Super Quick and Easy
What to do on those nights when the cupboards are
almost bare and payday is 2 days away?
Here are some quick and easy supper ideas that use
ingredients you probably always have on hand.
1. An old stand-by at our house is simply to have
breakfast for supper! Sometimes we have pancakes
and sausage. I make the pancakes from baking mix
which is something I always keep handy. You just
add milk. Other times, it's scrambled eggs, toast
2. My family enjoys "Little Pizzas" made from
English muffins. Just split English muffins and
arrange on a cookie sheet. Top with tomato sauce
and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Then just add
whatever toppings you have on hand. Sometimes we
add pepperoni slices, sometimes browned ground beef
or sausage. Sprinkle on chopped onions or whatever
is your family's favorite. Top with shredded cheese
and put in 375 degree oven till warmed through and
cheese is melted.
English muffins are inexpensive and keep well in the
3. Every now and then we have "Baked Potato Night"
at our house. I bake one large potato for each person
and then round up a variety of toppings. Some things
we like are chili, sour cream, broccoli, bacon bits,
chopped onions, shredded cheese. Everyone can fix
his own just the way he likes it and it's a meal in
4. A very quick supper is grilled cheese sandwiches
and vegetableor tomato soup. It's nutritious,
inexpensive, and tasty. Need I say more?
5. Here's a recipe the children can help with. My
children loved these when they were small and they
enjoyed being able to help make them.
Oven Baked Hot Dogs
Lay 8 slices of bread on cookie sheet. Place a slice
of cheese on top of each slice. Put 1 wiener diagonally
on each slice. Pull corners of bread up over sides of
wiener. Secure with toothpicks. Brush each "hot dog"
with melted butter. Place in 400 degree oven till
browned and cheese is melted.
6. Nachos are another super-fast supper idea. Place a
pile of tortilla chips in a microwaveable shallow dish.
Pour chili over top, add shredded cheese and microwave
till warm. Top with sour cream, if desired.
7. Sloppy joes are another family pleaser. I try to keep
buns on hand in the freezer. If you have no buns handy,
sloppy joe sandwiches work,too! To go with the sloppy joes,
cut potatoes into 4 wedges each. Place in baking dish
with skins down. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle
with seasoned salt. Bake at 400 degrees for about
45 minutes or until tender.
8. If you are ready for something different for supper or
lunch, try this recipe for "Pepperoni Pie".
In bottom of 9-inch pie plate, combine an 8-oz. package
of shredded mozarella cheese, and about 1/2 cup of diced
pepperoni. In a medium bowl, beat 5 eggs and 3/4 cup milk
until well-blended. Pour over mixture in pie plate.
Bake for 25 minutes or until knife inserted in center
comes out clean.
Add a salad and some bread and you have a delicious, light
9. I always try to keep ground beef in the freezer in
one-pound packages. Here is one of my staple recipes
using ground beef.
Brown a pound of ground beef. Drain off fat. Add 1
can of chili beans and 1 can of Spanish rice. Stir over
medium heat until warm. Pour into microwaveable serving
dish and top with shredded cheese. Heat in microwave
until cheese is melted.
Easy, easy, and inexpensive, too.
10. Lastly, something we do at our house every couple
of weeks is have "Leftover Night". Seems like almost
every night, there is just a little bit of supper left
over. Just enough for maybe one person. I put these
servings in freezer containers and store till I have
several different bits of main dishes. Then I get them
all out and everyone has their choice of what they have
for supper! I usually add salad and make hot rolls and
everyone is happy!
Serve any of the above meals on your good dishes, set
the table with real napkins, and a pretty centerpiece.
Your meal will be *so* special and only you will know
you "did it on a budget".
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.