Friday, October 16, 2009

A Week's Worth of Rushed Dinners that Actually Taste Good

If you are anything like me, then one of the most stressful times of the day is the afternoon, when you have to prepare dinner. The older children are running around the house like loony birds, Hell Hound is barking at me for some dinner, the phone is ringing. Meanwhile Baby Bigfoot keeps peeling his clothes off. Here is a week of dinners that are tasty and fast. I did not make up these recipes, but I did change them here and there.


Lemon Chicken With Broccoli Over Rice

You Need:

steamed broccoli florets

cooked minute rice

chopped chicken breast

1 bottle of Lemon Pepper 30 Minute Marinade Sauce


Steam the frozen chopped broccoli and set aside

Cook the rice according to the directions on the box, but mix in half of the lemon pepper marinade

Fry the chicken in the other half of the marinade

Arrange chicken and broccoli on a bed of rice and serve.


Loren’s Mad Good Chili

You Need:

Your favorite bakery rolls

1 can kidney beans

1 jar salsa

1 can diced tomatoes

Chili pepper

onion, chopped

1 lb ground beef or ground turkey


Fry the onion in a tsp. of olive oil, and then add ground beef.

Add other ingredients and simmer for a half hour.

Serve with rolls and a salad.


Chicken with Tomatoes and Spaghetti

You need:

1 lb spaghetti

5-6 plum tomatoes

2 lbs chopped boneless chicken breast

Parmesan cheese

1/3 cup olive oil

Fresh basil

Chopped garlic- I don’t know, I like a lot.


Boil the spaghetti, strain and set aside.

Fry the garlic, tomatoes and basil in oil

Add spaghetti and parmesan cheese to pan.

Mix to coat and serve with a side salad.


Shrimp and Rice Stir Fry

You Need:

Cooked brown rice- 4 cups

1 bag frozen, cooked and cleaned medium shrimp

¼ cup orange juice

2 tbsp. soy sauce

1 tbsp. corn starch

½ tsp. sugar

Minced garlic

1 bag frozen stir fried veggies

¾ cup chicken broth

Vegetable oil or peanut oil


Mix together soy sauce, OJ, corn starch, sugar, and broth. Set aside.

Fry shrimp in oil and add garlic.

Add the veggies to the pan and heat through.

Mix together shrimp veggies and sauce.

Serve over hot rice.


Apple Filled Ebelskiver and Fruit Salad

You need:

Ebelskiver pan

Buttery spray

Pancake mix- instant or regular

Maple syrup or caramel sauce

Confectioner’s sugar

Finely chopped apples

Fruit salad side dish


Prepare the pancake mix according to the box and set aside. Spray pan with butter and drop chopped apple pieces into each “cup” then coat with pancake mix. To see how this is done, watch a video at the William Sonoma website.

Picture from William Sonoma.


Stefunkc said...

My mouth is watering!

Loren Christie said...

Hello to Stefunkc!

Brenda Jean said...

Yum. Isn't it crazy? I swear dinner at our house is the same way. I'm about ready to ONLY cook with the crock pot so I can put it in first thing in the morning, then make them serve themselves at dinner. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Loren Christie said...

Oh man, Brenda! I was hoping things might calm down a bit when the kids all get into elementary school.

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