Let’s face it, a quick dinner isn’t so quick if you’re stuck washing a dozen pots and pans when you’re through. To me, nothing is worse than facing a mountain of dishes in the sink when dinner is over. But I’ve figured out a way to keep that mountain to a minimum.
Over the past several weeks, I’ve blogged about some of my favorite meals—One-Dish Dinners, 4 Simple One-Skillet Suppers and One-Pot Dinners I Wouldn’t Live Without. I guess you could say I like to keep my dinner contained in one bowl, one skillet or one pot. That’s the secret to my super-easy cleanup. Meals cooked in one pot, one pan, or put together in one dish keep my cleanup as quick as my dinner. I like that.
Here are a few of my favorite quick, easy-cleanup dinners:
|Brothy Chinese Noodles This dish was inspired by Chinese Dan Dan noodles—ground pork and noodles in a spicy broth. We use ground turkey and omit the traditional Sichuan peppercorns for convenience, but add hot sesame oil. Use toasted sesame oil instead if you want mild noodles.|
Kale Sausage & Lentil Skillet Supper Cooking the lentils in red wine adds rich, earthy flavor to this one-dish skillet supper. We prefer French green lentils in this dish—they're smaller, cook faster and hold their shape better than brown lentils. Look for them in well-stocked supermarkets or natural-foods stores.
|Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken Chicken turns this Greek-inspired salad into a substantial main course. Feel free to substitute other chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli or bell peppers, for the tomatoes or cucumber. Use leftover chicken, store-roasted chicken or quickly poach a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts while you prepare the rest of the salad. Serve with pita bread and hummus.|
|Skillet Gnocchi with Chard & White Beans In this one-skillet supper, we toss dark leafy greens, diced tomatoes and white beans with gnocchi and top it all with gooey mozzarella. Serve with a mixed green salad with vinaigrette.|
|Hilary’s Heavenly Eggs Our easy version of shakshuka features eggs cooked in tomato sauce and served on crusty bread. Also try it over angel hair pasta. Serve with: Steamed broccolini.|
What are your tricks for keeping dirty dishes to a minimum? Tell us what you think below.