I do the same thing. Since I have a large family, and leave during the week to work in another state for my 3 twelve hour shifts, I try to cook ahead. I love anything I can cook in a crockpot or that is quick on the stove. One meal my kids love can be doen either way - it is "meatball soup". I buy the pre-packaged italian seasoning meatballs (be careful as they can be high in fat since they are pre-done). Or you can make a big batch of meatballs out of ground turkey or 97% lean ground sirloin and freeze them in a freezer bag. I throw about 1/2 the bag full a large dutch oven or soup pot and brown them. (This doesn't have to be done as they can also cook in the broth as well.) Then I add low sodium, fat free vegetable broth or beef broth, a 1 pound bag of frozen mixed veggies and let it come to a boil for about 15 minutes - long enough for the veggies to cook. I throw in a little bit of colored pasta or whole wheat pasta at the end and let it simmer until the pasta is cooked. The whole meal can cook in less than 30 minutes, or put it in the crockpot in the morning and then add the pasta right when you get home. It is very healthy and full of veggies. My kids love this one.
Thanks for your advice. I will try to cook up some big batch meals this week-end and maybe put some chicken in the slow cooker so I can use it throughout the week to make meals that are high in protein but less time to the table.
I am all for fast fix food. You know I get a lot of ideas from Rachel Ray's 30 Minute Meal show. I don't usually cook what she does, but I do get ideas from her. Last night everybody wanted macaroni and cheese. But, I always need to cook protein with everything so that my family eats less macaroni and cheese. We had sausage, but it would take too long to grill so I took out the meat from casings (Rachel does that a lot) and cooked the sausage on the skillet. It only took 10 minutes and I added sauges to macaroni and made a salad.
I make tacos a lot with turkey meat. Turkey ground meat cooks very fast and I add taco seasonings and we have turkey tacos. Just add diced tomatoes, avocado, onions or anything else you like in tacos. My family loves it.
I also try to cook on Sunday for a few days. There have been Sundays where I cooked several main dishes for the week, but have not had time lately. I need to start doing that again. Stews and soups are really good dishes to cook in advance since they will not dry out when heated up.
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WE are all very busy with our work, family and social schedules so I was wondering if any of you had a quick and easy recipe you can share with me. I want to broaden my meal options but do not have a lot of time to go through the recipe database to look for some. Thanks, Carrie
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