It’s nearly 5:30 and I have no idea what to make for dinner.
We’ve sunk into a serious dinner rut around here and we need some help out. I’m looking for quick, easy, healthy meals that my kids and Jeff will enjoy (Jeff being the picky one around here). I know, I should think ahead, plan the weeks menu, get all the ingredients, prep in the morning, all that jazz. But, that jazz doesn’t seem to work around here. I’m beginning to accept the fact that I’m just not that on top of things and instead of trying to squeeze into a mold that isn’t me I’m looking for another way to solve the problem. I’ve deiced that I need to find 30 min meals. Meals I can think about at 5:45 and have on the table at 6:15 (or so). Meals with simple ingredients that I can mostly have on hand. Meals that don’t require even a recipe, just some basic instructions of how to throw them together (getting out and reading and following recipes just takes time and energy and focus that is hard to muster around here).
I know this is the holy grail of mom cooking….everyone is looking for it. But I thought I’d throw out a plea and see if anyone out there can save me!
I do have a few 30 min meals up my sleeve to share, but we’re getting a little tired of them around here.
For what they’re worth, here are a few that always work in a pinch:
Chicken Noodle Soup
Put 4 cups water and 4 tsps. better than bullion in your soup pan. Add 2 frozen chicken breasts. Start them cooking with a few bay leaves while you cut up a few celery sticks and 3 or four carrots. Throw those in there and when they’re almost tender add some wide egg noodles, parsley and fresh ground pepper. While the noodles are cooking take out the chicken breasts, shred them and return to the pot.
voilà!! Dinner in 30 min.
Ginger Stir Fry with Chicken and Red Peppers
Get some white rice started.
Sauté some chopped garlic and fresh ginger in a little oil (about a tbs of each).
Add chopped chicken breasts and cook a few minutes.
Add chopped red peppers (I have thrown in broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, carrots, whatever you have on hand) but it’s so simple and tasty and pretty with just the red peppers.
Meanwhile in a big liquid measuring cup pour in 1 cup chicken broth, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 2 Tbs vinegar (I use rice vinegar), 2 Tbs cornstarch and a few shakes of red pepper flakes. Stir and add this mixture to cooking chicken and peppers. When sauce thickens up and chicken is cooked through remove from heat.
Add sliced green onions (or chives if you have them in the garden) and some peanuts.
Serve over rice.
voilà! Dinner in 30 min.
Other 30 min ideas:
- scrambled eggs with ham and cheese
- Spanish tortilla (will post the recipe for this sometime….basically a potato and onion frittata)
- can can chili (veggie chili made from just canned beans)
- Burritos or tacos
- salad with grilled chicken
- Thai curry
Ok, got to go make dinner! Still not sure what to make. It will come to me, right?
Please, Please, Please send me any links or ideas you have!