Thursday, March 22, 2007

Meals on the go...

No one really ever has time to slave in the kitchen, do they? No one really likes to spend hours preparing healthy yet delicious meals for their family, do they? I do love cooking and I do love making sure our meals are yummy and nutritious, but like many women, I don't have heaps of time to spare. I've devised a way to ensure that I have supper on the table for 6PM and that they are healthy meals. I also make sure the prep time is no longer than an hour and that everything is from scratch. It kind of freaks me out to read the ingredients in some ready-made store bought food items.
Tonight's supper:
Garden greens
Romaine lettuce, baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets, grape tomatoes. Toss together. Prep time: 5 min.
Hot Potato Salad
4 large potatoes, peeled and quartered. Put in large pot to boil. Once tender, drain water. Add 2 tbsp. mayonnaise, salt, black pepper, garlic powder (I'm very liberal with the garlic). While piping hot, add one egg and mix together. The egg will cook since the potatoes are really hot still. The result is a very creamy potato salad. I also add fresh oregano and parsley from my greenhouse. Chop finely and add to potato salad.
Prep time: 5 min., Cooking time: 20 min.
Baked Chicken
Preheat oven to 375. On a cookie sheet, drizzle olive oil. Coat chicken pieces in olive oil and sprinkle salt and black pepper. Add chopped oregano over top. Bake in oven for 40 min.
Prep time: 5 min., Cook time: 40 min.
Fresh Berry Yogurt Parfait
In glass tumblers or parfait dishes, add a spoonful of yogurt. I used Yoplait strawberry yogurt. Slice banana and add on top of yogurt. I put 10 slices per dish. Add another layer of yogurt. Add fresh blueberries and then another layer of yogurt. Add fresh raspberries to top off the parfait. It's a delicious and nutritious dessert :) The raspberries are from our garden. We had tons and tons from last summer and I froze a bunch of containers of raspberries so we could have them year-round. The blueberries were from an old German couple, whom I lovingly call Oma and Opa. I froze the berries too and take them out whenever I need them.
Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 0 min.
There you have easy, quick supper. You can do it in an hour if you multi-task. A lot of the things can be done at the same time.


caninecologne said...

wow, can I come over for dinner? : )

that dinner/dessert looks fantabulous! what an awesome cook you must be! your husband is a lucky guy!

Chrissy121875 said...

LOL! Thanks, Canine! Hey, it looks like we're online at the same time! Anyway, sure...come on over!! LOL! If you guys ever come to the island, you know where you can eat!!! ;)

japanmanpete said...

Nice! Can I come over for a meal too?

t said...

OH that looks delicious! When can you come over and cook for me?

Diesel said...

This makes me tired. I'm going to go hammer some more nails.

Chrissy, come play in my caption contest!

Chrissy121875 said...

Pete: Sure, I've set an extra plate for you at the dinner table ;)

T: Hmmm...either you come over here for dinner or I go over to you and cook there. Unfortunately, we're no longer a few minutes away from one another! LOL! It's more like a few hours now!

Diesel: I'm on my way to do the caption contest. I'll have to be quick though, since I need to get back out and get the sap from the trees for the maple syrup!!

Anonymous said...

Pretty pictures of the berry parfaits! They look tasty!

Curiosity.Killer said...

Perfect meal plan, Chrissy. They look delicious!

I find myself doing that alot lately too. But once I get to manitoulin, you're going to spoil me, right? Right?


Chrissy121875 said...

Thanks :) I love fresh fruits...especially berries!

For sure! You know I'll cook for ya, girlfriend! :) See you in the summer ;)

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