Making a delicious meal after work or after running around with the kids is difficult. Ingredients, prep time and cook time aren’t usually the first things on our mind. Even with a grocery list we can still forget to buy the things we need, let alone remember the recipes we need. Meal planning and great recipes help make family meals what they should be; a time to eat together and talk about each other’s day. These three recipes are not only crowd-pleasers but a jump-start to your go-to recipe collection.
Breakfast: PB & J Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted, unsalted butter
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup strawberry jam
Mix together dry ingredients and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mixed until just combined. Small lumps are normal so do not overmix. Add the peanut butter. Pour batter on a greased griddle or pan at medium-high heat. Flip when bubbles form. Keep pancakes warm while you heat the cup of strawberry jam over medium heat until it’s reduced to a sauce consistency. Pour over pancakes and enjoy! This recipe makes 10 small pancakes.
This recipe is especially great for kids. It shows them that PB&J isn’t just for lunch time. Feel free to try whatever jam or jelly as your syrup! Blackberry or raspberry jam would be especially delicious.
Lunch: Open-Faced Artichoke Sandwich
1 jar of marinated artichoke hearts
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 English muffins
Open, drain, rinse and dry the artichoke hearts. Run a knife through them on a cutting board and throw away any tough leaves. Mix together hearts, mayonnaise, parmesan cheese and mozzarella in a bowl. Spread on toasted English muffins and put under the broiler until the mozzarella is melted and slightly browned. Makes four open-faced sandwiches.
Make these open-faced sandwiches for cheese lovers, who will find this recipe toasty, creamy and savory.
Dinner: Chicken Nuggets
2 chicken breasts
2 tablespoons of Pankso
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 dashes pepper
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon parsley
Preheat over to 425 degrees. Cut the chicken breasts into nugget-sized pieces. Pour 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a bowl. Combine breadcrumbs, Panko, garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper in another bowl. Dip the pieces of chicken into the vegetable oil and then thoroughly coat the chicken in the breadcrumb mixture. Place coated nuggets on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10-15 or until juices run clear. Enjoy with honey mustard, ranch, BBQ sauce or ketchup!
If you’re new to home-cooking, all these recipes are great places to start. Remember that it’s okay to make mistakes, and it’s okay if it doesn’t turn out and you shouldn’t get stressed out. Meal times give you the nourishment your body needs to get through the day, but it should be a time to enjoy the food and the people you love. We live a fast-paced life, but remember to sit down to enjoy a quality meal at the table at least three times a week.
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