Fall is an especially busy time around here since two of my kids have sports practices and game multiple evenings a week, and getting home at various wreaks havoc with our already tenuous dinner schedule.
More times than I care to admit, I’ve stood in the kitchen at 6pm wondering what to make for dinner because planning ahead doesn’t always work out this time of year (though things usually get better in the late fall) and no one else has had time to start dinner, either.
I call it “pulling dinner out of thin air” (OK, I may reference pulling it out of somewhere else on occasion, but only when I’m a little worked up) and, though it doesn’t require a lot of imagination, I nearly always turn to the old standby boneless chicken breasts.
I have no idea if it’s standard cooking procedure or not, but in a dinner “emergency”, I poach boneless, skinless breasts until they’re just shy of cooked, and then transfer them to a casserole dish and top them with something before they go in the oven.
One of the easiest ways, and a quick favorite around here is to top them with barbecue sauce and some cheese and scallions and bake them and finish them under the broiler for a better “barbecue-ish” taste.
The chicken with some broccoli florets on the side, and a bagged salad makes a pretty good dinner in a pinch. It’s even easier with already cooked, frozen chicken breasts such as Grilled N’ Ready from Tyson (not an ad, just a product I like that makes things easier) and I try to keep them stocked in the freezer for moments such as these.
What is your “thin air” dinner?
What do you fix when people are waiting, sandwiches won’t cut it, and you’re out of frozen pizza?
Please tell me, I would really like some fresh ideas!
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