Favorite feed-guests-cheaply and take-food-to-others meal: Salsa chicken by Budget Bytes. SUPER easy to make (ingredients are combined in the pan, even, so very little cleanup) and stretches meat to feed more people. I’ve got a casserole dish cooking away in the oven right now for a family with a new baby.
Favorite please-the-minion meal: Brats cooked on the stovetop. Mary’s favorite meat is sausage, and when it’s been awhile since she last consumed non-dairy protein, I make these in a flash and serve with microwaved steamed veggies and microwaved sweet potatoes. She gobbles it right down and I’m grateful that they taste nearly as good as grilled brats. To cook, just brown brats in a big pot on medium-high heat, flipping regularly, until well browned. Add 1/2 c water, cover, simmer 12ish minutes on low heat until they reach an internal temp of 165. Done and done.
This Honey Sesame Chicken recipe is awesome for when I’m craving Chinese takeout. I love serving it over white rice with steamed sugar snap peas on the side.
This week I made chicken cooked in white wine and mushrooms based on a recipe from my hometown church cookbook (St. Pius, holla!). It was delicious over rice with steamed veggies on the side (are you sensing a theme here?) but would be tasty over noodles too. Cut up a chicken breast into bite sized pieces (I’ve discovered kitchen shears are awesome for this), put in a baggie with 1/3 c Italian bread crumbs, and shake to coat chicken pieces. Heat a tablespoon or so of oil in a pan, add breaded chicken and 4oz sliced fresh mushrooms, and stir together until lightly browned on all sides. Add 1/3 c white wine (or marsala? mm) and 1/2 c chicken broth. Simmer on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Yum.
Last one, real fast: This fruit cobbler is my new favorite summer dessert. Whips up in a jiffy, you still get the satisfaction of baking from scratch, tastes a little like dump cake from Scouting days of yore- what’s not to love? And if you use a small berry for your filling, you don’t even have to chop up fruit. Blueberry cobbler for life (at least until Matt comes around to liking peaches in desserts). Ok, this isn’t technically a meal, but if you serve it with a scoop of ice cream, that’s grains, fruit, and protein in one bowl, amiright? No judgement zone.
Ok, your turn. Favorite easy dinners? I’m always adding new recipes to my virtual Evernote cookbook and can’t wait to hear about your go-to meals!