Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Good morning, foodie friends.
Can one ever get enough weeknight dinner ideas? I don’t know about you, but I’m on an endless search for what to cook on a Wednesday night when my brain says, "Order a pizza," but my bank account yells, "No!" (Anyone else have a mouthy bank account?)
That’s why I’m glad food columnist Francesca Olsen offered up this veggie-filled stir fry, showcasing why the stir fry is every busy home cook’s go-to meal. In my version, I marinate chunks of chicken in a mixture of 2 parts soy sauce, 1 part vegetable oil, minced garlic and 1 teaspoon of thyme for at least 30 minutes before it goes in the pan with whatever vegetables I have on hand, adding more soy sauce as the liquid evaporates until everything is cooked through.
Here’s a reminder of the features department’s favorite one-pot meals. Come to think of it, maybe I’ll make that recipe for my easy ground beef stroganoff tonight. Or, this chicken paprikash over egg noodles sounds easy and delicious.
I also can’t get enough time-saving kitchen hacks, like these tips for easy kitchen prep (freeze meat for 15 minutes for easy cutting is genius!). My favorite freezer hacks are chopping and freezing carrots and celery for easy additions to soups and stews, and making extra of my stuffed pepper mixture to freeze for three stuffed peppers for a fast weeknight meal. What are your time-saving tips? (See? I really can’t get enough of them …)
Happy weeknight cooking!
Managing editor of Features