1. Chinese Chicken Salad
Preheat oven to 180 degrees. To make the vinaigrette, whisk together rice wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil, sugar, ginger and soy sauce in a small bowl; set aside. In a gallon size Ziploc bag or large bowl, combine chicken, soy sauce, sesame oil and white pepper; marinate for at least 30 minutes.
Add chicken and marinade to a baking dish. Place into oven and bake until cooked through, about 13-15 minutes. Let cool before dicing into bite-size pieces. To make the salad, place romaine lettuce in a large bowl; top with red cabbage, carrots, green onion and chicken. Pour sesame vinaigrette on top of the salad and gently toss to combine. Serve immediately, topped with chow mein noodles and almonds, if desired.
2. Spaghetti and Garlic Bread
Spaghetti is a quick and simple dish for kitchen newbies to throw together. To start this dish, bring a large pot of water, with a tablespoon of salt added, to a boil. Add in your spaghetti noodles based on how many people you’re feeding. As the noodles cook, heat up a prepared pasta sauce on the stove. From the jar will never be as good as homemade, but perhaps you’ll be comfortable enough to accept that challenge in time.
To make the garlic bread, mix a couple dashes of garlic powder, dried Italian herbs, and half a stick of butter together and spread it on both sides of fresh French or Italian bread pieces. Wrap in foil, and toss it into a 350-degree oven for 12 minutes. When the pasta has cooked, add in the sauce. Plate the pasta and serve with piping hot pieces of the crusty garlic bread.
3. Chicken Noodle Soup
There are a million and one recipes for chicken noodle soup, most of which are just variations on a very simple starter method. This recipe for chicken noodle soup is ready in 30 minutes. The ingredients you’ll need are all ordinary items you have in your fridge or that can pick up during a quick trip to the supermarket after work.
Here’s a rapid rundown of what to do: Melt butter in a large pot and cook onion and celery in it for about five minutes. Add chicken and vegetable broths, cooked chicken breast, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
4. Pita Pizzas with Side Salad
Are you tired of ordering pizzas that are too large for you to eat by yourself? Our solution is to make personal-sized pies that are every bit as good as your favorite delivery but much healthier.
Use whole-wheat pitas topped with pizza sauce, cheese, a sprinkle of garlic powder, pepper, red pepper flakes, and oregano. Place the pizza directly on the middle rack with 230 degrees’ oven with a baking sheet on a lower rack to catch any drippings. Bake for about five or six minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Serve the pizzas with a simple side salad.
5. Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Coleslaw
If you’re put off by the thought of making pulled pork because it requires a lot of work, you shouldn’t be — it hardly requires any work at all. There are less than five ingredients in this slow-cooker pulled-pork recipe — pork tenderloin, beer, barbecue sauce, and hamburger buns. Place the pork loin in the slow cooker follow by the beer. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours.
When the time is up, drain the slow cooker to get rid of all the liquid fat. The pork will fall apart and shred with ease, at which time you can stir in the barbecue sauce. Serve on hamburger buns alongside coleslaw you picked up at the store or that you can make with a prepackaged shredded cabbage mix, a few other ingredients, and this recipe for homemade coleslaw.