Although I hate to admit it, I no longer subscribe to Real Simple Magazine, I had to pick up this month's current issue when I saw the cover. 20 Minute Meals, Healthy Delicious Dinners For The Entire Month. Speak to me, say my name, say my name. Dinner in 20 minutes!?! I couldn't allow my usual in line perusal of the magazine to suffice with this issue, it was worth it's weight in gold.
I'm not sure if it's just my girls, but for some reason the three weeks of 90 degree heat combined with 4:30 in the afternoon, seems to be a combination for meltdowns and neediness. Not exactly the type of behavior I am hoping for as I start to prepare dinner. So what do I need, healthy, quick, and simple recipes. This week I chose three recipes to prepare from the magazine and planned accordingly before I did my shopping. I am happy to report, the recipes I chose didn't have many out of the ordinary ingredients. Simple and delicious, now that's my kind of weekday cooking.
The first recipe I prepared was the Cool Southwestern Salad With Corn and Avocado. I was having dinner with a friend that night, so I wanted to prepare something easy and light. The dressing for the recipe is fresh lime juice, ground cumin, olive oil, and salt. So simple, but full of wonderful flavor. We added rotisserie chicken to the finished salad, which was a nice addition of protein. Although the recipe did not specify, I did cook the corn on the cob first, so then our kids could enjoy corn with the meal as well. Corn on the cob is a huge hit with my girls lately. Definitely recommend this one.
The next recipe I prepared was the Gingery Salmon With Peaches. Yum grilled peaches were a hit with us! The only problem with this recipe is that Sj is not a huge salmon eater, so we had to provide her with an alternative protein source. We grilled our WILD salmon on thinly sliced lemon under the filets. It really makes a nice touch and depth of flavor that is unexpected. Definitely buy fresh thyme, it makes all the difference. Another hit.
The last recipe I prepared was the Spaghetti With Broccoli and Lemon. Typically I use Barilla Plus, with the drawback being it's not organic, but the protein and fiber are wonderful. My family has a thing for Barilla, so most of the time Barilla it is. It just so happened I had organic whole wheat linguini in the house, which I used for the recipe. That's the beauty of pasta dishes, I use what's on hand. I held off on the red pepper flakes to make it appealing for the girls and allowed my hubby to season to taste, red pepper flakes do make a nice touch. Honestly, adding a cup of pasta water seemed a bit much to me. I think I would reduce it to a half cup next time. The lemon flavor was a little lost with out the lemon zest in a bite. Also, we don't eat Parmesan, I grew up eating Pecorino Romano. So of course I used Romano in the recipe. It was a fine replacement. The girls devoured it, but broccoli is their favorite vegetable, so I had it easy with this one. Give it a try, it's faster than loading up the kids in the car and driving through a very unhealthy alternative.
Hope you give some of these quick meals a shot. The appeal of a short ingredient list and easy preparation gets me every time. Everyone is happy when dinner is ready in a flash and clean plates fill the sink. Enjoy.
Please share some quick recipes you've been loving in the heat of summer!