Day 5 Prompt: What are your quick and easy meal ideas?
There are two simple recipes that I usually have each week – shrimp & fettuccini and baked chicken with steamed veggies. Both are cheap and easy and can be made with ingredients that I almost always have on hand.
For the shrimp dish, I use whatever size of frozen shrimp I have in the freezer (and that just depends on what I find on sale) and thaw and peel it. I then sauté some chopped garlic (I like a lot of garlic, but make this to taste!) in olive oil to start cooking. Before the garlic is fully cooked, I add the thawed & peeled shrimp to cook up until they are just pink. Once the shrimp are cooked, I add some white wine and let that cook a little of the alcohol off. To finish the dish, I add some heavy cream, salt, pepper and some cayenne pepper for a little heat. Then toss the sauce with the fettuccini (or your pasta of choice) and serve!
My baked chicken recipe is just as easy. I start with split chicken breasts – perhaps the most affordable cut of chicken – and I loosen the skin and put some unsalted butter under the skin (it helps keep the meat moist). After seasoning the chicken (I usually use kosher salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika, but use whatever spices you like), put the chicken in to a frying pan over medium-high heat in a little bit of oil, skin side down. Let the chicken cook until the skin gets crispy, then remove the chicken from the pan and cook it in the oven at 350 until it is cooked through. Deglaze the frying pan with white wine and chicken stock to make a little pan sauce to serve over the chicken (don’t add extra salt to the sauce, though, because it can get too salty pretty quickly). I like to serve the chicken with steamed green beans or steamed broccoli.
What are some of your go-to weeknight meals?