Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes

Five Tips To Help Prepare Supper In A Hurry

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No matter if you love to cook or if you dread it, there are times  when we all would rather not have to mess in the kitchen to prepare supper.  Busy schedules, sickness, or a change in plans can all make it hard to pull a meal together.  At those kinds of times, it’s always good to have a plan you can fall back on.  Here are 5 favorite tips for a meal in a hurry ~

  1. Have breakfast for supper. Make omelets, pancakes or waffles.  Add some bacon and some fruit and you have a filling and fast dinner!
  2. Keep Canned Salmon in your pantry.  Sam’s Club has a really delicious canned salmon that is perfect for these Salmon Croquettes.
  3. Make small corn cakes in a skillet.  Make up a cream gravy to pour on top.  If you have cooked chicken in the freezer, you can add that to the gravy. 
  4. Add meat (cooked chicken breast or browned beef or ground turkey) to a green salad for a healthy and fast supper!
  5. Don’t throw those one helping leftovers away! Put them in freezer safe containers and label them well.  When you have several options, thaw them and let your family “order supper: from the leftover menu!  Everyone will have something different and you didn’t have to cook a thing!

As you can see from my suggestions, I believe having an extra freezer is such a time and money saver!  If you don’t have one, I’d strongly encourage you to consider it, if you have space for one in a garage or basement.  My suggestions concerning a freezer:

  • Buy an upright, rather than a chest style.  They’re easier to get into and easier to keep organized.
  • Buy the more expensive frost free one!  You’ll be really glad you did!!

Aside from carry out, what’s your best tip for getting a meal on the table on busy days?

With love from my country kitchen,

denise a

dinner in 30 minutes

Quesadillas – Fast, Filling & Fantastic

We absolutely love Mexican food at our house!  Recently when I needed a quick supper, I whipped up a Chicken Quesadilla that was fast, filling and fantastic!   

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As I’ve said many times, one little trick to fixing a quick meal is having cooked chicken, beef or turkey in your freezer. There are so many options for fast meals if the protein  Continue reading “Quesadillas – Fast, Filling & Fantastic”

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Seafood

Honey-Lime Shrimp

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When Kroger recently put shrimp on sale, I know we were soon in store for a fast, scrumptious seafood dinner!  I went searching for a great recipe to make this meal really special.  When I saw the word, honey in the ingredients for this dish, my heart jumped.  I absolutely love this special condiment!  Lime is also called for in this dish, and its tartness added the perfect balance to the sweet honey. This sauce over the shrimp is perfect.  Oh yum, we were not disappointed! Continue reading “Honey-Lime Shrimp”

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Fast meal · grilling

Grilled Hobo Packets

A favorite summer meal of mine is cooked on the grill, but doesn’t require constant attention, which is great on these hot July days!

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These Hobo Packets are easy to assemble and don’t take long to cook.  This is another great 30-minute supper! Hobo Packets are simple a foil pouch filled with kielbasa, potatoes, onions and peppers.  They are seasoned and then rolled up to cook on the grill.  The grill gives everything a great flavor and you’re not heating up the kitchen!

There are a few key instructions to ensure the cook evenly without burning.

  1. First, use heavy-duty foil.  Then spray the foil with a cooking spray.
  2. Another important reminder is to slice the potatoes thinly, so they will cook in the same amount of time as the kielbasa and vegetables.

You could vary the ingredients in the packets.  I’ve added corn on the cob, cut into small pieces, and that is a delicious addition! Get creative and enjoy a great meal cooked in individual portions outside on the grill!

Here are a couple video clips that may help:

 

 

Hobo Packets

1 package Turkey Kielbasa, chopped into pieces
2-3 potoates, any variety, sliced into eighths
½ Red Onion
Yellow and red peppers, sliced
Salt, pepper
Olive oil

This will make two hearty portions, or you could use less meat in each packet and make four servings, adding more vegetables.

Spray 2-4 sheets of foil with cooking spray.  Layer Kielbasa and vegetables on foil.  Add salt and pepper over top, sprinkle with Olive oil.  Fold foil over and secure sides.  Place on the grill over medium high heat.  Turn a quarter turn every ten minutes.  At the end of 30 minutes, test the potatoes for doneness.

Open packets onto plates and enjoy!

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I served my packets with a cucumber salad, which is also a refreshing summer salad.  Here’s how I make it:

Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers, diced into bite-size pieces
Chopped chives or green onions, chopped
Salt & Pepper
Sour Cream

Add cucumbers, chives and salt and pepper.  Add enough sour cream to cover cucumbers.  The moisture from the cucumber will thin out the sour cream, so start by adding a small amount and add more if needed.

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All this meal needs is a patio and a summer breeze!  Enjoy!

From my country grill,

Denise

Dinner · dinner in 30 minutes · Sunday Dinner

Honey-Lemon Glazed Salmon Salad

Happy Monday, friends!

I have a great recipe to share today!  Salmon has become a favorite dinner for us because:

  1. It’s fast!
  2. It’s delicious!
  3. It’s healthy and good for you!
    1. Promotes over all good health
    2. Fights cancer
    3. Makes bones stronger
    4. Fights neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s
    5. Helps eye health
    6. Better immunity…and more!

Those are all good reasons to learn to love this fish!!  But don’e miss the fact that it’s so good!

Last Sunday I thawed out Salmon filets for our dinner for after church.  I added a Honey-Lemon glaze to flavor the fish, then tossed up a  dressing with simple ingredients.  It Continue reading “Honey-Lemon Glazed Salmon Salad”