Friday, August 29, 2014

Feeding Four Under Four: Dinner in 5

A mother of 8 recently sent out a Facebook request for quick and easy dinner recipes for those nights when schedules are hectic and you have to magically create something to be consumed in less than ten minutes.  Here are a couple of my favorites!

Bean and Cheese Quesadillas
Do you own a Foreman Grill?  I am not one who likes a lot of appliances in her kitchen, but this is one of my essentials.  It looks like a type of panini maker, and we use it to grill up meats, burgers, and quesadillas.  It takes about 5 minutes to heat up, the fat from the meat flows right into a dishwasher-safe drip tray, and the non-stick surface is easy to clean.  

You can fill your quesadillas with whatever you like, as long as there is cheese in it.  We sometimes cook  up some ground turkey, but if time is really short, we make them vegetarian and just use black beans.  

4 Easy Steps:
1.  Lay a whole wheat tortilla on the grill.
2.  Spoon on your fillings and cheese.
3.  Lay a second tortilla on top.
4.  Close the grill for a few minutes until the quesadilla turns crispy! 

Depending on the size of your grill or panini maker, you can only make one tortilla at a time, but the advantage to this is while everyone is munching on a quesadilla wedge, you can put together another whole and serve it before they have even finished the first one.  They are not super gooey either, so they can be taken into the car if you have to jet.

Parmesean Crusted Chicken
OK, so this is a dish I shamelessly stole from the website for Hellman's mayonaise. It takes a little longer than the quesadillas, but it is so tasty it will eliminate the those cursed food negotiations with picky eaters
that delay a quick eat-and-run.  While the chicken is in the oven, you can cook up some vegetables or another side.

4 Easy Steps:
1.  Preheat oven to 425.
2.  While the oven is preheating, prepare the chicken breasts.
3.  Cook chicken for 20 minutes.
4.  While the chicken is in the oven, prepare your sides.

Et voila!  Bon appetit!

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