Guest Post: Dinners Made Easy

2 Nov

Hi guys! Today I have a guest post from blog reader, Sean. He has some great ideas for making dinners a little easier for everyone…and we could all use a little more “easy” in our lives…agreed? Enjoy!

Easy Dinner Recipes You Can Prepare in a Flash!

Cooking dinner can be an outlet for constant worry for some people, and it can be a major headache sometimes. The majority of the modern working people tend to multi task.  Gone are the days when the working community has a lot of time to spend at home.  Nowadays, you can see a lot of successful people who have to juggle a demanding career along with the kids’ school activities, spending quality time with the family, and of course, the arduous dinner preparation duties.  Good thing that you don’t have to be a gourmet chef in order to prepare a decent meal.  Easy dinner recipes are readily available on the net.

Some questions we ask ourselves are how do we improve the taste, maintain the variety, and achieve great meals in a limited period of time? Here are a number of great ways to set up fast and simple meals that the entire family can enjoy.

Make use of small appliances that will carry out the cooking work

Setting up a family dinner can be as easy as one-two-three when you have the right gadgets in your kitchen.  They make the task of getting your dinner done in no time.  Here are several kitchen tools and appliances that may make your task a lot easier and hassle-free.

  • Crock pots – Who doesn’t own one anyway? There’s no question about it: you simply cannot afford not to own a crock pot or two.  You can utilize this for your slow-cooker stews, which is very convenient, since you can simply store it then serve it as leftovers even days later.  If you feel like you are running out of fresh ideas, try checking out Food Networks’ pork with noodles, Texas Chili, and various slow-cooker pork Stew.
  • Panini Grill – Trying to prep up a quick yet delectable and luscious dinner?  A Panini grill has proven to be versatile in the kitchen, and it allows you to create your own Italian masterpieces.  On your way home from work, check out your local bakeshop.  Grab some fresh Italian bread.  You can simply brush your bread with butter or some olive oil and stuff your sandwich with whatever you feel like and voila!  You now have an instant panini prepared in just 10 minutes.  You don’t have to be a chef to prepare this kind of dish; it’s perfect for people on the go!
  • Wok – This amazing kitchen tool may not perform as quickly as a Panini grill does, but it will give you an advantage in preparing stir-fried dishes. A stir-fried meal can be prepared ahead and even in bulk.  You can then store it and keep it for days! There are a few “rules” to using the wok. For example, cook your ingredients ahead of time and only use oils that can be heated to a high temperature (like peanut oil, corn oil, or soybean oil). Always cook your meat or poultry first, followed by the faster cooking vegetables and stir vigorously! All you need to make a nutrient-rich chicken and broccoli stir-fry is some chicken, scallions, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, and broccoli. Once cooked together, these ingredients can be served of some jasmine rice or noodles.
Kristi here: I have both a crockpot and wok and definitely agree that they are GREAT tools to have in a kitchen. Now I suddenly feel the need to go out and buy a panini maker…maybe something I could score on Black Friday!
Thanks for the post, Sean!

6 Responses to “Guest Post: Dinners Made Easy”

  1. kat November 2, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    I love my crockpot!! Seriously I try to use it once a week, and in the winter I use it even more for hearty stews and soups 🙂

  2. Alexandra November 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm #

    Great post! Woks and crockpots are amazing hands down! I also LOVE my George foreman grill, I have no idea what I’d do without that baby haha 😀

  3. Shannon @ Healthiful Balance November 2, 2011 at 4:42 pm #

    Awesome post! I need to get a crockpot very soon 🙂

  4. Shannon @ Healthiful Balance November 2, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Awesome post! I need to get a crockpot very soon! 🙂


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