Two Quick Dinners

Here are two quick yet tasty, weeknight dinners, under 30 minutes each.

A co-worker and I had been talking about Swedish meatballs but I didn't have all of the ingredients for that, so I made this instead.

Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy


  1. 1lb ground beef (lean)

  2. 1/2 medium onion chopped

  3. 1/4 cup egg substitute

  4. 1/4 cup bread crumbs

  5. 1 tsp salt

  6. 1/2 tsp black pepper

  7. 1 tsp paprika

  8. 1 tsp garlic powder

  9. 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  10. 1 can cream of mushroom soup

  11. 1 cup chicken stock


Mix the first 9  ingredients together in a bowl

Tip: you can use whatever spices you want, I used what came handy that night.

Then either using a tablespoon or a small disher, make them into meatballs and put them in a pan sprayed with non-stick spray

Cook until they are browned all over (turning once or twice during the process to get a good crust all the way around), should take about 15 minutes.

Mix the mushroom soup and chicken broth together and pour over the meatballs

Simmer for about 10 minutes while you boil some egg noodles

Serve over egg noodles.

Pork Cube Steak


  • 1/2 to 3/4 pound pork cube steak

  • 2/3 cup milk or butter milk

  • 1/3 cup flour

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/2 tsp paprika


Marinate the pork in the milk or buttermilk overnight (I am not counting this time in the 30 minutes obviously)

Mix the flour and seasonings together on a plate

Dredge the cube steaks in the flour mixture and put them in a HOT pan

Turn once at about 7 or 8 minutes

Serve with mashed potatoes and some canned low fat pork gravy (I like the Heinz brand)