Quick, Easy, and Delicious Week Day Dinner Ideas

Everyone has a busy schedule. Whether you live alone, with your parents, or with some roommates, a lot of people don’t have the time or energy after a long day at work or school to come home and cook a 3-course meal; that’s okay. Often, people get intimidated by the culinary process and opt out of cooking and order a pizza or drive through and get a greasy burger and fries. That’s okay sometimes, but most people find that lifestyle to not only be expensive, but unhealthy also. You don’t have to be (Gordon Ramsey/ the best chef in the world) to whip up something delicious and healthy in the kitchen, and it doesn’t have to take hours either. There is something to be said about a warm home cooked meal prepared for (or by) your lover. Here are some delicious and easy to make, weekday specialty recipes.

 

Zesty Buffalo Chicken Salad (for two)

Ingredients

1 lb. of grilled chicken breast, chopped

4 cups of romaine lettuce

1 cup of croutons

4 table spoons of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 table spoons of bleu cheese crumbles

Buffalo sauce (as much as you prefer)

Bleu cheese dressing or ranch dressing (as much as you prefer)

Directions:

Combine the lettuce, croutons, and both cheeses in a large bowl, and separate it into two bowls to serve. Next, take half the chicken and place it on top of the lettuce in each bowl. Finally, to make the salad dressing, mix the buffalo sauce with the ranch or bleu cheese dressing and stir it up. The recipe for this is subjective to each person, depending on how spicy you like your food. Most people prefer a 2:1 buffalo sauce to ranch/bleu cheese dressing ratio, but if you like your food spicier, just add buffalo sauce. Likewise, if you like your food less spicy, add more ranch or bleu cheese dressing. Make sure you taste the dressing before pouring it over your salad to be sure it isn’t way too spicy or creamy. This recipe is so simple and quick, but always delicious.

 

 

Asian Pork Tacos (for two)

Ingredients:

2 green onions

1 oz. of mayonnaise

2 tsp. of Sriracha

4 oz. of cabbage, sliced thin for coleslaw

14 oz. of ground pork

1 tbsp. of chopped ginger

3 tbsp. of soy sauce

6 small flour tortillas

Red pepper flakes (to taste)

2 tsp. of olive oil

2 tbsp. of honey

Directions:

Prepare the ingredients by slicing the onions at an angle and separating the white part from the green part. Next, mix the mayo and Sriracha sauce in a small bowl to create a spicy Asian sauce that you can put on your tacos. Now, make the slaw by combining the cabbage, green portion of onion, 1 tsp of olive oil, and a pinch of salt. Then, begin cooking the pork in a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tsp. of olive oil and red pepper flakes to the pork. Stir regularly until the pork is browned completely. Add the remaining green onions and ginger and cook until it becomes fragrant, about 60 seconds. Add the soy sauce and honey to the pork and stir until the pork is completely mixed with the spices and sauces, and allow it to finish completely cooking. There should be no pink left in the pork when it is done. Finally, plate the dish by heating the tortillas in the microwave, and filling them with as much meat, slaw, and sauce as you prefer.

 

Bangin’ Shrimp Alfredo (for two)

Alfredo Sauce Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of unsalted butter

1 tablespoons of olive oil

1 minced garlic cloves

1 and ½ cups of heavy cream

pinch of white pepper

1/3 cup of grated parmesan cheese

½ cup of mozzarella cheese

Alfredo Sauce Directions:

Heat the butter in a sauce pan with the olive oil, allowing it to melt over medium-low heat. Next, add the cream, white pepper, and minced garlic and bring it to a simmer. Add the parmesan cheese and allow the mixture to cook for about 10 minutes, stirring regularly. The sauce should have thickened by now, so add the mozzarella cheese and stir until it has completely melted. Be sure to continuously stir the Alfredo sauce, as it is easy to burn milk, cheese and cream if left unattended. At this point, the sauce is finished. Remove from the heat.

 

Pasta and Shrimp Ingredients:

Red pepper flakes, to taste

2 table spoons of butter

2 table spoons of parmesan cheese

1 table spoon of olive oil

1 clove minced garlic

12 oz. of raw shrimp (frozen or defrosted)

salt

1 box of angel hair pasta

If you are using frozen shrimp, pour them into a colander and allow COLD water to run over them. Make sure you are using cold water, because warm water will cook the shrimp. While defrosting the shrimp, fill a large pot with water, and add salt generously. While you are waiting for the water to boil, begin cooking the defrosted shrimp. In a hot, large, nonstick skillet, add 1 table spoon of olive oil, the minced garlic, and one tablespoon of butter. Next, add your defrosted shrimp and as many red pepper flakes as you prefer. Allow the shrimp to sear for 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they are completely pink throughout. Once the water is boiling, add the angel pasta and let it all boil together for about 8 minutes, or until it is cooked to your liking. Once it is done cooking, drain the water, put the pasta in a bowl, and add the remaining butter and parmesan cheese and stir well to mix it thoroughly. Finally, put some pasta in a bowl and top it with as much of the Alfredo sauce as you’d like. Place the shrimp on top of the pasta and sauce and serve warm.

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