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.
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
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 cups Minute White Rice,
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.