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5 Ideas for Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

5 Ideas for Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals

 

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With work, holiday shopping, social obligations and more, it’s not easy to cook every night. Ordering takeout is easy but it’s not cheap. Here’s something I hope will help you out:

 

Weeknight Meal Planning Guide

 

Steak pizzaiola in a bowl
This is a bowl of delicious “meat candy.”

1.) Monday: Steak Pizzaiola (in a slow cooker)

If you haven’t tried this yet, what’s stopping you? Do you need a slow cooker or maybe one of those Instant Pots that are all the rage?

Seriously, this is the best slow cooker recipe out there, developed by a professional chef who always cooks authentic Italian. He calls this “meat candy.” Take 10-minutes to prepare the ingredients before throwing them in the pot and then wait a couple of hours and you’ll see why.

 

2.) Tuesday: Quick, Easy Turkish Eggplant Casserole

Eggplant dish in pan
If you use a cast iron skillet to make the sauce you can layer the eggplant in it and then bake it in the oven (using only one pan).

This looks, smells, and tastes delicious. It’s like eggplant parm without all the work and without all of the fat. A pinch of cinnamon adds depth and takes this to another world.

 

3.) Wednesday: Mexicali Chicken

Close up of Mexicali chicken
Gooey, delicious comfort food.

Just four simple steps for gooey pseudo-Mexican comfort food.

 

4.) Thursday: Marco’s Fuscilli

How hard and long does it take to boil water? That’s how hard and long it takes to make this. Nothing could be simpler or tastier.

 

5.) Friday: Breakfast for Dinner, Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes with melted butter
Save the best meal for last.

Yes, you could just scramble up a couple of eggs, but this is much better, especially around the holidays. It’s the bold flavor or gingerbread in one of the lightest pancakes you’ll ever eat.

 

Bonus: 10-Minute Crostini

Crostini with salsa
These are great for holiday get-togethers.

There’s nothing quicker and easier than this appetizer (of course you could make this a meal if you ate enough of them). Three ingredients: guacamole, salsa, and a good baguette. You know what to do.

 

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Breakfast for Dinner: Gingerbread Pancakes

Breakfast for Dinner: Gingerbread Pancakes

(Above: This is the bold flavor of gingerbread in one of the lightest pancakes you’ll ever eat.)

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A friend on a skiing trip in Vermont raved about some gingerbread pancakes she ate at a restaurant up there. I emailed the place to see if they’d be willing to share the recipe with the RootsLiving community. But alas, they wouldn’t give it up.

Closeup of pancakes on a plate

 

 

So I did some searching and found this recipe in a cookbook I was given for Christmas this year: “Comfort Food: Warm and Homey, Rich and Hearty.” I made them for dinner tonight and found them to be very light, fluffy and brimming with gingerbread flavor.

Gingerbread Pancakes

January 12, 2010
: 25 min
: Easy

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Ingredients
  • All Purpose Flour (1 1/4 cups)
  • Baking Powder (1 tsp.)
  • Baking Soda (1/2 tsp.)
  • Kosher Salt (1/2 tsp.) (I’m sure if you don’t have Kosher, regular salt will do.)
  • Ground Cinnamon (1 tsp.)
  • Ground Ginger (3/4 tsp.)
  • Ground Cloves (1/8 tsp.)
  • Large Eggs (2)
  • Dark Brown Sugar (1/4 cup, firmly packed) (regular sugar works fine too)
  • Unsulfured Light Molasses (2 tbsp.) (optional)
  • Unsalted Butter (2 tbsp, melted, plus more for serving)
  • Brewed Coffee (1/4 cup, at room temperature)
  • Canola Oil (enough for cooking)
  • Pure Maple Syrup (For serving. I didn’t have pure maple syrup so I used Aunt Jemima Original. I know, sacrilege!)
Directions
  • Step 1 Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
  • Step 2 In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
  • Step 3 In another bowl whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, molasses, the 2 tablespoons of melted butter, coffee, and 1/2 cup of water.
  • Step 4 Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture and stir until combined. Don’t overwork it.
  • Step 5 Get a frying pan hot enough so that water flicked on it will sizzle and skitter across the surface.
  • Step 6 Brush a light coating of the oil over the pan and then pour about 1/4 cup of the batter onto it. Cook pancake until bubbles form on the surface (about 2 min.). And then flip it over until the bottom is golden brown (about 30 seconds to 1 min.)
  • Step 7 Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven.
  • Step 8 Serve hot and with plenty of butter and syrup.