What types of meals are best suited for busy parents with limited time?
Creating Simple, Delicious Family Meals: Quick and Easy Recipes for Busy Parents
Recipe 1: One-Pot Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Looking for a crowd-pleasing dinner? This one-pot chicken alfredo pasta is a go-to recipe for busy parents. It requires minimal effort but delivers maximum flavor.
- 1 lb chicken breast, diced
- 2 cups fettuccine noodles
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chicken and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the chicken is browned.
- Add the fettuccine noodles, chicken broth, and heavy cream. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 15 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.
- Stir in the Parmesan cheese until melted and well combined. Serve hot.
Recipe 2: Mini Meatball Sliders
These mini meatball sliders are perfect for a quick and easy family dinner. They are not only delicious but also fun to eat, making them a hit with kids!
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1/2 cup bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1 egg
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Slider buns
- Marinara sauce
- Sliced mozzarella cheese
- In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, egg, garlic, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
- Shape the mixture into small meatballs, about 1 inch in diameter. Cook the meatballs in a skillet over medium heat until evenly browned and cooked through.
- Preheat the oven to broil. Place the slider buns on a baking sheet, cut-side up. Place a meatball on each bun, top with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
- Broil the sliders in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve hot.
Recipe 3: Sheet Pan Teriyaki Salmon
For a healthy and hassle-free meal, try this sheet pan teriyaki salmon recipe. It requires minimal prep and cleanup, making it the perfect choice for busy parents.
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon water
- Sesame seeds and green onions for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, cornstarch, and water.
- Place the salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Brush the teriyaki sauce over the salmon, reserving some for later.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork.
- Remove from the oven and brush with the remaining teriyaki sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions. Serve with steamed rice or vegetables.