Easy and Quick Dinners
Quick and easy! From family-favorite chicken dinners to vegetarian suppers and more, these easy dinners go together in a flash -- many in 20 minutes or less.
Old-time Southern grandmas sure knew how to make cornbread dressing -- a rich and tasty side dish, with a delightfully light and fluffy texture. The perfect accompaniment to roast chicken and turkey, once upon a time cornbread dressing was as crucial to the Thanksgiving feast as the turkey. Today it isn't reserved only for holidays -- it's the perfect casserole for company dinners, special roasts or buffets.
For busy weekday dinners that satisfy with little fuss or mess, you'll want to learn how to make beef casserole. Since you can do most of the work ahead and time, casseroles are a perfect go-do dish for nights when you want to sit back and unwind while dinner heats up seemingly effortlessly in the oven. And since casseroles cook up on one dish, clean-up is easy too.
Sometimes the most comforting, satisfying meals happen to be the simplest to put together. Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic favorite for both children and grownups, and you don't even need a traditional Italian mamma to show you how to cook spaghetti. Certain variations of spaghetti and meatballs can be tricky, but if you stick to the basics--including prepared sauce and store-bought meatballs, this dish becomes practically foolproof.
Although one-pot meals have been around for decades, learning how to make broccoli casserole will provide you with one of the most familiar American versions to date.
Enchiladas have been around in one form or another since the pre-Columbian times. In fact, it seems that people were figuring out how to make enchiladas almost as long as there have been tortillas. The ancient Aztecs made enchilada dishes consisting of a fried tortilla topped with salsa and cheese, covered by another tortilla and topped off with a fried egg. Though these dishes existed for centuries, the term "enchilada" (which literally means "chili filled") wasn't coined until the 19th century, and the original dish has been all but completely transformed since its early days.
Sure, your friend's Italian-American grandmother knows how to make baked ziti, but why not gather a few tricks yourself? Ziti, a dish that's as beloved as spaghetti with meatballs, is poised to be your next Sunday supper.
As a country, we eat a lot of chicken, so most home cooks are always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it -- that's why you should learn how to make curried chicken. In this recipe, spices, dried fruit, vegetables, and garlic come together for a sweet and savory casserole that's nothing short of fantastic.
Vegetable soup is a hearty and comforting way to help work in some of those recommended "five a day" servings of fruits and vegetables. It's light, delicious and a flavorful blend of the season's best harvest. Although the end result is a simmering pot of complex flavors, the process for how to make vegetable soup is surprisingly quick and simple.
Lamb shanks are an underutilized and wonderfully flavorful cut of lamb. Ideal for crockery cookers, the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. Infused with orange and spices, it is the perfect warming supper to serve on chilly late winter evenings.
Once you learn how to cook a honey-glazed ham in your own kitchen you'll find it's just as easy to make one at home as it is to make the trip to a specialty store for a pre-sliced ham with a packet of glaze. What's more, you'll find the homemade version is considerably less expensive.
Soup for supper can be a weekday lifesaver. It's hot and delicious, not to mention quick. But the convenience of canned soup comes with a price in the form of added sodium that makes for a not-so-balanced meal. When you know how to make chicken soup at home, it's easier to control how much sodium goes into your supper. Plus fresh vegetables make for a more flavorful combination than you'll get from a can.
Knowing how to make chocolate pie from scratch is a dying art. Not many of us have the time and patience to cook custard to just the right consistency and painstakingly roll out pie crusts. This quick version of chocolate pie can be whipped up in the morning for the perfect dessert by dinnertime: Pudding mix and melted chocolate chips keep the process fast but maintain the deep, rich flavor of the traditional chocolate custard.
When you're more in the mood for surf than turf, the only thing standing between you and a delicious seafood dish is knowing how to boil shrimp. Boiling is a popular method for cooking shrimp because it's quick (just a few minutes), no-fuss, no-fat, and produces a firm-but-tender texture.
If you're searching for a quick meal for hectic nights that doesn't taste like it came from a box or a drive-thru window, then you need to learn how to fry pork chops. True, frying pork chops doesn't sound quick and easy, but there are quite a few recipes that take less than an hour to prepare. Once you taste the results, you'll never be tempted to just stop for a burger on your way home again.
If you don't enjoy salmon on a regular basis, you're missing out on one of the best foods you can add to your diet. Salmon is rich in essential Omega-3 fatty acids, the substances in fish that that promote heart health both in healthy individuals and in those who already have heart disease. In fact, Omega-3s are so good for you, the American Heart Association recommends most people eat fish twice a week. Even people who don't usually like fish find they like salmon for its flaky texture and mildly sweet flavor. Baking is one of the best ways to prepare it since it doesn't add fat as frying or sauteing does. Not sure how to bake salmon? You may be surprised by just how easy it is.
Cornbread connoisseurs have a long line of people to thank for making this quick bread a mainstay in American cooking. In fact, this staple of Southern and Southwestern cuisine may be one of the most truly American foods there is. Native Americans used corn, or "maize," in cooking all sorts of dishes--including cornbread--for thousands of years before colonists first set food in what we now know as the United States. Since cornbread is leavened with baking powder instead of yeast, it was easy for early settlers to master how to make cornbread even with limited resources. So, it's no wonder the dish caught on. Its unique flavor and texture have kept it a favorite over the years.
Italian sausage comes in countless varieties, including familiar types like pepperoni and salami; the kind of sausage most people refer to when they speak of how to cook Italian sausage is "sweet Italian," "spicy Italian" or "hot Italian" (the latter two are typically the same), and it's found in the pork section of the supermarket. Typically made with pork, peppers and Italian seasonings, Italian sausage is most commonly used in pasta dishes or as a topping for pizza, but it can be the centerpiece of many other dishes as well.