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Carpe Diem Menu (serves 4)
While Caesar salad is often served as a side dish, it can be an exciting main dish for fast weeknight meals. Take the classic salad and add tender slices of roast chicken breast, and you have your protein and veggies in one plate. For a quick side, create a sweet and spicy salad with marinated cucumber and onion slices. Since these smart recipes are so healthy, reward your family with a decedent dessert of homemade strawberry shortcake, with a dollop of cream fraiche. These can also be simple lunch recipes for a charming al fresco meal.
One Pan Roast Pork Chops Menu (serves 4)
Are finding healthy weeknight meal ideas stressing you out? Try this delicious smothered pork chop recipe. It is rolled in a flavorful fennel crust that gets extra crispy in the oven. While the pork chops bake, prepare a quick tossed salad with all your favorite toppings, and a tasty dressing. If your family likes mushrooms, they will adore this generously stuffed mushroom appetizer. Since apples are used in classic smart recipes with pork, try making this rich apple strudel. It has a tender crust with apples that are spiced to perfection. It can also be part of your best collection of simple lunch recipes.
Campfire Night Menu (serves 4)
Remember the great times you had as a kid around a summer camp fire? Relive the fun with your children with smart recipes inspired by fast camp fire classics. Enjoy perfectly roasted hobo pockets with a sheet of aluminum foil, beef chunks, veggies, and a dab of butter. They will all cook in the oven (or grill) on one baking sheet! As the hobo pockets bake, fill a large plastic bowl with some crunchy chips and enjoy them with your favorite dip. Ready for dessert? Wait until your family feasts their eyes on their s’mores cake in a mug! Weeknight meal ideas never were better!
Veggie One Dish Delight (serves 4)
Just because a meal is vegetarian does not mean it is flavorless and boring. Here are some simple lunch recipe ideas that will even delight meat lovers. Nutty quinoa stars in this entrée called Mexican Rainbow Salad. With all the tender-crunchy veggies and savory spices, they probably will not miss the meat. Enjoy a steaming plate of refried beans on the side. Finally, cool your palate with a unique Mexican twist on an iconic dessert: strawberry shortcake chimichangas. This is bound to be one of your family’s most-requested fast weeknight meals.
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