Originally Posted by Ellp
About the "Semi-home made" food show, I haven't watched it myself but the concept sounds interesting.
I make most of my foods from scratch, soups, stews, yoghurt, etc. but there are days when I'm crunched for time, the kids are cranky and I'm too tired to be creative with ingredients. If I had a show that said to me, buy this, that and the other, throw it together and get a semi nutritious meal in 20 minutes, for cheaper than going out, I'd probably watch it.
The thing is, you can come up with some meals like this and just keep them in mind.
My favorite "quick" meal is chicken "caesar" salad. The basis of it is that someone gave us one of those silly foreman grills as a wedding present . . . BUT I have discovered those things are wonderful to cook frozen (boneless) chicken breasts. Toss some seasoning on frozen chix breasts, toss onto pre-heated foreman. They take about 8 minutes to cook. (You could also use a regular grill/under the broiler, but I think that it takes about 15 minutes to cook the chicken breasts from frozen.)
Tear up lettuce and wash. Cut up some salad veggies if you like, or not. Mix together: a couple tablespoons mayo, dijon mustard, minced garlic, ground black pepper, squirt of lemon or dash of vinegar. Toss lettuce w/veggies in about half of the dressing mix. Put lettuce on plate.
Take chicken off grill, slice. Put on top of lettuce. Spoon additional dressing over chicken slices. Add some toasted bread if you want. Dinner
It takes me just about 10 minutes end-to-end.
Oh, and since you say you make homemade yogurt and I have no idea if you consider mayo the devil or not . . . a nice, different dressing could be: plain yogurt, sour cream, dill, garlic, dash of lemon or vinegar, dash of olive oil. That's what I put on my potato salads and I bet it would taste yum on chicken.