4 Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas
Working in the food blogging industry, I’m surrounded by images of food all day long. And yup, I’m tempted on a regular basis by totally amazing, drool-worthy desserts. But what really gets my attention are quick, healthy dinner recipes. I’m still stumped by the “what’s for dinner” question. I have my regular go-to burritos and pasta, but I try to throw in a few new recipes every week (err, that may be an exaggeration). I’m only going to post links to recipes that we’ve tried and liked. There have been more than a few recipes that come with incredible, beautiful food images only to be ho-hum, needs way more spice, needs a ton more salt, etc. I’ve made each of the four recipes in this roundup more than once, and they’ve earned a permanent spot in my recipe folder in Evernote. I’ve made notes for the small changes I’ve made, so read on if you want some new dinner menu ideas that are fairly easy to make and totally tasty:
I subbed in skinless chicken thighs for the drumsticks in this Sheet Pan Herb and Citrus Roasted Chicken, but otherwise followed the recipe. If you like chicken, add this flavorful dish to your menu. Find the recipe at THE COMFORT OF COOKING.
Even if you’re not a Thai food fanatic like I am, you may just fall in love with this incredible recipe. The sauce is dreamy, and I could eat this Bangkok Coconut Curry Noodle Bowl every night. Use whatever veggies you have on hand (we didn’t have purple cabbage and all was well). My only suggestion is to cut the sugar from 3 tablespoons to 1 (it is plenty sweet without the extra sugar). Learn how to make this delicious Thai bowl at PINCH OF YUM.
My husband has made these Skillet Pork Chops in Mushroom Sauce a few times (he’s on weekend duty), and they’re pretty amazing. If you’re a glutton, serve with mashed potatoes. All healthy eaters can serve with cauliflower mash (I’ve never tried it, but am totally curious). Head to SIMPLY GLORIA for the recipe.
This Slow Cooker Tikka Masala is a regular on our menu during soccer season. It’s made in the slow cooker, so we get home after practice and eat. That’s why I bought this big monstrosity of a slow cooker, but it totally works. This recipe calls for 2 pounds of chicken– I use 1 pound and replace the rest with a small head of cauliflower for extra veggies. I also use only half the cinnamon the recipe calls for. I don’t love Indian food, but this recipe has made me a convert, and I look forward to leftovers. Get instructions for this recipe at THE IRON YOU.