Need to get dinner on the table fast? Don’t stop for fast food – it’s expensive and full of fat and calories. We have four easy meals that you can have on the table in 30 minutes or less. Plus, these meals are good for you and taste great. Call the family and set the table. It’s time to eat!
1.French Omelets – Take a cue from the French and have eggs for dinner. Using the blender, whip up 2 eggs and 1 tablespoon of water per person. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a 10-inch skillet. Pour in the eggs and using a spatula, gently lift the edges to allow the uncooked egg to reach the skillet. When nearly done, top your omelet with cheese, cooked ham, asparagus, tomatoes, onions, green pepper or any other topping you like. Cover for a minute to melt the cheese. Fold the omelet and slide onto a plate. Serve with a green salad, crusty bread and a glass of wine.
2.Chili Shrimp on Rice with Steamed Vegetables – Fast, easy and oh, so good. Put rice on to cook. Put frozen vegetables into a steaming basket and let simmer over medium heat. When the rice is nearly done, heat a skillet over medium high heat. Meanwhile, mince 2 cloves of garlic. Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the skillet and let melt. Add shrimp (quarter pound per person) and garlic and toss to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of chili powder. The shrimp will cook quickly, when they turn pink they are done. Remove from heat and serve over a bed of steamed rice, with steamed vegetables.
3.Spicy Garlic Linguine – Boil salted water and cook linguine according to directions. Meanwhile, mince 2 gloves of garlic. In a skillet over medium-low heat, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil. When hot, add garlic and saute until browned. Remove the skillet from heat and pull the garlic out of the oil and discard. When the linguine is done, strain the noodles and add to the warm olive oil. Add 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon zest and ¼ cup of Parmesan cheese. Toss to combine. Serve in warm pasta bowls with lots of freshly ground pepper and more Parmesan cheese. Add a green salad and bread.
4.French Dip Sandwiches – Heat one 15oz. can of beef broth in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer until broth is reduced by half. Turn on the broiler. Split a thin baguette and cut into 4 inch pieces. On each piece, add a few slices of thinly sliced roast beef from the deli and a piece of provolone cheese. Heat the sandwiches under the broiler for 3-4 minutes to toast the bread and melt the cheese. Serve with broth for dipping, baked beans and chips.