15-Minute Meals

You spent your morning cleaning and getting the kids off to school and now you’re playing chauffeur for the afternoon, running from soccer practice to dance class to a friend’s house. When you and the kids finally get home, you’ll have thirty minutes to grab some dinner and zip off to mutual.

As you’re scooting through traffic you wonder to yourself, “What on earth am I going to fix for dinner?” The answer: one of the following fifteen-minutes-or-less recipes.

Taco Salad

Preparation/Cooking Time: 10 minutes 

1–2 lbs ground beef

1 taco seasoning packet

Ranch or Italian dressing

1 head of lettuce, torn

2 cups tortilla chips, crushedOptional:

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans

2 avocados, chopped

1–2 cups shredded cheese

3 large tomatoes, diced

1 cup mild or medium salsa

1 carton (8 ounces) sour cream 

Combine lettuce with optional ingredients. Defrost cooked ground beef and add taco seasoning to beef according to packet. Add ground beef to combined ingredients. Add salad dressing just before serving and gently toss. Sprinkle with crushed tortilla chips. Makes 6 servings.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Preparation/Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

2–3 chicken breasts cooked with you favorite seasonings, cubed

½ cup onion, chopped

8 cups water

2 cans (10.5 ounces each) cream of chicken soup

1 package (8 ounces) egg noodlesOptional:

2 large carrots, peeled and diced

1 celery stick, diced

1 package frozen corn

Broccoli, chopped

1 box crackers 

Brown chicken. Mix chicken and other ingredients. Boil on high for 10–15 minutes. Serve with your favorite crackers. Makes 10–12 servings.

Beef Stroganoff

Preparation/Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

1 package (16 ounces) fettuccini noodles or three cups rice

1–2 lbs ground beef, flavored with your favorite seasonings

½ cup chopped onion

2 cans (10.5 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup

1 cup water (optional for thinner sauce) 

Boil water and cook noodles or rice according to package directions. Defrost cooked frozen beef and add to soup, onions, and water for sauce.  Boil beef and sauce. Serve mixture over noodles or rice. Makes 8 servings.

Bow Tie Pasta

Preparation/Cooking Time: 10 minutes 

1 package (16 ounces) bow tie pasta

1–2 lbs ground beef or chicken, flavored with your favorite seasonings

1 cube (8 ounces) cream cheese

1 cube butter

1 cup milk

1–2 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp onion saltOptional:

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms, stems and pieces

2 artichoke hearts, canned 

Boil water and cook pasta according to package directions. Chop up artichoke hearts. Defrost cooked frozen beef and add beef and all other ingredients to pan. Bring to a boil. Mix pasta and beef sauce. Makes 8 servings.

Stuffed Pillows

Preparation/Cooking Time: 15 minutes 

2–3 chicken breasts cooked with your favorite seasonings, cubed

½ cube butter

½ cup onion

1 (8 ounces) package cream cheese

1 tsp garlic salt

2 packages (8 croissants each package) croissant dough 

Preheat oven to 375ºF. Brown chicken. Mix chicken, butter, onion, cream cheese, and garlic salt. Place 2 tbsp of mixture in middle of croissant dough. Wrap croissant dough around meat mixture so you cannot see the meat.  Bake for 13 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 16 croissants.

Recipes from The Potentially Sane Mother’s Guide to Raising Young Children. (Deseret Book) 

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