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Quick & Easy Meals

Posted By Heather On April 18, 2009 @ 6:17 pm In Dining Out,Product Advisory,Recipes,What's for Dinner? | 18 Comments


If you’ve looked through my menus or recipes, you’ll see that they are mostly quick & easy recipes. When my kids were babies and toddlers, I had to be fast at getting food on the table. Now a few years later, I need to be fast in order to keep up with the after-school activities. I don’t always have a lot of time and energy to spend in the kitchen. When I cook, I often make large portions so I have leftovers I can use another night. Our meals are often simple with few ingredients, but I still want food to taste good and cover all the necessary food groups.

img_3270x [3]If you’re needing a quick meal, whether it’s lunch or dinner, why not make a plate of nachos? “Appetizer” or “bar food” you say. Yes, they are. But they’re also filling and you can make them to be as nutritious or as fattening as you like.  Choose your favorite ingredients: gluten-free corn chips, leftover taco meat, some refried beans, black beans, shredded cheese, tomatoes, sliced olives, avocado, salsa, sour cream, green onions, etc. A minute in the microwave or 15 minutes in a 400 degree oven, and you’re done. Or, if you’ve got a lot of leftover rice, put the ingredients over rice instead of chips. It may not be Chipotle [4], but it’s easy, tasty and filling.

And don’t forget the guacamole. It’s pretty quick and easy to make, but really makes a nice finishing touch to an easy meal. Try The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s 5-Minute Guacamole [5].

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Or, if you want it even easier try Frontera’s Guacamole Mix. I found it at Wegmans [7] but you can also purchase it online at Amazon [8]. After reading the ingredients — “fresh tomatillos, fresh tomatoes, green chiles, fresh onions, fresh cilantro, fresh garlic, citric acid, salt, pure can sugar” — I had to give it a try. I was a little skeptical about all the “fresh” ingredients listed (I mean how fresh can it be if it’s in a jar?), but I couldn’t resist.

I think it took 2 minutes to remove the seeds, peel, and mash the avocados (3 or 4) with the entire jar of guacamole mix. And, wow! It wasn’t just good, it really did taste fresh. So, if you’re in a pinch for time, you might want to give it a try. Wouldn’t it be great for a Mexican Fiesta party? One side dish or appetizer you could have done in minutes before the party crowd shows up.

For more avocado recipes, check out The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix [9] – secret ingredient avocados!

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[4] Chipotle: http://www.chipotle.com

[5] The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s 5-Minute Guacamole: http://thewholegang.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/5-minute-guacamole-everyone-loves.html

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[7] I found it at Wegmans: http://www.wegmans.com

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[9] The W.H.O.L.E. Gang’s Friday Foodie Fix: http://thewholegang.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/friday-foodie-fix-avocado.html

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