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When I forget to "defrost" a dinner component, I tend to fall back on my fav...Tortellini soup. It is the same as your recipe--whatever happens to be on hand. I tend to always keep some premade refrigerated tortellinis in the freezer and so I'll grab a low sodium chicken stock box, and pour that over whatever veggies I have on hand that have been sauted in a little olive oil to soften (shredded cabbage, carrots, celery, onions, leeks, beets, you name it!) and then toss in assorted herbs (usually something like an Italian blend-oregango, basil, rosemary, pepper) and then toss in the frozen tortellini (cheese, meat whatever) to cook and voila...healthy, SUPER FAST, yummy dinner. Also can top with parmesan or fresh cilantro. This also tends to be my travel dinner to a "new baby" family or sick shut in since it reheats beautifully. Goes great with crusty warm bread. The funny part is everyone seems to think I cooked for hours when seriously it maybe takes 10-15 mins. (I chop pretty quick since I'm lazy in the kitchen and make my pieces very chunky). Enjoy! Thanks for you dinner idea...have been working my way through the whole 'Deceptively Delicious' plan...hiding the veggies is my new delight. (hee hee!) Miss you!


What are "tummy eggs"?

Helen at A Work of Heart

AHHH Carbonara...fell in love with this delight during study abroad during is a staple at our house although it probably shouldn't be...I echo your family...just don't like the green clones at all...the last few times I have made it I have put in a couple tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese in with the eggs as I whisk them and then add more parm. can you go wrong with any thing with bacon,eggs, cheese and garlic!

Kathleen  Jaeger

WOW! That looks delicious! I now can cook without measuring & LOVE doing it that way now. I will definitely be using this one!

My QUICK & EASY dinner idea is:

Sloppy Joes: Brown 1-2 lb hamburger with salt, pepper, garlic & onion. Drain. Add 1/2 bottle (appx.) of your favorite BBQ sauce (I use Aldi's Tangy Kansas Style). Serve on buns.

Everyone in my family loves them. The next day I use the leftover meat on tortilla chips spread out on a cookie sheet, throw some shredded cheese on it. Bake for 5-10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Wa-la --some yummy nachos for lunch!


Hello friend! I'm back after a very long time of exams + tests + assignments! Now that I've got more time on my hands, I'm back to blog-reading and commenting. I've just finished catching up on all the entries I missed. Looking forward to more entries =D Been knitting/crocheting anything lately? You know how I enjoy looking at your projects!


Our easy dinner is usually breakfast. Waffles, eggs, sausage to go along with it as well. I also have a carbonara pasta that I can throw together fairly quickly that is very similar to yours. I've never added peas in mine but I'm going to try that soon as that is one of the few vegetables that my girls request. : )


Jill's dump!! It's different every time, but it's loved each time, and best of all, it's EASY!!


My fast dinner is breakfast... eggs, toast, bacon/sausage, etc. The kids love it and it can be finished quickly. This is always a good meal after a late afternoon at practice.


After many months, I finally tried this. It was my first recipe with no measurements. It is amazing!! Thanks! =)

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