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Super-simple dinners in 3 steps or less

By Hilary Meyer, July 15, 2010 - 10:46am

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Super-simple dinners in 3 steps or less

My husband, Russ, likes to make recipes that have at least 4,000 ingredients and take a minimum of 8 hours to cook. OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration. But only slight. He does prefer recipes that are more of a production.

But me, I like to streamline. I’m always looking for shortcuts and ways to speed things up (maybe because I cook all day at work in the EatingWell Test Kitchen). So when Russ doesn’t have all day to cook, I step in and look for dinners I can make in 3 steps or less. That way, I’m guaranteed to not spend all night in the kitchen.

Here are some of my picks for super-simple dinner recipes done in 3 steps or less:

Steak Bun: “Bun” is a Vietnamese noodle dish typically made with cold rice noodles, lots of crunchy vegetables and thinly sliced beef or pork all tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce. It’s perfect for a hot summer night. Serve with sliced mango and iced mint green tea.

Chipotle Orange Grilled Chicken: Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce contribute a rich smokiness to this quick orange-infused barbecue sauce.

Gnocchi with Zucchini Ribbons & Parsley Brown Butter: For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are tossed with delicate ribbons of zucchini, shallots and cherry tomatoes that have all been sautéed in nutty browned butter.

Creamy Garlic Pasta with Shrimp & Vegetables: Toss a garlicky, Middle Eastern-inspired yogurt sauce with pasta, shrimp, asparagus, peas and red bell pepper for a fresh, satisfying summer meal. Serve with: Slices of cucumber and tomato tossed with lemon juice and olive oil.

Black Bean Quesadillas: In a hurry? These satisfying quesadillas take just 15 minutes to make. We like them with black beans, but pinto beans work well too. If you like a little heat, be sure to use pepper Jack cheese in the filling. Serve with: A little sour cream and a mixed green salad.

What dinners take you 3 steps or less to make? Tell us what you think below.

TAGS: Hilary Meyer, Food Blog, Dinner, Quick meals

Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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