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    Hints for Quick Meals

    Source of Recipe - Nov 2, 2001

    Recipe Introduction

    This article offers tips to help make meal planning easier.
    Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2001 13:12:03 -0500
    Subject: [MommasPlace] Hints for quick meals

    If you have a nearby grocery that has a nice salad bar, make full use of it! Buy just enough vegetables to steam, make a small amount of soup, casserole or stir-fry. They will have everything from broccoli to bell peppers, carrots, cauliflower, mushrooms, and even water chestnuts and baby corn!

    Buy pre-cut chicken breast meat, steak, seafood, etc. Stir fry the meat, remove from pan. Add a little oil if necessary and the vegetables. Stir fry, add a small amount of broth (use bouillon granules dissolved in 1/2 c. water). Return meat to pan, season with soy sauce, sesame oil etc. Can add grated fresh ginger (keep a piece in a baggie in the freezer, grate what you need...g>)and a little garlic - serve with cooked rice or noodles.

    Buy a couple cans of broth - chicken, beef or vegetable. Bring to a boil, add leftover cooked chicken, and vegetables, pasta. Gently cook until vegetables and pasta are done. Can also throw a couple spoonfuls of grated Parmesan or Roman on top as you serve.

    Make one day a week your kitchen day. Do the shopping, and then use that day to cook meals ahead, and/or prepare foods. If you cook a lot of Oriental dishes, make this the day you prepare and steam the vegetables (each separately). Cool by plunging in cold water. Drain well, package each separately in re-sealable baggies. Then all you have to do is make rice (use instant, it's OK..)or noodles. Stir fry meat, throw in some of the vegetables and season...

    Make a large pot of soup, chili or even a couple casseroles. Cool thoroughly. Package in those reusable containers or baggies and freeze. (Just be careful, though, some will not make it in the microwave, even on defrost level...) Take one out in the a.m.or the night before, stick in the refrigerator and reheat when you get home.

    Take advantage of rice mixes. Uncle Ben's can be the base for many delicious meals.

    Cook several skinned, boneless chicken breasts. You can use them in many ways.

    Get a crockpot/slow cooker if you do not have one. They are invaluable, especially if you work




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