Works For Me: What Do I Fix?

Wfmwsmall Welcome to WFMWTWDIFE!  (That’s "Works-For-Me Wednesday: the What Do I Fix? Edition", for those of you who are unable to speak in acronyms.)

We’ve all had days like this (if you haven’t, then really, I don’t want to hear about it):  The day has been crazy, kids have too much homework, you have a sinus headache, laundry is piled high, you’ve been too busy to get to the store, 5:15 rolls around, and your in-home cook hasn’t shown up yet. 

That’s when you remember that  you don’t have an in-home cook, and feeding that rag-tag bunch is somehow your responsibility.

I know, the obvious answer is "carryout", but lets imagine that you can’t.  Let’s imagine that an asteroid struck your house yesterday and melted your car.  And while we’re at it, let’s imagine that giant bread-loving aliens invaded earth and stole all our bread, so sandwiches are out.  You have to fix a meal.  What are the catch-all, quick-and-easy-dinners-that-still-manage-to-taste-decent that you keep on hand?

Here are mine:

The Recipe Which Has No Name
1 lb cooked ground beef
1 can Rotel
1 Rotel can-full of rice
2 Rotel cans full of water
1 beef bouillon cube

Simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes.  Slop it on a plate.  Sprinkle cheese on it, if you want.

(You should know that "sprinkle cheese on it" is the proper Southern cook’s mantra.  That, or, " stir in some Miracle Whip" or "add cream of mushroom soup").

Other quick meals for which I try to keep ingredients on hand:

Grilled cheese sandwiches
Tomato soup
Apple salad (chopped apples with Miracle Whip stirred in.  See?  Told you.)

A couple of packages of these:
plus spaghetti sauce and easy garlic bread equals my kids’ FAVORITE meal.

Hamburger night (frozen burger patties + frozen french fries)

Breakfast for dinner (any number of breakfasty combinations)

Taco night (another big favorite around here)

Basically, those are my catch-alls.  What about you?  If you’d like to play along with this edition of WFMW, check out the guidelines here first.  Then leave your link below!


1. liz
2. Staci at Writing and Living (Dirty Rice)
3. ellen b- tuna&martini
4. Activities Coordinator (It\’s not frozen pizza)
5. Smockity Frocks (Macaroni Spaghetti)
6. Christa @ No End in Site (quick smothered chicken)
7. phyllis (meal in a minute)
8. Melissa Markham
9. Lisa @ The Preacher\’s Wife (The BEST Potato Soup)
10. Lady Why (Taco Soup)
11. An Ordinary Mom (Sweet and Sour Meatballs)
12. Shirley (Favorite Quick Meal)
13. WorksForMom (Quick Healthy Salad)
14. Tina in Thailand ( mustard potatoes and chicken)
15. Ronnica (Chicken Soup Casserole)
16. Jen (garbage casserole)
17. Beth @ The Natural Mommy (Scrumptious White Sauce)
18. Many Little Blessings (Asian Style Chicken and Broccoli)
19. Capturing Today (Chicken Pesto)
20. Amy (Mush McPuna)
21. Autumn Daisy (Italian Pie / Chicken Sandwiches)
22. Jes @ BeautyFromChaos (Dinner in a Pinch)
23. Robin (Hearty Chicken Stew)
24. Christy (Chili–Book Giveaway)
25. Mari
26. Lynnae @ Nachos
27. Jill (rotisserie chicken)
28. Mom Is Teaching (quick meal idea)
29. Wired For Noise (quick easy chili)
30. Vickie@Pursuing Simplicity (easy potato soup)
31. Tammy\’s Recipes (pizza and taco salad)
32. Jen (garbage casserole)
33. Alaina (Quick & Tasty)
34. Ann Kroeker (Crepes, Pizza)
35. Jenni (Lady Ida\’s Prize)
36. Cyndy (Chicken Noodle Soup)
37. Happy Geek (Tortellini Soup)
38. The Correspondent (Dinner in a Pinch — Breakfast)
39. Moobeema
40. Sarah @ Real Life (Beans/Rice, Freezer Meal Ideas)
41. margalit (cuban chicken, rice and beans)
42. Peggie(quick snack)
43. Moobeema (Bionic Burritos)
44. Stretch Mark Mama (Rice Bowl A La Lazy)
45. Peggie(wrong link at #18)
46. Frazzmom (chicken and rice bake)
47. Liza\’s Eyeview (Quick Baked Potato)
48. Abel (12 Kids Recipes)
49. Mrs. Nicklebee
50. Susanne(cheeseburger macaroni)
51. Julianne (crock pot)
52. Alison (Orange Chicken n\’ Rice)
53. FamilyBriefs (recipes & meal plans)
54. Mommy Cracked (Chicken & Rice Casserole)
55. Linz (Goup & Hibachi House)
56. NerdMom (10 minute chicken&rice)
57. Mommin\’ It Up! (Mexi-Stew)
58. Michelle (quesadillas)
59. Holding little Hands (Getting Rid of Under Eye Circles
60. Pure Joy (easy beef dip and more!)
61. Kandy (EASY beef stew)
62. Duckabush Blog (Easy Meals)
63. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving (chiken n dumplins and more)
64. Laura (12-Minute-Meal)
65. Jeni (Simple Lasagna Casserole)
66. Alli ~Mrs Fussypants (Save Money & Feed the Kids Healthy Meals!)
67. Robin (stir-fry and sloppy joes)
68. Infinity Goods (10 Minutes Flat)
69. Suzanne (Allowances)
70. Suzanne (Frittata)
71. Kate (Lemon Honey Chicken over Salad)
72. Owlhaven (Yummy Quicky Stirfry)
73. Christine (yummy soup)
74. Jenni (gourmet open-faced sandwiches)
75. Burger Mom (several recipes)
76. It Coulda Been Worse (Chicken Piccata)
77. Corrie (3 Quickies – kid faves)
78. Yew Nork Babe(Poor Man\’s Dinner)
79. Jillian @ Hearth and Homemaker (super-easy Mexican Soup)
80. The Travelling Family (quick meals in room)
81. Shalee (food for the soul)
82. StuckInNorthIdaho(several recipes)
83. Georgia Mom (Trader Joe\’s)
84. Coach Marcia (chicken stir-fry)
85. Susan(EasyGermanSpaghetti)
86. Trixie @ Farm Home Life ( 5 Emergency Meals )
87. Laura (easy, tasty!)
88. Mrs. G (Shrimp Spaghetti)
89. Goslyn (Panic Pantry Pasta)
90. Heather (alphabet soup)
91. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings (chocolate pancakes)
92. Katie (Chicken with Yummy Sauce)
93. RamblingsbyReba (egg noodles)
94. Kim (Breakfast for Dinner)
95. Heather L. (Dessert)
96. Tiffany (Spaghetti)
97. Edi (Simple Spicy Black Bean Soup)
98. Feminine Pursuits (Bring Dinner Rolls Back!)
99. Beth (easy pot pie)
100. Thia(creamy ham pasta)
101. Jen(Dinner,dessert & appetizer)
102. Simple_Chic (loaded potatoes)
103. Jerri (Pasta!)
104. Melissa (Egg and Pasta Pie)
105. Amy@P2P
106. Nicki (My Boys and Me)–baked chicken
107. Sarah (From Scratch Mac & Cheese)
108. Tickled Pink (serni-TEA and my first Giveawar)
109. Beth (quick pizza!)
110. BJ (quick beef & gravy)
111. Mamabug ( a BestBug)
112. monica (breakfast burrito)
113. Renee @ Count it Pure Joy (Black Bean Quesadillas)
114. Hollie@CheaperthenCheap(great Canadian sites to help us Frugal Contesting Moms)
115. Lindsie@Reflections (Breakfast Ideas)
116. Mrs. Troop (Mexican Casserole)
117. Dawn (European Style Knockwurst)
118. Angela-Shephard\’s Pie
119. stephanie (several mexican themed recipes)
120. Karla ~ Looking Towards Heaven (Beefy Cornbread casserole)
121. Carrie @ Three-Girl Circus
122. bohgirl (Steak with tomatos, peppers & pasta)
123. Sharinskishe (Fajitas and chili mac)
124. Jennifer (several meal ideas)
125. Tonsofsons ~ no excuses on what to cook
126. Jen S.(Chicken and Mushrooms)
127. Ames (Chicken Korma)
128. Amy @ By His Grace (quick and easy soup)
129. Ann\’Re (Omelettes)
130. Amy (real spaghetti & bean burritos)
131. SueEllen
132. Milehimama (Fideo is your Friend)
133. Liisa (a few favorites)
134. Jen M (Chili from frozen beef)
135. Britni (Two)
136. Erin (burrito skillet)
137. Hollie CheaperthenCheap-(Fix it)
138. Alicia ( gluten free)
139. chilihead (pumpkin pancakes)
140. Veggiemomof2 (tater tot casserole)
141. Kara (3 quickies)
142. Tamara (Breakfast for Supper)
143. Clappy Shoes (two ideas)
144. Angela (A few ideas)
145. Kathleen Marie (Unnamed Wonder – Swaps
146. Christine (MUCHO ideas! – for real this time)
147. Liza\’s Eyeview (Updated: chicken tenders yummy)
148. Lora Lynn (Smoothies)
149. Kisses of Sunshine (Quick "Bare-Pantry-Leftover" Meals)
150. SAHMmy Says (Freeze and Serve Ideas)
151. Veronica (Chicken with peppers)
152. Martie\’s House (soups galore and more!)
153. Deb (breakfast for dinner)
154. Lorraine (BBQ Chicken)
155. Candace (Easy Egg Casserole)
156. Kaffee Klatsch – Magi (Baked Chicken)
157. Texastanya (Quick Fixes)
158. Song of the Sagebrush
159. Laurie (fish, beans,rice..)
160. Amblin (Cuban black beans & rice)
161. Heather (recipe question)
162. Coralie – (Free Photos not on theme, please forgive me)
163. Barbara H. (Several quick meal ideas)
164. Brandi (Vienna Sausage anyone?)
165. Not the Queen (couscous)
166. Kirstin (whatever night)
167. shelley at joyful homemaker
168. Jen (Three Minute Soups)
169. Heart Of A Mommy (Treating Fevers)
170. Momma 2 Beans (Cheeseburger Chowder)
171. Dimplequeen (Black beans, Chicken and Rice)
172. Pieces (several ideas)
173. Holly (Easy meals)
174. Harmony (Fake Alfredo and others)
175. Abbi (Tuna Melts)
176. Abbey (Almost Expired Pizza)
177. DeputyHeadmistress (Pizza dip, or pizza fondue)
178. Melinda (how to on gravy and dessert)
179. Womanly Pursuits (lentil soup recipe for freezer meals)
180. DeputyHeadmistress (Pizza dip, or pizza fondue- a better link than above)
181. Mo (four favorites)
182. Aunt Murry (Monkey Bread for Breakfast)
183. Jessica ($5 pizza)
184. Jen (baked north pole xmas eve dessert)
185. Heidi (3 oldies but goodies)
186. Jean
187. Mrs. Nicklebee (Broiler is a great option)
188. Janelle@NowPlayHappy (tomato soup & toasted cheese, others)
189. Shannon @ A Reforming Mom (goulash, homeade mac and cheese and a crock pot pot roast!)
190. Dawn (Salsa Chicken)
191. AmyG (supper casserole)
192. Heather (quick fixes with food allergies)
193. Lisa (Pizza Quesadillas)
194. Stephanie (Using what you have to save money on groceries)
195. Amyswandering (cheesy chicken, salisbury steak)
196. Kris (4 Ingredient Meal)
197. Erica (A Yankee In Jawja) Chicken & Rice Soup
198. Mummymac (Fritatta)
199. Saph (reward programs-extra cash)
200. Laane (against manipulation and lazy professionals)
201. Sandi (8 quick meals)
202. Jules\’ Diner-Slapdash Lasagna
203. Nichole (Dinner)
204. Lorie(Sweet and Sour, BBQ Pizza)
205. Angela (Chops w/ Apples and Stuffing)
206. Emily(a few simple beginnings)
207. Laane (feeding the crowds)
208. Linda(Frozen Hamburger Meal Ideas)
209. Mrs Pear (AHH Panic! Chicken Parmensan)
210. cyn
211. cyn (Sweet and Sour Chicken)
212. Katie (chicken & rice bake, pineapple chicken)
213. Megret (a couple of good recipes!)
214. April (school lunch)
215. carrie (green chile enchiladas)
216. Amy W (1 quick &amp
; 1 for company)

217. Sarah (got extra guests?)
218. Proverbs 31 (potatoes)
219. Kerith (yummy eggs with a secret)
220. talking hairdryer (baked spaghetti)
221. Elena@ MyDomestic Church (Fast Grilling on my George Foreman Grill)
222. Elizabeth (delicious pitas)
223. praynwork
224. ertlnet (fried rice & others)
225. Rhen (yestheyareallmine!!)
226. Beth (Tomato Bacon Quesadillas with Rotel)
227. Totallyscrappy (pot pie)
228. MemeGRL (not much, can\’t wait to read your ideas!)
229. Sarah (fun lookin\’ quick fixes & chicken randomness)
230. Donetta@ A life Uncommon
231. Mer (Pizza Rolls)
232. Stewardship Living (tuna mac)
233. Ang (only 3 ingrediants!!)
234. Reynie (veggie soup)
235. Toblerone (corn & potato chowder)
236. Jenny (chicken and pasta)
237. JulieBaby
238. Kathy of the HavinsNest (Meatball Dinner)
239. JB @ Titus 2 Journey

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68 thoughts on “Works For Me: What Do I Fix?

  1. Ronnica says:

    The “recipe that has no name” actually sounds pretty good, I might get the ingredients to have on hand to have for the next time I lazy (which will be quite soon). Thanks!

  2. Christy says:

    Yum. That sounds good. I LOVE that you measure by “soup can” volume also! I’m glad that it is not just me!!
    (Any idea how I managed to get a smiley face after my link above?)

  3. JIll says:

    Shannon- you can delete #11. I was sending out the link to the Hillary article and it pasted that instead of my blog post. Also can you tell me why my link always is bold with a smiley face? I don’t do that on purpose, it just happens.

  4. Vickie says:

    Thanks Shannon! I can’t wait to read all the great ideas that I know are coming! Both my recipes were tried out in the past week with great success.

  5. Karen@FamilyBriefs says:

    You and I should eat together, or shop together, or both! Our meals look VERY similar! Grilled cheese, tomato soup, and apple slices (never thought of the “salad”), spaghetti night, hamburger night (on the George Foreman grill), and tacos (you ought to check out my dip night if you like Mexican food).
    Thanks as always for hosting. I’m hungry now and headed for a snack!

  6. jenny says:

    I’m loving this weeks themed WFMW!! I hope to find a few new EASY recipes that my kids will be happy with!! Plus, I haven’t posted on my blog in a year or more and this WFMW actually made me want to post something. 🙂

  7. Alyson says:

    Um, I think your last minute emergency meals are the same as our standard menu around here, except that no name recipe, my kids would gag if I put that in front of them (though I think it sounds good!). I’m a pathetic slacker when it comes to making dinner, I really should work on that!

  8. jodi says:

    WHAT??? It’s only been Wednesday for FOUR HOURS and there’s EIGHTY FIVE Mr. Linky links already!!!
    Okay, here’s mine (I don’t want to go through the hassle of Mr. Linky, not for number 86…LOL!)
    Jill Bond wrote a book called MEGA COOKING and your question here is the same question she asks in the opening of her book! I have to confess, I’m one of “those” who DOESN’T HAVE DAYS LIKE THIS but not because I’m supermom…because Jill already did the brain-work, has a solution and shared it with me in her book!
    We’re actually getting a group of ladies together at church to do what MegaCooking teaches (and although some is “freezing” NOT all of it is, and even if you don’t freeze a THING, you can get SUPER SUPER “instant homemade meal” ideas).
    I’d never NEVER survive without MegaCooking. With three kids, I spend less then an hour a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) cooking because of how easy MegaCooking has made my life.
    So, that’s my WORKS FOR ME!

  9. Karen says:

    No blog, but here are my quickies:
    Cream of crab soup (heat stick butter and 1/2 C flour until nutty, add paprika and chicken bullioun, add milk and stir until thickened, add crab from can, serve w/ splash of sherry)
    frittata: saute one chopped onion in oven proof skillet. Add bits of veggies, cheese or meat bits as you find in your fridge (leftover sliced zucchini, some bits of turkey and some cheddar, for instance), add beaten eggs on top (like for scrambled eggs) but DON’T STIR. Let set up on stove for about five minuts, then transfer to 350 oven …. meanwhile change out of your work clothes, or make a salad …. take from oven, invert on plate and cut into wedges.

  10. Tiffany says:

    The no name recipe sounds really good. I am going to have to try it! The rice…is it just plain rice, or minute rice, etc.? Thanks for sharing!

  11. Edi says:

    Thanks for hosting – hopefully everyone will get some yummy last minute suppers (more time for blogging – less time for meal prep :)…)

  12. Thia says:

    In the heart, I am from the south. Yes, my recipe has cream of mushroom soup. It doesn’t have cheese, but many of my other recipes include “sprinkle with cheese,” which in my house means, dump a pound bag of cheese.

  13. Mamabug says:

    Awesome! Thanks for letting me know what we are having for dinner tonight! I am from Indiana and we use cheese there too. 🙂 The problem comes in trying to find Rotel if you still live there. Of course you use the “mildest” Rotel you can find.

  14. Mamabug says:

    ****FYI**** Rotel is just diced tomatoes and green chilies. It comes in a small can usually with the other tomato products. Add it to a half chunk of velveeta and there’s your second meal with tortilla chips.

  15. bohgirl says:

    Lots of great ideas today! This is just what I needed for a stressful week that could use some quick dinners. Hoping to use some of my leftover Chinese rice in a couple of the recipes that call for rice or Uncle Bens. Would hate to waste it all!

  16. ames says:

    wow, you kids are fast as putting up those links! This is my first Works for Me Wednesday and I thought it was still early in the morning, there’s 126 of you that got to it before me!

  17. christine says:

    Oh MAN did I screw up!! Please delete #151. Not only did it automatically put in my last WFMW post, but it had to do with BARFING!! UGH! SORRY, guys!!

  18. Heather says:

    Thanks for this great idea. I cheated though and asked a question too in my post. I was hoping it would be “Backwards” WFMW. However this is a fantastic idea.

  19. Mrs. Nicklebee says:

    Oops! I forgot to put my description in! Should I do it again? Will I technically be a spammer if I add the “what I did do” link twice?? What to do, what to do?!?!
    It’s just a suggestion to learn how to broil.

  20. mommy the maid says:

    I love those raviolis. We get the beef kind and always have them on hand. I have made something very similar to your beef dish when I am in a pinch. It happnes more than I like to admit.

  21. Brittani's Holding Little Hands says:

    Wanted to apologize for being the dork that missed the fact that this was themed and wrote about ridding yourself of under eye circles. I would like to say that I did it on purpose so that everyone who is up late slaving over a hot stove can look like a million bucks in the morning, but that would be a lie. Bottom line, I just messed up:)
    Thanks for hosting these WFMW. They are so much fun and I got a lot of good recipes off of this themed edition. (Even if I neglected to contribute one myself!) I’ll do better next time around.

  22. Cyn says:

    So it is my first time to do this. I am an idiot. It took me two tries.
    This is a healthy and VERY quick supper. I rely on it often.

  23. Stephanie says:

    My go-to is Veggie Pasta Toss:
    Cook 1/2 box of penne or other short pasta to your liking.
    Dice a large zuchinni (or two small ones)and a medium-sized red pepper.
    Saute the veggies in a little olive oil. As they start to brown, drizzle with 3-4 tbsp. balsemic vinegar and sprinkle 2 tsp. sugar over (the sugar balances out the vinegar, and makes it just a nice tang)
    Contiue sauteeing, stirring frequently until veggies start to soften. Remove from heat.
    Stir in with the hot pasta and a cup of crumbled feta cheese.
    This is great hot or cold (leftovers!) and also great with grilled chickn or steak mixed in.

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve been reading for a long while, and am excited to share a WFMW for the FIRST time.
    Thank you for hosting, and linking to so many awesome bloggers!

  25. Desiree Rutter says:

    We should take all of these recipes that people posted and make them into a cookbook and make money off of it. Who wants to do it? 🙂 Wouldn’t that be cool though?

  26. Dee (Insignificant Woman) says:

    I shared my recipe earlier on this site when the topic for this week’s WFMW was first mentioned. Sorry, I guess I was ahead of the game, so here it is again.
    Uncle Ben’s Microwavable Rice
    Peas or mixed vegetables
    Prepackaged diced ham,chicken, or turkey
    Heat all three items in the microwave and then combine them all together. Serve with soy sauce (or not) and you have yourself a meal in less than 10 minutes.
    Thanks for all the great recipes!

  27. Christy says:

    I totally made your recipe tonight! It was a big hit! I did end up adding a dash of wine to deglaze the pan….only because I burned the rice. I have NEVER been able to cook rice without burning it!!

  28. JulieBaby says:

    I buy boneless skinless chicken breast in bulk when it’s on sale, then I come home and throw a bunch in the crockpot with a can or two of chicken broth and let it simmer for a few hours. (Sometimes I do this overnight.) When it’s done, I shred the chicken and cool it, then put it in freezer bags and throw it in the freezer. I reserve the broth, too, and freeze that as well.
    Whenever I have one of those days when I’m too tired to cook (which is pretty much every day, as I am a busy, middle-aged, homeschool mom and part time librarian) I can throw together a casserole with the cooked chicken and some Rotel and cheese and rice or whatever, or I can do like today and reunite the cooked chicken and broth in the crockpot, adding veggies and whatever and make soup.

  29. The Lady of Houslinghurst says:

    Thanks for the great unnamed recipe. I got to use it unexpectedly last night! For all the Yankees out there, I wanted to let y’all know that Ro-tel has been sighted above the Ohio river in Southern Indiana at a grocery called Schnucks. I don’t know if they carry it at their Missouri/Illinois outlets, but it looks as if the deliciousness of Ro-tel is slowly coming North!

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