Low-Maintenance Dinner Recipes

June 22, 2011

Feeling lazy in the kitchen tonight? No sweat. Here are 10 no-fuss recipes that deliver a ton of flavor for minimal effort.

Teresa's FrittataNo Cook Pasta SauceBlackened Salmon with Cilantro Creme FraicheSpicy Udon Noodles Peas and GnocchiPappardelle Pasta with OkraShrimp with Arugula SaladAsparagus Parmesan TartPizza PuttanescaMock Crab Cakes
You say frittata; we say, dinner . Red peppers, velvety Yukon Gold potatoes and nutty Gruyére cheese add flavor and texture to this easy egg dish.
Find a farmers' market or produce stand as fast as you can, because you can only make this delicious dish in the summer, when juicy tomatoes are at their ripest.
If you don't have creme fraiche on-hand, substitute table crema or sour cream in this spicy salmon.
Even with a hoisin sauce you mix yourself, prep time is still only 5 minutes on this 7-minute Asian noodle dish.
Fresh garden peas, lettuce and potatoey gnocchi are an unexpected combination—but a yummy one. Frozen gnocchi makes this lovely dish to easy too pass up.
Pappardelle comes from the Latin "papare," which means to "gobble up." And that's just what you'll be doing in less than 10 minutes after a quick boil for the pasta in this seasonal, summery dish.
Shrimp, crisp arugula, creamy avocado and grapefruit are a winning combo for a simple summer salad.
No fresh asparagus to be found? Try jarred roasted red peppers, slivered onion, and crumbled Italian turkey sausage instead—or grilled veggies of choice. This easy-does-it tart is adaptable, convenient and a perfect, doable dish for unexpected dinner guests.
Need to feed a passel of pint-sizers as well as adults in a hurry? Pizza is a no-brainer. This recipe uses a ready-made crust as a time-shaving step.
An over-abundance of zucchini begs for clever recipes. This one—a mock crab cake of sorts—will please even the most ardent non-vegetarian at dinner.
You say frittata; we say,   dinner . Red peppers, velvety Yukon Gold potatoes and nutty Gruyére cheese add flavor and texture to this easy egg dish.Find a farmers' market or produce stand as fast as you can, because you can only make this   delicious dish  in the summer, when juicy tomatoes are at their ripest.If you don't have creme fraiche on-hand, substitute table crema or sour cream in this spicy   salmon.Even with a hoisin sauce you mix yourself, prep time is still only 5 minutes on this 7-minute Asian   noodle dish.Fresh garden peas, lettuce and potatoey   gnocchi  are an unexpected combination—but a yummy one.  Frozen gnocchi makes this lovely dish to easy too pass up.Pappardelle comes from the Latin "papare," which means to "gobble up." And that's just what you'll be doing in less than 10 minutes after a quick boil for the pasta in this seasonal,   summery dish.Shrimp, crisp arugula, creamy avocado and  grapefruit are a winning combo for a simple summer   salad.No fresh asparagus to be found? Try jarred roasted red peppers, slivered onion, and crumbled Italian turkey sausage instead—or grilled veggies of choice. This easy-does-it   tart  is adaptable, convenient and a perfect, doable dish for unexpected dinner guests.Need to feed a passel of pint-sizers as well as adults in a hurry? Pizza is a no-brainer.   This recipe  uses a ready-made crust as a time-shaving step.An over-abundance of zucchini begs for clever recipes. This one—a   mock crab cake  of sorts—will please even the most ardent non-vegetarian at dinner.
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