Cooking doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you love enjoying a delicious meal at your favorite restaurant or you admire the cooking skills of your loved ones, this may inspire you to get in the kitchen and create a few meals of your own. Whether you’ve recently developed an interest in cooking or you’ve been wanting to learn how to cook for years, there are simple recipes you can prepare that are sure to impress your family and friends.
If you enjoy Asian-inspired meals and want to get something healthy and delicious on the table in less than 30 minutes, you’ll love these lemongrass beef bowls. You’ll sautee the beef in coconut oil with Thai seasoning and fish sauce and you can prepare your lemongrass coconut basmati rice in the microwave to cut down on cooking time.
The bowl is also filled with fresh vegetables like snow peels, carrots, and basil. Top the rice bowl with salt peanuts, fresh red chilis, and chili sauce for crunch and a kick of spice, and you can serve the beef bowl with a few slices of fresh lime or lemon to brighten all the flavors in this easy and delicious dish.
This bowl is delicious with chicken as well, and if you prefer a meat-free meal, you can use tofu as your protein source. You can even make this meal in large portions so you can save the leftovers for lunch the next day.
Lemon Broccolini Pasta
This pasta only takes about 15 minutes to make and it’s a great way to get a serving of veggies in with dinner. You can make the sauce for the pasta yourself so you won’t have to rely on the store-bought sauce to bring this meal together. You’ll need the best extra virgin olive oil to make the sauce for this pasta, as well as fresh lemon, butter, and garlic to give the pasta and light but pronounced flavor.
Steam the broccolini and toss with the pasta, and add pine nuts and fresh herbs for a delicious finishing touch. You can serve the pasta with a side salad filled with your favorite vegetables, fruits, and nuts, and visit your bakery to purchase a loaf of fresh bread that you can warm and serve with butter and parsley for a complete and filling meal.
One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Veggies
If you’re pressed for time and you need to make a complete meal without standing over the stove for hours, a one-pan meal is a delicious solution. Season chicken breasts or thighs with butter, sea salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Add your favorite veggies to the sheet pan such as potatoes, carrots, zucchini, onion, and garlic cloves, and season to taste. Drizzle the meat and veggies with olive oil and place them in a preheated oven to roast. In about 25 minutes, you’ll have a delicious dinner and you’ll only have one dish to clean. Chicken is a great protein to use for this meal, but you can also make a one-pan meal with salmon or fill the sheet pan with all your favorite seasonal veggies for a delicious vegetarian meal.
In addition to these delicious recipes, you can also put together a simple dessert as a sweet finishing touch to your meal. Grilled fruit is easy to make and the presentation is impressive. Grill pineapples or peaches and drizzle with a cinnamon honey mixture before topping with whipped cream and chopped nuts for a tasty, low-carb dessert. Or you can make a dump cake using your favorite cake mix, soda, and pie filling for a decadent dessert that is great for beginner chefs.
Getting in the kitchen to prepare a meal is a great way to relax, boost your confidence, and even spend quality time with family if you get your kids or partner to cook with you. These easy recipes are full of flavor and nutrition and may become favorites in your household.
Once you perfect these recipes, you’ll likely be inspired to try new dishes that you can add to your “repertoire” for quick, easy meals whether you’re preparing a meal for yourself, your family, or hosting a get-together for loved ones.