Life can’t get any busier. It seems everyone is pulled in numerous directions all day, every day.
When work is done, it’s easy to forget about cooking, to grab something fast from a favorite eatery.
Cooking well and quickly can be done though. And it’s impressive. Follow some directions and you’ll have a comfy dinner all ready and waiting when your wife comes through the door.
You Have Complete Control Over What is Cooked.
No worries about food allergies. When you cook, you know the ingredients that are going into your meal. Preparing meals at home means you can easily accommodate family members who are allergic or have reactions to certain foods and grains. Cooking your own meals just brings you that peace of mind.
No More Worries About Nutrition.
Restaurants and commercially-prepared food outlets aren’t always careful about the amounts of salt, fat and sugar that go into their recipes. When you cook at home, you are in control of how much of these ingredients you want to add. Your taste buds will start to acclimate to healthier eating.
As you cook at home, your cooking skills will just keep getting better and better. Soon, your desire for those fast-food meals may even fade away.
Who hasn’t heard about people getting sick from food-borne illnesses due to bacteria and under-cooked meat and vegetables? When you buy food at your supermarket and prepare it at home, you won’t have that same concern.
It’s Family Time.
With everyone’s busy schedules, it seems as if gathering the entire family in for a meal is almost impossible. It doesn’t have to be this way. When you cook, you’re giving your kids and your wife every reason to stick around!
Family meals are a great way to interact with each other. Families that eat together stay together.
Here are 3 quick recipes for wowing your wife and making your family happy.
1. Shrimp Scampi
This dinner looks like you’ve slaved over the stove for hours. But it’s easy and done in minutes.
3 to 4 garlic cloves, minced
¼ cup butter, cubed
¼ cup olive oil
1 pound uncooked medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
¼ cup lemon juice
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp dried oregano
In a large, ovenproof skillet, sauté (fry quickly) garlic in butter and oil until tender. Stir in the shrimp, lemon juice, pepper, and oregano.
Cook until shrimp turns pink, about 2-3 minutes.
Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs and parsley.
Cook in the oven for 2-3 minutes until topping is golden brown. Serve over your choice of pasta.
Makes 4 servings.
2. Balsamic Seasoned Steak
This is a quick recipe that will get you rave reviews every time you use it. Simple ingredients and delicious!
1 beef top sirloin steak (1 lb and 3 inches thick)
¼ tsp coarsely ground pepper
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tsp steak sauce
2 ounces sliced Swiss cheese, cut into strips
Preheat broiler. Place steak on the broiler and sprinkle with pepper. Broil 7 minutes.
Mix vinegar and steak sauce.
Turn the steak after 7 minutes, and drizzle with 1 tablespoon of vinegar mixture.
Broil just until done. For medium-rare, thermometer reads 135 degrees. For medium, 160, approx. 4-6 minutes.
Remove steak to a cutting board and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Cut into ¼ inch slices and return to the broiler, keeping slices close together.
Drizzle slices with remaining vinegar mixture and top with cheese.
Broil until cheese is melted, 30 to 60 seconds.
Makes 4 servings.
3. Gorgonzola and Orange Chicken Tenders
This is comfort food times ten. The unusual pairing of marmalade and cheese might sound odd, but the combination is delicious.
1 large egg
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 pound chicken tenderloins
2 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup orange marmalade, warmed
¼ cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
In a bowl, whisk the egg and salt.
Place breadcrumbs in another bowl.
Dip the chicken in the egg, then the breadcrumbs, patting for the mixture to stick.
In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium heat.
Add the chicken, cooking on each side for 3-4 minutes. Make sure there is no pink showing.
Drizzle with the warm marmalade, then top with the cheese.
Cover and remove from heat. Let stand until the cheese is melted.
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These recipes have the advantage of looking, smelling, and tasting great, but they are actually not too difficult to get right. They don’t take a lot of time to prepare or cook, and your wife will love you for it. Give them a try.