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Quick meals for busy families

September 9, 2014
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

Southern Living releases a new cookbook with busy families in mind with "5 Ingredient Weeknight Meals" (Oxmoor House, $19.95.)

Breakfast to dinner and desserts is covered in quick recipes that all use 5 ingredients to feed from 4 to 8 people.

The recipes are divided into Hot Off the Grill, No-Cook Suppers, Pastas and Pizzas, Not Just for Breakfast, Dinner in a Dish, So Easy Sides and 3-Ingredient Desserts.

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Get out the grill for recipes like BBQ Bacon Burgers, Grilled Pork Tenderloins with Plums and Chipotle-Lime Chicken Drumsticks.

No-Cook Suppers include Roast Beef and Tomato Jam Wraps, Curried Mango Chicken Salad, Shrimp-Asian Noodle Salad and Heirloom Tomato Panzanella.

Pastas and Pizzas have recipes for Barbecue Pork Pizza, White Pizza with Baby Greens and Wild Mushroom and Butternut Squash Pizza, as well as Chicken-Prosciutto Primavera Pasta, Fresh Tomato-Spinach Pasta and Spaghetti with Mushroom-White Bean Ragout.

Not Just for Breakfast includes meals that are fit for breakfast but could be good anytime, like Spicy Egg and Cheese Crossiant, Pimiento Cheese Egg Casserole, Potato Nugget Breakfast Tacos and more.

Dinner in a Dish are one-pot fixes like Baked Beef and Fried Pepper Burritos, Fried Apple Pork Chops, Chicken Tortilla Soup and Baked Shrimp Risotto.

So Easy Sides include Oven-Roasted Asparagus with Dijon Vinaigrette, Grilled Curry Corn and Bacon and Onion Squash Saute.

Round things out with a 3-Ingredient Dessert like Icebox Eclair Pie, Cinnamon Apple Tarts and S'More Puffs.

I tried Bacon and Cheddar Belgian Waffles for a Sunday brunch one weekend. These use basically exactly what it says - plus some egg, milk, butter and baking mix. After my usual battle of trying to get a waffle that is not undercooked or overcooked off of my waffle iron, these turned out to be a good mix of sweet and savory. They were an easy prep and clean-up too!



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