Dinner in 30 minutes? Impossible you say?. Well you can create delicious dinner recipes in 30 minutes or less with hearty sandwiches. These ideas will come in especially handy for moms (and dads) who are dealing with very hectic schedules. They and you will no longer need to use a crock pot in order to sit down to a tasty meal.
The following suggestions can be used as a starting point, of sorts. It should be relatively easy to expand on these ideas, based on the likes and dislikes of your family. Ask them to help; you might be surprised with what they come up with.
Dinner sandwiches. Don't discount the goodness of a hearty sandwich. There are literally thousands of tasty combinations to choose from. Consider purchasing a sandwich or Panini maker, which will make grilled sandwiches with ease. (If you opt for the sandwich maker, you can also make mini omelets, cakes and other yummy snacks.)
If you don't have a Panini maker you can use a skillet. Place the sandwich in a buttered hot frying pan. Cover the top side of the sandwich with a layer of foil. Place a heavy pot on top of the sandwich to press it down. When one side is brown, flip it over, cover with foil again and replace the heavy pot. A foil wrapped brick will work as well. Soak the brick in bleach water overnight. Rinse well. Place in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will sanitize and dry out the brick.
Be creative with your sandwich choices. Don't get stuck on the same old same old. Try honey ham, cheddar cheese, with sliced tomatoes on sourdough bread. Or thinly sliced chicken, apple slices, and cream cheese sprinkled with dried cranberries. What about rye bread, Swiss cheese and roast beef topped with sliced onions and spicy mustard. Grilled portabella mushrooms on a whole wheat bun with bacon slices and mayonnaise is as good as any hamburger.
Vary the breads, flavors, and textures. If you're using a bland meat such as turkey or chicken add some zip with an assertive cheese and full flavored breads. Contrast creaminess with crunch. Since it is dinner be generous with portions, but of course don't go overboard.
Serve the sandwich hot. If that's not feasible because of the fillings, for example lettuce goes limp when it's hot, then toast the bun and serve at room temperature. Supplement a hot sandwich with a complimentary side salad of your choice. Add a hot side dish such as mac and cheese, hot potato salad, or baked beans, to a cold sandwich.
30 minutes and you've made a quick and filling dinner.