4 Easy Dinners You Should Make This Week

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By Cooking Panda

The weekdays are upon us! Instead of being too tired at the end of the day to make dinner and going out every night, why not spend a few minutes making these totally doable dinners?

1. Thai Red Curry with Chicken and Mango

Make the most out of store-bought curry paste by using the tricks in this recipe. Plus, there’s a great hack to cut down the amount of fat in your coconut milk without sacrificing that gorgeously creamy texture.

2. The Best Steak Fajitas

Be the hero of Taco Tuesday with these super flavorful 30-minute steak fajitas.

3. Steak and Watermelon Salad

Watermelon prices are going down at the grocery store, so why not make the most of it by throwing a juicy melon into a deliciously salty salad? This recipe really doesn’t get much easier, especially if you have leftover steak from your fajitas.

4. Garlic Butter Baked Salmon in Foil

Throw some sauce on your salmon and wrap it in some foil. You can grill or roast it. It’s great with roasted asparagus, squash, or potatoes – if you want to keep things as easy as possible, throw some vegetables in the foil packet with your salmon.

Photo Credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr

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5 Jaw-Droppingly Awesome Low-Carb Dinners (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Doing the whole low-carb thing can be a pain if you spend your time constantly thinking about all the chips, pasta, bread and tortillas that you’re missing out on, but it can actually be way easier than some other diets.

If you do it right, and you realize how amazingly delicious — and sometimes downright naughty — your meal options are, you’ll find that it’s super easy to commit to that diet of yours, whether it’s paleo, keto, Atkin’s or what-have-you.

Note: Most of these recipes most closely match the keto diet requirements, but many also apply for other popular ones, though sometimes a little tweaking is needed. Oh, and here’s how to make paleo cashew “cheese” if you need it.

1. Low Carb Nachos

By no stretch of the imagination are these nachos balanced or low calorie (they’re made out of keto-friendly crispy cheddar cheese “chips”). But if you’re craving something a little naughty, these should do the trick without derailing your ketosis or other low-carb diet. Alternatively, if your diet allows for legumes, you can get thyself to the store and grab a bag of black bean or lentil chips instead.

2. Keto Pesto Chicken Casserole with Feta Cheese and Olives​

It’s hard to explain how tasty this creamy, rich, zesty chicken dish is, but one thing’s for sure: you’ll get hooked on it! It’s also easily adaptable to lower-calorie fare by making your own low-oil pesto and nixing the whipping cream in favor of a few hearty dollops of plain yogurt toward the end of the cooking process.

3. Low Carb Steak Fajita Roll-Ups

While you might be used to enjoying fajitas with tortillas, the corn or white flour discs are totally inessential to this tasty, filling dinner, making it a great way to get your taco fix without the processed carbs. The best part is that you can pretty much load these up with whatever veggies you like.

4. Loaded Cauliflower

Missing some good old-fashioned starchy comfort food? Mash up a head of cauliflower for a surprisingly convincing, creamy dupe and top it with all your favorite potato fixings. If you’re finicky and doing low-carb but not no-carb, you can mix in a potato or two to make the veggie aspect extra sneaky.

5. Skillet Sausage and Shrimp

This saucy 30-minute dish is filling and flavorful, and it’s absolutely beautiful over your favorite grain substitute, like spaghetti squash, zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice.

Featured Image: appthing/Flickr

Tags: keto, low carb, no carb dinner, paleo, weeknight dinner
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These 6 Halloween Dinners Are So Good, It’s Scary! (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Don’t forget to fuel up before trick or treating this Halloween!

The spooky holiday is the perfect opportunity to make dinner fun for everyone by using seasonal flavors and/or getting creative with your presentation, so that your meal is creepy, cute and delicious all at the same time.

Kids and adults alike will love these scary good dinners!

1. Beef Stew With Ghoulish Mashed Potatoes

The chunks of beef and peas look great with the potato ghosts, but you can totally use this with just about any stew, curry or chili, provided that it’s nice and thick. This one uses a fair few ingredients, but it all goes into the slow cooker so it’s pretty quick!

2. Halloween Spider Pizzas

It’s so easy to make these creepy crawling critters! Of course, you’re more than welcome to follow your favorite pizza recipe and add all the toppings you want, though if you go this route, you might want to sprinkle a little extra cheese over everything before adding the olive spiders so that they stand out.

3. Chef John’s Zombie Meatloaf

This tasty meatloaf is adorable and seriously impressive. It looks like it requires a ton of skill to assemble, though it is hard to mess up if you just go step by step.

4. Cheese and Pumpkin-Filled Manicotti

Rich, stuffable and seasonal to boot! Feel free to add veggies like peppers or peas, or meat like shredded chicken or browned ground beef.

5. Mac-O-Lantern and Cheese Bowls

Whether you are cooking for kids or adults, sometimes we all need a little extra encouragement to eat our veggies. This tasty and stunning method will do the trick! Who can turn down an edible bowl that’s filled with everyone’s favorite comfort food?

6. Eyeball Taco Salad

Taco-seasoned beef, shredded cheese and nacho-flavored chips combine with salad veggies to make this a super fun way to get a balanced dinner — even if it is staring back at you!

Featured Image: Pixabay

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5 Exciting, Summery Ways To Mix Up Your Weeknight Dinners (Recipes)

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By Cooking Panda

Look, I get it. You need a quick bite for dinner, but you’re just so dang tired of the same old thing, over and over again. Chicken, veggies, rice. Spaghetti. Frozen burritos. Takeout.

While there are so many delicious iterations of these meals, you might just want a few nights off from your tried-and-true staples, whatever they may be. 

Here are some great ways to break the monotony during the week:

1. Mozzarella Stuffed Pork Chops With Polenta and Tomatoes

If pork chops sound bland and dry, then you aren’t cooking them right! With smoked cheese and a bit of anchovy paste, you get a seriously savory kick of flavor that goes beautifully with the bright, acidic tomatoes. Want to make them even more tender? Ditch the broiler and use the slow-cooker instead like so.

2. Charred and Raw Corn with Chile and Cheese

With lime, cilantro, chile rings and fresh Cotija cheese, you might just get addicted to this summer staple. If you want to make things a little more filling, consider serving this alongside Grilled Tequila Garlic Lime Flank Steak. P.S. The same marinade goes great with tofu, too!

3. BBQ Eggplant Sandwiches With Provolone and Mushrooms

This recipe suggests broiling your eggplant, but you can also get fabulous results on the grill for a more summer-friendly version. Here’s how to do that.

4. Healthy-ish Cheesy Vegan Nachos

I don’t know about you, but I could eat nachos every single day if I could get away with it. This healthier veggie-packed version allows you to enjoy nachos way more often while still feeling great afterward too!

5. Crustless Spinach Quiche

Toss in some crumbled breakfast sausage, bacon, leftover chicken and/or some cooked veggies like broccoli, red peppers or asparagus if you’d like to make it even more filling.

Featured Image: Max Pixel

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