There are entire websites dedicated to fast and easy dishes and meals. With many of our lives crammed with work, errands and other obligations, we are blessed to find a great pasta recipe that can be prepared in under 20 minutes.

You were once a part of the quick meal group. Each morning before work, you drained a cup of coffee and shoved a Pop Tart or store-bought bran muffin in your mouth as you headed out the door. Your lunches often consisted of fast food items quickly devoured so you could make that 12:45 meeting. And when you got home from work, you frantically scoured the cupboards and refrigerator for something you could whip up in a minimal amount of time.

But now that you are retired, you have plenty of time to plan and prep the recipes you want to enjoy. Cooking is fun and making a dish that takes hours instead of minutes can be rewarding. Your Medicaid trusts company offers these food dish ideas that call for patience.


Your love potstickers and order them as an appetizer when you are at your favorite Asian grill. But if you plan on making these at home, you has better grab yourself a glass of wine and put on some music because they are labor intensive and time-consuming. You will need a lot of patience filling and fold these guys and remember that practice makes perfect.

Stuffed French Toast

Savory and sweet breakfasts are the best. Find yourself a great loaf of French bread, slice it and stuff them full of ham and cheese, dip them in an egg wash and pan fry them on all four sides and you will have a delightful dish the family will love. It is definitely worth the time and effort.

Grilled Hoisin Chicken Thighs

It’s grilling season so break out the barbecue grill and buy yourself a big batch of chicken thighs. Marinate the chicken thighs in a hoisin sauce for several hours and then place them on the grill on low heat. The lower the heat, the longer they have to cook, but it will be worth it in the end when you bite into the tenderest chicken you have ever experienced.

Cast Iron Mac and Cheese

Stay away from the boxed stuff and take the time to boil your own pasta, mix in freshly grated cheeses, milk and cook over medium heat until melted and mixed. Then take the cast iron skillet and put it in the oven to get this dish crispy around the edges.