15 Minute Meal Series for Back to School (or any time!)

15 Minute Meals for Back to School

 

I love to cook for my family, but on weeknights I’m often in a time crunch.  It’s not uncommon for me to be working away and look up at the clock and realize it’s already 5:30 or after.

But I’ve learned that by using a few tricks, it’s possible to get dinner on the table in just 15 minutes.  A few years ago, I wrote an ebook with 15 minute recipes.

Feast in 15 needs to be updated, but that doesn’t keep me from pulling it out and cooking those recipes.  They work and they’re fast.

Now I want to share some more quick recipes and tips with you.  You can get dinner fixed and ready in just 15 minutes!

Tomorrow I’ve got a brand new 15 minute recipe for you.  Then starting next week and running through September, I’ll be sharing new recipes that I’ve created, as well as highlighting some good ones that have already been published on the blog.

I’ll also be sharing tips for cooking fast.  There are some techniques that help you move through the prep process quickly.

You can do anything for 15 minutes, even if you hate cooking.  Or think you don’t have time.  Or your day has left you worn out.

In fact, I’m not sure you can even get through the drive-thru in much less time, especially if you factor in your travel time.  Save your money and eat at home!  15 minutes is all you need.

I’ll be gathering the links right here on this post as we move through the series.  So save this page, pin it, share it on Facebook!  You’ll want to come back here for recipes and tips!

I’ll see you tomorrow for an easy Mexican recipe.   I’ve also got a Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup that’s made from scratch and done in 15 minutes.  And there’s much more coming too!

Eat at Home Weekly Meal Plans often have 15 minute meal recipes included.  If you’d like to save time on your planning and get organized, give the plans a try!

 Get a FREE week of Weekly Meal Plans and Grocery Lists sent to you now!

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15 Minute Meal List:

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

Popcorn Chicken Parmesan

Give Up on Perfect and Embrace Good Enough for Dinner – an encouragement

Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

How To Pre-Cook and Freeze Meats to make dinner quick

What’s next? Changes coming to the blog (hint: I think you’re going to like it!)

We are rapidly coming to the end of the 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.

Whew!

This series has been a great one!  We’ve shared everything from fish, to desserts, to granola, to dips, to Indian food, to Mexican, to…well, just about everything!

I’ve had a blast with it, but in all honesty I’m ready to move on.  And I bet you are too.

Bookmark that post though, because all those slow cooker meals will come in handy as school gets back in session.

But let’s turn our attention to something else, shall we?

3 Things That Work

3 Things that work in the kitchen

I have struggled with my Monday posts for a while now.  I used to share menus with you.  For a long while, I shared what my family was eating each week.  I’ve found it hard to make these posts both useful and interesting for all of us.

After much pondering, I’ve decided to try sharing 3 Things That Work.  Each Monday, I’ll think back over the last week and post about 3 things that worked in my kitchen, for our family meals, for shopping for groceries etc.

I want to make this a fresh, easy to read post with tidbits of useful info.  We’ll see how it goes ;)

A New Series is Coming

15 Minute Meals for Back to School

For the last couple weeks of August and the month of September, we’ve got a new series starting.  This one won’t be an everyday series though.  Look for recipe posts a couple times a week, plus quick cooking tips posts on Thursdays.

The series kicks off this Thursday with a new 15 minute recipe.  Here’s to cooking quick after a summer of slow!

Looking Ahead…

During the month of October we’ll focus on repurposed leftovers.  Cook once, eat twice!

And of course, we’ll be sharing plenty of good comfort foods, fall favorites, baked goods and more over the next few months too.

Make Meal Planning and Shopping Easier!

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If you’d like to make quick work of your meal planning and shopping, check out our Weekly Meal Plans.  They’re color-coded so they’re easy to use and a lot more fun than shopping with a spreadsheet.

Choose from Traditional, Slow Cooker or Whole Foods Plans.  Each plan is full of simple meals.  Find out more here! 

Becoming Conference, Biltmore House and a Giveaway!

Last weekend I went to North Carolina with a friend for the Becoming Conference. We made a long weekend of it and it was a blast, despite the rainy weather.

We met lots of new people, heard some great speakers, tried out chalk paint in a furniture painting workshop, window shopped in Asheville and Black Mountain and more. One of my goals for the weekend was to sit on a swing for a while and just be. Thankfully the rain held off long enough for me to do that.

We also got to tour the Biltmore Estate.  The views are incredible from the house, even on such a rainy day.
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Teresa took this photo from the porch of Biltmore House.  I swiped the picture from her Facebook page.  I was terrible about pulling out my phone for pictures, so I don’t have many.  I find that when I really relax into an experience, I tend not to take many photos.

Splurging for the Biltmore visit turned out to be a great idea.  The tickets are a little pricey, but it’s so worth it.  If you get to go, spend the extra for the audio tour.  Hearing about the details of the house and learning more about the family really enhanced our visit.

Weekend Link

I wasn’t planning to have any links for you this weekend, but I have to link to this post.  It’s been floating around in a lot of places this week and for good reason.  If you’ve been needing a new perspective on something, go read this post from The Momastery.

Giveaway!

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Another highlight of the weekend was getting to meet Christy from Southern Plate.  I bought two copies of her new cookbook, Come Home to Supper.

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One copy is for me.  And one is for one of you!

Christy even signed them both:

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I think you’re going to love this cookbook!

To enter, leave a comment here telling me what you’re favorite southern recipe is.  I’ll choose a random winner on Thursday 8/21.  U.S. residents only.

Cherry Limeade Cake

Cherry Limeade Cake

 

This cake.  Oh my word!

This cake is beyond fantastic.  You are going to want to make this cake!

Not only is this possibly the prettiest cake I’ve ever made (I’m not known for making pretty food), but it’s also one of the best tasting.  Maybe the very best.

I was inspired to create the recipe because of one of the donuts we served at Meredith’s wedding.  The Cherry Limeade donuts were my favorite of all of them.  They were cherry cake donuts with a limeade frosting that had the perfect amount of tang and sweet.

I knew I would use the Maraschino Cherry Cake recipe I made a few years ago.  It’s got such a pretty color and definite cherry flavor that isn’t overwhelming.

Cherry Limeade Cake - maraschino cherry cake with limeade frosting

But I was a little stumped as to the frosting.  My first thought was to buy limeade mix.  You know, like lemonade mix only limeade flavor.  I was thinking of doing something like I did with the Strawberry Lemonade Cookies.  The problem was, they don’t sell limeade dry mix.

Thankfully, I talked to my mom before I started the frosting and she reminded me that there’s a frozen limeade concentrate.  She suggested using that.  I probably could have used straight up lime juice instead, but I was stuck on the idea of limeade.  And the frozen concentrate gave me exactly what I wanted – a sweet, tart, definite lime flavor that complemented the cherry cake perfectly.

Grab your grocery list, because you’re going to want to add these ingredients to it!  Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Washington DC, Mt. Vernon, Monticello trip highlights

A few weeks ago I asked for advice on touring Washington D.C.  Thank you so much for all the info and recommendations!  We had a great trip.  I don’t have many pictures, because my phone battery isn’t holding a charge like it used to.  I found myself looking for outlets in restaurants and even bathrooms to keep it charged up!

We had four days to make the trip.  Two days were devoted to touring D.C.  Jim was working both of those days, so we toured without him.  We stopped at Monticello on our drive out.  And on the way back, we made a stop at Mt. Vernon.

I was worried about the weather being hot and muggy, but we lucked out.  Other than our afternoon at Monticello, when it was 95 degrees, we had beautiful weather.

Monticello

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We all loved Monticello!  We learned so much about Thomas Jefferson and the beginnings of our country through this tour.  The docents were all excited about sharing Monticello with visitors and that made for a lovely visit.  (Our visit to Mt. Vernon turned out to be a stark contrast, but more on that in a bit.)   [Read more...]

15 Minute Skillet Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

Skillet Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

 

When I got the idea to make Peach Chutney in the slow cooker, it was on a morning I was in the mood to create something.  I started the chutney, spray painted a giant fork and spoon to hang in the kitchen, and started painting an end table.

While all of that was happening, I pondered lunch.  I knew it needed to be quick.  And I wanted to use the chutney as part of the recipe.

This Skillet Chicken Curry is the result.  I had leftover rotisserie chicken in the fridge, so that made the recipe really easy.  If you don’t have chicken already cooked, you can use this Basic Chicken Skillet method to get this dish started.

I altered this recipe from Slow Cooker Chicken Curry.  Instead of coconut milk, I used the chutney to balance the spices in the dish. It turned out wonderful.  Everyone loved it!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos with Chipotle Sour Cream – a 15 Minute Meal

Chipotle Chili Chicken Nachos

 

These nachos!  They didn’t last long.

A giant platter of nachos full of chicken, bell pepper, tomatoes, black beans and seasoned with McCormick Chipotle Pepper Chile is an automatic hit in my house.  Bonus points for topping it with Chipotle Sour Cream.  Oh. My. Goodness!

This is comfort food at it’s finest.  At least, in the opinion of my family.  We polished off this huge tray of nachos in no time.

Did I mention that this meal takes about 15 minutes to get on the table?

The key to that is having the chicken already cooked.  I love keeping cooked chicken in the freezer for fast recipes.

McCormick Chipotle Chile Pepper brings a hint of smokiness to the dish.  I like substituting Chipotle Chile Pepper for regular in some dishes.  It has a bit more heat, but the smokey flavor is extra special.

Have you ever tried it on watermelon?  It’s fantastic!

In fact, watermelon and this Grilled Corn on the Cob with Chipotle Honey Butter along with the nachos would make a fantastic summer meal.

Is your mouth watering yet?

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Chipotle Chile Chicken Nachos:   [Read more...]

Ice Cream, Pedometers, Becoming, Pigs

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No.  Not becoming pigs.  And not in that order either.

Let’s Start with Pigs

That photo is of my brother-in-law, George.  He and his wife have started a small farm with pigs, chickens, ducks, and turkeys.  These pigs went to market earlier in the week.  Half of one of them will be filling my freshly, cleaned out freezer.  Here’s to farm raised meat!

Becoming Conference – Want to Come?

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I’m really excited about going to this conference with a local friend in a few weeks.  It’s not a blogging conference, but there will be some bloggers there who I’m excited to meet.  My friend, Jen of Beauty and Bedlam is one of the organizers.  I’m looking forward to seeing her again.  And I can’t wait to meet Christy of Southern Plate.

Mostly, I’m looking forward to doing something that feeds my creativity and provides rest for my soul.  The conference takes place in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, NC.  There’s still time to register and the prices are very affordable.  I’d love to meet you there!

My New Pedometer

I decided to buy a pedometer in an effort to encourage myself to walk more.  Before I bought it I even googled, “Does using a pedometer make you walk more?”.  Turns out it does, as long as you write down the number of steps you take each day.

I liked the price of this Omron pedometer and it has great reviews on Amazon.  It’s easy to use too.

I’ve been walking in the mornings and being able to see how many steps I’ve taken (or how few) encourages me to keep going.  I’m surprised at how few steps add up in my day-do-day living.  If you want to hit 5000 or 10,000 steps goal that gets promoted so often by health experts, you really have to be intentional.  It’s a lot harder to do than I expected.  Even with taking a long walk in the morning and sometimes a second walk in the evening, I’ve yet to hit 10,000.

Ice Cream, You Scream

Have you ever wondered about the difference between ice cream and gelato?  The Kitchn has the answer for you.

I love any kind of ice cream or gelato or anything closely related.  Love, love, love!  This Sunday, our local Graeter’s ice cream store is having a sale on their cones.  $1.40something each to celebrate 140ish years of Graeter’s.  I know what I’ll be doing Sunday afternoon.

What will you be doing this weekend?

Slow Cooker Corn Casserole

slow cooker corn casserole

 

Corn casserole is one of those dishes that shows up at potluck suppers in the South and Mid-West.  You can find the recipe in many church cookbooks.

It’s a combination of corn and very moist cornbread that tastes slightly sweet.  Not dessert sweet, but “ooh, let me eat more of this” sweet.  It goes great with any kind of meat on the grill.  I think sliced tomatoes pair up with it nicely too.  They’re almost entirely opposite of corn casserole in flavor and color.

We had friends over for the 4th of July and I decided to try making this in the slow cooker.  It worked great and kept the kitchen cool too.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Peach Chutney You Can Store in the Freezer

Slow Cooker Peach Chutney

 

 

Chutney is not a food that we eat often in my family.  In fact, this may be the first time most of the kids had tried it.  I was inspired by a sandwich we ate in Epcot Norway to try making my own chutney.

Since we’re in the middle of a Summer Slow Cooker Series, it seemed appropriate to use a slow cooker to make this.  I also wanted to be able to freeze it for future use.  For most recipes, you don’t need very much chutney and it’s nice to have it stashed away for when you need it.

Instead of the normal mango, I used canned peaches.  The fruit pairs up with red bell pepper, onion, jalepeno, golden raisins and spices for a sweet condiment with a hint of heat.

And in case you’re wondering what on earth you would actually do with chutney, I’ve got three recipes coming up for you!  I’ll be sharing those on the blog soon.

I know I took a photo of the ingredients, but somehow those photos have gone missing.  Thankfully, even though chutney itself may be a bit unusual, the ingredients are not.  Chances are you have most of these in your kitchen right now.  And the few you don’t have can be picked up on your next trip to the grocery.  Don’t forget plastic freezer bags to store the extra!   [Read more...]

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