5 Dinners You Can Prepare in Less Than 5 Minutes

I love to entertain and I love to cook but, unlike Ms. Martha Stewart, I don’t always have the time, energy or resources to do so.  Sometimes, all I have is 5 minutes.

Sometimes, 5 minutes is all I need.

Before we begin:

The two pieces of essential kitchen equipment for a lightning fast dinner are a crockpot and a microwave.  Yes, that easy.

Helpful make-ahead tips:  

1.  Always make extra rice (or make a large batch when you aren’t pressed for time, subdivide and freeze in microwaveable bags).

2.  I slice veggies when I bring them home from the store.  A vacuum sealer like this or like this is a very wise investment.  I have both.  Do yourself a favor and pick up a couple of containers to work with the hand-held sealer to keep deli meats and cheese slices fresh longer.  Thank me when you are throwing out a whole lot less produce.

Here are 5 fast options:

1.  Salsa chicken

Recipe:  Enough chicken breasts or tenderloins to feed your family.  One jar of salsa (Rotel works very well also).  Combine in crockpot.   4 hours on high, 8 on low.  To serve over rice, if you haven’t got leftovers, use something like this to make it FAST!

2.  Mom’s Homemade Crock Pot Roast

Recipe:  One 3Lb Beef Roast, One Can Cream of Mushroom Soup, one package onion soup mix.    Combine in crockpot and cook 8 hours on low.  This roast falls apart.  Serve with your new friend microwaveable rice or noodles.  To feed a larger crowd or to have planned leftovers, add a second roast.  Try pork and beef together – delicious!

3.  Easiest Burritos Ever

Recipe: 1 can black beans, rinsed, drained and mashed.  1 can Ro-tel, shredded cheese (I like cheddar) .1 package tortillas (I prefer flour but whatever floats your boat) Microwave 2 minutes, microwave tortillas as directed, assemble burritos.  Easily multiplied.

4. Black Beans and Rice

This is just a variation on the above – tried and kid-tested by me:  The above mentioned black beans and Ro-tel combined with leftover rice or the above mentioned microwaveable rice for a tasty and filling (vegetarian!)black beans and rice dinner.

5.  Wraps

Any manner of wrap makes a fast dinner the kidlings will love.  Let them choose the meat, add veggies of their choice, roll up and add potato chips on the side and voila!


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