Bargain of the Week May 15, 2012: Quick Dinner Solutions (Recipes Included)

Who enjoys cooking when you get home from a long day of work, school or chauffeuring the tots? Certainly not me! By the time I get home, wash Noodle’s bottles and bowls, prepare them for the next day, then play with Noodle, maybe get in a workout, eat some grub, and put baby to bed, it’s 8 or 9 o’clock…easily! That leaves little time for cooking or anything else. I normally cook on the weekends and our leftovers can sometimes stretch to Wednesday. This means I’m always on the hunt for HEALTHY, quick dinner solutions which can get us to the weekend. What about you? These taste-bud and waistline friendly recipes get the job done!

My fridge staples for time-crunch cooking are-

Tangy Turkey Sloppy Joes with Sweet & Spicy Sweet Potato Fries: Ground Turkey (onions, bell peppers, finely chopped carrots for a veggie boost, brown sugar, tomato paste, mustard, salt, pepper, & garlic powder) Sweet Potato Fries (chopped thin, baked, then sprinkled with brown sugar and ground cayenne pepper). No pic available because I’m cooking this tonight!

Blackened Chicken over Fresh Greens & Berries: use Fresh Spinach & Romaine Lettuce, Dried Cranberries & Fresh Strawberries, & Thin Sliced Chicken Breast blackened in a skillet or griddle (also great with rotisserie chicken from your local grocer. See my pic below)

Pretty right?

Check out these other great recipes from Disney Family! Don’t they look yummny? I’m hungry for dinner NOW.

Send me your favorite weekday recipes. I’d love to try them!

Peace. Love. Quick Dinners!


Chicken Fajita Tostadas-My mommy-in-law made these a few weeks ago!
8 tostada shells
2 cups cooked shredded chicken breast
1 cup refried beans
1 medium green pepper – thinly sliced
1 medium onion – thinly sliced
1 packet (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix
1/2 cup lime juice
1/2 cup water
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded lettuce, diced tomato, salsa, sour cream and guacamole for garnish – optional

Curry Spiced Mini Turkey Burgers
1 pound ground turkey
1/4 cup plain yogurt
2 scallions, sliced or 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger root
1 tablespoon curry powder
Salt to taste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Chicken Taco Soup
1 pound boneless skinless chicken, cooked and shredded
2 cups cooked kidney beans
2 cups prepared salsa
6 cups chicken stock
1 packet taco seasoning
2 cups tortilla chips, crushed


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