More often than not, I have what I call "throw-together dinners." A few nights a week, I'll actually plan for a more interesting, involved recipe, but on the other evenings I choose from a rotating list of easy meals that I throw together from ingredients I have on hand. They're all easy enough to have dinner on the table in about thirty minutes, but different enough to keep things interesting.
Frozen pizzas have their time and place, like as back-up meals when we don't have time to shop and easy heat-and-serve dinners for babysitters. Nothing wrong with a good store-bought frozen pizza in these situations, but making your own homemade frozen pizzas from scratch will probably save you some pennies — plus you get exactly the toppings you want! It's easy to do: just two little tricks and you can fill your freezer with all the made-ahead frozen pizzas you could ever want.
Lately I've been looking to add more healthy seafood to my diet without breaking the bank, and while canned fish will never have the allure of a fresh filet, today's good-quality canned salmon is not the fishy, bone-studded mush you may be picturing. The boneless and skinless fish — once flaked and mixed with brown rice, cilantro, shallots and lime juice — cooks up into crisp-edged cakes that make an easy and satisfying weeknight meal, especially when topped with a dollop of Sriracha-spiked mayonnaise.
Scallops are such an easy and underrated weeknight meal, and I know this from experience: I never seem to think about them as a dinner option, but when I do it's always a slap-hand-to-forehead kind of moment. Scallops sear in mere seconds, and while whipping up a beurre blanc (a.k.a. white butter sauce) may seem intimidating to the uninitiated, it's actually one of the easiest and tastiest classic sauces to know.
We all know the situation: you've come home exhausted from a long day but you cannot rest because dinner needs to be on the table pronto. You (and your family) are hungry! It's tempting to throw a frozen pizza in the oven but you can whip up a healthier alternative in the same amount of time if your fridge and pantry are well-stocked. Read on for our 12 favorite things to have on hand for quick, healthy suppers.
I always keep a bag of whole wheat pita rounds in the freezer for last minute lunches; they can be stuffed with salad, eaten with hummus and vegetables, or even topped with avocado and egg. But how to transform a rock-hard piece of frozen pita into a soft, warm pocket? Here's a method that is fast and foolproof.
Even when warm weather is nigh, it's still nice to have a hot lunch at work. However, lots of people don't have access to a microwave or could use a healthy hot lunch option that doesn't involve the chronically-dirty-in-the-workplace small appliance. Cue the handy thermos!
Here in Southern California, winter is on its way out and I have never felt more ready to give kale salads a rest. Right now I am craving all that is crunchy, fresh and pale green -- like this salad, which mixes a dill-flecked dressing with sweet sugar snap peas, crisp celery, chopped romaine and pretty, pink-edged radish slices that remind me of spring's first blossoms winking to life.
Q: Why are babies like keyboards? A: You wouldn't want your taco drippings to fall on either one.
OHT stands for One-Handed Typing. It's an acronym used by new moms on a message board I frequent. OHT reflects a fact we all learn quickly, the hard way: Newborns don't like to be put down. Ever. You spend the first few weeks of your baby's life with one arm locked into a sweet-smelling, cuddly handcuff, so it's no surprise that there's a related acronym: OHE. One-Handed Eating.
Some days we have our acts together. Some days we just plain don't. That's life. For the days when those good intentions to make lunch ahead don't go quite as planned, here are a few pantry staples that make a very good emergency lunch.