Serving eggs for dinner can be a great idea. They're inexpensive and easy and nutritious. And a frittata with a salad and some bread makes a perfect meal. Try out this great recipe next time you need a quick family meal.
When that loaf of sandwich bread starts going stale, give it new life by making it a dinner side dish that goes great with everything from spaghetti to roast beef. Adjust the quantities in this recipe based on how much bread you have to use up.
Got a fridge full of leftovers? Make the most of your leftover turkey and trimmings with these fresh meal ideas. Since most of your ingredients are already cooked, each recipe is fast and easy to prepare.
Recipes to make your family look forward to leftovers.
This traditional Native American corn recipe is very popular in Cajun country. Get this quick and easy vegetable recipe from Short Order Mom here.
This thick and hearty stew-like dish is Cajun cooking at its finest. Get the recipe for this Louisiana favorite from Short Order Mom here.
This recipe for sautéed mushrooms can be served on its own, as a side, or over beautifully sautéed chicken, as the two flavors complement each other well. Adapt it as you will: add small amounts of chopped herbs (rosemary, say, or tarragon) or add lemon juice and capers to the pan sauce to make a version of a piccata (we make it this way a lot at home).
Here is a recipe that might be useful even if you're not camping -- Squash Packets, which we like to call "hobo packets", and they make a fine accompaniment to Fish Wrapped In Foil. Try other vegetables, if you like, and consider adding whatever seasoning strikes your fancy, such as sliced onions, chopped tomatoes, or spices.
Everything about this dish says fall -- the sweet earthy flavor, the rich fragrance and the bright orange hue. Roasted butternut squash makes a wonderful side dish on its own, or it can be tossed into beef or vegetarian chili, pureed into soup, or stuffed into raviolis. It's a quick dish to throw together and is even faster when you buy a package of it already cleaned, peeled and cubed (look in the refrigerated produce section at the grocery store).
This is such an easy, yet elegant side dish that could compliment anything from a turkey dinner to a standing rib roast. I always set aside some beans, before they are tossed with the mushroom mixture, for the picky eaters in my family, but most kids do love the rich flavor of the mushrooms and shallots. Each part can be made ahead and refrigerated separately to help speed up meal preparation.