Creative And Quick Dinner Ideas by mnoblestar

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Planning a quick and easy meal doesn't have to mean ordering a pizza or running through a drive through on your way home from work. Use common tools you probably have in your own kitchen to have dinner on the table quickly.

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Summary:
Planning a quick and easy meal doesn't have to mean ordering a pizza or running through a drive
through on your way home from work. Use common tools you probably have in your own kitchen
to have dinner on the table quickly.

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Maria Noble is a Canadian mother and writer who likes writing about ways to improve her family's
health, including eating <a href="http://wonderbread.ca/nutrition">whole wheat hamburger
buns</a> and other <a href="http://wonderbread.ca/products/breads">whole wheat bread</a>.
A lot of her research comes from analyzing one of her favourite products <a
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About the Author (Without HTML):
Maria Noble is a Canadian mother and writer who likes writing about ways to improve her family's
health, including eating whole wheat hamburger buns (http://wonderbread.ca/nutrition) and other
whole wheat bread (http://wonderbread.ca/products/breads). A lot of her research comes from
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analyzing one of her favourite products WONDER INVISIBLES Bread
(http://wonderbread.ca/).


Creative And Quick Dinner Ideas
Busy school and work nights mean that parents are often left scrambling when it's time to cook
dinner. If you have under an hour to pull together dinner, here are some quick, easy and healthy
dinner ideas that the entire family will love. Don't order a pizza or fast food -- try one of these
easy meals.

Muffin Tin Favourites

If you're short on time, but still want to feed your family a home cooked meal, consider making
lasagna, meatloaf and more in muffin tins instead of large pans. Nearly everyone loves lasagna,
but it can take time to pull it all together and then it needs to bake for an hour. Making mini
lasagnas in muffin tins is quick because the smaller servings cook faster than an entire pan. Cook
some lasagna noodles and then cut them in half. Layer your noodles with seasoned ground beef,
sauce and cheese in the muffin pan. Cook for just 15-20 minutes until the sauce and cheeses are
hot and bubbly. Serve with a spinach salad and some garlic bread and you've got a meal the
family will love.

There's no reason that muffin tin meals should be limited to lasagna. Another favourite that
typically takes a long time to cook is meatloaf. Combine lean ground beef or turkey with whole
wheat bread crumbs (using whole wheat bread crumbs helps up the nutritional value, especially if
you use a whole wheat bread with fibre and nutrients), chopped onions and an egg. Make a ball
and place one in each muffin opening. Top with a little BBQ sauce or ketchup and bake for
around 20 minutes. Serve with mashed potatoes and green beans or make meatloaf sandwiches
using whole wheat bread.

Get Out That Slow Cooker!

A slow cooker can be a busy family's best friend. Toss everything inside the crock in the morning
(or even the night before) and then just put on the lid and turn it on. Slow cookers are traditionally
used for soups and stews, but there's no reason why you can't roast a chicken, make French dip
roast beef sandwiches and more. To roast a chicken, first ball up some foil and place it in the
bottom of the slow cooker. This keeps the chicken out of the liquid and helps ensure the skin gets
crispy, just like it would if you were to roast it in the oven.

To make French dip sandwiches, take a roast and add some beef broth, onions and some dry
soup mix and put everything in the slow cooker. Cook everything on low until the beef is fall apart
tender and serve on French rolls and add a little provolone or Swiss cheese. For a twist, try using
a whole wheat hamburger bun, which can be a source of fibre.

A great meal doesn't have to take hours to prepare. Instead, consider speeding up the cooking
process by using a muffin tin or get the cooking done while you're at work with your slow cooker.
By using these tools you probably already have in your kitchen, you can avoid the fast food drive
through and provide your family with a quick and healthy meal.

								
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