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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


Food on Friday # 47 ~ Slow Cooker

Here in England the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness in truly upon us.  Outside my garret the temperature is about 50 degrees, and there’s a brisk wind to encourage the adoption of hat, scarf, and gloves.   For me, that means that salads are pretty much a thing of the past until April 2017.  Instead, the crockpot or slow cooker makes a return.

For anyone with a busy lifestyle, this is good news.  Meals can be prepared in the evening, left pretty much to their own devices while you’re at work, and you’ll have at hot dinner when you get home.  Better still, the leftovers will probably make you another couple of meals for later on during the week.

You may have to get smart with the timer, but what the heck!  This is not rocket science.

First up this week we have from Tieghan Gerad from Half Baked Harvest, with her crockpot beef chili.  I love that Tieghan calls her kitchen ‘the barn’.  So? I call where I live ‘the garret’.


Crockpot Beef Chili

I am definitely going to try this next dish from Damn Delicious.  Chungah makes this slow cooker chicken and corn chowder look great.


Slow Cooker Chicken and Corn Chowder

I know that some of you really like dishes from The Pioneer Woman, well I found this slow cooker Asian chicken lettuce cups recipe via Heather Christo.  If it’s still warm enough where you live to have a salad, this is a great mixture of crockpot and crisp salad ingredients.


Slow Cooker Asian Chicken Lettuce Cups

Next, something really interesting from the lovely Averie, slow cooker stuffed  pepper soup.  I like stuffed peppers, and the thought of making them in a soup form sounds fabulously warming for a cold autumn night.


Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup

Now, a recipe I found by accident when I was looking for something else.  From Love Food Eat based in Bangalore in India, Chinmayie gives us a vegetarian dish; shell bean vegetable soup.  Looks fantastic.


Shell Bean Vegetable Soup

So, from English girl Petra at Food Eat Love, we have something that’s as far away from Chinmayie’s bean soup as you can get; cured, slow, prosecco chipotle cooked, pulled brisket.  I have to try this.


Cured Slow Cooked Pulled Brisket

Nicky is from Cheshire in England, and on her site Kitchen Sanctuary she has this great recipe for slow cooked Scottish beef stew.  Nicky says it’s perfect for Burns Night, which is long past, but I think it’s also perfect for Halloween, which is almost upon us.  Halloween is really a Scottish festival anyway.


Slow Cooked Scottish Beef Stew

My friend from Orange County really likes me to include a recipe collection in Food on Friday, so finally for this week from Midwestliving we have 35 favourite chicken slow cooker recipes, including this red wine braised chicken.


Red Wine Braised Chicken

You should also check out my earlier post; Food on Friday #24, which is also a slow cooker.


liebster-12A very big thank you to everyone featured today.

Jack Collier


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