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7 Delicious but Quick Dinner Recipes for Busy Nights

With the holidays approaching, sometimes it’s nice to have a few simple dinner recipes on hand. Find time to make nutritious and delicious meals the entire family will love with these easy recipes from Krista Numbers’s new book, Simplify Supper.

1. Homemade Marinara Sauce

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  • · 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • · 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • · 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • · 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • · 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • · 1 tablespoon sugar
  • · 1 (5 oz.) can tomato paste
  • · 2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
  • · Salt and pepper to taste

Heat olive oil in Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and stir about 5 minutes until evenly caramelized. Add garlic and Italian seasoning and cook another few minutes until garlic is fragrant. Add chicken broth and use to deglaze bottom of pot. Add sugar, tomato paste, and undrained diced tomatoes. Stir to combine all ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce reaches desired thickness. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Tips: To freeze, ladle room-temperature sauce into plastic containers or plastic bags. Seal and freeze for as long as 4 months. You may want to freeze sauce in single servings (1–2 cups). To thaw sauce, place frozen container in refrigerator overnight or place frozen pieces into saucepan, cover, and bring to simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

2. Avocado Veggie Panini

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  • · 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • · 1 shallot, minced
  • · Mushrooms (8 oz.), sliced
  • · 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced
  • · 2 cups spinach leaves
  • · Salt and pepper to taste
  • · 2 avocados
  • · 8 slices rustic bread
  • · 4 slices mozzarella cheese

Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add minced shallots and sauté about 1 minute until translucent. Add mushrooms and sauté another 2 minutes. Add tomato slices and spinach and stir for about 1 minute, until spinach starts to wilt. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper. Peel and pit avocados and place in medium bowl. Mash avocado with fork, then spread on each slice of bread. Assemble sandwiches by arranging vegetable mixture on bread slices. Top with cheese and cover with another slice of bread. Place sandwich into hot panini press and grill about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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