I love collecting recipes from the internet. The pretty pictures, the simple-sounding instructions, and the hopefulness I feel about my future cooking and eating of everything they describe. But it’s all a fantasy. I hate cooking. And that goes double in the summertime when the last place I want to be on a sunny afternoon is trapped in a hot kitchen. I wish I loved to cook. Especially since I spend so much time doing it. But I don’t. And I’m over it. But my family needs to eat. And I want them to eat reasonably healthy meals. Meals that require a minimum of prep time so I can move on to things I enjoy like spending time with my family. So I’ve come up with a few easy and quick dinners for those days when you need a 15 minute (or less!) dinner prep. Check out the first one below!
Quick Dinners for Busy Nights
I read a great blog post recently that helped me clarify what my real goals were for my family’s dinner. First of all, it’s important to me that we all eat together whenever possible. And the second goal is that we eat healthy food. At least most of the time. These two things mean far more to me than creating a beautiful fancy meal.
The second thing I take into account when planning what to have for dinner is the time it takes to make it. My family is on a fairly early schedule. Everyone is up by 6am, if not before. Lunch is at 11am and dinner is around 5pm. This means if I am making anything that takes more than 15 to 20 minutes of prep, I end up spending the better part of an afternoon in the kitchen cooking. It also means my young children are trapped in the house with me during that time. Typically a cranky time of day for them anyway. We all hate it.
With the goal of my family eating together, relatively healthy food and minimal prep time, I came up with a couple of recipes that take less than 10 minutes to put together. And then I asked my friends to contribute a few more. I would like to make this a recurring feature on the blog and will be sharing the recipes over the next few months. Sign up for email updates so you don’t miss a recipe!
Quick and Easy Chicken Thighs in the Slow Cooker
The first recipe is my own. It uses a slow cooker, one of my favorite tools for making quick dinners. I came up with this recipe after simplifying and modifying other recipes until I had something basic and yet still tasty. And it can accommodate my gluten intolerance and my daughter’s dairy and soy allergies, which isn’t always easy.
I can prep this recipe in under five minutes in the morning, start the crockpot and then walk away until dinner time. Love it!