I'm all about efficiency at dinner time. I typically don't cook a recipe if it takes me longer than 15 minutes to prep and/or cook. This post features a few of my quick, healthy and gluten free dinners.
For my son, these meals are supplemented with a side of frozen organic berries, frozen corn and/or peas and/or edamame, black beans, or cheese cubes. Gotta love those partitioned plates.
My ingredients often come from Costco but most can be found at a local grocery store.
Dinner 1: Rotisserie Chicken + Side of Roasted Veggies
Whenever I hit the grocery, I always pick up a chicken. They are so versatile and it is one less thing I have to cook that evening.
- I usually slice the chicken and serve with a roasted veggie.
Roasted veggie recipe (total prep time 5-10mins, cook time 30-40 mins).
- Literally take any veggie and chop to about the same size unless using pre-cut.
- We often buy pre-cut fresh broccoli or baby carrots but also use sweet potatoes, green beans, eggplant, or zucchini -- or whatever comes from my farmshare.
- Heat oven to 400*
- Put veggies flat on tray and cover with a generous amount of olive oil, garlic salt and pepper.
- Roast for 20 minutes, toss and check, and then another 10-20 minutes to desired doneness. We like ours caramelized.
Dinner 2: Pesto Pasta with optional Ground Turkey
- 1 box of Bonza pasta (found at Whole Foods).
- Brown ground turkey on the stove top with olive oil (cook while water heats)
- Combine meat and pasta when both are done and top with petso.
Dinner 3: Pulled Sun-dried Tomato and Artichoke Chicken Thighs + Side of Roasted Veggies
-Place trimmed boneless, skinless chicken thighs (trimmed of fat) in a crockpot (1.5-3lbs). I usually make extra to have leftovers for the next night.
- Cut a heaping handful of sun-dried tomatoes (I use my cooking scissors and slice into slivers).
- Pour in 2-3 cans/glass jars of marinated artichokes. Use all the liquid from the artichokes (that is the secret in ingredient). I buy in bulk from Costco and use about 1/2 of the jar - chokes and liquid - for each batch.
Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 (adjust to longer if chicken is frozen).
- Serve over toasted GF bread.
- I add Franks Hot Sauce and Feta for adults
- The kid loves it plain
Dinner 4: Salmon Burgers and Fries/Salad
- We absolutely LOVE the salmon burgers from Costco.
- These are cooked stove-top for about 10 minutes (follow the instructions on the packaging).
- For adults, I make a red wine vinegar sriracha dipping sauce (mix red wine vinegar with a healthy squeeze of sriracha and stir), kids get ketchup.
- Top with avocado.
- I pair them with organic fries roasted in the oven for 10-12 minutes and/or a tossed salad.
Dinner 5: Ground Turkey Sloppy Joes
- Using 12" or 14" pan, brown ground turkey + small sliced onion in olive oil.
- While this cooks, mix in bowl:
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce or chopped tomatoes (sauce is better but I use whatever I have)
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon of whatever mustard you have in your fridge (I usually have dijon)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Salt and freshly ground black pepper - to taste
Add sauce to ground turkey and mix well. Simmer 5-10 minutes if you have time. If not, it still tastes good.
- I serve with toasted slice of GF bread
What are your 15 minute dinner hacks?