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.

15 Minute Meals for Back to School

This post is part of our new series on 15 Minute Meals.  You can find the other posts in the series linked 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.

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

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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!

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

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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!

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

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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...]

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Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta – a take on Basic Chicken Skillet meal builder

Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta

 

My family loved this meal.  Give them pasta, chicken and lots of flavor and they are happy people!

This Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta is a take on the Basic Chicken Skillet I showed you a few weeks ago.

You start with the basics:

Basic Chicken Skillet

 

And then you accessorize to make it something special.

In this case, I added tomatoes, creamy half & half, linguine, a little Parmesan and plenty of Cajun Seasoning from McCormick.

Cajun seasoning McCormick

 

These simple ingredients come together to create a meal that’s worth gathering around the table to eat together.  Not only that, but it’s easy to fix.  And any leftovers can be reheated for the stragglers.  In our house, we never know if we’ll have 7 or 8 people at dinner or just 3!

American Homemade meals automatically call for family and friends to gather around the table.  This summer McCormick is celebrating American Homemade and giving you a chance to share your recipe stories.  There are many recipes from all around the country shared on the American Homemade site.  And you can upload your stories here.  Also, visit American Homemade on Facebook.

Back to the story of this pasta.  This is easy, family pleasing pasta dish.  The Cajun Seasoning adds bold flavor to the meal.  Pair this with a crisp, green salad for a complete dinner.  Here’s what you’ll need to make Cajun Chicken Skillet with Pasta:   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.

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The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.

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Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more...]

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Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken Sandwiches with Cucumber Mango Salsa

There’s something about the warm weather that suddenly makes me feel like I’m living on some gorgeous, tropical island. As soon as summer hits, Caribbean-inspired meals end up making it into our dinner rotation a lot more often. Usually, this means lots of grilling – but some days the convenience of the slow cooker just wins out.

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This dish is inspired by a lunch we had on vacation in Honduras a few years ago. The combo of spicy jerk chicken paired with the cool cucumber mango salsa is perfect for summer. And, it couldn’t be easier. The chicken can be prepped in about five minutes before I walk out the door for work and the salsa only takes another ten minutes or so when I get home – which means more time to get outside and enjoy the summer sun!   [Read more...]

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Sweet and Sour Chicken Skillet – Basic Chicken Skillet Variation

Sweet and Sour Chicken Skillet

 

It’s amazing how many different ways you can accessorize chicken, onion, garlic and green pepper in a skillet.  It’s such a versatile and easy combination of food.  Everything I’ve made that started with Basic Chicken Skillet has tasted so different from the dish before it.

We love Sweet and Sour Chicken (old post, terrible photos) at our house.  The homemade recipe I use is a favorite, but it’s a bit of a pain to fix.  It’s just so messy.  The chicken gets marinated and then dusted in cornstarch and fried.  I make a huge mess doing it and it’s a little time consuming for an average weeknight.

This skillet version of sweet and sour chicken is really quick and easy though.  It skips the breading step, which saves a lot of mess and work.

Here’s what you’ll need for this simple version:   [Read more...]

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