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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Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Pork Tenderloin Fried Rice

Gammy likes pork tenderloin so, duh, yeah I make it for her lotsa different ways. After all she is kinda special.

How ’bout this!? She gave me some decadent chocolate truffles for my birthday! Oh Yeah, She’s a keeper.

We hadn’t ever had pork tenderloin like this before and, WOW!, it turned out great.

You could make this a one pot meal and cook the rice right in the sauté pan or skillet and drain the liquid off, push the rice to the side of the pan then sear the pork tenderloin. Or….

…..you could have the rice cooking in a separate pot while you get the pork tenderloin and the veggies doing their thing. Or….

……you could use some of that cooked rice that you have in the freezer like I suggested in my Ten Tips for quick and easy meals. Tonight I had some in the freezer so things turned out to be especially quick and easy.

Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Let’s chop up the onion, slice the pork tenderloin and put them in the pan.

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Add some salt and pepper and stir a few times as it all cooks.

While it’s cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up.  Like we did for this bruschetta recipe.

 When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned – about 6-7 minutes – put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.

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Optional at this point you could whisk an egg and drizzle it in as you stir things up. And/or drizzle some soy sauce in as you stir.

I didn’t, I just flew with it like this and it turned out fine,,,,no,,it turned out WAY better than just fine.

When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up – don’t let them cook too much and get soggy – serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.

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It was real good and real easy!

 

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  1. Put a large skillet or sauté pan on at medium high and swirl in just enough olive oil to cover the bottom. Let's chop up the onion, slice the pork tenderloin and put them in the pan. Add some salt and pepper and stir a few times as it all cooks.
  2. While it's cooking core and seed the tomatoes then chop them up. When the onion is translucent and the pork tenderloin pieces have browned - about 6-7 minutes - put in the peas, tomatoes and the cooked rice.
  3. When the peas and the tomatoes have warmed up - don't let them cook too much and get soggy - serve up your pork tenderloin fried rice.
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Simple Garlic Shrimp – Quick and Easy – 20 Minutes

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Talk about Quick and Easy!  This Simple Garlic Shrimp is that and more, like, delicious, crowd pleaser, good for a weeknight after a hectic day and even for a Sunday sit down.

It is one of our favorites.

Along the lines of of our Pan Seared Scallops have the rest of the meal ready before you put the shrimp into the skillet.

Let’s get  the pasta going and throw together a caprese salad or…..

……any other kind of salad or veggie that YOU want to go along with your simple garlic shrimp.

Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter.

Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.  

Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional).

Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine. Give the shrimp about a minute a side.

When the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped – or dried – parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted…..

……..serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp. 

A nice white wine like a french Muscadet or an Italian Pinot Grigio pairs up real well with this Simple Garlic Shrimp.

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  1. Put a pot of salted water on for the pasta. Get the shrimp ready if you have to thaw, peel and devein them. Put a skillet on at medium heat and add a swirl of olive oil and half of the butter. Chop up the garlic and when your pasta is cooked al dente drain all but a tiny bit of the water and put it on a small burner set to as low as it can to keep the pasta warm and stir it a couple of times while you work the quick and easy magic with your simple garlic shrimp.
  2. Put the shrimp in the skillet and spread them out so that they are all laying flat. Add the garlic, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes (optional). Squeeze a little lemon juice and if your feeling a little adventurous also a dash of white wine on top.
  3. Give them about a minute a side and when the shrimp is pink on the outside and opaque in the middle put in the rest of the butter and the chopped - or dried - parsley. Stir it all together and when the butter has melted.....
  4. ......serve up and enjoy your Simple Garlic Shrimp.
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Baked Salmon Honey Lemon Weeknight Dinner – One Pan – 20 Minutes – Quick and Easy

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Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner is for busy people who still want to quickly and easily make a great weeknight dinner. This Baked Salmon recipe with the addition of the honey and lemon glaze is a real good twist on your usual baked salmon recipe.

Thaw the salmon filets if you need to. Just put them in a bowl of water to thaw while you get the veggies ready.

Turn on your oven and set it at 450°.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment.

Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon.

Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan.

Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.

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Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork.

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Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner. Along with a chilled bottle of Chardonnay, or Pinot Grigio or any other white wine that YOU like..

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  1. Turn on your oven and set it at 450°. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray or wipe it with olive oil. Or use a nonstick baking sheet and give it the same olive oil treatment. Cut up the potatoes and put them on the baking sheet with the broccoli and baby carrots. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Put the honey in a bowl, squeeze in the lemon juice and add the parsley flakes. Then whisk it all together with the brush that you are going to use to apply it to the salmon. Lay the Salmon filets out on the sheet skin side down. If the filets have been skinned just look for the side that is flatter and has a pale gray stripe in the middle and lay that side down on the pan. Brush them generously with the honey lemon mixture and cover with the lemon slices.
  3. Put it in the oven for about 10 minutes or until the carrots are soft to poke with a table fork and/or the salmon wants to easily flake when you poke it with the fork. Then just sprinkle with a little bit of parsley flakes. Serve it and sit down and enjoy your Honey Lemon Baked Salmon Weeknight Dinner.
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