Monday, August 26, 2013


"Dinner Block", ever experience it?? Oh I have it allll the time. What should I make for dinner and I so don't want to go to the store. Time to Raid the Pantry!!!

Since I suffer from DBS (Dinner Block Syndrome) frequently, I have learned to come up with a few meals that I always seem to have the ingredients to make. Just normal stuff you are bound to have leftover in the fridge or pantry.

Vik's Tortilla Soup

I don't always have all these ingredients but what I always always have are a leftover store bought rotisserie chicken, because I also suffer from NETS (Not Enough Time Syndrome). Quinoa or some type of noodle, chicken broth or the little chicken bouillon cubes, sour cream, shredded cheese, rotel and tortilla chips. I raid the pantry for canned veggies and just about any will work!!

1-Boil, cover and simmer for 1-1.5 hrs-the leftover chicken in enough broth to cover chicken

2-Scoop out the falling apart chicken onto a baking sheet and use two forks to pull the remaining chicken off the bones. Skim the soup bottom and make sure all bones are accounted for!

3-In a sauce pan take 1 cup of the broth and cook up 1 cup of Quinoa as directed. Super easy and doesn't take long! if you don't like quinoa, cook up some noodles and drain or minute rice!!

4-Return chicken to broth and add the Rotel with juice, drained veggies and cooked quinoa. Simmer for 20 minutes.

Just add a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, tortilla chips and if you are feeling fancy, an avocado.

Vik's Turkey Meatballs and Cream Sauce

This one is quick and easy! And always always gets rave reviews from the family!

1-I am lazy when it comes to making meatballs, I don't like handling raw meat and I am not the type to add a bunch of ingredients to the meatball. Basically it is Just a meat ball with a little spice!

I don my plastic sandwich bags and mush them together and sprinkle with Cajun seasoning, or salt and pepper for you "you afraid of spice" folks.

Cover and simmer for 10 minutes, flip, cover and simmer for 10 more minutes. (Start step 3 simultaneously)

2-In a sauce pan make 2-3 cups of Minute rice, per directions, cover and set aside.

3-In an even smaller sauce pan add 1 cup of sour cream and 1 can of cream of mushroom. I use 2 of each for a family of 5 because we have sauce hounds!! Let this simmer on med/low, stirring occasionally so it doesn't splatter. Add Cajun seasoning (maybe a teaspoon or more) to cream sauce or salt and pepper.

Serve it up!!!

Add a canned veggie or salad on the side if you so feel inclined.

Okay that's it for now! Hope you enjoy!



  1. the tortilla soup sounds yummy,
    I'm going to try this!

  2. Yummmm Both of these sound Delicious!! As soon as it cools off around here I'm trying the tortilla soup. It was 92 degrees tonight at 9:00...I just want something cool to eat these days.