Today, my friend, Denise from My Life Cookbook, is sharing 6 recipes that are the perfect solution to get a healthy, quick dinner on the table and beat the summer heat!
Summertime seems to bring fewer lazy summer days than action packed ones. Most are filled with activities, parties, play dates, classes and weekend getaways. It’s hard to plan dinners and even harder to make them, yet you still want to feed your family good, healthy food.
This summer I’m trying to keep it simple when it comes to feeding my family. Some nights we will just have sandwiches and salads. Other nights we will be grilling our dinners…that way I can put my hubby to work! Quick, easy and healthy dinners are the plan for us so we have more time to enjoy the weather. Below I’ve put together 6 of our go to dinners that are easy to prepare and tasty to boot. Let’s start with the first one.
With a minimal amount of ingredients and frozen fish filets you can whip this dinner up in about 15 minutes. Server over rice or pasta to make it a meal. Sometimes I can find frozen rice pouches that you can microwave at our local grocer and I know Trader Joe’s has them. They are great to have on hand to round out a dinner. Or look at Kristen’s tip to freeze rice.
This dish takes a bit more time. Probably 40 minutes from start to finish but it’s sure to please everyone. I buy thinly sliced chicken breast from my local grocery story and that saves me time. You simply dip the chicken breasts into an egg and parmesan batter, brown and finish with a drizzle lemon butter. Delicious and gluten free too!
This dish takes just 5 minutes to prepare and then you put it in the oven to roast for 50-60 minutes. The cabbage, peppers and tomatoes have a sweetness when roasted that compliment the bite of the kielbasa. If you are not a kielbasa fan you can substitute any kind of sausage, prepared meatballs or even rotisserie chicken.
Do you like to grill? This dish is great because you can marinade everything the night before and just put them on the grill when you are ready. You can also freeze them in the marinade and thaw when you want to eat them. I like to eat the leftovers on a salad but there are rarely leftovers. Some times we just eat them as is for dinner or sometimes we eat them over rice. It only takes about 5 minutes to prepare and about 20 minutes on the grill.
This is an easy dinner to make any night of the week. I like to stock up on flavored sausages at both Trader Joes and Costcos and freeze them for nights I need to make dinner in a hurry. The cauliflower mash takes just about 15 minutes in the microwave and then you blend it in your blender or food processor. In the meantime you can brown your sausages and saute your greens. You don’t have to use ramps, but any kind of greens will do like baby spinach, baby kale, arugula,etc. Just add a little garlic or onion.
And for my last dinner which we eat all year round. It’s great because you can find all the ingredients at ALDI. If you are fan of ALDI like I am, check out Kristen’s post Take a Fresh Look at ALDI here.
- 3.5 lbs of chicken thighs (bone in, skinless)
- 1 jar Aldi's Artichoke Salad
- ½ jar Aldi's Roasted Red Peppers, cut into strips
- 2 Tablespoons capers
- 5 sundried tomatoes, chopped
- Olive oil
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Crumbled feta to sprinkle before serving (optional)
- Heat a pan over medium high heat. Add a little olive oil or cooking spray.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to pan. Brown both sides.
- Add the artichoke salad, capers, sun dried tomatoes and red peppers to the pan.
- Cover and cook on medium for 20 minutes.
- Take of lid and let simmer for 10 more minutes.
- Before serving sprinkle with feta cheese if using.
- Eat as is, over rice or over pasta or cauliflower rice or zoodles to make it Paleo.
Denise is a blogger from Pittsburgh who always thought there was trick to everything in life. My Life Cookbook is where she gathers all her recipes, tips and trick that keep her family and life running smoothly. Hopefully they can help you too! Check out more of Denise’s recipes on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.