Meals on a Deadline

¡Happy Día de los Muertos!

I used to teach Spanish so I feel compelled to say that. I could go into the three day celebration, but we’ll stop here and talk about this month’s topic: quick meals. As luck would have it, I’m on deadline right now. The quickest meal is, of course, to order a pizza, but, hey, we all like to eat something more nutritious from time to time, so let me share a recipe or two.

Chicken Parm

Ingredients: frozen chicken tenders (I go for quality here–and they have gluten free ones now, too), spaghetti sauce, mozzarella

  1. Follow the instructions for baking the chicken tenders. I usually add spaghetti sauce right away and cook a little longer than the instructions say.
  2. Once you’re sure that chicken is done (No salmonella on my watch!) then add mozzarella cheese and put it back in until the cheese has melted.

Sally Tip: Line the baking sheet with tin foil for easier clean up.

I like to serve this dish with rice and green beans, but you could go pasta and a Steamfresh bag of broccoli, too.

Tacos

You can brown ground beef, cook chicken, or even pick up the fajita meat from the meat section–all cooks quickly as long as it’s not frozen.

Sally Tip: Instead of using the salt-laden taco seasoning packet, use chili power, salt, and pepper to taste. Cooking any of the meats with onions adds a nice flavor. For ground beef, I just a jar of salsa to add flavor–it adds a bit too much water for the chicken and the steak, though.

In La Casa Kilpatrick, we round out the meat with Goya yellow rice and Goya black beans as well as corn tortillas (cuz gluten free)

Roast

Pot Roast in a crockpot is another great one if you have the prep time in the morning. I like to use a chuck roast, onions, carrots and potatoes. For the marinade I’ll mix olive oil with vinegar and montreal steak seasoning then add water so the roast doesn’t go dry. Beef broth is good to add, too.

So here’s how I do it:

  1. Brown the chuck roast on all sides.
  2. Slice onion and put some below the meat and some on top. Cut up potatoes and throw in baby carrots.
  3. Mix up marinade (see above or the London Broil marinade in the Better Homes and Gardens cook book)
  4. Set and forget–cook it on low all day long.
  5. Add a salad and eat so you can get back to writing.

Sally Tip: I use those plastic crock pot liners because I’m lazy, and I don’t like to clean things. Lord willing the cooking plastic won’t kill us all.

Hopefully, one of these three suppers will help you out in a pinch. After all, we don’t always have the money to order that pizza. I hear sandwiches and cereal work also. Anything to get back to to the laptop, am I right?

P.S. Sorry for the lack of photos, but I gotta write. Just as well since my suppers taste better than they look. *mwah*

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