On the go? Try these recipes to get you in and out of the kitchen

September 9, 2009 9:56:00 AM

Jan Swoope - jswoope@cdispatch.com

 

Whether it''s football or soccer games, cheerleader or dance team practice, civic meetings or simply long days at the office, most families are on the run more often than they like. The frenetic pace often dooms family time around the table or kitchen counter. 

 

The popularity of televised programs such as Rachel Ray''s "30-Minute Meals" on the Food Network, and cookbooks like "The Best 30 Minute Recipe" (America''s Test Kitchen, 2006) and Betty Crocker''s "30-Minute Meals for Diabetes" (2008) testify to our need for time-saving help.  

 

If pasta with arugula and chorizo (a fresh sausage) that can be prepared in just 10 minutes, tasty chicken tacos in 20 minutes, or almond chicken you can have on the table in about half and hour sound like handy ideas for your household, read on for recipes gathered from speedy-meal sources. 

 

 

 

Time-crunch tips 

 

Your best bet for quick prep is to stick with simple, one-dish meals, advises AP Food Editor J.M. Hirsch. Some of his other tips include: 

 

 

 

FRESH PASTA WITH ARUGULA AND CHORIZO 

 

Preparation: 10 minutes 

 

Servings: Four 

 

 

 

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 

 

1 teaspoon garlic powder 

 

Pinch red pepper flakes 

 

8 to 9 ounces chopped or crumbled chorizo, casings removed 

 

12-ounce package fresh linguini 

 

3 cups arugula 

 

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese 

 

Salt and ground black pepper, to taste 

 

 

 

(Recipe from AP Food Editor, J.M. Hirsch)  

 

 

 

CHICKEN TACOS 

 

Preparation: 30 minutes 

 

Servings: 12 

 

 

 

1 tablespoon vegetable oil 

 

1/2 cup minced onion 

 

Two garlic cloves, minced 

 

One serrano chili, minced 

 

1/2 cup tomato sauce 

 

1 teaspoon cumin 

 

1/2 teaspoon salt 

 

3 1/2 cups shredded, cooked chicken 

 

Twelve flour tortillas 

 

 

 

 

 

ALMOND TOPPED CHICKEN,/b> 

 

Preparation: 30 minutes 

 

Servings: Four 

 

 

 

Four boneless, skinless chicken breast halves 

 

5 tablespoons butter, divided 

 

1/3 cup slivered almonds 

 

3 tablespoons lemon juice 

 

 

 

(Recipe from www.cdkitchens.com/recipes) 

 

 

 

APPLE GLAZED PORK CHOPS  

 

Preparation: 30 minutes 

 

Servings: Four 

 

 

 

1/2 cup apple jelly 

 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

 

1/4 teaspoon ground allspice 

 

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 

 

Four 1-inch thick pork chops 

 

Two small baking apples, cored and sliced 

 

 

 

(Recipe from www.cdkitchen/recipes.)  

 

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.