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Make Mom an Extra Special Mother's Day Dinner

May 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 143

If you've ever tried to get reservations for Mother's Day brunch or dinner, you probably realize it's next to impossible unless you book months in advance. This year treat Mom to a dinner the children can make with just a bit of adult supervision. The menu is impressive and easy for little cooks to manage. Start with a raspberry vinaigrette salad with grapefruit slices, lettuce and walnuts. The main course are chicken breasts stuffed with ham and cheese accompanied by rice pilaf and carrots glazed with orange juice. Purchase Mom's favorite dessert to finish the meal.

What you'll need:Package of pre-washed ready-to-serve saladRaspberries Apple cider vinegar Mild cooking oil Walnuts Fresh grapefruit slices Rotisserie or Baked chicken breasts Provolone cheese Honey baked hamRiceCream of chicken soup Frozen peas Frozen chopped onions Frozen carrots Orange juice concentrate Butter Cooking utensils

Salad The tang of the grapefruit slices is complimented by the crunch of the walnuts and sweetness of the raspberries in this easy to pull together salad. For four servings you'll need two packages of ready-to-serve lettuce, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup of cooking oil, and 4 to 6 ounces of fresh raspberries. If you can't find fresh, use frozen unsweetened berries. Mix the vinegar, oil and raspberries together and set aside. When you're ready to serve, toss the dressing with the lettuce and divide onto four plates. Arrange four to five grapefruit slices on the lettuce and sprinkle with walnuts. Now that was easy.

Chicken Moms will be impressed when you bring out this chicken dish. The creamy cheese and salty ham bring out the best in the chicken. It looks like it took lots of time and talent to make. Surprise, since it starts with purchased cooked chicken breasts, you don't need much time or talent. When you purchase the chicken breasts ask the server to cut a pocket in each breast. About 30 minutes before dinner is ready, stuff a slice of ham and a slice of cheese into each pocket. Wrap the breast in foil and warm in a 350 F oven for 20 to 30 minutes until hot and the cheese has melted. Remove the foil to serve.

Rice Pilaf All right so this isn't the traditional rice pilaf but it's easy for kids to put together. For four servings put one cup of rice, one 15 ounce can of cream of chicken soup and one cup of low sodium chicken broth in a baking dish. Add 1 cup of frozen peas and 1 cup of frozen chopped onions. Stir. Bake in a 350 F oven for 40 minutes until the rice is cooked. You can bake this at the same time the chicken is warming, just give it a head start. Triple the recipe for leftovers so Mom doesn't have to cook dinner the next day. Chop two slices of ham for each serving. Mix with the left over rice pilaf. Put in a fresh baking dish and cover with slices of provolone cheese. Heat until the cheese is gooey.

Carrots Kids love carrots and adults will love these carrots bathed in a glaze of orange juice and butter. If you start with packaged frozen carrots there's no peeling or chopping required. Since the carrots have been blanched before they've been frozen, they don't need much cooking time. You'll need three cups of carrots for four servings. Place in a microwave safe bowl. Nuke on high for one minute at a time until the carrots still have some crunch to them, probably no more than three minutes total. Before the last minute of cooking time, add 1/4 cup of orange juice concentrate and 1/4 cup of butter. It's Mother's day so splurge on real butter not the fake stuff.

Find lots of quick dinner recipes at Dee's blog, Dee's Delicious Dinners. Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books and the novel "Over Time." She and her daughter, CeCe Jensen, love to come up with Party Ideas for Kids. Get their free guide at their website.

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