When the traffic is horrendous on the ride home from work, and the kids' activities are running late, the lure of takeout is almost too much to resist. I say go ahead and resist anyway. With these easy, quick fix dinner recipes, you can get a homemade meal on the table fast. And they don't require that you dirty 20 different pots and pans to do it.
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The most time-consuming part about making stir-fry is chopping the vegetables. This recipe solves that problem by using frozen stir-fry vegetables (alternatively, you could use fresh chopped stir-fry vegetables found in the produce section of most supermarkets). Serve over hot cooked rice.
You don't even need to own a grill to make this juicy and tender chicken recipe. It can be made with a stovetop cast iron grill pan (compare prices) or indoor contact grill, such as the George Foreman grill. The trick that makes this simple recipe so tasty is the marinade. It doesn't take long, but it adds a lot of flavor.
This dinner salad has all of the flavors of a great salad you'd get at a good restaurant, yet at a fraction of the price. Barbecue chicken, red onions, corn, lettuce and tomatoes are the basis for this tasty, kid-pleasing salad. You can make this dish in advance. Just make the salad, refrigerate and add the dressing when you're ready to serve.
This basic quesadilla recipe has a lovely crust, similar to the best grilled cheese sandwiches (the secret is butter). If the kids don't like spicy food, leave out the green chiles. Feel free to add some cooked chicken, black beans or leftover roast beef to make this dish heartier.
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My favorite way to use leftover beef (or chicken) and rice is to make fried rice. Although this recipe calls for frozen peas and carrots (because they're easy), feel free to chop up any fresh vegetables you happened to have in your crisper.
There is really no better way to get dinner on the table fast than with shrimp or fish. They cook quickly and it doesn't take much to add a lot of flavor. This garlic shrimp recipe is a favorite in our house of garlic-lovers. To make it easier, use pre-minced garlic (found in the produce section of most supermarkets).
Fan of Philly cheesesteaks? Love stuffed baked potatoes? This recipe combines the two into one satisfying dish everyone in the family will love. Even better: This recipe is a perfect one-dish meal with protein, vegetables and starch in every bite!
Although this recipe does take about a half hour to cook, the prep work is fast, and the flavor is incredible. I like using boneless skinless chicken thighs for this dish (because they are juicier), but feel free to use boneless breasts if you prefer.