No-Hassle Winter Dinner Ideas
It’s finally February and we’re right in the thick of the winter season! In between snow and freezing temps, a hassle-free, warm, cozy dinner is a welcome refuge on a cold winter day. Whether you want to save on time, ingredients, or pans, we’ve put together a batch of our hassle-free dinners perfect for winter nights. Check out some of our favourites below!
First up, our Easy One-Pot Mediterranean Chicken. This is a no-hassle, one pot dinner that is fit to satisfy even the hungriest crowd. Bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are browned in an oven-proof pot or skillet. Mini potatoes, sun-dried tomatoes and garlic are tucked around the golden-brown thighs and broth is poured over with a sprinkling of fragrant Greek oregano. Baked in one-pot for 25 minutes and then scattered with Greek feta and Kalamata olives, it only takes 10-15 minutes to finish this meal off in the oven. We recommend serving with crusty bread to pick up all of those delicious juices and feta cheese. This one-pot dinner saves you on clean up and delivers big on flavour!
Next our Fried Eggplant, Red Pepper and Feta Stacks, only 6 ingredients and you’ve got the perfect meal. Eggplant and peppers are stacked then dipped and fried crisp to create crisp and golden towers of deliciousness – lots of fun for the kids (and not to mention getting a healthy helping of veggies in!) One large eggplant is sliced ½ inch thick into rounds and seasoned. Next, they are skillet fried in batches with olive oil until nicely browned, but not mushy. Eggplant is removed and put onto a towel-lined plate to absorb the excess oil. Next slices of crisp red pepper are added to half the eggplant slices and sprinkled with feta cheese and covered with the remaining eggplant rounds. The eggplant-pepper stacks are carefully dipped into beaten egg and coated with breadcrumbs. The stacks are gently fried in the hot oil, for about 2 to 3 minutes per side until browned and transferred to a towel-lined plate. Allow to cool to the touch, wrap in parchment for an extra fun element, and enjoy!
We couldn’t have a list of Winter dinners without including our Creamy Feta Gnocchi. A truly satisfying, warm, and delicious bite at the end of a cold day. This recipe is definitely a crowd pleaser and in the time it takes to get your gnocchi cooked, the sauce is ready! First off, bring water to a boil then cook your favourite gnocchi based on the package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-heat the shallots and garlic are sautéed. Cream is added and simmered until bubbly, then the flavour enhancers come in – juicy sun-dried tomatoes and feta are stirred in until melted. The gnocchi is then ready to be tossed in this creamy, velvety sauce and a few handfuls of baby spinach are wilted in right at the end for another layer of flavour. This recipe is truly a hug in a bowl and comes together in no time!
When you’re feeling the winter chills, reach for one of these no-hassle dinners and you’re sure to be satisfied. They deliver on flavour and will warm you form the inside out!