Quick and Easy Recipes for those Busy Days!

January 12, 2008 Sharilee

One of the suggestions from a direct-selling expert is to use the crock-pot on those days that you will be gone or have a heavy workload.  Here are some of my suggestions and favorites that we use for days when I want/need to spend less than 5-10 minutes preparing the meal– 

Chili Soup –  Combine 2 cans of chili, 3 cans of pork and beans, and 2 cans of corn in a pot.  Heat and serve.  This is my all-time FAVORITE . . . and we could eat it several times a week and not get tired of it if we needed to, although we don’t.  Buy cases of chili, pork and beans and corn during the case lot sales and you’re set!

Taco Soup – This one involves more cans, but is still easy and delicious.  Combine 3 cans vegetable soup, 2 cans tomato soup, 2 cans kidney beans, 1 lg can tomatoes, 1 can of garbanzo beans, 1 bottle salsa, 4 cups water, 1 T chili powder and 1 pkg (3 T.) taco seasoning.  Again- throw the ingredients together and heat.  To serve you can line the bowl with crushed tortilla chips, add soup and put grated cheese on top.  My kids prefer the tortilla chips on the side.

Salmon Rice – Simply cook the rice in one pot and heat a can (or two) of salmon in a frying pan.  When the rice is done put the salmon over the rice.  I usually heat up some frozen vegetables in another pot and you have a quick, easy and balanced meal.  

Spaghetti – my kids love plain old spaghetti, even when done the easy way– boil the spaghetti in one pan, open a can of spaghetti sauce and serve it with olives and parmesan cheese (and I personally like peas on the side).

These are also easy enough that older kids can do them without much help!

Of course- the big cans of Bear Creek soup (purchased during the case lot sale) are also delicious and require nothing more than putting the mix in water and simmering. 

There are also some ready made meals that the kids love and I try to keep on hand:

*frozen, family size lasagnas – just be sure to plan in advance since they need to cook for 2 hours.

*frozen burritos.  One of my kids’ favorites, that usually are eaten as snacks almost as soon as I bring them home.  However, on occasion they last long enough for me to put them in a casserole dish and sprinkle shredded cheese over them, bake and then serve with salsa and olives.

*homemade pizza made by taking the large french bread loaves, covering with spaghetti sauce, and then put on whatever toppings- a couple of easy toppings are mushrooms and olives- and then LOTS of cheese.

Please take a minute to share your fast, easy ideas for meals-on-the-go in the comment section.

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  • 1. 1/12-14/08: Treat Your Bu&hellip  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:50 am

    […] 5.  Plan menus by the month.  Ms. Eisler points out that she used the crockpot on nights that she would be out or had a heavy load.  Personally, especially since cooking is not on my list of favorite things to do, I have found the crock pot and my foreman grill to be invaluable tools in making cooking and meal time less time-consuming.  I also try to keep the ingredients to some of the kids favorite easy meals on hand for days when I forget to put something in the crockpot.  Here are a couple of my all-time favorites for fast, easy, and delicious:  https://builditbig.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/quick-and-easy-recipes-for-those-busy-days/ […]

  • 2. 1/14/08: Treat Your Busin&hellip  |  January 13, 2008 at 4:52 am

    […] 5.  Plan menus by the month.  Ms. Eisler points out that she used the crockpot on nights that she would be out or had a heavy load.  Personally, especially since cooking is not on my list of favorite things to do, I have found the crock pot and my foreman grill to be invaluable tools in making cooking and meal time less time-consuming.  I also try to keep the ingredients to some of the kids favorite easy meals on hand for days when I forget to put something in the crockpot.  Here are a couple of my all-time favorites for fast, easy, and delicious:  https://builditbig.wordpress.com/2008/01/11/quick-and-easy-recipes-for-those-busy-days/ […]


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