Quick Easy Recipes

Try these 5 quick easy recipes that get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less!

Almost everyone is short on time these days. When it comes to mealtime, you don't have hours to be spending getting dinner on the table. In the old days, when most women didn't work, they had plenty of time to be making that fine, home cooked meal. You don't! However, that doesn't mean that home cooked meals are out of the question. Whether you're a student who is not much on cooking, or a busy working Mom, here are five quick easy recipes you can prepare on the fly, ready in 30 minutes or less. These time savers are also inexpensive and nutritious.

1. My friend taught me this quick easy recipe. This was often served in the military when cooking wasn't always handy. He can't cook anything else, but this one is easy enough for even him to do and he shared it with me. I've made a few modifications that make it even tastier and so it will make four servings. First, fry 1 ½ pounds of ground beef and crumble it up with a spatula while you cook. When the meat is almost cooked, toss in one medium diced onion. If you like mushrooms, slice  up 3 or 4 of them and toss them in. When the beef is cooked, remove to a bowl and set aside. In a 2-cup measuring cup, nuke 2 cups of water and 2 beef bouillion cubes together. Meanwhile, in the same frying pan, over low heat, melt 3 tablespoons of butter. Add 3 tablespoons of flour, one at a time, whisking constantly until it forms a paste. Keep whisking and slowly add the beef broth. Put the ground beef mixture back in the frying pan. If you prefer a thinner consistency, just add more hot water. Serve over noodles or bread. Done!

2. This quick and easy recipe can be ready in 15 minutes! The shrimp omelet is a winner in our house. For each serving, you'll need: one ounce of cooked salad shrimp, two eggs, a half-inch slice of cream cheese, one slice of Swiss cheese, sliced green onions and a sprinkling of dill weed, to taste. If the shrimp is frozen, put it in a bowl of hot water to thaw. Break the cream cheese and Swiss into chunks. Beat the eggs well. Pour the eggs into a buttered pan, over low to medium heat. Distribute the remaining ingredients over the eggs. After 2-3 minutes, fold the omelet in half with a spatula. When the edges are firm, turn the omelet and cook for another couple of minutes. Serve with bread.

3. Spaghetti is an American favorite. This quick, easy recipe relies on a large jar of bottled spaghetti sauce with meat, with a few quick and easy additions that make it more like home made. Get your pasta going. Slice 4-5 mushrooms, dice a large sweet onion and snip a few sprigs of Italian parsley. Pour the jar in a pot and add the mushrooms and onion. Simmer for 15 minutes and serve, using the parsley and a bit of shredded Parmesan as a garnish. Don't forget the French bread!

4. This quick easy recipe is elegant and can be on your fork in ten minutes! In a measuring cup, prepare a packaged Hollandaise sauce in the microwave. When it's done, put a salmon in and nuke for 2 minutes on each side, for a one inch thick fillet. Pour on the sauce and enjoy!

5. Slow cookers are fabulous appliances, the mother of quick, easy recipes. In the morning, coarsely chop a large onion, 2 large potatoes and several carrots. Pour a cup of water in the slow cooker and set on the medium setting. Place a chuck roast on top of the veggies. Sprinkle the roast with 2 teaspoons of thyme. Cover. Dinner's ready when you walk in the door! If you feel ambitious, make a gravy from the juices.

Most of these quick easy recipes provide leftovers too. This will make your dinner prep even easier for future meals in a hurry!

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