Need quick and easy dinner ideas
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Elizabeth - posted on 10/28/2010
I am a fanatic with what I feed my family- so pre-packaged meals just don't work for me ( too many preservatives). I have found many healthy recipes on foodnetwork.com. One in particular we all love is bruschetta chicken- easy to make-
thin sliced chicken breasts
Dip chicken in egg then crumbs, put onto baking sheet. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes- chicken should look crispy...
Topping- chopped tomatoes, basil, fresh mozzerella- marinate in balsamic vinegar/ dressing while chicken is cooking.
Drain dressing from tomato mixture, top chicken, pop back in oven until cheese is melted. DELICIOUS!
Sara - posted on 12/15/2010
If you have the time to spend an entire day cooking, once a month, go to onceamonthmom.com. She makes a menu for the entire month (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), has a spreadsheet w/ printable recipe cards, and a printable grocery list. That way you can cook once a month, and have a ton of meals in your freezer available for the month!
Jennifer - posted on 12/12/2010
I would definetly have to agree with everyone about the crock pot (slow cooker). There are so many quick and easy recipes for it. Check out my website. I have a 5 on Friday series where I outline main dishes with 5 ingredients every Friday. I also post lots of other quick and easy recipes on a regular basis. www.imnotsuperwoman.com
Kristy - posted on 02/04/2011
I'm not a fan of the crockpot expect for soups. I am a working Mom. Have a 16 yr old, twin 14 yr olds & a 3 yr old. My husband not only works, but he is very active in triathlons & coaches. Our household is crazy, busy! We are very choosey on our meals & cook pretty much every night. I put together menus & a list on Saturday, then shop on Sunday. I get tons of ideas from Rachael Ray's 30 Minute Meals on Food Network. She will create a meal, start to finish, in 30 minutes. Since I'm preparing everything myself, I can control what goes into it (ground turkey breast instead of beef, no butter, no salt, etc). I can be sure my Husband stays on his meal plans without spending hours every night cooking. I have about 8 of her cook books & TiVo the show everyday. She also tends to give other great time saving tips. She Rocks!
Jetti - posted on 01/31/2011
I always wonder if the already cut and prepared food have any nutrition left in them!! Because I once read if you wash the veggies after you peeled them you wash off a lot of their nutrients!!! Does anybody know facts about that.
Julie - posted on 12/31/2010
Grill Chicken; cut up/peel sweet potatoes, sliced red onion - salt and pepper and olive oil - roast at 350 for about 30 minutes. Slice chicken and put all on bed of fresh spinach with italian dressing...... omg it's really good, healthy and quick. Make enough for your lunch the next day!!
Jen - posted on 12/27/2010
Get a rottiserie chicken, boil water and cook penne pasta. While the the pasta is boiling shred your chicken meat and make a salad and/or toss some garlic bread in the oven. When pasta is cooked, dump in a jar of white sauce and stir,then dump in the chicken and stir. Done. I like to sprinkle a little parsley on it when its on the plate to make it look pretty.
I make a huge crock pot full of chili and that lasts us for about a week. (5qts + 5 people = 4-5days) we also like to get the steamers fromt he frozen food section and bake some chicken to go with it. 1 bag and 2 chicken breasts will feed out family of 5.
Lika - posted on 12/20/2010
No Peak Chicken-
1.5 cups real rice (if using minute rice, increase to 2 cups).
1 can each of cream of chicken & cream of celery soups.
1 can of milk. Mix the above ingredients, place in cake pan.
Your favorite chicken pieces, raw, layered on top. I like to use chicken breasts or drumsticks with the skin off. Sprinkle dry onion soup over the top. Cover, bake @ 325F for 2.5 hours.
It only takes about 10 total to slap together. This is great for when you need supper ready but have to go to a conference too. Serve with steamed veggies.
Rebecca - posted on 12/19/2010
one of my favorites is broc and cheese casserole you use can chicken breast shredded cheese cream of mushroom soup mayo eggs and bread crumbsWhen i make it I use 2 cans of canned chicken breast 1 cup mayo 2cans of cream of mushroom 2 pks of baby broc florets forzen 4 eggs and 1-2 cups of sharp cheddar mix all together place in baking dish with bread crumbs on top in oven at 350 for one hour or until the middle doesn't feel mushie
Lika - posted on 12/19/2010
Jennifer, here is something to try.
1.5 pounds ground beef/turkey & 1 medium to large onion. Fry together, drain grease, brown rest of way, with 1tsp of Chili powder (Just enough to give the chili flavor w/o adding heat).
2 stalks celery, a bell pepper, minced, toss in with meat.
2 cans of kidney beans, 2 cans of diced tomato. Lightly salt and pepper.
You can add a Mexican hot sauce like Tabasco on yours at the table.
Melanie - posted on 12/19/2010
MY SAUSAGE CASSEROLE IS SUPER EASY & CHEAP
pre-fry & chop into 1" (2cm) bits however many snags u think ur family will eat (i use 8-10 for my family of 5) add 2 cans of ANY vegetable soup (i use 1 minestrone & 1 veg & barley) mix in a casserole dish & bake covered 1hr eat as is (all ur essential veg is there) or serve with mash potato. ive made this when we have visitors & everybody loves it (even the kids!!) you can get it ready day before & just bake when u want to eat it
Nicole - posted on 12/19/2010
I'm a big time slow cooker fan as well. The fewer ingredients, the better. You can either purchase the cookbook titled Fix-It-and Forget-It 5 Ingedient favorites Comforting Slow-Cooker Recipes by Phyllis Pellman Good or 5 ingredient Cookbook by Claire Robinson is really good. Claire Robinson is also on foodnetwork.com and you can get alot of her recipes from the site or you can pretty much convert any conventional recipe into a slow cooker recipe. Just set the slower cooker on the low setting and cook for 7 and a 1/2 to 8hrs or on the high setting for 3 and a 1/2 to 4hrs. Either start the slow cooker before you go to bed and it's ready in the morning and all you have to do is warm it up when you get home or set it before you leave for work and have a nice hot meal when you return. I absolutely love my slow cooker. I have a 7qt and I can make enough to last at least 3 days.
Lika - posted on 12/18/2010
Mac n Cheese Casserole:
2 boxes Kraft mac n cheese, made per directions. Add one 10oz bag of your favorite frozen veggies, and a half pound of cut up hotdogs. Takes about 20 minutes tops to make, and it's a fun way for your kids to eat their mixed veggies.
Jacquelyn - posted on 12/16/2010
Hot dogs (or brautwurst) with sauer kraut and mashed potatos - cook the hot dogs in a pot with the sauer kraut and add some water (medium low heat) and you can make instant mashed potatos - it's quick and easy! I also like to make SHaepard's pie, and I usually add carrot and peas to it so you get in veggies - there are tons of easy recipies for it and you can always midify them to suit your tastes! I would also suggest prepping certain things the night before!
Shauna - posted on 12/15/2010
Casseroles are always easy and feed a family well: Heres one thats very simple: 1 package of unthawed Hashbrowns *shredded kind* 1 can of cream of chicken plus can of water, 1 container of real bacon bits, and 1 package of shreded cheese bake at 350 for about 25 min or untill cheese is melted and food warmed.
If you like Salmon this is a yummy seasoning to put on top so easy and quick!
1/2 t chili powder
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t dill
1 t seasoning salt *like Ms Dash or lowrys*
2 T brown sugar
mix all seasonings and spread on skinless salmon fillets, Broil in Oven for 10 min! Delicious!
Jennifer - posted on 12/15/2010
Awesome Crock Pot Recipe... sounds weird, but one pork roast (cut off the string) one package of dry onion soup mix (liptons if you want) and one can of cranberries. Serve with Potatoes and a veggie and make a grazy with the sauce... awesome cranberry pork!
Melanie - posted on 12/14/2010
i agree with the crockpot, but also of all the fancy, home-cooked meals i've tried, my family's favorites are still the ones off the back of the Campbell's soup cans. The cheeseburger pasta from the cheddar cheese soup can is the best!
Ava - posted on 12/13/2010
Getting some extra help from store-bought items gets you quick and easy for sure! You can still spruce up the recipes with fresh ingredients, but get the store-ready version for the ingredients that usually take a long time to cook. For example, try to always keep chicken stock or broth on hand to spruce up and flavor your dishes, or even as your soup base. It's much quicker and easier than getting a whole pot of stock/broth ready for the recipe from scratch!
Melisa - posted on 12/12/2010
I am a crock pot fan. I like the fact you can put it in the morning and dinner be ready for ya when you get home. The easiest recipe I have is from when I was a child mom would cook it on a church night usually. It is called hotdogs, noodles and peas. All you need is a package of hotdogs sliced, can of peas and 2 packages of butter noodle side. Place all ingredients into a pot with 4 cups of water and cook for about 7min or less. My kids now enjoy it .
Vicki - posted on 12/10/2010
The paper actually did an article on me a while back because I spent 1/2 of a weekend day every weekend cooking double portions of everything for meals for the whole week. Half of everything went into the freezer so that when I needed to I could totally skip cooking. All I had to do each night was reheat, cook noodles or rice and heat up a veggie or throw together a salad and dinner was served. P,S, I concur on the crock pot!
Vanessa - posted on 12/10/2010
I like what Marcy said....when I doing well with cooking it's because I cook a large piece of meat that can be used in a several different dishes throughout the week. Side dishes are easy to make...fresh salad....frozen veggies....rice in a rice cooker or pasta...this takes about 10 minutes. Then you heat up the meat and use a different sauce or put it in a taco or casserole each day. Hope that helps!
Kristen - posted on 12/09/2010
I usually spend my Sunday's preparing meals for the week. I make alot of stews and cassaroles that can go in the crockpot and be done when I get home or have cassaroles ready to put in the oven when I get home. I also wrap baked potatos in foil and you can cook them in the crock pot all day and they are done when you get home. Pair that with some pork chops or other meat that you have marinating and can throw on the BBQ.
Carol - posted on 12/08/2010
Lentil soup is great, you can put all of your ingredients along with the lentils in one pot, add your chicken or mushroom stock and let it boil for like an hour or two. It is great for your kids as well, filling and healthy. enjoy.
Christina - posted on 12/07/2010
I have to say that I am a huge fan of the slow cooker as well. It is so versitle and fast! For example, this week I put a very large pork roast in the crock pot (covered with vegetable stock) and let it cook all day. I split the roast in half... on night we had roast pork with vegetables and I used some of the stock for gravy. the next night I shreaded the rest of the pork, put it back in the crockpot with some BBQ sauce and for dinner that night we had pulled pork sandwhiches with Mac and cheese.
I generally try to plan two meals when I use the crockpot such as the pork roast and pulled pork, or spagattii sauce and then vodka sauce.
Bianca - posted on 12/07/2010
slow cookers are so easy can even put a leg of lamb in it in the morning and it's done in the afternoon you then can slice it up and put it in some wraps with salad and have home made kebabs or make a quiche with egg and then have it with salad or cold meat and salad
Natasha - posted on 12/02/2010
If you dont have a slow cooker. Just wrap some chicken up in a pan and let it simmer. They have this wonderful seasoning out from grill mates garlic & onion medley. Its the best ever and since ive had that I dont use my other seasoning. I use a bottle once a week.
Karen Alexandra - posted on 12/01/2010
Mexican food as fajitas, or tacos are mega easy to make, they dont take long and is fun for the kids.
pizza es easy to and the time that is in the oven is not to long
pasta is mega easy and you dont have to make always with meet you can make pasta with tuna, shrims, chicken it just depends of how's your creativity during that day
Marcy - posted on 10/29/2010
We cook once...eat twice. If we have chicken and rice one night, the next night the chicken gets shredded and the rice gets added to beans for tacos....
Crock pot fan here as well. Dump boneless chix breasts in there with a jar of salsa and put on simmer. When you get home shred the chicken for tacos. Also, a jar of tomato sauce and some meatballs ( I get the prepacked ones from Trader Joe's) on simmer all day. When you get home all you have to do is make pasta. Not sure if you eat salmon but if you marinate it in soy sauce, brown sugar and terriyaki sauce all day then toss it on the grill it rocks.
Homemade pizza (we get the dough at Trader Joe's) is quick and fun for the kids.
I have no time.....so I have come to terms with spending a little more money and buying things that are already cut up for me (veggies specifically). I figured in the long run its a lot healthier than eating out.
Tah - posted on 10/28/2010
get a crock pot sweetie...like rebecca said.it's a life saver..also..taco salad...homemade chicken ceasar..they have homstyle bakes ..you dump everything in the pan(for the oven)..make a quick dough..they give you the powder..and bake for about 30 minutes.....
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