Most people are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen every evening preparing elaborate meals. Fortunately, it’s possible to create nutritious and delicious restaurant-style meals with a minimal investment of time. Following are just five of the many meals you can make in a hurry in your home kitchen without sacrificing quality.
All you need for this is a can of salmon, fettuccine noodles, a light Alfredo sauce, and you’ll feel like you’re dining in an upscale restaurant. Finish the dish off with a sprinkling of cracked black pepper and a garnish of fresh lemon. For added flavor and visual appeal, serve it over a bed of fresh bright greens. You can also substitute the Alfredo sauce for pesto sauce. chicken or tuna can be substituted for the salmon. This dish takes less than 30 minutes.
Tuna/Vegetable/Rice Mini Casserole for Two
Most people already have the ingredients for this in their cupboard or freezer. All you need is two cans of tuna, a jar of pre-made Alfredo sauce, some balsamic rice, and some cheddar cheese. After mixing all the ingredients but the cheese together, bake in a small casserole dish for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and serve. This recipe can be doubled or tripled to feed more people. It also makes great leftovers and can be frozen in individual servings for microwaving later.
Baked Salmon and Asparagus
Besides the two main ingredients, all you need for this is a piece of foil and your choice of sauce or dressing. Honey mustard dressing and lemon butter sauce both work well for this dish. Simply place the salmon and asparagus on the foil, drizzle with sauce or dressing, and wrap it up securely in the foil. This should be ready to remove from the oven and serve in half an hour. You can also substitute steelhead trout or halibut for the salmon in this recipe.
Steak and Salad
Although many people associate a steak dinner with a night on the town, it’s actually quite easy to prepare in your own home. Start with buying the best quality of steak you can afford. Find a good recipe and follow it closely, especially if you’ve never grilled a steak before. Purchase pre-made salad to minimize chopping, dicing, and slicing. Serve with a roll or piece of garlic bread.
Lemon Chicken One-Skillet Dinner
Besides the way it tastes, the best thing about this dinner is the easy cleanup afterward. You’ll need chicken breasts, mushrooms, green beans, chicken stock, flour, cracked black pepper, parsley, and thyme. This dish is finished in less than 30 minutes, and the only thing you’ll have to clean afterward is the skillet, a couple of cooking utensils, the plates, and the silverware.