Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner – Gluten Free – 25 Minutes

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If you like your weeknight dinners to be Quick and Easy but still real tasty, like we do, then this one will definitely the bill. 

I timed it and it took 25 minutes. And that was starting with frozen chicken tenders.

So let’s get our Quick and Easy One Pot Weeknight Dinner going.

Put the chicken in the microwave to thaw out.  Cut the potato into bite size pieces.

Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.

When the chicken tenders have thawed put them in the skillet and add the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last.

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So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.

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Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off towards the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot  left in the middle. 

Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top.

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Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together.

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Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.

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Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.

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We had a bottle of Ruffino Riserva Ducale Chianti with ours and it hit the spot. 

(It was on sale!)

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  1. Put the chicken in the microwave to thaw out. Cut the potato into bite size pieces. Put a skillet on at medium high and swirl in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. When the chicken tenders have thawed put them in the skillet and add the potatoes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cut up the veggies. Tonight we have onions, tomatoes, asparagus, zucchini and garlic but any vegetables will work just fine. The only thing to remember is that some cook quicker than others and should be added to the pan last. So with this ensemble we are going to put in the onions, asparagus and the zucchini and hold the garlic and tomatoes back.
  3. Salt and pepper the new arrivals. When the onions start to get translucent push everything off to the sides of the skillet and put the garlic in the bare spot left in the middle. Squeeze some lemon juice on the garlic and put the tomatoes on top. Let it cook for just a minute and then mix all together. Sprinkle in the parmesan and stir it all up some more.
  4. Then sit down and enjoy your quick and easy weeknight dinner.
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Pistachio Crusted Salmon Filets – 20 Minutes – 3 Ingredients

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Pistachio Crusted Salmon Filets……

…..isn’t as crazy as it sounds. It’s quick and easy and real good.

About fifteen years ago I first ran into it in a restaurant in Manasquan on the Jersey Shore as “Pistachio Crusted Filet of Flounder”.

I saw it on the menu and said “What!”

Our friends, Susan and David, told me that it was great and that I should try it.

So I did and it WAS great!

Here it is done with Salmon.

It’s simple to make and you will enjoy it. It’s definitely easy enough for a busy weeknight.

It also works real good with Tuna steaks, Cod filets or Tilapia,

Get the oven going sat 450°F/232°C.

Now, you could put the pistachios in the food processor or spare yourself the cleanup and just pound them a little bit in a zip loc bag. Use the flat side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a sauce pan.

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Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick baking sheet like you see here.

Pat the salmon filets dry and lay them skin side down in the pan. If your filets have been skinned just look for the flatter side that has a gray stripe running across it and lay out the filets with that side down.

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Spread the mayonnaise only on the top side.

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Generously sprinkle the crushed pistachios all over the mayonnaise and gently pat them down with a spatula or the flat side of a knife. 

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Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon will easily flake when tested with a table fork. Then serve up your Pistachio Crusted Salmon Filets.

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I multi-tasked while the salmon was in the oven and did some “baked” potatoes in the microwave and topped them with a pat of butter and a pinch of dried parsley flakes. And, threw together a salad. 

The whole meal took twenty minutes. Chardonnay goes great with salmon and that’s what we scarfed down, er,,sipped, with our Pistachio Crusted Salmon Filets.

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  1. Get the oven going sat 450°F/232°C. Now, you could put the pistachios in the food processor or spare yourself the cleanup and just pound them a little bit in a zip loc bag. Use the flat side of a meat mallet or the bottom of a sauce pan. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or, use a non stick baking sheet.
  2. Pat the salmon filets dry and lay them skin side down in the pan. If your filets have been skinned just look for the flatter side that has a gray stripe running across it and lay out the filets with that side down. Spread the mayonnaise only on the top side.
  3. Generously sprinkle the crushed pistachios all over the mayonnaise and gently pat them down with a spatula or the flat side of a knife. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the salmon will easily flake when tested with a table fork. Then serve up your Pistachio Crusted Salmon Filets.
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Filet Mignon – Quick and Easy – 30 Minutes

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If Filet Mignon sounds a little too restauranty and chefy for you to make at home.

That is not so!

It definitely qualifies as Quick and Easy and …….

……..it’s not real expensive. You can get USDA choice beef tenderloin steaks for $8.99 – $9.99 a pound at Costco and Sam’s. A pound will give you two big (8oz.) steaks or 3 -4 regular size.

And,,,you will still get this great meal on the table in less than 30 minutes.

Tonight I put some string beans and onions in a skillet on a burner set at medium heat with salt, pepper, lemon juice and butter.

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Stir them a few times as they do their thing. When the onions have started to wilt add the white wine – or chicken stock – and let the wine simmer and reduce a little.

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While the veggies are getting cooked. Multi task a little and put another skillet on a medium high and swirl about a tablespoon of olive oil in.

Salt pepper and garlic powder both sides of your beef tenderloin steaks and put ’em in the skillet. Just sear each side for about 2 minutes and …..

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……put them in a dish that will catch the drippings and put the dish on an idle burner to keep warm. Don’t worry about them not being cooked on the inside they are going to cook some more in with the wine and the mushrooms.Filet Mignon-3-poppopcooks.com-beef tenderloin-beef tenderloin recipe-beef steak-beef recipes-tenderloin-easy filet mignon recipe-Quick and easy-gluten free-paleo

Rinse off the mushrooms. You could use bigger ones than shown here and cut them up. We like these baby portabellas.

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If you are using jarred mushrooms just drain them. Put the mushrooms in the steak pan and brown them a little.

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Add the salt, pepper, onions, garlic and rosemary.

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Stir it up and let it cook until the onions just start to brown a little on their edges and add the butter and the red wine. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping the bits of meat off the bottom.

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Put the steaks and the drippings back in and turn them over a few times as the butter melts and the wine reduces. When the filet mignon is cooked to the degree of doneness that YOU want   – rare is soft to a poke or 140-145° on a meat thermometer – starting to get firm or 155-160° is medium – firm or 165-170° is well done.

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Serve up and enjoy your Filet Mignon. Top the steaks off with the onions and a little of the sauce.

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Oh yeah, and get after the rest of that red wine. We had a nice bottle of pinot noir with our filet mignon.

Of course some of Poppop’s easy homemade bread is always nice too.

 

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  1. put some string beans and onions in a skillet on a burner set at medium heat with salt, pepper, lemon juice and butter. Stir them a few times as they do their thing. When the onions have started to wilt add the white wine - or chicken stock - and let the wine simmer and reduce a little.
  2. Salt pepper and garlic powder both sides of your beef steaks and put 'em in the skillet. Just sear each side for about 2 minutes and put them in a dish that will catch the drippings and put the dish on an idle burner to keep warm. Don't worry about them not being cooked on the inside they are going to cook some more with the onions and mushrooms.
  3. Rinse off the mushrooms. You could use bigger ones than shown here and cut them up. We like these baby portabellas. If you are using jarred mushrooms just drain them. Put the mushrooms in the steak pan and brown them a little.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, onions, garlic and rosemary. Stir it up and let it cook until the onions just start to brown a little on their edges and add the butter and the red wine. Stir with a wooden spoon scraping the bits of meat off the bottom. Put the steaks and the drippings back in and turn them over a few times as the butter melts and the wine reduces. When the filet mignon is cooked to the degree of doneness that YOU want - rare is soft to a poke or 140-145° on a meat thermometer - starting to get firm or 155-160° is medium - firm or 165-170° is well done.
  5. Serve up and enjoy your Filet Mignon. Top the steaks off with the onions and a little of the sauce.
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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner – 20 Minutes – Gluten Free

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Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner….

…….is done in 20 minutes and is good,,REAL good.  So, if you are in a rush and tired but still want to come up with a tasty supper this one will work really well.

It sure did for us. In fact this is my plate after I finished my second helping of this quick and easy one pan chicken dinner.

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Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8″ deep.

Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4″ wide and add them to the pan.

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Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4″ cubes and……..

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…..put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.

Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder.

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Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well….

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…..put in the frozen peas.

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Mix it all together and turn it all over a  couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up – about 1 – 1 and 1/2 minutes.

Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.

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And I’ll bet that your plate looks just like mine when you are done.

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  1. Put a big skillet or sauté pan on the stove and set it at medium high. Add enough olive oil to coat the bottom about 1/8" deep. Cut the potatoes into slices about 1/4" wide and add them to the pan.
  2. Using a dishwasher safe cutting board cut up the chicken into about 3/4" cubes and put the chicken in the pan, the cutting board in the dishwasher and clean the knife with soap and water.
  3. Chop up the onion and when the chicken has started to get tan colored, but not brown yet, add the onion and the salt, pepper and garlic powder. Toss it a few times as it all cooks and when it all has browned real well put in the frozen peas. Mix it all together and turn it all over a couple of times. The peas will be ready when they have warmed up - about 1 minute. Then serve up and enjoy your Quick and Easy One Pan Chicken Dinner.
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