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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Foody Friday - Simple

First of all, may I just say that you are all ROCK STARS?! OK, not all of you. 6 of you. Thanks to you who gave some great theme-y ideas! Foody Friday is good to go here for a long while.

Now. When I say "Simple", I mean simple. Not like the magazines where "simple" means go out and spend $$$ on little baskets that are cute and make your life "look" simple. Or make this "simple" meal that has 12 ingredients, and you have to go to a specialty store to find 4 of the ingredients.

There's a great magazine out there that is really fun to look at. It's probably my favorite one. But it's called "Real Simple" and y'all, what is included ain't simple. It's good. And fun. And cute. And trendy. Ain't simple. I think they should call it "Real Cute".

Here's what I call simple.

Two things, actually. Because my first one is just plain embarrassing. So then I will redeem myself with another one that I use a lot.

Cherry Dump


Yellow Cake Mix
Cherry pie filling, canned
Stick of butter, melted


Spray square baking pan with cooking spray.
Dump half the box of cake mix into pan.
Pour 1/2 the butter evenly over cake mix.
Dump cherry pie filling in. Spread evenly.
Dump remaining 1/2 of cake mix over the cherry filling.
Pour remaining 1/2 of butter evenly over the top.

Bake at 375 for 20-30 minutes. Will get brownish and bubbly.

Serve with Vanilla Ice Cream (this is essential). This delicacy is SOOOOOOOO sweet, you won't even believe it. I can only eat a small scoop, or else my teeth start to hurt. Seriously!

There you have it. I grew up eating Cherry Dump. It never occurred to me that it was kind-of a gross name. That ALL my friends laugh at. BUT then they request it at our next get-together. And then they mock it again. They EAT it, and then mock it.

On to simple idea #2. It is a really big stretch that I'm even going to call what follows a recipe. It's more of a continuing meal idea that gets used at my house on a regular basis. Born by the following 3 truths:

1) I hate leftovers
2) I like hot food at lunch
3) I love love love mexican food.

I have no less than 5 salsas in my fridge at this very moment. I love all things mexican. So I spice up leftover meat for lunch. I admit I'm stuck in a rut.

Simple Tacos

Here's what you need:

Tortillas (corn or flour - I personally like corn because they're healthier and they're super cheap)
Leftover meat of any kind/or beans

tomatos/onions/lettuce/avocado/cilantro (I'd add all of this if I were doing it for dinner)

Here's what makes this simple: Grill extra chicken one night, have leftovers the next day. Or pot roast can become shredded beef. Or pork becomes carnitas. Just shred the meat and add some garlic/lime/cumin to it, heat it up a little and voila! Also, often I'll do just black beans instead of meat.

Can't wait to hear your simple ideas. Please, join us if you are new! All are welcome to post and linky!

Next week our theme will be your favorite "Company Food". And I'm giving you a week so you can drum up pictures if you want! Company food is often so pretty. So, make it and take pictures! :)

Happy Foody Friday!


... said...

We make taco's all the time too :) very quick and everyone can make them to their liking. I am going to try your Cherry Dump, sounds easy and like a quick dessert.

Elena said...

Both your recipes sound great!

J mom said...

We just did tacos last night cuz I needed something super easy. Great ideas everyone!

Leys said...

Yum, will like to try the cake recipe..chocolate and cherries just sound so good to me.
I have to tell you that we tried the Pineapple/Pepperjack Chicken last week and it was absolutely delicious!!
You gals are fabulous.. love all the great ideas. :o)

Tiffany said...

We had tacos last night too! We should declare a National Taco night or something. All of the recipes look yummy so far! Shari's French Dips sound delish! I'm making my list for next week. :)

Kelly @ Love Well said...

My favorite simple meal is baked chicken breasts (bone-in, skin on, spread with olive oil and salt and pepper, 400 until browned), sweet potato French fries (peeled, cut into lengths, more olive oil and salt and pepper, 400 until browned) and green beans (frozen, steamed, garlic salt).

Bonus: The kids LOVE all those things.

Tacos don't work well for us yet, since we are still at the "my food shouldn't touch other food" stage. Soup is another frustration for the kids.

Yvette said...

Mmmm, Kelly's meal above sounds delicious. Everything I make is mixed because I can't think in parts like her meal above unless someone helps me. So then I rarely have leftover meat for your tasty taco meal, so I will have to cook up some meat or just use beans. I love beans.

I love meal ideas. Thanks very much.