Back-to-school is an exciting but busy time. Add in evening sports, homeschool PE @ the Y plus our normal activities and my schedule is going to be full! Dinners, though, are one area I don’t like to sacrifice. As I mentioned in a recent video, cooking is a way I express love. So even in the busiest of weeks, I make it a priority to cook at least one part of dinner each night.
But my cooking time is limited and I do not want to eat slow-cooker meals every night. So when I need no-prep dinners but I want something besides standards like tacos, spaghetti & sandwiches, I look for dishes that are centered around thin-cut meats and require standard ingredients.
I buy thin-cut pork chops to make these Italian Spicy pork cutlets for a very quick dinner. I serve it with polenta or garlic pasta (a make-ahead dish) plus a salad. We don’t find this to be a spicy dish despite what some of the reviews say. Also, I have substituted canned tomatoes for the fresh and extra chicken broth for the white wine. It’s flavorful, a kid-favorite and easy!
Good & easy garlic chicken is a very simple chicken that my kids love. I saute bell pepper and onion atop the chicken to give it more flavor. Feel free to sub in your favorite veggies. Sometimes I deglaze the pan and make a sauce with fresh garlic and fresh herbs. Of all the no-prep dinners I make, this is my go-to when I’ve dropped the ball.
This maple-chili glazed pork medallion recipe became a frequent on our menu last winter. I have used apple juice instead of apple cider. I try to rub the pork at lunchtime but the taste is very good even if you don’t. Again, I buy thin-cut pork cutlets rather than cutting a pork tenderloin down.
This pizza chicken recipe has become a favorite of my kids. Some nights I adapt it by dicing the chicken prior to cooking, combining all the ingredients and serving it more like a “sloppy joe” on buns. This adaptation also freezes well. This one is more work than I prefer in no-prep dinners but it goes pretty quickly.
Do you have a favorite low-prep or no-prep dinner idea? I’d love for you to leave it below!