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Beans, including refried beans, count as both a protein and a vegetable in most dietary suggestions, including those of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Beans also provide iron to the diet. Traditionally prepared refried beans make use of lard. To cut down on saturated fat, use vegetable oil or mash cooked beans without added fat for a healthier version of refried beans.
If you have half an hour, you can whip up a delicious meal with ground beef and rice. Keep ground beef in your freezer so it's available for quick meals. If you've forgotten to defrost the meat for tonight's family dinner, thaw it quickly in your microwave. As long as you cook it immediately afterward, it's safe to eat, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Grab the rice from the pantry and have dinner ready in 30 minutes.
Your freezer's stocked with ground beef, but the kids are sick of hamburgers and tacos. Ground beef is a nutritious protein source, but it can be tough to come up with meal ideas that you can serve to your hungry bunch after a busy day. For easy planning, make ground beef night on a certain day or two each week. Add a few quick-cooking strategies and whip up a delicious ground beef meal in under 30 minutes.
Soup is the ultimate comfort food that often evokes warm memories of childhood and home cooking. Many soups also pack a nutritional punch. While some soups can cook for hours, it's very easy to whip up a tasty, satisfying 30-minute soup. Although you'll want to keep your kids away from sharp knives and the hot stove, involve them by asking them to come up with flavor combinations and act as your taste testers.
When you get tired of meals that use chicken or beef, switch over to pork -- a lean meat that most kids enjoy. It cooks quickly enough for you to get dinner on the table in 20 minutes and, depending on the recipe, maybe even have a few minutes to spare.