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Busy parents simply don’t have time to make complicated meals for their families. But, lack of time doesn’t mean that you have to suffer a lack of taste. The following recipes will describe meals that are easy to make, inexpensive, yet delicious all the same.
Ramen has often been touted as one of the least expensive foods out there. But, it has also been known to not have the greatest flavor. However, you can do a few things to spice up your Ramen noodles.
If you have a couple of chicken breasts (or any type of meat) on hand, along with a bag of frozen, mixed vegetables and a few packages of Ramen, then you already have a quick, easy, inexpensive yet delicious meal. To make, first, cook and brown the meat. Use a tablespoon of minced garlic and half a small, yellow onion to flavor the meat. Add salt and pepper to taste. Once the meat has been thoroughly browned, add some hot water or hot chicken or beef stock. Just adding hot water will actually save you time and money if you don’t have chicken or beef stock, and you will be adding less sodium to the dish. Once the water starts to simmer and boil gently, add the Ramen noodles and flavor packet. Break them in half to make it easier to stir them. When the noodles are cooked partway, add the frozen vegetables. Allow to simmer for another minute and then turn off the heat. The residual heat will cook the vegetables and noodles for another two or three minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste, if needed.
Broccoli is nutritious, but many people refuse to eat it. This is a simple recipe that might just change those people’s minds. First, steam the broccoli. Cut it into bite-sized florets. Don’t cook the broccoli too much; the crispiness and fresh greenness of the broccoli should still be present. In a wok or frying pan, saute some cubed ham pieces. You can use the canned ham if the fresh ham isn’t available. Add a tablespoon of garlic and onion if you like. Add hot water and allow it to simmer for a few minutes. Add enough packages of Ramen to serve the number of people you need to serve. Add the flavor packet. Simmer for another minute and turn off the heat. The residual heat will cook the Ramen thoroughly.
Chili is another one of those dishes that has its own contests, books, and debates about it and how to make it. However, the following chili recipe is for the person who has absolutely no time to make a fuss about how to make chili “the right way.” You will need some ground beef, kidney beans, tomato sauce, canned diced tomatoes, and chili seasoning. In a pan brown, the ground beef. Add salt, pepper, chili seasoning, and other herbs and spices that you like (garlic and onion powder would be good choices, also). Once the beef is browned, add one small can of tomato sauce and one can of diced tomatoes (these quantities vary depending on how much “tomato flavor” you want to stand out. If you like your chili to be very “saucy” in flavor, add more tomato sauce). Add enough water to make the chili as thick or as thin as you like it. Add the kidney beans. Allow the chili to come up to a gentle boil, and then simmer until sauce thickens a little. Serve with taco shells and cheese, or with toasted garlic bread.
As you can see, these three recipes will be a hit with your family. Even if you don’t have the time to make anything fancy, it doesn’t mean that whatever you do make has to lack flavor.