Fast Chili (Ten Minute Meal)

Fast Chili  (Third of 10 Ten Minute Meals)  This can be used in many simple meals.

  • Brown 1/2 –1 lb of ground beef with onion and garlic.
  • Add 1 or 2 cans of chili beans and heat and serve. (Can use any beans seasoned with chili powder, cumin, garlic instead of chili beans. )

Can be enjoyed with toast, crackers, cheese, and/or veggies.

Use Chili to make any of these fast meals and snacks:

Chili Cheese Chip

  • Put chips on a plate,
  • Sprinkle grated cheese on top,
  • Put chili on top.
  • Microwave until warm.

Chili Cheese Dip

  • Microwave heat on low in a pan, one cup of grated cheese and about 1 cup of chili for 1 minute.
  • Stir and serve with chips.

Chili Quesadilla

  • Butter a frying pan.
  • Put in a tortilla,
  • then grated cheese ,
  • then top with another tortilla.
  • Then brown on both sides.
  • Top the quesadilla with warm chili.

Baked Potato Bar

  • Bake potatoes in microwave (9 min) or oven.
  • Steam broccoli.
  • Warm chili.
  • Cut up cooked ham or cook and crumble bacon.
  • Grate cheese.
  • Serve with butter, sour cream, salt and pepper.
  • Pile on potatoes and enjoy.

Breakfast Sandwiches (Ten Minute Meal)

Breakfast Sandwiches   (Second of 10 Ten Minute Meals)

Brown bacon, ham or sausage.

Toast bread

Fry 2 eggs per sandwich.   (When cooking eggs use a lid to help steam the eggs.)

Put a small slice of cheese (any kind) on the eggs during the last minute of cooking.

Slice tomatoes.

Put cream cheese, mayo or butter on the toast.

Put sandwich together in this order:

  •   Toast
  •   2 eggs with cheese melted on
  •   Sliced tomatoes, salt and pepper
  •   Meat
  •   Toast

Can be served with milk, fruit or juice.

This makes a great dinner or brunch.

Bean Soup (Ten Minute Meal)

We are reposting these fast and easy meals.

Bean Soup    (First of 10 Ten Minute Meals) 

Brown 1 pound of ground beef in a large pot.

Cook ½ cup chopped onion and ½ cup chopped celery with meat or add 1 T. onion flakes.


  • 2 or 3 cans of minestrone soup
  • 2 cans of water
  • 1 can of pork and beans
  • 1 or 2 cans kidney beans
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 t. oregano

Simmer until everything is warm.

(About 8 minutes. )

Can be served with cheese, bread and carrot sticks.

* Tip!   Brown several pounds of ground beef, some chopped onion and garlic together, then freeze in small containers to use in fast meals.)

Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes  HPIM1517

This is a way to get vegetables in your family.  This recipe is just a guide.  Add any vegetables that need using.

  • Brown 1 lb of ground beef or turkey.
  • Blend or  chop in the blender or food processor 2 cups of vegetables.  Any will do but this is a good mix to start with: 1 onion, 2 celery, 1-2 big carrots, 1 pepper any color.   Add this to the cooked meat.
  • Add 1 cup catsup.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons mustard.
  • Cook down until it thickens.
  • Add a little salt and pepper to taste.  It doesn’t take much because the vegetables are so flavorful.
  • Serve over bread or on buns with cheese and raw vegetables.
  • It is yummy and easy.

This can be made into large batches and feed a crowd.


Sample lesson plans Phonics By Spelling is creating. 

Winter            snowflakes part 2 001

Objective: Children learn about winter and its weather.  (This lesson could be taught in two days.  One day about the seasons and another day about the snow and snowflakes.)


  • Winter pictures from magazines, calendars and the internet.
  • Coffee filters.
  • Print Season worksheet if you’re doing it. (You may have done it for the Summer lesson.) Or print the Season book.  summer-vs-winter-worksheet1    book seasons for January
  • Suggested Books:
    • Froggy Gets Dressed  by Jonathan London
    • The Jacket I Wear in the SnowBy Shirley Neitzel
    • The Snowy DayBy Ezra Jack Keats
    • WintertimeBy Ann Schening
    • Snowmen at NightBy Caralyn Buehner
    • The Snowflake by Kenneth Libbrecht (This book has great photographs of snowflakes.)
    • Snowflake BentlyBy Jacqueline Briggs Martin
    • The SnowmanBy Raymond Briggs
    • A Snowy Day By Melvin and Gilda Berger (This is good with snowflakes.)
    • Grandmother Winter By Phyllis Root
    • Four Stories for Four Seasons by Tomie dePaola
    • Winter is HereBy Kimberly Weinbeger
    • The Mitten Tree by Candice Christiansen (a book about kindness)
    • The Mitten by Jan Brett


Read a book(s) then discuss winter.

  • The tilt of the Earth creates the seasons. The tilted Earth causes different parts of the Earth to directly face the Sun, while other parts are hit indirectly by the sun’s rays causing the weather to be colder. (The earth is closer to the sun in the winter for the northern hemisphere, but because it tilts away from the sun it is cold.) (It can be shown with a globe and a lamp or a child being the sun.)
  • Winter is the coldest season of the year. We must wear warm clothes like gloves, hats, scarves, coats and boots.
  • In the winter we have less daylight.
  • Winter is the time we get to play in the snow. We like to build snowmen, make snow angels and throw snowballs. We can also do winter sports like skiing, sledding and ice skating.
  • Snowflakes have 6 points. 


*Make coffee filter snowflakes.

       snowflakes part 1 001      snowflakes part 2 001

This activity is a fun and an easy way to make paper snowflakes. 

  1. Flatten coffee filter
  2. Fold it in half
  3. Fold the half into thirds
  4. Then fold in half again.
  5. Cut shapes along the folded edges and the outside edge of the filter.

*Do the season worksheet. You may have done this worksheet for the summer lesson.

*Do the Season book.

*Melting Snow.

  1. Bring a jar of snow inside and put on a lid.
  2. Observe it later to see how it is now water and that snow takes more space in the jar than snow.


Gingerbread People

DSC_7425Gingerbread Men or People

Fun, easy, delicious recipe to do with children. A holiday favorite.

Mix with a mixer:

  • 1 c. butter
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. molasses

Sift or mix together:

  • 5 c. flour
  • 1 1/2 t. soda
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 t. ginger
  • 1 1/2 t. cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. cloves

Mix wet and dry ingredients together.

Chill for about an hour.

Cut with people cookie cutters. Decorate with raisins, chocolate chips, slivered almonds, licorice, and/or tiny candies.

Bake in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes.








Heat the oven to 300 F with the rack in the middle.

Place in a large bowl and mix:

  • 3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or regular flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place in a pan and warm to melt:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Put 1/4 cup pure maple syrup or 1 teaspoon vanilla in the honey/oil mixture. 

Then pour over the oats mixture and mix.

Spread the mixture on a rimmed cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake for 15 minutes then stir.  Bake for 5 to 10 more minutes until lightly brown around the edges.

Place on a rack to cool.

Add about 1/2 cup of dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, raisins, dates) and about 1/2 cup of nuts or seeds (I prefer pecans.)   I also add about a 1/2 cup of ribbon coconut.

Stir every 15 minutes as it cools to break up the clumps.

Store in airtight container.

Enjoy!   We like it with Cashew Milk.  


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