9.30.2007

30 MINUTE MEALS


Y'all provided such good advice on the diaper rash problem, that I have another one to throw out there:

This Wednesday I am teaching the Beehives to make a meal (dinner) and set a table to serve to a surprise guest (the missionaries). The activity starts at 6:30 p.m. at my house and the missionaries are arriving at 7:30 p.m. So, I need a meal that is quick and easy. I have been racking my brain trying to think of something (the Beehives were suggesting lasagna, hmmm... never heard of that cooking quickly, and I really don't want to do that much prep work because that defeats the purpose). I've looked through Rachel Ray's ideas, but am a little wary of trying something experimental. I need something simple, easy to make, and good, that will feed approximately 8 girls and 5 adults.

Ideas? Please!

14 comments:

  1. Spaghetti, stir fry, tacos, tostadas...those come to me quickly. Fun idea. XOXO Kirsten

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  2. why dont you make your really yummy chili with the tortilla chips thing. that is sooo good! (not sure how long that takes you) If you really want to impress them you could make salmon and mashed potatoes with a salad. You wrap the salmon fillets on a sheet of foil and bake at 400 degrees for 23 min.- in which time you boil red potatoes in a big pot(no need to peel them). Then a quick green salad and WA LA- dinner in about 30 min.

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  3. Soups are good and easy to make big batches of. Here's a recipe for Chicken tortilla casserole that's easy.

    Chicken Tortilla Casserole
    4 chicken breasts (cooked and diced)
    6 small flour tortillas (broken into bite-size pieces)
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    2 green onions (chopped)
    1 4-ounce can diced green chilies
    1 cup grated cheddar cheese
    Combine all ingredients (but the cheese). Some like to layer the tortillas in with the rest of the mixture. I like to stir mine in because it keeps them from drying out. Sprinkle the cheese on top. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes.

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  4. I have a lasagna recipe that you don't have to pre-cook the noodles, but it still takes an hour to cook, if you want the recipe. Oh, and I have a recipe that is super easy.

    Prego Baked ziti supreme
    1 pound ground beef or turkey
    1 medium onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
    1 jar (28 oz.) pasta sauce with mushrooms (or any flavor you like, really)
    1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (6 oz.) divided
    5 cups hot cooked medium tube-shaped macaroni (about 3 c. uncooked)
    1/4 c. grated Parmesan cheese

    In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, cook beef and onion until beef is browned, stirring to separate meat. Pour off fat. Stir in pasta sauce, i cup mozz. cheese and macaroni. Spoon into 3-quart shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Makes 6 servings, but you can add more pasta if you want to add more bulk. I serve it with French bread and a tossed green salad.

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  5. Oh, on my previous recipe, if you don't have a half-hour to cook it, just increase the temp to 375 and cook for 20 minutes or 400 and cook for 15 minutes. You're just heating it a bit more, I think.

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  6. To cut out some prep time, you can always have the girls do some of the prep work at home. Like have one girl bring the onions chopped, and another the hamburger browned, etc.

    Like Kirsten said, tacos, etc would be easy. Just a lot of chopping and then assembling.

    Here's one of my favorite, that's a bit (sort of) along the lines of lasagna. I almost always boil my chicken to cook it, then chop it up and saute it for the flavor. It's quicker than sauteing raw chicken. And then you don't have beehives getting raw chicken juice all over your kitchen (which I would be totally paranoid about). And you can use tenderloins rather than chicken breasts to speed up the whole process.

    Chicken Tortellini Casserole
    Ingredients:
    4 boneless chicken breasts
    9 oz. package of tortellini
    4 oz. mushrooms (optional)
    4 green onions, chopped
    ½ cube butter, melted
    1 cup sour cream
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can cream of chicken soup
    1 ½ cups grated cheddar cheese

    Directions:
    Saute chicken breasts in skillet, seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper. Cut into bite sized pieces. Boil tortellini according to package directions and drain. Mix all ingredients together, using a little grated cheese to sprinkle on top. Place in buttered casserole dish. Bake at 350 until hot and bubbly (20-30 min.).

    Oh, and yummy bread to go with this:
    A loaf of french bread slice in half lengthwise. Spread with Mayo. Sprinkle with garlic salt. Sprinkle with cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Sprinkle with Parm. cheese. Broil for just a couple of minutes until cheese melts and bread is toasty.

    Or, loaf of french bread sliced lengthwise. Spread with softened butter, mixed with a packet of Italian Salad Dressing mix. Broil for a couple minutes.

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  7. Sorry... that recipe makes one 9 x 13 pan. You could easily make a second. Basically everything is dumped into a bowl and mixed together and then dumped into the casserole pan.

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  8. chilled italian pasta with garlic bread.
    box of rainbow noodles cooked
    1 cup chopped broccoli
    3/4 cup diced red pepper
    1/2 cup diced olives
    1 cup diced mozarella
    3/4-1 cup italian dressing

    This is fast, tasty, and has vegies in it. You can vary the ingredients and quantities.

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  9. chicken enchiladas They are a Huge hit whenever I make them! and they are easy. But seriously, they are sooo good! It would make the beehives feel like real cooks and you can just make a salad to go on the side. Call me if you want the recipe. (caitlin)

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  10. I have a great chicken enchilada recipie that you could easily make several pans of, each having 12-14 enchiladas. They're a family favorite and pretty good (duh, it's cause I'm mexican.) Let me know if you want it.

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  11. Since everyone else is posting enchilada recipes here's another one :). It's good, easy, fast, and healthy :).

    http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=1173802&package_id=1177854

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  12. Crap that link didn't work - google chicken enchiladas with salsa verde and pull it off Cooking Light's website. Make a side of black beans and a salad and you have a full healthy meal.

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  13. cristin, why didnt you ask me about this? are you trying to avoid me?

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