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Hello to all moms! We know you are busy and are probably running about as you read this piece. But making dinner doesn’t need to give you anxiety when time is super tight. While there will be some work involved, these recipes won't scare you into buying another pizza tonight in a pinch. Here are 6 recipes that are tasty and can be done in no time. 

Fast Skillet Chicken Cacciatore

Need a quick chicken dinner? Purchase lean chicken breasts so they cook in less than 20 minutes, My Recipes suggested. You will need the following ingredients to make this yummy chicken cacciatore meal.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic 
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 
  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion 
  • 1 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper 
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green bell pepper 
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cremini mushrooms 
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can of crushed tomatoes


  1. Combine 1 1/2 teaspoons oil, rosemary, garlic, salt and black pepper in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. 
  2. Rub oil evenly over chicken. 
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.  
  4. Add chicken to pan; cook 2 minutes on each side 
  5. Remove chicken from pan. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add onion, bell peppers, and mushrooms; cook 4 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add wine and then cook 1 minute or until liquid is reduced by half.
  7. Stir in 1/4 cup basil, crushed red pepper, and tomatoes; cook 1 minute. Return chicken to pan; turn to coat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 15 minutes or until chicken is done.
  8. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup basil.

Lazy Casserole

Now, the name of this recipe has to be a favorite for your weekends! It's called lazy for a reason.


  • 4 sausages (beef or pork)
  • 1 pound potatoes, 1/2 pound carrots
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 fennel bulb
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp oil, freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian herbs
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth and 4 tbsp balsamic vinegar


  1. Cut up all vegetables and place in a pan. Use a big bowl to combine the oil with the Italian herbs, grated or chopped garlic and chicken broth. 
  2. Pour mixture over vegetables.
  3. Cover the tray with aluminum foil and pop it in a preheated oven.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 45 minutes. Cut sausage and brown.
  5. Once vegetables are tender, add browned sausage and cook for 20-25 minutes.

Turkey Chili

The Food Network and Food Network Magazine has a great recipe for simple turkey chili that can be made in 20 minutes. Perfect for those winter days or when you need some comfort food.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 green bell pepper, roughly chopped
  • 5 scallions, sliced (white and green parts separated)
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 28 -ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes 
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 15 -ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup crushed tortilla chips, plus more for topping


  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the tomato paste, chili powder and cumin and cook, stirring, until the mixture darkens, about 1 minute.
  3. Add 1/2 cup water, the bell pepper, scallion whites and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook until the bell pepper is crisp-tender, about 4 minutes.
  4. Add the turkey and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until cooked through, about 4 minutes. Stir the tomatoes, chicken broth, beans and crushed tortilla chips into the pot; bring to a simmer.
  5. Partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in all but a few tablespoons of the scallion greens and season with salt.
  6. Top with more crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, cheddar and the remaining scallion greens. 

Orange Chicken

The Frugal Girls have done it again with their orange chicken recipe. Prepare this before you leave for work in a slow cooker and dinner will be ready when you get home. Talk about easy!


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed 
  • ¾ cup Smuckers Sweet Orange Marmalade
  • ¾ cup of Sweet Baby Ray’s Original BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. soy sauce


  1. Cook chicken in slow cooker on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  2. After 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low, drain juices from slow cooker.
  3. Mix together barbecue sauce, orange marmalade and soy sauce.
  4. Pour mixture over chicken, and cook on high for 30 more minutes.
  5. Serve with rice.

Mexican Hash

Are you in the mood for Mexican? Try this hash made with eggs from GOYA.


  • 3 tbsp. GOYA® Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 sweet potatoes (1 ¼ lbs.), cut into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 ½ cups frozen spinach  
  • 4 large scallions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. pepper
  • 1 cup cooked GOYA® Organic Tri-Color Quinoa


  1. Heat 2 tbsp. oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes. Cook covered, stirring occasionally until almost tender, 10 min.
  2. Stir in spinach, scallions, sundried tomatoes, paprika, salt and pepper.
  3. Spread level and place quinoa on top.
  4. Cook on a low medium-low heat until vegetables are tender, 5 min.
  5. Meanwhile, heat 1 tbsp. oil in large skillet over medium heat.
  6. Crack eggs and drop into skillet. Cover and cook to desired doneness. Serve over hash.

One-Pot Mac and Cheese

You will find this ooey-gooey comfort food a hit for the entire family with this recipe from Pillsbury.


  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 1 lb uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  1. In a 5-quart nonstick Dutch oven, heat evaporated milk, 4 cups hot water, macaroni, and salt to taste and boil over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-high; cook 6 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 8 minutes, stirring frequently--do not drain.

The thought of making dinner can be daunting when life is in constant motion. Use these simple recipes as a foundation to get you started and to help you stockpile meal ideas for the weeks ahead.

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