Quick & Easy Weeknight Recipes for Busy Families

Nothing symbolizes domestic bliss like a family gathered around the dining table sharing a home-cooked meal. However, getting a tasty and nutritious meal on the table every night is a struggle for many busy families. Cooking from scratch is easier said than done when you’re juggling a busy schedule, but there are ways to make it easier. Keep a well-stocked kitchen with the help of Passanante’s Home Food Service, plan meals in advance as much as possible, and have a reliable list of go-to recipes you can make in a pinch!

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Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca is a flavorsome dish requiring just a bit of chopping and throwing everything into one pan! Sauté garlic, anchovy and red pepper flakes in olive oil. Add diced tomatoes, water, and salt and bring to the boil. Reduce heat, add spaghetti, and simmer until cooked. The sauce will thicken and cling to the pasta. Mix in olives, capers, and fresh parsley — and serve! Leftovers keep in the refrigerator for five days and make a great cold lunch next day.

Roasted Chicken & Beets with Coconut Yogurt Dressing

This satisfying meal comes to together quickly with many ingredients you already have to hand. Roasted beets are the standout ingredient! They add sweetness while offering anti-inflammatory health benefits. On a baking tray, toss chicken thighs with olive oil, paprika, and cumin. Combine beets and olive oil on a separate tray — or add them to the chicken for simplicity. Roast at 425 F for about 30-35 minutes until tender. Meanwhile, cook the quinoa. Prepare the dressing by whisking coconut yogurt, lime juice, and cilantro together in a bowl. Plate up the meal and serve with lime wedges.

One-Pot Bean Chili

Not only is one-pot chili a popular meal, but using one pot means faster cleanup. Sauté onion, garlic, chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Add chopped tomatoes, water, red lentils, corn, and black beans. Black beans are rich in magnesium which supports bone health, while corn boosts the immune system. Simmer for twenty minutes so flavors meld. Serve with brown rice (cook grains in large batches to serve throughout the week). Double the recipe and you’ll have enough for two-dinners worth. Store leftovers in the fridge, or freeze for one month.

Home-cooked meals shouldn’t be complicated — preparation and planning are key! Make sure your pantry is always stocked with staples like rice, quinoa, beans, and chopped tomatoes, and don’t forget to stay on top of your reorders so you’re never short on your family’s favorites!

-Jane Bannister (Freelance Writer)

Fourth of July Flavors

Mid-Week Independence Day Party? Yes, Please!

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Looking for some new flavors to add to your 4th of July celebration menu? Look no further. These are our Top-4 Must-Try recipes for your upcoming Independence Day party. Fire up the grill, ’cause it’s gonna be a hot one!

  1. Grilled Corn Salad with Tomato and Avocado
    • Eat it with a fork, or dip into it with a tortilla chip. This creamy summer salad is sure to be a Independence Day favorite – so make plenty. With ingredients this good, who needs “moderation” anyway? (recipe)
  2. Spicy Lime Shrimp Pineapple Skewers
    • Nothing screams summer quite like pineapple, shrimp and skewers. This recipe from Aberdeen’s Kitchen has us chomping at the bit and we cannot wait to serve these up as a simple (and portable) option this 4th of July! (recipe)
  3. Greek Turkey Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce and Greek Tomato Salad
    • We all think of burgers and hotdogs when we think about a classic backyard cook-out, but this elevated approach to a turkey burger is everything that’s been missing in our lives! (recipe)
  4. Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon and Honey Ricotta
    • Every single word in this recipe name makes us hyper-salivate so we simply couldn’t leave it off our party menu! Juicy, sweet and savory – this is the perfect dessert for any backyard BBQ and even better – they take only minutes to make. (recipe)

Pssst! … Valentines Day Is Coming Up!

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Already?! How is that even possible? It was just New Years Eve and here we are planning for Valentine’s Day… and not to freak you out, but pressure’s on – they’re probably going to be posting pics of their dinner all over Facebook 🙂

No worries, we’ve scoured cookbooks and blogs to bring you some really solid options for your dinner menu. There’s something here for everyone so poke around and pick your poison!

BEEF – Caprese Steak
Prepare to go capr-azy over Caprese Steak courtesy of Delish. After all, at the end of the day it’s a juicy filet topped with a thick slice of cheese. If that doesn’t scream love we don’t know what does!

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CHICKEN – Maple Roasted Chicken Quarters
If you’re looking for something sweet yet savory this recipe may be just the ticket. Pure maple syrup helps to almost caramelize the chicken skin and the veggies nestled underneath are anything but ordinary. This gem courtesy of Chocolate Moosey is one of those meals you just don’t forget. Like, ever.

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PORK – Brown Butter Pork Chops with Apples & Onions
Yep. You read that right. Apples and Onions. May sound a little off, but these chops are spot ON. The only stipulation to this recipe from The Lucky Penny is that you really need a cast iron skillet to execute this one to it’s fullest potential. Don’t get hung up on the onion/apple combo we promise it’s better than it sounds!!!

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LAMB – Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata
This next one from Country Living sounds super fancy (see: pain in the butt), but we promise it isn’t! In fact, this Italian favorite requires just 5 ingredients. Pair it with some grilled veggies drizzled with Balsamic and voila – a delicious and ultra fancy-sounding Valentine’s Day dinner for two!

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SEAFOOD – Spicy Lobster Pasta
Have a hankering for a little seafood with your sweetheart? Spice up your Valentine’s night with this surprisingly simple show stopper courtesy of Epicurious. This one’s a favorite for those who like it hot!

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So… which one will you pick?! Post pictures of your Valentine’s dinner creations on our Facebook page – we’d love to try out some of your favorite recipes too!

Happy Eating!

Recipe: Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
Summer may be winding down, but we aren’t quite into cold-weather soup and stew season yet. Keep it hot with this great recipe for Chipotle Shrimp Tacos with zesty lime crema sauce. Not a huge fan of spicy foods? Consider only using 1 chipotle instead of 2 – a little bit goes a long way with those peppers!

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Chipotle Shrimp Tacos With Lime Crema Sauce

Ingredients
1 lb. peeled, deveined shrimp with tails removed
salt and pepper
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 chipotles in adobo sauce, minced +1 tbsp. of the adobo sauce
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup loosely chopped cilantro
1 1/2 cups of purple cabbage, shredded
1/2 avocado, cubed
4 corn or flour tortillas
1 lime, cut into wedges
For the Greek Yogurt Crema
3/4 cup of Chobani Non-Fat Plain Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Method

  1. Rinse shrimp then lay out on a paper towel to pat dry. Season one side with salt and pepper.
  2. Place shrimp in a large ziplock bag. Add olive oil, minced chipotles, 1 tbsp. adobo sauce, 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice, 2 cloves of minced garlic, and chopped red onion. Seal bag and shake well so that all ingredients are well blended. Place in the fridge and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or all day (preferable).
  3. Combine all crema ingredients. Whisk together and set aside, or cover and refrigerate if you are making in advance.
  4. Remove the shrimp from the fridge and let sit out for 10 minutes. Heat a large skillet over medium/medium high heat. Pour entire contents of the zip lock bag with shrimp and marinade into the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp is cooked through. Add in the chopped cilantro, and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from heat.
  5. Assemble your tacos by layering a tortilla, shredded cabbage, shrimp, some cubed avocado, a drizzle of the crema and serve with a wedge of lime!

Recipe: Salmon En Papillote

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Add some lite fare to your summer evenings with something fresh from the sea. High in Omega-3s which are good for your brain, and even better for your skin, salmon is a great choice for weekdays or weekends. We love this recipe because of it saves you tons of time in the kitchen, but produces an impressive presentation for guests! Wild caught in the chilly waters of Scotland, our Scottish Salmon brings something to the table that you’ll want to enjoy over and over again.

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Salmon En Papillote

Moist, delicious, almost fool-proof salmon. This salmon is wrapped in parchment paper and steamed in the oven.

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets (4-ounce)
  • Juice of one large lemon
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt & coarse ground pepper to taste
  • 4 12×18-inch pieces of parchment paper
  • 1/2 Cup green onions, chopped
  • 8 spears of fresh asparagus, cut into 1-1/2  inch pieces
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Rinse salmon fillets in cold water, place onto a plate, and squeeze a lemon over the salmon. Sprinkle fillets with salt and black pepper.
  3. Fold a piece of parchment paper in half crosswise, and center a salmon fillet on one side of the paper. Place 1 or 2 lemon slices on top of the salmon, and surround with 2 cut-up asparagus spears. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of green onion over the lemon slices, and fold the parchment paper over the salmon. Fold the edges of the paper over several times, all around the open edges, to seal the salmon into a parchment paper envelope. (Do not tape the parchment paper closed.)
  4. Place the sealed envelopes onto a baking sheet, and brush the tops of each packet with about 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
  5. Bake in the preheated oven until the asparagus is tender and the salmon is opaque and slightly flaky, 20 to 25 minutes.

Place a packet onto a plate, and cut open the paper to release the aroma.