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If you're a mother, these 4 little words can really bring you to the breaking point at the end of a long, hard day.

Can you relate?

You come home from work (or having spent the day taking care of little ones, trying to keep the housework done), the kids are walking in the door from school, starving, as usual, and start digging through the cupboards to find whatever snack will satiate their hunger until dinnertime.
In the meantime, you're standing with the cupboard door open, or at the pantry, trying to figure out what is the fastest meal you can make with what you have on hand.
You might even make the mistake of asking your family, "what does everyone want for dinner, I'm up for suggestions."

HA HA, you might as well smack your head against the wall if you think you're going to get valid suggestions that will use what you have on hand rather than require a 2 page list of items from the nearest grocery store!

Okay, perhaps that isn't a look into your situation, but it has certainly been mine more times than I care to admit.

Here is one of my favorite throw together meals.

Chicken Italian-o

  • 2 Lg. Boneless Skinless Chix Breasts (You can use thigh meat, leg meat, breast, whatever you have), cut into small chunks
  • 1 -2 Onions, sliced
  • 1 green Pepper, sliced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Shredded Mozarella or whatever cheese you like
  • 2 c. egg noodles (uncooked)
  • garlic salt

In a large skillet brown the chicken in 1 Tbs oil. Once the chicken is properly browned, add the onions and green pepper slices, sprinkle with 1 tsp (I don't measure it, I just add it) and cook until tender. In the meantime boil enough water to cook your egg noodles (& cook them to whatever tenderness you prefer).

Once the noodles are nearly done, add 1 can of un-drained diced tomatoes to the chicken & veggies. Reduce the heat and simmer while you drain the noodles. Add a pat of butter and a sprinkle of garlic salt and dish out the noodles, top with the chicken & veggies.

Sprinkle the top with shredded cheese if you like and serve. This is a meal that takes about 18 minutes from start to finish. I don't mix the chicken/veggies with the noodles because I like to use the leftovers in wraps for lunches. Usually there aren't any leftover noodles.

(C) Liss Burnell 2008

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  1. wilbe95's Avatar
    OMG You have a window into my home!!!

    Thank you for the idea. Anything beats the panic that can set in when you are just putting the key in the door and the first one asks what's for dinner, then everyone else chimes in.
  2. faxonfive's Avatar
    THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! This does help me, what with three hungry teenagers and a husband...this is something I can make quick...I will in fact have it tonight...thanks bunches~!!!!
  3. brchbell's Avatar
    My nephew, God bless him had me come over and learn how he takes one day a month and cooks every meal he and his wife needs and package it and park it in the freezer so they can just dash in grab it and run. I only freeze about half my meals now but boy this month has gone in such a way I am wishing I had a few more of those freezer meals to use! I was down for a full 10 days and am just now coming back to life! We meals we have left on this month's menu are meals I really have to work and cook! But this Friday is my once a month shopping day so I can get back into the swing of things and have it all together again! Or at lest until the next bout of flu hits!
  4. Janice Terrell's Avatar
    My kids always met ME at the car door. Think they lined up at the living room window and waited!!!
  5. jaime's Avatar
    This looks delish. Thanks for the recipe!