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Bringing the Happy Family Together At the Big Dinner Table

If you are a family just like others, the stress of having kids and maintaining hectic schedules can heat up the happiest of households in no time — especially when it comes to trying to decide what to have for dinner.

Family Night!

However, with a little planning and some cooperation, even the busiest family can find time to sit down and enjoy a meal together.

The following tips will give you an idea of how you can streamline the dinner process while squeezing in some much-needed family time:

* Get the whole household involved. Not only on chores like washing and drying dishes but on tasting and choosing the menus.

* Schedule a mock cooking class. If you want to get family members involved, make time on a weekend for a prepping and cooking session, where everyone can share knife skills, recipes, and other culinary lessons.

*, Do a taste test. Let’s face it, every family has that one member who’s finicky. To combat that, have them weigh-in for taste tests. This way, you can plan to cook that dish in bulk.

* Strive for leftovers. Whoever is cooking can make extra of anything that’s a hit with family members and store leftovers in the fridge or freezer. Two roasted chickens (instead of one) are great for hot or cold sandwiches, soup, salad, and a great filler for fajitas or burritos.

To help you get started, the maker of Minute Rice is giving out this one-stop shopping, the anyone-can-make recipe:

15 Minute Chicken and Rice Dinner

1 tablespoon oil

4 small, boneless, skinless

chicken breast halves

1 can condensed cream of

chicken soup

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup chicken broth

2 cups Minute White Rice,

uncooked

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

Fresh parsley, chopped (optional)

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cover. Cook 4 minutes on each side or until lightly browned on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet.

Add soup, water, and chicken broth to skillet; stir. Bring to boil.

Stir in rice, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Top with chicken; cover. Cook on low heat 5 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. (170 degrees). Let sit 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Serve sprinkled with chopped parsley, if desired.

Substitute: For a whole-grain alternative, use Minute Brown Rice for the Minute White Rice and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Yield: 4 servings.

For more information, please visit www.minuterice.com.

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