Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

by Jenna Helwig
Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

Bare Minimum Dinners: Recipes and Strategies for Doing Less in the Kitchen

by Jenna Helwig


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Easy recipes and shortcuts to spend less time in the kitchen—with fewer ingredients, less cleanup, Instant Pot and slow cooker options, meals made in 30 minutes or less, and other smart strategies

Getting a home-cooked meal on the table every day is an admirable goal, but it shouldn't get in the way of your life! In Bare Minimum Dinners, Jenna Helwig—food director at Real Simple magazine—shares delicious, easy recipes so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying your meal…or doing whatever else you want! Chapters include: Bare Minimum Time (30 minutes or less); Bare Minimum Ingredients (7 ingredients or less, including salt and olive oil); Bare Minimum Hands-On Time (slow-cooker and Instant Pot meals); Bare Minimum Clean-Up (one-pot/sheet pan/skillet meals); and Bare Minimum Sides (super-simple vegetables, salads, and grains so you can feel good about serving healthy, well-rounded dinners). Throughout, Jenna offers helpful tips—for example, how to keep salad greens fresh and at the ready, easy substitutions, and suggested supermarket brands—as well as easy ideas for dressing up or rounding out your meal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780358434719
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication date: 09/07/2021
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 640,362
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

JENNA HELWIG is the food director at Real Simple and former food editor at Parents magazine, as well as a freelance writer, culinary instructor, and personal chef. She also founded Rosaberry, a culinary services company devoted to helping families eat better.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction 1

1 Your Setup 6

2 Bare Minimum Time 25

Recipes Ready in 30 Minutes or Less

Fish Stick Tacos 27

Provini Pasta 28

Ginger-Scallion Turkey Burgers 30

Tortellini en Brodo 31

Lemony Chopped Salad with Pita 33

Tuna and White Bean Salad 34

Caesar-ish Kale Salad 35

Spicy Sloppy Joes 36

Crispy Chicken Salad 39

Good Money Flounder 40

Lamb Pita Pizzas 41

Cacio e Pepe Mac 'n' Cheese 42

Skillet Harissa Beef and Cabbage 45

Turkey Enchilada Bowls 46

Meaty Meatless Filling 48

Sweet-and-Tangy Beef and Broccoli 49

Summery Pesto Pasta 51

Scallop and Asparagus Salad 52

Cauliflower and Chickpea Tikka Masala 55

Black Bean Burgers 56

Mediterranean Tuna Sandwiches 57

Moroccan-Spiced Tacos 58

Zucchini-Herb Pancakes 61

Spring Roll and Lettuce Roil-Ups 62

Shortcut Salmon Burgers 65

3 Bare Minimum Ingredients 67

Recipes with Seven Ingredients (or Less)

Crispy Dijon Pork 68

Mushroom and Gruyère Quesadillas 69

Broccoli and Shrimp Orzo 71

Kimchi-Cabbage Cakes 72

Chicken Enchilada Casserole 75

Apple-Cheddar Dutch Baby 76

Gussied-Up Eggs on Toast 79

Miso Avocado Toast with Fried Eggs 80

Baked Rigatoni 83

Balsamic-Soy Strip Steaks 84

Dead-Simple Sausage Soup 85

Grilled Ham and Cheese 86

Pumpkin-Shiitake Ravioli 89

BBQ Pork Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries 90

Kimchi and Pineapple Fried Rice 92

Simple Tomato Soup 93

Chicken Tender Fajitas 95

Farro and Tuna Salad 96

Marinara-Poached Cod 99

Whole-Wheat Pasta with Chard and Garlic 100

Chicken Farm Burgers 103

Bacon and Corn Frittata 104

Chilaquiles 106

Teriyaki Tofu and Broccolini 107

Tahini-Coconut Noodles 109

4 Bare Minimum Cleanup 111

Dinners That Came Together in a Single Pot or Pan

Sesame-Maple Tofu Bake 112

Springy Chicken and Asparagus 113

Lemony Cod and Potatoes 115

Spiced Beans and Eggs 116

Sweet Potato and Sausage Hash 119

Saucy Simmered Eggs 120

Spiced Chicken and Rice 123

Any Onion Frittata 124

Magic White Bean and Tomato Stew 127

Skillet Pizza 128

Baked Chicken with Artichokes and Feta 131

Spinach Calzones 133

Chicken and "Dumpling" Soup 134

Chicken Tortilla Soup 135

Miso Chicken Ramen 136

Layered Ravioli Bake 138

Smoky Baked Potatoes 139

One-Pan Pierogi Supper 141

Za'atar Roast Chicken 142

Roast Pork Loin with Fennel and Apples 144

One-Pot Bacon and Zucchini Pasta 145

Chile-Lime Salmon 147

Gnocchi Sheet Pan Supper 148

Greek Chicken Salad 150

Mixed Grill 151

One-Pan Chicken Dinner 153

5 Bare Minimum Hands-On Time 157

Recipes for the Instant Pot or Slow Cooker

Instant Pot Bean with Bacon Soup 158

Instant Pot Lemony Shrimp Risotto 159

Instant Pot "Pae-sotto" 161

Instant Pot Chickpea, Kale, and Sausage Stew 162

Instant Pot Smoky Beef Chili 164

Instant Pot Split-Pea Coconut Soup 165

Instant Pot Pork and Bean Burritos 167

Instant Pot Meatballs in Marinara 168

Instant Pot Turkey Chili 171

Instant Pot Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Curry 172

Instant Pot Creamy Butter Beans 175

Instant Pot Saucy Chicken 176

Slow-Cooker Big-Batch Lasagna 178

Slow-Cooker Salmon with Lemon and Dill 179

Slow-Cooker Deep-Dish Pizza 181

Slow-Cooker Beef Ragu 182

Slow-Cooker Shrimp Boil 185

Slow-Cooker Ropa Vieja 186

Slow-Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches 189

6 Bare Minimum Sides 191

Easy Add-Ons to Round Out Dinner

Any Green Leaf Salad 193

Basic Kale Salad 194

Eat-with-Everything Slaw 196

Everyday Broccoli 197

Spicy Oven Fries 198

Peels-On Cumin-Roasted Carrots 201

White Beans with Sage 202

Roasted Shredded Brussels Sprouts 205

Spicy-Sweet Roasted Brussels Sprouts 206

Cheesy Cauliflower Rice 207

Sesame-Soy Cauliflower Rice 208

All-Purpose Yogurt Dip 209

Asparagus with Garlicky Mayo 210

Peas with Walnuts and Parm 213

Fennel-Roasted Cabbage 214

Savory Fruit Salad 217

Quick Cukes 218

Caprese-ish Salad 221

Quinoa Pilaf 222

Index 225

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