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Fast Dinners, No Drive-Through

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM
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The temptation is strong, after a long day of work, school and activities, to delegate dinner to whichever place has the nearest drive-through. But that's bad for your wallet and your waistline. Luckily, with a little planning ahead, you can have dinner on the table faster than you could wait in line, order and pay at a fast food place.

I love those frozen veggies that are in bags you can just toss in the microwave and steam. You can also find beans and rice in those packets as well. I find the rice, for example, is just as good as what I'd cook myself, and it's only a three-minute zap to get healthy brown rice on the table.

What to serve with those miracle veggies? Fish cooks in a flash, and is a healthy source of protein. Dress it up with some lemon and breadcrumbs, or add savory spice blends like garam masala or Cajun seasoning. Mild-flavored fish adapts to just about anything you choose to do with it.

Another one of our fast go-to meals is pasta with pesto sauce. I boil the pasta, and meanwhile put peas and corn on the bottom of the colander so they heat up when I pour out the pasta on top. Once it's drained, I toss it with pesto sauce (tomato sauce would work, if you like it) and serve. If I have leftover meat or fish, I pitch it in for a little protein. 

What's your go-to, no-time-to-cook meal?




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michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM

lettuce wraps work great for us

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:10 AM

main dish salads

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:11 AM

fajitas take very little time to cook up the meat & veggies

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:12 AM

grill/broiled steaks in about 15 minutes, w/salad

michiganmom116
by Rhonda on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:12 AM

tacos

johnny4ever
by Tracy on Apr. 23, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Tacos!Or Spaghetti!

elasmimi
by on Apr. 23, 2014 at 9:12 AM

Spanish rice, chicken picatta

SweetLuci
by Gold Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

 Shrimp fried rice, salads with fish. We eat a lot of seafood. Smoked sausage on a roll, or with sauteed veggies is also quick.

RobynS
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 10:24 AM

great ideas! I make "taco rice" a lot... because I can make it in advance. I also use my crock pot a LOT.

kellynh
by on Apr. 23, 2014 at 10:31 AM

PB&J with fruit and milk in a pinch

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