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Omelets or scrambled
eggs. Most people always have eggs on hand. Try adding
vegetables, ham, cheese or leftover chicken. You can make dinner
into breakfast by adding pancakes or bacon to go with the
omelets or just serve eggs with toast, a fruit salad or a
Stir Fry. It is easy to keep a frozen bag
of stir fry vegetables in the freezer or use leftover vegetables
you have on hand and make a stir fry. Add some teriyaki sauce
and a side of cooked rice and you have a quick meal.
Tuna melts. Have a can of tuna in your
cupboard? Make a tuna salad, spread on rolls or a slice of
bread. Add a slice of cheese and toast in the oven several
minutes. Serve with a vegetable.
Quick chicken soup. Keep chicken broth or
chicken bouillon on hand and you can create a soup in a hurry.
To your chicken broth, add chicken breasts, 1-2 or however many
you have. You can throw the whole breast in your pot and let it
cook in the broth. Add a bay leaf if you have one and a
quartered onion. Add noodles or rice to your broth and allow to
cook while you cook the chicken. In last few minutes, add a bag
of frozen vegetables. Before serving, cut chicken into smaller
pieces with kitchen scissors.
Pasta salad. Cook your pasta and add
whatever meat and vegetables you have on hand. Drizzle with a
vinaigrette or bottled dressing. We like to use cubed ham,
pasta, cheese cubes, carrot pieces and drizzle with a small
amount of ranch dressing.
French bread or English
Muffin pizzas. I love this one. You can use a loaf of
French bread or English Muffin. If using French bread, cut down
the middle lengthwise. Lay flat on cookie sheet. Spread tomato
sauce, spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce, whatever you have on
hand. If using plain tomato sauce, sprinkle with oregano or
Italian seasoning. Sprinkle with shredded mozzarella cheese and
add toppings. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until
cheese is melted and pizza is toasted.
Spaghetti. If you have a jar of spaghetti sauce in the
cupboard or homemade
sauce in the freezer, you've got dinner in a hurry. Cook
any type of noodles you don't always have to use spaghetti
noodles try penne, fun shapes or bow ties for something dinner.
Mediterranean Spaghetti - heat a can of drained
tuna with some onion and garlic in a little olive oil. Add some
tomato sauce from a jar and a few olives or leftover veggies and
serve over cooked pasta.
Tuna or Chicken Salad Sandwiches - drain a can of tuna
or chicken and mix with a little mayonnaise, salt and pepper and
serve as sandwiches.
Crackers Deluxe - Get out some crackers plus any cold
cuts, cheeses, fruits and raw veggies you have sitting around.
Arrange everything on a platter and call it dinner.
Baked Potato Bar - Microwave or bake whole potatoes
until they are cooked through. Set out butter, sour cream,
grated cheese, chopped sandwich meat (like salami, ham or
pepperoni), cooked leftover veggies, chili (heated from a can)
and anything else your family might like on a baked potato. Let
everyone make their own loaded baked potato.
Rice and Beans - Cook a batch of rice, then add some
canned beans. Season with salt and pepper and add tomato sauce
if you like.
Pasta with Black Beans - Cook whatever type of pasta
you have available. Heat your favorite pasta sauce or a can of
chili while the noodles cook. Add some drained and rinsed black
beans into the pasta sauce. Pour the sauce over the cooked
pasta. Top with cheese.
Veggie Fried Rice
Taco Salad Bar. You
can change this taco dinner up several different ways.
Try using either ground hamburger, turkey or chicken.
Also include traditional taco salad toppings, such as shredded
cheese, multi grain tortillas, chopped tomatoes and shredded
lettuce. For more nutrition and variety include black beans,
kidney or chili beans, olives and top with low fat sour cream or
Chicken. The ever used
and loved meat for dinner is chicken. However it can be served
and used so many different ways it is no wonder. Try a simple
grilled chicken seasoned with seasoning salt and serve with
vegetables. Or bread your chicken with breadcrumbs, Parmesan
cheese and wheat germ and bake in the oven. Another easy chicken
dinner could be roast chicken.
Meatloaf. Using ground
chicken, hamburger or turkey or a combination of meat you can
quickly create a meatloaf. Serve with vegetables.
Chicken Casserole. Another
idea for a quick dinner is to put together vegetables, meat and
create a casserole.
Roast Beef or Pork Roast. We
love this meal because it is something that doesn't need a lot
of preparation or work. We stick a roast in the crock pot in the morning and
forget about it until dinner time. Just add a quartered onion
and season with salt and pepper, the crockpot will do the rest.
Add potatoes and carrots as well if you'd like.
Chili. You don't have to cook chili in the crockpot, it can easily be
put together and cooked in less than 30 minutes.