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Go To Easy Dinner For Hectic Days


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Every mom has one: a go-to recipe for hectic days. It may be a casserole, or a one-pot meal, it might even be a main course salad. And of course, we’re always on the lookout for a new go-to recipe because, we get bored eating the same thing all the time.

For the working moms at Oorah, never was such a dish needed than during Oorah Auction season. There’s barely a moment to breathe, let alone cook as we put it all together—the auction that is. This is the major event of our organization, which funds over 49 programs for Jewish children and their families.

Oorah Auction

The culmination of all our fundraising efforts, the auction is a big deal. The grand prize is $1,000,000. It’s up to us to make the website and the auction book look attractive and tempting to woo prospective donors into buying a ticket or two (or ten). But each day, we still come home to the laundry and our hungry families.

That’s when we want to have a repertoire of fast, easy, all-in-one meals to prepare, preferably with ingredients we can have at the ready in our pantries so we don’t have to run out to shop, first. You want this to be the kind of thing you can do as you’re walking in the door, kicking off your heels, scooping up a kid for a kiss, and listening to the calls on your answering machine.

Something Green

Tuna Noodle Salad is just such a dish. You’ve probably got the ingredients on hand right now. It’s a main dish salad that is a complete meal in one. It’s got carbs, protein, and something green (peas).

Are you thinking, “Peas are a CARB, not a vegetable?” So okay, if you want to get fancy, toss a bag of greens with some Craisins, nuts, and a bottled salad dressing. Put that out on the table, too.

But really—it’s totally unnecessary. Everyone understands that things get hectic sometimes, so lose the guilt. Just put this out on the table and dig in.

Here’s my recipe for Tuna Noodle Salad, what is your go to meal for hectic days?


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About Varda Epstein


Varda Epstein is a Communications Writer at  Kars for Kids and blogs her own views at the Times of Israel and Judean Rose. Varda is passionate about her Jewish faith, Israel, genealogy, music, writing, parenting, and food. An expatriate third-generation born Pittsburgher, Varda has lived in Israel for over three decades while growing her family of 12 children and (thus far) 9 grandchildren (girls are ahead, 5-4). Her work has appeared in the Jerusalem Post, the Jewish Press, Ami Magazine, Avotaynu, Binah, and Horizons.




One Response to Go To Easy Dinner For Hectic Days

  1. Wonderful simple idea! I like how this sounds!

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