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Busy day dinner


We all have days and weeks when we are especially busy and it's good to have a few recipes that go together quickly and don't need much attention. This is one such recipe which was given to me years ago by my sister-in-law, Deb. Whenever I make it, both Rob and I comment on how good it is and that I should make it more often.

Busy Day Dinner

For two people:
a little olive oil
1/2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 of an onion, thinly sliced
2 potatoes
3 carrots
salt, pepper, garlic powder
1/4 cup water
about a cup of frozen peas (optional)

With the olive oil coat the bottom of a heavy skillet or Dutch oven with a lid. Crumble the ground beef into the skillet. Top with the sliced onion. Slice the potatoes thinly (no need to peel) and then season with the salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Peel and slice the carrots thinly and then add a layer of those. Pour the water over the top, add the lid, and then cook on very low heat for about 35 mins. (Deb's original recipe said not to peek, but I usually check on this a couple of times to see if I need to adjust the heat.) Add the peas if you are using them and cook for about 10 more minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve with fruit or a simple salad and you have a delicious dinner without a lot of work. It's easy to adjust the amounts for a larger group.

What is your favorite busy day meal? (Take-out doesn't count!)

Becka


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2 Comments on “Busy day dinner”

  1. #1 Jan
    on Mar 20th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Here is my favorite I-don’t-feel-like-cooking meal:
    Toad in the Hole

    For each Toad in the Hole, you’ll need
    2 slices of bread
    1 egg
    1 slice of American cheese*
    butter/margarine

    Preheat oven to 425°F.
    Butter one slice of bread and place, buttered side down, on a baking sheet.
    Place slice of American cheese on top of bread.
    Cut a hole in the center of the remaining slice of bread using 1 ½-inch cookie cutter or rim of a glass.
    Place this slice of bread on top of cheese.
    Break egg into the hole.

    Bake 10 minutes, or until egg is set.

    *Variations: Can use ¼ c. shredded cheese (Cheddar or Monterey Jack). Save some cheese to sprinkle on top too. Can also sprinkle top with cooked, crumbled bacon.

    We have this a lot on Sunday nights.

  2. #2 Jan
    on Mar 20th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/toad-in-the-hole-bake-91363.aspx
    Here is a picture of what it looks like.
    This is where I found the Toad in the Hole Recipe, but I forgot that I’d changed it.


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