I found this picture on our computer and I’m pretty sure it’s JLD’s room service.
From time to time, I am swindled into a certain chicken establishment during lunch time. Especially for the preschool crowd. And I do think it is delicious (two strip kids meal — perfection). But fast food for dinner is one thing I avoid. Possibly because I know if I do it once, every other thing I offer will be viewed though a breaded and fried lens? And I know I can never compete on that varsity playing field.
As much as I enjoy cooking, and more importantly love meal planning, (planning anything – yes!) my batting record is hardly 100. On my very best days, (angels are singing and rainbows are beaming) I have done some/most of my dinner prep while said preschoolers much on lunch. But sometimes I need quick, and I need it now. Here are three things I have turned to that are made with ingredients I almost always have on hand. Less time than it takes to drive to CFA, wait for your food and get back home. No rainbows needed.
3-5 cans of beans of your choice, depending on family and appetite size. I like, pinto, kidney and black beans for this)
1-2 can tomatoes
1 package chili seasoning (if you don’t have this on hand substitute 1 t paprika, 1 t chili powder)
1 package ranch (optional but awesome)
2 T cream cheese (optional – weird but awesome)
side salad if you can swing it
Add everything to pot (not the salad, obv) and heat to boil, simmer about 5 minutes.
Serve topped with cheddar cheese with any kind of bread you have on hand.
If you have any salad greens on hand your family will eat with dressing, double down.
I first saw the idea of using ranch and cream cheese in chili here and love it.
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