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Quick Dinner Recipes: Egg Drop Soup and Tuna Fried Rice

Quick Dinner Fried Rice

One night this past week, I went to the freezer to pull out the salmon to make for dinner, per the Menu Plan, only to discover there was no salmon there. ACTUALLY, there WAS salmon there, but I couldn’t SEE the salmon because it was buried in the chaos of my freezer . . . and that should be the subject of a whole blog series in and of itself: creating order from chaos in the freezer. I’ll get right on top of that.

In the meantime, here are the “save the day” quick dinner recipes that got us through that evening:

Quick Dinner Recipes –
Egg Drop Soup and Tuna Fried Rice


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Egg Drop Soup


5 cups chicken broth
3 cups packed baby spinach leaves
3/4 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
3/4 teaspoon vietnamese fish sauce (or substitute miso)
3 eggs
Optional: sliced green onions


Heat chicken broth over medium-high heat until boiling.

Stir in the spinach leaves, sesame oil, and fish sauce  (or miso) and cook until the spinach begins to wilt.

Beat eggs well.

Stir broth mixture with one hand, so it moves in a circle around the pan, while slowly pouring in the eggs with your other hand.  Swirling motion and heat will cook and create thin ribbons of eggs.

Spoon into individual bowls and top with green onion if desired.

Tuna Fried Rice

2 eggs
1 tbsp. milk

olive oil

4 cups cooked brown rice
1 5-oz. canned tuna, drained and flaked with fork
3/4 cup corn
3/4 cup peas
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. soy sauce
Optional: 3 tbsp. cup finely chopped green onions (green part only)

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add enough olive oil to pan to coat.  Whisk together milk and eggs. Add to skillet, and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until eggs are set. Remove from heat. Fold eggs into quarters and chop finely. Hold eggs on plate.

Recoat pan with olive oil, and place over medium high heat again.  Add green onion, if desired, stirring for about 2 minutes.  Add rice, corn, peas, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and soy sauce.  Cook for about 2 minutes.  Add tuna and eggs, gently stirring for another 2 minutes, until heated through.  Serve.

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3 Ingredient Dinner in a Flash


Okay, so you know how there are those days were absolutely nothing goes as planned and suddenly you look up and realize that in order to actually feed your family before it’s time to put the kiddos to bed that you really should have started dinner an hour ago? What? That never happens to you? Well, it happens to me.


Waaaay more than I care to admit, actually. So, I won’t. I’ll just tell you that this is one of those recipes that you can throw together in a pinch with ingredients you tend to have around and no one will really know that you cannot manage your time well, and should, frankly, not be entrusted with the care and feeding of others. At all.

Dinner in a hurryEggs in Tomato Sauce

Serves 4

8 eggs
24 ounces of Spaghetti or Marinara sauce (homemade or store bought)

4 Tablespoons of Parmesan Cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Reserve 1 cup (8 oz) of the sauce
  3. Into 4 individual oven-proof bowls or ramekins, evenly divide the remaining 2 cups (16 oz) of sauce.
  4. Crack 2 eggs into each bowl.
  5. Spoon reserved sauce evenly over the eggs.
  6. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of cheese over each dish.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes.

This is also delicious with a little feta and fresh basil, if you’re interested in adding an ingredient or two, but they aren’t required to make it delicious. Goes well with with crusty bread (if you eat that sort of thing) and a side salad or steamed broccoli if you’d like to balance things out with something green.

I’ll admit, part of the reason that I like this recipe is that it takes advantage of something we have an abundance of . . . eggs! Our backyard flock of 5 is producing all the eggs we could possibly eat, plus some. Right this minute, there are nearly 4 dozen in my fridge, so I am ALL about a recipe that puts some to good use!

Eggs for dinner