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Thread Starter 
I start school and my new Girl Scout troop next week. My husband also starts classes after work too. So dinner-time isn't going to be like it was over the summer - sometimes long and fancy. I need ideas for quick dinners because by the time I get home from school, I'll be hungry and ready to eat.

Any ideas? Recipes are welcome! :
TIA
post #2 of 12

Sounds like you could use a crockpot for those evenings

They are great..I use mine at least 3 nights a week when I have to work my 2nd job and need dinner to be ready for them to eat instead of getting a sandwich cause I am too tierd to cook.These are some things I cook in my crockpot..

Scalloped potatos
Mac and cheese
Roast and potatos
Chicken and Potatos
Corned beef brisket and potatos and cabbage
Soups...hamburger,chicken,veg,minestrone ect...

You can also make things like meatloaf,pork chops ect...When it comes to meats like pork chops and small steaks, I will brown them a bit on the stove then put them in.

I also keep cut veggies and hm dips in my fridge to go with.Things like hm coleslaw,potato salad,ect keep really well in the fridge for the week.If you want bread with your meal and have a bread machine you can time it to make a loaf to be ready when you get home..

I do this otherwise I am too tierd to cook and end up spending money we don't have on driving through the drive thru of the nearest fast food place..HTH...Love Mylie xx
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 
Thank you for the ideas. I really need to buy a crockpot cookbook, especially with fall and winter approaching. It would make life a lot easier.

I read this morning about the bread machine and thought "Ah, well, great idea but no bread machine here." Then I went to a garage sale and found a very nice one for $5. I thought it was great. So, now we can have nice breads ready when I come home too. *hee, hee*
post #4 of 12
The crockpot is a great investment. I use it at least once a week. A great cookbook is Fresh From the Vegetarian Slow Cooker by Robin Roberston.

Ok, so for other ideas, how about stir fry? You can have everything prepped and when you get home, it'll take 10 minutes.
All kinds of pasta, gnocchi, ravioli with tomato (or other) sauce.
Hummus with pita bread and veggies.
Pancakes or other brekkie for dinner ideas.
Mexican foods, tacos, burritos, tostadas, nachos.
You can do a quick curry by mixing peanut butter and coconut milk and putting it over veggies and rice.
Pita, tortilla, or english muffin pizzas.
post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 
I love the mini pizza ideas!

I'll be working those into the menu. Thanks.
post #6 of 12
Quesadillas! Spread a flour tortilla with some canned refried beans (heated up if you have time) and some mashed avocado. Sprinkle on some grated cheese. Fold and pop into a skillet over medium heat. Cook briefly on each side till cheese melts and tortilla is golden. Serve with salsa and sour cream/plain yogurt. Yummy, filling and healthy!
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Originally Posted by napless
Quesadillas! Spread a flour tortilla with some canned refried beans (heated up if you have time) and some mashed avocado. Sprinkle on some grated cheese. Fold and pop into a skillet over medium heat. Cook briefly on each side till cheese melts and tortilla is golden. Serve with salsa and sour cream/plain yogurt. Yummy, filling and healthy!
MMM.. great idea! Thank you for sharing.
post #8 of 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by napless
Quesadillas! Spread a flour tortilla with some canned refried beans (heated up if you have time) and some mashed avocado. Sprinkle on some grated cheese. Fold and pop into a skillet over medium heat. Cook briefly on each side till cheese melts and tortilla is golden. Serve with salsa and sour cream/plain yogurt. Yummy, filling and healthy!

YUM!

Never realized how simple they were!

Thank you for sharing.

It's definitely time for me to get the crockpot back out of the cupboard and start using it, now that the temps are getting cooler and hearty fare is more the wishes of my dh. . . .
post #9 of 12
If you haven't done so already, you need to clink on the link in Napless's siggie. Every Friday, you'll recieve an e-mail w/ 7 quick and easy to prepare recipes (last week, there was a recipe for Orange Rosemary Chicken ). These are quick to prepare but take some time to cook.

But, she has a downloadable cook book w/ quick and easy, stove to table recipes. I believe 20 min. or less.

Discalaimer: I do not know Napless. I've never met Napless. But, I Napless, because she helps feed my family.
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IDiscalaimer: I do not know Napless. I've never met Napless. But, I Napless, because she helps feed my family.
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That made my day!!!
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