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Busy Moms' Guide to Easy, Delicious Dinners

 Culinary success can be a daunting task for busy moms. With the chaos of everyday life, it's easy to forget about meal planning and preparation. But a tasty dinner doesn't have to take hours in the kitchen or require expensive ingredients. Here are some tips to help busy moms get delicious dinners on the table without breaking a sweat!


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Meal Plan:


Meal planning is essential for busy moms looking to save time and energy in the kitchen. Not only does it help organize meals ahead of time, but it can also help save money by avoiding multiple trips to the grocery store.


Meal planning doesn't have to be complicated or take a lot of time; even committing 10-15 minutes a week can make a big difference in how quickly dinner can be on the table. Moms can create a list of favorite meals and plan their weekly dinners around ingredients that are already in the pantry and fridge.


Planning ahead also helps keep food waste at bay and prevents last-minute decisions that often lead to unhealthy options. Also, meal planning allows moms to get creative with their cooking and explore new recipes without risking wasting precious ingredients if they don't turn out as expected.


Keep it Simple:


When it comes to dinner time, simple is always better. Eating a meal doesn't have to be an elaborate or complicated affair; some of the best dishes are made with just a few ingredients. For example, this easy recipe for instant pot chicken and rice requires only a few ingredients and is ready in just 30 minutes.


Simple meals can also be healthier; relying on fresh produce and wholesome ingredients often creates much more nutritious meals than ones that rely heavily on processed foods. Minimizing the number of ingredients in a dish also cuts down on costs since fewer groceries have to be purchased.


Easy dinners don't have to mean sacrificing flavor, either! There are plenty of ways to make basic dishes exciting, such as adding spices, herbs, marinades, or sauces to inject new flavors into familiar recipes. Combined with some simple sides such as roasted vegetables or a green salad, any busy mom can whip up a tasty dinner that her family will love!


Don't be Afraid of Frozen Food:


Frozen food gets a bad rap, but it can actually be a busy mom's best friend. Frozen food can be just as nutritious as fresh, and it often lasts much longer in the freezer. In fact, many frozen fruits and vegetables are flash-frozen at their peak of ripeness, meaning they maintain more nutrients than produce that has been sitting on a store shelf for days or weeks.


Frozen ingredients also take out all of the hassles of preparation; there's no need to chop or peel anything! This makes putting together dinner lightning quick; just dump some frozen veggies into a skillet, and dinner is good to go. For an even faster meal, look for pre-packaged frozen meals that can be heated up in minutes.


By following these tips, busy moms can whip up tasty dinners without spending hours in the kitchen. From meal planning to using frozen food, there are many ways to make dinner time simple and stress-free. With a little bit of planning and preparation, busy moms everywhere can enjoy delicious meals that are sure to please even the pickiest eaters!​


What Foods Give You More Energy?

 What foods make you feel most energetic? You might think that energy drinks or coffee will help, but that's not always the case. Even though all foods give you some energy, some have more important nutrients that help you feel more energized.

 

Want to stay awake, alert, and productive all day long? Be sure to eat some of these foods that give you energy if you want to feel more awake.

 

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Peanut Butter

Though peanut butter is high in calories, you really only need a small amount to provide a satisfying pick-me-up that will boost your energy levels. Because of the protein, fiber, and healthy fats it contains, it can keep hunger at bay and blood sugar levels steady. Instead of spreading protein- and fiber-free butter or jelly on your morning toast, try peanut butter instead. Or why not make a peanut butter banana smoothie if you’re in a rush – the combination of the potassium in bananas and peanuts make an excellent energy-boosting way to start the day. 

 

Spinach 

Minerals like iron, magnesium, and potassium can all be found in abundance in spinach. Iron is essential because it carries the oxygen the body needs to function. Together with potassium, magnesium is essential for the proper functioning of nerves and muscles and is thus essential to the body's ability to produce energy.

 

Sweet Potatoes 

Sweet potatoes, like bananas, are a good source of natural electrolytes because of their high potassium content. They are also full of complex carbohydrates, which means the energy you get from them will be released slowly over time. So you can feel their effects for many hours, and you won’t get a sudden rush followed by a crash. 

 

Oatmeal

Oatmeal provides sustained energy because of the complex carbohydrates it contains. The serotonin-boosting effects of oats on our bodies can aid in stress reduction and improve cognitive abilities. We do have a note of caution, though: flavored instant oats in pre-packaged, individually served packets tend to be loaded with sugar. Make your own instead and top them with healthy ingredients like berries, bananas, and maple syrup or honey for a delicious and nutritious morning meal.

 

Greek Yogurt 

If you're looking for a snack that will give you energy and keep you full, plain Greek yogurt is a great choice.

 

This dairy product's popularity has risen rapidly in recent years because of its increased protein content, setting it apart from traditional sweeter yogurts. Approximately 17 grams of protein can be found in a single six-ounce serving. Scientific research suggests that the more protein you eat, the less likely you’ll be to snack because you feel fuller for longer, so you can control your food intake more easily.

 

Salmon

Salmon is called "brain food" because it has omega-3 fatty acids, which are nutrients that have been shown to reduce depression and improve mood. Salmon is also good for your heart because of its healthy fats. These fats help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, which can make you more likely to get heart disease. Plus, the high protein count makes you feel full, so it's a great dinner option for people who are trying to lose weight and want something that will give them energy.

5 Quick Tips for Reducing Cooking Times at Home

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Reducing cooking times is more than convenient. It can also save you money in the kitchen. Over time, you have probably developed habits that increase your cooking times. So here are a few quick tips to help you overcome long times in the kitchen and save you some cash.

Use Modern Devices

Gadgets in the kitchen, such as electric mixers, are a godsend for saving time when preparing food. Yet there are also many timesaving and energy-efficient devices for cooking. Please don't snub your microwave. It uses almost no energy and is excellent for cooking frozen vegetables and reheating sauces. Also, air fryers (see this recipe for sweet potato fries made in an air fryer) are becoming popular because they cook as well as in an oven for a fraction of the cost.

Cut Chunks into Smaller Pieces

It can be a lengthy process to cook some cuts of meat. And slow cooking will help some things, like cheaper cuts of meat. Still, a recipe could tell you to cook a whole piece of meat or fish. But if you cut the food into smaller pieces, you can often make it faster. Cooking boneless chicken or meat will also cut down on the time it takes to cook. For example, you could quarter a chicken into pieces. If you do this, the cooking time will drop from 1 hr and 20 min to about 45 min.

Use Pan Lids

This is a simple step that often gets overlooked in the rush of making dinner. When there's a lid to keep heat in, your food will cook faster. Make it a point to cover pots and pans unless the recipe says to cook the food without a lid. This will cut down on the time it takes to cook the food. This is also a great way to help bring liquids to a boil, which is a step in many recipes such as cooking corn. And if you don't do this when you boil water for pasta, you'll be wasting money.

Defrost Food First

Adding frozen ingredients to some cookbook recipes makes them even easier to make. There's nothing wrong with this, either. But if you want to shorten the time it takes to cook, defrost the meat or vegetables before you add them to the dish. If you cook something frozen, it will take a lot longer. It can also be risky if you aren't careful. The outside of your meat can look cooked, but the middle can still be raw. This can cause severe food poisoning and illness.

Preheat Pans and Oven

Not preheating the oven and pans is another common mistake in the kitchen. Even though most recipes don't need it, it helps cut down on cooking time. When you put cold food into an oven or pan, the temperature drops in the area. Also, some foods won't caramelize as well, like meat chops. And you will mess up a steak completely. But most foods only need a few minutes to cook on the stove in a frying pan and not much more in the oven if cut into pieces.

Summary

Reducing cooking times in the kitchen gives you more to do the essential things. And it can save money. You can use cooking gadgets, cover pans with lids and always preheat.



Nashville Hot Chicken Fried Potatoes

Let me tell you about the tastiest way to make fried potatoes ever. If you like the flavors of Nashville Hot Chicken, then this is the place for you! These Nashville Hot Chicken Fried Potatoes are so good that you are going to crave them all the time. Luckily, they are easy to make and are a cheap and delicious side dish to so many dishes.

My son, sweet Rolf, is 12 years old now. He is only about 2" shorter than I am. His feet are twice the size of mine. He is so beautiful... but he has an appetite like no other. But, he is PICKY. I am always looking for ways to fill him up, and if I can get him to try something new, then that is wonderful. 

I tried this tasty and easy fried potato recipe for a side last week and my family loved it. Even Rolf. He has asked me to make these again already. You only need 5 ingredients to make these and they taste so good! Let me tell you how I made these.


Ingredients:
4 tablespoons of Nashville Hot Chicken Seasoning (I like The Spice Lab's version)
1/2 cup - 1 cup Buttermilk 
1/2 cup of flour
1 -2 large potatoes
Oil for Frying


Directions:
Slice your potatoes using a slicer like pictured above. You want them to be thin.


Pour the buttermilk over your potatoes. If you are only making one large potato, use 1/2 a cup. For more potatoes, add more buttermilk.


Add 2 tablespoons of Nashville Hot Chicken seasoning to the buttermilk.
Gently toss so that the potatoes are completely covered with the buttermilk and seasoning.
Allow to rest in the fridge for an hour.

When the hour has passed (this is so important for the flavor!)
Mix the flour and the remaining 2 tablespoons of hot chicken seasoning.
Stir.
Dredge the potato slices through the flour.


You can just make a single layer of potatoes on a plate or something as you work your way through the slices of seasoned potatoes.


Pour your oil into a saucepan. 
Heat over medium heat for a few moments until the oil is hot enough to fry. I am sorry, I have no idea what temperature I had this oil. I just know how to fry potatoes in oil after all these years in a kitchen. HA!
I guess, I would say, I treated it just like I would fried chicken?

When the potatoes were nice and crispy, and golden brown, I pulled them out of the oil to drain on a paper towel. Use a slotted spoon!

Repeat with remaining potatoes, and these are the end results.



They have that whole spicy chicken vibe, but they are just potato slices. 
They are SO GOOD! 
These would be great for satisfying a fried chicken craving on a potato budget.  But, they are also just a great way to make potatoes super enticing on the side of any meal.



If you try this recipe, I hope you LOVE it! Be sure to save this to your pinterest food board. It would be great if you would share this recipe on social media.

Find more of my tasty food ideas here:

Unique Nacho Recipes

 Are you looking for some easy meal ideas to get dinner on the table in a flash? Lately I have been LOVING nachos! The whole family will eat them without complaint, and there are so many ways to prepare them. You could serve nachos every week without repeating a recipe if you really wanted to!



I don't know about you, but just thinking about all of the cooking I have ahead of me in the coming weeks is enough to leave me overwhelmed. I like Thanksgiving; who can resist pie and turkey with all of the trimmings? But. Hear me out. I am over cooking these epic feasts already! I never want to eat it after cooking all morning, and the mess is enough to make me want to cancel dinner and stay in bed.

This year, I am going to give myself a BREAK before Thanksgiving and take the easy out for as many meals as possible. My meal plan for the month includes some very basic plans like soup and grilled cheese, crock pot chili, and of course, we are going to have nachos a few times.



I gathered some of the recipes I want to try the most to share with you. These are unique and easy. I am sure your family will love them all. 



Blackened shrimp nachos by Ask Chef Dennis 

I really want to try this recipe because I love shrimp and often keep a bag in the freezer for easy meals. With the price of everything being so high these days, I love that I could make these with what I have on hand, switching out the veggies for what I have in the fridge. 



Waffle Fry Nachos by Dinner at the Zoo

This is a delicious twist on fries and nachos! I have a feeling my kids would love to mix up the toppings to get all of their favorites in there. 



Mexican Street Corn Bacon Nachos by The Forked Spoon

This recipe mixes up so  many good ingredients like corn, tomatoes and avocado to make a really delicious nachos that your family will gobble up!



Green Chile Nachos by Homemade for Elle

These are colorful and just the thing for someone, like me, who LOVES green chile flavor! I would probably add some olives and maybe onions to the mix too!



Loaded Cauliflower Nachos by I Hacked Diabetes

These are perfect for eating a lighter, yet totally satisfying meal. I don't know if my kids will love this recipe, but my waistline will thank me for taking a lighter route at dinner a night or two when I am faced with all of the epic holiday desserts to come my way.



Crispy Loaded Jalapeno Nachos by Crayons and Cravings

If you love jalapenos, then you are going to want to dig into this recipe! Crispy jalapeno nachos look incredibly appealing to me. I LOVE spicy food!



Nachos Deluxe by Ann's Entitled Life

This recipe is loaded with good things! And it looks just messy enough to be fun to eat! I would add some fresh veggies to the top of this plate!


Which of these nachos would you try first?

While you are here you might like to check out 12 Lasagna Recipe You Will Love or My Copycat Cracker Barrel  Chicken and Dumplings recipe.

Tips To Make Evening Meals At Home More Delicious

 Bored of the same meals being consumed every evening at home? We can often get ourselves stuck in a rut of having the same dishes over and over again. Not to mention that often enough, this food comes pre-packaged and pre-made for easy consumption.


It’s important to make food fresh where possible and to use a variety of ingredients and flavors to keep these dishes interesting. How can evening meals at home be more delicious? Here are some top tips to help!


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Read the ingredient instructions carefully

When cooking, always check the ingredients. If it’s an ingredient that hasn’t been used before or that is typically cooked in a way that’s been taught by others, have a look at what the packaging states.


It may be that there are new and improved ways of cooking with the ingredients to help bring out the flavor or to try it a different way from the usual.


With unfamiliar ingredients, the instructions are a great way to grasp what it is that’s required in order to cook with it properly.

Experiment with recipes online

There are lots of great recipes online that are worth looking at when it comes to experimenting with food. For example, this sous vide chicken thighs is a helpful recipe for those who don’t know how to properly season their meat and to work with chicken, a meat that puts people off for fear of under or overcooking it.


We’ve got the world of food at our fingertips when it comes to the internet, so take advantage of what others have put out there to help improve evening meals at home.

Fill the plate with more color

For more variety and dishes that are packed with nutrients and good stuff for the body, fill the plate with more color. There are going to be some that simply cook with the same colors every week and for many that can often be beige. 


However, as much as it’s easy to cook with these types of foods, it’s always good to incorporate more food types, especially in the fruit and veg department.

Try new food cuisines

The world is full of different food cuisines from different parts of the world that have likely gone unexplored by many households. Many of us may be used to typical American, British, Italian, and Spanish food for example. However, what about food cuisines that are Greek, Lebanese, Russian or MalaysianMalaysian? 


There’s plenty to try and that can unlock a variety of ingredients with it that have never been used before.

Don’t be shy with the herbs

When it comes to herbs, don’t be shy. A pinch of herbs is going to do very little to the dish but a teaspoon or two will certainly transform a dish for the better. Don’t be shy when it comes to herbs. Experiment with different herbs and spices when it comes to evening meals.


Making evening meals more delicious can help better the relationship with food and make it feel like you’re dining out instead of eating in.es to adding a little extra spice or herb to the meal.


Making evening dishes can be delicious with a few changes to how food is prepared and what ingredients are selected.







5 Types of Seafood You Don't Know You Love

 

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The ocean offers many minutes when it comes to food. But shockingly, over 80% of Americans don't eat seafood. So here is some seafood you don't know you love until you try it. 

Crabs Aren't Just Funny to Watch

There are many different types of crab, each with its own distinct flavors. There's king crab, snow crab, and blue crab. And if you've never had crab before, you must give it a go. The sight of crab and how you eat it can be off-putting for some people. But you can get more traditional-looking dishes such as deep-fried crab claws that might be more like what you are used to. Crab is a great first step on the road to sampling all the ocean has to offer. 

Seaweed is a Great Salt Alternative

Seaweed is full of vitamins and minerals like iodine, and it's high in antioxidants that help keep your gut healthy. If you go to the beach, you'll find a lot of different kinds of seaweed. While they all need different ways to cook and prepare, it's easy to get enough snacks for a year in just one afternoon. It's deliciously mixed into stir fry, just like you would with cabbage. Or you can even dry it out for a stronger taste that you can use to enhance a dish instead of using salt.


Expensive Seafood You Don't Know You Love

A lot of seafood is more expensive than meat because of the work that goes into catching and producing it. And if you want to treat yourself now and then, here are some of the best to try:

  • Caviar is a delight that comes in many varieties, and some are affordable.

  • Maine lobster is among the finest because of its softer shell and more meat.

  • Swordfish steaks are a meaty delight and something a little different if you love beef.

Caviar is cheaper than it once was, making it available for all of us these days. While lobster is sold by the pound, you can try smaller ones. And swordfish is available at most fishmongers.

Bouillabaisse is a Classic for a Reason

Most of the time, "bouillabaisse" just means "fish soup," and it can be terrible. Even in some parts of France, bouillabaisse isn't as traditional as it used to be and can be a challenge to find. But you can find authentic bouillabaisse in coastal towns, made from four essential ingredients that include rockfish, fresh tomatoes, a dash of olive oil, and aniseed fennel. And there are spices you need, such as turmeric for color and saffron, the latter of which is rather expensive.

You Have to Try Gravlax before You Die

Gravlax is a great alternative with a familiar taste. It's just a fancy name for salmon that has been cured, but it's not cold-smoked. So ordering gravlax is like getting a strange yet familiar version of smoked salmon. But buying a salmon filet and curing it yourself with salt, sugar, and a mix of spices is a great way to sample it. If you try it once, you will never look back. And you might start making your own as a new foodie hobby since it's seriously addictive.

Summary

Expertly-prepared crab dishes, expensive delights like caviar, and the strange but equally familiar gravlax. These are seafood dishes you don't know you love until you try them.



Strawberry Ghosts

Trying to eat a little healthier this fall? You are in luck! With this simple recipe you can make a serving of candy coated fruit to satisfy your cravings.


I am always trying to make fruits and veggies more appealing to my kids. This recipe is a sure way to get kids excited about strawberries, while giving them a little of the candy they desire.

Supplies:
Strawberries
White candy melts
Candy eyes
Parchment or wax paper


Directions:
Wash the berries and dry them on a paper towel.
It is very important that you remove all the exterior moisture before you dip into the chocolate.
If there is still water/moisture on the berries when you dip into the chocolate; it will clump up fast.


When the berries are dry melt the white chocolate/almond bark according to the directions on the packaging.
Dip the berries into the melted chocolate, working fast.
Place the berries on the wax paper.
Before the chocolate has a chance to harden, drop 2 candy eyes on each berry.


When all of the berries have eyes, you can place them in the fridge to help the chocolate harden.
You can enjoy these within 15 minutes or so.



These are perfect for sharing at a Halloween party! What a sweet little spooky ghost!


I bet you can't eat just one!


These are delicious, easy to make, and while they do have a candy coating, they are so much healthier than some of the options Halloween is best known for!


Make a batch and stop by to share a little BOO! with a friend or neighbor!
Or maybe just eat them all by yourself! 


 You can find all of my Halloween ideas here

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15 Unique Potato Salad Recipes

 Labor day is right around the corner, and in my opinion, that means it is time to make a great batch of potato salad to share at the family BBQ's and gatherings.

Now, I like ALL potato salad. I think it is like comfort food, and I am just generally so thankful for potatoes. They are delicious aren't they?! So, you know I will try all of the varieties that end up at a potluck; but knowing that it is a popular dish has inspired me to spread my wings and try something unique.

I gathered 15 out of this world recipes that are just a little different than the standard mustard based salad. I think you are going to like these and want to try a few of them yourself. These recipes are intended to convert people; if you sneer at potato salad now, just wait til you try ranch potato salad, or maybe even Greek lemon potato salad! They both sound awesome right?




  1. Cesar Potato Salad by Sam Cooks Kindness

  2. Warm Austrian Potato Salad by Cooking Gorgeous

  3. Ranch Potato Salad by Spend with Pennies

  4. Sweet Potato Salad by Plant Based Budget

  5. Mashed Potato Salad by Feeding Your Fam

  6. Instant Pot Potato Salad by Pressure Cooker Recipe

  7. Vegan Southern Potato Salad by Strength and Sunshine

  8. Eggless Potato Salad by Sugar and Snappeas

  9. Salt and Vinegar Potato Salad by My Therapist Cooks

  10. Loaded Baked Potato Salad by Centsless Meals

  11. German Potato Salad by Like Mother Like Daughter

  12. Classic Potato Salad with Eggs by Healthy Seasonal Recipes

  13. Greek Lemon Potato Salad by The View From Great Island

  14. Roasted Garlic Potato Salad by This Noshtalgic Life

  15. German Dill Potato Salad by Served From Scratch


If you are looking for other fun ideas for Labor Day, you might like this Easy Labor Day Table Decor idea. These easy red, white and blue cake and berry parfaits are also perfect for the holiday.