Not sure what to make for dinner every night? The trick is to find quick and easy recipes for the week—bonus points if you can find some ideas that can carry your family through to the weekend. Just as important—having the right cooking tools on hand to cut down prep and cook time. Here are some easy weeknight recipes made even easier using time-saving kitchen tools.
Guacamole may sound like it would take too much effort to make it homemade. Think again. Forget mashing avocados and chopping onions. A food processor can do almost all the work. Just add large chunks of peeled onion and jalapeno, pressed garlic, and two ripe avocados, pitted and cut in half lengthwise, and process to your preferred consistency.
A splash of fresh lime juice and a burst of cilantro turn plain white rice into a side dish that’s anything but ordinary. Plus, it’s easy to make and goes great with any Mexican dish—like the Quick Cooker Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps (above). What’s even better is you can save time and clean up by making both dishes at the same time in the pressure cooker.
Make this classic Italian dish, with breaded chicken, melted cheese, and tomato sauce, any night of the week. It cooks fast using a pressure cooker —yielding the same delicious outcome as traditional chicken parmesan. It’s also convenient—cleanup is a breeze. Cook the chicken and pasta in the same pot, and you only need a microwave-safe dish to melt the butter.
Lava cakes are not just for fancy restaurants. And this version is more decadent than chocolate cake and bakes in the microwave—so it can be ready when it’s time for dessert. Just combine a devil’s food cake mix, eggs, oil, and water in a Dutch oven, then add peanut butter, chocolate chips and stir before microwaving.