Tag: Quick and Easy Dinner

Caramelized Curried Cauliflower with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce (Vegetarian, Gluten-free)

Caramelized Curried Cauliflower with Garlicky Yogurt Sauce (Vegetarian, Gluten-free)

This Indian-inspired curried cauliflower is an earthy, warming, plant-based dinner that’s an absolute must-add to your dinner recipe rotation. Cauliflower is a hearty staple in any vegan/vegetarian/plant-based diet and I love creating dishes that as a meat eater, don’t make you feel as though something’s missing!

Skillet Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes, Chile and Citrus (Fast & Healthy!)

Skillet Salmon with Cherry Tomatoes, Chile and Citrus (Fast & Healthy!)

If you’re in a weeknight-dinner rut, this salmon is the recipe you didn’t know you needed. If you’re in a weeknight-dinner rut, this salmon is the recipe you didn’t know you needed. Salmon is packed with flavor and so many good-for-you benefits that it’s a favorite in my household…

The Best Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

The Best Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I make these chicken thighs.  They are as crispy and golden as can be, without frying and with NO extra oil. And who doesn’t love a meal that’s ready in 30 minutes?

I get my meat monthly from Butcher Box, and I won’t lie – it’s one of my favorite investments. It’s so convenient and I know that I’m always getting a selection of cuts that are high quality and humanely raised. I don’t eat meat at every meal, but when I do, I like to know where my meat is coming from!

Before we get started, there are 3 simple things you can do to get that delicious crispy, golden brown skin every single time. First things first, don’t pull your chicken out of the refrigerator moments before it goes into the air fryer, you want to give it time to come down to room temperature a little. This ensures that you’re not steaming your thighs with the extra moisture they’re holding on to. Second, you absolutely must pat your chicken dry. Again, moisture is not your friend here! And finally, preheating the air fryer before cooking means they get a hot blast of air from the very beginning – that equals crispy skin without overcooking the meat.

Okay, so who’s making this?

Watch Me Make My Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

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How To Make My Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

Step 1. Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.

Step 2. Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.

Step 3. In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and oregano.  Rub the seasoning well all over the chicken then transfer to the air fryer, skin side down.

Step 4. Air fry for 12 minutes, then flip the chicken over and cook for 10-12 minutes more until golden and crispy and cooked through in the center.

Step 5. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • You can use bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts, just adjust the time as needed.  White meat cooks a bit faster than dark typically but it will depend on the size of the breasts.
  • This method works great with chicken wings as well, just reduce the cooking time as needed.
  • This rub is great for salmon and shrimp as well.
  • No air fryer?  I suggest making my No-Fuss Crispy Chicken Thighs

My Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs are special because:

They’re fast and delicious!
Thighs are often a less expensive cut of meat
The rub is made up of spices that you almost certainly already have on hand

More Quick And Easy Air Fryer Favorites:

The Best Air Fryer Salmon
Maple Gochujang Salmon (Air Fryer AND Oven!)
Air Fried Artichoke Salad with Lemon Parmesan Dressing

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The Best Crispy Air-Fryer Chicken Thighs

This is the recipe I turn to when I don't know what to make for dinner.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 6 chicken thighs with bone and skin
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the air fryer to 390 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Pat the chicken thighs dry with a paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and oregano. Rub the seasoning well all over the chicken then transfer to the air fryer, skin side down.
  • Air fry for 12 minutes, then flip the chicken over and cook for 10-12 minutes more until golden and crispy and cooked through in the center.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 18gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 475mgPotassium: 242mgFiber: 0.2gSugar: 0.1gVitamin A: 104IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Air Fryer, chicken, Poultry
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Maple-Gochujang Salmon (Air-Fryer and Oven)! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

Maple-Gochujang Salmon (Air-Fryer and Oven)! (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

This gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo Maple-Gochujang Salmon is the recipe that got my kids to like salmon. The marinade is a flavor bomb of sweet and spicy umami…

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan

I don’t remember the last time I made dinner and both of my kids asked for second helpings…  Well, actually yes I do, it was my Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan.  They can’t get enough of it, and Michael and I love it too, so it’s a no-brainer dinner in our house.

The Creamiest Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Vegan)

The Creamiest Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Vegan)

I’m not lying when I say that this is the creamiest roasted red pepper pasta, dare I say, ever. It’s a beautiful, glossy, fire engine red and is downright simple to make – perfect for a Valentine’s dinner, or really any dinner for that matter.

I’d consider this the cousin of my Mediterranean Chopped Salad featuring your favorite Red Pepper Dressing that went wild over on TikTok last year. I mean, it had the Rachael Ray show calling me to feature on their show a few months later so I knew I was onto some magic. But I just couldn’t help myself; I knew that savory, garlicky dressing had more to bring to the table.

This pasta is a crowd-pleaser: it’s creamy, savory, vegan and gluten-free if you use brown rice pasta like I do here. An added bonus is that you can substitute dairy and protein back into the mix if that’s your style.

So who’s making this?

Watch Me Make My Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

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How To Make My Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta

Step 1. Bring a large lidded stockpot of salted water to a boil. Heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. 

Step 2. Add onion and garlic with ½ tsp salt to skillet and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.

Step 3. Add the tomato paste and stir for 2 minutes.  

Step 4. Remove from heat, then add to a high speed blender with roasted red peppers.  

Step 5. Blend until very smooth and pour back into the cooking pan, Add in your coconut milk or heavy cream, and stir to combine.  Cover and turn heat to low.

Step 6. Add penne to the pot of boiling water and cook for two minutes less than packaged directions require (about 6-8 minutes). You want it to be a bit less than al dente.  Scoop out 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.

Step 7. Using a slotted spoon, add penne to the pan of sauce. Add ½ of the pasta cooking water to the sauce and stir to combine.

Step 8. Stream in as much of the left over ½ cup of pasta water as needed to give you a nice, saucy pasta.  Taste and add salt if it needs it (it depends how heavily salted your pasta cooking water was). 

Step 9. Finish with a few cracks of black pepper. Serve pasta topped with fresh basil, if desired.

Step 10. Enjoy!

What Else Can I Use?

  • If you don’t care about this pasta being vegan, add some grated parmesan to the sauce to make it even richer.
  • You can also replace the coconut milk with heavy cream, if you’d like to use dairy.
  • I like Jovial Foods brown rice penne here, but any penne works.
  • Elbows or fussili can also be used in place of the penne.

This Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Pasta is special because:

It’s delicious, easy and incredibly satisfying to look at with that glossy, fire engine red!

It’s accomodating to all dietary requirements: vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free!

More Pasta?

Creamed Corn Pasta with Zucchini + Basil (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian)

Baked Goat Cheese Pasta with Lemon + Crispy Prosciutto (Gluten-Free Friendly)

Spicy Fusilli Pasta with Tomato + Cream (Gluten-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free Friendly)

Squash Pasta with Sage Lemon Butter

Slow Roasted Tomato + Garlic Pasta

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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The Creamiest Roasted Red Pepper Pasta (Vegan)

This is a beautiful, glossy, fire engine red pasta that is downright simple to make – perfect for a Valentine's dinner, or really any dinner for that matter. 
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dinner, Pastas
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4 People
Calories 296 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • 2 shallots sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk or heavy cream
  • 2 oz. tomato paste
  • 12 oz. jar roasted red bell peppers drained well
  • 1 cup reserved pasta water from cooked pasta pot
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves for serving (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large lidded stockpot of salted water to a boil.
  • Adjacent to your stockpot, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet over medium heat.
  • Add shallots and garlic with ½ tsp salt and cook, stirring, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and stir for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, then add to a high speed blender with roasted red peppers.
  • Blend until very smooth and pour back into the cooking pan, add in your coconut milk or heavy cream, and stir to combine. Cover and turn heat to low.
  • Add penne to the pot of boiling, generously salted water and cook for two minutes less than packaged directions require (about 6-8 minutes). You want it to be a bit less than al dente. Scoop out 1 cup of the pasta water and set aside.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add penne to the pan of sauce.
  • Add ½ of the pasta cooking water to the sauce and stir to combine.
  • Stream in as much of the left over ½ cup of pasta water as needed to give you a nice, saucy pasta. Taste and add salt if it needs it (it depends how heavily salted your pasta cooking water was). Finish with a few cracks of black pepper.
  • Serve pasta topped with fresh basil, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 296kcalCarbohydrates: 94gProtein: 17gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 1290mgPotassium: 610mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 738IUVitamin C: 45mgCalcium: 81mgIron: 3mg
Keyword creamy pasta, pasta, red pepper, roasted red pepper
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No-Fuss Crispy Chicken Thighs (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

No-Fuss Crispy Chicken Thighs (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo)

The easiest way to make crispy chicken, with guaranteed perfectly crunchy skin and juicy chicken every time, and with only a handful of pantry-essential ingredients, it is an easy dinner to put together at short notice.