3 Easy-to-make Dinner Ideas

Tastessence Staff Oct 8, 2018
Most of us, due to our hectic and busy lifestyles, are too exhausted to take time out for preparing and eating a healthy dinner. So, here are some simple and easy-to-make dinner ideas that will help you to sail smoothly out of those tough and tiring situations.
If you are working, then maintaining a balance between your professional and personal lives becomes extremely difficult. In fact, most of the working women, while heading towards their homes, are burdened with the worries of making a quick and healthy dinner for their family.
Well, with a little pre-planning, one can make sure that his/her family has a nutritious and balanced meal on the table every night, without wasting much time in the kitchen. Here are some wonderful ideas that one can take into account to set up an interesting mood for preparing a palatable dinner in no time.

Tips for Making a Quick Dinner

● Planning your menu list for the week in advance saves considerable amount of time, as you would be knowing what you have to serve on each day of the week beforehand. Though it's important to follow the weekly dinner menu strictly, you may add variations if you return home early.
● Making some dinner preparations in the morning will ease the cooking process in the evening. For example, mashing boiled potatoes, peeling off some vegetables before leaving for office, checking regularly if all food items are adequate in the stock or not, saves a lot of time.
● Preparing healthy and fast recipes that can be enjoyed by each family member is another idea for a quick dinner. Like pasta treats, bread rolls with cheese, turkey and ham, pork spring rolls, meatballs and taco soups, Mexican wraps with tomatoes, etc., are some food items that are quick to prepare, are delicious and nutritious for a dinner.
● Using modern kitchen equipment like crockpot, casserole, etc., for cooking will definitely make your life easy, and will help you in serving your family with delicious food in adequate time.
● Last but not the least, if you have a supportive family, ask them to lend a helping hand in preparing dinner. This will not only help you fasten the dinner preparation, but make the process of cooking―enjoyable.

Quick Dinner Recipes

Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients:
● Cheddar cheese, 1 cup (shredded)
● Macaroni, 1 cup (uncooked)
● Paprika, ⅛ tsp.
● Bread crumbs, ¼ cup
● Salt, ¼ tsp.
● Milk, ⅔ cup
● Eggs, 1
Directions:
Cook macaroni as per the packet directions, drain, and keep it aside. Put the layers of cooked macaroni in the buttered baking dish and sprinkle each layer with shredded cheese.
Take a small bowl and beat together egg, milk, salt, and paprika. Pour this mixture over the macaroni and cheese layers. Sprinkle the top with bread crumbs and cheese. Bake at 400°F until it turns golden brown.

Easy and Quick Chalupas

Ingredients:
● Corn tortillas or tostada shells, 8
● Refried beans, 1 cup (spiced up with a bit of garlic powder and cumin)
● Tomatoes, 1 cup (chopped)
● Ground meat beef, 16 oz. (cooked with onion, garlic and taco seasoning)
● Shredded lettuce, 2 cups
● Shredded cheese, 1 cup
● Other topping like guacamole, avocado, sour cream, chopped onion, etc., as required
Directions:
In a large frying pan, fry tortillas in hot canola oil until they turn slightly brown, and drain them on paper towels. Heat the refried beans and season them as per your taste. Top the tostadas with beans, cooked beef, and any desired toppings.

Apple, Raisin, Coffee Cupcakes

Ingredients:
● Raisins, 1¼ cups (chopped)
● Instant coffee, 2 tsp.
● Brown sugar, 1½ cups
● Ground cinnamon, 2 tsp.
● Ground cloves, 1 tsp.
● All-purpose flour, 3¼ cups
● Apple pie filling, ½ cup
● Hot water, 2 cups
● Butter, 1 cup
● Baking soda, 2 tbsp.
● Eggs, 1
Directions:
Preheat the oven at 325°F and line the cupcake trays with cupcake papers. Dissolve the coffee in the hot water and in a saucepan, mix together brown sugar, chopped raisins, cinnamon, ground cloves, apple, butter and dissolved coffee over low heat until the butter melts.
Add lightly beaten egg, sifted flour and soda to it, and mix well. Now spoon the batter in the cupcake trays and bake for 15 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.

Inexpensive Dinners

● There are many food dishes that are tasty, healthy and are inexpensive too. Pumpkin dishes, frugal frittata, ham and bean casserole, plain muffins, etc are some cheap and healthy recipes that can be prepared without spending lots of money.
● Preparing vegetarian dishes for dinner will surely cut down on your expenses and will also fulfill the quota of nutrients in your food items.
● You can also try for some small restaurants that offer low-priced dinners that may fall into your budget. However, you should never compromise with the quality of the food by eating at any kind of restaurant. Therefore, look out for such eating houses that maintain perfect level of nutrients in food, hygiene, and still have low rates for their dishes.

Dinner for Two

Plan a romantic dinner for you and your partner and help the evening go off without a hitch! Here are some ideas:

● Even if you are preparing dinner at home, it is always nice to get dressed up and look elegant and beautiful.
● Candles or dim lights, wine, or even champagne would definitely act as a mood enhancer, and would fill love and romance in the air.
● Decorating the room with your partner's favorite flowers, using special, romantic dinnerware and playing soft romantic music in the background will add more of a personal touch to the evening.

● Preparing your partner's favorite dishes and desserts will show the efforts and time you took to make that evening so perfect and special.

Coffee Cupcake

Cheese Dip Casserole

By following these ideas, you will not only curb you and your family from unhealthy fast food habits, but will also save a lot of your time, ensuring you spend quality time at the table with your family every night.