Sometimes, I just need to eat out – and a trip to Olive Garden might be one of my favorite guilty pleasures when we travel to the closest “large town” – which is not really all that large…. I love the soup, salad, breadstick deal – but as we don’t travel that far, that much, making it at home was something I was very interested in. I’ve made this soup on the stovetop – but making it in my instant pot so super fast – easy, and done in about 30 minutes. Win/Win!
I had one chicken breast hanging out in the fridge that I needed to use up, but there are three of us for dinner so what to do with it was sort of haunting me. I could have thawed out some more chicken, but time got away from me this week so that wasn’t an option. I did some searches for “1 chicken breast recipe” and found quite a few stir fry options. It’s a great way to make a small amount of protein feed a few people. Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your repertoire!
It’s June. It’s Hot. Our A/C is not working and the repair guys wont be here for another 3 days. I am not getting anywhere near the oven, stove, microwave or any other form of heat until it’s fixed.
I know I’m not the only one suffering from lack of cool air, albeit temporarily. This made me think of some ideas for no-cook dinners for days when even plugging in the toaster is too much. If you have anything to add, I’d love to hear your no-cook ideas!
- Turkey Sandwich with Potato Chips. Okay – this is a no brainer, but I think we forget this can be dinner, too. There’s no reason this has to be that complicated. Make a sandwich, add some chips, carrot sticks or a salad and voila – yum. The key to making this dinner-like is the toppings – dont just slap some meat and cheese on a piece of bread, get creative. Thin sliced cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, shredded carrots, jarred or deli red peppers and/or pepperoncini. Make it awesome!
- Wrap it up! Make a salad, add some diced ham or turkey and wrap it up in a tomato basil or spinach wrap. Serve with chips or store-bought potato salad. I have a weakness for the redskin potato salad from City Market (Kroger.) You can also make yummy Cucumbers with Lemony Dressing to go with it.
I am generally a “from the jar” spaghetti sauce kind of girl, but my daughter has a cumin allergy – causes severe migraines – and most jarred sauces have cumin in them. I used to make my own sauce so I thought I’d write out the recipe for her to use in place of “migraine sauce” as she’s called it.
This is pretty flexible – just don’t substitute tomato sauce for crushed tomatoes – they are not the same thing.
We try to do vegetarian meals once a week, some weeks we’re pretty good, some weeks we are not – at all 🙂
I was a bit apprehensive about this one – the flavors from the feta are pretty strong but Hubby really liked it, so that’s a win in my book. The picky boy is at boyscouts, so I’m going to go out on a limb and think he’s not going to be keen on it, but he’s a big boy and will get over it.
This was a really quick meal to put together and I added some toasted Naan from the freezer – which is always tasty.
This. Was. Great. I love lasagne but its time consuming and expensive to make. This Deconstructed Lasagne Soup Recipe was the answer to my dilemma.
I adapted a recipe from PeggyUnderPressure.com to fit what I had on hand and our tastes. She made balls with the ricotta and mozzarella and I just put spoonfuls into the soup. I’m anti-fussy.
If you don’t have a pressure cooker – this could be easily done on the stovetop or in a slow cooker – I wouldn’t really adjust the recipe much – if you use a slow cooker I’d precook the noodles and then add to the soup the last 20 minutes before you serve it.
Hope you like it!