Quick-Fix Entrées for Entertaining
Fresh cilantro gives great flavor to this flank steak. You won't need much else besides cilantro, garlic, and seasoning making this an easy but delicious weeknight meal.
Recipe: Cilantro Flank Steak
For a savory, citrus-fresh meal, cook flour-dredged turkey cutlets in a hot skillet and top with a simple lemon-white wine sauce and salty capers. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Recipe: Turkey Piccata
If you don't have a skillet large enough to hold all the fillets without overlapping, we recommend cooking them in batches. You can substitute catfish, flounder, or orange roughy for tilapia.
Recipe: Almond-Crusted Tilapia
Lemon and garlic combine with delicate angel hair pasta and mild-flavored shrimp for a refreshing and quick pasta supper. Buy peeled and deveined shrimp at the grocery store to cut prep time.
- Recipe: Shrimp Scampi
These seared pork chops are topped with fresh homemade tomato sauce. Serve with roasted potatoes.
Recipe: Tuscan Pork Chops
With a little help from the grill, pulling off an enchanting evening in your own backyard has never been easier. These Italian Sirloin Steaks flavored with garlic, oregano, basil, and parsley can be marinated the night before and grilled when it's time to eat.
- Recipe: Italian Sirloin Steaks
Spinach, chopped chicken, and Parmesan and cottage cheeses combine to form the filling for these rich, Alfredo-topped pasta shells. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to speed up the prep time.
- Recipe: Pronto-Stuffed Pasta Shells
Total Time: 16 minutes
Cook salmon filets to flaky perfection in just six minutes. Chili powder, dill weed, and lemon pepper add just the right amount of seasoning to the fish. Garnish with fresh dill sprig and lemon.
- Recipe: Chili-Rubbed Salmon
Ready in 20 Minutes
Bottled Italian dressing provides a simple, flavorful marinade for these grilled flank steak-filled fajitas. Use store-bought pico de gallo or make your own ahead of time.
- Recipe: Beef Fajitas With Pico de Gallo
A container of refrigerated pesto adds distinctive flavor to this basic beef-and-cheese lasagna, and the unbaked lasagna can be frozen for up to three months.
The original recipe for this hearty shrimp and grits dish is from Bill Smith, executive chef at Crook's Corner, the landmark Southern restaurant in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits