We all have those days when we work all day and come home absolutely exhausted. On top of the hours we put into our jobs, the laundry, dishes and other household duties that need to be taken care of, there is still one more thing that needs to be done before we can sleep: dinner.
These recipes from guest post food blog are a great way to simplify cooking after a long day – they’re quick and easy enough for even the busiest restaurant owners! And because these meals contain only five ingredients or less, you don’t need to worry about spending an hour in the grocery store looking for obscure spices or products.
1. Easy Chicken and Vegetable Broth
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 – 6 chicken wings, cut into pieces
2 garlic cloves, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and sliced into coins
½ cup celery, sliced into coins
Salt & pepper to taste.
2 tablespoons flour (optional)
Directions: Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large soup pot or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned on all sides. Set chicken aside; drain the excess fat from the pan. Add remaining olive oil to the pot along with garlic cloves and veggies; cook until tender, seasoning with salt and pepper to taste. If using flour, add to the pot and stir until it is no longer clear. Return chicken to the pot and blend heat well; serve warm.
2. Restaurant Style Pork Chops
12 – 16 thin pork chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup flour (optional)
Directions: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season both sides of chops with salt and pepper, then dredge in flour if desired before browning in a pan until golden brown on both sides. Remove from the pan when finished cooking, slice into strips and serve.
3. Blue Cheese Dressing
¾ cup blue cheese
3/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dill weed (optional)
Directions: In a stand or electric mixer, blend ingredients. Store in the fridge for up to one week.
4. Barbeque Sauce
2 cups ketchup
½ cup butter or margarine
¼ cup brown sugar
5-6 tablespoons of your favorite barbeque sauce
Directions: Melt butter and add brown sugar, cooking for about 3 minutes on medium heat. Next, add the ketchup and stir until smooth. Lastly, add the barbeque sauce and cook for another 2 minutes.
5. Chicken Enchiladas
2 pounds chicken breast
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1 can enchilada sauce (about 8-ounce jar)
Directions: Cut chicken into 1 ½” pieces. Combine the two ingredients and stir until well combined. Refrigerate for one hour. Roll each piece in a layer of cream cheese and add the other ingredients. Refrigerate overnight.
6. Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks
3 hot dogs
1 block (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
½ – 1 cup Cheez Whiz
Directions: Preheat broiler and line a baking sheet with foil; set aside. Cut hot dogs into three equal sizes. Stir together cream cheese, Parsley and Cheez Whiz in a small bowl. Spread mixture on each slice of the hot dogs; top with another slice to make a sandwich. Place sandwiches on a baking sheet and broil for 4-5 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
7. Grilled Steak Fajita
1 skirt steak
8 flour tortillas
1 green bell pepper, sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper, sliced into strips
½ onion, sliced
Directions: Heat grill to medium high heat and cook skirt steak until browned on both sides (about 4 minutes per side). Sprinkle steak with salt & pepper; set aside. Heat the skillet over medium heat and add oil. Sauté onions and peppers until tender; set aside. Place steak in tortillas and top with the onion & pepper mixture. Serve warm; can be topped with sour cream or guacamole.