So you’ve recently invited your friends or family over for dinner only to realize that you’ve never cooked anything other than instant-noodles for yourself… uh-oh. Luckily for you, by the end of the night, these easy recipes will blow your dinner guests away and leave you feeling like a master chef!
1. Chicken Parmesan
Alrighty, first on the list is a delicious chicken parm that is so easy to make. Essentially all you need is a couple chicken breasts and some breadcrumbs. Start off easy by marinating your chicken breast in a couple whisked eggs and some garlic for some flavor for 10-15 minutes (or you can leave it sitting overnight if you really want that flavor to pop). After that, roll those bad boys into some breadcrumbs and put them into a pan on med-high heat for a couple minutes on each side to sear the outside and seal the flavor for when you bake it.
Finish it off by putting them on to a baking sheet, lathering them up in tomato sauce and parmesan cheese (then mozzarella halfway through baking), then bake for 15-20 minutes at 430F. Pair with some veggies or pasta and your friends will be drooling.
2. *Any Meat* Stir Fry
This one is fun because you can use chicken, beef, or pork and its so easy. First, chop up your desired meat into little cubes and cook in a pan on medium heat with some butter or oil, and add some tangy sauce (I loovveee honey-garlic with this recipe) and cook until the meat is ready. While that’s happening, steam some veggies on the other element (or slap them in the microwave if you’re feeling lazy). Once both of those are done, you’re good to go. Easy, healthy, delicious. If you’re looking for a bit more sustenance, lay a bed of rice under the stir fry or chop up some cashews to throw in there. YUM!
3. Homemade Burgers and Yam Fries
BBQ PARTY! Congratulations, you’ve just learned how to turn on a BBQ and are ready to put this thing to the test (or you can just cook them in a pan without fail). Get some ground beef, yams, burger buns and all the delicious veggies that you put in a burger. Before you start on the burgers, cut up your yams into little fries, coat them in olive oil and salt and put them in the oven to bake for 25 minutes at 350F. Who doesn’t love a good yam fry?
While those are roasting mix the ground beef with some eggs, garlic, cheese, onion or whatever you think would be tasty and begin sculpting your burger patties (try making triangular ones one night for a laugh). Preheat the grill or pan on high heat and sear those patties for 5 minutes on each side. Make a burger bar with all the toppings on the side so everyone can have the creativity and sense of pride to feel that they made their own burger and claim its better than everyone else’s. Fun fun fun!
4. Lemon Garlic Butter Shrimp and Asparagus
Here we go, this recipe is unbelievable and will impress anyone who loves seafood. Start out with a skillet with some butter, olive oil, and seasoning on medium heat. Add the asparagus and saute until crisp (about 4-6 minutes). Once those veggies look good, put aside and put some more butter into the pan so you can start cooking the good stuff!
Put the shrimp in and cook on one side for a minute or two, then put in some minced garlic, onion powder and a little sriracha. Let that cook for another minute, put the asparagus back into the pan with the shrimp and squeeze some fresh lemon over top and garnish with some basil or lemon slices for the aesthetic and BOOM! Eat right away, don’t let the shrimp go cold yuck.
5. Steak and Potatoes
Steak and potatoes, a classic. Let your steak sit in the fridge for a couple hours in some salt or seasoning before you go to the grill so the salt sinks in. After that when you’re ready to cook, add some butter, garlic, or herbs into the pan for some more flavor and sear both sides quickly, then turn down the heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side (depending on how you like your steak).
The steak is nice and easy. For the potatoes do as you please! Mashed, oven-roasted, pan-fried, have fun with it! Any potato goes nicely with a steak. This dish is a delicious entree that no one will be upset about.