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Quick and Easy Meals for Friends & Family
We Love, Love, Love to entertain and have guests over. I really can't remember a day that our family spent the day alone...Sometimes it's a friend or two or sometimes a couple dozen!
To always be prepared for this, I have certain items stocked in my pantry. I can have a meal to feed 5-25 in just 30 minutes or less, plus have time to enjoy visiting.
I understand the economic times too, so not only are these meals fast and easy they are fairly inexpensive as well.
Let me know what you think, or what your emergency back up meals are!
thanks for looking, Marmie
Speedy Sloppy Joes...Emergency Meal #1
This is a Quick, Easy, Fun and Delicious meal. Great for kids or a group of friends.
- 1 pound Hamburger meat...cook till browned
- 1 can Staggs chili...you can use your own, but I prefer the flavor of this brand
- 1/4 BBQ Sauce
- Burger Buns
That's it, you can easily make more to feed a crowd too.
After the meat is cooked, add the chilie and BBQ sauce heat through and it's done. Have the ingredients on hand and this can be your "emergency meal".
So for those busy days or with unexpected company, you too can be ready within 15 minutes with a great meal. You can spend the rest of your time with your friends, family or resting...
For your gluten free friends, serve over Fried potatoes, Rice or Corn Chips.
Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
Oyster Chicken...emergency meal #2
This recipe is so easy you will hardly believe it.
1 Bottle Oyster Sauce
Boneless Skinless Chicken
That's it. The flavor of the sauce is weird tasting from the bottle, but after cooking it tastes great!
Put the chicken in a pan, pour the sauce over chicken cover and bake at 350' for about 25 minutes. This works great in a crockpot too.
While chicken is cooking make a pot of rice and salad.
There you have it, dinner in 30 minutes good enough for guests.
Just in case you don't know how to make rice...here you go.
How to make rice in a pot
If you use a 1 Cup dry rice double the water it makes about 3 cups of cooked rice...give or take.
Calculate how much cooked rice you will need then add twice the water. ie. 3 Cups rice and 6 Cups water.
Put on high heat and bring to a boil (I set the timer for about 5 minutes). Then simmer for 15 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes. There you have it.
You can make extra, freeze it in ziploc bags and just heat up in microwave when needed.
Or you can make extra and make fried rice, that will be the next emergency meal #3!
Fried Rice...emergency meal #3
Fried rice is best made with cold rice. But fresh rice will work also, it is just a bit stickier to deal with.
Ok so start with meat
2 Cups Chopped cooked: beef, pork, chicken, polish sausage, or spam
1 Large Chopped onion (Tip: cut off ends, peel off skin, rinse under cold water...no more tears)
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce + 1/4 teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
1-2 Tablespoons Oil and 1-2 Tablespoons Butter
5-7 Cups Cooked Rice (wet hands and squeeze rice to break up clumps)
1 egg scrambled
Chopped green onion
Heat pan on high heat.
Put enough oil to cover the bottom of a fry pan or wok.
Cook egg like an omelet, all one piece, cut into bite size pieces and set aside.
Saute onions and meat. Add garlic powder to taste.
Put in Rice and stir well. Then let brown a little, using a spatula scrape bottom and turn the rice over from bottom over top. Continue until lightly browned, but not burned. Add soy sauce and sugar mixture.
Top with egg and chopped green onion for garnish
Optional: You can make a well in the rice and crack a few eggs in there and stir into rice. Or add frozen peas or carrots. My daughter adds Parmesan Cheese to her rice...not authentic...but hey it tastes great.