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  • Dinner in 30 minutes or less

  • Everybody has those days when you spend extra time at work, it takes forever to get home and all you want to do is eat cereal and fall asleep on the couch. There are other times when you have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table before soccer practice/a PTA meeting/your family mutinies.
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  • Everybody has those days when you spend extra time at work, it takes forever to get home and all you want to do is eat cereal and fall asleep on the couch. There are other times when you have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table before soccer practice/a PTA meeting/your family mutinies.
    It doesn’t have to take forever to make or produce a mountain of dishes for dinner, and here are three recipes to prove that point.
    Several years ago, I started taking roasted sausage, potatoes, peppers and onions to church functions. With the way people reacted, you would have thought I had invented fire. Over the years, I’ve tried different combinations, but sausage, green beans, mushrooms, potatoes and onions has to be my favorite. This dish has a good dose of vegetables, but the roasted sausage flavors everything nicely, meaning it doesn’t feel like you’re eating veggies.
    The best part about this meal is that all you need is a cookie sheet and a cutting board to make it. It doesn’t hurt that it’s ready in 30 minutes. I serve this as a main dish with no other frills, but if you’re the type of person that needs condiments, I’d recommend a squirt of Dijon mustard.
    Chicken quesadillas are a classic appetizer option or main dish at Mexican restaurants, but you might be surprised how easy they are to make at home. Aside from sautéing some peppers and onions, making cheese quesadillas isn’t any harder than making a grilled cheese. Unlike most grilled cheese sandwiches, these quesadillas also have at least a few veggies encased between their crunchy, cheesy layers. If you serve them with a side of salsa, you get even more veggie content. Not bad, considering you can whip these babies up in about 10 minutes.
    I love salmon because it is quick cooking, flavorful and healthy. Because salmon is so flavorful, it doesn’t need much seasoning. For a quick, fresh-flavored entrée, I like to spread a little pesto on top and bake them in the oven. The salmon can be served over a salad or alongside rice and roasted vegetables. This is a dish that can make you feel good about what you’re eating, without having to spend a lot of time pulling dinner together. I hope these recipes keep you full and happy, while saving you time in the kitchen.
     
    Sausage bake
    6 Italian sausage links, sliced
    1/2 onion, sliced
    1.5 pounds new potatoes, quartered
    8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
    12 ounces green beans, cut in half
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    Preheat your oven to 375. Place the sausage and vegetables on two cookie sheets and toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bake for 30 minutes. Serves 6.
     
    Chicken Quesedillas
    1/2 an onion, sliced
    1 Poblano pepper, cut into strips
    1 bell pepper, cut into strips
    2 cups cooked, shredded chicken
    2 cups grated cheddar cheese
    6 extra-large flour tortillas
     
    Place a pan over medium heat, add in a little olive oil and sautee the onion and peppers until tender. Working in batches, place about a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet, place a tortilla in the skillet and rub it around lightly to spread the oil. Top half of the tortilla with a bit of cheese, some of the veggies and some chicken. Top with more cheese. Fold the other half of the tortilla over the topped side. Cook until the first side is golden brown and then flip. Cook until golden brown. Serves 6.
     
    Pesto roasted salmon
    4 skinless salmon filets
    4 tablespoons pesto
     
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Salt and pepper the salmon filets and then spread a tablespoon of pesto onto each. Bake for 30 minutes. Serves 4.

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