Homemade Soup from a Can with Real Southern Cornbread

When the weather turns cold, Mom declares it to be “Soup Day”.

The date of Soup Day is not only dependent on the temperature but also on her mood so I keep the Homemade Soup from a Can & Real Southern Cornbread ingredients on hand from early fall.  One batch of soup can last all winter long because we store leftovers in the freezer, making fresh cornbread every 2-3 meals.

I consider the soup “homemade” because you can customize it to your liking.  The cornbread is “Southern” because it is salty, not sweet like Northern (Yankee) Cornbread.

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Lazy Philly Cheese Steak

You can cook up a restaurant favorite in less than 10 minutes for less than $2.50 ea.

Quick, easy, cheap, and tasty!  What’s not to love?

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Lazy Herb & Garlic Chicken

One of my favorite lazy tricks is using Tyson Grilled Chicken with a Lawry’s Marinade plus a couple of vegetables — my version of a homemade TV Dinner, but cheaper and healthier … and still lazy.

“Lazy or efficient?  It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny

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Summer Salad / Pasta Primavera

Through a lifetime of potluck dinners I’ve found that most folks fall into warring camps when it comes to pasta salad (and potato salad):

  • There’s the Mayo versus Mustard factions …
  • and the Sweet versus Dill Relish factions.

I like to mix things up a bit by throwing them all into my Summer Salad / Pasta Primavera recipe.  It’s an unusual combination that has won over many former partisans.

When first prepared, the dish is hot so I call it Pasta Primavera.  Once chilled, it’s Summer Salad.  Although the ingredients are identical, the two dishes take on very different characters due to the way temperature affects flavors and the texture.  Either way, it tastes great.

And, best of all, it keeps well in the fridge so I can make a huge batch for a week of cool summertime lunches (or warm dinners).

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Lazy Mandarin Grilled Chicken Salad

One of my favorite lazy tricks is Tyson Grilled Chicken.  This recipe uses it and some Dole Fruit Bowls to transform a boring side salad into a restaurant-worthy main dish:  Mandarin Grilled Chicken Salad.

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Ham, Cheese, and Rice Casserole

Back when I was a kid, my single mom got some meal plans from the US government for cooking healthy meals on a budget.  This Ham, Cheese, & Rice Casserole recipe was adapted from one of them.

This is a great way to use the random pieces left over from a Christmas ham.

This Christmas I bought a small Smithfield Spiral-Cut Honey-Glazed Ham (~$13).  The small end of the ham, chopped into bits, made up the meat in this recipe.


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Lazy Cook Holiday Meal

Feeling lazy?
Or, maybe you’re terribly busy?
Perhaps you’re cooking for just one or two people?

Here’s how to lay an inexpensive holiday spread in about 15 minutes so you can spend your time and money on better things.

“Lazy or efficient?  It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”
~ So Says Sunny


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