3 Ridiculously Easy and Delicious Dinner Recipes To Try

I spent this week lunch sharing with my sister who works near my office. We both have some lbs's to lose so she suggested we do this together. Plus I was just coming off maternity leave where I learned that eating in saves money and can be much healthier for you too. So what did I do? 

I tackled 3 ridiculously easy and delicious dinner recipes to get over my fear of failure in the kitchen. 

First let me preface all this by saying I'm not very good at cooking. Like, at all. It's embarrassing to admit, but it's true. I fail because I don't practice. For a long time I felt like I just wasn't born to make due. It doesn't come natural and I didn't grow up helping my mom make dinners. What I spent my time doing was cleaning. I was good at cleaning and actually enjoyed it. Now, I'm terrible at it but....back to cooking. I was also busy playing sports. Hopping from one practice to the other. Being in the kitchen was the last place I thought about being, except to eat. 

So, as an adult, I struggled to make my own meals. I'm not creative without a recipe. That's why I was stoked when I found a few that were quick and easy to make. 

I started by finding a few recipes on Pinterest that seemed simple and had only a few ingredients. I also went Gluten free for these meals.

I went onto Kroger Clicklist online and put everything I needed into my cart. I didn't spend a lot of money either which was also a plus. I picked up Sunday and Sunday night I made Monday's lunch. Check out the recipes below and enjoy!

Recipe #1: 

MAPLE-GLAZED, ROASTED VEGGIES, found via Goodful on Facebook

  Photo Credits : https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaboyajian/make-a-healthy-and-hearty-dinner-with-this-maple-glazed-pork

Photo Credits: https://www.buzzfeed.com/melissaboyajian/make-a-healthy-and-hearty-dinner-with-this-maple-glazed-pork

INGREDIENTS (Courtesy of Goodful)

For the veggies:
1 pound Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, halved (NOTE: I opted out of these and used carrots only)
5 carrots, sliced
Olive oil
Sea salt
Black pepper

For the pork tenderloin:
1 pound pork tenderloin
Sea salt
Black pepper
2 sprigs of rosemary (NOTE: I used Rosemary spices) 

For the glaze:
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup

Instructions: 

You can get the full recipe and cooking instructions with a quick video clip of how to make it here: http://bzfd.it/2hlZKcU

My Score: 

I opted out of using brussels sprouts and only used carrots. I over cooked the dish by an extra 10 minutes to make sure the pork was cooked through but that shriveled the carrots a bit. All still edible though. So keep an eye on the cooking of the veggies. 

 

Recipe #2: 

CREAMY SUN DRIED TOMATO PARMESAN CHICKEN (NO CREAM), found via Cafe Delights.com

  PHOTO CREDITS: Cafe Delights

PHOTO CREDITS: Cafe Delights

INGREDIENTS (courtesy of Cafe Delights)

The Chicken:

2 large boneless and skinless chicken breasts, halved horizontally to make 4 fillet
2 tablespoons Tapioca flour (or all purpose or plain flour/s)
2 tablespoons finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese (do not include for dairy free option)
1 teaspoon sal
Cracked pepper

The Sauce:

2 tablespoons reserved sun dried tomato oil (or olive oil)
2 tablespoons minced garlic
200g | 7oz jarred sun dried tomato strips in oil, drained (reserve 2 tablespoons of oil for cooking)
1 cup sliced mushrooms (250 g | 8 oz)
1½ cups milk (reduced fat, skim or full fat milk) *SEE NOTES FOR DAIRY FREE OPTION
1 tablespoon cornstarch (cornflour) mixed with 2 tablespoons of water**
⅓ cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese (do not include for dairy free option)
2 tablespoons fresh shredded basil, to serve

Instructions: 

Visit here to get the full recipe and cooking instructions. 

My Score: 

This one was fun. It did take a bit more time to make, about an hour, but it gave me a new challenge. You have to actively be in front of it the whole time to watch the chicken and sauce. But overall, I enjoyed it and now that I've done it once, I could do it again. And, I did. I used the remaining chicken we had left over and floured it up for a simple chicken and green bean meal a few nights later. Regarding taste, I'd give this a 7 on a scale of 10. The sauce flavor was different than what I was used to but was still good. The mushrooms and dried tomatoes came through in the taste a bit more than expected. But, I'm not a huge mushroom fan so don't let that deter you. 

Enjoy it!

 

Recipe #3

GROUND TURKEY SWEET POTATOE SKILLET (courtesy Primavera Kitchen)

  PHOTO CREDITS:  Primavera Kitchen

PHOTO CREDITS: Primavera Kitchen

Ingredients (Courtesy of Primavera Kitchen)

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lbs extra-lean ground turkey
1 tsp garlic clove, minced
½ cup onions, diced
½ cup yellow pepper, diced (NOTE: We didn't have any peppers but it sure could have used 'em)
1 ½ cup sweet potato, diced
Salt and pepper
A pinch of red chili flakes (NOTE: We didn't use these...I'm not a spicy girl, and we don't have any)
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Fresh parsley for garnishing (NOTE: We didn't add these in either)

Instructions:

Visit here to get the full recipe and cooking instructions. 

My Score: 

This was close second for me this week. My husband actually prepared this dish while I took care of sweet Claire baby. But the ingredients were so incredibly simple that I'm confident I could crush this one. In a good way. The flavor was delicious. It would be a great pasta topping or serve alone with a side of bread and/or salad. 

I would say this one is kid friendly for sure!

 

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