Are you feeling a bit tired of spending half your paycheck ordering in, especially now that pandemic life has left us with less than satisfactory dining experiences? Maybe you're looking to ditch fast food or hone your creative skills in the kitchen. No matter where your cooking goals fall, we've complied a list of simple and delicious recipes to get you back in the kitchen- without sacrificing too much time out of your busy schedule.
Calling all pasta lovers: You've probably seen some pretty Instagrammable pasta dishes, but something about this spicy rigatoni pasta really caught our eye. This article from Glamour Magazine includes step-by-step instructions for crafting the perfect spicy vodka sauce- in 20 minutes or less! Heat up some savory garlic bread and pour yourself a glass of wine on the side. Mental vacation to Rome anyone?
For the vegan and gluten-free gals: If you've got 30 minutes to spare, these Vietnamese noodle bowls with lemongrass tofu are to die for. This recipe from the blog, "Choosing Chia," is completely vegan and gluten-free for those with dietary restrictions. If the pictures alone aren't convincing enough to try this refreshing dish, blogger Jessica Hoffman reassures those who are skeptical of tofu. She notes that the marinated tofu is crispy and flavorful and will totally change your mind!
Foolproof salmon Florentine: Get back to basics with this super simple salmon Florentine recipe. Not only is this dish able to be cooked in about 20 minutes, it's also packed with amazing health benefits- according to healthline.com, salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, provides an excellent source of protein, and is high in B vitamins. To top it all off, the creamy spinach and mushrooms contain an excellent source of Vitamins A, B, and K according to this article. This dish is sure to become a go-to staple in your weekly cooking routine- no master chef skills needed.
Welcome fall with a creamy pumpkin soup: With fall weather fast approaching, there is no comfort quite like settling in with a warm bowl of soup in hand. This 30-minute vegan pumpkin soup recipe only requires a few ingredients and is perfect for the Autumn season. Also, if you're looking to spice things up and add in your own roasted pumpkin seeds, follow this easy tutorial to top it all off.
The perfect panini: Enter Sandwich heaven with this California smoked chicken panini recipe. It's got all you're craving- from the creamy avocado, to the hints of bell pepper aioli, and the warm and toasty sourdough bread. This can be whipped up in about 15 minutes and you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen. Bonus points if you have your own panini press!
We hope you try out and enjoy one (or all) of these incredible recipes. Tag us in your creations on Instagram and Twitter (@ofmercer). We would love to see them!