Another post about food? Yeah, yeah, we sure do love food around here. There’s a quick dinner that I keep in my back pocket for those nights when nothing is going right, the kids are starving, there’s nothing in the fridge, and take-out isn’t an option. It’s buttered parmesan noodles, cooked shrimp, and a veggie. Twelve minutes from start to table. Ahhhhh.
We always have some variation of these on hand, no matter how badly we need to go grocery shopping – most of this stuff has a very long shelf life, so it can just hang around until called to emergency duty:
Just start three pots boiling with water (the instant hot water dispensers in the kitchen are AWESOME and I miss mine from the old house every day). Toss pasta in one, frozen shrimp in another, and a veggie or veggie steamer in the other. In this case I made Faith’s Maple Carrots so I tossed the baby carrots directly in the water, but steamed broccoli with ranch dip, green beans, or even just a cup of frozen peas work just as well with Ro and Ree. We just ran out of black olives and cherry tomatoes, or I would have included a few of those on each plate with some food pics.
Boil everything according to the package directions (usually about 8 minutes for the pasta, 5 minutes for the shrimp, and 6-8 minutes for the veggies depending on how you’re cooking them). Drain the pots, stir a few pats of butter and a whole bunch of parmesan cheese into the pasta. Do whatever you have to do to the veggie so your kids will eat it. Then toss everything on a plate and watch it disappear.
Ro and Ree complained mightily that I only made them five shrimp each this time. They just love that stuff. Next time I’ll make more.
Think they liked this dinner?
Does anyone else have a 12-minute dinner to share? What’s the absolute fastest meal you can get on the table that the kids will still eat?
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