Monday, October 24, 2011

Easy Dinner Ideas For Everyday!

This is a post from guest blogger Sean K.

Some Easy Dinner Recipes that You and Your Honey Will Enjoy

You and your partner work hard all week and sometimes you may not even see one another. Sometimes it is easy to avoid cooking after a long day on the clock by either stopping to get some takeout or going out for happy hour. While deep-fried Buffalo wings and burgers may be tasty, finding easy dinner recipes for two should not be a dreaded chore.
Below are some meals that are not only easy to prepare but can be healthy as well.
  1. Chicken recipes do not have to be dull or tiresome. If you hate cutting up a whole chicken, then try using skinless breasts, or buy a chicken that has already been sectioned. Boneless breasts or thighs can make for a very easy meal. To prepare a tasty meal, have the chicken sit in your favorite marinade like jerk, teriyaki, or Southwestern flavor while you are at work. Then once you get in, the chicken can cook in a pan or broil in the oven at 375 degrees for at least 30 minutes. Popular chicken breast recipes are pasta Alfredo and rice dishes. If cooking in a pan, add onion and pepper slices and cook until ready. You can even create quick gravy or sauce by adding your favorite cream soup to the chicken, once it is halfway done.
  2. Ground meat also lends itself to many options. And don’t forget that ground chicken and turkey not only cost less but also have fewer calories and fat than red meats. One popular choice for those on the go is pre-seasoned ground turkey. Available flavors are sweet Italian or spicy Southwestern or Taco. Just brown these like you would any other meat and use to top burger buns, pasta, rice, or tortilla shells. If you want your own version of Sloppy Joes, then add an 8-ounce can of tomato sauce and a half-cup of diced onions.
  3. If vegetarian meals are what you seek, then try some frozen or pre-cut fresh vegetables to make stir-fry meals. You don’t necessarily need a wok, but a medium to large pan that is at least 2 inches deep should do the trick. Start by adding just a tablespoon of low-burn oil like canola, vegetable, or peanut to your pan. Once it begins to sizzle, add vegetables and stir to ensure coverage. If you like your vegetables on the crisp side, cook for about 5 minutes while stirring. If soft veggies are your preference, then you can cover with a lid or aluminum foil for about 5 minutes and give it one last stir. At this stage, you can add pre-cooked chicken, beef slices, or your favorite cooked seafood such as shrimp. Then you can add seasoning or a teriyaki or another Asian-inspired sauce like Kung Pao or Spicy Peanut.
It’s a good idea to consistently keep staples handy. This can be your favorite ground meat or pre-cooked sausage as part of an entrée. It also helps to keep frozen or canned vegetables around, so that you both will get the proper nutrients. Rice or pasta meals that are either dried or frozen can be an entrée or side dish both of you can enjoy.

Sean K.

Sean K. is a guest writer on the subjects of healthy living, eating, and lifestyles.

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