10 Recipes Everyone Should Know

Even non cooks get stuck having to please someone or a group of someones with a dish every now and again. It’s important to know these ten recipes especially if you don’t want to get stuck serving store bought goods or worse takeout.

#1 Spaghetti and Meatballsspaghetti-507764_1280

Previously mentioned in my Valentines Day Blog this recipe is perfect not just for a romantic evening, but also for large crowds.


Favorite Spaghetti Noodles

Favorite Tomato Sauce

1 lb ground meat

1 garlic clove



garlic powder

dried basil

dried oregano

dried parsley


powdered ginger

spaghetti-47076_1280Meatball Recipe Directions:

Mince 1 clove of garlic (chop into small pieces)

Place ground meat into a bowl

Add 2 Tblsp dried basil, oregano,  and parsley

Add 1 Tblsp Cumin, black pepper, salt and Garlic Powder

Add 1 Tsp powdered ginger (note this is added more for the health benefit than the flavor, ginger is known to help with arthritis so I try and add a teaspoon or so to every dish I can).

Mix ingredients together well by hand (so make sure your hands have been washed with warm water and soap before doing this).

Once mixed make about 6 to 8 balls by grabbing a portion of the meat and rolling it between your hands, and cupping with your palms.

Sit in a glass baking pan and place in an oven Preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

Allow to cook for about 30-45 minutes until inside is just barely pink or if preferred cooked all the way through. (I find they taste better when cooked to the point of a small lightly pink center).

Plate the spaghetti noodles with sauce add desired number of meatballs on top.

#2 Chicken Noodle Soup (from scratch not the can)

There are a hundred ways to make Chicken Noodle Soup. I have about three different ones myself, it really depends on what state the chicken you will be using is in. Is it a whole raw chicken, do you have extra baked cooked chicken in the fridge, perhaps you only have leftover chicken bones (excellent for broth). Here are a few links to get help get you started. Remember there is really no wrong way to make chicken noodle soup.

If using a whole chicken think about doing something like this:


Do you have a bag of bones sitting in your freezer waiting to be turned into stock, try this recipe on for size:


Do you have some leftover cooked chicken breast this is a good recipe too:


Of course you don’t have to follow these recipes exactly feel free to use your imagination and make the recipe your own. I will include a post in the future with my own ways of doing these recipes.

#3 Awesome Side Salad

A salad is the easiest side dish a person can make, and it goes well with just about any meal.

My favorite way to make a salad


Spring mix and/or butter lettuce

Chopped Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell pepper

English cucumber chopped in rounds and then halved

Salad Dressing (My favorite is Krafts Sun Dried Tomatoe, I also like their Roasted Red Pepper)

One of my many salad experiments!

One of my many salad experiments!


Chop the vegetables

Rinse and tear up the butter lettuce (if using)

Mix the ingredients together and serve

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3

#4 Breakfast Sandwich

It’s as simple as frying an egg, toasting bread, and slapping on a slice of cheese. A quick and easy breakfast anytime, this recipe is more an individual lifesaver than a quick fix to a I don’t know what to cook, or I don’t know what to bring problem.

#5 A Baked Good from Scratch

This looks yummy!!!

This looks yummy!!!

As I was making this list, it occurred to me that this is something I don’t even know how to do, though I really should. I’m great at taking cake mix boxes and muffin mix and turning them into delicious baked goods, and I’ve made Christmas cookies from scratch by following a recipe once before. However, I do not actually know any recipes for baking off the top of my head. I would loose the desert round of any food competition as a result of this for sure.  One recipe  I would really like to learn to make from scratch is homemade banana bread.  Here’s a recipe that will teach us both how.


#6 Pot Pie

I learned how to make this beautiful recipe as a vegetarian. Since returning to the world of the Omnivores however, I have perfected the recipe and added yummy chicken to the mix.  Be aware the recipe makes two pies.


2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast

1 large potato chopped

1 cup chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

1 can Cream of Celery soup

1 can Cream of Mushroom soup


Garlic Powder

2 boxes of the Pillsbury raw pie crust (a top and bottom is needed for each pie)

2 Glass pie dishes


Preheat the Oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit

Chop the vegetables

Chop the cooked chicken

Place in large mixing bowl

Add both cans of soup

1 Tbsp of pepper

1 Tbsp of Garlic Powder

(*Note do not add salt as their is enough salt in the chicken and the soup mixture)

Stir the ingredients together until vegetables and chicken are well coated with the soup and seasonings.

Place a pie crust around the bottom part of the glass pie dish make sure the bottom and sides are all even do the same with the second pie dish.

Pour half of the bowls contents into each pie dish making sure its evenly dispersed and not forming a pile in the center.

Place the second pie crust over the top making sure all sides are covered press the edges of the two crusts together remove any excess pie crust from around the edges to prevent them from being too thick. Do the same with the second pie.

Cut three lines in the top of the pie (about an inch in length).

Wrap the sides of the pie with foil  to prevent burning.

Place both pies in the oven for between 30 and 45 minutes. The tops should be golden in color.

20150120_183637#7 A Juicy Burger

There are many burger recipes out there, but the key to getting a juicy one is mainly proper timing, you don’t want your burger to cook for too long or too short.

This article provides a great measurement for time no matter what the ingredients.


#8 A Dip Recipe

If your a regular here at my blog than you are already aware of my super easy 2 Ingredient 4 Step Salsa Recipe.

turkey-152050_1280#9 Baked Chicken

I’m lucky enough to have a rotisserie, however baked chicken can also be cooked in a baking dish, just know that its going to take longer this way.

Step 1: Fill the center cone with flavors of your choosing, I recently used pineapple circles from the can.

Step 2: Place the whole chicken over the rotisserie prongs (if your using a baking pan skip this step).

Step 3: Mix whatever seasonings you want to baste the chicken with in a bowl, use a basting brush to lather the chicken with. Most recently I used pineapple juice and pepper with a dash of salt.

Step4: Set in the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 to 2 in a half hours. The skin will become nice and crispy.

#10 Deviled Eggs

The center of your eggs should look like this when cut in half

The center of your eggs should look like this when cut in half.

A great appetizer or side dish at any party even if you don’t like them yourself its always a good recipe to know when your asked to bring something to a gathering of people.

Step 1: Boil eggs I recommend doing the whole dozen if your going to a party (this will give you a maximum of 24 servings).

Step 2: Allow eggs to cool, so peeling off the shell becomes easier.

Step3: Peel the eggs and slice in half long ways.

Step 4: Remove the yolk placing the yolk is a mixing bowl

Step 5: Add mustard, salt, pepper, and if you desire relish (also include any broken white eggs that will no longer work as little bowls. ) Mash and stir the ingredients together till they form a thick yellow  paste texture.

Step 6:  put one spoon full of the yolk mixture into each egg white bowl. If desired you can sprinkle the tops with paprika.

Step 7: Place on a platter and either refrigerate or serve.


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