Over the last few weeks I have realized that Trav’s constant need to come up with a ‘plan B’ is actually a good quality.  I have always had the mindset that if you make a plan, stick to it and see it through to the end.  When would a plan B become necessary?

However, with summertime upon us, the desire to be indoors has become something of the past for both Monkey and me.  Therefore, when we come in hot and tired at 4pm every day, I realize dinner needs to be quick so daddy has no idea we played around all day.  Keep in mind, if you are looking for perfectly healthy meals – you have come to the wrong place.

Here are a list of my favorite Plan B menus, and I am hoping you will share yours:

  1. Angie’s 30 minute meal. Defrost chicken breasts in the microwave.  Put a pot of water on to boil.  Cut into bite size pieces and pan fry with butter, garlic, and red onion.  Put pasta (any kind) in the water and boil until cooked.  Keep stirring chicken.  Drain pasta.  While the pasta is sitting in the sink, add a bag of washed baby spinach to the chicken and let it cook down.  Place the pasta back in the pan and add a stick (or less if you don’t cook like me) of butter and melt with the pasta.  Pour the chicken mixture on top, add parm cheese and voila – dinner in the time it takes to boil pasta.
  2. Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas. Pan fry bite size chicken breasts in olive oil until browned.  Remove from heat and add a can of diced fire roasted green chilis.  Set the mixture aside.  Coat flour tortillas in heavy whipping cream and place a couple of spoonfuls of the chicken mixture into the shell.  Sprinkle your favorite shredded cheese (I like colby-jack) on the chicken mixture and roll.  Place seam side down into a 9 x 11 baking sheet.  Repeat until your chicken is gone.  Pour some heavy cream on top, cover in cheese and pop in a 350 degree oven until the cheese is melted and the edges of the tortillas are brown.  Serve with sour cream, sliced olives, tomatoes and chips.
  3. Keep Frozen Sauce on Hand. Being Italian, pasta is a must in our house.  We make large batches of spaghetti sauce on hand and freeze it in ziplocks for a last minute meal.  I’d give you the sauce recipe, but then I’d have to kill you.
  4. Slow Cooked Roast. This one does require some planning, but not much.  Defrost any roast (pork or beef).  Place in the slow cooker with baby carrots and chopped potatoes. Slice onions and place on top.  Add enough water or broth to cover everything.  Turn on low and come back after your fun has been had dinner will be ready.  If you do happen to be in the house a few hours ahead of time, I love to make Rhodes Rolls with this meal.
  5. Grill It. If all else fails, let hubbie know you planned on grilling, but since he is the grill master, you are allowing him the honors.  Chop up some potatoes before he comes home, and place on a water soaked skewer. Or, simply bake some potatoes in the microwave after rolling them in water and sea salt. Also skewer some green bell peppers and onions.  Sprinkle everything with some EVOO and some garlic pepper.  If you have it, have daddy throw some asparagus on the grill until tender.  Simple, yet delish and daddy is the dinner hero of the night!

Have fun, and don’t forget to share your ideas… it’s only fair ladies!