Dinner In A Hurry


When I found out that I was going to have hungry grandchildren to visit yesterday I wanted to make something quick and easy so that I could sit and visit while it cooked.  Due to a time crunch on the visit as the boys had to return home to get ready for school for today it had to be a quick meal.  Their mom had said that she could pick up a pizza on the way.

Homemade and nutritious for me always wins hands down.  I said I had already started to just come and visit.

I took chicken thighs and placed them in my roaster pan where I poured Wishbone Lite Italian Dressing on them enough to well coat them.  I covered with foil and placed them in the oven at 350 F.

I then proceeded to peel potatoes.  Both yellow butter and Red potatoes since I did not have enough of the yellow butter ones.  I placed them in a pan of water cubed with a hint of sea salt and let them boil with the cover slightly ajar.

I then took one container of Vanilla Yogurt, a container of Sour Cream, several varieties of fruit that I had (Mine were canned although frozen do work well) and 1/4 cup of marshmallows  I mixed them together in the bowl and let them sit in the fridge.

I was able to sit and visit, only being interrupted by my timer every fifteen minutes to turn the chicken.

The potatoes were finished and we added one stick of butter and one container of sour cream to whip them with the beater..

The thighs were done and we ate.  The meat fell easily from the bone and was very tender.  To have the boys comment how good the chicken was felt good.

They were surprised when I said that I had dessert.  First response was “What is that?”  I handed each a fork to stick in the mixture to taste.

Each had a big bowl of it and the last one finished the bowl.  I had a bag of coconut on the side to sprinkle on the top if the wanted it.  (I do not care for coconut so it always is a side option for me.)

A side salad was the other option which was offered.  Simple cherry tomatoes and romaine lettuce with a choice of dressings.

Complete meal that was quick and easy with no measuring and I was able to spend time with my guests.

Thank you for reading.

Tammye Honey

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What is in the Fridge Today?


As I walk to my fridge and look I am faced as many women with the task of being inventive and still staying on budget.

So far my ingredients include

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Perhaps some chicken or beef…have not decided yet but this is my starting block for dinner.  Since it is not grocery day I have to work with what I have in the house.  I do not feel like soup so a type of empanada it is.

Hubby was no help when I asked him what he wanted and he said whatever I am having.

As I am going through our mini freezer, what do I stumble upon but a ready made meal.

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I will have to take an allergy pill but with coupons I paid next to nothing for this and the chicken was on sale too.

Contessa makes a great line of quick meals for two. Or for one with leftovers for next day. Look for coupons as they are always available too.  I add meat to mine as hubby likes lots of meat.

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Perdue is now feeding their chickens without chemicals and organic.  They are not abusive so I try to stay clear of off brands that might be a deal but not good.

Thank goodness for coupons and being able to use them…

I guess the left over chicken will be the empanadas of tomorrow… and dinner is made for tonight…so I can clean today.  Yeah! I need to read the 12 secrets to planning meals why don’t you peek at it too?  Tell her I sent you please…Thank you.

One of my readers http://stuphblog.wordpress.com has asked what is an empanada so here I am adding an explanation of one of the easiest meals to make for a quick dinner.

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You start with an shell…CIMG1380

I love this brand as it is made with flour base that does not have bromine and no Corn…

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I add my hubby’s favorite cheese

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Medium Heat on the stove for the frying pan or griller

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I spray the pan with Pam to not have a greasy empanada

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I cut my chicken into strips and brown them on both sides or brown hamburger or stew beef or turkey burger….

Here is where it gets fun….

You can add…Onions

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Diced up and brown in the meat while it is cooking

Green peppers or hot peppers if you so choose

Spinach if you want to be healthy

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In a clean pan that has been sprayed with the Pam cooking spray

Add your tortilla shell then on half of the shell add your meat mixture.  Around the edges I sprinkle my favorite cheese as well as across the top.

Then fold over the other half so that it seals with the cheese. Press down with your spatula.  Brown on both sides then serve with

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This is to dip your empanada in

Enjoy

Tammye Honey