Missy Tippens, here. Are you already prepping for Speedbo? I know I am! So I thought I’d share some suggestions for preparing food during a busy month. I had planned to make a shopping list for you, but I decided you’d want to make your own according to what recipes and suggestions appeal to you. I’ll include my favorite quick meal ideas and will also share input from two other Seekers.
Advice from Gynna Kaye:
I like to freeze things that warm up well for evening meals--spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, taco beef, shredded BQ chicken. Baking potatoes also come in handy--they can be cooking on their own in the oven while I keep writing. I also make salads in advance as well, either for lunch or dinner.
Breakfast is something fast but healthy--like instant oatmeal with fresh fruit.
I get sleepy if I eat a very big mid-day meal--I'm better off eating frequent small meals throughout the day when I'm heading for a deadline. So I stock up on items I can eat at my desk--apples, clementines, grapes, walnuts, almonds, celery. It's important, too, to keep a frequently filled glass or bottle of water nearby as dehydration can also make me sluggish.
Ruth Logan Herne has these suggestions:
I survive on tuna sandwiches and paninis. And the occasional real meal, but rare. We buy ham, bologna, turkey, salami, thuringer... Whatever's on sale that week.
[Note from Missy: What on earth is thuringer??? I looked it up. Seems to be a type of German sausage. You’re welcome. :)]
More from Ruthy:
Salad base ready in fridge all the time. Throw on some cheese, some sunflower seeds, DONE. (See Ruthy’s post at the Yankee-Belle Café on this one.)
Once-a-week Chinese take-out. Dave figures that's his meal contribution.
Coffee. Diet soda. Assorted flavors so I don't get bored. Assorted creamers, same reason.
Okay, Missy again. Some foods I like to keep around when I’m near deadlines or doing Speedbo:
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--Frozen pizzas. I know. It’s not the healthiest. But the kids love them and can make them by themselves. Same thing with hotdogs and lunchmeat for sandwiches.
--Breakfast food for dinner—like frozen pancakes or waffles, Poptarts, pre-cooked bacon you heat in the microwave, instant oatmeal or cereal. See the Café for my favorite oatmeal recipe.
--Muffins, made ahead and frozen for a quick snack or breakfast. Love Inspired Suspense author Sandra Orchard is sharing a recipe that’s mentioned in her new release, Shades of Truth, at the Café today! Click here to visit. Also, you can click here to find my easy-peasy two-ingredient pumpkin muffin recipe.
--If I’m grabbing a meal for myself, omelets can be filling and healthy as well as quick. Click here to see my favorite at the Café.
--Crock-Pot meals that make enough for leftovers are great paired with a pre-packaged side dish like Bob Evan’s mashed potatoes or mac and cheese. Here are two recipes that I love and another I plan to try:
Beef roast (I don’t even brown it first, just pop it in)
1 jar pepperoncini peppers (including the liquid)
1 packet McCormick Au jus gravy mix
Cook on low all day or on high 4-6 hours.
[Note, this is from memory so may not be exact. Adjust amounts to suit your taste]
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 can (about 8-12 ounces) V-8 juice (or tomato juice) diluted with water to cover the chicken
Salt, pepper, or other spices, to taste (I like to add a little sesame oil)
Chicken (I use breasts or tenderloins)
Cook on low all day.
Crock-Pot Pork Roast
[Note: I haven’t tried this yet. I jotted the recipe while watching a show on Food Network and now can’t find it on their website! The recipe was not done in the Crock-pot but I plan to do it that way.]
Boston Butt pork roast (bone in)
2 cinnamon sticks
Whole head of garlic with the end cut off
Salt to taste
1 can condensed milk
1 can Coke/Pepsi
A little water
Make slices through the roast to the bone to allow flavors to seep in
Put everything in the cooker and cook on low all day. Shred meat and serve with tortillas or in taco shells.
WE WANT TO FEATURE YOUR FAVORITE QUICK RECIPES ON SEEKERVILLE.NET DURING MARCH SPEEDBO!
**We’ll accept your recipes until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28th**
1. Prepare your recipe labeled with your name the way you want to be listed (yes, you’ll get credit for your recipe!).
2. Send the recipe only (no photos) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll compile these and Tina will put them into a PDF that will have a link from our website. We appreciate your input to help us eat through March! Our families thank you as well. :)
3. Remember, the deadline is NOON TOMORROW!
March is HERE and along with SPEEDBO in SEEKERVILLE, we've got some Irish stuff cookin' at the Cafe! If you have an Irish or Celtic or spring favorite you'd like to share, e-mail us at email@example.com.
We'll get you in the kitchen while we man the coffee pots! And don't be shy... oh my stars, the days of being shy around us are long past!!!
I can’t let February pass by without mentioning the fact I have a Love Inspired book out this month! A House Full of Hope (4-1/2 stars from RT!) is still available from
More info at www.missytippens.com