10 Minute Dinner: MexiRice Bowls

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Have you ever been really engrossed in a task and thought, “Man, I’m getting hungry.  What time is it?”  Only to realize it’s dinner time and your toddler needs to go to bed in like 45 minutes and oh my word no wonder he’s been cranky for the last hour.

Just me?  Oh.

Well… for all you super organized and totally with-it moms who just happen to be running low on time, I’ve got a dinner idea you can get ready in just 10 minutes.

Yeah, I said it.

A 10 Minute Dinner

This super fast dinner is easy to make as long as you have at least a few things on hand

First, you’ll need either already-cooked rice or quick cooking “minute” rice on hand.  If you don’t have either of those, then it may be more like 20 minutes while you cook the rice, but the rest of the meal can be thrown together with almost no prep.10 MInute Dinner? Oh YEAH! Love this quick and easy mexican inspired dish. My kids EAT IT UP!!!

Mexi-Rice Bowls

Start with rice.

Pre-cooked or quick cooking, brown or white, doesn’t matter.  That’s totally up to you.  Cooked according to the package directions.

The next thing is my oh-so-controversial ingredient: canned chicken.

Y’all, seriously, let me know in the comments if this is a total turn-off for you.  I don’t want to keep planning meals around an ingredient you’d never use, but if you have never thought to use it, or didn’t know how to, this could be life-changing…or at least helpful.

Canned chicken always seems a little funky when it first comes out of the can.  In this case, I like to give it a light rinse and drain in a strainer.

Now, mix your chicken with some taco seasoning.10 MInute Dinner? Oh YEAH! Love this quick and easy mexican inspired dish. My kids EAT IT UP!!!

I don’t measure this, I just eyeball it.

Some onion powder, plenty of garlic powder, a little cumin, a hefty dose of chili powder, and a little pepper.    When it comes to spices, my cooking method is very much based on visuals and proportions rather than measurements.

This seasoned up chicken is excellent to use in quesadillas too, by the way.

Grab some canned black beans (or pre-cooked.  I love to use the crock pot to prepare them from dried beans.  SO CHEAP!), shredded cheese and salsa.10 MInute Dinner? Oh YEAH! Love this quick and easy mexican inspired dish. My kids EAT IT UP!!!

Layer in the bowl:

Rice

Black Beans

Chicken

Cheese

Then microwave for about 30 seconds to melt the cheese.  Alternatively, you could microwave the chicken and beans and then place the cheese on top.

10 MInute Dinner? Oh YEAH! Love this quick and easy mexican inspired dish. My kids EAT IT UP!!!

If you’re opposed to microwave usage, layer all the ingredients in a casserole dish and pop it under the broiler until the cheese melts.

Serve with salsa and chopped green onions if you’re feeling fancy!

I know this is not a gourmet meal.  I didn’t promise you that.  I promised on the table in 10 minutes.

What else could you serve in 10 minutes?  You could also try tthis or…fast food.   If your goal is to stop eating out, save money, or feed your family fast, this 10 minute MexiRice Bowl is a winner!

These quick dinners are also excellent lunches.  Since we homeschool, we like to cook lunch rather than just doing sandwiches or something.  10 Minute Dinners are just the type of thing my daughters and I can whip up mid-day to fill our bellies without much fuss.

Moms like you and me who have a lot to get done need a break sometimes.  I love how this lets me feed my family without visiting a Drive-Thru even on nights when I’m swamped with projects and work-from-home business tasks.

What shortcuts do you take in the kitchen to feed your family?

Is there a dish you’d like to see sped up?  Be sure to let me know in the comments or Join the Conversation in our Facebook Group.

Wisteria-covered paths and Tacos,
Christina

 

10 Minute Dinner? Oh YEAH! Love this quick and easy mexican inspired dish. My kids EAT IT UP!!!
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