How to Easily Make Dinner in 5 Minutes

Did your science experiment runs a muck or the history project was so engrossing that you lost track of time. You still have to get dinner on the table but now you have to to do it Photoquickly. With a little bit of planning you can get a nutritious home cooked dinner on the table quickly!

Did your science experiment run a muck or was the history project so engrossing that you lost track of time. Well, unfortunately you still have to get dinner on the table but now you have to to do it Photoquickly. With a little bit of planning you can get a nutritious home cooked dinner on the table quickly!

  1.  One of the main things I am always encouraging y’all to do is to pre-brown  your meat. Just buy 5-10 pounds of ground meat and then bag them in one pound per ziploc. Now you know each bag contains 1# of meat and you can grab it and jump pre-brown your beef
  2. Another thing I do is I buy 10-20# of chicken and pre-cook the chicken in our crock pot. I then bag up the pre-cooked chicken into 1# bags and freeze it.
  3. When you buy your celery, green peppers, onions and any other veggie you often cook with you’ll want to pre-chop & freeze your vegetables.  Since I am always in a time crunch I tend to chop all of my onions the first time I need to chop onions for a recipe and I do the same with all the veggies. Sometimes I chop all the veggies on shopping day but I tend to just chop extra when I’m cooking, it’s more natural for me.Photo
  4. Pre-cook your beans is an idea I ran across in an edition of Above Rubies Magazine and since I have incorporated that into my cooking regiment.
  5. If you buy your cheese in bulk and put it in baggies  with 2 cups in each bag. I use 2 cups in each bag because that is what most of my recipes call for.

Here are two recipes you can make in 5 minutes.

Chicken and corn Chili

  • 1 bag of precooked chicken(apx. equal to 4 chicken breasts)
  • 1 jar salsa
  • 2 teaspoons ground garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 can corn
  • 2 cups precooked pinto beans

Simply put everything into a pot and warm it up. You can serve it in 5 minutes or you can let it cook for 20-30 minutes to let your flavors blend.

Taco Soup

  • 1 pound pre-browned beef
  • 2 cups of precooked beans
  • 1 can hominy
  • 2 tablespoons dry ranch dressing
  • 2 tablespoons taco soup
  • 1 can Rotel (tomatoes & peppers)

Serve with

  • 1 bag of tortilla chips
  • sour cream
  • 1 bag pre-packaged cheese

Simply put everything into a pot and warm it up. You can serve it in 5 minutes or you can let it cook for 20-30 minutes to let your flavors blend.

Additionally, you can make a multitude of casseroles with your pre-cooked/packaged foods, they will just take a little longer then 5 minutes. But you will be able to get whatever you are making on the table quickly.giveaway

Getting Dinner on the table also requires planning, and help you get the family fed and to their activities we are giving away my favorite planner and the one I use personally.

How do you get your dinner on the table quickly?

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

39 thoughts on “How to Easily Make Dinner in 5 Minutes

  1. I think planners are good because during a hectic day, it keeps you organized and less stressed. this is coming from a totally unorganized person who gets very frustrated.

  2. Which beans do you precook? Dry beans? How? This is something I am very interested in since dry beans are very inexpensive! Many many thanks!!

    1. Pinto beans mostly but also black beans and navy beans. I keep them in quart size baggies in the freezer. You are right the dry beans are very inexpensive and they are not chock full of salt. 😀

      1. I crock pot my pinto beans! But have never cooked dry black or navy bean……how do you cook them exactly?

        1. salt, pepper & water…I want them ready for things like chicken chili or black bean soup. I also serve them as a side dish along with other meals. I’ve never really timed them but it seems like they take about 4-5 hours of cooking time.

  3. I think having the calendar & daily pages are so important to keep track of appts., family activities etc. Having the menu planners & shopping lists & extras are just wonderful. I would love to win this it would be a great way to get & stay organized.

  4. I love the idea of doing all the prep work ahead of time! I really need to get in this habit. It would save me so much time!

  5. These are all great tips! I have one question about the meat, I have tried that, and I swear it tastes odd after being browned and then reheated. What do you do to prevent that?

    1. You know, I’ve noticed that more with ground beef. So I season ground turkey or ground chicken when I brown it and then freeze it. Everyone in the family swears it tastes better that way! LOL

  6. This is a really smart way to do things. Do you season the meat with anything special while you’re cooking it? I normally season according to what I’m making (taco seasoning in the meat, etc.) but if I’m not sure what dish the meat will end up in, I’m not sure how I’d season it.

  7. Wow! Where were you when I was in the Army! God has surely given you a gift. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting you from the Wednesday’s Prayer Girls…Blessings ~ Chris

  8. Yes! Pre-browning meat is really helpful at my house. It takes a chunk of time after I buy the bulk amount but like you said – when the time gets away from me – it is much easier to grab some pre-browned burger.

  9. Awesome suggestions! We always separate and pack and freeze our meat on Sunday, I never thought to brown off what we can! That would save so much time during the week!!!

  10. Those are really great tips!!! I need to do more of this- I do cook chicken pretty often, but I need to brown more beef and cut more vegies!! Thanks for sharing your wisdom!!

  11. So smart to pre-cook your meat! Actually, genius! I will have to try start implementing these tips, thanks for sharing! Stopping by from #MomTimeThurs.

  12. Alright! You did make my life easier. I already do some of those, but I never thought of pre-cooking my beans! I don’t know why, but that one thing would make my life a WHOLE lot more simple. Thanks for putting out this list. Very helpful advice!

  13. Awesome idea, especially for those nights that I dread cooking. I used to dedicate one day per week for prepping foods like this, but I haven’t done that in a long time. It’s something I certainly want to get back to, especially to save some extra money this year.

  14. I don’t know if precooking all the meat would work because spices would absorb differently, but maybe spending a day cooking all my meat in Mexican or Italian spices and then freezing them would make dinner so much faster. One thing I have done is to make a double batch of pasta sauce every time I make pasta. Then I freeze half so I have at least one quick go to meal ready and waiting.

    1. I pre cook my meat with salt and pepper and then add the appropriate spices and it works like a charm. I have precooked large batches of ground beef with taco seasoning and that worked well too. I’ve been doing it for at least 15 years and have had a great deal of success. Making a double batch any time you can is huge time saver. Don’t forget you are not just saving cooking time but also cleaning time. Blessings!!!

  15. Prepping ahead is really one of the keys to success. Whenever I manage to stick to meal plans and cook at home – I prep like 80% of it the day I buy the groceries. If everything just gets put right away… the odds of sticking to the plan drop drastically.

  16. My brother and his wife spend one day a week making all their meals for the upcoming week, though I haven’t been able to do the same I love the idea.

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