How I cooked a Healthy Dinner in 15 minutes!

Life is busy… really busy.

Every other day I really want to go through the drive thru. Life would be so much easier if we were made of money and could have someone cook us healthy food in a flash. Oh how I wish. 😉 Back to reality… that isn’t going to happen and our waistline and wallets can’t afford the drive thru trips that often.

Today I wanted to show you how I cooked my family dinner is just 15 minutes… literally!!

We had soccer practice (like we do all the time) and I hadn’t even though about dinner at all (problem #1 – lack of preparation), but I was determined to make a healthy dinner as fast as possible. It was getting late!

This is what we ate:

This is how I cooked dinner in just 15 minutes.

  1. Turned oven to 400 degrees
  2. Put a pot of water on for the pasta.
  3. Grabbed browned beef from the freezer frozen. Tossed it in the pan with some water – put a lid on it and let it steam.
  4. Chopped up on the zucchini and placed on a cookie sheet. I placed it in the oven.
  5. Tossed in the pasta and placed the timer for 10 minutes.
  6. The browned beef was now thawed and heated. I added in garlic salt and spaghetti sauce that we got for cheap.
  7. I let the meat simmer.
  8. Few minutes later, pasta is ready to drain, I pulled the zucchini out of the oven and the meat had combined all the flavors.
  9. Pulled the bagged salad of of the fridge (we got for cheap at Aldi)
  10. Dinner was done!!

I proved to myself that with proper preparation (like browning the beef before you freeze it). I could make dinner in the same amount of time that it would take going through the drive thru. PLUS this dinner is full of healthy vegetables and protein.

How much did this cost me?

  • meat – $3.69 from Zacyon foods
  • Pasta sauce – $.50
  • Pasta – $.50
  • Zucchini – about $1
  • 1/2 bagged salad – about $1
  • Total: $6.69… way cheaper than the drive thru!

So… are you inspired to try this out on your own? What can you do in the kitchen so you can avoid going through the drive thru?


  1. Christina Auchter says:

    I love grilling lots of chicken. The left overs make awesome chicken tacos in a hurry! Also, I like to cook rice and pasta for the week so that I can serve them fast with a cock pot chicken recipe.

  2. Carrie says:

    Great idea! :)

  3. Amy says:

    Chili Mac! Elbow macaroni, your favorite chili and cheese to top. Also, corndog muffins. Jiffy cake mix prepared as on the box, add chopped up hot dog(I prefer turkey), add a little sour cream so it doesn’t peak and the top doesn’t overcook and add shredded cheddar directly to the mix as well. Bake in cupcake/muffin pan until golden brown and cooked through. My 4 year old “ices” her corndog cupcake with mustard. :) I’ve got a mini pizza recipe that I’ll have to share with you sometime as well!

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