Monday, August 10, 2009

Back to School Recipes: Got Any?

School days mean we're crunched for time at both ends of the day.

I told Scott this morning that we seem to have a black hole in our house that sucks up any amount of extra time. So, I need to find some ways to save time. Specifically, I am looking for quick, easy, healthy dinner ideas.

If you send me your favorite quick and tasty dinner ideas I will post them on my blog, complete with a review of the recipe after I've made it and a link to your blog or web site. Click on my profile to find my e-mail address or post it in the comments section. And if you don't have any great recipe ideas, but your friends do, tell them and have them post their favorites.

To get things started, here's what I made for tonight's dinner. It was the first day of school for us and I wanted to be prepared for homework, hearing about Brendan's day, and just being with my kids, so I pulled out the old crockpot and made:

Garlic Chicken with Artichokes and Peppers

12 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 (8-9 ounce) package frozen artichoke hearts
1 sweet red pepper, cut into strips
1 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca
2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel
1 (1/2 teaspoon) ground black pepper
1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs
1In small skillet cook garlic and onion in hot oil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, or until tender.
2In 4 quart slow cooker combine the frozen artichoke hearts, sweet pepper, chicken broth, tapioca, rosemary, lemon peel, and black pepper. Add chicken; spoon garlic mixture over chicken.
3Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 7 hours, or on high setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.


Kel said...

Back to school seems to make time disappear...dinner?? Who has time for dinner anymore! :) I can't wait to see what you have in store!!

ViolinMama said...

I'll get back to you on this...I love using my crock pot and don't use it enough. I have the same "black hole" at my house, and it helps so much!!

Suz said...

My dinners are very simple vegetarian concoctions & probably wouldn't satisfy your guys. My usual rotation (always with a green salad): veggie/tofu stirfry with quinoa, pasta primavera with whole wheat pasta, veggie cakes with steamed cubed sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli, black bean & veggie burritos, grilled fish (whatever's fresh at the market) with corn on the cob and steamed veggies, and stewed tomatoes/chickpeas/sauteed squash over quinoa. Yeah, we love quinoa! Luckily D and I both prefer very simple meals with good ingredients, 'cause after a full day at work, neither of us is into anything labor-intensive.

Wendy said...

Super-easy, yummy and healthy chili:

1 2-alarm chili kit (available in most any grocery store)
1 lb ground turkey breast
1 small can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes w/ green peppers and jalapenos
1 can black beans
1 can pinto beans

Brown turkey breast. Add contents of chili kit (chili powder, cayenne and salt), plus can of tomato sauce and 2 cans water. Stir. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Add diced tomatoes and beans. Cover and simmer for about 25 minutes. Add masa (also included in chili kit) if desired. Serve with chili fixins (we like rice, grated cheddar cheese, sour cream or low-fat plain yogurt).

Cranky Mommy said...

Crock Cooking is really easy, it's the constant cleaning of the huge crock that makes it a pain over here! This sounds good, except tapioca sends a shiver down my spine. I don't know what it is about it but it just doesn't seem good to me HAHA!
But I'm planning to make a crock dinner every tuesday we'll see...