Super Quick “After-Work” Dinner Ideas

Super Quick

Many people have noticed that there is usually a home cooked meal at my home during the week. Someone recently asked me how I do it. It’s simple. I cheat! I make it as easy as possible for ME! We work too hard at everything else in the parental realm to slave over a hot stove every night. Here are some great ideas to make life easier for you!

Salmon and Potatoes Foil Bake

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What do you need?

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 pounds salmon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Aluminum foil (duh)

How do you make it?

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil and preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place salmon onto prepared baking sheet and fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Spoon the butter mixture over the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely and sealing the packet closed.
  4. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes.

Make a salad and a baked potato. Everyone is happy!

Parmesan Chicken Bites

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What do you need?

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Panko*
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan

How do you make?

  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  3.  Combine Panko, Parmesan, garlic powder and smoked paprika in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  4. Dip chicken in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat. Work in batches.
  5. Add chicken to the skillet, 5 or 6 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.

Make some waffle fries or get some baked chips and there you go!

FINAL FREEBIE FOR TODAY!

Garlic Butter Shrimp Pasta

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What do you need?

  • 8 ounces fettuccine
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

How do you make it?

 

  1. Boil water in a large pot (add salt) and cook pasta according to package instructions; drain well.
  2. Season shrimp with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until pink, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  5. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in the skillet. Stir in pasta, arugula and Parmesan until arugula begins to wilt, about 2 minutes. Stir in shrimp.
  6. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

 

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