What’s for dinner tonight?
Credit for these quick and easy dinners goes to my good friend Melissa, a busy mom of 5 kids who also owns a photography business. She certainly knows how to serve up a delicious dinner in a matter of minutes. Check out her gorgeous photography at: www.contemporarycaptures.com/blog
Stuffed Pasta Shells with Sauce
- 1 box frozen stuffed large shell pasta
- 1 large jar prepared spaghetti sauce (26 oz)
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Lay the frozen pasta shells in a casserole pan, pour sauce over them, and top with cheese.
Note: if you like spinach, you can add a layer before adding the sauce.
Cover with foil.
Bake at 350o for 45min-1 hour until the shells are warm.
Serve with a salad and bread.
Chicken and Yellow Rice
- boneless chicken breasts
- olive oil
- garlic salt
- Vigo yellow rice packet
Drizzle chicken with olive oil and sprinkle on some garlic salt.
Bake at 350o for 45min-1 hour until done.
Cut the chicken into bite size pieces.
Cook the yellow rice according to directions. For better flavor, substitute part or all of the liquid required with the the chicken stock from the baked chicken.
Mix the rice, chicken and a can of peas (warmed and drained) for a complete meal.
Melissa said this recipe is a family favorite. It was a huge hit at my house, too. Confession: I craved this steak for several days after eating it...it was so good. I may have dreamed about it. 🙂
- favorite steak sliced into thin pieces – flank steak works well
- 3-4 green peppers, sliced
- garlic salt
- 1 or 2 gravy packets
- white or brown rice
(Note: I left out the gravy to save calories and it was still wonderful)
Cook the rice according to the instructions.
Mix the gravy packet, according to the instructions, and heat in a small pan until boiling.
In a frying pan, cook the steak in a pan with garlic salt and a pad or two of butter until browned. Let the pieces drain on a paper towel.
Toss the green pepper slices in the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the steak back to the pan and pour in the gravy. Mix well.
Serve over rice with a salad.
Mini Hamburgers with Gravy
- ground sirloin, about 1/4 lb per person
- 1 packet of gravy
- egg noodles or rice
Form the meat into small patties, add in seasoning to taste.
Make the gravy in a small sauce pan according to the directions.
Cook the mini patties in a skillet until done.
Add the gravy and serve over rice or egg noodles.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 small onion
- 1 jar spaghetti sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 can cream of chicken or mushroom soup
- 1 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked and drained
Brown meat and onion with any seasonings you prefer.
Mix together the spaghetti sauce, 1 1/2 cups of cheese, cooked noodles, and soup and stir well.
Add mixture to a casserole dish and top with the remaining 1/2 cup of cheese.
Bake 20-30 minutes in a 350o oven until heated.