Every now and then, you need to bring a little fancy to the family dinner table – even on a weeknight. These recipes are going to let them feel fancy with much less work than you would expect. So Let’ Get Fancy!
Individual Beef Wellington
It does not get much fancier than Beef Wellington. I mean unless you live in a major metropolitan city, you might not be able to find many restaurants that even keep it on the menu. Wellington has often been viewed by Home Cooks as some elusive entrée that cannot be done without a fancy kitchen – and they could not be further from the truth. With the right ingredients, and a little bit of faith, Beef Wellington can come out of your oven too!
Chicken & Bacon Carbonara
Traditional Carbonara is not usually made with chicken but rather just bacon (or pancetta). By adding chicken, you get a slightly more substantial meal and a better chance that picky eaters will give it a try. Serve this up with some garlic bread and a green salad and your family is going to feel like they are fine dining – any day of the week
Soup is a on our family meal list almost every week. Soups have a bad rep for taking all day to cook, when you really can get a ton of flavor in half an hour, as long as you use the right ingredients. The really big secret here is using Chicken Bone Broth instead of water. Mixed with the Italian sausage and kale – this humble potato soup comes to life.
Turkey Meatballs with Sundried Tomato Sauce
The versatility of meatballs never ceases to astound me. When I say we are having meatballs for dinner – the family never really knows what that means because they can be prepared in so many different ways. In this dish a combination of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, and sage) come together with Sundried tomatoes and coconut milk to make a tasty pasta dish your kids will love.
Beef & Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Hearty Portabella mushrooms are what makes this meal so special. A garlicy combination of beef and pork packed into each mushroom cap and topped with mozzarella cheese. Your family is going to eat it all and ask for more!
This dish is a little bit Manicotti and a little bit Lasagna – and all yummy goodness! The Jumbo shells are easier to fill than Manicotti shells and the Italian sausage in the red sauce gives you the flavors of a delicious meat lasagna. So, the answer is yes – you can have a homemade meal in under 45 minutes that tastes like it took half the day!
Pork Scallopini over Creamy Pasta
Pork Scallopini is just a fancy way to say bread pork cutlets – but it so so good. By pounding out the pork into thin pieces and dredging them in garlicy flour mixture, you get crispy pork to place over a bed of pasta. The touch of lemon in the cream sauce adds a little zing to make the whole dish bright and light..
Pork Chops in Dijon Sauce
Sometimes all you need is a great sauce to make a meal pop. This Dijon sauce does just that – it is creamy, garlicy, savory mustard sauce that pairs so incredibly well with some pan-fried bone-in pork chops.
Lasagna is another meal that is sort of stuck in a box and said to be only one thing – noodles, red sauce, and cheese – but it can be so much more. Using a homemade alfredo sauce and shredded chicken, lasagna become something so elegant and delicious. The spinach gives that extra layer of freshness and rounds out the meal
Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Pork Chops
Spinach and Artichoke dip is something we all love, but how to justify having it for dinner? Well you put it into a pork chop of course! The gooey cheesy stuffing is also a great way to get your kids to each some veggies without realizing it.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
Chicken Cordon Bleu is pretty fancy meal, that takes quite a bit of time to prepare – not exactly easy on a weeknight. This casserole gives you all the flavors of Dijon, swiss cheese and ham – without all the fuss of the traditional meal.
Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo
Homemade sauces are a huge part of Homemade on a Weeknight. If you have ever stopped to look at what all is in those jarred sauces or sauce packets – you might not every want to eat them. And making a sauce from scratch is really really simple – promise. The alfredo sauce in this recipe is going to because a go to for you, I am sure of it
Steak & Provolone Pinwheels
This one pot wonder packs so much flavor and a little kick of spice. The diced tomatoes and red pepper flakes combined Presentation and plating are a big part of the dining experience and that should not change just because you are eating at home. These delicious pinwheels are so pretty, you are going to be taking pics for Instagram before you call the family to the table. The bright spinach against the perfectly cooked steak with some provolone cheese in between makes this recipe gorgeous and delectable.
Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops
Parmesan cheese is often confused as a garnish – and not a centerpiece to a meal. It is a very versatile cheese because it can retain its shape when pan fried or it can be melted into a sauce or it can be served fresh. These pork chops have so much flavor with the parmesan coating, you will want to make a few extra for seconds.
Rosemary & Paprika Pork Tenderloin
Baking a whole tenderloin is daunting to some, but it really should not be. In truth, they are so easy to make because you just prep it and put it in the oven. By just making sure you have a delicious flavor profile, you are sure to have a tasty result. Rosemary and Paprika pair so well with pork, you cannot miss on this one.
Italian Chicken & Pasta with Red Pepper Sauce
Red peppers are a favorite in my house – we eat them raw, chopped, grilled, sliced, roasted, baked, stuffed (cue Bubba for the rest…). So naturally I had to come up with a way to use them as a sauce! This sauce can be left chunky or you can use an immersion blender to make it smooth and creamy and perfectly pour over pasta.
Smothered Pork Chops
Whenever a menu item says smothered it always makes me think of decadence. You expect a velvety sauce covering your whole plate and that is exactly what this dish is. The mushroom and white wine sauce is nothing short of heaven. And pan frying the pork chops, then finishing them in the oven creates a moist and tender chop to soak up all that yummy sauce.
Creamy Asparagus Chicken
So often bone-in chicken thighs are reserved for the BBQ – but they can do so much more. And just like any cut of meat, cooking with the bone intact gives more depth of flavor to the dish. Cooking it all in the same pan gives you less clean up too.
Some people shy away from cooking with wine, but really wines give so much flavor to sauces and marinades. The pan sauce that is made for this dish pairs perfectly with the mushrooms and mozzarella. You are sure to feel fancy eating this dish..
These steak bundles are so simple to create but the vibrate colors of the bell peppers make it such a pretty dish. By pan frying the bundles, the peppers retain just enough of their crunch to have some bite to them.