Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fast Dinner Ideas for a Busy March!

Here's my little souz-chef helping me with the dinner prep. She's got a mean stirring arm!

We just sat down and made up our aux pioneer schedule for March, and it includes two afternoons a week from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. That means I am on the look out for some good easy but legitimate dinners! I thought I'd share some of my current stand-bys, and I hope you share some back...:)

Gussied up Macaroni and Cheese

We like to use Annie's boxed Mac n Cheese wihen we're sqeezed for time. But I add some extras.
My favorite additions are half a head of kale torn up and added to the pasta water for 5 minutes, along with some chopped up mushrooms that I can sautee while the pasta and greens are cooking. Hardboil some eggs while everything else is going on and it all comes out done at about the same time. Salad on the table and dinner done in 15 minutes!

Sweet Potatoes (thanks to Mom and Dad for this idea)

We started doing this dinner in December and it's been a great winter meal. The potatoes bake for about 1 1/2 hours, so if I put them in at 3:30 they're done when we get home.
I put a bag of spring salad mix on the table with some cottage cheese and it's warm, filling. Plus, very two year old friendly. Nice at the end of a long day.

Loaded Nachos

The title says it all. For our house, one half is vegetarian, and there's that salad mix on the table again. Add some fresh salsa and you're done.


Quiche (of all sorts)

Quiche is basically scrambled eggs and cheese baked in a crust. Crustless if it's a really crazy day. Quiche is one of those things that you can always throw together (because you always have eggs!) and it's usually amazing. If you have left over vegetables from another meal, throw them in. A small amount of meat that isn't enough to do anything else with? Chop it up and add that, too. Just remember one thing: you need as least one flavorful ingredient.. Add lots of sauteed garlic, or use parmesan or feta instead of cheddar or mozzarella. Sprinkle some extra cheese on top and when that's slightly browned you know it's done.

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