Happy Thursday my friends. Today I am just going to throw out a few ideas for some very quick and easy dinners. It doesn't have to be a major task to have a good meal. We can easily have tasty meals for little money and little time and using just what you have on hand.
Thursday, August 18, 2022
Easy Dinners in Minutes
This is a great way to use up any leftovers you may have. You can even add just tiny bits of meat - so it is a great way to stretch meat. You can even make it meatless. Rice, veggies, maybe an egg or two and meat if desired. A little soy sauce or teriyaki seasoning - and you are good to go.
Fry up a little ground meat add your seasonings and you have a great base for tacos. Chop up tomatoes, lettuce, cheese or whatever you like. Add salsa or sour cream if you have it on hand.
Burritos are also super easy. Such a wonderful way to make a yummy meals using little.
*A tip is to add beans, rice or lentils to your taco meat to stretch it for more hungry mouths!
You can make sandwiches as simple or complicated as you would like. You don't have to keep it to a simple sandwich and chips. Load those sandwiches up with all kinds of goodies. Make your own Subway sandwiches at home - you can really throw on the veggies, or the cheese or the meat you desire.
Salads are a great dinner. You can keep them all veggie - you can add fruit and nuts, you can add meat or eggs, you can add cheese - you can add ANYTHING! It is a great way to use up bits of chicken or steak or tuna. You can make bean salads or pasta salads. Salads are just so versatile, and you use what you have. I love a chef salad!
BREAD BOWLS or HEARTY BREADS
Think about using hearty breads for a quick and easy dinner. You can rip off chunks of bread and dip into anything. Hummus, dips, fondue, soups, stews. Dinner doesn't have to be a 5 course meal. It is what you like - even if it is one thing! Make some bread bowls and add soup, stew or even a great mac n cheese. You eat the soup and then eat the bread and all its soaked up goodness! You can really have a very filling meal using bread.
Breakfast is always a fast and easy dinner. It can be anything. Pancakes topped with fruit, waffles , eggs, sausage, bacon, biscuits/toast and gravy - anything.
I prefer breakfast foods for dinner. I am not much for cooking eggs or bacon in the morning - later in the day is perfect.
Just like with fried rice - this is a great way to use up all those leftovers in a new way. Add any bits and bobs you have. Season and serve over rice or pasta of any sort. I like making a lo-mein dinner using up leftovers and adding spaghetti or fettucine noodles - a little soy sauce and YUM!
Soups and stews and chili of any sort. I know it isn't quick to make homemade soup on the fly - but you can have soups or stews leftover in your freezer or simply jazz up a can of soup. You can add some pasta or rice to a can of soup - or serve it over pasta. You can serve with hearty bread. Sometimes a can of soup is what you have time or energy for!!!!!
NO - they don't cook in a few minutes - but they can be easy to throw together, then turn on the crockpot and forget it. It can be anything you want to put together. Get creative. Dump in the ingredients and then turn on the pot and go about your day. Pretty darn simple and you can have a wonderful warm dinner.
I guess lots of people use Insta-Pots now (I don't have one) and I understand they are pretty quick as well.
So never feel overwhelmed that you can't provide a nice filling dinner for yourself or your family. You CAN and you can do it cheaply and quickly. Busy days don't have to keep you from a good meal.
Get creative and use what you have on hand!
Do you have a favorite easy and quick meal that you throw together?
Have a great Thursday!!!!