Quick and Easy Dinner

We all have days where we’re out and about all day (oops, forgot to get meat out to defrost!), get home late and/or tired (secretly glad I forgot to defrost meat because I no longer feel like cooking!), and just want to be able to push a magic button and have dinner miraculously appear on the table. My magic button used to be the local Turkish/Thai/Indian/Chinese (whichever we felt like) takeout.

But we eat real food these days! Takeout is almost always NOT real food, and our bodies know it – my husband and I always feel kinda gross after eating takeout.

But I still didn’t feel like cooking….I was much too tired today after driving a 3 hour round-trip to San Francisco and back to visit friends who were in town. For situations like this, its always good to have a quick and easy meal option on hand. One of our favs are pastured beef hotdogs! I heated the hotdogs, cooked some potato (and broccoli) for mashing, and made a salad. We’re talking 20-25 minutes tops. Minimal effort and fuss, but still a healthy, nutritious homemade meal.

We love these pastured beef hot dogs by Fork in the Road. They’re a local (California) company, so I’m not sure how widely available their products are. But there are other brands of pastured beef hot dogs available…..or you may know a local farmer who makes great sausage. The key is to always have it on hand for when you have an easy meal emergency!

Sometimes life just gets too busy, or something comes along to disrupt the best laid plans. So it’s always good to have some quick and easy meals waiting in the wings (even store-bought hot dogs!) because it still beats take out 🙂

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  1. I have never seen their products in my area. (Iowa) What is the sodium content?

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      They’re new, and still small I think – based in California. The sodium per sausage is 520mg (22%). I’m guessing that’s fairly standard for these commercial sausages. They don’t taste excessively salty to me, unlike some other brands that I’ve tried.

  2. What a great idea! Look like today is going to be an easy quick dinner night for us, so thanks for the inspiration.

    1. Debbie says: Reply

      You’re welcome! Good old sausages to the rescue!

  3. Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great Spring week end and come back to see me real soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. OOOO! I gotta look these sausages up!!! I love Applegate Farms Grass-Fed Hot Dogs but I am always up to try something new and healthy! 🙂

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