Saturday, February 18, 2006

Quick Dinner Ideas for Busy Folks

Admit it. We frequent fast-food drive thru's way too many times in any given week. Is it the wonderful, delicious cuisine that we can't live without or the fabulous 'dining experience' that keeps us coming back day after day? It's hard to believe that burgers and tacos have that much power over us; they're just not that good after awhile, and for the most part all taste the same.

The fact that we're just plain worn out after working all day is most likely the closest thing to a true answer if we're being honest with ourselves. Who wants to stand over a stinkin' stove and cook a good meal for a family that rarely, if ever, even acknowledges the things we do for them anyway? My theory for that problem is, to heck withem', I'll make a decent meal for myself - with enough leftover that they can have some too!

Here are a few of the 'quick' meals that I can put together for myself, and the people I live with, lol- aka: my family. They require very little time or money to create, and you'll feel good about serving them to your family too.

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

2 cups cooked, cubed chicken
2 cups instant rice
2 cans cream of chicken soup
2 cups milk
1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. seasoned salt

Mix all together in large bowl. Pour into greased 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 for 30 min.

Cheeseburger Crescents
Cooking Time: 30 minutes total
Servings: 2-3

1 pound hamburger meat
Velveeta cheese
1 large can Crescent rolls

Brown ground meat and season to taste. Drain grease. Remove crescent roll whole from package and roll out flat. Put ground meat and cheese onto surface of crescent roll directly down the center. Fold sides and ends of crescent roll over ground meat and cheese to form something like a pizza pocket. Bake according to package directions. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

To find even more recipes for busy people, stop by 'Family Crock Pot Recipes' at

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