15 Minute Meal Series – Chicken and Kale with Tortellini

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

 

This recipe makes use of several quick meal tricks:

First, it’s built on pasta. Pasta is fast to cook, making it a great ingredient to build a meal on.

Second, this one uses rotisserie chicken (or other chicken that you’ve cooked and frozen).

Third, the veggie is added to the main dish.  A bag of pre-cut and cleaned kale requires no extra prep work.

I’ve linked to this recipe before, but it is one of our favorites.  This has become a go-to recipe for us.  It’s a big bowl of easy comfort food.

Find the recipe for Chicken, Kale and Tortellini here.

 
15 Minute Meals for Back to School

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15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos

15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos

 

My family loves nachos.  And bbq chicken.  And cheese.

So I knew this recipe would be a hit.

The fact that it only takes 15 minutes is a huge bonus.

That worked out really well the night I made them.  Due to a flat tire on one of the cars, we ended up eating in shifts again.  Nachos don’t hold over very well, but since they’re so quick to assemble and only need a few minutes under the broiler, it’s easy to make several batches.  That way everyone gets to eat them fresh.

We munched these with a Southwestern Chopped Salad kit I picked up at Kroger.  It turned out to be a great combo!

Here’s what you’ll need for the nachos:

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Pizza Sloppy Joes – 15 Minute Meal

We talked about sandwiches for dinner yesterday, so I thought I’d share another type today.  The original name I came up with for this one is Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes, but I think I like the name Pizza Sloppy Joes better.

Italian Sausage Sloppy Joes

 

These are quick and easy to make and they do have all the flavors of pizza.  Or at least pizza that’s topped with sausage.

The ingredients are common pantry ingredients, with the possible exception of the Italian sausage.  I’ve been finding that a package of Italian sausage is a great thing to keep on hand, so I often have a pack in the freezer.  I often use it instead of hamburger in recipes.

Pair this quick meal with carrot sticks.  Or salad.  Or even popcorn.

Family dinner doesn’t need to be complicated.

Keep it simple and enjoy your time together!

Find the recipe for Pizza (Italian Sausage) Sloppy Joes here!

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15 Minute Meal Series – Pepperoni Pizza Pasta

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Pasta meals are often quick to fix.  They also tend to be inexpensive.  Win-win.

This recipe uses pepperoni for protein and flavor.  That means that there’s no meat that has to cook.  You can’t get easier than that.

I make mine chock full of bell peppers and onions.  Feel free to add any pizza topping that your family likes.  Mushrooms, banana peppers, olives or anything else your imagination and pantry yield.

Click here to see the recipe for Pepperoni Pizza Pasta.

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15 Minute Creamy Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

 

I do a lot of recipe creation.  Sometimes the recipes don’t turn out well and I never share them with you.  But sometimes, I come up with a winner.

This chicken noodle soup is a winner!

First of all, it takes just 15 minutes to fix.

It’s also homemade.  Okay, I’m using that term a little loose.  The broth isn’t homemade.  And my mom asked if the noodles were homemade (she’s hard to impress!).

But there’s no cream soups or mixes in here.  And that’s what I mean by homemade.

And if you’re smart enough to make your own broth and freeze it and use chicken you’ve cooked and frozen, then it really can be homemade.  (I’m not even going to talk about making the noodles though.)

I used boxed chicken broth and frozen rotisserie chicken for mine.  Everyone loved it!  It’s creamy, nourishing and hearty.

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15 Minute Meal Series – Popcorn Chicken Parmesan

I’ve created a lot of recipes, but this one for Popcorn Chicken Parmesan is one of my favorites.

Popcorn Chicken Parmesan - 15 Minute Meal

 

A friend mentioned at church the other day that her family really likes this recipe too.  It’s not only quick and easy, it’s also full of flavor.

The frozen popcorn chicken is an excellent “cheat” for speeding things up.  It gets tossed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese then put in the oven to bake a few minutes.

Meanwhile, you’ll whip up a homemade sauce and boil the pasta.  So easy, but it tastes like you really spent a long time fixing dinner.

Find the recipe for Popcorn Chicken Parmesan here.

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Peach Chutney Chicken Salad – 15 Minute Meal

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

 

This is some of the best chicken salad I think I’ve ever eaten.

The addition of peach chutney and curry powder really elevates this stand-by.

The Peach Chutney gets made in the slow cooker and then frozen in small batches.  I’ve loved having it in the freezer.  I’ve made 15 Minute Chicken Curry Skillet using the chutney several times already.

You can have this chicken salad ready in less than 15 minutes, providing you have chicken cooked and ready to go.  I keep chicken in the freezer for fast meals like this.

And although I used homemade chutney, you can also use a jar of store-bought.

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Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal (and a giveaway!)

15 minute Sausage and Corn Quesadillas

 

One way to make quick dinners is to wrap something – almost anything, really – in a tortilla.  I keep tortillas on hand in the pantry, because they’re great for nights when I’m wondering what I’m going to fix.

Oh yes.  I have those nights too, where I stand in front of the pantry and fridge surveying the contents.  Some of my best recipes come from those forced cooking sessions.

Here’s how I create those recipes.  I’m going to share my system so you can do the same thing.  Some of you already cook this way, but for others it’s a new experience.

Let’s say you’ve got a pack of tortillas handy.  Knowing a quick meal can be pulled together using those, we’ll start there.

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Next, check your fridge and freezer for any meat you may have.  Leftover cooked chicken, ground beef or pork and even sausage can be used.  For this meal, I chose Italian sausage.  It doesn’t have to be Mexican to be wrapped in a tortilla.  No rules here!

You’re also going to want cheese.  Tortillas and cheese are like peanut butter and jelly.  They belong together!  For this recipe, I grabbed a block of Monterey Jack and started grating.

You could stop there if you wanted.  Sausage and cheese would be filling all on it’s own.  But since I had half a jalapeño and some frozen corn, I decided to add those.  You could also use red or green bell peppers, onion, garlic, zucchini…let your imagination and pantry guide you.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding how to cook what you’ve got.  This would make wonderful enchiladas.  Just add a simple red sauce to the top and bake.

But I was in a hurry, so I chose to make quesadillas.  Crispy on the outside and melty on the inside.  Everyone loves these!

Here’s the recipe, but keep reading for the giveaway!

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal

Yield: 6 servings

Sausage and Corn Quesadillas – a 15 Minute Meal

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1/2 jalapeño, seeds removed and diced
  • 8 oz Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 8 - 10 Azteca tortillas
  • oil or cooking spray

Instructions

  1. Cook sausage over medium heat in a skillet until done.
  2. Add corn and jalapeño and heat through.
  3. Spread sausage/corn mix on one half of tortilla.
  4. Top with cheese and fold tortilla over.
  5. Cook over medium heat in large skillet or griddle until toasted on the outside.
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Azteca Tortilla Giveaway!

I love Azteca tortillas.  They have no preservatives, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or colors.  Quick meals can be healthy!  Since I often shop at Walmart, I like that I can find Azteca products there.

Azteca is giving away a Back to School Prize Pack to one lucky winner.  The prize pack includes:

·         $50 Walmart Gift Card

·         Azteca Free Product Coupon

·         Meal Planning Notepad

·         Tupperware Container

·         Dry Erase Wall Decal Calendar

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To enter:

Leave a comment telling me how long you usually spend cooking a weeknight dinner.  Winner will be chosen randomly on 8/28 and notified by email.

Disclosure:  I have been compensated by Azteca for my time, but all opinions are my own.

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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!

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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

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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!

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