Looking for a fast dinner solution? Each of these ideas uses only six ingredients and comes together in 30 minutes or less. Fix the recipes as they are, mix and match, or use them as a template to create your own dishes, adding additional flavorings or seasonings.
Chilled tomato soup: Tomato soup doesn't get any more fresh, simple or fast than this. Essentially nothing more than a chilled puree of fresh tomatoes, this is one dish in which quality of ingredients makes all the difference.
Creamy scrambled eggs: Eggs aren't just for breakfast. Gently cook them to a soft scramble, sprinkle on some chopped fresh herbs and serve alongside some toasted baguette slices. It makes for a perfectly light main course.
Slow-poached shrimp: Only a handful of ingredients are used in this easy recipe. The shrimp and all the flavorings are combined in a resealable bag and slow-poached for maximum flavor while keeping the shrimp tender and moist. It's dinner in 15 minutes, and is perfect served over a bed of rice. You can find the recipe below.
Total time: 15 minutes
Note: This method is based on a recipe from "Small Bites, Big Nights" by Govind Armstrong.
1 pound medium (26 to 30) shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or other herb (or 1 teaspoon fennel seeds)
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground white pepper to taste
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 4 slices
2 cups cooked rice (such as basmati; follow cooking instructions on the package)
1. Bring a large pot of water to 150 degrees, just below a simmer.
2. Pat the shrimp completely dry. Place in a bowl and toss with the dill, salt and pepper until the seasonings are well dispersed. Transfer to a quart-size resealable freezer bag. Add the butter. Fold the bag over to force out as much air as possible, then seal.
3. Check the temperature of the water with an instant-read thermometer. Lay the bag into the water and cook 5 minutes, then turn the bag over and continue cooking until all the shrimp are just pink, 3 to 7 minutes longer. Turn out into a shallow bowl. Serve over rice.
Each serving: 426 calories; 27 grams protein; 46 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 14 grams fat; 8 grams saturated fat; 202 mg cholesterol; 459 mg sodium