We all know what it’s like…
It’s time to cook dinner. We go blank. It’s as if we had never cooked before.
Here are a few easy recipes from our readers. If you have some quick ideas that you’d like to share with us, let me know and I’ll add it them to the list!
1. Omelets. If you are concerned about cholesterol, use Egg Beaters or just one whole egg and a few egg whites. You can freeze leftover egg whites in plastic cube trays. (Eileen)
3. Kraft-brand dinner, hamburger, mushroom soup and whatever veggies you have. I’ve used tomatoes or frozen mixed veggies in mine. The kids love it! (Mary)
4. Ham dinner. I opened a can of beans, cooked up one of those pasta salads from a box (I made the Italian-style one) and put the ham under the broiler for eight minutes - and supper was ready!(Carolopal)
5. Ham dinner 2. We had a quick supper last night (after I suggested cereal and was soundly vetoed) of a fried ham slice, baked potatoes, and broccoli with cheese. (Tracy)
6. Our quick meal lately is broiled chicken breasts with a side of quickly cooked frozen veggies. We avoid most potato/rice sides, but if we have rice, we have instant brown rice cooked with water/bouillon and a sprinkle of Mrs. Dash-brand flavoring. We intentionally cook an extra breast for a quick salad dinner for the next day’s supper, or freeze it for a quick salad when needed on a busy day. (Barb Hughes)
7. My favorite fast emergency meal is quesadillas. I always keep frozen chicken breasts in my freezer and thaw and cut them up. Then saute them with a tablespoon or so of taco seasoning (since I don’t use a whole packet, I typically have that on hand, too). Then I just saute (separately) whatever vegetables I happen to have in the fridge that need to be used up. This week it was some broccoli (chopped really fine so no one noticed), green onions, some leftover onions, and a red pepper. Put a tortilla in a pan that you’ve lightly sprayed with oil, add whatever cheese you have on hand, filling (chop up the chicken pretty fine before you add it), more cheese, and put another tortilla on top. Super fast. I’ve done vegetarian ones with no meat, or I’ve used firm tofu (sauted with taco seasoning and then crumbled up with the veggies). (Lindsay Packard)
8. Chicken and apple quesdaillas.
9. Cheesy ham potatoes.
11. Fancy mashed potatoes. (Kristeen)
1. Corn Chowder.
2. My favorite is taco soup. Brown up a pound of hamburger, add 1 can corn, 1 can tomato soup, 1 large can tomatoes, 1 can kidney beans and 1 package taco seasoning. Heat through, serve with tortilla chips, grated cheese & sour cream. (Sheri)
3. Hamburger chowder.
4. Oven stew.