Who has time to cook?

When you add the homework, lectures, and studying that comes with pursuing an online degree, to the many hats you already wear – mom, husband, small business owner, PTA member, dad, little league coach, wife, manager, oh yea, and then there’s that part-time social life you used to have – who has time to cook?

Who has time to cook?Well, you have to eat, and since many of you are also responsible for feeding a family, we’re arming you with 10 quick, healthy, 5-ingredient (in addition to common household things like salt and pepper) meals to set your table with this semester.

Slow-Cooker Beef Pot Roast
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 7 hours and 7 minutes (don’t freak out, it’s a Crockpot recipe)
Grocery List:

  • Boneless shoulder pot roast (2-lbs)
  • Mushrooms
  • Bell pepper
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire sauce

Pork Medallions with Spicy Pomegranate-Blueberry Reduction
Prep: 2 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Pork tenderloin (1 lb)
  • Garlic powder
  • Frozen pomegranate-blueberry juice concentrate
  • Chipotle chiles, canned in adobo sauce

Smothered Pepper Steak
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Ground sirloin patties (4 – 4-oz)
  • All-purpose flour
  • Frozen bell pepper stir-fry (16-oz)
  • Diced tomatoes (14.5-oz)
  • Low-sodium soy sauce

Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Baking potatoes (6)
  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Shredded barbecue chicken
  • Cheddar cheese

Who has time to cook?Apricot-Lemon Chicken
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Chicken breasts
  • Apricot spread
  • Lemon
  • Curry powder

Mushroom-Herb Chicken
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 14 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Chicken breasts (4)
  • Shallots
  • Fresh mushrooms
  • Dry sherry
  • Dried marjoram

Grilled Ham, Muenster, and Spinach Sandwiches
Prep: 7 minutes
Cook: 4 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Chicago-style Italian bread
  • Deli ham
  • Muenster cheese
  • Baby spinach
  • Mild chowchow

Who has time to cook?Beefy Corn and Black Bean Chili
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 27 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Ground round (1 pound)
  • Chili powder blend
  • 1 package frozen seasoned corn and black beans
  • Beef broth (fat-free, less sodium)
  • 1 can seasoned tomato sauce for chili
  • Optional: sour cream, green onions

Chicken BLT Salad with Creamy Avocado–Horned Melon Dressing
Prep: 7 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Cooked chicken breast
  • Tomato
  • Romaine salad mix
  • Center-cut bacon

Chili-Garlic Glazed Salmon
Prep: 4 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Grocery List:

  • Salmon fillets (4 6-oz)
  • Chili sauce with garlic
  • Green onions
  • Low-sugar orange marmalade
  • Low-sodium soy sauce

Check out Cooking Light’s 5-Ingredient Cookbook for more recipes like these, and add chef to the list of hats you’ll wear this semester!

Share your quick and easy recipe secrets with the rest of us – especially our students who are earning our Dietetics Master’s Degree!


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