Five Fast Nutritious Family Meal Recipes

Five fast nutritious family meal recipes that today's busy families can whip up in less than half an hour. Use these for quick week day meals that will please the entire family.

Both parents working? Kids running in all directions between school, sports, and other activities? Need some easy, nutritious, fast meals to prepare? Read on! I've listed five of my favorites below.

1. 30 Minute Chicken Marsala

Defrost 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts the night prior to preparing this meal. Refrigerate.

Mix 1/2 cup of floor, 1 teaspoon of pepper, 1 teaspoon of marjoram, 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Take four chicken breasts rinse and pat dry. Press chicken breasts into flour mixture. Coat thoroughly. Shake off excess.

In a large frying pan, place a quarter stick of butter and melt. Add 1 cup of fresh sliced mushrooms, 1/2 cup of sliced green onions. Saute. When tender remove from skillet. Put chicken in same skillet. Brown. Add onions and mushrooms back into skillet. Add 1/4 cup of chicken broth. Add 1/4 cup of dry sherry or dry Marsala. Cook on medium two to three minutes, until mushroom mixture thickens. Serve with bread and butter, beverage of your choice, and fresh fruit for dessert. Your family will think you've hired a gourmet chef.

2. 30 Minute Incredible Cranberry Pork Chops

Fry four to six 3/4 inch thick pork chops in butter or margarine over medium heat for five minutes. When brown, drain off all fat. Now, add 1/2 cup of apple juice to pork chops in pan. Bring to a boil. Now, cover and simmer for an additional five minutes. Remove pork chops from pan. Keep Warm. Reserve 1/2 cup of the juices in the frying pan. Mix together 8 0unces of cranberry sauce, 2 teaspoons of corn starch, and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar. Add this to reserved juices in frying pan. Stir well. Cook this mixture about 3 minutes, until it is thick and bubbly. Spoon mixture over pork chops. Serve with a quick cook rice,frozen or canned vegetable and applesauce.

3. 30 Minute Meatball Sandwiches

Mix two eggs, one pound of hamburger and one cup of bread crumbs together. Form meatballs. Place a paper towel on a microwave safe plate. Put your meatballs on top of this and microwave for two and a half minutes. Turn the meatballs and microwave for another three minutes. Place meatballs in a pan on your stove. Add a jar of your favorite ready made spaghetti sauce to the meatballs. Heat sauce. Serve meatballs on submarine sandwich rolls. Top with parmesan cheese. Serve a tossed salad on the side. Cut up cantelope for desert. Voila! A nutritious meal in under 30 minutes.

4. 30 Minute Soup and Sandwich Souper Easy Supper

Prepare this soup first, and serve with grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. Add watermelon for desert and you're done in under 30 minutes! To make the soup, place the contents of one ten ounce package of frozen cut broccoli in a medium sauce pan. Add 3/4 cup of water and 3/4 cup of shredded carrots to mixture. Bring to a boil, then simmer, covered for five minutes. Mix together 2 cups of milk, a dash of pepper, a dash of salt, and 1/3 cup of flour. Combine with one 14 1/2 oz. can of chicken broth. Add this mixture to the sauce pan. Add six ounces of shredded co-jack cheese. Cook approximately 10 minutes, or until mixture is thoroughly heated. Grill hot ham and cheese sandwiches while soup is heating. Serve!

5. 30 Minute Man Pleasing Meal

Wash four to six potatoes. Poke holes in them with a fork. Place in microwave. Cook for five minutes. Check potatoes. Cook for an additional 5 to 8 minutes depending upon microwave strength and potato size. Keep warm when done. While potatoes are cooking, preheat broiler. Take four to six steaks and using a sharp knife, place several slits in each steak. Stuff the slits with rosemary and garlic. Cover steaks with lemon pepper. Broil to desired doneness. Serve with baked potatoes, fresh salad, and bread and butter.

Serve canned fruit cocktail for desert.

There you go, five easy nutritious meals that can be prepared in under 30 minutes!

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