Wondering what to cook after a hard and exhausting day? Do you want a home-cooked meal without much hassle or effort, complicated recipes, or time slaving away in the kitchen? Don’t worry, we get you.
In this blog post, you’ll find some quick, easy-to-make recipes that save you time and require minimal energy. With these recipes, you can make a nutritious and delicious meal for you and your family without using up all your free time.
Slow-Roasted Tomatoes and Farro
This hearty recipe is perfect for winter. The chewy farro paired with the sweet, slow-roasted tomatoes makes a delicious dish.
For this hearty dish, you’ll need 2 28-ounce cans of whole, peeled tomatoes, 1 head of garlic (peeled and smashed), 1/4 cup of olive oil, optional herbs like fresh basil, thyme, or rosemary, 1 1/2 cups of farro, and some Parmesan cheese.
Begin by preheating your oven to 300°F. Chop the canned tomatoes, mix them with olive oil, garlic, herbs, and salt, and roast them for about 2 hours. Boil the farro until it’s al dente, drain it, and toss it with the roasted tomatoes and garlic. Add more olive oil if needed, and garnish with Parmesan cheese before serving.
Slow Cooker Party Potatoes
Making these cheesy party potatoes in the slow cooker is perfect for your time constraint problem. You can put them in the slow cooker before leaving for work, and voila, your dinner will be ready by the time you come home. These appliances can keep your food warm until you’re ready to eat it. Slow cookers also don’t require excessive cleanup or use a lot of pots and pans.
To prepare these cheesy party potatoes, gather 30 oz. of shredded hashbrown potatoes (thawed), 8 oz. of shredded cheddar (divided), 16 oz. of sour cream, 5 oz. of cream of chicken soup, along with salt, pepper, onion powder, dried thyme, and green onions.
In a large bowl, mix together hashbrowns, sour cream, cream of chicken soup, salt, pepper, onion powder, thyme, half of the cheese, and some green onions. Then, prep your slow cooker by spraying it with nonstick spray. Add the hashbrown mixture to the slow cooker, spreading it out evenly. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Cover the slow cooker with the lid, set it to cook on low for 5 hours, and don’t open the lid during this time. Once it’s done, garnish with the leftover green onions, and your Slow Cooker Party Potatoes are ready to enjoy without a lot of fuss.
This is a great vegetarian option for your dinner. Easy to make, requires minimal prep, and doesn’t require a lot of time to cook.
For this quick vegetarian dinner, gather 8 ounces of extra-firm tofu (cut into 1-inch cubes), 1/3 cup of San Soyaki sauce (Teriyaki sauce), 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, brown sugar, crushed red pepper, garlic, broccoli, red bell pepper, green onions, and any other preferred veggies. You’ll also need extra virgin olive oil and a cornstarch slurry (1 tsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup cold water).
Mix teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, garlic, and green onions. Marinate tofu and cook your choice of starch. Sauté garlic and veggies in a wok. Add tofu and cornstarch slurry. Serve with your choice of starch.
Herbed Chicken Thighs Roasted
This marinated herb chicken recipe is delicious and packed with flavor because of the overnight marinade. Slowly roasted, it’s juicy, tender, and simple to make.
To create this flavorful herb chicken, you’ll require 8 large free-range chicken thighs, 6 garlic cloves, mixed fresh herb leaves (such as thyme, sage, or rosemary), olive oil, fine red wine vinegar, coarse salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and dry white wine for the baking dish.
In a food processor, blend garlic, herbs, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper until it forms a tasty mixture. Next, lay the chicken thighs in a baking dish, spread this flavorful mix all over them, and let it marinate in the fridge overnight. The next day, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Pour 2 cups of good dry white wine into the baking dish and cover it with a brown bag. Bake on the middle oven rack for about 1 hour and 15 minutes until the chicken becomes a beautiful golden brown. Transfer the chicken to a platter. Then, take the juices from the dish, simmer them in a saucepan until they thicken, and generously coat the chicken with this reduced sauce. Your herbed chicken thighs are now ready to be savored.
Slow-cooker chicken parmesan soup
This is a decedent, full of flavor soup. It’s quick and easy to make, with common household ingredients that you might have on hand.
For this decadent soup, you’ll need 3 minced garlic cloves, a green bell pepper (chopped), crushed tomatoes, boneless, skinless chicken breasts, chicken broth, chopped white onion, Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and dry gemelli or penne pasta. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley.
Combine garlic, bell pepper, tomatoes, chicken, broth, onion, cheese, herbs, and red pepper flakes in a slow cooker. Cook, shred the chicken, add pasta, and garnish before serving. These recipes offer a quick and effortless solution when you’re too tired to spend a lot of time cooking.
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Hopefully, this blog has inspired you to whip up your next quick and easy meal. These recipes can be a way out when you’re tired and want to cook something with almost zero effort required.