What are your quick meals? The meals you make when the meal plan has been thrown out the window and yet people must be fed? These nights seem to happen to us when I don’t plan well, when errands take three times as long as I hoped and everyone is cranky.
Here are our five, usually they end up accompanied by fresh fruit, steamed vegetables, or sometimes *gasp* canned. Avert your eyes if you must, but it happens.
- Sausage, Peppers, and Onions
Usually this get accompanied with either a baguette or hoagie rolls. I’ve found that I can cook the sausages from frozen -over low heat- and the dish is so flavorful that nothing is missed. If I plan on having this as the main dish, I always thaw them. It feels like I should do penance when I don’t.
- Lazy Man’s Frittata
Well, it’s not an official frittata, it’s just sauteed vegetables and sometimes ham or bacon, with beaten eggs. I keep the pan on the burner until the bottom has set and then I place the pan under the broiler just long enough to set the top and brown it a tiny bit. You can only use the broiler trick if your pan is oven safe, be careful.
This is amazing if there happens to be any chili around.
- Cheeseburger Macaroni
The ingredients for this are on hand at all time. Ground beef is one of the few things I don’t mind thawing in the microwave. The kids are happy, it’s filling, sometimes that’s all that matters. You can take the same technique to use up leftover chili, too. -Apparently I have chili on the brain, it must be time to get it on the recipe list here.
- Fettucine Alfredo
If I happen to have shrimp or fish or anything that gets blackened and served to the adults. The kids just get a sauteed version, they’re young, they’ll learn.
- Grilled sandwiches
Hot ham and cheese is our usual go to, but have you ever grilled a PB&J? It’s almost a shame that something that simple can be so tasty. If you want to get fancy make a chicken or patty melt. (It’s just a grilled cheese with the cooked! meat in the middle).
What are your go-to, gotta get dinner on the table five minutes ago meals?
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