanut butter in a bowl.
  5. Check if the quinoa is done and transfer it to the bowl where you put the vegetables and pour in the peanut sauce.
  6. Add pepper and salt to taste.
  7. Divide the quinoa into two portions and top each with 2 slices of baked tofu and two teaspoons of chopped peanuts.

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