4 Easy Dinners for Busy Days

With so many people being busy, it can be hard to find a meal that’s both delicious and easy to feed your family. That’s why we have provided you with four easy recipes that you can make for your family that they are sure to love. So let’s get the easy peasy cooking going.

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

If you are looking for a new version of mac and cheese or you are simply trying to encourage your family to eat more veggies, this delicious and hearty dish is a great choice.

 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil that’s been divided plus some more for your baking dish.
  • 1 pound of short pasta like cavatappi
  • 1 head of cauliflower, medium, around 2 pounds. Core and thinly slice it.
  • 4 sliced garlic gloves
  • 1 big yellow onion, sliced thinly
  • Black pepper freshly ground
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 ounces grated white cheddar (extra sharp) (around a cup)
  • 2 ounces of grated Parmesan, around ½ of a cup.
  • ¼ teaspoon of mustard power
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 ½ cups breadcrumbs (panko)
  • ½ cup of chopped parsley (fresh flat-leaf)

 

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425. Oil your 9x13 dish lightly. Cook your pasta according to its package directions and drain it.

Head 2 tablespoons of your oil in a big pot on medium heat. Add your garlic, onion and cauliflower. Season it with salt. Cover and cook, occasionally stirring, until its tender, around 15-20 minutes. Add 4 cups of water, simmer 10-12 minutes until very soft. Drain it and reserve 2 cups of your liquid,  allowing to slightly cool.

Combine your cheese, vegetables, cheeses, cayenne and mustard power in your blender (based your blender’s size this might need to be done in two stages). Puree it and add just enough of your liquid to help your mixture move. Do this until it’s smooth, around 1-2 minutes.

Add the sauce to your pasta and then toss it to mix. Transfer it to your prepared baking dish. Toss the remaining oil, panko and parsley in a bow, seasoning it with pepper and salt. Sprinkle this over your pasta. Bake the casserole until it’s golden brown, around 14-16 minutes.

Simple Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are almost always a crowd pleaser with kids and adults alike. Give this easy recipe a try.

Ingredients

 

For Your Chicken Tenders

  • 2 pounds of chicken tenders
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup of allpurpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups of corn flakes
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon of sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons of grill seasoning (please see the note)
  • ¼ cup of vegetable oil

Dipping Sauce

  • ½ cup of nonfat yogurt
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of hot sauce
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400

In your food processor, make your breading mixture by combining your cereal, breadcrumbs, chicken stock, grill seasoning, vegetable oil, and paprika

Pour your flour onto a big plate. Whisk your eggs with your milk in a medium bowl and put beside your flour. Pour your breading mixture onto a big plate next to your eggs. Place a big baking sheet next to your breading.

Season your chicken lightly with pepper and salt, then dip it in flour, then eggs, then your breading, finally placing them onto your baking sheet. Bake the tenders until they’re cooked through – around 15 minutes.

While your chicken’s baking, mix your yogurt, garlic, hot sauce, Worcestershire and salt to make your sauce.

Note about the grill seasoning: The kind that you use is going to impact your chicken tenders’ flavor in a big way, so you want to make sure that you are choosing the seasoning that you like.

 

Rosemary & Garlic Pork-chops w/ Chickpeas

There’s something so simple about sheet pan dinners. This is tasty and easy!

Ingredients

  • 4 bone-in center cut pork chops (3/4 – 1” thick, 10 oz apiece
  • ¼ cup of olive oil (extra virgin)
  • 1 tsp of fresh rosemary (finely chopped) and 2 sprigs
  • 1 tsp lemon zest (fine grated)
  • Black pepper freshly ground
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 19 ounce can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6 smashed garlic cloves
  • ½ of a cup of jarred sliced red peppers (roasted)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
  • Fresh chopped parsley to use for topping

Directions

Preheat your broiler. Toss your pork chops with a teaspoon of olive oil, your rosemary and the lemon zest on a baking sheet with a rim. Season them generously using pepper and salt.

Toss your garlic, chickpeas, red peppers, rosemary sprogs with the rest of your olive oil, ½ teaspoon of salt and some pepper. Scatter your chickpeas around your pork chops. Pour your broth over your chickpea mixture.

Broil and stir your chickpeas once. Rotate your baking sheet after about 5 or 6 minutes. Cook until a thermometer reads 145 degrees when it’s inserted into one of your chops. This usually takes a total of 10-12 minutes. Sprinkle everything with the parsley.

Skillet Meals – Tuscan Chicken

Bring the taste of Tuscany to your dinner table with this delicious skillet meal.

Ingredients

  • Black pepper (freshly ground)
  • Kosher salt
  • 13 ounces of fettuccine
  • 4 slices of chopped bacon
  • 1 pound of chicken tenders that have been cut into pieces of 1 inch
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 4 chopped plum tomatoes
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 5 ounces of baby spinach
  • ¾ cup of grated parmesan
  • 3 tbsp fresh basil (chopped

Directions

Boil a large pot salted water. Cook your fettuccine based on the directions on the package and drain it.

While that’s boiling, put your bacon into a cold, large skillet and cook it over heat that’s medium-high, occasionally stirring until its crispy. This will be about 8 minutes. Then transfer it to a plate using your slotted spoon.

Lightly sprinkle your chicken using pepper and salt, then put it in your skillet in one layer. Allow it to cook, undisturbed, til it’s golden brown on its underside, around 2-3 minutes. Continue cooking, occasionally stirring, until it’s cooked through, around another 4 minutes. Put it on the plate with your bacon.

Reduce your skillet’s heat to medium, then add your garlic and stir it until it’s fragrant, around 30 seconds. Add your cream and tomatoes, bringing it to a simmer. Next add your spinach and stir it until it’s just wilted. Add your fettuccine, bacon, Parmesan, and chicken, and use your tongs to toss it until it’s well coated. Use pepper and salt for seasoning and sprinkle it with basil.

Serve.

These are just four of the easy recipes that you can make for your family even on the busiest of days. Please come back and check our blogs, because we are going to have a lot more time saving tips plus more recipes in the future.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and keep checking back to see what we have new in store. We’re always adding new things to our shop and doing what we can to help your life be a lot more easy for you and your family.

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