Thursday, March 16, 2017

5 Easy Weeknight Suppers

White casserole with lid

Putting dinner on the table is no small feat... Whether you're a stay-at-home mom, a full-time employee, working from home, commuting or even starting your own business from your kitchen table, the day can get away from all of us and in what seems like the blink of an eye, it's dinnertime and the hangry starts to take over. I try to cook every night, but I fail from time to time as I'm sure we all do. Sometimes the end result is a ham sandwich and some canned soup while other times there's the inevitable pizza delivery. I don't feel bad about this because I've learned the lesson that there's absolutely no point, but I do try to avoid these situations if for no other reason than enjoyment. I love a home cooked meal and when it's me who's cooking, I love the stress relief of stepping away from my laptop and into the kitchen to make something delicious. 

Whether you're a cooking enthusiast or someone who only cooks out of duty, these recipes are all staples in my kitchen and each one is quick and easy enough to make after work for a weeknight supper!

pasta with salmon in pink frying pan

Smoked salmon is so easy to keep in the fridge because it usually lasts quite some time before expiring - I always have some in the fridge for breakfast, the occasional starter for dinners we're hosting and most importantly, for emergency dinners. One of my favourite no-fuss suppers is Linguine With Smoked Salmon - it's so quick & easy to make and never disappoints. Click here for the full recipe.

2. Asian Style Lemon Chicken
asian chicken, rice and chopsticks

With just 6 ingredients, this recipe couldn't be much simpler and it's a crowd pleaser. If it's too tart, simply use less lemon juice next time. I love this served as is, but if you need a vegetable on the plate, steamed green beans go well alongside. Click here for the full recipe.

3. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chilli Bowl
Chilli in white bowl on gingham tablecloth

There are two options with the Buffalo Chicken Chilli Bowl. Either pop it all into a crockpot as soon as you get home and leave it to cook away while you get on with doing other things for 2 hours or cook it in the slow cooker the day before and simply warm it up and serve over fresh rice when you're ready to serve it. I'd even consider making a batch of this chilli and freezing it, though I've never tried... If you try it, it's probably best to add the cheese at the reheating stage rather than in the beginning. However you execute it, it's delicious and worth the wait, but also super easy to prepare for a weeknight dinner with just a little bit of planning ahead. Click here for the full recipe.

4. Dijon Roasted Cod, Chorizo & Potatoes
Fish, lemons, chorizo and potatoes

A one pot meal is a beautiful thing, especially when you're pressed for time. This one is brilliant, especially for busy cooks. No potato peeling, no fuss, just deliciously satisfying dinner with little effort. The ingredients are quite simply piled into a casserole and then popped into the oven for an hour. Job done. It takes about 15 minutes to prepare and then an hour in the oven, but you're hands free for that hour to make phone calls, help with homework, check email, do laundry or do whatever you like... If I'm really being responsible, I might serve some steamed veggies alongside this, but if I don't quite get there, I'm okay with having just this for dinner. Click here for the full recipe.

5. Creamy Chicken & Almond Linguine
chicken and pasta

Most pasta recipes only require you use 1/2 of the packet, so if you're making one linguine recipe earlier in the week, why not make another towards the end of the week and make things easier on yourself? This Chicken & Almond Linguine recipe is always a crowd pleaser and takes almost no time to whip up and get on the table. Serve it alongside a salad, some steamed green beans or whatever you like... Click here to get the full recipe. 
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