Quick Dinners: Fancy Pigs in a Blanket
Getting home from a long day at work, frantically thinking, "What on earth am I going to do for dinner?" is a universal experience. We've all been there. Even with a weekly meal plan in place, motivating myself to get in the kitchen isn't always easy. Why not go out? Or simpler still, order in?
But nothing beats a home cooked meal, and it's so much easier to stay healthy when you control all the ingredients that go into a dish. So, I've stock-piled a series of emergency recipes that require minimal effort. These bad boys take fifteen minutes or less, and have simple shopping lists in case I need to pick anything up. That way, I can go from road rage to contentedly eating as quickly as possible!
This particular recipe can serve two, but it's also simple to get two night's worth of dinner out of it, if you are cooking just for yourself.
- Aidells Chicken Sausage - these come in all sorts of gourmet flavors, and are fully cooked, so a fantastic staple for quick meals.
- Pillsbury Crescent Rolls - you'll need two per sausage, so get a container of eight if serving two, or two tubes of four if feeding yourself. Save the second tube to use with the two leftover sausages (they keep for a few days out of the package).
- 1 pkg of Spring Greens
- Shaved Parmesan
- Dijon mustard
- Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper
Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees.
Open up the tube of crescent rolls, but instead of separating them into triangles, leave them in the long rectangle shapes (two triangles together). Lay these flat on a cookie sheet, and spread with Dijon mustard (or mustard of your choice).
Roll up the chicken sausages in the dough, such that the mustard is on the inside. Pop in the oven and bake for 10-13 minutes.
I make this simple green salad all the time, it's easy, it's delicious, and it features homemade dressing! Don't balk, it takes five minutes tops to whip up - so you can make it while the piggies are baking.
In the bottom of a big bowl, whisk together about 2 Tbsp Olive Oil and not quite all the juice in half a lemon. I usually taste test to make sure the balance is right. If it's too sour, just add more oil. Throw some salt and fresh ground pepper in and you're good to go. Viola! Homemade dressing. See, that wasn't so hard, was it?
Toss the greens in the dressing. One package usually feeds two, so if cooking for yourself just use half. Then sprinkle shaved Parmesan on top. That's it! Salad complete. If you want to get fancy you can always add stuff like halved cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, or sliced avocado.
By now you should have just enough time to pour yourself a glass of wine before the piggies are done. Take a sip, and pull them out of the oven when golden brown. Serve with the salad, and enjoy! If you had gone with Grubhub/Eat24/UberEats, you'd still have to wait another 30-40 minutes for the delivery guy to show up.