How to Prepare a Family Dinner in Less than an Hour

It’s practically impossible to find a minute to relax these days, because as soon as you get home from your tiring job you arrive to your second job, taking care of your family. Instead of wasting all your time cooking daily for hours, you should try the recipes described in the following lines that will take less than one hour to prepare, and enjoy the extra free time on your hands by doing activities that you actually like.

Marinated tofu with peanuts and charred bean sprouts

This dish doesn’t require any actual cooking because it’s a salad, but it tastes incredible and a single serving will leave your family members stuffed. The ingredients necessary for 4 servings are 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves, 6 scallions that you will cut thinly on a diagonal, kosher salt, two 14 ounce packages of frim tofu that you will slice thick, 1/2 cup of chopped salt, steamed white rice and lime wedges for serving, 1 jalapeno that you will thinly slice, 1/2 cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil, 2 teaspoons of grated peeled ginger, and 2 cups of bean sprouts.

Cut the tofu into wide pieces, place it in the baking dish, toss it over the bowl in which you have whisked the jalapeno, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ginger, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Before serving it, boil the rice, cook 1 cup of bean sprouts for 3 minutes in heated oil, put the tofu over the rice and the cooked bean sprouts, and add the scallions, mint, peanuts, and the fresh bean sprouts.

Microwave chicken penne al fresco

This great and delicious meal takes little time to be done, and it’s entirely made in the microwave. The ingredients needed for it are 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, 4 peeled garlic cloves, 4 cups of chicken broth, 3 cups of uncooked penne pasta, 2 tablespoons of dried basil, 1/2 tablespoon of salt and ground black pepper, 2 cups of diced garlic chicken breasts, and 2 cups of mozzarella cheese.

Spray a casserole dish with olive oil, mince the garlic and place it in the casserole, add the tomatoes and microwave for 4-5 minutes, and crush them using a spoon. Afterwards, add the broth, the pasta, the salt, and the black pepper, place the casserole again in the microwave that has been set on high temperature for another 16-18 minutes, stirring it after it has been inside for 10 minutes, remove the casserole from the microwave, and serve it to your family.

As you can see, the microwave can be used for much more than just reheating or defrosting food. If you don’t own a microwave, you can check out the most convenient options on the site. Consider a convection microwave which combines the fast cooking time of a microwave oven with the baking capacity of a convection oven.

Eggplant and country ham ragu

The necessary ingredients for 4 servings of eggplant and country ham ragu are 8 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 small eggplants, pepper, kosher salt, 12 slices of country ham, 1 onion, 2 garlic gloves, 2 canned chipolte chiles in adobo, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, 1 tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce, 2 tablespoons of butter, 3 tablespoons of chopped parsley, 1/2 ounces of finely grated Parmesan cheese, 12 ounces of spaghetti or linguine, and 1/2 cup of tomato sauce.

Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot, add half of an eggplant, season it with salt and pepper, cook it for 5-8 minutes while stirring often, and repeat this procedure with the other half of the eggplant as well, placing them in separate bowls once they’re done. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and add the ham, the garlic, and the onion, cooking it for 5 minutes and stirring in it occasionally, after which you add the cocoa powder, the tomato paste, and the chiles, letting it cook for an extra 3 minutes. When the time passes, add the remaining eggplant, the tomato sauce, and 1 cup of water, reduce the heat to medium, and let it cook for 25-30 minutes, adding the fish sauce at the end. Meanwhile, you cook the pasta until al dente, and add it to the pot with the sauce, add the butter and cook it until a glossy sauce forms and coats the pasta.