Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Too Good To Be True

Life is full of difficult decisions and complicated problems.  Dinner shouldn't be one of them!  Who wants to come home after a hard day and try to follow a crazy recipe with a ton of ingredients and a million steps?
You know the saying, "It's too good to be true"?  Well today's recipes may seem too easy to be good!  But that's not the case.  They are super easy, but they're also super delicious!

The first recipe takes some time, but almost no effort.  Really.  You layer a few ingredients and place it in the oven and forget about it.  You don't even check on it.  In fact, peeking is forbidden.


1 1/2 lb. beef stew meat
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1 can cream of mushroom soup
10 oz club soda

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  In an 8 inch square baking dish, layer ingredients in order listed.  Cover well with foil.  Bake for 2 1/2 hours.  No peeking during baking!  Serve over mashed potatoes, rice or noodles.   Garnish with fresh parley, if desired.  The beef comes out so tender and it makes it's own gravy!  Too easy!

This next recipe is made with only 3 ingredients and takes minutes to cook.


2 TBS butter
2 TBS brown sugar
1 can sliced carrots

Drain the liquid from the can of carrots.  In a small skillet, melt butter and brown sugar.  When it starts to bubble, add carrots.  Stir to coat.  Let simmer for 5 minutes.

If I told you I can make Homemade Ice Cream with 3 ingredients and no ice cream machine would you believe me?  Don't worry, I didn't believe it at first, either.  But I tried it and it works!  This ice cream is so rich and decadent, your family will think you're a genius!


2 cups heavy cream
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Using an electric mixer, beat all ingredients in a large bowl until thick, stiff peaks form, 3-5 minutes.  Transfer mixture to a loaf pan, cover and freeze until firm (at least 8 hours).  That's it.  Seriously.

This ice cream is great in a milk shake.  Add a few scoops to a blender with some milk and chocolate syrup. Blend away.  It comes out awesome!  Or substitute fresh strawberries for the chocolate syrup.  Delicious!
And, Yes, I know it's fattening.  But I would rather have a little bit of something fantastic than a lot of something that's barely tolerable!

So, try these "Too Good to be True" recipes.  You won't believe how easy dinner (and dessert) can be!

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