3 Quick and Simple Dinners on Busy Nights

3 Quick and Simple Dinners on Busy Nights

These simple, nutritious evening meals are perfect for speedy suppers the whole family will love.


As the back-to-school season kicks off, keeping up with everyone’s busy schedules can prove hectic. A weeknight dinner is a chance for your family to come together and share their day, but with sports practices, gymnastics classes and the nightly homework routine, it can all start to feel like a whirlwind. We know, we’ve been there, too!

Easy one-pot dinners are perfect for a quick and easy dinner, and are made extra appealing by the fact that there’s less to clean up afterwards. No need to soak your dishes – Dawn Platinum dish soap powers away 48-hour stuck-on food in seconds, so you can spend time with the kids before bed. Dampen Bounty with Dawn paper towels with water to quickly clean messy countertops.

One-Pot Risotto
Risotto is both tasty and filling, and although this dish requires attention as you add the liquid, it’s happy to simmer for 25 minutes while you plan the next day’s packed lunches or review school paperwork.

Ingredients
3 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
1 small onion, chopped
1 small fennel bulb, chopped
2 cups Arborio rice
¾ cup dry white wine
8 cups chicken stock
1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Parsley, chopped

  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large pot. Add onion and fennel, and stir until soft
  2. Add 2 cups of Arborio rice. Slowly stir in white wine and chicken stock a bit at a time, adding more liquid as it’s absorbed, stirring continuously. Simmer for 25 minutes
  3. Add raw shrimp, and cook for two to three minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon of butter, 1/3 cup parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with parsley if desired

Indoor Picnic
For an easy dinner, break out the picnic blanket and set up mealtime on the living room floor. (Keep those napkins handy!) Cook up tasty hot dogs on traditional buns with ketchup and mustard, or get creative with your buns, toppings and garnishes. Serve with a big bowl of coleslaw.

Baked Salmon with Herbs
Salmon baked in the oven doesn’t need a lot of oversight – take our word for it! The coating of olive oil and mixed herbs on top of the salmon protects it from the heat and prevents it from overcooking. Serve with warm ciabatta and a salad for a delicious, no-stress meal in about 30 minutes.

Ingredients
¼ cup and 1 tbsp olive oil, divided
3 lb salmon fillet
1 large shallot, finely chopped
1 tbsp dried dill
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

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  1. Preheat oven to 250 F. Pour ¼ cup olive oil into a deep baking tray or sheet pan. Place salmon on tray, skin side down. Season with salt and pepper, to taste
  2. Combine shallot, dill, parsley and 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and spread mixture on top of salmon
  3. Bake for 25 minutes. If the fish flakes easily with a fork, it’s done. If not, pop it back in for another five minutes

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