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Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes to Feed Your Hungry Family

Quick and Easy Dinner Recipes to Feed Your Hungry Family
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It’s not always easy to find time to cook for your family. But you don’t want to resort to take out and fast food orders, either. It’s smart to find a few simple recipes that you and your children love — and that you can add to your weekly rotation. This way, you won’t have to stress when dinner time rolls around once again. Take a look at these easy dinner recipes.

1. Tofu and Vegetable Pad Thai

This American-Thai dish works as a perfect option for nights when you only have 30 minutes to spare. It includes proteins, vegetables and starches to create a dinner that your whole family will enjoy. You can incorporate any meat or meat alternative that you like, such as tofu, chicken or shrimp. The sauce comes together easily, so you should be able to prepare and eat without any trouble.

The best part about pad thai is that you can use virtually any vegetable. If you have leftover carrots or broccoli, you can toss those into your dish, as well.

2. Corn Chowder With Bacon

Are you ready for warm and hearty plates? The cold weather always feels more bearable when you make soup. This corn chowder should be on your list. It uses corn, potatoes and onions as key ingredients. The recipe calls for chives and bacon as toppings. You’ll be able to make your corn chowder more quickly if you prepare your ingredients beforehand. Plus, you’ll have leftovers for days.

If you need more protein in your soup, you can always add chopped ham or shredded chicken.

3. Lobster and Steak Linguine

A fancy meal doesn’t have to take hours. This lobster and steak linguine would be terrific for a family celebration, as it’s decadent and delicious. You’ll only need a few components to make your meal, so you probably won’t need to buy much other than your meats. It’s best to serve such a dish with a side salad, bread rolls or another option that doesn’t overpower your tastebuds. You don’t want to miss any flavors.

4. Three-Ingredient Tomato Soup

Here’s a second soup option for those chilly evenings. This tomato soup requires three ingredients, so you’ll be able to eat quickly. Additionally, you can make enough for multiple meals. As a result, you have a dish to take to work tomorrow. It’s never a bad idea to make some grilled cheese sandwiches to complete your plate. If you have fresh tomatoes, you can use those rather than canned.

5. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Your slow cooker will always be a useful tool. This Texas pulled pork tastes delicious by itself, but you can make sandwiches, too. You’ll simply add your meat, spices and liquids to your crockpot. Then, you can enjoy your roast around six hours later. What’s easier than that? You could cook your pulled pork on low for 10 to 12 hours if you won’t be home all day. Serve your pulled pork with coleslaw.

Remember that Texas-style pulled pork differs from other versions. You may prefer a Carolina or Memphis approach instead, but it’s always fun to try something new.

6. Chicken Enchilada Casserole

You can never fail when you make a casserole. These dishes are made for families, so you’ll be able to fill everyone’s bellies. Plus, you only need four ingredients! The recipe doesn’t call for any peppers or chiles, but you can add those to make your enchiladas spicier. Feel free to use a protein other than chicken, as well. Be sure that you have sour cream, red salsa and other toppings for your meal.

An enchilada pairs well with chips and queso, so you may want to make that as a side if you have time.

7. Swedish Meatballs With Potatoes

There are many reasons why people love a certain Swedish furniture store. But if you don’t have an IKEA nearby, you’ve likely never had their famous meatballs. These yummy meatballs boast a totally different flavor than their Italian counterparts. They’re made with a savory beef broth gravy rather than a marinara sauce. This dinner tastes best with steamed rice, egg noodles or roasted potatoes.

8. Honey Sriracha Baked Salmon

There’s a reason why many people love salmon. It’s not only tasty, but it’s easy to season and cook. This honey sriracha take is both sweet and spicy. Plus, you should be able to make it in less than 30 minutes. You’ll need a salmon fillet for each person, but it’s simple to scale your ingredients to feed a crowd. A side like pasta salad or green beans would tie everything together.

Try These Easy Dinner Recipes for a Fast Weeknight Feast

It’s key to have specific recipes accessible for nights when you need a simple meal. These ideas are a delicious place to start! Try them this week so that you can find a new favorite.

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The 2020 Fall Foodie Series: Recipes and Food Topics

2020 Fall Foodie Series | Food, Recipes and In-The-Kitchen Topics

Welcome to my 1st Fall Foodie Series

If it fits the topic of food, we will feature it.

Keep checking back throughout October, November and December and see what new topics and brands I have added! In December we will have a fun giveaway for visitors so stay tuned on the blog!

Make sure to also visit our  2020 FALL-ing for Baby series and stay tuned for the 2020 Holiday Guide coming soon!

Now for the 2020 topics and gifts….


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Manischewitz Do-It-Yourself Chanukah House Vanilla Cookie Decorating Kit. Buy now on Amazon.


Wissotzky Tea Nana Mint Ginger & Citrus Herbal Tea. Buy now on Amazon


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Mary’s Gone Crackers Real Thin Crackers – Available on Amazon


San Diablo Artisan Churros – Pick your filling! Order now.


Global Grub’s unique DIY kits makes cooking the most intimidating global cuisine fun and simple. Find a kit!


Dreams Aren’t This Good NYC-inspired Gluten-Free Salsas

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Unique Pretzels! Unique Snacks has launched new packaging and announced the company has plans to expand beyond its signature healthy pretzels!  Learn more!


Bushwick Kitchen. Bushwick Kitchen serves up finger-licking, flavor-addicting sauces and condiments.

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New MEATER+165ft Long Range Smart Wireless Meat Thermometer

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Bee K’onscious – Providing a pure, antioxidant and antibacterial rich product. This is honey the way nature intended.

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5 Cocktail Recipes Using Beer or Hard Cider

5 Cocktail Recipes Using Hard Cider or Beer

With so many beer and cider flavors on the market it is easy to get creative and impress your guests with some cocktail recipes using beer, ciders, wines and liquor that transform these ingredients to a brand new level. It’s like making one drink that will satisfy everyone from the beer lover to the cocktail lover.

There are some go-to items to grab at the grocery store when you plan on entertaining guests that will be handy for any recipe creation whether you are using beer, cider or hard liquor. So, make sure you grab fresh berries, citrus fruits and some bottles of Sparkling Ice!

Summer Shandy

Summer Shandy

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

In an ice filled glass, combine light beer and Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine. Garnish with a strawberry slice and serve. 

Sunshine Boilermaker

Boilermaker

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

In a pint glass, pour beer at an angle to eliminate head. Add 1.5 oz of bourbon. Top with Sparkling Ice Lemon Lime. Garnish with lemon wedge. 

Gold Apple Cider Martini

martini
  • For Anise Simple Syrup:
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 whole stars of anise

Directions 
To make the Anise Simple Syrup:
Put all ingredients in a small pot & cook until sugar dissolves. Set aside until cool. Cocktail: In a shaker filled with ice, mix the martini ingredients and stir until chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a floating star anise on top.

Pear Secco Rum Blush

rum blush

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2-ounce pear juice
  • 3/4-ounce dark rum
  • 1-tablespoon cherry grenadine
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • (1) 8 oz. cold can of Strongbow Pear Secco CiderPear slice and cherry for garnish (optional)

Directions 
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Serve in a tumbler over ice with a slice of pear and a cherry.

Original Dry Spritz

dry spritz

Ingredients

Directions 
Build all ingredients sequentially in a large wine goblet, topping with Strongbow. Add ice and garnish with a lemon.

The reason why I am featuring Strongbow Ciders is that they are a personal favorite of mine. The Strongbow 100 calorie slim cans are also a 2019 Product of the Year award winner. I was sent some samples for this feature so I have tasted and recommend the brand.

Comment: I was sent product for this authentic feature. All opinions are my own