11 Dishes You Can Make Without a Recipe
A little bit of this, a little bit of that
Baking requires precision. Cooking, on the other hand, is much more forgiving. With a few basic techniques under your belt, you can pretty much cobble together a meal out of anything. Here, a few suggestions of where to start. (We’re including some basic instructions as a backup, but after making these dishes once or twice, you’ll be able to whip them up on the fly.)
Sauté the shrimp in white wine for four minutes, then add a few cubes of cold butter and a sprinkle of parsley. Add the shrimp and sauce to a bed of angel-hair pasta if you’re feeling hungry—or to a bed of lettuce if you’re watching your waistline.
Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
Heat up leftover rice in a frying pan with canola oil and two beaten eggs. Now comes the fun part: Add any veggies and meat you have on hand. It’s the perfect use for all those leftover odds and ends.
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Sear boneless, skinless chicken thighs in the oven with salt, pepper and olive oil, then sauté onion, garlic and lemon juice in a separate pan. Add the chicken thighs and some chicken broth, put the whole thing in the oven for another 20 minutes and, bam, you’re done.
Roasted Vegetable Medley
Throw a bunch of in-season veggies into a baking dish, then toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast the veggies for about 40 minutes, or until they’re cooked through and slightly brown on the edges. Easiest side dish ever.
Combine chopped romaine lettuce, sliced red onion, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, kalamata olives, crumbled goat cheese and black pepper in a bowl. Done and done.
Black Bean Soup
It doesn’t get much easier than this: Dump two cans of black beans, a can of diced tomatoes and a cup of chicken broth into a pot, then blend with an immersion blender and simmer for 10 minutes.
Stuff ’em with seasoned quinoa, salsa and corn, pop ’em into the oven, then add a few slices of avocado on top. But these guys are all about creativity, so if you want to get really crazy, throw in some cheese, spinach, black olives or any other ingredients you have on hand.
Taco Breakfast Bowl
You can’t go wrong with this bowl of deliciousness. Layer leftover taco meat, avocado, sauerkraut and roasted sweet potatoes, then top with a fried egg. (Oh, and feel free to have it for lunch or dinner, too.)
Top your toast with thick slices of fresh mozz, tomato, a few basil leaves, a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add chicken or prosciutto for extra protein. Lunch has never been easier (or tastier).
Lemon Blueberry Parfaits
This list calls for a totally simple, no-bake dessert. Add a sprinkle of sugar to some frozen blueberries and heat them in a saucepan. Layer the warm blueberries with spoonfuls of lemon curd and whipped cream in a pretty serving dish. Oh, and did we mention it’s gluten-free?