What to make when you literally have just 10 minutes to get dinner on the table

I’m calling this “Busy Mom’s Chicken and Vegetable ‘Lo Mein’ “.   It’s not EXTREMELY healthy, but it’s definitely better (and cheaper) than hitting McDonald’s.    It took me 10 minutes from the time I took the ingredients out of the cupboard and freezer and fridge to on the plate…..and this is all stuff you probably have on hand most of the time!

“Busy Mom’s (or Dad) Chicken and Vegetable ‘Lo Mein’ ”

This amount will serve 3 growing kids or adults, 5 or so younger children ….great for those nights that you are rushing out to have a dinner date with your hubby (or wife :)) and need to feed the kids fast.

  • 3 packages your favorite flavor ramen noodles (you’ll only use one of the seasoning packets)
  • 3/4 pound chicken breast tenders cooked (these were leftover from dinner a night or two ago….you can definitely use what you have on hand….ground beef would work fine too)
  • 1 package frozen stir fry veggies
  • 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil, plus 1 more tsp.
  • 2 tsp. crushed ginger (I keep the stuff from the jar on hand)
  • 2-3 tsp. soy sauce
  • one seasoning packet from ramen noodles

This will take 1 pot and 1 large skillet/stir fry pan/wok.     In a 3 quart sauce pan get your water boiling for your noodles

Cut chicken (or other meat) into bitesized pieces.  In skillet add 1 tsp. toasted sesame oil and crushed ginger and soy sauce over medium high heat.   Add chicken and veggies and start them heating up (cover if necessary to help defrost the veggies quicker).

By this time your water will have come to a boil, break up and add your ramen noodles (without the seasoning packets….leave those to the side right now!).

Stir your chicken and veggies.   And take a sip of water….you need it!   You can also get the plates out and ready for dishing up…you’re almost there 🙂

Your noodles should be done, your chicken and veggies should be pretty hot.  Drain your noodles, add back into the pan from whence they came, and sprinkle with one seasoning packet and  1 tsp. sesame oil….toss well, then toss into your skillet and toss all of the veggies and chicken through your noodles.

Guess what?   now you get to dish up dinner, and you’re done!!!!   Go put your lipstick on, kiss your hubs when he comes through the door, and your ready for your dinner date!!!    Have fun!  I am 🙂

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