Friday, January 24, 2020

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. Some days there are no other options other than the inevitable delivery order of pizza or whatever sounds good, but on days when something easy is all ya need, these recipes are a great place to start.

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. 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. Creamy Bacon, Sweetcorn & Mozzarella Casarecci
Creamy Bacon, Sweetcorn & Mozzarella Casarecci

Another great pasta recipe, this dish combines three of my favourite things: bacon, sweetcorn and gooey mozzarella. It's the ultimate comfort food. 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. If you're reading this from the U.S.A., crockpots and slow cookers are quite a bit slower than the ones here in the U.K. if I remember correctly, so you might need to adjust your cooking times accordingly. 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. Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Parmesan, Garlic Butter & Pistachios
Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Parmesan, Garlic Butter & Pistachios

This is one of my favourite ways to serve whole wheat spaghetti and I often make it when I have some pistachios in the cupboard leftover from another recipe. That said, it's quick, easy and perfect for busy weeknights. A salad and some garlic bread on the side makes it a complete meal, but just this on its own in a bowl to nosh on from the couch in front of the telly isn't too shabby either. Click here for the full recipe. 

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