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Main Dish: QUICK & EASY - Thank you to all Staff for your ideas!
THANK YOU STAFF!! This is what our Staff has been doing lately to keep healthy, fast meals on the table.
When I'm in a REALLY big hurry to get dinner on the table, I fall back on my old standard. I throw boneless, skinless frozen chicken breasts on my George Forman grill, start frozen stir-fry veggies in my wok, & cook instant brown rice in the microwave, all at the same time. Takes 5-10 minutes to have it all done & on the table.

Take a packet of pasta seasoning mix and add leftover, already browned ground sirloin from when I made burgers. To the mixture I add: 3 cups of water and 2 cups of V8 juice. Then from the pantry, I add chopped onions, pinto beans, seasoned diced tomatoes and/or pasta. This makes a lot and covers several meals. Frozen bread in the freezer and blueberries with 1/4 cup ice cream topping.

My current favorite is this crockpot meal idea:

Place 4 frozen boneless chicken breast in crockpot.

Cover with 1 can drained & rinsed black beans.

Cover with 2 cans Rotel tomatoes.

Add about 1/4 c water.

Cook on low at least 6 hours.

Serve with instant brown rice...and a serving of light sour cream. Yummy!!!!!! :)

My fav fast meal -
Portobella mushrooms (4) cleaned and marinated in FF Italinian dressing while chopping one zucchini and one squash, 1 small onion. Saute in olive oil. Cook mushrooms on George Foreman for two minutes. If you have left over rice add 1/2 cup (or cook 1/2-1 cup.) Stir rice in veggies after they are cooked. Preheat oven to 400. Place mushrooms on cookie sheet and fill with veggies, sprinkle with shredded cheese. Place in oven til cheese melts. Then place on plates and cover with remaining veggies. GOOD, FAST and LOW POINTS!
You end up with two mushrooms on a plate filled with veggies.

One boca type burger on a piece of bread with salsa. Yummy!

Sushi/california rolls with a side of veggies;

Chicken with cream of chicken soup and rice and a bunch of water. Throw it all together and cook about 45 minutes.

4 boneless chicken breast are 3 points each... so that is 12 points. Use you point finder on a can of black beans. Mine calculated to 3 points. The rotel tomatoes are free.

Total points 15 divided by 4 servings almost 4 points per serving.

Then of course…however much rice you want cooked....

I got my very best one from my leader when I was losing weight, Angie. Get out your crockpot. Buy a whole chicken. Take a piece of aluminum foil and make a "rope" circle out of it and put it in the botton of your crockpot (this is to prop up the chicken so he's not sitting in the fat at the bottom of the crockpot.). Put the whole chicken in "head first," having removed the giblets, etc. Salt, pepper, spice as you please. Put the lid on the crockpot, turn on high, wait about 6 hours and you have a homemade chicken very much like the rotisserie chickens at the store. Meat falls right off the bone, leftovers are ready for something else the next night. Yumm!!

When I am out of ideas and time, I fall back on the following - which my husband really likes:

Quick and easy burritos-
La Tortilla Factory tortillas
frozen cooked chicken strips
salsa, fat free or reduced fat shredded cheese
Canned fat free refried beans
Fat free sour cream
Sliced jalapenos (for him)

Easy and Yum!

You use the foil packets, or just heavy duty foil. You put your meat in, steak or chicken. Then add the vegetable of your choice and pour Franco American canned gravy over it (fat free)and just throw it in the fire. You don't have to have a grill. With some bread, or corn it makes a yummy meal, and the points should not be high at all.

Our favorite fast night time meal - we call it "pasta choice" at our house.

Use leftover pasta, or cook some penne pasta real quick while you are sauteeing (getting in that healthy oil) whatever you have, my husband and I do separate skillets! Mine - mushrooms (buy them sliced and washed), onions, leaks, bell peppers, zucchini, etc etc. Add some red pasta sauce to your sauteed veggies and then add your cooked and drained pasta, stir, serve.

BTW- my hubbies skillet will have leftover chicken or beef or he even now uses boca crumbles, bell peppers, red sauce, etc.

My mom used to put together foil packets similar to these & leave in the fridge for my sister or I to start if she knew she would be working late. All we had to do was pre-heat the oven to 350 and put them on a cookie sheet and bake. My daughters & I discovered that Reynold Wrap has a ton of ideals for quick grilling foil packets on their website. Just go to recipe & meal ideals under grilling and check out the packet recipes. Many can be cooked in 20 minutes. Another great thing about this is that each packet can be customized to individual taste, just by changing the seasoning or sauces with the same basic ingredients.

In Texas, we have one similar called Boy Scout Stew.

You put either a hamburger patty, roast or other piece of meat on foil. Lay your potatoes/carrots or whatever veggies you want on top. Sprinkly with a package of dry onion soup.
Bake 45 minutes at 350.
Delicious and fast. You can do up the day before and throw in the oven when you walk in the door.

I keep the following in the freezer/fridge/pantry. IF you have it there, you can and likely WILL use it. If not, there's a real temptation to give in to...uh temptation.

Frozen chopped onions
Frozen chopped peppers (red, yellow and green)
Frozen chopped spinach (in the bag, not the block)
Chopped garlic (in tube)
Chopped dill (in tube)
Egg substitute
Low fat or fat free shredded cheese
WW bagels (2 points)
Low carb tortillas (for wraps)
Lite English Muffins(1 point)
Lite whole wheat bagels (1 point)
Skim milk
Canned mushrooms (small cans)
Non stick spray
Various herbs. I like basel and rosemary, and lavender, when I can find it. All in jars.

From this I can manufacture a different 1 or 2 point omelet every day of the week. Here's how:

1. Spray a small MW safe bowl with non-stick spray. Add up to 3/4 cup of frozen/canned vegetables. MW on HIGH 3 minutes. (IF necessary, pour off the liquid.

2. Add three egg whites or equivalent of egg substitute, and herbs of your choice. Be sure to stir. Cover and MW for another 90 seconds up to 2 minutes.

Points Count: 1-2, depending on what you add, for the omelet, plus extra for the bread/bagel and milk.

cblessum on 5/6/2008