Pressed for time? Here’s how to cook for picky eaters

If you're a mom, you're busy, and time is always of the essence. Here, Katie Workman, author of "The Mom 100 Cookbook: 100 Recipes Every Mom Needs in Her Back Pocket," shares some of her family's favorite dishes and shows just how easy they are to make.

One-skillet cheesy beef and macaroni
Servings:

Serves 8 with a lot of leftovers, which you will be grateful for (so I guess it really serves 10 to 12).

Ingredients

    • 2 pounds lean ground beef
    • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
    • 1 cup chopped red, yellow, orange or green bell pepper (about 1⁄4-inch pieces)
    • 1 cup peeled chopped carrots
    • 1 cup chopped onion
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon dried basil
    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
    • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes in juice
    • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder (optional but recommended)
    • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 3⁄4 pound dried elbow macaroni
    • 2 cups (8 ounces) grated cheddar cheese

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Chicken Piccata-ed or plain
Servings:

Serves 6.

Ingredients

    • 2⁄3 cup all-purpose flour
    • Kosher or coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, pounded thin (about 2 pounds total)
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 3 tablespoons minced shallots, or 1⁄3 cup minced onion
    • 1⁄2 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1⁄2 cup dry white wine (optional)
    • 1 1⁄2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
    • 1 tablespoon rinsed and chopped capers
    • Chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley (optional), for serving

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Fudgy one-pot brownies
Servings:

Makes 12 huge or 24 reasonably sized brownies.

Ingredients

    • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, plus butter for greasing the baking pan (optional)
    • Nonstick cooking spray (optional)
    • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch-processed cocoa powder
    • 2 1⁄2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse salt
    • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Preparation

Baking Directions:

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