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Some people tend to think of the winter as a lazier time of year, but that is usually not the case. When you combine work, your children's sports and other activities, along with slow winter driving, you are probably getting home during the week later than ever. When you get home late, getting dinner on the table as quickly and easily as possible becomes a priority.

1. Many pasta dishes are very quick and easy. Spaghetti doesn’t take long at all; start boiling your pasta water as you cook your hamburger. When the meat is done cooking, simply drain it, add a jar of sauce to the pan, and let it simmer while your noodles cook. Meanwhile, throw a loaf of garlic bread into the oven and you’ve got a hearty meal in less than 30 minutes.

Put a spin on soup and sandwich night by serving your own baked subs. Buy your favorite deli meats and cheese, along with some sub buns. Assemble the meat and cheese on the buns and bake them in a 350 degree oven till warmed through. Then, take them out of the oven and add your choice of condiments sandwich veggies. Serve with a big bowl of soup and you’ve got a very satisfying winter meal.

Breakfast Suppers are quick to cook and can be an interesting change of pace. To save time, buy some frozen hash browns and serve those along with some bacon, scrambled eggs, and toast. You can buy pre-cooked bacon to further speed up the process.

The above dishes could be cooked in less than 30 minutes, but if you happen to have about an hour to get dinner on the table, grab a cooking bag and get ready for a great family meal. You can make a great roast chicken by simply adding the chicken, baby carrots and potatoes to the cooking bag.

For extra flavor, add a few cloves of garlic, an onion chopped into quarters, and a few pieces of celery. Consult the chart that comes with the cooking bags for the exact degree and time needed to cook the size of chicken you have.

The winter is a great time to enjoy your favorite comfort foods. Thankfully, many of them can be on the table in under an hour!

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uppervalleymom at Kids Meal Crowd said... @ 12/16/2008 2:57 PM

These tips are great -- our family certainly does these. Pasta night and Breakfast for Dinner are staples nearly each week. We haven't done the "make your own subs" idea enough, so thanks for the reminder. I sometimes make extra meatballs from the pasta night and do meatball subs a few days later. I tend to do more roasts in the crock pot vs. cooking bags, but when time is short the cooking bag for a roast chicken is super.

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Geri said... @ 12/19/2008 4:51 PM

Great tips for the kitchen. It's nice to have some simple things you can do but still end up with a good meal.

Erica said... @ 12/22/2008 2:34 PM

Ooh, great. I am always on the look out for cooking ideas.

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