Food on Friday ~ Easy Dinners

Life is so endlessly delicious.

I have a friend, (really… I do have a friend), who tells me that she doesn’t have time to cook and eat properly.  You know what?  Everybody has enough time in the day to cook a great evening meal, made with fresh and healthy ingredients, without spending hours in the kitchen.  Or maybe my friend is just crap at time management.

There are some rules / guidelines / suggestions for not spending hours and hours preparing your regular evening meal, and rule # one is, only use one pan.  If you can’t see the sense in that then go and sit in a darkened room for a couple of hours.

There are three basic variations on the one pan rule, the wok, the crockpot and the sheet pan.

From Chungah at Damn delicious we have sheet pan garlic butter tilapia.  This is a 30 minute recipe, and you can substitute any white fish for the tilapia.  Personally I like deep, cold water fish; cod, haddock, halibut…  and I’d add lots of fresh herbs, like basil and parsley.

Sheet Pan Garlic Butter Tilapia

Next, from the lovely Averie Sunshine we have sheet pan chili lime chicken and peppers.  This is another dead easy 30 minute dish, which you could start preparing the night before if you want to give the chicken longer to marinade.

Sheet Pan Chili Lime Chicken and Peppers

OK, so this dish is pushing the 30 minute rule by 15 minutes, but you can get ready-prepared quinoa.  Anyhow, like everything from Heather Christo this vegan roasted vegetable quinoa salad looks fabulous, and it’s also vegan and gluten free.

Vegan Roasted Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Now, from Serious Eats we have 21 stir fry recipes to prove that your wok is your best friend.  I like the look of this best Chinese orange chicken, brought to us hot and fresh from The Food Lab.

Best Chinese Orange Chicken

If you want something even more exotic than Chinese orange chicken, then the cute Elise Bauer at Simply Recipes has found for us this Chicken Biryani as prepared by Sheryl Julian.

Chicken Biryani

And yet another wok dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower, asparagus and shiitaki mushroom stir fry.  This is a simple and very quick vegan and gluten free dinner after a busy working day. Now and again I might add shrimp to this…


Finally for this week, from Country Living magazine, we have 40+ easy slow cooker recipes for busy nights.  This collection includes a fantastic red-eye brisket stew from Marian Cooper Cairns, you can put this in your crockpot in the morning and it will be ready to eat when you get home from work.


If that’s not enough, then how about 201 quick and easy weeknight meals to get you to the weekend?

a great big thank you to all the cooks featured in this week’s Food on Friday

jack collier

7 responses

  1. WHY, Jack? WHY do you always do this to me??? Making me hungry right at bedtime is NOT nice! Now I must go seek … well, let’s see … it is 2:30 a.m. … so I’m not going to make Pasta Primavera (sheet pan) or Chicken with Wild Rice (crock pot) or Sweet ‘n Sour Chicken (Wok) right now … so that leaves … CHEETOS! with a glass of wine!!! See now what you have done??? 😀 😀 😀

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    1. An early morning snack, with a glass of wine, is sometimes the only way to go. ❤ ❤ 😉

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  2. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

    Jack, I agree with your opening statement – there is always time, and ways and means, of cooking a proper meal!

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  3. As much as I like to cook, and I really do, I love one pot dinners, especially sheet pan. There are some great ideas here.

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  4. The sheet pan has really been working for me! I’ve been meal prepping, so I have lunch and dinner for several days after I put in the work! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Love the sheet pan idea. I try to cook in one pan. It definitely makes a difference. Thanks for the post, I will be having the fish this weekend for sure! Looks Delicious!

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  6. I agree that everyone has time to cook and eat properly. My mother and grandfather did a lot of one pan cooking, so hence I learned early on. These dishes look delicious!

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