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November 30th, 2011, 02:14 PM
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Especially when the twins were a little younger, I have had a hard time finding time to cook dinner!

Just wondering what everyone else does for "quick meals" at home. We don't often have the budget to eat out, plus we live way out in the boonies so all we could do would be Subway anyway. LOL

What kinds of quick meals do you grab when you don't have time to cook but NEED to eat (like um, NOW!! LOL)??

We often do frozen pizza - my 12yo can do that. We sometimes do sandwiches, but mostly it's frozen stuff that can just be popped in the oven, like chicken nuggets and french fries.
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November 30th, 2011, 05:56 PM
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Frozen stuff definitely. We get bags of frozen precooked "Mesquite Grilled Chicken breasts" that are easy to warm up. We often made those with ma-n-cheese and peas mixed together. I think I ate more mac-n-cheese in the first 3 months of their lives than I have in a long time. I would also make triple or quadruple batches of meatloaf when I did get the time. I would bake one, then freeze two or three of them in ziploc freezer bags and smoosh the meatloaf flat. It was easier to store in the freezer flat and they thaw out faster. Then I could just form them back into a loaf in the ziploc without ever touching the raw meat again, dump in a pan and bake. Quick and Easy, and made for great leftovers.
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November 30th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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If you could get an afternoon free...I know, funny right!...could you make a whole bunch of meals and put them in a freezer? I was going to also suggest doubling up the recipes and freezing one of them.

I am not an expert...I am sure when the twins come I will be in the same boat! LOL!
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November 30th, 2011, 06:59 PM
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I try to keep things in the freezer that I can just bring out like leftover soup or lasagna. I used my crockpot a ton when my kids were new. I still use it, but not as often. We rarely have breakfast for dinner, but that's like our last go to when we need a quick supper.
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December 2nd, 2011, 01:33 PM
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I usually try to keep a few frozen meals in my freezer for last minute dinners . I also do mac'n cheese or hot dogs/chili dogs, spaghetti with just the sauce and no meat....when I don't have time to thaw the meat out, I use the crockpot a lot and also try to double up so I can have leftovers for a couple more meals. I have also done top ramen and spahegtti o's and ravioli as last resorts. Oh and chicken nuggets and fries/tater tots.
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December 12th, 2011, 02:41 PM
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... I need a bigger freezer!

And there are 7 of us - I already double recipes, but seldom have more than a serving as leftovers. I'd have to quadruple... and then there's the whole issue with having pots and pans actually big enough to cook that much food.

I'm gonna have to figure it out though. This is one for the Large Families board, I guess...
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December 12th, 2011, 06:31 PM
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I would recommend investing in a Crock Pot cookbook and a Casserole cookbook. One that we love is to take Chicken Breasts and line a greased casserole dish. Then put a slice of swiss on each and then 2 cans of cream of mushroom and then top it all off with 1 box of Dry Stove Top stuffing mix. Put a couple dabs of butter on top and bake in 350 degree oven for 45 min to an hour or until chicken is done. It's fantastic and pretty cheap. Another recommendation is to google "tator tot casserole" - which is yummy and a good one for kids.
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December 15th, 2011, 06:27 PM
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I made a lot in my crock pot when both girls in niicu and when mckenzie was home and Madison was in the nicu. We did chicken breasts or roast beef for sandwiches.
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December 15th, 2011, 07:03 PM
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We do tater tot casserole every now and then. That swiss chicken sounds yummy!

I need to use my crock more often. I also need a bigger crock pot. I don't often get the chance to think about a meal until it's almost time to eat it, and crock pots don't work like that! LOL One of these days I'll have it all together...

And I haven't purchased a cookbook in years. There's too many websites with FREE recipes these days for me to spend money on that. LOL
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