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One of my kids favorites: Meatball Soup

1 package frozen Italian Style Meatballs
1 lb package frozen mixed veggies
1 32 oz container fat free beef broth
3 to 4 cups water
2 cups pasta

Place broth, water, meatballs in soup pot, bring to boil. Add frozen, mixed veggies and simmer 30 minutes. Add pasta and let cook 10 minutes. Serve with dinner rolls.

Or - throw everything in a slow cooker that morning and it is done when you come home from work.

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5/9/11 10:45 A

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I always try to cook for several days in advance on Sunday. I would normally cook Sunday dinner and we usually eat left overs on Monday night. Then on Sunday, I also cook another main dish that we eat 2 days during the week, sometimes Tues, Weds. and sometimes Tues, Thurs, depending on our mood. On another week day, I make something fast like pasta. I use whole wheat pasta and turkey meat for the sauce and we are good to go. I also grill a lot. So, if I don't an hour to cook a big meal, we grill chicken which only takes about 15 minutes to cook and I make a salad.

Since yesterday was Mother's Day, I decided I don't want to cook. Actually, I didn't really decide, I was too tired from our 8 hour spring cleaning cession on Saturday. So, tonight we are grilling steak. I will cook some small potatoes in the oven. They are tiny, so they will probably be done within 20 minutes and make a salad. Hopefully, my meal will not take more than 30 minutes to do. Which would be great since DD has 2 ballet classes today and by the time she gets home and we eat dinner, she has very little time for homework.

You know, I have been having a real hard time cooking in crock pot. My meat always seems to turn out dry. It falls apart really nicely, but tastes dry. I don't understand it. I heard form other SP friends and they also have same issue. Last time, I cooked pork loin and it was also dry. I had to make pulled pork sandwiches. My family liked it, but it was way too much bread for our fat family. Let me know your favorite crock pot recipe.

I love Rachel Ray new show. It comes on in TX on Sunday at 8:00 CST on Food Network. She cooks 5 meals for 5 days and tells you what to prepare in advance and what to prepare the day the meal is served and how to re-heat meals. I actually picked up a lot of tips from her.

Sorry. I did not realize this was so long when I posted. :)

Edited by: OLGAINTX at: 5/9/2011 (10:47)
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5/7/11 9:54 A

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Seeing as we are working moms - thought I would start a thread on how we quickly prepare dinners (and possibly other meals) so that they are family friendly - and healthy. One of my favourites, is of course, the crockpot - I prepare it the night before! One of the best investments I made was buying that pot!

What do you do to ensure the family gets a healthy meal during a work day?

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