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thumbnail1Perfect activity for little hands, and perfect to eat for little mouths!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Grill: 8 minutes

Makes 12 mini burgers

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2  pounds ground beef (90 percent lean)
  • 1  tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1  tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4  teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2  teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4  teaspoon black pepper
  • 12  small round dinner rolls (such as potato rolls or dollar rolls)
  • 24  leaves fresh arugula or other leafy green, cleaned
  • 12  slices sharp cheddar cheese (about 3 ounces total)
  • 12  slices plum tomato

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Heat gas grill to medium-high or prepare charcoal grill with medium-hot coals. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion flakes, Worcestershire sauce, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and black pepper. Mix until well combined.
  2. Shape seasoned beef into 12 small patties, about 1/4-cup mixture for each, forming patties that are 2-1/2 inches across and 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Split the rolls in half and toast the cut side on the grill, about 1 minute. Transfer to a large platter. Top buns with arugula leaves.
  4. Transfer hamburger patties to the grill and cook 2 minutes. Flip and cook 2 additional minutes or until cooked through. Top burgers with cheese. Slice should be roughly the size of the burger; if not, cut or fold it to fit. Grill until slightly melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Transfer burgers to lettuce-topped buns and place a plum tomato slice on each. Serve warm.

source: parents.com

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thumbnail1…An easy main course with only 15 MINUTES of prep time!

Apricot-Honey Chicken
The honey mustard, apricot and ginger give this chicken recipe a wonderful flavor. It will definitely be a hit and is incredibly fast to shop for and prepare.

Serving: 4
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1/3 cup dijon honey mustard
3 tablespoons apricot preserves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

DIRECTIONS
1. Blend mustard, preserves, and ginger. Brush mustard mixture onto chicken.
2. Grill or broil about 8-10 minutes each side or until done, brushing with mustard mixture frequently.
Recipe provided by ivillage.

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…In under 20 MINUTES!

Another recipe submission by my friend, Dawn. I asked her why she had all these quick recipes if she didn’t cook, and she replied, “Did I say I actually used the recipes?” Thanks for sharing these great, quick recipes, Dawn!

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients:
•    1 1/4 C all-purpose flour
•    2 heaping tablespoons sugar
•    4 teaspoons baking powder
•    1/2 teaspoon salt
•    3/4 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
•    1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter
•    2 to 4 tablespoons milk (depending on the moisture of the potatoes)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a separate, large bowl, mix the sweet potatoes and butter. Add the flour mixture to the potato mixture and mix to make a soft dough. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time to mixture and continue to cut in. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and toss lightly until the outside of the dough looks smooth. Evenly roll the dough out to 1/2-inch thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter. Place the biscuits on a greased pan and coat tops with melted butter. Bake for about 15 minutes. (Watch your oven: If the biscuits are browning too fast, lower the temperature.)

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