Fast Fajita Salad

Fast Fajita Salad

When trying to eat healthier, salads are a “Go To” option, but why is it that salads always taste so much better at the restaurant? The ingredients are the same, but there’s something about enjoying without having to chop, dice, mix etc.

Restaurants fill the salad bowl with a variety of creative ingredients, so I decided it’s high time that I do the same. No more lettuce with a few carrots, diced chicken and dressing for me. I was going to bring Restaurant Quality Salads to my own table and thus this Fast Fajita Salad made it’s appearance.

Grilled Fajita Salad

This is definitely a C.O.S.T (cook once, serve twice) Cooking Meal for me because when I grill or pan fry fajita meat, I double the amount needed so my proteins are cooked in advance. That’s always what takes the time. Now, I already have a second 10 minute dinner possibility later in the week. (For instance, a delicious Stir Fry.) [Read More...]

Creating Your Own Meal Solutions Notebook

I’m busy getting ready to relaunch 10 Minute Dinners. I realize it’s exactly what I need in my own life, so I want to prioritize it for my readers.  I’m dusting off my Meal solutions Binder and re-acquainting myself, so why don’t you join me?

Welcome back to my 31 days towards 10 Minute Dinners series.

We are spending these first few days instilling new habits or quite possibly dusting off old ones. The goal is to create a solid framework by which to draw upon when our brains are numb, and the “What’s for Dinner?” question echoes through the house.

I don’t know about you, but even though I teach meal planning classes and know many of the meal making short cut tricks out there, I still have those weeks where I am in a brain fog, and can’t seem to shake myself out of the funk. It’s for those very moments, that we need a Meal Solutions binder.

This is not to be your  “put all the recipes that look good here” binder. This is going to be your “brain” for quick and easy dinners. I asked you yesterday to Start at the Very Beginning, and gather ten of your family’s favorite recipes. They didn’t necessarily have to be 10 minute type of dinners, we’ll get to that later in the month, but I requested hard copies of favorite recipes. If these happen to be recipes that you have stored on-line, print them off. Is it one of your favorites that you have ear marked in a cook book? Photo copy it or write it down. You get the idea.

Our goal is to have a notebook where we have all our tried and true recipes stored in one spot. We don’t want to spend time trying to remember where it is. (Can you tell that I have learned from experience? I can’t tell you the amount of time I have spent hunting for recipes.) If some of your favorites are ones you always make, but you have them memorized, then at least write the title onto a note card and put it in the binder – then find another recipe that you can print off.

Today, I want you to look around your house and find a 3 ring binder that’s laying around.  (If you don’t have one, a folder will work for now.) Gather some page protectors and slide those hard copies into the page protectors.

I love cook books. In fact, I collect them. They sit on shelves, gather on my night stand and are tucked in corners of the house, but reading them and appreciating new recipes, doesn’t get meals on the table. Planning and implementing the recipes does, so this is our first step.

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Easy Baked Ziti

Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

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Cheesy Potato Bacon Casserole

Do you want something a little out of the ordinary, yet simple to whip up? It’s no secret that anything with the word potato in it quickly becomes one of my favorite things. It’s an inside joke with family and friends because I think if I could choose between a steak and the best fries […]