I love to dish up home cooked dinners for the family as much as possible, with being a working mom that works outside the home as well as here on the blog that’s always a challenge. I’m proud to say though, we cook dinner at home semi-scratch every night and Sunday night we eat dinner at Grandma’s house. That is quiet the accomplishment to dish up healthy dinners for the family to eat.
I don’t like boxed meals or too many frozen (unless I pre-make them of course) dinners for the kids, I like them to see that people actually use real veggies and meat to prepare their dinner and every so often I come across a few short cuts that help me tremendous in dinner preparations throughout the week.
One shortcut that I use all the time is to cut up all my veggies and herbs as soon as I bring them home and either freeze them or vacuum seal them for the fridge to be used throughout the week. That saves soo much time when you come home late from work all you have to do is toss your meal together and cook it, voila dinner done in about 20 minutes or less (depending on cooking time of course, but prep time is hardly any). What is your favorite shortcut in the kitchen?
Mueller’s wants to help you celebrate those things with their “Share Your Shortcut” contest on Facebook! Share your favorite kitchen shortcut and you could win a $500 American Express gift card!
I also love to create pasta dishes, pasta is super easy to prepare until you try to make spaghetti and the long pasta goes everywhere but into the pot with water; ever had that happen? All the time for me, I was super excited when I found yet another shortcut. Mueller’s came up with a splendid idea to make the spaghetti pot size, no more haggling and breaking and trying to make them all fit; NOPE… I was able to fit 2 boxes (That’s two pounds!!) nicely into my pot of boiling water. I was impressed; I had no pasta all over my counter and all cooked perfectly, not the top hard and the bottom mushy… LOVED it! That was a genius idea that I will utilize in the kitchen a lot from now on.
Check out how simple it can be to dish up a perfect dinner that your family will love in under 20 minutes; actually I dished up two dinners at the same time. I made Shrimp & Pasta for hubby and myself and Spaghetti Bolognese for the kids. Same pasta, two different toppings and everyone loved it!! You too can dish up 2 different dinners in 20 minutes or less.
Simple Shrimp and Pasta Dinner
1 box of Mueller’s Pot-Sized Pasta (I used Angel hair, but they also have Spaghetti)
1 garlic ~ I love a lot
1 lemon, zest and juice
handful of fresh parsley
1 pound of peeled shrimp
1 cup vegetable stock (You could make your own fish stock if you use shrimps with shell)
5 tbsp. Olive Oil
This is how to make your Simple Pasta Dinner:
In a bowl, combine the garlic, zest and juice of 1 lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste, and the shrimp. Set aside to marinate.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and add a generous amount of salt. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, 2 minutes less than instructed on the package. Drain and reserve 1/2 cup of cooking water.
Heat a skillet over high heat. Remove the shrimp from the marinade, reserve the marinade, and add the shrimp to the skillet. Cook until they turn pink and start to caramelize, about 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan to a plate and add the reserved marinade. Let cook a few minutes then add about 1 cup of vegetable stock and about 1/2 cup pasta water. Continue to cook until sauce reduces by half. Add the zest and juice of the remaining lemon, the butter and the parsley and stir to combine. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste. Add in the shrimp and pasta and toss to combine with the sauce. Turn out into a serving bowl and serve immediately.
There you have it, dinner is served in under 20 minutes; enjoy it and don’t forget to post your very own shortcut on Mueller’s Facebook page for a chance to win a $500 Gift Card (You could also vote on mine if you like, would love to have some extra spending money for the family, maybe for dinner??)
For more information, be sure to visit Mueller’s Website, they also have amazing recipes to share and follow on Facebook to dish up simple dinners in no time and with a little luck you may win big, too.
What is your favorite Kitchen Shortcut? Would love to hear it…