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Dinner in a Flash

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Dinner in a Flash

One of the most challenging things about being a working mom is finding time to cook.  Making dinner does get tedious, especially if I have to take Princess to daycare, get ready for work, and study (yeah, I'm still taking classes).  There are times when I have no time to cook for myself and my hubby. But, I always make time to prepare Princess's meals.  Although her daycare provides food, I make it a point to paper bag her lunch and snacks -that way I know exactly what she's eating.

I usually get up early and prepare her meals.  Then, make ours before heading off to work.  The other day I decided to kill two birds with one stone.  I made brown rice pasta with shrimp and tomato sauce for the three of us (no shrimp for Princess just yet).

Here's what you'll need...

2 cups of uncooked brown rice pasta (It's a great alternative to regular pasta.  Gotta mix it up a little)
1 Cup Tomato sauce
20 medium size shrimps (you can cut prep time in half by purchasing shrimp that already peeled and de-vined)
1 tablespoon butter substitute (smart choice or I can't believe it's not butter)
1 teaspoon Garlic
1 teaspoon Black Pepper
1 tablespoon Mrs. Dash
1/4 cup diced onions
1 teaspoon salt

Bring water with salt to a boil.  Add brown rice pasta and cook under medium heat for 15 minutes.
Combine shrimp, black pepper, garlic, Mrs. Dash in a bowl.
In a pan, melt butter substitute and onions.  Sauté for a few minutes.


Add in shrimp, letting it cook for 3-5 minutes.  Shrimp should be a light pinkish color.  Then pour in sauce, and continue cooking for another couple minutes (or until sauce begins to form bubbles).
**Don't cook the shrimp too long or else it will become hard.
**If you don't eat fish, you can use boneless, skinless chicken breast.  But cooking will take longer.


Strain the brown rice pasta and add it to the sauce and walla!  You're done.



This meal should take you less than 30 minutes to prepare.  Happy eating!

What did you cook today?

Weather Anchor Mama

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4 Comments:

At January 9, 2012 at 6:05 PM , Blogger Faith said...

that looks so delish! i have some left over crockpot salsa chicken so i am going to boil some rice and throw the sauce on top ... easy, easy :)

 
At January 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

That's sounds yummy! I need to get a crockpot. I'm not quite familiar with how to cook with it. Is it hard? I've heard some people say that they throw in all kinds of ingredients and let everything cook all day. The less work, the better for me these days

 
At January 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

That meal looked so delicious and healthy, I have to try your receipe.

 
At January 10, 2012 at 3:52 PM , Blogger Weather Anchor Mama said...

Yay! Thanks! Let me know how it goes. I can literally cook this meal in like 20 minutes!

 

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