Easy, Nutritional Dinners
Whether you’re cooking for one, two, or the whole family, these simple and easy dinners are sure to impress anyone you serve it to, including yourself. You might not even have to go to the grocery store because many of the ingredients are already in your fridge or cupboard.
Chicken Stir-fry- All you need is a cup of chicken broth, one garlic clove, 3/4 lb to a pound of skinless and boneless chicken, cumin (not necessary), lemon juice, and two cups total of broccoli and carrots, fresh or frozen. Cut the chicken into half inch cubes, add some salt and pepper on top, a dash of cumin if you have any, and a little bit of lemon juice and put aside. Start chopping your carrots and separating the broccoli. Dice the garlic and set aside. When you think the chicken is finished marinating, heat it in a pan over medium heat. Brown the chicken for about five to ten minutes until it is almost cooked. Now add the rest of the ingredients. Mix them and let them simmer for about ten to fifteen minutes until everything is fully cooked. Your delicious stir-fry is now ready! Serve with rice or mashed potatoes. (Makes 3-4 servings)
Chorizo Soup – Another quick, gourmet recipe that will appeal to anyone, especially if that someone is a little under the weather. For this homemade soup, you will need 2 cups of chicken broth, half a small onion, half cup of carrots, salt, pepper, and two chorizo sausages. Substitute the chorizo with turkey or chicken sausages for even less calories and fat. Bring the chicken broth and a few dashes of salt and pepper to a boil. Add the chopped onion and carrots to the boiling broth but reduce the heat slightly, for a lighter boil. Meanwhile, start cooking your sausages in a separate pan. They should take less than 10 minutes to cook. When they are done, carefully chop them up into smaller pieces. Wait for the onions to become transparent and soft and then add the sausage into the broth. Let all the ingredients simmer together for about ten minutes. Taste the broth so you can adjust salt and pepper amounts according to your own preference. In under 20 minutes, you have a gourmet, healthy soup ready to be enjoyed! (Makes 2-4 servings)
Grilled, Seared, or Baked Swordfish – (This one might require a trip to the store!) This is one of my favorite recipes. You will need two pieces of swordfish, washed and patted dry with a paper towel, a little bit of lemon juice, quarter teaspoon cumin, quarter teaspoon coriander, salt, pepper, and some olive oil to brush the fish. After you have washed the swordfish, marinate it in all of the ingredients for one hour, making sure they’re all mixed well. Grill the pieces of fish over your stove, two minutes per side, using a griddle or grill pan while lightly brushing each side with olive oil. If you want to bake the fish, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, brush the fish with olive oil, and bake for 10 minutes. Serve with jasmine rice or mashed potatoes for a full gourmet meal.
Before you say you have nothing to eat or cook, look a little closer. If you find these types of ingredients in your fridge or pantry, try whipping them up in any creative way . You’ll be surprised by what you can come up with.