It’s Already 6:00?! Our Easiest, Fastest Recipes

Quick PastaSometimes, you love to cook, and you plan ahead, get special ingredients, and lovingly spend a weekend day perfecting just the right recipe. And sometimes, not so much. If you’ve had more of the latter than the former recently, you might want to check out the Cooking board for quick and easy ideas, like these.

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How do you cook dinner after you get home from work and before you starve?

Answer: pasta!

1 cup ricotta cheese
1 package frozen spinach, thawed (in the microwave) and squeezed dry
1 onion, diced
a little olive oil
garlic powder, salt, pepper, and nutmeg
1 box of macaroni or small/medium shells

Boil the pasta.  In a nonstick pan, heat the olive oil to medium and cook the onions till soft.  Add the ricotta and the spinach–the ricotta will get soft after a few minutes and you’ll be able to stir them all together.  Add the spices.

Drain the pasta and add it to the pan, stirring well to combine.  Serve with salad if you’re way more ambitious than I am.

I was reminded of one of my new favorite quick recipes the other night – pita fajitas. So named because we never have pitas in the house but fajita shells are a staple. They are made up of some combination of:

Shredded/finely chopped meat (leftovers are great for this)
Spinach/greens
Diced and sauteed vegetables, usually onions and peppers
Couscous (sometimes with chopped nuts)
Feta or goat cheese
Honey
Yogurt
Raisins
Whatever herbs/spices you have on hand

Put some combination of the above into a shell. Eat. Be warned that if the meat/vegetable mix is too wet, you’ll end up with juices running down your arms.

This week I used leftover pork from a crockpot, fire roasted canned tomatoes, and goat cheese. Food love. It makes a nice change from fajitas/quesedillas or pasta for us.

Need more?

Spicy Sautéed Fish with Olives and Cherry Tomatoes

Halved the recipe, made it with Tilapia loins from Costco, left out the parsley and did the broiler method recommended in one of the reviews. So good.

Made this last night; Ham and Leek Stovetop Pasta.

So good! Everyone ate it and no leftovers. It works fine with gluten free pasta.

We can even rush in the fall spirit:

My new favourite way to use butternut squash into a meal: Herb Roasted Squash and Sausage

I’ve made it recently to use up all the squash I over bought at the farmers market, but it would be super-fast with pre-cut squash. We have thyme and sage in the garden so dinner prep doubles as fun activity. Win!

Oh, and I did it with polenta when we had my parents over but did a repeat tonight with just salad as a side and it was plenty.

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