Weekday dinners are always a challenge. Recently I started a binder of clippings for quick weeknight menus. A few pages from my main binder (a 2-inch binder of faves over the years) kicked off the collection. Any recipe must pass the time test: make a complete meal start to finish in 30 minutes or less (including sides – veggies, salad, grains).
This isn’t anything new. Fast healthy menus always have been an attraction for working moms. Real Simple is a good resource for this approach but I haven’t cooked enough of its recipes to know if I trust it. I’m picky about recipes. I want to know something about the chef, see reviews, trust the publication. Hate to waste my time in the kitchen with a bad recipe. But I have a pretty good eye for anticipating the outcome by a scan of the ingredients. Fresh, simple, interesting spices. Real Simple seems to be a fair bet. So far, so good. Here’s the article that inspired this week’s menus: