5 killer dinner recipes, each of which can be explained in a paragraph: Do you believe us? You should, because just like you we constantly want a solution to motivating ourselves to make dinner after a long day of work. Especially when we come home, open our fridge, and find baking soda, a dried knob of ginger and half a bottle of white wine: Not even a Top Chef could pull something together from that.
Honestly, most weekdays we don’t have the time for serious meal prep and sifting through cookbooks, even though we love to do that on weekends. Read below for five quick and easy weeknight recipes that each can be explained in one paragraph…
1. Baked Pesto Salmon*
Mix together store-bought pesto and dijon mustard (about 50/50) in a bowl and spread generously over salmon filets. Bake on 350 degrees for 15 minutes (a little more if you like it more well done). Serve it with a side of couscous (follow box directions) mixed with a little pesto and garlic powder, and arugula salad (1 box of arugula) with olive oil and the juice of 1 lemon.
*We have to credit our friend Katie Lee for telling us about this one!
2. Moroccan Stew
Cut 3/4 pounds of filet mignon into smaller squares. Also chop up 1 head of cauliflower, 3 large carrots, 1 yellow onion and a few cloves of garlic. Brown the meat in a pan and then remove. Add onion, garlic, carrots and cauliflower into the pan with a little olive oil and cook until soft. Once softened, add paprika and cumin to your liking and let cook a few more minutes. Then add 1 can of chickpeas and about 1 cup of beef broth. Let simmer on medium heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the meat back in. Let simmer another 3 minutes until the meat is cooked through but pink in center. Spoon over cous cous or quinoa and serve.
3. Chicken Stir Fry
Slice 2 chicken breasts into strips or cubes. Brown the chicken in a pan and set aside. Chop 2 heads of broccoli, 2 zucchinis, 1 small piece of ginger and 1 garlic clove. Saute together with olive oil and teriyaki sauce. While cooking, make brown rice (1.5 cups uncooked – follow box instructions). Once vegetables are cooked through, add chicken back into the pan and mix together (add more teriyaki if needed). Once rice is cooked, pour the rice over the stir fry and mix all together. The end result should be like a (much) healthier fried rice!
Chop one yellow onion. Saute onion with a little olive oil until golden, and mix in 3/4 pounds of ground beef. As the beef is cooking, break it up with a spatula so that you have a very fine mixture. Add 1 can of tomato sauce (we like Rao’s Marinara) and let simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, cook 3/4 box of penne in salted boiling water until al dente. Once both are done, pour mixture over the penne and mix together. Top with fresh parmesan.
5. Broccoli Rabe Pasta
Saute 2 bunches of broccoli rabe with olive oil and garlic. Meanwhile, cook 1 pack of spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente. Once spaghetti in cooked, mix it into the pan with the broccoli and garlic. Grate a very generous amount of pecorino over the top and continue to mix all together, so the cheese coats the broccoli and the pasta. Garnish with some chili flakes and serve!