Dinner is best when it's quick and easy. Bonus points if it is also nutritious. This meal delivers on all three counts. I especially enjoy the fact that you can easily double the batch of pea pesto and toss the leftovers in the freezer for a fast meal solution in the future. Keep an eye out for good pricing on frozen shrimp and buy it in bulk. You can store it in the freezer and defrost what you need in less 5 minutes - making shrimp one of the most convenient dinner solutions you can keep on hand at all times. I also always try to have frozen peas on hand, which is why this meal is particularly great for nights when you really have no idea what's for dinner. Enjoy!
I think the best soups are the ones that make a complete, balanced meal all in one warm, cozy bowl. Like this recipe for vegetable barley soup with miniature turkey meatballs. From whole grains, to fresh veggies, and lean protein, this dish covers all bases of a well-rounded meal. The best part are the meatballs. There's just something about meatballs that appeal to the whole family, so despite all the veggies and healthy stuff, kids and adults alike love this dish (trust me, it's kid tested!). And don't forget the leftovers! Perfect for lunch, or for stashing in the freezer.
I love this meal! I know, I know....I say that almost every week, but the beauty of being a recipe developer is that I can develop recipes that fill my cravings, and this meal does just that. I'm a vegetarian at heart, but I always try to create meatless meals that satisfy even the most committed meat-lover. I find the hearty, panko-crusted, crispy-pan-fried character traits in this dish do just that. As I was visualizing my cauliflower salad side dish, I knew I would have extra cauliflower so I decided to add some to the chickpea mixture. I love how this addition lightens up the texture of the falafel. The richness of the peppery harissa combined with Greek yogurt would be perfect on grilled steak or pork tenderloin, so it satisfies meat-lovers in that way as well. (Read: make extra!). As for the cauliflower salad, it's tangy, fresh, light, and bold all at the same time. Especially perfect for lunch later in the week. (Yes, make extra of this, too). Overall, this is a meal that makes me happy. I feel healthy, I feel well-fed and I feel relaxed that dinner can be ready in just about 35 minutes. I hope this meal makes you happy, too!
I'm just going to say it - I love this meal so much! I'm utilizing that super easy method for baking salmon I shared a few weeks ago in this meal here, but with a flavorful twist. The hoisin-teriyaki sauce is big and bold, and perfectly compliments the rich, buttery texture of the salmon, while the creamy coconut rice lends a delightful balance of exotic sweetness. Don't get me started on the quickly sauteed shiitake and kale - just two of my absolutely favorite vegetables. This meal reheats extremely well, too, which may seem surprising, but it truly has the power to satisfy all week long. Just sayin' - you might want to strategize for leftovers. Oh, and did I mention it can all be ready in less than 30 minutes? Yeah, that too.
The marriage of two no-brainer meals that everyone loves - lasagna and enchilada night - this meal combines both into one cheesy, creamy, bubbly casserole dish. With a Mexican spin on lasagna and a no-fuss easy rice and beans side dish, you get a fresh tasting, balanced meal to please all your diners. Even your Super Bowl guests! Comfort food at it's finest. Yet, as indulgent as this meal looks, it is gluten-free and can easily be made vegetarian. See PREP NOTES for other healthy modifications.
The holidays are just far enough gone that the ingredients in this week's meal are crave-able again. Redesigned in healthier little packages, they won't leave us feeling quite so guilty afterward. Just like holiday food, and all the "What's for Dinner?" meals I've shared so far, these recipes all taste great as leftovers, too. Enjoy!
This week's meal - Corn, Black Bean and Sausage Stuffed Bell Peppers with Chipotle Potato Salad - is jam-packed with some of my favorite flavors. While it may seem like a lot of ingredients, nothing requires a lot of fuss. Many of the components can be prepared ahead of time to help get dinner on the table even faster, and there's quite a bit of flexibility for those of you who are cooking for vegetarians, dairy-free or even paleo/whole30 diners. See the Prep Notes section for substitution suggestions, then get stuffin' and enjoy!
I love this meal! Technically, I can't claim it to be healthy, but the fact that you are cooking for yourself at home instead of picking up take out or pulling a processed box of food out of the freezer, well, that's a WIN for healthy living. Statistically speaking, most of us have already fallen away from our resolutions anyway, but hopefully cooking great tasting food from scratch is still a life priority. In that case, this meal wins again. Looking for a triple win? All this can be ready in less than 30 minutes! I hope you enjoy this plate of food as much as I do!
I'm a big fan of soup, especially when I'm being mindful about what I eat. For one, you can pack in so many fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables that it's easy to make a bowl of hearty and comforting soup that's also healthy and nutritious. It's also easy to make soup in a large batch which makes a great lunch later in the week, or for freezing to have a great dinner later in the month. Since I'm starting this new year off on a healthy foot, and I assume most of you all are trying to do the same, I created this recipe for Ginger Apple and Lentil soup. It highlights some of my favorite flavors in a warm nourishing bowl of goodness. It also happens to be gluten free, dairy free and meat free, but those are just happy bonuses.
Happy New Year! I'm excited for 2017 and I'm especially excited for my new weekly meal project - "What's For Dinner?" I want to help busy households answer that question every week. I realize that trying new recipes is often too daunting for busy people on a busy day. Far easier to fall back on a tried-and-true, memorized meal. But I want to help keep dinner interesting, which is why my meals will include step-by-step choreography. I'll sequence every step from start to finish so your efforts are streamlined and efficient, and your meal is reliably satisfying.
My goal is to to make your time in the kitchen more relaxed and enjoyable so cooking and eating better is more accessible. Every week, I'll provide you with a new, delicious, complete meal presented in a systematic, easy-to-follow format. My posts will be brief, so you only have to focus on the recipes, with a few pictures to help guide you. I'll also include "Prep Notes" here and there with time saving suggestions, ingredient swaps or kitchen tricks. Ultimately, I hope this series will give you a few more tried-and-true meals to memorize so your dinner repertoir becomes limitless. With that introduction, lets get started!
Hi! I'm Emily, and this is the official blog of Guest Chef, my personal chef and catering business serving Metro Detroit. As much as I love to cook for people, I also love inspiring others to cook great food for themselves and their friends and family. Which is why I share recipes, tips and inspiration here. Follow along and let's cook something great together!