Foodie Friday: Five Easy Go-To Dinners

I love to cook. It is so satisfying to whip out an old, worn cookbook (or scroll Pinterest for hours) searching for a delicious dinner. Once I pick a recipe I have the chance to tailor it to my preferences. Mixing the flavours and switching the amount of ingredients used until it perfectly suits my own palate.

Overtime I have found a handful of recipes that I continuously return to again and again. Reason number one for repeating these recipes is they are beyond delicious. Reason number two is they are quick, easy and the perfect go-to meals for when I just can not seem to decide what to make for dinner.

First up, Tikka Masala Chicken Over Rice. This has become one of my favourite go-to meals lately. It is unbelievably easy to make, is very filling and only requires three ingredients.

I start by placing two chicken breasts (thawed out) on a casserole dish lined with tin foil. I then pour Tikka Masala Sauce over the chicken and wrap the tin foil loosely around it to keep the moisture in. The chicken is cooked in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 minutes. While the chicken is cooking, whip up one cup of Whole Grain Uncle Ben’s 10 Minute Rice. When both are finished cooking, shred the chicken and add to the rice. This is the finished product!

dinner tikka masala

The second recipe on this list is Chicken Parmesan over Linguine. This used to be my go-to meal when I would eat out at a restaurant, until I realized just how easy it was to make. Now it is one of my favourite dinners for when I am not in the mood to put a lot of effort into dinner prep for that evening.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the one chicken breast (thawed out) on tin foil into a casserole dish and sprinkle shredded mozzarella and parmesan over top. Use as much or as little as you would like. I personally cover the entire top of the chicken with the shredded cheese AND save some to sprinkle on to the pasta once the meal is made. (What can I say, I really like my cheese?) Cook the chicken for 35 minutes. While waiting for the chicken to cook, boil your linguine until tender. Place the chicken on top of the linguine, and voila!

dinner chicken parm cropped

The third recipe is Spicy Tortellini soup, and I have my mother to thank for this recipe! This soup is perfect for those cold winter days when you need your sinuses cleared out (gross, I know. But true!) The spice is made with a spicy salsa, which gives the soup a unique kick to it.

Add one large jar of spicy salsa, one box of beef broth and one large can of stewed tomatoes to a large pot. Bring to a low boil, then add one bag of frozen California mixed vegetables to the pot. Heat on medium until vegetables are almost cooked and add fresh cheese tortellini. Keep the pot on a low boil until tortellini is fully cooked (usually ten minutes). I usually take the soup off the warm stove to let it sit for another fifteen minutes to give the flavours a chance to mix around. Then I add sprinkled parmesan cheese, and bon appetite!

dinner spicy tortellini soup cropped

The fourth recipe (and my personal favourite on this list) is Lemon Gnocchi with Peas and Spinach. This dinner is AMAZING and one of my all time favourites! I found this recipe about two years ago on Pinterest. The recipe is not my own and I make no changes to it while cooking, so I will link directly to the website found on Pinterest. Lemon Gnocchi with Peas and Spinach.

dinner lemon gnocchi

The fifth and final recipe is from Canadian Living Magazine and is a seasonal meal. So last but not least, Sauteed Fiddlehead and Mushroom Gnocchi. This meal is my go-to meal during the Spring time. I make this meal at least once a week since fiddleheads only stick around for about a month and they are very hard to preserve. I have also made this meal with asparagus rather than fiddle heads, but it is just not the same. So I highly suggest that if this meal interests you, run out and grab some fiddleheads now! Here is the link to the Canadian Living Magazine’s recipe: Sauteed Fiddlehead and Mushroom Gnocchi

dinner gnocchi crop

For these recipes, I did not mention exact measurements of ingredients. Add more or less to suit your tastes, and don’t be afraid to season with something not listed here if you feel your meal is missing a little something. Let me know if you enjoyed this post, as I am considering making “Foodie Friday” a weekly thing. I hope you enjoy trying these recipes!

Until next time,


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