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Keep Some Quick Meal Ingredients Handy For When Time Is Short

All right I admit I don’t always like to cook, especially when time is small and we have run behind because of what seems like endless errands and such. While it would be much simpler to just run through a drive thru on occasions like this, I despise doing that especially when it comes to supper.

What I have done is to keep on hand the ingredients for 3 or 4 meals that I can “whip up” in a small amount of time, without having to run to the grocery store.

Depending on the tastes and size of your family you may have other thoughts for quick meals but these are mine.

1. Chicken and Noodles.

I make my own noodles, they are super simple and they freeze well. I often triple the batch when I am making them, since I am going to have noodles drying out on my table anyway I might as well do a bunch at once and throw a few bags in the freezer.

When I boil a chicken it is just as simple to get a huge pot out and do two or three and freeze some of it. You can even freeze the broth if you have room in your freezer.

So when time is small it is not hard to grab a bag of chicken, a bag of noodles, and either some frozen broth or a couple cans of broth and whip up homemade chicken and noodles.

I usually serve chicken and noodles over mashed potatoes, and in case I don’t have any potatoes I keep a box of dried mashed potatoes on hand too.

Simple and tasty meal that can be done in about 20 minutes.

2. I always have a pound or two of cooked ground beef in my freezer. That way I can whip up a casserole, goulash, taco’s, or throw some chili into the crock pot. I often season some for tacos and place it in the freezer too. It can be used for taco salads, tacos, or for a treat some meaty nacho’s.

3. I confess I keep a handy box of hamburger helper in my pantry too. My daughter’s favorite these days is the double cheese quesadilla.

4. That cooked frozen chicken in the freezer can be turned into a chicken salad or with a small seasoning some fantastic chicken fajitas.

5. Especially in the summer I keep some frozen hamburger patties on standby to just throw on the grill for a quick meal that the kids like.

For side dishes fresh veggies and fruit is fantastic. And I often open a can of peaches, pears, or fruit cocktail to go with my meals.

Remember if your are browning a pound of hamburger for a meal it is just as simple to do 2 or 3 pounds and place the extra in the freezer for future use.

So pick out 4 or 5 simple meals that you can do the preparation ahead of time for and keep them stocked up. Then on the days you didn’t make a meal plot or run small on time just whip it together, it beats hitting the local drive-ups and is much less expensive and a whole lot healthier.

About the author:

Robin Reckard, co-founder of jorbins.com/ Jorbins.com Lifestyle Magazine, keeps busy producing, writing, and editing for the magazine as well as raising and enjoying her six year ancient daughter.

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